MIBR formally announced their acquisition of Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and Coach Wilton "zews" Prado from Team Liquid in exchange for Jake "Stewie2K" Yip.
The trade surfaced a week ago when ESPN reported the trade talks between the two American organizations. The mega deal reunites TACO and zews with their SK Gaming and Luminosity teammates Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, and Marcelo "coldzera" David that was regarded as the best All-Brazilian lineup in CS. The squad saw dominance in the course of 2016-2017 where they won two consecutive CS:GO Major titles.
Stewie on the other hand will also go back to his home soil but in a different team. The former Cloud9 stalwart heads to Liquid as he seeks redemption after a lackluster season when he joined the Brazilians last March.
The NA star was not able to deliver the same impact he had during his championship run with C9 at the ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018. MIBR only managed to win a handful of minor events while having shaky results at significant LANs in his 8 months of stay.
In a TwitLonger statement, Stewie said he is thankful for the opportunity to play alongside Brazil’s best players, but he stressed that an international lineup like MIBR’s needs more time to gel in order to reach their full potential.
I’m disappointed to see this journey come to an end because I don't feel that we received a sufficient amount of time to truly reach our potential. We had some hurdles we fought through, as it is expected that every individual on an International lineup need that extra time find their composure, synergy, and flow.
Tarik on the list
MIBR’s latest member prior to the trade and Stewie’s C9 teammate Tarik "tarik" Celik is also on the trading talks when MIBR announced their intent to field in a full-Brazilian lineup. However, their announcement doesn’t hint moves involving him. Despite the snub, reports are already coming in that he is set to be replaced by João "felps" Vasconcellos who was also part of the SK Gaming core of 2017.
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Also, there is no announcement regarding Serbian coach Janko "YNk" Paunović as zews helms back the team as a coach. For Liquid, they are still looking for options to fill in the coaching role left by zews.