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CS:GO: MiBR announce former Cloud9 member as Blast Pro Series stand-in

Published: 2/Dec/2018 16:28 Updated: 2/Dec/2018 16:29

by Connor Bennett

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MiBR (Made in Brazil) have announced which player will be standing in for Fernando ‘Fer’ Alvarenga during Blast Pro Series Lisbon.

MIBR fer will miss the event as he undergoes surgery to fix a problem with his right ear that, he revealed, has seen him bleed during games. Following the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals in Odense that runs from December 4-9th, the Brazilian will return home for surgery on the 14th.

Fer announced the news during the ECS Season six finals in Arlington, Texas on November 25 – sparking plenty of questions about who would be MiBR’s stand-in. Team manager Ricardo ‘dead’ Sinigaglia rubbished reports that former SK Gaming player Lincoln ‘fnx’ Lau would stand-in after he was spotted in Texas during the event.

The team has now announced that current Swole Patrol player Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce will head to Lisbon with the Brazilian-American mix team. Swag, who is banned from Valve events, played with MiBR’s Jake ‘Stewie2k’ Yip under the Cloud9 banner in 2017 as a stand-in on two occasions.

This will be a great opportunity for me, and I look forward to playing alongside such legendary names,” Swag said in the team’s announcement video.

EleagueFer is unable to play at Blast Pro due to surgery.

“I think it will be a great experience. Playing on stage is a feeling that I miss and I am super excited. I will do everything I can to prepare and try to get some wins for MIBR and the fans. Thank you to everyone who supports me and I look forward to seeing you guys in Lisbon.”

With Swag joining their squad, MiBR will look to improve on their sixth-placed finish at Blast Pro Series Copenhagen – where they failed to win any of their five games.

The Blast Pro Series event in Lisbon gets underway in two weeks time on December 14, and runs until December 15, with a $250,000 prize pool on offer.

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Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson

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CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

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The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.