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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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