CS:GO: Tarik opens up about recent struggles following MiBR's heartbreaking ECS loss to Astralis - Dexerto

CS:GO: Tarik opens up about recent struggles following MiBR’s heartbreaking ECS loss to Astralis

Published: 26/Nov/2018 17:32 Updated: 26/Nov/2018 17:36

by Ross Deason


Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik is known for his positive vibes and can-do attitude, but the former CS:GO Major winner appears to be going through a crisis of confidence under the MiBR banner.

The North American star has struggled to adapt to life with Made in Brazil since joining the roster in July of 2018, and their heartbreaking loss to Astralis in the Grand Final of ECS Season 6 seems to have hit him hardest of all.

“Fuck bro. So close but something is really missing,” the 22-year-old said on Twitter after the tournament. “ I never had this feeling on a team where I’m so helpless during our games :/ sucks but hopefully we get better. Congrats to Astralis, they played great.”

He went on to clarify that he feels powerless, stating: “It’s a feeling that I haven’t experienced on my previous teams before. Idk how to express this feeling, but anyway thank you all for the support.”

Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip was quick to offer some words of encouragement to his teammate, saying: “Be proud of how far we’ve improved in a new culture and experiencing a new philosophy of the game. Success comes through hard work and strength in mentality. Won’t be handed to us.”

The team’s in-game leader, Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo, echoed those sentiments: “It’s not easy to change your game completely to play in a new environment. You are a different player here than the one your previously teams needed in the past. You are doing a good job. We are close”

Tarik captained Cloud9 to victory at the ELEAGUE Boston Major in January but the team’s results dropped off soon after and his partner in crime, Stewie, eventually decided to follow a new path with the Brazilian core of SK Gaming that eventually became MiBR.

Neither Cloud9 or MiBR found the success that they were hoping for as the season progressed and Tarik eventually followed Stewie to the Brazilian team, meaning the roster consisted of two US players and three Brazilians.

ELEAGUETarik and Stewie2K were instrumental in Cloud9’s ELEAGUE Major win.

The changes in culture and philosophy within the team that Stewie mentions have often been mentioned by pundits and analysts who point towards scenarios where communication seems to be an issue within the team.

However, the improvements from the team in recent weeks and months have also been evident, and their 16-14, 22-20 loss to Astralis on November 25 couldn’t have been closer.

With a little more time, and a boost in confidence for the likes of tarik, MiBR could well be the team to dethrone the Danish powerhouse that has dominated the 2018 CS:GO season.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.