After weeks of rumors, Team Liquid and MIBR have finally announced a huge roster move just a few weeks ahead of the IEM Katowice Major in February.
On December 21, it was confirmed that Team Liquid have traded both Epitácio 'TACO' de Melo and head coach Wilton 'zews' Prado to MIBR in exchange for Jacky 'Stewie2k' Yip.
The move was first reported and detailed on December 11 amid widespread speculation throughout the CS:GO community and now both teams have officially confirmed the major shakeup.
Hoje desejamos a melhor sorte do mundo pro @Stewie na Liquid e anunciamos o retorno à família de @TACOCS e @zews!
Today we wish @Stewie the best of luck in Liquid and welcome back to the family @TACOCS & @zews!#SomosMIBR:flag-br: pic.twitter.com/QJAALfVnDm
— MIBR (@mibr) December 21, 2018
For TACO, it will be a return to the former SK Gaming roster that he has spent the majority of his career with.
While zews didn't coach them for long, he did briefly coach SK Gaming back in 2016, making this a homecoming of sort for him as well.
The move comes as rumors swirl that MIBR is looking to put together an all-Brazilian roster ahead of the upcoming Major.
While Tarik 'tarik' Celik still remains on the MIBR, he is expected to be moved in the coming weeks to make room for João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, who the team is rumored to be set on acquiring from INTZ.
The transfer also will likely spell the end of Janko 'YNk' Paunovic as coach of MIBR.
After the latest shakeup, Team Liquid back with an all-North American roster similar to what they have fielded in the past.
Stewie2k will bring along his Major winning experience as Team Liquid looks to reach new heights in 2019 and beyond.
- Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
- Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
- Marcelo 'coldzera' David
- Tarik 'tarik' Celik
- Epitácio 'TACO' de Melo
- Wilton 'zews' Prado (coach)
- Nicholas 'nitr0' Cannella
- Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
- Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
- Keith 'NAF' Markovic
- Jacky 'Stewie2k' Yip
Keep up with all the latest roster moves ahead of the IEM Katowice major with out official transfer hub.