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CS:GO: Team Liquid and MIBR confirm major roster swap ahead of 2019 season

Published: 21/Dec/2018 19:19 Updated: 21/Dec/2018 19:46

by Wyatt Donigan

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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. 

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. 

HLTVStewie2k with Cloud9 during the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018.

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. 

MIBR

  • Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo 
  • Fernando ‘fer’ Alvarenga 
  • Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David 
  • Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik
  • Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo
  • Wilton ‘zews’ Prado (coach)

Team Liquid 

  • 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.

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New CSGO Operation Broken Fang revealed: Agents, maps, rewards, more

Published: 3/Dec/2020 22:42

by Brad Norton

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A full year after the launch of Shattered Web, a new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Operation has been deployed. Broken Fang brings new maps, Agents, rewards, and plenty more. Here’s everything you need to know.

In typical Valve fashion, the biggest reveal for CSGO in quite some time has dropped out of nowhere. There was no teasing this one as the developers made the shocking announcement with a brief video and a blog post on December 3.

Similar to the previous year of content, there’s a ton to sink your teeth into here. From weekly missions to a variety of new cosmetics, and even a stat-tracking tool. There’s plenty to entice newcomers along with some intricate features to satisfy veteran players.

One of the biggest Operations in recent history, Broken Fang comes with a whopping seven maps as well. Here’s a full breakdown of everything you need to know.

CSGO Operation Broken Fang maps

CSGO Ancient gameplay
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Ancient headlines the new CSGO map pool, designed from the ground up for competitive play.

Headlining the surprise announcement was the unveiling of seven new maps. Previous updates have provided a few new areas to explore, but this is the largest addition since 2017’s Operation Hydra.

The primary map on display is ‘Ancient.’ This grimy looking map appears to feature a mix of wide-open areas along with some tight corridors for close-quarters action. It’s set in the middle of a jungle with half-broken buildings covered in moss, implying this site has been abandoned for quite some time.

Outside of this core map designed for competitive play, there are five community maps included in the Broken Fang update. These can be played across a number of unique modes. Some will take you to the snowy alps while others will drop you inside museums. Below is a look at each of the new community maps.

CSGO Ancient map
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Our first look at the ‘Ancient’ map in CSGO.
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Our first look at the ‘Guard’ map in CSGO.
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Our first look at the ‘Autumn’ map in CSGO.
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Our first look at the ‘Apollo’ map in CSGO.
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Our first look at the ‘Engage’ map in CSGO.
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Our first look at the ‘Frostbite’ map in CSGO.

CSGO Operation Broken Fang rewards

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New weapon skins are on offer in the Broken Fang update.

It wouldn’t be a new Operation without a ton of fresh cosmetic items to unlock. Thanks to returning weekly missions, you’ll be able to choose the items that you acquire first. Whether you prefer new weapon skins, stickers, or even unique Agents, it’s up to you what order you decide on.

There appear to be 20 new Agents on offer in this update. Some look fully equipped for battle with protective armor, while others are a little more casual in their approach, dropping in with clown masks and suits instead.

Moreover, there are many new weapon skins to comb through as well. Almost everyone weapon has a new look to try out in Operation Broken Fang, and of course, you can further customize everything with an assortment of new stickers.

CSGO Operation Broken Fang stats

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Track your performance better than ever thanks to the new stats tools in Broken Fang.

One of the biggest new additions with the Broken Fang update is the ability to track your statistics in-game. Everything is now automatically tracked for the Operation, meaning you can dissect individual weapon stats, performances across the new maps, and everything in between.

Rather than having to rely on a third-party site, this is now all possible in the game itself. You’ll be able to break things down in all-new ways to truly analyze your playstyle and improve along the way.

Operation Broken Fang is available to download in CSGO right now.