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

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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.

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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
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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.