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FalleN’s journey to Brazillian CSGO Godfather

Published: 29/Sep/2020 12:49 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 19:20

by Matt Porter

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At 29 years old, few Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have had the longevity or success that Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo has enjoyed. 

FalleN’s legacy starts all the way back in 2005 with the original Counter-Strike, and he also played Source before finding unbelievable success on Global Offensive. 

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The 29-year-old recently stepped down from his position on MiBR following a string of poor results in-game, and a number of controversies off the server. Regardless, he’s still known as the ‘Godfather of Brazillian CSGO,’ and fans around the world are awaiting his next step. 

FalleN has led MiBR to championship glory on a number of occasions, winning tournaments like ESL One: Cologne, the ESL Pro League, IEM events, and EPICENTER in 2017. Of course, to earn a title like ‘Godfather’ is no easy feat, so how exactly did FalleN become one of the most respected and revered AWPers not only in Brazil but the entire world?

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Let’s look at the trials and tribulations of FalleN, how he nurtured an entire esports scene, and what exactly went wrong for MiBR.

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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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