Made in Brazil (MiBR) are finally an all Brazilian roster once again, following the official confirmation that João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos has signed, reuniting with his former SK teammates.
Felps completes the five man lineup for MiBR heading to start 2019, and is a reunion of the roster which secured five major titles in 2017, before he was replaced by Ricardo ‘boltz’ Prass.
The move was an expected one, despite the somewhat cryptic teasers and hints leading up to the reveal video, which itself attempted to keep the secret going for as long as possible.
It leaves Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik’s future uncertain, as he currently remains with MiBR, presumably in an inactive role.
With the recent recruitment of Epitacio ‘TACO’ Melo from Team Liquid, along with coach Wilton ‘Zews’ Prado, tarik’s fellow North American teammate Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip made the transition back to NA by joining Liquid.
MiBR made the announcement on January 12, with a teasing reveal video, showcasing some of the former SK lineup’s finest moments from the past.
Update: Tarik has now shared a message to his followers regarding his time at MiBR and his short term plans for the future:
You can look at my past and every team I ever joined I was never the first to leave. I always wanna stick it through, thick and thin, but someone always ends up pulling the puzzle piece out too soon. I knew that joining MIBR was a risk and unfortunately it didn’t pan out. Some difficulties in language and culture, but most importantly a clash of play styles brought it to an abrupt end. Regardless of everything, having the chance to learn and work with the Brazilian core was a unique and thrilling opportunity for me. Although it was short-lived, it was an honor to play with the legends. I have no regrets, everything happens for a reason. At this time I’ll be sitting out with MIBR, streaming and working further on my personal game, until another opportunity arises. Thank you for all of my fans who’ve followed me since the beginning, and especially thanks to the fans of Brazil for accepting me in open arms, you are all incredible.
-Tarik da nova geração
Whether the MiBR team can live up to their previous selves remains to be seen, with their first major event together at IEM Katowice only a month away.