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MiBR players reveal what it was like to play CSGO with their coach

Published: 12/Sep/2019 23:19 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 10:38

by Scott Robertson

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Just before the CS:GO team at Moscow.

MiBR believe that they are on the road back to top form. The road they’ve taken through 2019 has not been the easiest, having ended last year and beginning this year by scrapping their Stewie2K/tarik experiment, as well as starting anew with an all-Brazilian lineup.

Despite a strong start to the year with a semifinals appearance at the Katowice major, the rest of the year was a struggle for a roster core that once was dominating Counter-Strike as SK Gaming just two years ago.

Igor Bezborodov and StarLadderzews and TACO getting excited at StarLadder Berlin

This year, MiBR was humiliated in front of their hometown fans at BLAST São Paulo, made two fruitless trips to China with WESG and StarSeries season 7, and had several less-than-stellar finishes before and after their best player asked to be benched.

But the Brazilian boys have stayed positive through all of it – even having to play alongside the man who usually stands behind them, their coach.

“Playing with our coach was a big challenge for us, and we survived,” Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo told Frankie. “We learned a lot of lessons. If we can take the best of a bad situation then I’m happy. I think we are mentally a stronger team.”

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It takes a special kind of mental strength to withstand such a rough year, but Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo took the time to acknowledge how hard it was for coach zews, and give him his due credit for hanging in there.

“It’s hard. He was having fun and learning a lot. He knew it’s very hard to become a player [again] after a number of years. He was a really good player.”

Zews stepped in to fill a player spot for the Berlin major, where MiBR went 1-3 and experienced one of the unluckier draws when it came to the toughness of their opponents. When Frankie brought up that they had to face ENCE, G2, and Na’Vi after they beat NiP, FalleN chuckled and said, “Now that you say that I’m starting to feel better about it.”

Igor Bezborodov and StarLadderMiBR celebrate their win over NiP at StarLadder Berlin

“Going towards the major we had some bad days and we had days that went well,” TACO continued. “We got a little sad after the competition. But we played some good opponents, and we have nothing to be ashamed of.”

MiBR are in good spirits after the acquisition of kNg, admitting that they’ve been after his services for quite some time.

“He’s a great player,” said TACO. “We’ve always wanted to play with him. Every time we thought about changing someone, we wanted Vito. It didn’t work out then, but this time it worked.”

BLAST Moscow will be the first event for kNg under the MiBR banner, and the team has high expectations for this tournament. They’ve identified ENCE and Na’Vi as the teams to be the most worried about, and will meet Na’Vi in the first round of what will be the sendoff tournament for Na’Vi’s in-game leader Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko.

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

CaseEsports land1n
CaseEsports
CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.