Premier South American CSGO org 'Made in Brazil' (MiBR) are set to join the ESL Pro League 2020 campaign while maneuvering the inaugural season of Flashpoint.
The famed Brazilian org, led by Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo, are going to split their time between both leagues. They hope their participation in the EPL will give them a shot at a prized position in ESL One Cologne.
In the lead up to the 2020 season, Flashpoint were on the hunt for the best talent they could muster, seeing as teams would essentially have to pick the new league over ESL (or vice-versa) due to schedule/format overlap.
Since then, worldwide developments have forced leagues to adopt an online-only approach to what were originally supposed to be regular seasons played on LAN.
The online era of both leagues will open a window, however slim, to participate in both competitions.
Playing in ESL Pro League Season 11 is “the only way to get points to play ESL events, since we are not part of the teams there, which hurts in the future for tournaments such as Cologne,” MiBR manager Ricardo ‘ricsini’ Sinigaglia said.
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The Brazilian manager voiced concerns on the way ESL are distributing rank points, which could have major implications for deserving teams to earn coveted spots at top-tier events.
Shortly after the announcement, both Fallen and the MiBR organization echoed similar sentiments to that of their manager’s point.
“Despite this time being on the better part of it, I believe that no tournament organizer should be able to have their own Ranking,” Fallen said. “This is dangerous, as it can be used to weigh your own tournaments more heavily than others - and this hurts the players and the fans.”
MiBR will be integrated into the Pro League’s North American division and joins 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Swole Patrol, and fellow Brazilian team FURIA.
The Flashpoint founding member team, MiBR, are currently fighting through the Phase 1 bracket of the 'Snakes & Ratters' group, having eliminated Team Envy 2-0.
ESL Pro League’s NA division will start on March 26, while the second phase of Flashpoint will officially start on March 27.