CS:GO: Surprise rule change for StarLadder Berlin Major confirms MIBR roster

Joe O'Brien
BLAST Pro Series

A last-minute change has been made to the roster rules for the StarLadder Berlin CS:GO Major that will allow Made in Brazil to resolve their roster issues.

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According to a report by HLTV, a rule change was made on Wednesday, July 17 that will allow teams to field their coaches as a stand-in even if the situation is not an emergency.

MIBR were left in an awkward position ahead of the Major after star player Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David requested to leave the team and was moved to the bench following a disastrous performance by the team at ESL One Cologne.

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Though coldzera apparently offered to play with the team for their upcoming events, MIBR preferred to field coach Wilton ‘zews’ Prado in his stead until they can find a permanent replacement. Zews competed for the team at BLAST Los Angeles, and is due to do so for IEM Chicago on July 18-21.

The roster rules for the Major, however, originally stated that a coach could only step in for a player in a case that StarLadder deemed an emergency, such as a visa or health issue. Mais Esports reported that StarLadder did not consider MIBR’s situation an emergency, casting uncertainty over the team’s options for the event.

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coldzera has been moved to the MIBR bench after requesting to leave the team.
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Following the update to the rules, however, teams will now be able to swap their coach in as a player even if the situation is not an emergency, with the only catch now being that such a swap cannot be reversed – the coach will have to play out the remainder of the tournament as a starting member of the line-up, while the substituted player cannot return.

According to the report by HLTV, StarLadder admitted in an email that the emergency roster transfer rule was “unnecessary and unhealthy” and had “created a lot of chaos”.

MIBR will undoubtedly be pleased to have the situation resolved, although they still face a Major with a stand-in rather than a complete starting line-up.