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TACO officially released from MiBR contract

Published: 8/Jan/2021 22:57

by Bill Cooney


Brazilian Counter-Strike pro Epitácio “TACO” de Melo announced on January 8, 2021 that he’s no longer a member of MiBR, becoming ready and able to join another team right away.

TACO was released from MiBR’s roster, along with teammate Fernando ‘fer’ Alvarenga and coach Ricardo ‘dead’ Sinigaglia, in the wake of massive drama over the use of banned exploits in September of 2020.

Dead, who had been with the team since March 2020, was one of the slew of coaches implicated in the scandal once it was discovered that he, along with 10 others across the esport, had knowingly used a bug to gain a spectating advantage on opponents.

TACO and fer became MIBR icons after joining the org in 2018, along with fellow star FalleN, who also left the team shortly after his teammates were cut due to his disagreement with how the whole situation was handled.

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TACO was one of MiBR’s biggest stars before being cut.

On January 8, TACO officially announced on Twitter he was no longer under contract with MiBR, and free to pursue other options.

“By the way, this week I managed to get out of the contract with the last org,” de Melo tweeted. “I’m READY to sign with the next one! News soon!”

It remains to be seen exactly where the 24-year-old will end up, but according to some reports he could be set for a reunion with dead as the two join up to create a new Brazilian team following the shakeup at MiBR.

Dead did have a 6.5-month ban leveled on him after the observing scandal on August 31, which would make him eligible to return to coaching in mid-March of 2021, so we might see an update — if things do pan out — around then.

TACO is one of the most decorated CSGO players in Brazilian history and has an undeniable reputation for putting the needs of the group above his own time and time again no matter what org he’s on, the definition of a true team player.

So, even if the ‘Brazilian super-team 2.0’ plan doesn’t work out with dead, he should have no problem finding a new home somewhere.


Can BlameF stop Complexity’s CSGO crash? BLAST Global Finals preview with Richard Lewis & SPUNJ

Published: 19/Jan/2021 11:46 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 11:47

by Ava Thompson-Powell


2021’s run for the best players and teams within the CSGO space has already begun. With some fierce competition, is Benjamin “blameF” Bremer able to swoop in and stop Complexity gaming from falling?

With BLAST Premier’s Global Finals just around the corner, Richard Lewis​ & Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill discuss the top talking points going into one of CS:GO’s biggest events. The pair delve into the nightmare scenario Complexity find themselves in with Jakob ‘JUGi’ Hansen standing in for the injured Valentin ‘poizon’ Vasilev.

The two sit down and debate whether Team Vitality will make quick work of Complexity, or if BlameF’s struggling side will shock Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut and co, also touching on Team Liquid’s new signing and Na’Vi’s form going into the event.

BLAST’s event is huge for the CSGO scene, and Complexity’s current struggles are sure to become apparent during the event. With a phenomenal roster of teams that are playing for the win in 2021’s first major event, AWPer poizon recently underwent emergency surgery on December 18th, 2020. Unable to compete, how will the team fare without the vital piece of the team’s puzzle?

In comparison, Vitality had a great end to the year, even monetarily holding the top 1 spot before Astralis was able to get ahead in the last week of 2020’s competitive season. Winning IEM Beijing, the team is in an incredibly sweet spot that will no doubt provide some fantastic plays.

Our preview also goes in to cover in further detail Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo joining Liquid, NAVI possibly starting BLAST with Bruno ‘bit’ Lima, and G2 as an upcoming dark horse to watch out for.

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