2018 couldn’t have started better for Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik as he lead Cloud9 to victory at ELEAGUE Boston to become the first and only North American team to ever win a CS:GO Major.
Unfortunately, the Cloud9 train was derailed just as quickly as it started rolling. Despite winning the Major in January, a number of underwhelming results and a new opportunity at MIBR saw Stewie2K leave the team.
A few months later, in July, tarik followed his former teammate to join the majority Brazilian roster. Unfortunately, the team never managed to gel and MIBR decided to try a full Brazilian roster once again.
Stewie2K went to Team Liquid as part of a swap for Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo and Wilton ‘Zews’ Prado, but tarik found himself benched when he didn’t receive an offer that he wanted to pursue.
Now, the 22-year-old has opened up about his time with MIBR and his plans for the future in a statement on TwitLonger.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Unfortunately for fans of the North American, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing him in action any time soon, as he has opted to remain on the MIBR bench and wait for the right opportunity rather than rushing into any decisions.
In the meantime, he says he will be concentrating on his Twitch stream and improving as an individual in CS:GO: “At this time I'll be sitting out with MIBR, streaming and working further on my personal game, until another opportunity arises.”
It seems likely that tarik will wait until the IEM Katowice Major concludes in early March before he looks at joining a new team. Most Majors are followed by an intense transfer period as many of the world’s top teams look to make improvements.