After months of speculation, MiBR have officially announced their CS:GO roster that will consist of ex SK Gaming players. The reforged organisation will make its debut in the upcoming ESL One Cologne tournament happening on 03 July 2018.
The North American esport organisation Immortals managed to purchase the brand MiBR (Made in Brazil) earlier this year. After months of speculation over what roster is going to represent the name of the Counter Strike powerhouse, it was revealed its going to be the ex SK Gaming line up.
The ex SK Gaming roster that will represent the name is made up of four Brazilian players with the exception of former Cloud 9 player Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip.
- Ricardo "boltz" Prass
- Marcelo "coldzera" David
- Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip
- Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
- Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
While the coaching position will be handed over to Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia. MiBR's team manager role will be taken by Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen best known for playing in teams like WinFakt and Evil Geniuses back during the Counter-Strike 1.6 era.
Speculation about the SK Gaming roster switching organisations were circling around the community for about two months. Due to discontent on the players' side, in addition to the rumours, ex-SK players refused to wear their official SK jerseys.
The CEO of Immortals Noah Whinston announced how the contracts signed by the players might be the longest in counter strike history, he didn't state on how long that might be, but some fans speculate it might be until the players retire from the game.
In an interview with HLTV.org Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo said, "Noah has some structural ideas that we did not have with SK, a stronger structural support, so we do not feel that it is just five guys playing CS but something more."
Founded in 2003 by Paulo Velloso, MiBR represented the small but important Brazilian esport scene. The modest but reputable and notably dangerous team quickly gained fame by beating top tier teams in the mid 2000s. The dream ended in 2009 when the organisation decided to say goodbye to the Counter-Strike scene.
The new MiBR will make their debut in the upcoming ESL One Cologne that is starting 03 July 2018. Made in Brazil will be taking SK Gaming’s spot in the tournament for a shot at the $300,000 prize pool. The newly founded organisation will have to face the likes of Astralis, Faze, NiP, Natus Vincere, Fnatic.