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MIBR beat Sharks to win CBCS Elite League Season 1

MIBR came out on top of CBCS Elite League Season 1, the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament of the year in South America, following a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sharks. It was the tenth straight tournament win in South America for the MIBR team, who added 1600 RMR points to the 80 that they obtained by topping the region’s standings in 2020.

Playing their first tournament back home since picking up Raphael “⁠exit⁠” Lacerda, MIBR made it out of the Swiss stage with a 3-1 record following a defeat against Sharks, and they were made to work hard by Havan Liberty in the quarter-final stage before taking down Bravos 2-0 in a one-sided semi-final affair.

MIBR won the first SA RMR tournament of the year

Gustavo “⁠yel⁠” Knittel‘s side drew first blood in the best-of-three final with a close win on Mirage, where tournament MVP Marcelo “⁠chelo⁠” Cespedes reigned supreme in the second half (1.96 rating and 132 ADR) to lead the team’s efforts on the CT side.

Sharks responded on Vertigo with strong performances from Lucas “⁠Lucaozy⁠” Neves and Romeu “⁠zevy⁠” Rocco, and they looked primed to win the series as they raced to a 13-7 lead on Inferno. However, a 1v2 clutch from yel in a messy eco round that saw Fillipe “⁠pancc⁠” Martins disconnect from the server was enough to turn the game on its head and shift the momentum back towards MIBR, who made great use of a double AWP setup and went on a dominant 9-0 run.



CBCS Elite League Season 1 final standings:

1. Brazil MIBR – $7,550 + 1600 RMR points
2. Brazil Sharks – $3,000 + 1500 RMR points
3. Brazil Paquetá – $1,275 + 1400 RMR points
4. Brazil Bravos – $1,275 + 1300 RMR points
5-8. Argentina Meta – $725 + 1050 RMR points
5-8. Brazil Havan Liberty – $725 + 1050 RMR points
5-8. Brazil INTZ – $725 + 1050 RMR points
5-8. Brazil Santos – $725 + 1050 RMR points
9-11. Argentina Furious – $275
9-11. Brazil SWS – $275
9-11. Brazil Black Dragons – $275
12-14. Argentina Isurus (Disqualified)
12-14. Brazil Jaguares (Disqualified)
12-14. Brazil Keyd (Disqualified)
15-16. Brazil DETONA (Disqualified)
15-16. Brazil Bears (Disqualified)

South American RMR standings:

1. Brazil MIBR – 1680 RMR points
2. Brazil Sharks – 1500 RMR points
3. Brazil Paquetá – 1400 RMR points
4. Brazil Bravos – 1300 RMR points
5. Argentina Meta 1050 RMR points
5. Brazil Havan Liberty – 1050 RMR points
5. Brazil INTZ – 1050 RMR points
8. Brazil Santos – 672 RMR points

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FURIA fend off MIBR to advance in BLAST Premier Spring Showdown

FURIA have eliminated MIBR from the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown following a 2-0 win in the first round of the single-elimination bracket (Mirage 16-14, Vertigo 16-10). The victory sets the Brazilian squad up for a rematch from the ESL Pro League Season 13 group stage against Gambit, who clinched the first-ever encounter between the two teams 2-1 three weeks ago.

“I think we can beat [Gambit],” Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson said on the official broadcast when asked about the upcoming quarter-final matchup against the current No.1 team in the world. “We hung with them at EPL, we made a couple of mistakes when we could have 2-0d them.”

After picking Overpass without success in the last encounter with FURIA in ESL Pro League Season 13 last month, MIBR opted Mirage this time to kick off the rematch in BLAST but were unable to convert the closely-contested opener once again.

FURIA move on to face Gambit in the next round

The favorites around arT managed to shake off two anti-forcebuy losses in the first half to clinch a one-round lead at halftime, and they went on to pick up the first map 16-14 after yet another half that rested on a knife’s edge, fending off MIBR‘s scary attempt at a comeback from an 8-15 deficit.

MIBR were looking to redeem themselves on Vertigo after amassing early momentum on the CT side, which was only stopped when Kaike “⁠KSCERATO⁠” Cerato stepped up with an ace to get his team on the board and in brief control of the economy. The underdogs got away with the better half in the end on the back of a Deagle win in the 13th round, but once sides switched it was all about FURIA and their dominance on the defense.

Gustavo “⁠yel⁠” Knittel‘s men could hardly find a way through as they quickly lost their lead and went on to win only one round off a 1v2 clutch from the in-game leader, before FURIA emerged victorious at 16-10, 2-0.



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MIBR expand roster with exit signing

MIBR have announced that they have completed the signing of Raphael “⁠exit⁠” Lacerda from Sharks. The 24-year-old rifler joins the Brazilian giants with immediate effect, increasing the roster to six players despite Valve’s decision to issue penalties to teams who substitute out players in the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) circuit.

“I’m very happy with this opportunity, it’s something I’ve always wanted,” exit said in a statement. “I’ll give my best to help this team and help it reach the top, which is where Brazil deserves to be.”

exit is already practising with MIBR

The announcement follows a rough first few months for the new MIBR roster, which was announced in mid-January. The Brazilian team, featuring the core of the BOOM squad that won nine tournaments in a row in South America in 2020, failed to impress in their first tournaments in Europe, finishing last in their BLAST Premier Spring group, fourth in their ESL Pro League group, and 9th-12th in the IEM Katowice Play-In.

exit will replace Daniel “⁠danoco⁠” Morgado on all maps during the first week of practice, according to head coach Alessandro “⁠Apoka⁠” Marcucci, who added that the coaching staff will make a decision regarding the starting lineup for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown in the days leading up to the event.

“We know we cannot make changes in between maps in the RMR competitions, we need a team of five,” Apoka added. “That’s what Valve wants.

“But it’s very important for us to have six players right now, that’s why danoco will stay with us and will be watching us in practice.”

MIBR now have:

BrazilGustavo “⁠yel⁠” Knittel
BrazilRicardo “⁠boltz⁠” Prass
BrazilMarcelo “⁠chelo⁠” Cespedes
BrazilBruno “⁠shz⁠” Martinelli
BrazilRaphael “⁠exit⁠” Lacerda
BrazilDaniel “⁠danoco⁠” Morgado

BrazilAlessandro “⁠Apoka⁠” Marcucci (coach)
BrazilRenato “⁠nak⁠” Nakano (strategic coach)

More to follow…

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exit set to join MIBR

Sharks star Raphael “⁠exit⁠” Lacerda is on the brink of joining MIBR, and ge have learned. The two organisations have already agreed to terms over the deal, which should be finalised shortly.

It’s unclear who exit will replace in MIBR‘s starting lineup, with Daniel “⁠danoco⁠” Morgado looking the most likely candidate to be removed after he struggled to impress in his first tournaments with the team. The 25-year-old could still remain on the roster, however, as MIBR have made no secret that they are open to the possibility of having a six-man lineup.

exit could soon be unveiled by MIBR

This will be the team’s first roster change since being signed by MIBR in mid-January. The team, featuring four members of the BOOM squad that dominated the South American scene in 2020 plus danoco, have won only seven of the 20 matches that they have played since arriving in Europe. Last week, MIBR finished fourth in their ESL Pro League group with a 2-3 record, beating TeamOne and Cloud9 and suffering losses to Gambit, FURIA and Natus Vincere.

exit has been on Sharks‘ books since the organisation entered Counter-Strike in mid-2017. He has attended several international LAN events with the team, who peaked at No.22 in the ranking in January 2019, including three ESL Pro League Finals and one Americas Minor.

The 24-year-old could make his first appearance for MIBR in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, scheduled for April 13-18. The tournament will have $162,500 on offer in addition to two spots in the BLAST Premier Spring Finals.

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Liquid eliminate MIBR from BLAST Premier Spring Groups

Liquid has defeated MIBR in a quick 2-0 series (Vertigo 16-6, Inferno 16-9) to eliminate the Brazilian side from the BLAST Premier Spring Groups. Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo & co. are slated to play FaZe next for a spot at the Spring Final, on Sunday at 16:30