Coldzera asks MIBR to bench him

Why Coldzera could be making a power play.

Counter-Strike: GO's Icon Stephen Chiu · 7 Jul 2019


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Today, HLTV reported that Marcelo “Coldzera” David has requested Made In Brazil to bench him. It’s a surprising move that can be dissected in many different ways.

Here's one of those ways, from Coldzera’s perspective.

Coldzera is a hyper-ambitious player⁠—someone who wants to win everything. And if you look at his career in MIBR, he did try everything. In 2018, the Brazilians tried to recruit international talent after the org decided not to buyout the up-and-coming Brazilian talent*. MIBR got Jake “Stewie2K” Yip and Tarik “tarik” Celik. The move got them a bit of success, but overall, the team wasn’t clicking.

MIBR decided the international approach wasn’t for them and tried to revert back to an all Brazilian team. They reunited with Epitacio “TACO” de Melo and Wilton “zews” Prado. MIBR’s first choice was Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato, but his buyout was too high for the org to stomach. Instead, MIBR settled on Joao “felps” Vasconcellos.

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While the new team showed some initial promise, they only ever reached their peak once in their initial outing at the Katowice Major. After that, MIBR fell into a huge slump and have since changed players again. Once again, it sounds like MIBR tried to recruit FURIA players, but this time the FURIA players decided to stick with their org and sign the 5 year contract.

From Coldzera’s perspective, the team has categorically failed in-game and outside of game. Inside the game, MIBR failed to become a full unit like they were in the past. Outside of the game, MIBR haven’t secured the signings that could have brought new life to the squad. 

Coldzera knows there is something wrong with the team and that something needs to change. He’s even been publicly critical about a lot of the problems that are going on in the team. By requesting to be benched at this moment, it feels like Coldzera is making another play to either leave the team or force some kind of change within the team. This makes even more sense if you consider that he will be benching himself right before the Major, which is one of the most important events of the year.

We’ll have to see how things play out, though one thing is clear. MIBR do need a change.

*It’s worth noting that the buyout of the young Brazilian players were especially high and unjustifiable from a return on investment standpoint

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