Brazillian team MiBR has acquired a psychologist before the upcoming Starladder Major, according to Made in Brazil (MIBR) player Epitacio “TACO” de Melo. The team may have been hesitant, as TACO also claimed that psychologists are simply not as important to MIBR as it is to other teams.
It is no secret that MIBR has seen a downturn in performance recently. The team finished joint-last at the recent ESL One Cologne 2019 without winning a single match. Following this, Marcelo “coldzera” David has reportedly requested that he be benched from the team before the Major begins in August, with rumors circulating that he may join FaZe Clan.
MIBR also had a flurry of transfers. At the start of the year, MIBR re-signed João "felps" Vasconcellos for Ricardo "boltz" Prass due to internal issues. Then, MIBR loaned felps to Luminosity Gaming for Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles. In an interview conducted by HLTV.org, coldzera criticised felps’ playstyle and mentioned how the team was struggling in matches.
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It looks like MIBR are trying to fix these issues. Teams hire sports psychologists to help with performance both mentally and physically and try to help players overcome obstacles to achieve their full potential. For example, they teach players relaxation techniques, visualization, self talk, etc.
Danish team Astralis adopted this method in 2017 when the organization hired psychologist Mia Stellberg to help the team. According to an interview, she stated that the main result of the hire was to calm players’ nerves. After the hire, Astralis would go on to win the ELEAGUE Major 2017. Astralis are currently one of the world’s greatest teams in Counter-Strike history.
Other esports organizations such as fnatic have hired behavioural analyst and mental coach Urszula Klimczak for its League of Legends team in 2018. Furthermore, SK Gaming signed an esports psychologist for its League of Legends in 2017.
MIBR will be participating in the upcoming Starladder Major from August 28-September 8.