History explains why MIBR aren’t playing out the season with Coldzera

Previous ruthless roster moves show the team's consistent philosophy.

Counter-Strike: GO's Icon Stephen Chiu · 12 Jul 2019


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Today, Marcelo “coldzera” David has been officially benched on MIBR. The surprising thing about the move is coldzera will not play out the rest of the season with the team. He posted a twitlonger saying he was willing to play during BLAST, Chicago and the Major with the team, but MIBR have decided to move on. Coach Wilton “zews” Prado gave more insight into this decision in his own twitlonger.

“We have come to the conclusion that the moment we need to live is one of rebuilding for the future and the earlier we start, the better," zews said. "Not only for our starting lineup but for our team culture.”

This community has scrutinized this decision. From the outside, it’s a strange decision, as no matter how you look at it, the team will get better results with coldzera playing over zews. While MIBR do need to rebuild, they cannot start that rebuild in earnest until after the Major anyway.

While it’s a surprising move, it is a move the Brazilians have consistently made throughout their history. At FACEIT Stage 3 Finals, MIBR made a dramatic roster move days before the event, replacing Lucas “steel” Lopes and Ricardo “boltz” Prass with Lincoln “fnx” Lau and Epitacio “TACO” de Melo.

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They pulled the same move at at ELeague Atlanta 2017. The team had switched rosters once again, this time removing Lincoln “fnx” Lau for Joao “felps” Vasconcellos. Felps couldn’t play at the Major, so MIBR could either play with fnx or a stand-in. In the end, they opted for the stand-in and Ricardo "fox" Pacheco at the Major with them.

MIBR did it a third time at the ELeague Boston Major where they had to play with felps instead of boltz. At the time, the players said that they weren’t practicing with felps at all.

When it comes to moving on to the next lineup, the Brazilians are ruthless. Additionally, there is an element of passion or personal enjoyment at work here. Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo explained this in his reflections interview with Duncan “Thorin” Shields, 

“There are two things that need to be considered when it comes to us and the Brazilians. The best example was playing with fox instead of fnx at the Major. The reality we faced at the time was, ‘Do we want to play and treat this like a business, play with fnx, and have a better chance at winning the tournament and get our third major?’ or ‘Do we want to be doing what we love with a free mind, knowing that we are doing our best, knowing that everyone is going to be committed, and that we are going to have fun?' ... We could win the third major. Everyone knew that, but everyone at the same time and right away would say, ‘I prefer losing the Major or not playing the Major with the team we’re playing with right now.’”

While I don’t necessarily agree with the Brazilians, I have a certain respect for it. They’ve always adhered to this code regardless of the circumstances of the Major. In a way, this decision to not play with coldzera could be considered positive as it shows that MIBR still care and still have the passion to play.

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