After the end of round 1, teams that finished at second and third spots will compete in round 2 of the ESL Pro League Season 9 – Americas. The format is the same since teams will compete in the best of three series. The top team will qualify for the finals that will take place in June.
We have picked this match for you since it is between one of the best teams, MIBR against their regional rivals Isurus. The Brazilians had their fair share of troubles in the past months. Let’s have a look if they have what it takes to take on the South American team.
The best and possibly the most decorated CS: GO side from South America is Made In Brazil. The team had a very decent year is 2018, since they managed to finish in the top 8 of the world rankings. The team had a very good start to 2019 since the finished at the 3rd-4th spot in one of the biggest competitions of the year, IEM Katowice. Despite criticism from the fans, we believe that it was a very good result. Since it was the first tournament of the All-Brazilian roster. Yet the team did have its fair share of defeats in the next few months.
No strong grasp
After Poland, the team travelled back to its home to compete in the Blast Pro Series Sao Paulo. It was expected that MIBR will be the champion of the competition since the team had tremendous support from the fans. Yet they were completely demolished. In one day, the team managed to finish the last place by losing every single match of the group stage. They even lost a 1v1 exhibition match against ENCE. But that was just the start of the downfall of the team.
Decline in Performances
After their endeavors in Brazil, the team competed in the World Electronic Sports Games 2018. Many of us considered that this competition will mark the first trophy win of the year. Since not even a single team in the top 10 rankings was competing. Yet MiBR were eliminated in the quarterfinals after losing to Windigo. Then the team traveled to China to compete in the StarSeries Season 7 Invitational. In the event, the like of Astralis and Liquid declined to participate in the competition. MiBR was predicted to at least make it to the playoffs. Some even hinted a top 3 finish for the Brazilians. Despite the build-up, they were eliminated in the first stage. They lost to North, Renegades, and NRG. These series of defeats in all of these competitions meant that MIBR lost nine out of ten competitive games. So, panic alarms were there for the team.
We understand that every team falls into the trenches of defeat. But MIBR has no excuse. The new roster of the team didn’t work at all. It was evident that the team needed some rework after the top 7 in 2018. Yet investing in all national team was not a good option.
In the 2018 offseason, the team switched Stewie2K for Taco and got rid of the coach YNK. These changes were not accepted at all by the community and the critics anticipated a purple patch for them and they were right. The team got its act together in the Blast Pro Series Miami. At the end of the competition, the team sat at 3rd place. This was a good result since the competition included the best team in the world. MIBR won against Astralis and C9. The team managed to concede a draw against the champions of the competition. This indicated that the team finally got back to its winning ways.
Series of Decent Performances
After that, the team competed in the ESL Pro League Season 9 – Americas. They competed in group C against Cloud9, Luminosity, and Team Envy. MiBR was expected to finish first since these are not the teams that MIBR should slip against. Yet they did fall. The team finished at 2nd place, which is a good result but not enough to grant them a direct ticket to the finals. FalleN and co fell against Luminosity in the decider. After that, the team competed in the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV – Sydney.
Even though the team was not in the best form, they had a good showing in the competition. They won their first two games against GrayHound and Fnatic but lost to NRG in the round 3 of the upper bracket. They won their game against mousesports in the quarterfinals but lost to arch-rivals Liquid in the semis. The side finished at the 3rd-4th place, which is good but not what you should expect from on the top teams who seem to be so indulged on the Brazilian heritage.
New Tactics Needed!
We think that Fallen has finally realized that the team should stop relying on the old tactics. The All-Brazilian team might not be the best choice to compete in the modern landscape of CS: GO. In the old days, Luminosity and SK were quite formidable. But the last time Fallen won a Major was in 2016. He should realize that the game has changed a lot. AWP is not an offensive item anymore, Vertigo is in the new map pool. Maybe we should see a new name on the team.
Now MIBR will compete against the South Americans, Isurus. MIBR will be able to beat the team since they will be coming into this game in decent form. Isurus is a decent team but doesn’t have the potential to beat the likes of Fallen and Fer. We expect an incredibly one-sided game.
MIBR 2-0 Isurus
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