It’s that time of year where all major esports tournaments are finished, and player transfers take over. This year is no exception in CS:GO, as we can see a lot of top players moving from one team to another. At the moment Team Liquid and MiBR were the most active when it came to transfers.
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Both Team Liquid and MiBR had a decent year. However, neither can be fully satisfied with their achievements as they haven’t won a Premier title in 2018. Team Liquid was much closer considering they finished second, third and fourth countless times. The only two tournaments they won were SuperNova Malta 2018 and cs_summit 2, both which were less than a $100.000 for each event.
Both teams decided to shake their rosters a little bit. TACO moved from TeamLiquid to MiBR as well as Team Liquid’s coach zews. Consequently, former MiBR coach, Janko “YNk” Paunović had to leave the Brazilian team and it’s still unknown where YNK will go. As the NA team was left without a coach, they found a new one. He’s a former Team Liquid player and this will be the first time for him coaching. AndreN came from Mythic and he is very excited to see how he is going to handle new role.
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TACO and zews are going to rejoin their former teammates
TACO and zews are going to rejoin their former teammates from SK Gaming and Luminosity Gaming; FalleN, fer and coldzera. Basically, we are going to have the same squad from these two teams. The only difference is Tarik Celik who is playing for MiBR at the moment. If the Brazilians manage to repeat their accomplishments from their former teams, they will have an incredible year. However, Taco and zews had to part ways because of the teams poor performance. The duo achieved some unbelievable things. They won the MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016 together as part of Luminosity Gaming, as well as ESL Pro League Season 3. Taco and zews earned about $1,000,000 just with Luminosity Gaming.
Then Taco and zews moved to SK Gaming and continued displaying their pro skills. They won so many tournaments together. Among the most important ones were:
- ESL One: Cologne 2016
- IEM XII, Sydney
- ECS Season 3
- ESL One: Cologne 2017
- EPICENTER 2017
- ESL Pro League Season 6
In SK Gaming, Taco and zews gained approximately 2.5 million dollars. Therefore, this duo won about 3.5 million dollars which would establish them in third place on the list of highest-earning teams if they stuck to just one team. Furthermore, the future will tell us whether this was a clever move or not. What is known is that MiBR made one of the best moves in the off-season.
Janko “YNk” Paunović is a known analyzer and commentator. He didn’t succeed as a player, but MiBR wanted to hire him as coach to test the waters. YNk handled the new role decently, however, not in the standards of MiBR. He later was let-go by the team. We don’t know whether Janko will continue his career as a coach, or continue as a CS:GO analyzer.
Stewie said he doesn’t regret anything
Stewie stated that 2018 was full of ups and downs. Everyone was curious why did he move to the Brazilian team at the beginning of the season, but as he says he doesn’t regret anything. It was a great experience for him. He met new people and saw new styles of play. Stewie thanked people from MiBR (SK Gaming) staff for providing him an opportunity to prove himself. According to his words, he is sorry because his team didn’t get enough time to reach their full potential. In his opinion, significant results require time. Stewie also thanked, in particular, people in MiBR on his Twitter account.
“Would like to shoutout our social media guy, Nuno. One of the best homies and down to earth people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in this community. I’m glad to have you as a friend then, now, and moving forward. I’d like to thank Camila and Ricardo for making my time here so smooth and treating me as if I were blood. Just a blink of an eye and nine months went by. We’ve developed a great relationship and I know that I wouldn’t have survived this period of my life without you guys! I can’t express my gratitude and love for you two ♥️” (source: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sqomc6)
Stewie played for Cloud9 for more than two years. He had a great time there and finished his path in Cloud9 in the best possible way by winning ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018 at the beginning of this year. However, Stewie decided to join SK Gaming (later named MiBR).
Team Liquid esports players are eager to work with andreN again
AndreN started playing CS in 2009. Since then he changed a bunch of teams, but he stayed with Team Liquid and his recent team Mythic for the longest time. According to Team Liquid’s words, the North America team was looking for someone who is familiar with the current team. That is undoubtedly the case with AndreN as he was part of Team Liquid for two years. He didn’t have much success there, but it wasn’t bad either. AndreN, 28 years old, has peaked as a player so this is a great chance for him to try a new role. According to his words, he was thinking about coaching for a while, and this opportunity came at the right time.
However, andreN is not the only player that is excited about his new episode at Team Liquid. His teammates can’t hardly wait to work with him. Team captain, nitr0, as also happy about seeing his former teammate again.
“I am so eager to work with adreN again, but this time as my coach. He’s taught me so much about the fundamental game of CS early on, which has helped me become the leader I am today. I am certain we will make a great team. We will work harder than ever to become the best team in the world.” (source: https://www.teamliquidpro.com/news/2018/12/22/welcome-back-coach-adren)
İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş moved to BIG esports
BIG had quite a successful year. This young founded team won ESEA Season 27: Global challenge as well as second place on the home ground in ESL One: Cologne 2018. All in all, the Germans will remember 2018 as the most successful year in their history thus far. Furthermore, BIG player nex started feeling pain in the wrist which affected his performance in the last couple of months. Therefore, the German team was looking for a new player who can replace nex. Fans were speculating about a potential transfer. One of the mentioned names was XANTARES. Fans turned out to be right about Turkish player. BIG announced today that XANTARES signed with them.
Sealed the deal. Welcome to BIG, @XANTAREScsgo!
— BIG (@BIGCLANgg) December 22, 2018
İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş is a former Space Soldiers member. During his episode in Team Soldiers, XANTARES won several significant tournaments such as The World Championships 2016, ESEA Season 25: Global Challenge, Europe Minor Championship Boston 2018, and DreamHack Open Austin 2018. In addition, Team Soldiers won the 2nd place in WESG 2017. However, the Turkish team started struggling with many things. Among those things was a bad internet infrastructure, which is crucial for eSports. Therefore, Team Soldiers decided to stop competing until the organization improves on their internet infrastructure.
That was one of the main reasons why XANTARES decided to move to Germany. According to his words, he is sorry for leaving his family and fans, but he states it is the only way to achieve new heights for his career. XANTARES thanked his former teammates and fans for the support he received from them.
compLexity benched ANDROID, changes in HellRaisers staff
Bradley “ANDROID” Fodor was part of compLexity for two and half years. For that time, compLexity didn’t record anything outstanding. Moreover, the best accomplishment in that period was the title in the Americas Minor Championship London 2018. According to words of Jason Lake, founder CEO of compLexity, it wasn’t an easy decision to make considering all the time that ANDROID spent at compLexity. However, CS:GO can be cruel, and as Jason Lake said; a team cannot suffer because of one member. Surely, ANDROID didn’t perform in the best way in last several months, so this was a unavoidable move. It wasn’t easy for compLexity to announce this during the holiday season. Meanwhile, ANDROID is enjoying his time with family and is preparing for holidays.
As we approach the roster lock for the upcoming Major, we have another update on #coLcs.
— compLexity Gaming (@compLexity) December 23, 2018
We saw a lot of moves and changes in the last few days, but this time, moves have been made in HellRaiser’s staff. Namely, Ivan ‘Johnta’ Shevtsov left HellRaisers and he is officially not HellRaiser’s coach anymore. For now, the interim coach is going to be the former analyzer for HellRaisers, Amiran ‘ami‘ Rekhviashvili. This year was indeed the best one in HR history, but they decided to shake the staff a little bit. The European team won Bets.net Masters Season 1 and CIS Minor Championship London 2018.
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