With João ‘felps‘ Vasconcellos officially joining MIBR, the former SK Gaming that dominated the CS:GO scene for much of 2017 is now reunited.
MIBR made the acquisition official earlier today. In a Twitter post, the Immortals-owned Brazilian CS:GO organization referred to felps as the “missing piece.”
Rumors of a SK Gaming reunion started circulating after MIBR acquired Epitácio ‘TACO‘ de Melo and Wilton “zews” Prado from Team Liquid in December of last year. Prior to the confirmation, many believed that MIBR would take a chance at bringing in another former comrade in Lincoln “fnx” Lau.
felps became an inactive member of a dominant SK Gaming roster in October 2017 following the team’s string of lackluster performances during the latter half of the year. Although, he would continue playing for SK Gaming in a number of tournaments despite this relegation. In particular, because of a ruling that prevented his replacement, Ricardo ‘boltz‘ Prass, from playing with SK Gaming at the ELEAGUE Boston Major 2018, felps would rejoin his former teammates, helping them achieve a 3rd-4th place finish.
felps would officially leave SK Gaming in February of 2018, joining the all-Brazilian roster Não Tem Como before eventually helping form NoTag. The stack was eventually picked up by INTZ eSports.
felps has averaged a respectable 1.20 rating over the past six months. However, this is an inflated number that comes from playing against inferior competition in online matches. In LAN competition, felps’ average dips down to 1.08. He also has a 0.9 average rating in an extremely limited sample when playing in big events.
Can Felps Help Bring MIBR Back to the Top?
felps is a phenomenal player who brings a lot to the table. His aggressive play style allows him to wreak havoc all over the map. His time with SK Gaming in 2017 also proved that he’s capable of coming up with big numbers against top-five teams.
Unfortunately, we all know what happened during his time with SK Gaming by now.
Eventually becoming unhappy with his fit and role in the team, SK Gaming decided to replace felps with boltz. The move helped bring SK Gaming out of their slump, netting them a few more LAN titles to close out 2017.
Having said that, it’s surprising that MIBR chose to bring back a player that the roster previously already felt like wasn’t a good fit.
Of course, there is a silver lining to all of this. Players can mature over time. It is possible that felps’ time playing with other organizations have made him a better team player. Not to mention, with Fernando ‘fer‘ Alvarenga experiencing a massive drop in his performance, MIBR could probably afford to give felps more freedom to take aggressive duels or map control.
Then again, we all we can do for now is to speculate. MIBR currently have zero LAN appearances confirmed until the IEM Katowice Major. This means that we’ll have to wait a while to see how MIBR performs with their latest roster.
What do you think felps will bring to the table for MIBR? Will this SK Gaming reunion turn out better than their already successful previous go around? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.