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More information has been brought into the spotlight regarding the potential roster moves of MIBR at the start of 2018.
While many heard the rumors that Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and Egor “flamie” Vasilyev were targeted, they probaby don’t know how many other options there was.
In an interview with Mais Esports, Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia discussed this period of time and just how close they had gotten to signing the Ukrainian star.
One interesting point not widely known before was that s1mple was not choice number one. MIBR initially wanted to sign Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and Richard “shox” Papillon. More than that, there was a long list of desires long before they settled on Tarik “tarik” Celik.
“We had not thought about s1mple at first,” dead said.
“We had thought about Niko and shox, but shox could not come because of his wife. He was still flattered by our offer. Then, it was Niko and rain, but rain did not want to come, and, without him, Niko would not come. Then, we thought about s1mple and KRIMZ because KRIMZ’s contract with fnatic was about to expire, but it did not work out.
That was when s1mple said: ‘What about flamie?’. We had some talks, we met with everyone. s1mple said: ‘I’ll go, I’ll go’. For you to understand how close things got, flamie was at the airport when s1mple said that he was no longer coming. I understand Na`Vi’s point of view, the guy was their entire team and they did everything they could to hold on to him.
Then, we wanted Stewie2K and autimatic, but autimatic did not want to come,” he explained in the interview.
It is certainly an interesting rabbit hole to go down what the team would have looked like and performed like with any of those possible lineups.
It would end up being tarik who joined Jake “stewie2k” Yip on the majority Brazilian roster and in the end this roster would be dissolved but it seems the writing was on the walls from the start.
“tarik is a very cool guy, he was not what we wanted at the start of the year, but we saw that the situation was so bad, even for boltz, that bringing in tarik was better than what we had,” dead said in the interview.
“We did not think about anyone else. We were so traumatized by what had happened with s1mple and by all the negative responses that we had got that we thought: ‘This guy wants to come, and his buyout is okay’. “tarik had just won a Major and his buyout was lower than that of some Brazilian players,” he added.
The roster would underperform and result in stewie2k being traded to Team Liquid for Epitácio “TACO” de Melo and Wilton “zews” Prado while tarik would eventually go on to join NRG.
But man oh man…what could have been and what the CS:GO landscape would look like now.
UPDATE: according to HLTV, flamie has reached out and stated he was not at the airport when things didn’t work out but had a plane ticket.