A couple of weeks before the FACEIT Major: London 2018 commences, MIBR went to Hong Kong to take the ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 title in an unblemished fashion.
— ZOTAC CUP (@ZotacCup) August 26, 2018
Working on the winning form
In paper, a lineup fronted by CS:GO legends Fernando “fer” Alvarenga, Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Marcelo “coldzera” David together with reigning Major Champions Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip and Tarik “tarik” Celik should be one of the strongest teams to be ever formed. However, this very lineup of MIBR saw little to no success in the recent months.
The hiatus went on for the team as they dropped tournament after tournament. And with the FACEIT Major coming its way, people are starting to question the team’s competence as they continue to look for their footing.
But what a way to prepare for the Majors by claiming a LAN without dropping a single game. MIBR came to Zotac Cup Masters in great form, sweeping Chinese team Flash Gaming 2-0 with a 32-4 total rounds before taking down MVP.PK and eventually sweeping the Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas led Team Kinguin in the Finals 3-0.
Warming up the Major Challengers
Catch the games here 👇
— ZOTAC CUP (@ZotacCup) August 24, 2018
Aside from MIBR, notable participants of the 8-team Zotac Cup Masters are Chinese powerhouse Tyloo and the Danish lineup of Optic Gaming who both will come to London as Champions of their respective Minors. They are joined by Virtus.Pro who is among the Boston’s Fallen.
Interestingly, neither of the three teams abovementioned advanced to the semifinals of the Zotac Cup Masters, leaving MIBR the better opportunity to win it all. Tyloo fell victim to TaZ’s all Polish Kinguin 2-1 while Optic were surprised by Ghost Gaming 2-1. VP meanwhile suffered another early exit this time against the South Koreans 2-1.
— DreamHack Counter-Strike (@DreamHackCSGO) August 16, 2018
Aside from the Zotac Cup, another tournament is coming its way before the FACEIT Major in September 5. DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 will have its 16 team showpiece from August 29 to September 2, just enough before we get begin the all-out action of the upcoming Majors.