Brazil has two very good Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams and five players who have more titles than many world-class pros across the whole world. One of those players, Lincoln “fnx” Lau, formerly of SK Gaming, is rumoured to have joined the second best Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, Immortals, owned by American venture capitalists.
Having joined the org that made him famous, Luminosity Gaming, in late November, 2015, fnx made some great things happen to the team, winning the MLG Major Championship: Columbus, DreamHack Austin 2016 and the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals, also placing second at the FACEIT 2015 Stage 3 Finals and later Esports Championship Series Season 1 Finals. After that, fnx signed with SK Gaming with the rest of the former Luminosity Gaming roster, which was considered to be the best in the world at the time. The newly minted SK Gaming players proved that to be true by winning their second Major, ESL One: Cologne 2016 and going to place second at the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals and Intel Extreme Masters XI – Oakland.
Even in the midst of success, however, the team wasn’t immune to drama, with fnx reportedly clashing with the team’s Captain, in-game leader and the paragon of Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene, Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo. With the flux affecting i-game performance, the organization made the decision to drop fnx, replacing him with their first non-Brazilian player, Ricardo “fox” Pacheco. While the SK side seems weaker with the new guy, the unresolved matter of fnx’s placement still remained.
It’s now been revealed that the player might be joining Immortals, a vastly weaker team in which he might be able to make things happen the way he wants them to. While he couldn’t really make the rest of the team see eye to eye with him when FalleN, a god-like figure in Brazilian Counter-Strike, disagreed, his two Valve-sponsored Major titles might make the rest of the Immortals roster more agreeable. It’s been said that Immortals’ João “felps” Vasconcellos is set to join SK Gaming after the ELEAGUE Major, the rumour fuelled by fox’s lukewarm performance at the tournament. If that was the case, the whole roster move would be a simple delayed trade between two Brazilian rosters.
It’s hard to say whether everything is going to turn out according to what the rumors say, however, no matter what is set to happen, it will be extremely interesting to follow. The rumored upcoming French shuffle is coming, now the Brazilians are restless too.