Since the last Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major, the Brazilian scene appears to have entered a state of disarray as rumors of internal conflicts within the top teams run rampant.
Immortals is the latest squad hit with a significant change: former SK Gaming and former Counter-Strike: Source professional Wilton “zews” Prado has been removed in favor of Lucas “steel” Lopes.
Steel is no stranger to competition. He was part of the Luminosity Gaming squad which later became SK Gaming and succeeded in reaching the quarter finals of both the ESL One Cologne 2015 and DreamHack Cluj-Napoca majors with the roster. After Luminosity removed him on Nov. 23 that year, however, steel has predominantly been playing within the confines of his home country with moderate success.
Zews, who received a lot of credit for his work as SK Gaming’s coach, officially joined Immortals on July 22 in favor of remaining as a coach on the major-winning line-up. In an interview with esports pundit and journalist Richard Lewis, zews admitted that he couldn’t resist being offered to resume his playing career.
Aside from its victories at Northern Arena 2016 and iBUYPOWER Fall Invitational, Immortals struggled to make an impressive showing at any internationally stacked tournaments. This includes two unimpressive last-finishes in their ELEAGUE group and the ESL Pro League Season 4 LAN finals, where the Brazilians lost in a painful comeback victory against Team Liquid on Mirage despite winning the first half with a 13–2 scoreline.