The MIBR (Made In Brazil) cast will feature a player known in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) scenario to play the BLAST Pro Series Lisbon games. The American Braxton “swag” Pierce will wear the shirt of Brazil and replace Fernando “fer” Alvarenga , who will be out of the tournament for health reasons. In addition to his talent at CS, swag gained prominence in the community by getting involved in the iBUYPOWER scandal and suffering an eternal ban on Valve competitions. Know a little more about the talented, and controversial, player.
The player began his career in 2012. Although he made his debut in lesser-known teams, the American already played alongside players who would also be prominent on the stage, such as Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert , formerly Cloud9 , and Spencer “Hiko “Martin, former Team Liquid. At the end of 2013, he was picked by compLexity Gaming, where he gained more notoriety, especially after the 3rd / 4th place in DreamHack Winter 2013.
Outstanding swag performances took him to iBUYPOWER, a team that had one of the best lineups in North America. In the lineup, he won the runner-up of the second season of the FACEIT League in 2014, losing to Fnatic in the final. Swag continued to gain respect on the stage and achieve good results alongside his team. The swag career was halted following a scandal in 2014.
Scandal on iBUYPOWER
During the CEVO Professional League championship, iBUYPOWER faced the NetcodeGuides team. The iBUYPOWER was clear favorite, since the team was in a great form and had a superior line up. However, to the surprise of the community, the team was defeated by the discrepant score of 16-4. The result soon aroused suspicions of the community.
In January 2015, journalist Richard Lewisum, who worked at a gambling site, stated that iBUYPOWER players had bet on their own loss and received a total of $ 10,000 for that. With the confirmation of suspicion, swag and the others involved Derek “dboorn” Boorn, Joshua “Steel” Nissan, Keven “AZK” Larivière, Casey “caseyfoster” Foster, Sam “Dazed” Marine and Duc “cud” Pham were permanently banned from competitions.
Unable to play in major competitions of CS: GO, swag found space on Cloud9 as a streamer and analyst from 2015 until 2017. During that time, he managed to play only in two competitions for the team: at the RGN Pro Series in November 2015, cs_summit 1 in April 2017. That same year, he and the other banned players were released to play in tournaments conducted by ESL and DreamHack.
Still in 2017, swag left Cloud9 to play on other teams, such as GX and Torqued. He currently plays for Swole Patrol, who also has Ryan “freakazoid” Abadir and has recently participated in EPICENTER 2018 and the US qualifier for WESG 2018. Now he will have a new opportunity to showcase his talent in dressing the MIBR shirt at the BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, Portugal, alongside the Brazilians Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Marcelo “coldzera” David , and the Americans Tarik “tarik” Celik and Jacky ‘Jake’ “Stewie2K” Yip.