Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe has officially joined the MiBR CS:GO roster after weeks of speculation surrounding their new fifth player.
The full video released by MiBR to welcome kNg into the team was uploaded onto YouTube. With some clips from the StarLadder Berlin Major both inside and outside the server, with kNg shown meeting with MiBR management, the video pokes fun at the fact his mother ‘revealed’ the roster move early and her Instagram post was shared within the community.
Previously, kNg has been a controversial figure within the CS scene. Following Immortals’ no-show for the first map of the DreamHack Montreal 2017 grand final against North, kNg went on a tirade against Canadian player Pujan “FNS” Mehta. The CLG player had made a joke claiming it was unfortunate that his team had lost to players that were hungover, but kNg did not take well to the jibe.
He was penalised by Immortals, but defied orders to not play and subbed in during an online match against CLG during an EPICENTER qualifier. kNg later made comments about Duncan “Thorin” Shields, asking if he made negative comments towards him after “making love to [his] boyfriend”, with many viewing the comments as homophobic and was removed from Immortals.
The MiBR brand was sold to Immortals in 2018, with the former SK Gaming roster joining that year. While SK were dominant, MiBR have struggled to recapture their former glory.
Following the self-imposed benching of Marcelo “coldzera” David, the Brazilian squad refused to allow him back onto the team for their pre-Major tournaments and instead opted to play with coach Wilton “zews” Prado.
kNg acquired his US visa last month but due to qualifying for the Americas Minor with INTZ and roster locks already in place, he was unable to join MiBR earlier despite the organisation targeting him as early as July, according to reports by Jarek “DeKay” Lewis for Dexerto. INTZ made it through to the New Challengers Stage through the Minor Third Place Play-in, but were eliminated 0-3 alongside TYLOO.
He will be making his MiBR debut at BLAST Pro Series: Moscow later this month on 13-14th September against Na’Vi, NiP, ENCE, Vitality and the winner of the CIS Play-In.