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FalleN’s departure from MIBR stirs a controversy

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Earlier this week, Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo joined Team Liquid following the departure of Russel “⁠Twistzz⁠” Van Dulken. The latter was reportedly in talks with FaZe Clan, however, the organization was also in touch with Finn “karrigan” Andersen.

Gabriel had benched himself following MIBR’s decision to bench his fellow teammates and coach amid the spectator bug fiasco. The 29-year-old is likely to be the primary sniper during his forthcoming endeavour with Team Liquid.

His transition, however, wasn’t smooth. To begin with, Team Liquid forgot to inform MIBR before the official announcement. “In the excitement of the day we forgot to give MIBR warning before announcing Fallen. We strive to be good partners off the server and should have checked ourselves,” Team Liquid tweeted a few hours after the announcement.

Under the same tweet, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Immortals Gaming Club (IGC) that owns MIBR Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen claimed that they had paid $100,000 extra to each player signed from SK Gaming including FalleN and fer. Gabriel retorted, “That’s not true as you never paid me and made sure I sign out without receiving it. Signing an NDA with you doesn’t mean I will see you lying on social media and be quiet.” FalleN basically denied to have received bonuses worth $100,000.

Popular esport historian Duncan “Thorin” Shield also expressed his opinion. “It’s actually disgusting if the ex-mibr core (fer, FalleN etc.) got paid the top end of their contracts (presumably bonuses) when they weren’t entitled to them and still behaved so disrespectfully on the way out,” he tweeted. He further added, “These are not men of honour.”

This is a classic example of unwanted allegations being hurled from either side without solid evidence. Had they resolved this mutually, the public humiliation could have been avoided.

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