There was bound to be scepticism in the community when Wilton “Zews” Prado made the call to give up his spot as the coach of the best Counter-Strike team in the world, SK Gaming. But upon his return to the action, the veteran of the game is making a huge impact. Immortals have conquered the competition at Northern Arena, with Zews playing a crucial role in the team throughout the event.
Prado has proved he can provide Immortals’ missing ingredients: experience and leadership. Having not played at a competitive LAN event in nearly nine years, Zews mechanical abilities were understandably brought into question – would his skill be able to match-up to the competition?
Evidently so. Zews made several huge individual plays in the late rounds of the final map against Cloud9 in the Grand Finals of Northern Arena, securing the title and its $50,000 first place prize.
Prior to his acquisition, Immortals were already boasting a diverse roster of formidable talent, lurking just outside the realm of top-tier North American Counter-Strike. The dynamic and aggressive AWP style that Henrique “HEN1” Teles possessed, coupled with João “felps” Vasconcellos’ versatility maintained the team’s ability to be a constant threat. While many observers seemed to be wary of Immortals making such a move given their team’s trajectory, it is obvious now that Immortals saw Zews as the key to advancing in the rankings.
“The part I bring more from SK is mostly now the in-game leading and the system that FalleN and myself were able to create over there along with coldzera and everyone. Also just an overall mentality of how to play and I have to in-game lead.”
Wilton “Zews” Prado
With one LAN victory under the team’s belt, the community will have to wait and see what Immortals have in store going forward. Brazilian Counter-Strike continues to go from strength to strength, seemingly immune to plateauing in terms of skill and tactics. If Immortals can continue their upwards trend, soon even the best fraggers in North America will be playing catch up to ‘a manager with no recent competitive experience’.