After finishing in last place in the BR6 League in Stage 2 and previously heading to a relegation match (relegation is cancelled), INTZ left the R6 esports scene. In its place comes TropiCaos, an organization that fans outside of Brazil probably haven’t heard of.
Here’s everything you might want to know about the New Look organization and team before Stage 3.
TropiCaos was created just over a year ago with an initial investment of 1 million reais ($190,000) from FichasNet Group, an online poker company. Its founders are:
- Lucas Pegoraro — The CEO of the FichasNet group
- Rodrigo Martinez — A structuring and restructuring executive who has worked for IBM, Xerox and Lenovo and CEO of TropiCaos
- João Gabriel — Previously worked on social media for Santos Esports, Corinthians Esports and Red Candida, among others
- Matheus Teixeira — A YouTuber and streamer
From its launch, TropiCaos stated that it aims to be a diverse organization rooted in Brazilian culture. A great example is the organization’s logo, which is designed from a “carranca”, a wooden figure that was attached to boats to ward off evil spirits by native Brazilians.
> All our communication is focused on Portuguese, and our content always reinforces Brazil 🦜
After recruiting a Free Fire team when the organization launched in August 2021, TropiCaos announced plans to join VALORANT and R6 last October.
Their first team Free Fire had finished their Brazilian B-League in 22nd place, leading them to choose a new roster for 2022. This new team qualified for the promotional tournament after Stage 1, but then finished at the eighth place, with only the best four entering the Serie A tournament.
Apart from this team, they are mainly known by their women’s rosters as they have chosen teams in Free Fire, VALORANT and Rainbow Six. Although they’ve had the Free Fire team for a while, they signed their second VALORANT roster in July after the first only lasted from February to May.
In R6, meanwhile, the women’s team participated in Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the Circuito Feminino tournament this year, coming out third in their group each time. This team notably included Larissa “Chl0e” Kimie, who is now part of the Black Dragon Women’s e-Sports team, as well as Karen “Laady” Cristina Schweitzer and Laryssa “I4RYSSA” Vitória da Silva, who are now part of the Fenix. Women’s Esports.
The R6 team left the organization and disbanded on June 24.
Also noteworthy are the “influencers” who have signed on, ranging from streamers to athletes, singers, commentators and YouTubers.
When the organization launched, TropiCaos signed 10 members, which at the time provided a social media reach of eight million people. The organization also expected that figure to double by the start of 2022. Since then, it has worked with many more names, including MC Bin Laden. João Gabriel said that the growth of “Chaos Influencers…is the first step towards a series of entertainment products that we intend to launch in the market”.
The organization has now selected a male roster for the BR6 League.
The roster he acquired is currently in one of the worst positions of any professional team; Barring a miraculous comeback and before the relegation event was scrapped, they were likely heading there at the end of the season.
This team’s main hopes for Stage 3 will be pinned on their two new players.
The first, Lucca “yektz” Wessler, must have impressed in practice because he hasn’t performed very well in recent tournaments. He was his team’s worst player by SiegeGG Rating in the 2021 BR6b tournament, alongside current Team oNe player Gabriel “Maia” Maia (who was on Guidance Gaming). Yektz was on a flexible position and didn’t improve much as he moved up to second entry on VIUVAS DO TIER 2 in Brazil Cup Stage 1.
Most recently, he was the highest rated player on Guardians Imperium E-Sports in the Brazilian Cup Stage 2…but the team went out in the quarter-finals and he got the lowest SiegeGG rating of 0 .65 in the game they lost to oNe de Maia. .
Raul “kondz” Romão, who many will recognize for his year on Santos e-Sports in 2021, has also joined the team to create a six-man roster. He has the unique distinction of taking part in the 2020 relegations as a BR6b challenger and then the 2021 relegations, as he tried to retain his place in the BR6 League.
While he won on his second attempt, Santos’ roster was later dropped as the license spot was sold to 00 Nation. Now he could get a third straight relegation game later this year.
Before that, kondz was playing as a Santos hard breacher and hit quite a high level, while yektz was a soft breacher flex. Considering INTZ just kicked their soft breacher, Victor “Hornetao” Lopes, that makes kondz an obvious replacement for his role. Vitor “Vittzzz” Ruiz, meanwhile, is TropiCaos’ hard breacher, and he’s been the team’s lowest-rated player since taking on the role at the start of the year. As such, yektz could slip in here.
Given that TropiCaos is now made up of six players, this gives the team room to experiment, as their goals for Stage 3 shouldn’t be to make a Major – but to make sure they build a basis for 2023.
Although the organization has big plans, they are nowhere near as big as the latest organizations to join the BR6 League, such as FURIA, 00 Nation or MIBR. TropiCaos also just celebrated its first anniversary as an organization.
Currently, their most well-known team is in the Brazilian Challenger League equivalent of Free Fire and most of the organization’s rosters have finished mid-pack in women’s tournaments.
This means that even though the R6 team they picked is in a sticky spot, it’s still a massive move for the company. The organization has also already picked up a notable R6 streamer in Gabriel “Machadinho” Machado.
As for the R6 Share skins, INTZ already received their Tier 2 skin in June, which means TropiCaos likely won’t receive theirs until next year.