Rest in peace Mike
Michael "MAiNLiNE" Jaber has passed away at the age of 26, former teammate Joel "jcrueL" Cruel has confirmed.
While a cause of death is not known publicly at this time, MAiNLiNE battled cancer in 2019.
I wish I checked up with you more often, Rest In Peace brother @Mainlinecsgo . Those csgo teams and times we spent at lan will always be some of the best memories for me.— COL jcrueL (@jcrueL_) October 7, 2021
MAiNLiNE is remembered fondly in the North American CS:GO community for his many contributions to the scene in its early days which saw him play with and guide many current top CS:GO and VALORANT players including Pujan "FNS" Mehta, Kenneth "koosta" Suen, and Mitch "mitch" Semago.
After being a consistent figure in the early seasons of ESEA Invite and CEVO Pro, MAiNLiNE rose to mainstream prominence in the rapidly expanding NA scene while playing the first three seasons of ESL Pro League with Method, Enemy, and Selfless.
During this time, MAiNLiNE reached what would arguably be the apex of his playing career when Enemy pulled off a shock upset to win MLG Columbus' Americas Minor over David "DAVEY" Stafford's Splyce lineup.
.@Mainlinecsgo was the most humble, hilarious teammate I've ever had the pleasure of competing with.— Ryu (@SelflessRyu) October 7, 2021
I have never laughed harder or more consistently than I did with him on the team. He carried such a contagious enthusiasm and his catch phrases still put a smile on my face.
In the years following the end of his time with Selfless, MAiNLiNE never returned to the top of the domestic scene, but continued to be an influential figure through his work with upcoming names on the likes of eUnited, Ghost, BlackOut, and New Identity including Ryan "ryann" Welsh, and Jonathan "Jonji" Carey, and Matthew "WARDELL" Yu. Back in 2018, a young WARDELL had this to say about working with MAiNLiNE:
Numerous players who knew him throughout his career have given tribute to MAiNLiNE, describing him as a hilarious teammate and friend whose enthusiasm was contagious.
Sad to hear the news of @Mainlinecsgo passing today. He always knew how to make people laugh, I’ll never forget all the memories we made throughout the years, and will be forever thankful for you giving me my first pro tryout. Rest easy Mikey— C9 mitch (@mitchcsgo) October 7, 2021
I can't believe it. I'll never forget the memories I have with you as a teammate, coach, and a friend. One of the realest ones out there. This fucking sucks. Rest in peace Mike.. https://t.co/1jenI4XAAE— seb (@sebbucki) October 7, 2021