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TACO: "We studied Astralis a lot"
Time: 2017-01-25 23:57
Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Epitacio "TACO" de Melo walked us through some of the most important parts of their Astralis nail-biter in our next interview.

At the beginning of the day, SK were at a 2-1 record and faced Astralis for a place in the playoffs. The Brazilians were down 4-8 before each team went on a streak of their own as the game went to overtime. After a nail-biting finish to the overtime, SK came out on top to qualify for playoffs with a 3-1 record.

TACO picked out fer's 1v2 as one of the key rounds

We grabbed Epitacio "TACO" de Melo for a quick interview to find out what SK's point of view of the match was:

We should begin with the 4-8 at which point you started getting a lot more rounds, talk me through the adaption that you've made over the first half.

We started the game playing really well, the pistol was really good for us. But some details of the game, some mistakes that we did, a flashbang, the small details, made them punish us.

Then we started playing together, doing executes. We knew something about them, we knew device likes to play cat and we did something to punish him there. Actually, we studied Astralis a lot, so we were calm and confident that we could do better on our T side.

At 14-8 they took seven rounds in a row, what do you think they did better? Were there any glaring mistakes you made?

They started playing fast and we didn't expect it. In many rounds they just exploded and we didn't expect it, they exploded mid and fer was on the box, I was B, and they won this round, which was very important for their economy. Yeah, I think the fact that they started playing really fast was bad for us.

Which do you think were the key rounds for you that allowed you to win in the end?

fer's 1v2 on the B site, we were as T, he won the round which was really important for us. We earned confidence to keep winning the rounds.

Going back to Na`Vi, what happened in that Dust2 blowout and what did you learn from it?

The fact is, we didn't expect the way they played. They were gambling a lot, I watched the demo and I think they studied us as well, but it's normal. We just didn't expect it, as T we were getting punished everywhere and we weren't rolling good.

Make sure to check out the other interviews we've conducted so far at the Major:

Day four
Andreas "znajder" Lindberg: "I'd like to beat [...] Pimp"
Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun: "We can beat everyone"
Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke: "We didn't expect much vs. G2"
Day three
Will "RUSH" Wierzba: "Our preparation was limited"
Finn "karrigan" Andersen: "allu's 1v2 was key"
Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács: "We came with only one goal"
Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen: "We had a great bootcamp"
Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer: "Didn't expect Dust2"
Day two
Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski: "I hope Gambit will be nervous"
Nicolai "device" Reedtz: "It was important for us to start well"
Dennis "dennis" Edman: "[YOLO teams] will go far"
Spencer "Hiko" Martin: "It doesn't feel like we won"
Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: "Gonna fight as hard as we can"
Chris "chrisJ" de Jong: "Confident about our map pool"
Day one
Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey: "Everyone's happy with their roles"
Markus "pronax" Wallsten: "I'm happy it went to Train"
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire: "It was hard after jdm's 1v5"
Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev: "Hope to show beautiful CS"
Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski: "It's always close vs. OpTic"
Ricardo "fox" Pacheco: "We played 12-14 hours a day"
Richard "shox" Papillon: "FaZe can do pretty well here"
Abay "HObbit" Khasenov: "We prepared for everyone"
2017-01-25 23:58:03
Taco half bald half haired ROFL
2017-01-26 00:29:58
2017-01-25 23:58:03
SK to win the third major (nah)
2017-01-26 00:12:37
very unlikely but doable xD
2017-01-26 00:16:38
If someone knockout navi, it's very possible. Otherwise, i don't they have what it takes.
2017-01-26 01:48:44
2017-01-25 23:58:04
2017-01-25 23:58:04
vaco <3
2017-01-25 23:58:04
Well studied
2017-01-25 23:58:06
How dare you
2017-01-25 23:58:08
Nice Tacinho
2017-01-25 23:58:15
2017-01-25 23:58:44
Pretty good 4v5 tbh.
2017-01-25 23:58:45
? Everybody contributed and had over 20kills?
2017-01-26 00:08:54
ty TACO VACO, we appreciate that!

We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2017-01-26 00:00:42
Og u are still alive
2017-01-26 00:06:51
If that's true its pathetic they had such a hard time against them.
+I doubt that's all Astralis got in the bag since they have another chance to get in the Playoffs anyways

Yes I hate SK
2017-01-26 00:05:25
they studied because they recognize how Astralis is playing really good if they had not would probably have lost the match
2017-01-26 00:14:45
tbh ur making ur self look pathetic u german monkey
2017-01-26 01:09:12
good win, but 6 pistol rounds really made the difference
2017-01-26 00:12:28
LoL, are you mad?
2017-01-26 00:14:07
SK is the most hard working team by far
2017-01-26 00:15:02
2017-01-26 00:15:51
SK 3-1 w 4 players. RespeKt
2017-01-26 00:21:19
Still almost lost.
2017-01-26 00:24:18
yeah i was worried astralis wouldn't choke, but they always do and fox was strong so be ready when they face VP
2017-01-26 00:31:18
wp TACO <3
2017-01-26 00:29:04
we were getting punished everywhere and we weren't rolling good
Translating ...
They are the better team atm

Post edited 2017-01-26 00:34:33
2017-01-26 00:33:15
Good Job SK!!
2017-01-26 01:11:58
2017-01-26 01:23:00
It's a lot of courage to talk about Taco. Taco is a monster and plays well too!

Who is Brazilian, enters the channel @csgobrasil Telegram.
2017-01-26 01:48:22
fnx: " I studied fer's gf a lot"
2017-01-26 10:50:59
I actually like TACO a lot more now. The more interviews he does, the better you get to know what he's about.
2017-01-27 11:33:30

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