fox: "I will keep playing"

We sat down with Ricardo "fox" Pacheco to discuss his exit from FaZe's active roster and his future plans.

The Portuguese veteran is currently without a team after being left out of FaZe's starting roster as the US-based organisation signed Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli from ENCE.

Ricardo "⁠fox⁠" Pacheco was one of the original members of the team, which was created in May 2015 under Kinguin, and during his time on the roster he often came under scrutiny for his performances.


fox discussed FaZe exit 

Read on as we asked the 29-year-old about his departure from FaZe, the team's slump in form since DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca and his plans for the future.

What was the reason that the team gave you to remove you from the roster?

The reason was just that the results were not good enough and that changes were needed. But since this "excuse" had been the same during every tournament that we had lost, it was not a surprise.

Did you expect this outcome? What was the atmosphere inside the team during the last tournaments like?

I kind of expected and did not expect it at the same time. We could feel some division among the players, we were no longer as united as before.

The team reached the semi-finals of a Major but ended up stagnating and never really reached the same heights that it once did. What do you think that happened?

We stagnated because of many things that are easy to notice. Since dennis left, the team has never been able to get good results. I am not saying that aizy is a bad player, because he is a very good one, but dennis’ unique 'yolo' style made a lot more difference on a team like ours.

How would you rate your own performances over the last year? Are you happy with the way you performed and dealt with criticism?

After DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca everything changed, we were pretty much inactive for three-four months, we barely practiced and only played individually because we were negotiating our transfer from G2 to FaZe. After that, the team was never the same. My level dropped, but anyone who understands the game well can tell that it was not just me, the level of the entire team dropped considerably. My opinion, and I am also including myself here, is that we may all be good players, but we all are very inconsistent, except rain.

What are your future plans?

I will take a break for two-three weeks, because since Kinguin’s team was formed, rain and I have not had a vacation, it has been almost 18 months without a break. I will rest for a bit, think about what I am going to do and wait for some offers. I will keep playing because I really enjoy playing. A lot of people say that I am too old to play, but I do not feel this. I also feel that I can perform better, but I need to figure out this inconsistency problem. If some day I can become more consistent, I can be of great use to a team.

Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
#1
bramz | 
Tunisia bramzz
ufff... I almosted got a earth attack, i was thinking a fox vac
2016-08-17 20:53
WHY
2016-08-17 20:50
#53
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Tunisia H1ROO
Tunisia #1 xD
2016-08-17 20:51
#62
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Turkey Shanon
fox was scurity qualification
2016-08-17 20:52
#81
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Other ZmajOli
ufff... I almosted got a earth attack, i was thinking a fox vac
2016-08-17 20:56
earth -> heart -> thear -> rthea -> arthe -> earth
2016-08-17 21:03
Uff...You almostered gaved me an earth attack,i thinked a fox VAC
2016-08-17 21:03
your english is way bad than fox
2016-08-20 16:46
#99
BnTeT | 
Netherlands TEEZY
earth attack?
2016-08-17 21:06
new?? ie????
2016-08-17 21:38
ie? internet explorer?
2016-08-17 21:43
b888
2016-08-17 21:43
Why are you modifying the best meme of hltv? The original is "Uff...You almosted give me earth attack, I think a fox Vac."
2016-08-17 21:43
#169
rain | 
Norway Norsk
Way to fuck up a meme
2016-08-17 22:30
#186
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Poland Cazzorel
earth attack?xD I know I know
2016-08-18 00:07
Lul
2016-08-18 00:30
1
2016-08-17 20:50
Uff...You almosted give me earth attack, I think a fox Vac
2016-08-19 00:09
Stay strong fox!
2016-08-17 20:50
ns
2016-08-17 20:50
asdasdad
2016-08-17 20:50
if you know what i mean
2016-08-17 21:50
kokot
2016-08-17 22:06
fox is obv the best player lol
2016-08-17 20:51
Plzz dont fox, you sux
2016-08-17 20:50
s
2016-08-17 20:50
s
2016-08-17 20:50
FOX TO LUMINOSITY
2016-08-17 20:51
fox isnt near fallen lvl doe :/ , maybe better awper ?
2016-08-17 21:22
LG is a lower-tier brazillian team now..
2016-08-17 21:25
k
2016-08-17 20:50
xD
2016-08-17 20:50
1
2016-08-17 20:50
1st
2016-08-17 20:50
#17
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Portugal mrsc
very likely not on top level though
2016-08-17 20:51
#19
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Latvia kjyy
o rly
2016-08-17 20:50
im so slow lul
2016-08-17 20:51
#21
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Finland Juups
k
2016-08-17 20:50
najs
2016-08-17 20:50
g
2016-08-17 20:50
#24
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Bulgaria avyo13
1
2016-08-17 20:50
#25
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CIS Merlas_mtk
n1
2016-08-17 20:50
NT
2016-08-17 20:50
no
2016-08-17 20:50
lol
2016-08-17 20:50
n1c3
2016-08-17 20:50
LG
2016-08-17 20:50
gg
2016-08-17 20:50
9 wow, you faggots are fast
2016-08-17 20:51
#35
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Luxembourg Hargreaves
1dt
2016-08-17 20:50
ez
2016-08-17 20:50
botfox
2016-08-17 20:50
#40
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Turkey FeverSpeed
fox top 1
2016-08-17 20:50
1st
2016-08-17 20:50
nice
2016-08-17 20:50
#44
Aleksib | 
Finland :XD
k
2016-08-17 20:50
+1
2016-08-17 20:50
#46
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Finland Geeberg
allu is still better
2016-08-17 20:50
#47
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Europe m9_
LUL
2016-08-17 20:50
xd
2016-08-17 20:50
#51
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Kazakhstan boosted
np dude
2016-08-17 20:51
sa
2016-08-17 20:51
lol like any body wants fox on the team
2016-08-17 20:51
dude, ur idea about fox is so wrong
2016-08-17 20:55
how so?i don't know any team that would like fox
2016-08-17 20:56
dude , he is skilled , dont talk shit about a pro player , if hes pro , thats for some reason , dont take him credits.. now hes probably going to a t2 team and he will perform good , u will see
2016-08-17 20:57
lol keep dreaming fox fanboy he'll retire soon
2016-08-17 20:58
pointless to talk with u , goodbye
2016-08-17 21:01
lol braindead kids cant speak for themselves, you literally have no fucking idea what your talking about, because you clearly have never seen fox play earlier in his career, and how his awping can carry teams. fuckin retard kids everywhere in this website.
2016-08-17 21:16
+1
2016-08-17 21:15
go back to FaZe! ALLU IS BOT
2016-08-17 20:51
LUL
2016-08-17 20:51
make team with zelin plz
2016-08-17 20:51
Will this be BOTS by FAZE?
2016-08-17 20:51
i luv u fox , rape me
2016-08-17 20:52
gl fox
2016-08-17 20:53
#65
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Liberia tfldx
i feel bad for him tbH
2016-08-17 20:53
Good luck, fox!
2016-08-17 20:53
#67
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Denmark PRiKEN
Joining SK
2016-08-17 20:53
#233
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Germany uRaguuu
Ok!
2016-12-08 06:34
Fox to LG, to play with the bots he deserve.
2016-08-17 20:53
" allu is better than fox "
2016-08-17 20:53
#70
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Portugal dascouves
Still doesnt make sense the change to me. Allu is a good player, but if u are not going for someone like S1mple why change it at all, Fox is just as good as Allu is. You will see, the team now with Allu will win more than before, but just on the begining, than it will be the same shit after one or two months. GL Raposa
2016-08-17 20:54
#131
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Belgium kaebboy
fox was too inconstistent. As an awper, you expect him to sometimes top frag but you saw that almost never.
2016-08-17 21:22
that was allu's main problem on nip as well. he was good all around player but very inconsistent as an awper. on a good day he could shut down other top awpers, however on a bad day he would miss ridiculously easy shots (like the ones he missed on train today).
2016-08-17 22:48
-coldzera +fox
2016-08-17 20:54
huh n1 joke
2016-08-17 20:54
ez
2016-08-17 20:54
he can play in a brazillian team ez 4 fox
2016-08-17 20:55
Streamer GG
2016-08-17 20:55
2016-08-17 20:56
#90
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Portugal nincob
Ahahahah he is so fucking good
2016-08-17 21:03
#94
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Finland San1_
LUL portugalian crying about having no-scene LUL
2016-08-17 21:04
nice 5 man scene. Where is ur "EZ4ENCE" now?
2016-08-17 21:18
#121
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Finland San1_
canadian cs LUL
2016-08-17 21:18
lol next time just dont talk shit about some country's scene, when your own country's scene isnt too relevent it self, except maybe 1 player. Same thing with Canadian CS, we have like 2 or 3 players that make some headlines, doesnt mean we have a good scene.
2016-08-17 21:23
ence is the scene
2016-08-17 21:20
#128
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Finland San1_
nt godsent
2016-08-17 21:21
#80
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Portugal dracø
Fox, mutt, rmn, just e zelin Make it happen fox. Eitherway gl hf
2016-08-17 20:56
IMO a top portuguese team would have Killdream. Dunno if would take justin or mutt out.
2016-08-17 22:47
Go to NA
2016-08-17 20:56
Fox coaching LG.... calling it now...
2016-08-17 20:58
rip sk
2016-08-17 21:06
SK ?!... rip everybody m8 **Kappa**
2016-08-17 21:08
#86
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Latvia Avalank
Best of luck in the future!
2016-08-17 20:58
fox to america i guess
2016-08-17 21:02
wanted to see fox play with brs
2016-08-17 21:02
Even if you think he deserved the cut you have to respect him as a person/player. He seems like a good guy. I'd love to see him join a successful brazilian or NA team.
2016-08-17 21:04
" I will rest for a bit, think about what I am going to do and wait for some offers." offers? no hate but for real which team needs player? only chance is NA
2016-08-17 21:05
Fox really isn't that bad. He wasn't the worst performer on faze, a tier two team that consistently plays at majors. I'm sure he'll get some offers from EU, NA, and SA
2016-08-17 21:06
Just going to make this clear, I hate Fox and I don't think he's good enough for any tier 1 team so good thing FaZe is a tier 2 team that being said he wasn't the worst player on the team, Kioshima and Jkaem were far worse than him over the last 6 months, rain and aizy are both over rated players like twist seen good things from them but never consistently over a long period of time. I feel somewhat bad for Fox cause he's being replaced by an even worse player who wasn't even doing well against tier 3 teams with ENCE. FaZe like picking up all the garbage no other teams want so I really don't except any improvements from this change if anything they'll drop down a bit.
2016-08-17 21:18
#160
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Israel Fixzor
I think Faze mixed up the team, why ppl from eu? They can't make a one country team? ? Lol
2016-08-17 21:54
Just a mix team of left overs from other teams, kind of like the Echo Fox team. Trying to fit to many of the same type of players into a team makes all of them inconsistent, this imo was a bad move, Fox was really the only support player they had, they will rely on aim and get crushed by better teams who have strats and can out aim them.
2016-08-18 00:24
thanks God he's not gonna retire. fox <3
2016-08-17 21:07
Let's go m8. Make us proud.
2016-08-17 21:09
yea he'll keep playing... at home with his friends after getting back from his regular job
2016-08-17 21:10
Thats good man! gl hf
2016-08-17 21:10
5
2016-08-17 21:11
#110
ZELIN | 
Portugal spmb
<3
2016-08-17 21:12
Why did they pick up Allu? He's even worse and doesn't even perform in tier 2 with Ence. I feel like the upcoming months are going to be random af. Honestly SK Gaming should be forced to play 4v5 instead of having a replacement for Fer while he recovers cause this is going to be complete domination for them with all this random shit going on in the scene.
2016-08-17 21:14
what? :D allu had 1.2+ rating in every ence match this year.
2016-08-17 21:19
Allu is garbage.
2016-08-17 21:29
vs cis shit teams,
2016-08-17 21:35
rofl
2016-08-17 21:21
Yeah Fox has better stats playing against better teams really good comparison and Fox isn't even good LOL.
2016-08-17 21:30
allu has better stats
2016-08-17 21:33
Yeah and Xantares has better stats than most tier 1 players playing in tier 3 must be better than them, lmao the logic in this discussion is so brain dead I'm not even going to reply after this take care.
2016-08-17 21:34
in 2015 allu was playing vs t1 teams and had still better stats than fox
2016-08-17 21:35
fox: "I will keep dropping glocks"
2016-08-17 21:14
respect to fox gl in future
2016-08-17 21:15
#115
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Poland karic91
Good luck Fox ! You are a legend !
2016-08-17 21:15
#118
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Brazil vass28
gl fox
2016-08-17 21:18
Good luck in the future fox! Your an amazing player with lost of experience! Dont give up on playing pro CS! :D
2016-08-17 21:18
#124
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Finland lulxd1337
-1, he is a bot, why are you saying stuff like that
2016-08-17 21:20
"he is a bot" isnt that what you HLTV fags called Allu, when he was in NIP "bot ALlu"? Now youre all sucking his dick, since he was reking t3 for the past couple of months, and now he comes make to t1. LUL. Inb4, fox plays for a t3 team again and reks, then he comes back and you all start being loyal all of a sudden LUL
2016-08-17 21:25
both allu and fox are bots
2016-08-17 22:48
CoD and FaZe ruined: 1.CSGOLounge 2.Dota2Lounge (With having no relationship with that Game either xd) 3. Ex-G2 / Kinguin. 4.CSGO scene, bringing stupid CoD fangrills
2016-08-17 21:19
+1
2016-08-17 21:26
Good luck, brother!
2016-08-17 21:21
foX to NA TEAM
2016-08-17 21:24
Good luck, stay strong!
2016-08-17 21:25
gl fox!
2016-08-17 21:27
What was the reason that the team gave you to remove you from the roster?
2016-08-17 21:27
Brazil loves you fox. You would be welcome in any brteam. Best of luck for you!
2016-08-17 21:29
Nice irmão :)
2016-08-17 22:13
fox: "I will keep dropping glocks"
2016-08-17 21:32
Good luck fox! Faze has lost a great player indeed.
2016-08-17 21:38
Well you shouldn't since you're absolute garbage
2016-08-17 21:39
What does the fox say? "I will keep playing"
2016-08-17 21:43
he join fnatic -olof
2016-08-17 21:45
oookkkkaaaayyyyy
2016-08-18 00:24
foxj>world old maymays best maymays
2016-08-17 21:46
Gl foX
2016-08-17 22:07
i will keep playing MATCHMAKINGS
2016-08-17 22:10
Kicking fox is one thing but for Allu? What a joke. Gl in the future fox u deserve a good team.
2016-08-17 22:15
#167
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Turkey Mustafa-
lmao allu much better player than fox
2016-08-17 22:17
I do not agree. :)
2016-08-17 22:17
well, then you're wrong, since stats clearly show it.
2016-08-17 23:01
So i can't have my own opinion? Didn't write anything about stats.
2016-08-17 23:03
your opinion is wrong.
2016-08-17 23:03
Everyone have a right to have their own opinion so no not rly. :)
2016-08-17 23:04
WHAT STATS THE ONE ALLU HAD AGAISNT T5 TEAMS IN ENCE? JUST STOP IT STATS MEANS LITERALLY SHIT THATS LIKE SAYING XANTARES IS THE BEST
2016-08-17 23:29
lol, whether you like it or not, allu is a better player than fox otherwise he wouldn't have been replaced. you fucking retard.
2016-08-17 23:30
fnatic and godsent shuffle, everyone that was replaced and doesn't mean they are better comparing each player. you are comparing 2 different awp's in the way different teams. allu was a star player and main front awp role in ence Fox was playing in a support role almost perfectly in faze Faze problem was/is the chemistry on the team, they fell with the player changes and they are committing the same mistake over and over again.
2016-08-18 03:34
this!! finally someone intelligent aorund here!
2016-08-18 19:40
yeah, you're somewhat right, allu played in NiP tho and was the third best player on the team and wasn't setup for success, so I still think he's the better player :)
2016-08-18 20:00
nt
2016-08-17 23:04
who cares, hes a bot
2016-08-17 23:09
foxj > all
2016-08-18 00:15
olof dennis fox pyth zeus for the win ;) kekeke kappa
2016-08-18 01:50
Support you a lot fox. Keep it up, going to paiN or LG and play on USA, do not coming back with k1ck.
2016-08-18 02:19
Yes he will comeback to team that does not exist anymore
2016-08-18 03:21
What are u talking about mate? paiN and LG have a good journey at NA. paiN: zqks, s1, fbm, dukeN and lul4 LG: yel, pkl, destiny, nak and bit.
2016-08-18 04:46
Dude he wont go to LG or Pain he is bwetter than that level, he will just make super Pt team with Sporting ORG
2016-08-18 04:55
But, with mut and ??? Maybe have other chance with k1ck.G2A MusambaN1, mut, fox, soker y alex or donq.
2016-08-18 05:11
Dude Portugal has alot good players trust me only problem was that we were never able to be full salaried now we can with Sporting eSports
2016-08-18 05:12
He deserved this oportunity, expected with your future. I have a question: Which level can reach with Portugal teammates? Tier 2 like Kinguin-Team X?
2016-08-18 05:13
Zelin (Amazing upcoming talent in portugal ) Mutiris rmn killdream fox This team expect zelin already won the likes of nip, fnatic, vp
2016-08-18 05:15
And do you think Sporting eSports can contract fox and co?
2016-08-18 05:21
Well in terms of money they are richer than any ORG in the world their football players get millions per year in salary, and its hard to show us omething cuz its in portuguese but sporting followed fox and there was a funny tweet where I said if they would gonna get fox for portugal team they said "We never known :D " then there was another tweet I posted to a famous personality in portugal scene and sporting liked my tweet where I was talking about the possibility
2016-08-18 05:24
fox is bad
2016-08-18 09:56
Alientech confirmed
2016-08-18 03:14
Probably they can pay a month of his salary in a year xd There is only 1 org on portugal that can support fox salary and they dont have a csgo team
2016-08-18 09:46
Sporting? :D
2016-08-20 16:38
of course
2016-08-20 17:51
better you stop playing
2016-08-18 09:46
idiot with too many tattoos
2016-08-18 09:55
you wish you here him and were making 1/4 the money he does
2016-08-20 23:42
He looks like a fucking idiot, if he went to apply for a job anywhere i can tell you with certainty no one would even consider accepting him
2016-08-21 04:22
LMAO. your kidding me ? we can work in a disco club , thoose guys make a lot of money I cant tell you . He as a lot of jobs he can go to
2016-08-21 20:56
No he cannot, no one will accept such an idiotic appearance. We? Are you fox ?? Dumbass
2016-08-22 03:19
He probably referr to tatoo guys since U mentioned it but ur ignorant brain refuted that possibility.
2016-08-22 03:20
boa sorte fox
2016-08-18 10:15
better you stop playing
2016-08-18 17:46
"My opinion, and I am also including myself here, is that we may all be good players, but we all are very inconsistent, except rain." Rain is so godly
2016-08-19 00:15
gl fox
2016-08-20 23:35
#232
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Turkey CHAMPTZ
Welcome to the SK, foxj!
2016-12-08 06:20
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