TACO: "We studied Astralis a lot"

Striker
January 25th, 2017 23:57

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
Sweden Andreas "znajder" Lindberg: "I'd like to beat [...] Pimp"
Sweden Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun: "We can beat everyone"
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke: "We didn't expect much vs. G2"
 
Day three
United States Will "RUSH" Wierzba: "Our preparation was limited"
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen: "allu's 1v2 was key"
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács: "We came with only one goal"
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen: "We had a great bootcamp"
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer: "Didn't expect Dust2"
 
Day two
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski: "I hope Gambit will be nervous"
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz: "It was important for us to start well"
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman: "[YOLO teams] will go far"
United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin: "It doesn't feel like we won"
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: "Gonna fight as hard as we can"
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong: "Confident about our map pool"
 
Day one
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey: "Everyone's happy with their roles"
Sweden Markus "pronax" Wallsten: "I'm happy it went to Train"
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire: "It was hard after jdm's 1v5"
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev: "Hope to show beautiful CS"
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski: "It's always close vs. OpTic"
Portugal Ricardo "fox" Pacheco: "We played 12-14 hours a day"
France Richard "shox" Papillon: "FaZe can do pretty well here"
Kazakhstan Abay "HObbit" Khasenov: "We prepared for everyone"
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
509
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
646
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
833
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Sweden Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
398
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
1036
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
928
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1022
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
268
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
612
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1121
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
569
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
908
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
626
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1085
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1053
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
648
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1215
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Will 'RUSH' Wierzba
Will 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
580
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
610
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.11
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
973
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
#7
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Brazil vass28 
wp
2017-01-25 23:58
#42
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Afghanistan crywolf1337 
Taco half bald half haired ROFL
2017-01-26 00:29
n1
2017-01-25 23:58
SK to win the third major (nah)
2017-01-26 00:12
very unlikely but doable xD
2017-01-26 00:16
#51
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
If someone knockout navi, it's very possible. Otherwise, i don't they have what it takes.
2017-01-26 01:48
nice
2017-01-25 23:58
lul
2017-01-25 23:58
#13
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Portugal dracø 
vaco <3
2017-01-25 23:58
#15
Finland Tekh 
Well studied
2017-01-25 23:58
#19
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Denmark DanishDelight 
How dare you
2017-01-25 23:58
#20
LUCAS1 | 
Brazil Rohe 
Nice Tacinho
2017-01-25 23:58
n1
2017-01-25 23:58
Pretty good 4v5 tbh.
2017-01-25 23:58
? Everybody contributed and had over 20kills?
2017-01-26 00:08
#25
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
ty TACO VACO, we appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! KReygasm
2017-01-26 00:00
#28
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
Og u are still alive
2017-01-26 00:06
#27
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Germany Hamsterdam25 
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
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
tbh ur making ur self look pathetic u german monkey
2017-01-26 01:09
good win, but 6 pistol rounds really made the difference
2017-01-26 00:12
LoL, are you mad?
2017-01-26 00:14
SK is the most hard working team by far
2017-01-26 00:15
#35
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Estonia qoznyyy 
nicee
2017-01-26 00:15
SK 3-1 w 4 players. RespeKt
2017-01-26 00:21
#39
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Poland mamba99999 
Still almost lost.
2017-01-26 00:24
#43
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Portugal Zedonp 
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
#41
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Brazil Collee 
wp TACO <3
2017-01-26 00:29
we were getting punished everywhere and we weren't rolling good Translating ... They are the better team atm
2017-01-26 00:34
#48
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Portugal Death_Hack 
Good Job SK!!
2017-01-26 01:11
BOT TACO STUDY?
2017-01-26 01:23
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
fnx: " I studied fer's gf a lot"
2017-01-26 10:50
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
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