fox: "Goal is to qualify for the Major"

March 20th, 2017 23:30

We caught up with Ricardo "fox" Pacheco after dignitas' announcement of their new Counter-Strike team and picked the Portuguese veteran's brain on the creation of the roster and what lies ahead.

Earlier on Monday, dignitas confirmed their return to Counter-Strike with an European roster featuring former FaZe trio Ricardo "fox" Pacheco, Mikail "Maikelele" Bill and Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad, in addition to Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel and Faruk "pita" Pita.

The team's first official tournament will be the third edition of the Esports Championship Series (ECS), with dignitas retaining their spot in the league despite losing their previous roster to North.

Read on to find out what fox, who has taken over as team captain, had to say about linking up with dignitas, his expectations for the roster, his plans for the future and more.

How did this team come together? Whose idea was it? How do you feel to play alongside Maikelele and jkaem once again?

jkaem and I stayed in touch and remained friends even when we were no longer teammates. As such, the idea of playing together had always been up in the air. Then we decided to speak with Maikelele, and we took it from there.

You are surrounded by Scandinavian players. Aren’t you afraid of feeling like an outsider?

That will not be an issue. They re used to playing on international rosters, and so am I. But the most important thing is that they wanted me to captain the team, which shows that me being an outsider because of my nationality will never happen.

fox returns to activity on dignitas 

Prior to joining dignitas, you played for PENTA. Did you think about signing for them?

Yes, PENTA made me an offer at one point. I ended up following a different path, and I would like to thank all the patience and professionalism shown by PENTA’s management.

dignitas had said that they wanted a North American team. How did their offer come together?

jkaem and I are friends with one of the people running the organisation. We talked to him about this project, which at the time was still in the embryonic stage. They liked what they heard and then they made us an offer.

In September, dignitas were acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers. What kind of conditions can the organisation provide?

The conditions we are offered are excellent and match the team’s ambition, which is crucial. We do not feel the need to have a gaming house, but we always have a bootcamp place available.

What are your first impressions of this team, after the first weeks of practice?

My first impressions are very good, but they mean very little for now as we have only practiced online, despite having already faced some of the best teams in the world. We will only be able to truly assess the team’s value after start playing in tournaments.

fox believes jkaem will shine again 

What are your expectations for this team, in the short and medium term?

Right now, our main goal will be to qualify for the next Major. That comes before all else.

jkaem's form took a dive in 2016. Will fans be able to watch jkaem’s best version once again?

What happened with jkaem is something natural. He is someone who cannot perform to the best of his abilities when he is not comfortable on a team, when he plays in a style that does not suit him. In our practice matches, we are already trying to make him feel comfortable in the game so that he can be the best possible version of himself.

You are already 30 years old and about to become a father. What are your plans for the future? Did your performances at the last Major change them in any way?

My age does not worry me, and the fact that I am about to become a father does not change the way I think. My future is all about representing dignitas at the highest level and doing my best for this organisation. My performances at the ELEAGUE Major did not change the way I think at all. They only confirmed what I thought. Despite everything that people said about me, I never stopped believing in myself. The day that happens will probably be the day I will think about hanging up my mouse.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk 'pita' Pita
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Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
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Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
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Nice, hopefully they can manage to do that!
2017-03-20 23:33
Estonia swag420weed 
With Pita they will even get rekt by Penta...
2017-03-20 23:38
i was just hunting for first comment xd
2017-03-20 23:38
Sweden Froxez 
penta>dig for sure
2017-03-20 23:49
2017-03-20 23:33
Andorra MAC4VAC 
Maikelele will main awp... Fox second awper
2017-03-21 00:26
Uruguay zniksze 
GL fox <3
2017-03-20 23:34
good luck champ
2017-03-20 23:33
hf with that LUL
2017-03-20 23:33
CIS sergioff 
gl fox
2017-03-20 23:33
Albania LDK_Hltv 
not with Pita imo
2017-03-20 23:33
Portugal mousenmania 
nt pita
2017-03-20 23:34
he wont
2017-03-20 23:33
never gonna happen
2017-03-20 23:33
Well, that's possible ngl.
2017-03-20 23:33
2017-03-20 23:34
Europe Brian_Furious 
2017-03-20 23:34
you forgot the kappa
2017-03-20 23:35
ez for fox
2017-03-20 23:36
GOD fox knows that he and his mates still can perform (have a doubt on pita though).
2017-03-20 23:36
pita is a comeback, only the time will show, or he perfomed like 1.6 times, or he turns in a markeloff law. hope he can performs well.
2017-03-20 23:45
Belgium a.L1nK3D 
markeloff still plays nice but he is a pure awper and doesn´t want to play with it.. Dunno why he doesn't want to do it but he is very dumb
2017-03-21 01:06
i'm so sad about markeloff men...he's my favourite player form 1.6 time, and no he don't play with the awp anymore, either try to improve :( When he pick the awp, the crowd still go crazy, don't no why he don't try. Like you say, just dumb, and that's sad :(
2017-03-21 13:12
Portugal SilkDaOne 
Maybe he's lacking confidence. But surely he was the best, among Delpan and even Fox, but there was many other players that managed to be worthy while using awp.
2017-03-21 14:57
Awping is different from 1.6 and source (in source it.s easier than all),and maybe he just doesnt like awping in cs,maybe he.s not comfortable,maybe he doesnt think his awping style fits the gameplay :-??,who knoes
2017-03-21 16:05
yeah :( Legends never die in your mind, but still sad see that their time, their legacy, one hour end to be past to the new generation.
2017-03-21 16:17
Fuuuck. :( another good team which will compete against mousesports to major. #PrayForOskarStickers
2017-03-20 23:36
Paraguay mcraepy 
hope stickers?
2017-03-20 23:38
HObbit | 
Spain Alser 
"My performances at the ELEAGUE Major did not change the way I think at all. They only confirmed what I thought." That's a good quote, gl fox
2017-03-20 23:42
steel | 
Iceland justjust 
gl foxGOD <3
2017-03-20 23:44
Belgium rainb0wHRS 
"I never stopped believing in myself".
2017-03-20 23:45
lol good luck with that minor buddy
2017-03-20 23:46
Lol right :D NiP Nv Heroic LDLC SS Rogue Kinguin +++
2017-03-21 03:51
Epsilon are better than half the teams you listed. I really hope valve will change the minor format, EU needs more slots. It's stupid that regions like CIS have the same amount as EU when they have no good teams and EU is stacked as fuck.
2017-03-21 08:52
Ye this EU minor will be tough af. Stacked with so many teams that can upset nV/NiP Mby EU will get 3/4 slots this time even. 2 is not enough. But epsilon w/o draken wont make it imo
2017-03-21 08:54
I agree they will not, but they are still better than LDLC, kinguin and some other teams you listed which was all I said :-)
2017-03-21 09:24
they aren't better than LDLC
2017-03-21 14:04
No point discussing with an ex6 fan. LDLC struggles vs tier 15 Swedish teams (Dendd I think), ex6 leading was so poor, over rotations for every sign of aggression, sad to watch. Edit, it was the SWE team that had Maniac b4 he joined LDLC.
2017-03-21 14:20
Yeah and what does it change ? Sorry to hear you're mad because ex6 went from scratch to esl pro league
2017-03-21 14:24
A fan will never have an unbiased opinion. Where did I say I was mad? Reading comprehension is not your strong side I see. All I said is they is was sad to see how easily a very low tier team could make ex6 over rotate his players. From an IGL as hyped as ex6 I expected better feeling and read of the opposition.
2017-03-21 16:30
"Reading comprehension is not your strong side I see." Sadly you didn't understand the question I asked you and you say this rofl, thats awkward for you "Edit, it was the SWE team that had Maniac b4 he joined LDLC. " "Yeah and what does it change ? " you really think I said "Yeah" to your BS saying they don't even beat t15 teams ? nigga pls. I'm not even a fan of ex6, my profile is a good 2 years old. I doubt all the teams you mentioned could pull off a 23-25 vs Astralis :) mister i judge a team on a single map. You don't even consider the previous roster that he lead very well. Not many igl are capable of reaching EPL from scratch
2017-03-21 19:51
You didn't specify what part you asked about, so I assumed it was in chronological order as that is the most common and logical way to structure the reply. Naturally I assumed you question was directed toward my statement that it is no point discussing with a fan. I'm sorry for overrating you and expecting a logical structure, it won't happen again. I also never said they can't beat the t15 team, I said they struggled vs them. Nice attempt at a comeback, but miserable fail in the end. NIP did something similar vs Astralis in Katowice, and I assume you agree with 90% of hltv that NIP suck right now. I'm not referring to one map, I'm referring to a BO3. I fail to see how previous rosters matters now, his calls where very bad for such a hyped and experienced IGL, over rotations is a sign of lack of experience, especiall when it happens almost every round. And lack of experience is not correct so then the only reasonable explanation left is that maybe he is not as good as his fans claims, at least not anymore.
2017-03-21 21:15
Referring to a bo3 is like referring to one map. How can you make a resume of almost a year now in a single bo3 ? If you want to talk about individual games, we can talk about teh 16 13 vs FaZe yesterday in esl pro league ? Where ex6 totaly destroyed karrigan in terms of fakes, rotations, etc.. ? Blablalbla i have no logic okok, in the end you still didn't answer my question. LDLC from scratch to esl pro league and lan grand finals. wheres your SS?? Even carried by xantares they can't do shit. Where's your rogue ? huh ? "Nice attempt at a comeback, but miserable fail in the end. " this shows how much stupid you are, you can't even have a conversation with someone without being arrogant. You can't even listen to others, open your mind little kid. Whats the point of wasting your time on this ? I won't waste anymore of mine with you, you're not worth it and your mentality reflects how bad this forum turned
2017-03-22 11:13
Referring to a BO3 is very different from one map. A BO1 especially the way ESL does it where the teams basically can just pick their best map doesn't say anything. It's like winning your own map pick only in a BO3. Destroyed in a 16-13 game? What word would you use for the other game where faze won 16-9? Faze annihilated LDLC? It indicates that ex6 might not be as good as his fans make him out to be. As I already said. You still haven't answered where I said anything about being mad. Why would I care about SS or Rouge? I never said they where better, you are making up arguments that never existed, very strange way to have a discussion. I also never said that LDLCs journey wasn't impressive, I'm just questioning if the praise going out to ex6 is really warranted. Never said he was bad, just not as good as his fans hype him up to be, at least not anymore. Amusing, you started the arrogant part in your reply #175. Kid? Please, I'm most likely older than you are, and more educated based on you inability to make logical posts.
2017-03-22 11:40
-Nv and besides NiP and Heroic the rest isnt really a competition..
2017-03-21 15:35
Portugal dracø 
gl fox!
2017-03-20 23:50
lol pita
2017-03-20 23:53
much love and respect to foxj
2017-03-20 23:56
good luck fox you derver it!
2017-03-20 23:58
fox: "Goal is to qualify for the Major" No fucking shit.
2017-03-20 23:58
2017-03-21 00:00
Why not mut instead of pita. He and fox together would rekt everyone and pita is not as good as he was on 1.6
2017-03-21 00:03
pita is bad, but Mutiris is shit. I'm sorry for telling the truth
2017-03-21 10:13
mutiris is a fucking monster dude, you have no idea xD
2017-03-21 11:23
Portugal SilkDaOne 
Mut would destroy every player, but european teams don't have that "reach" to find youngsters with great talent in some little countries.
2017-03-21 14:52
ahahahahaah 2 weeks and disband
2017-03-21 00:03
United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
Best of luck Fox. Never stop believing in yourself. :)
2017-03-21 00:03
Denmark ndg 
2017-03-21 00:23
Best of luck to Fox and Jkaem. When thinking about Maikelele and Pita, I am very sceptical since they both mentally unstable, all the time changing teams.
2017-03-21 00:25
Oh look, a lele hater, how original.
2017-03-21 08:54
Giving my opinion doesn't necessarily mean that I am a hater.
2017-03-21 10:23
Don't worry, 90% on hltv are lele haters, none of them knows why but it's just what the majority does so the kids follow. Give me one piece of evidence that lele is "mentally unstable"
2017-03-21 11:15
This is what I perceived as an information over longer period reading his twitter and overall news about him. Most of the time, his tweets are in continuous future form and how many times he said that he is not interested anymore playing with international team? Once again, he is back to this point and thats why I don't expect much from him. Same words with Pita, you can analyse his time playing for teams and you will see one interesting pattern - it is relatively short term for being a pro player.
2017-03-21 12:26
World AngelShinta 
pita LOL rip
2017-03-21 00:34
2017-03-21 00:37
good lineup, fox is good player, but pita is questionable
2017-03-21 00:38
GLHF my portuguese friend!
2017-03-21 00:48
fox | 
Portugal GecRaf 
Hoping for the best! GO FOX!
2017-03-21 00:57
fox <3
2017-03-21 01:06
Fox > Sk With work they can get better result than SK. Qualified in group for example.
2017-03-21 01:35
it seems like people give fox as much hate as players like HUNDEN rofl gl fox, gl dig will be interesting to see if they can do damage. i think they will end up releasing pita but who knows
2017-03-21 01:49
Hunden is better
2017-03-21 03:53
fox is better at dropping glocks and a much better player overall
2017-03-21 04:17
Fox is better at dropping glocks idd. Both irrellevant af and none of them will ever reach a major again
2017-03-21 04:18
s1mple | 
Europe UGARR4 
lol... -pita +superhck , Rubino if u know what i mean ;)
2017-03-21 01:49
pita better have some good fucking igl'ing or hes about to get a lot of hate xd
2017-03-21 02:04
cogu | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
gl portuga!
2017-03-21 02:36
Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Gl Fox, u deserve it. I just hope Pita doesn't drag u down :/
2017-03-21 03:36
Will maikelele awp or fox?
2017-03-21 03:57
2017-03-21 05:18
pita is too washed up. he cant perform on high level anymore..
2017-03-21 04:05
oskar | 
Czech Republic Spirit__ 
Can any people who know what's up actually tell me where pita came from? I've first seen him as a coach of some random NA team. Where did he come from? 1.6? I've been watching CS:GO scene for quite some time and it feels like he just popped out of nowhere.
2017-03-21 05:04
He was a good player in 1.6, didn't stand out much though. Won a few tournaments with MYM and fnatic from what I remember.
2017-03-21 06:15
Oh alright. Thought so. Thanks.
2017-03-21 07:14
and he stole charity money
2017-03-21 14:05
He was actually the coach of NiP aswell during DH Winter 2014
2017-03-21 15:41
they will never achieve anything. calling it right now. like, pita? guys cmon, he is bot
2017-03-21 06:29
-pita +Lekro In month
2017-03-21 06:31
Finland jayss 
I give this team 1 month
2017-03-21 06:53
anyteam that can qualify for the major deserves respect
2017-03-21 07:23
Germany (Freyr) 
This team can be insane but there is also a chance that they play like shit .. hope the best GOD fox
2017-03-21 07:32
They could reach to majors if they lose pita and get someone better.
2017-03-21 07:47
no it is more like: "Goal is to qualify for the Major DESPITE PITA" ahahaahahahhahaha
2017-03-21 07:58
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Good luck FOX! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-03-21 08:10
I will donate to charity if they qualify
2017-03-21 08:20
2017-03-21 08:20
With pita no chance jajajajajajaja
2017-03-21 08:26
Portugal dascouves 
With pita? Zero to no chance LOL.
2017-03-21 09:07
France t3r4byt3 
zero chance = no chance
2017-03-21 09:50
Portugal dascouves 
2017-03-21 09:54
Portugal DeadStar 
No it isn't. Imagine that I picked a number, and you have to guess my number. You have zero chance to get it right since the number of possible cases are infinite. But is really impossible to get the same number as me??
2017-03-21 13:45
France t3r4byt3 
No, I have a chance to get it right. The chance is minuscule, but I can get it right.
2017-03-21 14:18
Good luck to dignitas and particularly to fox, strong mind and ambitions, deserves to feel comfortable on a good team.
2017-03-21 09:09
But if maikelele is going to be the primary awp, then theres no way fox will have an impact in this team. I hope fox awps for them primarily and not maikel.
2017-03-21 09:48
I have to kindly disagree, a lot of maps in the current pool have an advantage with good double AWP setups, both T and CT side. A lot of teams benefit from those setups. Maikelele being primary AWP just doesn't mean that fox won't AWP at all. Although I can relate to your opinion on fox being more "explosive" on the AWP, focusing 100% on AWP turns him very inconsistent. When he switches between riffles and AWP, he somehow gets more focused on the AWPing side, more accurate, less impulsive. EDIT: As a proof for my statement, I believe that last 3 "highlights" from fox on with the AWP are exactly the first AWP round after playing with rifles.
2017-03-21 10:37
+1 i couldnt have said it better. completely agree with everything you said.
2017-03-23 12:23
Europe HowAboutNo 
"goal" rofl it's "goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll"
2017-03-21 09:36
Estonia rYm 
unfortunately it will end us same as before Nordics will stay together and kick fox :\ poor fox.. why not try BR team? P.S pita is maybe smart player but his skill is below average-pro saad, hope they kick him soon when they realize he can't perform well
2017-03-21 09:48
fox is captain of team
2017-03-21 16:40
Estonia rYm 
then things are much worse
2017-03-21 17:34
no they arent
2017-03-21 17:36
i bet they will kick pita within 1 month of playing together. they will get either pyth or mutt, even though i dont see maikelele acepting mutt in the team over pyth... we will see,but i dont give pita more than 2 months. Hope he proves me wrong though
2017-03-23 12:27
i thought pita would be IGL, now it sounds even worse.
2017-03-21 10:09
Pita will be IGL. Fox's role is team captain which basically means he is the boss. I dont know what duties he will have though.
2017-03-21 11:49
it means he has the final say on things, like kicking players and bringing new ones, etc. basically his opinion matters the most and he will have the final decision on things.
2017-03-23 12:29
pita is really bad right now, since 1.6 that he did not do nothing.. BARBARR for IGL woud be quite cool in my opinion
2017-03-21 10:24
2017-03-21 10:40
Captain fox <3
2017-03-21 10:53
His english is even worse than mine, how can he miss up words like Major and Minor...
2017-03-21 11:07
-Pita +Pyth
2017-03-21 11:13
Fun fact: JKAEM's last name "myrbostad" actually means "house of ants" or "residence of ants" in swedish
2017-03-21 11:15
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
Goal is dont be kicked
2017-03-21 11:24
2017-03-21 11:56
RUBINO and jkaem only good players on this team, feel bad for them. GL HF
2017-03-21 12:18
From everything I read Fox seems like such a genuine nice guy. It is a shame his fans are among the biggest idiots in the scene.
2017-03-21 14:03
dont think they'll achieve anything, but then again fox is best awp pt xd
2017-03-21 14:06
Portugal SilkDaOne 
This is really good news, the portuguese fans deserve this as their favorite player gets recognition. GL Fox
2017-03-21 14:54
Bulgaria Bonevic 
I believe they can do it! This really looks like the new FaZe cause of the mix of countries in the team. They'll do well Lelelelelle!
2017-03-21 15:24
2017-03-21 15:36
keep dreaming
2017-03-21 15:39
fox <3<3<3
2017-03-21 15:40
i are think pita shoarma.
2017-03-21 17:13
-pita +anybody!
2017-03-21 20:01
Pita will drag this team down with his shoddy skill level. Let's not forget all other players on this team have been playing at LAN tournaments regularly in 2016 and early 2017. When he can't compensate for skill, he'll do another scam and dip.
2017-03-22 11:21
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2017-03-23 12:00
@MIRAA.. Are those exactly Fox's words or did you translate it of change it ??
2017-03-23 12:06
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