fox: "First LAN is hard, but our goal is clear"

We caught up with Ricardo "fox" Pacheco ahead of the Europe Minor Championship and picked his brain on dignitas' recent lineup changes and their preparation for the event.

Dignitas will make their first LAN appearance in Bucharest, three months after the creation of the team, who initially featured Mikail "⁠Maikelele⁠" Bill and Faruk "⁠pita⁠" Pita.

Following a string of mixed results, the duo were replaced by Jorgen "⁠cromen⁠" Robertsen and Jesper "⁠TENZKI⁠" Plougmann, with Morten "⁠zEVES⁠" Vollan joining in as head coach to improve the team's tactical discipline. 

fox happy with cromen's and tenzki's adaptation

The Norwegian team turn to the Minor after failing to impress in ECS Season 3, in which they finished at the bottom of the table, with just four victories from 18 games. En route to the Romanian event, they beat Kinguin, Red Reserve and Space Soldiers, and suffered defeats to Tricked and LDLC.

In this interview, Ricardo "⁠fox⁠" Pacheco talks about replacing Maikelele and pita, the team's struggles so far and his expectations for the Minor, among other topics.

Let's start off by discussing the recent changes. What made you release Maikelele and pita, just weeks after the team was created? Was it because of individual performances or internal issues?

I cannot say that it was just because of one of the two. There was a little bit of both. But mainly it was about game style. There was a very big difference in the way we thought that we should play and what we wanted for the team.

To replace them, you signed tenzki and cromen. What is your opinion about these players? How are they fitting in?

I have a good opinion about them. If I didn’t, we would not have picked them. They had been on our radar for some time. As for their adjustment, it is going well, the way we expected it to go. It will take some time before everything is 100 percent, but it is going as we expected.

This will be your first LAN tournament. What are your expectations?

The first LAN competition for a recently-created team is always complicated. There are always certain situations that escape our control. But our goal is clear: we want to reach the Major qualifier.

How did you prepare for this tournament? Did you bootcamp or was it just online practice?

We practiced as we normally do. We created a weekly schedule and we practiced against good teams. This time, it was not possible to do a bootcamp, but in the future we will do some, for sure.

zEVES will attend his first event as coach

You finished at the bottom of the table in ECS. Was it a disappointment for you or something that can be justified by the internal problems you had at the start of the season?

When you are playing a tournament with so many world-class teams, it is normal that a team that is still being built does not have the results expected. You are facing well-oiled sides, who are better organised and have much more chemistry than you do.We were not disappointed because we had anticipated many difficulties, but it is clear that we wanted more than just last place.

Looking at this team and your previous one, what are the differences in terms of play style and the difficulties that were felt during the early stages of the projects?

Some of those difficulties were very similar and they happen in every new team. You need to lay the foundation on which the team can evolve, and that is not always easy, especially when you are talking about a multinational roster. At Kinguin, it was even harder because it was the first experience of this kind for everyone involved. Now, there is a bit more experience at this level, and that makes our job easier.

Last month, zEVES joined in as a coach. What is your opinion about his work so far?

His work has been positive, and we knew that he could bring the kind of structure that we were missing. For sure we are not yet at the level he wants, but we will get there, with time and practice.

You will face PENTA, LDLC and iGame.com in the group stage. What are your thoughts on these teams?

They are all quality teams, with several experienced players. But we are mostly concerned about ourselves. If we want to be at the Major, beating these teams is mandatory.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk 'pita' Pita
Faruk 'pita' Pita
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
173
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
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
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1067
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Denmark Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1275
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Norway Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
301
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
653
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Nice dream
2017-06-15 21:51
yes ty
2017-06-15 21:51
#6
shox | 
Switzerland znon
FOX LOL
2017-06-15 21:51
uff you almost give me earth attack, i think a fox vac
2017-06-15 21:51
Fox :'333333
2017-06-15 22:18
lol
2017-06-15 23:47
#64
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Brazil bandicoot
those achieve great things are great dreamers
2017-06-16 01:56
FOX SO BAD
2017-06-15 21:51
Is só bad?? But did you remeber when he play for SK and just carry the team?
2017-06-15 22:11
Can't remember and sk sucks dick so I don't care
2017-06-15 22:13
woah you're so edgy, can I be your friend?
2017-06-15 22:26
If you are saying that fox is bad or sk sucks dick you are blind! As you can see FOX is a pro player and SK is TOP 1! So stfu brazuca and never forget...7-1
2017-06-15 22:30
nt fox
2017-06-15 22:31
#51
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World Zayts3v
Just one more kid
2017-06-15 23:57
do u really think a brazilian csgo fan is saying sk sucks dick? lol. hes obv a fakeflagger
2017-06-16 00:05
Kid
2017-06-16 21:00
Ok
2017-06-16 21:21
G O D FOX
2017-06-15 23:37
Penta ez
2017-06-15 21:51
^^
2017-06-15 21:51
your nickname is an isbn lol
2017-06-15 22:13
maybe he wrote the book and is trying to sell it on hltv
2017-06-16 00:03
That much of experience and still 1st LAN difficult he says BOT FOX
2017-06-15 21:52
#46
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Macau K1L1on
They are a recent team and it is normal that they have difficulties because they never played together in LAN.
2017-06-15 23:33
#13
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France StickyRice
GOD Fox, let's go Dignitas.
2017-06-15 21:55
#14
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Brazil romp
NICE FOX
2017-06-15 21:55
Fox sux
2017-06-15 21:58
Not a single Portuguese flag saying "GOD FOX" wtf is wrong with hltv nowadays?
2017-06-15 22:09
#18
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Sweden RaketHopp
+1111111111
2017-06-15 22:10
I dont like the way he plays, in hltv no one likes fox man
2017-06-15 22:12
#47
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Macau K1L1on
GOD FOX
2017-06-15 23:34
#23
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Europe kys_exe
DO IT FOX.
2017-06-15 22:13
#24
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Japan jia
GOD FOX
2017-06-15 22:15
GL fox
2017-06-15 22:20
#28
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Portugal dracø
Gl my bro, make us all proud!
2017-06-15 22:20
#29
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Portugal bclZ
Go for it, best of luck
2017-06-15 22:24
gl fox & co.
2017-06-15 22:24
#35
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Europe razzthekid
get in!! fuck the haters man, get hem fox
2017-06-15 22:36
#BenficaGate
2017-06-15 22:37
#38
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Switzerland noxer*
nt, he is not sending emails
2017-06-15 22:42
gl fox, looking at how he talks i think he is pretty much down to earth type of person.
2017-06-15 22:38
#39
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Portugal pielott
fox god
2017-06-15 22:42
Fod Gox.
2017-06-15 23:01
Let's do this FOX! good luck! We smart, we loyal ,we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-06-15 23:24
Lets go
2017-06-15 23:49
Go fox and dignitas
2017-06-15 23:59
Go on fox , that's gona be hard since is the firts lan of the team , but eatch of them have a good skill level , now just work together with the skill an all will be fine , GL Dignitas
2017-06-16 00:11
#58
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Portugal Tooxic13
GOD FOX!!!!
2017-06-16 00:30
Go Dig!
2017-06-16 01:37
#62
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Portugal Obstinatus
ez for fox
2017-06-16 01:44
fox is a legend, legends like him are not made by night
2017-06-16 01:52
Fox Legend Pick 1 banana monkey))))
2017-06-16 12:36
nt navi , go kill cows on siberia
2017-06-16 20:53
#68
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Portugal LupiTV
He is a legend and very dedicated, he deserves this.
2017-06-16 02:40
Good luck Fox and dignitas
2017-06-16 02:54
GOD FOX! wtf is wrong with u guys? more GOD FOX's in this biatch
2017-06-16 03:35
#73
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Portugal Death_Hack
ez 4 fox and friends!
2017-06-16 05:07
fox is the best pt player atm, not the best in the world chill the fuck out we also have good pt players, like mut, killdream, and ou top 4 team, could do some crushing in minors, believe. gl dig
2017-06-16 10:43
As always the hate strikes on fox. Mainly because nowadays is full of kids that don't know anything about cs history. Huge respect for you and the journey you had to do against all the expectatives. You deal with preasure like a real pro. Never doubt about yourself.
2017-06-16 10:48
#77
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Portugal FFaria
The first LAN competition for a recently-created team is always complicated. Dignitas are still getting used to it. They will grow strong. It takes time. #FOX #Portugal #Norway #Dignitas #Justthebeginning
2017-06-16 16:16
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