TACO: "We only practiced a few days with boltz so we're not at our full potential"

November 14th, 2017 23:49

SK got their two first wins after struggling with EnVyUs and NiP, and we caught up with TACO to run us through the action.

A double-overtime win against Envy and a 4-11 comeback against NiP marked SK's start at IEM Oakland. In the end what matters is that the Brazilians got the W in both matches.

SK will face TheMongolz to close out their first day in Burbank

Epitacio "TACO" de Melo runs us through the team's feeling going into the event as well as through both matches, and shares a bit about Ricardo "boltz" Prass's quick adaptation to the team and SK's plans for ECS and the Major, where boltz is ineligible to play.

Let’s start with the comebacks, EnVyUs maybe a bit of a harder match than expected?

Yes, we played a few times against EnVy and we played them on Cobble so we know how they play. We were feeling pretty confident going in against them although it turned out to be a bit harder than expected. We were really calm the entire match, but in the beginning we weren’t feeling that good because it has been a while since we’ve played official matches, a week or so. We were in Brazil playing the [WESG] qualifier so we didn’t have enough time to practice, and our practice in Brazil wasn’t good in general. We were cold in the beginning of the match, but during the match we were calm as always and it ended up being fine.

What about against NiP, did you expect them to come out as strong as they did on the terrorist side, and did you expect you could make the comeback after the switch?

Yeah, we actually picked CT because we thought they didn’t have a really good T side. We knew they play the executes and with a lot of smokes and so on, and as CT we thought that if we played aggressive against them we could have some success, but it didn’t work. When we went to the terrorist side we knew we needed to win the pistol round since it was 4-11, and we said “guys, we just need the pistol, terrorist side on Cobblestone is our best side” so we were feeling really confident even with the 4-11 halftime score.

I have a couple questions about boltz. The first event he comes in you guys go all the way, but having played a bit more with him now, how is it going? Obviously he fits the playstyle better, allows the traditionally aggressive players to shine being more passive himself...

The adaptation to boltz was really simple. We knew how he plays and that’s why we picked him to play with us. It was really easy even without practicing with him very much. We only practiced a few days with him so we’re not at our full potential. Like I said, it was easy and simple because we knew his style and that he was what this team needs. He gives freedom to fer and cold and even to me. Now I can change some roles, renew many things. When you play the same way, on the same sites, doing the same things, people start countering you. Now everyone can do new things and we’re really happy to be playing with him. Also, he’s a really good player, and he’s doing really well.

Having played with this core back in the day, how do you think boltz has grown as a player?

I haven’t played with him for years, but I always watched him play and I’m sure with the old Immortals lineup he learned a lot. He’s a really different player now even though he kept his style as a passive player, big ups to him. I think in our team he’ll keep learning, and his mindset is really good. He’s open to listening to everything we say to him and I’m pretty sure he can still keep learning a lot.

So you guys are back on top of the rankings, which had shifted a bit lately with teams like FaZe and Astralis up there. How do you see the competition at the top right now?

There’s no solid top team right now. Astralis are struggling a bit, but they’re still a really good team, they’re always there, FaZe won some tournaments lately, so I don’t think there’s a best team right now. We are working to try and stay consistent and keep winning tournaments. We have four tournaments left and this competition is good for us, it’s what keeps us wanting to keep winning. I remember when we woke up and saw we were on the third place of the ranking we said “guys, this can’t happen, let’s practice, let’s play our best again to get back on top.” It’s not the most important thing, but I think it’s important to be the best on the ranking and that’s why we’ve been working hard the past months.

To wrap it up, one more question regarding boltz and the player change. He can’t play the Major and ECS, so how are you guys facing this?

First of all, I think the rule is bad for the players and the fans, boltz just played the online qualifier for the Americas Minor, so it’s kind of unfair. I don’t agree with it. But when we decided to bring him on we knew this and there’s nothing we can do about it. The Major and ECS we’ll just play with a stand-in. At ECS we’ll use another player and we’ll play the Major with felps. As far as ECS we don’t have many options, I know we can play with felps, but I’m not sure if that works out for him or not, we’ll have to choose a player that hasn’t played the online portion of the tournament.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
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Germany VeryNiceGuy 
nice hair taco imgur.com/a/za2x4 Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2017-11-14 23:51
2017-11-14 23:51
fak got me again xd
2017-11-14 23:51
The fuck is this?xdd
2017-11-15 13:10
his hair doesnt matter, look to his GF, instagram.com/showliana/
2017-11-14 23:58
Slovenia infiN1tyxD 
Leaked prof that taco's gonna get kicked after major: imgur.com/a/za2x4
2017-11-15 01:04
Europe pizzaman 
2017-11-15 12:13
You aren't in the potential taco. The all team has playing at hight level. Felps has good sense and get out SK Gaming because he's know your bad performance. Srry my english guys
2017-11-16 17:54
But you are a bot
2017-11-14 23:51
Brazil rFM 
2017-11-14 23:51
nukkye | 
Norway KlyksmaS 
dat excuses lel
2017-11-14 23:51
Not excuses, they didn't practice with Boltz after Epicenter. They played WESG with felps
2017-11-16 15:03
still its excuses :D everyone knows they have new memeber why need to excuse:D
2017-11-16 18:47
United Kingdom tomtmh 
2017-11-14 23:51
kNgV- | 
Brazil codezera 
2017-11-14 23:51
Last week: "WE HAD NO TIME TO PRACTICE WITH BOLTZ" ... "SK WIN EPICENTER" This week: "We only practiced a few days with Boltz so we're not at our full potential"
2017-11-16 05:22
Israel raaVz 
2017-11-14 23:51
A few days? Seems like more than that...
2017-11-14 23:51
2017-11-14 23:52
Etot dcp vsegda odny i ty je frazy krytit
2017-11-14 23:52
sk musorka, obidno wto nipi otpustili igry:(((
2017-11-14 23:52
Jestko gorel ya ,.. stavil fora +2.5 na nipov...predstav kakogo mne..
2017-11-14 23:53
da ya pomnyu na nip vs. faze na closed qualax epicetra postavil na cache na kef 5, oni veli 14-10 i loosnuli:((. btw nadeyus viydyt s gruppi i dadut pizdi
2017-11-14 23:54
Dumayu astralis proigraet envi...glavnoe chtob ne bilo nuka i overpassa..
2017-11-14 23:55
+++ Reply needs to have actual content
2017-11-14 23:55
Hz karoche
2017-11-14 23:56
+1 wtf tako
2017-11-15 00:00
Ohh my god..who cares...shut the fuck up
2017-11-14 23:52
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
<3 Taquinho, luv u brother! Thanks HLTV, nice interview with my team. We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-11-14 23:52
2017-11-14 23:52
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Hello my fanboy no scene, don't hate us, accept your reality, cheer with us!
2017-11-14 23:53
2017-11-14 23:53
Brazil Prxs 
2017-11-14 23:54
Poland Marcines 
lol they said same thing before epicenter 2 weeks ago XD
2017-11-14 23:54
Brazil nowaay 
As he said, they were playing WESG in Brazil, and it was not with Boltz but with Felps.
2017-11-15 22:59
BnTeT | 
United States EdgyBlob 
sure, sure
2017-11-14 23:56
France StickyRice 
"2faced" brazilians trying not to look arrogant and going for excuses in case they don't perf well a few months after Gabriel "2faced" Toledo said "we have to win at least 5 events out of next 8" :)
2017-11-14 23:57
Brazil Otazul 
well they actually still can do this
2017-11-15 00:00
France StickyRice 
I didn't count exactly so maybe they won the 4th big event and still can win 5 if they win the remaining 4. But anyway it doesn't look as they started to lose semis vs Liquid and such in the first few tourneys that happen after Fallen's claim.
2017-11-15 00:02
Brazil Otazul 
it was all marketing
2017-11-15 00:04
Bulgaria zikinu 
Nice excuse you have there TACO.
2017-11-14 23:58
Brazil Sukitay 
they won a title without any practice, sure, excuses liquid fanboy.
2017-11-15 01:47
Bulgaria zikinu 
That's because VP got lucky and knocked FaZe out for SK.
2017-11-15 10:43
Brazil Sukitay 
SK beat FaZe ._.
2017-11-15 10:44
Bulgaria zikinu 
Yes, only in groups. In play-offs, FaZe would crush them.
2017-11-15 10:46
Liquid beat SK.Ghost beat SK.Renegades beat SK,...
2017-11-15 10:48
lol because SK was lucky as usual if they meet FaZe or G2 in the playoffs then it will be rip
2017-11-15 13:13
Brazil Sukitay 
Sure sure.. i wonder what excuse you will come next when SK destroys whoever they face in semis.
2017-11-15 13:14
Brazil ovomexido 
Nice Taquinho! boltz really is a great addition to SK, imagine when they get the sinergy rolling ( thats what i think taco meant when he say practice ) also dead AKA picudinho > felps
2017-11-14 23:58
Other VladimirLucas 
boltz is an excellent CT side player he's the flusha of brazil
2017-11-14 23:59
For those that are saying they do had time to play with boltz, but the two weeks between Epicenter and IEM they played in brazil in the WESG qualifier with felps, those who are saying it, dont know nothing about SK.
2017-11-15 00:03
dafuq is he talking about, is he high on bananas or what?
2017-11-15 00:04
fox at ECS again? noice.
2017-11-15 00:11
method | 
United States f0xes` 
So much hate for TACO, one of the true good guys in CSGO.
2017-11-15 00:53
Sweden TDK Em1L 
I like Mr TACO interview Kreygasm
2017-11-15 01:01
"SO WE'RE NOT AT OUR FULL POTENTIAL" taco you always in best potential... you are bot and nobody not waiting nothing from you... don't worry
2017-11-15 01:10
Keep going ma boy Taco. Make all these haters mad.
2017-11-15 01:14
Denmark geerZo 
excuses lul
2017-11-15 02:35
Brazil mcsenne 
3 matches, 3 wins, a great day thanks
2017-11-15 02:43
s1mple | 
Iceland cy_ro 
kick taco
2017-11-15 04:45
Taco, you're awful, please, Just please, get better
2017-11-15 06:57
nice interview
2017-11-15 08:01
Estonia rYm 
someone is really taking seriously HLTV.org ranks :D
2017-11-15 09:36
fer | 
Brazil Drezim1 
esse tal de taco é ruim pra caralho namoral
2017-11-15 14:23
Argentina damik1ng 
You dont need to practise, you gonna win this too... GO manitos!
2017-11-15 16:29
Taco doesnt practice
2017-11-16 05:33
Taco fkin loser instead appreciating astralis for their gr8 game he makes excuses signs of gr8 team lul
2017-11-16 06:20
dsn | 
India sRik 
2017-11-16 11:01
kick that BOTaco ffs
2017-11-16 11:05
2017-11-16 14:58
The worst player alive!
2017-11-16 16:46
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