TACO: "It would be amazing to end the year with a final against FaZe"

After SK clinched first place in Group B, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo talked to us about their only loss in the groups to OpTic, the surprising results overall, and the possibility of a FaZe-SK final.

SK picked up four out of five wins in Group B at ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals, with the loss coming at the hands of OpTic, who surprised the Brazilian side on Mirage.

TACO discussed the new teams doing well at the finals

After their last match, in which SK defeated Misfits to secure their place in the semi-finals, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo gave us an interview about the loss, the group stage results, the overtime points system, and lastly the possibility of an SK-FaZe grand final.

The entire group stage was quite comfortable for SK overall, aside from the loss to OpTic - why was that such a tough match for you?

Mirage is one of our best maps and we were really comfortable to play it against OpTic. They came with new things, new smokes that we were not used to, and we tried to play in our way. Our T side was pretty good, we took nine rounds, I think. And we tried to play in our way as we were practicing because we thought it was a new meta, but it didn't work, because they came with new things, new smokes that we didn't expect. So props to them and I'm sure that was a good lesson for us.

A lot of people said OpTic like to anti-strat, was that anything that you noticed throughout the match?

I don't think they were anti-stratting. They found a smoke in connector and we couldn't have the information that they were pushing cat, so the way we were playing, we tried to play with only me on B. We didn't have that information and I was always caught off-guard. I think that was the main reason our CT side was so bad.

The group stage was backwards to what we had expected, what do you make of the results?

I think that's because some teams are kind of new, they don't really play many tournaments. The other thing is that they don't have too much information against this kind of teams. Misfits, even HellRaisers, OpTic, they are kind of new teams - Misfits and HellRaisers aren't, but they don't play many tournaments.

Maybe they surprised a lot of teams, they came with lots of practice, of course, and they came with lots of information that is easy to find when you are playing a lot of tournaments. I'm pretty sure it's easy to get information on SK, on Astralis, on FaZe, because we always play tournaments and sometimes we don't even have time to practice. So they can come with new things and teams that always play these tournaments can't.

This is not something that you haven't experienced this tournament specifically, but we've had a couple of tournaments with the new points system for overtimes. There has been a little bit of controversy regarding the system, what do you think about it?

Talking about our team, we really don't care. They used this system even in the online season, so teams are used to it. That's not an excuse, I think, it's fine, I like the system, I don't think it's a bad thing. Even if it was bad, you can't give it as an excuse, you just have to play the tournament.

It seems the stage is set for an SK-FaZe grand final, with you both placing first in the group and going to semi-finals. Is that where we are heading, something you're looking forward to?

Of course I'm looking forward to playing the semi-finals, I think we're going to face HellRaisers or Misfits. They did well in the group stage, I'm looking forward to playing against them, but of course, if we do win, it would be amazing to end the year with a grand final against FaZe and I hope we can win that as well.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
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Poland cGev 
Would be
2017-12-06 20:39
rain | 
Canada Bigsnake 
2017-12-06 22:00
ez for him to say lmfao he would probably drop another 50 bomb.....in 5 maps lul others will do the hard work and carry that bold mofo
2017-12-07 04:47
paz | 
Russia Feodor 
Are u DCP???
2017-12-07 08:00
ryx | 
Venezuela gaditoh 
Digital Cinema Package ?
2017-12-07 13:24
United States Artifactz 
2017-12-07 22:35
2017-12-07 15:10
Mom, look! Another hater with a miserable life! :(
2017-12-07 17:09
n0t a h8er just realism
2017-12-07 19:00
FaZe will lose Vs SK. Sk has had years of practice with theyr team becouse they only changed 1 player and even with that player (boltz) they have played in LG together, FaZe has changed 2 players that bearly speak english... Yes FaZe might have a All-Star team and map knolage but they dont have SKs fire power having coldzeras randomness and FalleNs determination and IGL skills boltzs riflery they have a bigger chance of winning. This might end with a 1-2... But still i LOVE Faze and i sed them a message if they lost their determination #FaZeUp
2017-12-09 13:56
jks | 
United States jv$ 
leggo faZe
2017-12-06 20:40
with bot karrigan ?
2017-12-07 03:20
Australia Lachurs 
Against bot taco lul
2017-12-07 13:27
jks | 
United States jv$ 
karrigan is awful
2017-12-07 15:35
United States Artifactz 
But his IGL is godlike
2017-12-07 22:35
Brazil hugoooo 
Why only TACO in being interviewed from SK?? Every time it's him.
2017-12-06 20:41
Because all the good players are actually practising and HLTV need an interview so SK send the worst player.
2017-12-06 20:42
United States Artifactz 
2017-12-06 20:44
2017-12-06 20:49
Brazil torm3ntin 
2017-12-06 21:14
2017-12-06 21:18
Spain Lorenzo_Lamas 
2017-12-06 21:24
2017-12-06 21:25
hahha n1 :D
2017-12-06 21:42
2017-12-06 21:42
The best coment lol
2017-12-06 21:49
And the winner is... NewMonthNewFlag!!
2017-12-06 22:09
mOE | 
Iraq Bad_Guy 
2017-12-06 22:22
2017-12-06 22:24
China BodeFuceta 
Wow such good post
2017-12-06 23:03
2017-12-06 23:14
True lol
2017-12-07 00:17
Brazil romp  
2017-12-07 01:05
Australia NotSoMLG 
2017-12-07 01:16
2017-12-07 01:40
2017-12-07 02:57
2017-12-07 10:38
expected from optic fan it wasnt even a good comment
2017-12-07 15:10
Okay? I never claimed it was. Expected from a braindead SK fan.
2017-12-07 17:12
i didnt even say u claimed it was ..... 10 iq
2017-12-07 19:44
You people just need to leave this site, permanently.
2017-12-07 23:26
u need to stop being racist and im not even brazillian 10 iq
2017-12-08 00:04
Ahaha 0/8
2017-12-08 00:16
what my first statement or second
2017-12-08 02:07
2017-12-08 02:07
u were fast replying
2017-12-08 02:07
I know, I have notifications on so I saw you reply By the way I meant third, not second, I assumed you only made two posts but you made three.
2017-12-08 02:08
i was talking about the recent reply
2017-12-08 02:09
Well it was bait. It was very easy to see it was bait, because I never said you were Brazilian.
2017-12-08 02:11
2017-12-07 17:14
Brazil hulperaa 
2017-12-08 08:05
2017-12-09 00:36
Brazil Goodzera 
Taco is the worst and always give interviews and carry the trophies...
2017-12-06 23:09
2017-12-07 03:58
2017-12-07 10:39
he is right tho
2017-12-07 13:03
Germany uRaguuu 
because he is the only guy who is speaking london
2017-12-06 23:20
Brazil tacold 
Not really, Fallen speaks english very well. I think he is just tired of doing interview since he was the only guy in the team doing it for 1 year.
2017-12-07 00:37
Because he go to Pasha Papa London School.
2017-12-07 03:07
Germany felo 
I think it's because FalleN wants him to be more confident as a non english speaker + to gain some respect by peoplebhating on him
2017-12-07 03:20
coldzera | 
Brazil RIJK 
I think is already confirmed
2017-12-06 20:41
coldzera | 
Brazil RIJK 
I think is already confirmed
2017-12-06 20:41
Mongolia Kzswag 
2017-12-09 19:28
Brazil Rust1 
I think is already confirmed
2017-12-06 20:41
2017-12-06 21:20
why? they never lost vs a karrigan squad and it will be the same outcome like always. retacotarded
2017-12-06 20:42
Denmark iaintnojoke 
I think their games are pretty exciting to watch, even if it does usually end with SK winning. Though I think Astralis are the most fun to watch SK play against, since that VP match was kind of a fluke.
2017-12-06 21:40
Astralis-SK is the best matchup of 2k17 no doubt. so back and forth between these 2 teams
2017-12-06 21:46
Portugal RKO23 
they lost in a bo1.
2017-12-06 21:53
Brazil EnzoAirezZ 
2017-12-07 03:59
God | 
Russia STDGod 
GL winning BO3 over SK FaZe
2017-12-06 20:42
boltz | 
Brazil naikeen 
BO5, but yeah... the final result will be the same. GG SK
2017-12-06 21:25
true 3-2 for SK ez pz
2017-12-06 21:42
3-0 *
2017-12-07 07:24
Brazil Valhalla00 
nah, 3-2 is the most realistic
2017-12-07 12:24
Faze is shit '-'
2017-12-07 12:59
2017-12-06 20:43
Dunno why he thinks that its amazing to lose.
2017-12-06 20:43
2017-12-06 21:31
You think FaZe will be able to beat them this time? They actually look a lot worse atm going to overtime with shit teams, almost losing every map in group stage just getting individual plays doesn't even look like a team looks like a FPL Pug with really good players. SK look pretty good with Boltz and have never lost to FaZe in a best of 3 or 5 and have never lost to any team Karrigan was ever part of in the same circumstances.
2017-12-06 23:01
2017-12-10 21:35
no I dislike both teams. But it seems like you are quite mad that you actually saved my comment on this thread.
2017-12-10 21:35
rain was sick again? llmaaaaoooooooo
2017-12-10 21:37
+1 he's desperate and laughing at you is probably highlight of his month
2017-12-10 21:37
expected interview
2017-12-06 20:43
2017-12-06 20:47
Finland Smoonah 
yeah lets interview epictaco ResidentSleeper
2017-12-06 20:47
instead you will lose to fnatic :)
2017-12-06 20:50
Nepal Askje 
2017-12-06 20:56
Lol Sk is gonna get either hellraisers or misfits
2017-12-06 21:06
in the semi/finals>>ez fnatic
2017-12-06 21:08
If Fnatic beat Faze then they would be doing SK a favor I think
2017-12-06 21:25
I didnt watch the bracket and no fnatic>faze and SK havent played fnatic for a long time (PLUS FNATIC(FLUSHA)MADE THEM), so SK are prepared for Faze who are quite bad but will have no chance in a bo5 vs fnatic.
2017-12-06 21:55
Denmark Poopoohead123 
Fnatic lost to team ukraine OMEGALUL
2017-12-06 22:08
without GOD KRIMZ and they had already reached their goal, nothing to take from that game.
2017-12-06 22:18
they didn't had krimz
2017-12-06 22:21
They didn't have Krimz and that team Ukraine team was insane better than Na'vi and Gambit which Fnatic would probably lose to as well.
2017-12-06 23:03
What r u taking about beating sk or faze?
2017-12-06 21:27
Cuz fnatic can only get sk in the finals
2017-12-06 21:28
Netherlands pewpeww 
I agree TACO, lets make it happen!
2017-12-06 20:57
Karrigan against sk in a bo5
2017-12-06 21:07
Denmark tpz 
But there's still ECS finals left in ..... oh wait...
2017-12-06 21:16
Lol I missed the part where SK not qualified
2017-12-06 21:51
I would be amazing if you levae SK BOTaco
2017-12-06 21:20
Japan jia 
2017-12-06 21:40
Brazil ilovemywife 
it would be amazing if you leave your moms house kiddo.
2017-12-06 22:45
Russia Su11eN 
Would be.. But HR will fuck you up in semis
2017-12-06 21:21
Greece knk74 
Sean will fuck them up
2017-12-06 22:08
France kennySsSsS 
lul, nice joke 3/10
2017-12-07 04:20
Spain Lorenzo_Lamas 
It will be... so Faze will rekt SK .. mark my words
2017-12-06 21:24
Taco actually doing well this tournament though
2017-12-06 21:25
Spain Lorenzo_Lamas 
His ratings are better than lately.. =D
2017-12-06 21:30
I’ll and laugh at u after
2017-12-06 21:27
Spain Lorenzo_Lamas 
I marked your post =D
2017-12-06 21:28
Sunday night , I’ll talk w u
2017-12-06 21:29
Spain Lorenzo_Lamas 
Fair enough m8.. have a nice time!!! Cya..
2017-12-06 21:30
Its gonna be a nice match btw
2017-12-07 01:28
W sk taking it 3-2 being the best match of the year last map sk is gonna take by 25-23 on train :)
2017-12-07 01:30
Hahhhaahaha , dude , that’s what I said , sk won , faze against sk Omega lul
2017-12-10 21:30
=( so bad ..
2017-12-10 22:01
Brazil Noice_boyzZ 
it's actually funny that faze fans still think faze can beat sk in a series...
2017-12-06 21:33
Spain Lorenzo_Lamas 
If Faze is on a good day... I don't see any reason that they cant beat SK..
2017-12-06 21:35
Brazil zptz 
I do not see it either, so you never win bo3 / bo5 vs SK
2017-12-06 23:51
Nt brazilerino
2017-12-07 00:46
Europe H0wLinqDawN 
2017-12-07 12:37
Greece knk74 
The new squad played sk only 2 times A bo3 at epicenter 2-1 sk And a bo1 at blast 1-0 faze If tyey played at oakland faze would win But enuff about ifs A faze vs sk final would end up as a faze victory
2017-12-06 22:12
Brazil Noice_boyzZ 
I'm gonna have sex with alexandra daddario
2017-12-06 22:13
Greece knk74 
Who ? tier 9000000 brazilan bitch
2017-12-06 22:14
Brazil zptz 
why in oakland faze would win, if sk lose for the same team faze loses, LUL and blast are bo1, bo3/bo5 counts
2017-12-06 23:52
i have no clue what you just said
2017-12-07 00:39
Brazil Noice_boyzZ 
I think he meant that it doesn't make sense to assume faze would beat sk in Oakland, since they both lost to the same team (NIP).
2017-12-07 05:05
I think in a possible final SkVSFaze faze have more chances now. They are playing very safe and sk have some problems on inferno, mirage and train. But if Fallen and Coldzera playing hard, faze will be destroyed.
2017-12-06 21:34
Spain Lorenzo_Lamas 
nahhh. now way brahh.. Faze will win for sure. =D
2017-12-06 21:36
In theory it is so, but in practice we know how it works ;) izi for SK Karrigan never beat Fallen BO3/5
2017-12-06 22:01
In theory it is so, but in practice we know how it works ;) izi for SK Karrigan never beat Fallen BO3/5
2017-12-06 22:01
2017-12-06 22:02
Poland DaTreiN 
Faze is better than sk for me but with a bit of luck and 2016 taco they will win
2017-12-06 21:39
Brazil juyran 
The last question was a bit bait to get the answer they wanted to the headline.
2017-12-06 22:01
2017-12-06 22:01
botaco played better than everyone else in the team at this tournament xaxaxaxa santabarbara
2017-12-06 22:08
both teams are fullofshit cmn kindas
2017-12-06 22:06
i think taco love loses
2017-12-06 22:06
2017-12-06 22:12
TaZ is not even close to GodFallen
2017-12-06 22:21
Europe KappaKaako 
If taco holds b alone rush and go
2017-12-06 22:27
End the year? What about ECS Finals? Oh yeah, sorry
2017-12-06 22:39
taco its very good fuck all haters
2017-12-06 22:57
Snax | 
Tunisia Dupix123 
2017-12-06 23:03
2017-12-07 06:40
TFW Taco is playing pretty decent this tournament and is still getting hated on.
2017-12-06 23:04
Faze will rekt brazilian bbq
2017-12-06 23:14
2017-12-07 14:43
Bae, let's see if SK can make it to the finals, lol. Anyway, always a pleasure to watch SK vs Faze.
2017-12-06 23:43
Brazil zptz 
i think sk and faze are awesome match for 3rd/4th HR and fnatic will make the grand final mark my words Kappa
2017-12-06 23:55
Iran LorDxMahDi 
Faze will suck in final :D
2017-12-07 00:12
2-0 and 3-1 for SK if it is BO5.
2017-12-07 01:34
Lol y'all forget how well fnatic is playing this tourney. If it's fnatic vs faze bo3 semis then faze will lose.
2017-12-07 02:56
United States lionheart17 
uh no i think we are all aware of fnatic, but i guess u forgot about that loss vs Limitless LMFAO gg ez final again for SK
2017-12-07 03:43
Honestly, why do people think taco is shit? theres a bad player in every team, someone has to sacrifice each round
2017-12-07 03:12
Just because he goes to Pasha London Sch lul. nice one TACO
2017-12-07 05:22
Iceland caverat 
expected from decoy/taco
2017-12-07 06:10
One cannot simply deny that SK is no 1 team in this world.
2017-12-07 06:57
Russia IvtY 
2017-12-07 07:30
China haskell_cg 
I just hope FaZe can surprise us when vs SK
2017-12-07 10:36
Brazil mibrzera 
pede pra sair Decoytaco
2017-12-07 10:43
Oceania nobrac 
L o l.. Ez4fazE
2017-12-07 11:53
8x3 SK, FaZe never win a important match, "EZ4FAZE" NT
2017-12-07 14:44
Oceania nobrac 
2017-12-08 07:57
Czech Republic MatthEWw_w 
bot taco.. lol xd
2017-12-07 13:26
United States lLub 
FaZe #1
2017-12-07 19:24
FaZe vs SK final the DREAM!
2017-12-08 05:46
Finland Juzaa 
Balding and can't take criticism, such a funny combo.
2017-12-08 14:39
nice haircut taco
2017-12-08 19:18
2017-12-10 05:00
Brazil augusJ 
VacoGOD. Gg
2017-12-10 23:01
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