TACO: "[After the Major] we were rebuilding the team"

February 20th, 2018 22:26

SK's Epitacio "TACO" de Melo shared details on the team's status, their Inferno and the loss to mousesports.

SK clinched playoff status on the fourth day of StarSeries i-League Season 4, defeating Natus Vincere in a two-map series. The first map, Cobblestone, started badly for the Brazilians, but they turned it around after a blunderous round by Natus Vincere and the series was sealed by a confident Inferno win.

TACO feels that their recent Inferno results have been good

In our post-match interview, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo revealed that they tried to anti-strat mousesports, which backfired, and that they are in the process of rebuilding the team so they could stay on top.

Until the mousesports game from the other day you had a perfect score against them, this was your first loss, so what did you think about that game, why did it go out of hand?

Against mousesports, what I can say is that they played really well and we had an off day, we were playing kind of robotic and that is not a style we are good with. On Mirage we had a chance to win the map, but we lost some clutches at the beginning of the match. I think everyone was off and when we decided to wake up, it was too late. On Inferno we had no chance even though we knew that we would play against them on that map. We knew the style that they play but we played really bad as a team and I can say that we had an off day, I think only coldzera, as always, was playing well. Everyone else was playing bad.

When I interviewed coldzera he said that you weren't really confident, that you lacked confidence playing at summit. Why was that?

We are always confident, to be honest, but when we came back from vacation we had to play with felps at the Major and then, of course, we lost some time to practice with boltz. At the end of the last year we were the best in the world and we won three tournaments in a row or something like that, and we won the last tournament of the year as well, which was EPL S6. We knew that we would have to change to become good again because every team was watching us, they knew how we play and after the Major we decided to change some things, to change some positions on the maps, some holds, some strats... we were rebuilding the team, the playstyle, the strats, everything.

Even though we were doing this, we were still confident, at least me, I know that I trust my teammates, that I have the best players in the world by my side. Even though we had a tough time at the beginning of the year, the last year was the same. I was always confident, at least me.

Tell me about that Cloud9 game, you obviously lost to them at the Major. How was it playing against them now and to get the win here?

Cloud9 is playing really well, they play beautiful CS, but a good thing about our team is that we learn really fast. We had some losses to them, we watched the matches, we fixed some mistakes that we did. Losing to Cloud9 and even Liquid at summit was really good for us, not because we lost the tournament obviously but to learn and to fix things. I think the right term would simply be that we learn fast. We were really confident in the match against Cloud9 because we knew what we should have done to win.

Talking about the Na`Vi game, I obviously have to ask about you starting on Cobblestone, it was 6-1 and then there was that coldzera round when s1mple tries to knife him. Just tell me your thoughts on that and how the team reacted to that situation?

To be honest, it was a really good mistake for us and really bad mistake for Na`Vi from s1mple. I don't know if he had bullets in his pistol, coldzera was with 10hp or something like this, he was really low, and that gave us the match because with that round we got a chance to recover our half as CT and that is what we did. The CT half was 8-7 for us and it was 6-1 for them, and that round would break our economy.

On Inferno, Natus Vincere has been having a pretty decent run. That is kind of a map you struggle with, how did you win it so easily?

Just going back to the match against mousesports, against them we did something that we never do, we did some anti-strats, and against Natus Vincere today and Cloud9 yesterday as well we decided to just play our game. "Let's just play guys, we don't need to anti-strat to win".

For the match today we just played our game, of course, we were struggling on Inferno, I don't know if we are still struggling on Inferno, but we spent a lot of time the last week in our gaming house, just practicing on this map. Trying to change, trying to learn how to play the map as well. And it's a good thing that everyone is picking Inferno against us because we've gotten a lot of experience on the map now, even if we lost. But by far, the results on Inferno have been good for us, we won against Cloud9, now against Na`Vi, both teams have a really good Inferno, we only lost to mousesports. I think that we are still learning on Inferno, but it's a map that we are still confident playing.

Any wishes for the playoffs, any thoughts?

About the playoffs, I don't like to think too much, I just want to play. I believe in my team, I still think that we are a really good team and that we can win this tournament, even though we are not on our best level right now, I still think that even if we are not playing that good as at the end of the year we have a good chance. So I have no thoughts, I just want to play and win the tournament.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
RpK | 
Germany STIFAN 
nice rebuild
2018-02-20 22:27
BOT ahah
2018-02-20 22:27
Bulgaria TryGames 
GUD 3th btw
2018-02-20 22:27
Germany makolegat 
Taco played well today.
2018-02-20 22:27
Cloud > SK
2018-02-20 22:27
Brazil TEUS1 
StarSeries Season4 SK Gaming 2 x 0 Cloud9 BO3 16x8 - Cache 16x7 - Inferno
2018-02-20 22:58
head to head 7:4 in a month
2018-02-20 23:20
Brazil TEUS1 
Major hype Look at gambit
2018-02-20 23:27
what a joke
2018-02-20 22:59
2018-02-21 15:35
Brazil flpR 
2018-02-21 21:37
JD | 
Poland HooDlesxd 
2018-02-20 22:28
Switzerland Schwandi 
I thought they were praticing with boltz?
2018-02-20 22:28
Brazil mibr^coldzera 
They were practicing with boltz before major, and then had to start practice again after major and rebuild all new strats. Dont you know how to read?
2018-02-20 22:45
Don't be rude.
2018-02-20 23:33
Brazil MetaL_BR 
best nick
2018-02-21 11:53
2018-02-20 22:28
Bosnia and Herzegovina discoK1ng 
too robotic
2018-02-20 22:28
Germany Fabbsen 
Taco too roBOTic
2018-02-27 19:30
2018-02-20 22:28
2018-02-20 22:29
taco why u always wearing a hat?
2018-02-20 22:31
falleN | 
Brazil willdsc 
Because he's almost bald
2018-02-20 23:12
so young and bald FeelsBadMan
2018-02-21 00:48
Brazil MommyStealer 
2018-02-21 00:16
Brazil vass28 
2018-02-20 22:31
Norway SanQ83 
2018-02-20 22:31
BnTeT | 
China NA_LUL 
rebuilding means: -botaco -botz +god fnx +god felps
2018-02-20 22:35
Netherlands Yak_41M 
no fnx no partyy
2018-02-20 22:53
that's why u don't have a good team from ur country...
2018-02-20 23:00
BnTeT | 
China NA_LUL 
its because cs is not popular in china, we are better at league of legends than bronzil because its more popullar
2018-02-20 23:01
i'm talking about cs... not lol...and i saidthat with this thoughts u will never have a good cs go team...
2018-02-20 23:03
I agree with NA_LUL, china have great lol and dota 2 teams, which we don't; same thing with south korea, lol and ow are the most popular games there and they dominate, at least in lol, not so sure about ow. therefore, whenever a game becomes popular in china or south korea, they dominate or at least become a true contender world wide. Not a specialist in this topic, just an esports lover XD
2018-02-20 23:28
China X1aoBe1_FF 
interesting logic. so he is talking sk. why u turn to chinese team.
2018-02-21 07:07
This Guy is either stupid/baiting bro, what the other chinese Guy said above is true. Even female cs can get gud with strong investment and solid competition. I remenber FalleN back in 2011 in a interview for hltv staying "Its hard tô become a top team playing a top team 3 times per year" Look where the guy is now, as soon as he got bigger opportunitys.
2018-02-21 12:06
Brazil SAG1A 
Because he dont know shit about this game, thinking 5 stars make a team, he's absolutely wrong.
2018-02-22 01:19
Brazil SAG1A 
In any sport china will have more players, 2Bi of people, shut up boy :DD
2018-02-22 01:17
BnTeT | 
China NA_LUL 
cant count expected from monkey
2018-02-22 03:36
Brazil SAG1A 
We r not talking about cs and sk ? dog eater ?
2018-02-23 00:18
Sweden godname 
lul sk
2018-02-20 22:35
Brazil mibr^coldzera 
Lul g2 lul nip lul sweden. Bye ahmed
2018-02-20 22:46
Lul SK lul Coldzera lul Andorra. Bey ahmed go fuck yourself
2018-02-21 00:50
United States Neil111 
2018-02-21 11:57
Faroe Islands temza 
-TACO +Shroud
2018-02-20 22:38
Brazil mibr^coldzera 
-Vaco +BOTshroud? OMEGALUL
2018-02-20 22:46
Shroud in 2k18 HYPEROMEGALUL
2018-02-20 23:12
lover | 
Other Gala0 
Another excuse for tomorrow lol sk cant stop with it
2018-02-20 22:39
Brazil maximoff66 
They dont play tomorrow idiot
2018-02-20 22:44
Brazil Setrock 
Oh, what a surprise, SK with yet another excuse.
2018-02-20 22:40
Brazil lopanBR 
Robotic excuse again.. lul
2018-02-20 22:40
Lithuania DieNastyA 
Add another excuse to the book.
2018-02-20 22:42
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
nice words bro, we did great today, you specially, congratz! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-02-20 22:47
Hey, you are the guy on twitch spamming this too!
2018-02-20 23:09
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Spamming? of course not... but yes, I'm buddyINSANE too
2018-02-20 23:30
Norway anMu 
Good one gonna be fun using it with tired after two BO3s xD
2018-02-20 22:55
Brazil fcetin 
TaGod today
2018-02-20 23:00
Brazil gbz1^ 
2018-02-20 23:00
Brazil Kise_Ryota 
2018-02-20 23:21
Brazil Charizaldo 
has someone clipped TACO picking s1mple at terrace?
2018-02-20 23:38
Brazil ovomexido 
nice taquinho playing really good this tournament ! SK inferno getting better and better by the minute, i wonder what other maps the other teams will want to pick against SK, because i dont think they will be confident against SK on inferno anymore and tbh inferno sucks to watch
2018-02-20 23:45
Europe @Wonky 
Completely agree
2018-02-21 00:07
The map picks against C9 were completely mental lmao FalleN with the big plays even before the match starts
2018-02-21 12:08
2018-02-20 23:48
Excuses are like handkerchiefs, everyone got one In SK’s multiple LUL
2018-02-20 23:57
People don't realize how good TACO is and keeps bashing him because of a few stupid mistaken decisions under a lot of pressure. He is actually talented and dedicated, and Fallen's system changes in this rebuilding show it.
2018-02-21 00:09
Argentina valiummm10 
TACO he is very good player nobody understands ...
2018-02-21 00:50
Brazil rsouzadk 
2018-02-21 02:38
Italy CHEBBOxxx 
epitacio, spend some time in the gym, u seem ill
2018-02-21 08:11
France remyos 
As long your team is winning it is not necessary to change something! After more than one loss, it might be right ...
2018-02-21 08:53
i have a feeling they gona rebuild the team without taco
2018-02-23 13:05
nice Taco, good for you. how did it go then? lul
2018-02-23 14:24
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