TACO joins Liquid's ESEA roster

Epitacio "TACO" de Melo appears poised to sign for Liquid after joining the North American team's ESEA roster.

The move all but confirms that the Brazilian will sign for Liquid, one of the two North American teams that he has been linked with since departing SK.

The 23-year-old, who has also been tipped to join Cloud9, has made no secret that he plans to join a North American team and even revealed that he turned down a move to Europe to remain in California.

TACO is now on Liquid's ESEA roster

It has been reported that Epitacio "TACO" de Melo will take compatriot Lucas "steel" Lopes's spot on the roster, which, if confirmed, sees the 24-year-old exit the team less than six months after being recruited from Immortals.

TACO could make his first appearance for Liquid on Wednesday night as the North American team will take on NRG in the ESL Pro League, in which the cs_summit 2 champions currently have a 13-1 record.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
expected
2018-04-04 10:06
#15
HUNDEN | 
Lithuania gime114 
Well ppl knew that steel is going to immortals, he wouldn't play with the Americans, cuz he knows they're bad.
2018-04-04 10:12
#20
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Europe _EpiC_ 
morning, whats going on in CS:GO
2018-04-04 10:07
#33
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Austria chris_de_b0ng 
hey
2018-04-04 10:08
Nothing you wouldn't expect
2018-04-04 10:31
taco is deranking another team
2018-04-04 12:29
#133
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Canada Sharkey3322 
I can't see this lasting very long but its hard to say.
2018-04-04 12:48
ye, i just feel like its not gonna work with their role and him as a support WAIT is stewie support or is it boltz
2018-04-04 13:22
#146
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Canada Sharkey3322 
Boltz I would imagine.
2018-04-04 13:23
Most probably
2018-04-04 14:05
#206
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Finland Smoonah 
yeah it won’t last long - will have a negative impact on team stats
2018-04-04 18:58
#214
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United States LJPixels 
Liquid got Taco for a steel!
2018-04-04 20:48
#228
Stewie2K | 
Singapore Curf 
you are a funny man
2018-04-06 01:11
#229
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Hong Kong IAmAutistic 
nt
2018-04-06 05:32
Immortals?
2018-04-04 10:08
#34
HUNDEN | 
Lithuania gime114 
That's why you read before you comment
2018-04-04 10:08
#40
HUNDEN | 
Lithuania gime114 
JK lul, it's a jebait. Immortals dead team, Steel wouldn't go to play for them even if he was offered the most there.
2018-04-04 10:10
#106
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Spain Miki2K 
Literally -30iq
2018-04-04 11:41
+1 not my best bait
2018-04-04 11:55
#46
oskar | 
Czech Republic MrBcz 
You high?
2018-04-04 10:13
Lul
2018-04-04 10:26
#80
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Spain xHipeRzZ14 
Maybe steel goes to NTC or take the spot of boltz in SK
2018-04-04 10:48
ta falando merda
2018-04-04 14:36
Steel and fnx don't get along...
2018-04-04 14:43
Actually steel said on in interview that he wouldn't play on the NTC team if invited (but the main reason I think was because of the twins presence, since they'rent there anymore it may be a possibility) I don't think he has so many problems with FNX, but with KNG things might be a little rough
2018-04-04 15:09
#198
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Spain xHipeRzZ14 
If SK kick bolz steel can play with SK and the NTC roster can be: felps, bit, fnx, boltz and kng There is also the option to buyout Neymar Kappa
2018-04-04 16:58
lul i arent think that, steel used to play with kNg since 2012 in different team, also i think kNg just entered in IMT cuz steel should to talked to rest of roster about him. This issues with forfeit in dreamhack wont be a reason for an embarassing to them. Sorry fo my bad englando
2018-04-04 23:12
He said that they had a very good relationship... (that Immortals lineup)
2018-04-05 06:01
Agreed
2018-04-04 12:00
#194
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United States Will767 
Dude steel is the fucking worst player on liquid
2018-04-04 16:41
#21
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
Indeed. Unlucko for steel tho :(
2018-04-04 10:07
unluko*
2018-04-04 10:22
Who out?
2018-04-04 10:22
#138
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Brazil rogerrolim 
Steel
2018-04-04 13:07
#172
SPUNJ | 
Australia nazzle 
steel
2018-04-04 14:51
#88
World $oft 
CR7
2018-04-04 11:03
amazing goal i should say, nonetheless Chiellini is dumb
2018-04-04 11:57
#94
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Sweden RoyceSW 
TACO has always been one of my favorite players and to see him play for my favorite team is huge!
2018-04-04 11:21
expected
2018-04-04 11:49
#114
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Albania blizaardy 
Expected from ez_first
2018-04-04 11:54
#180
NiKo | 
United Kingdom Dogehino 
What's the point of this? Liquid have been doing great(For an NA team) and they only got NAF a month or 2 ago and TACO replacing Steel isn't gonna change much. I feel bad for Steel because he isn't a star player and gets criticized when he does a good job of his role.
2018-04-04 15:10
#2
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India ashwani597 
Ok
2018-04-04 10:06
wow
2018-04-04 10:06
well that changes everything
2018-04-04 11:00
#4
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Finland NUCL3AR 
Second
2018-04-04 10:06
#10
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Brazil Jejefurrier 
nt
2018-04-04 10:06
Not even third
2018-04-04 11:15
rip steel
2018-04-04 11:58
#5
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Yeah boi
2018-04-04 10:06
#6
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France MIK120 
PogChamp
2018-04-04 10:06
#7
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Brazil Jejefurrier 
expected²
2018-04-04 10:06
#8
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United States Lucaslyoko 
oof
2018-04-04 10:06
#9
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Germany svNNN 
reddit is faster :>
2018-04-04 10:06
Nice
2018-04-04 10:07
What, stopid moce liquid
2018-04-04 10:07
#13
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Gl steel
2018-04-04 10:07
#14
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Poland cGev 
Lululemon
2018-04-04 10:07
Ez 4 VACo
2018-04-04 10:07
PogChamp
2018-04-04 10:07
WOWOWOOW
2018-04-04 10:07
#19
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France cedd 
ez
2018-04-04 10:07
Steel to C9?
2018-04-04 10:07
#23
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Sweden godname 
expected xD
2018-04-04 10:07
#24
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Belgium Elementaries 
xd
2018-04-04 10:07
i thought TACO couldnt speak english
2018-04-04 10:07
#84
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Norway anMu 
“When I was a kid”
2018-04-04 10:51
#26
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France kleps0 
w0w ez tier 12
2018-04-04 10:08
LOOOL
2018-04-04 10:08
#28
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Finland f0pZ 
TACO professional world n1 meatshield
2018-04-04 10:08
expected for the only SK member who will stay in a top 5 team in the world OMEGALUL
2018-04-04 10:08
#142
fnx | 
Europe Z101Z 
good one :D
2018-04-04 13:19
#31
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Paraguay lel0x 
Oh yeah
2018-04-04 10:08
HLTV reporting from Reddit and Twitter now top kek
2018-04-04 10:08
lol
2018-04-04 10:08
#36
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Slovakia baucek1 
from #4 to #31 LUL
2018-04-04 10:09
expected
2018-04-04 10:09
Expected
2018-04-04 10:09
upgrade
2018-04-04 10:09
Wtf
2018-04-04 10:10
Downgrade xD From #1 to shit
2018-04-04 10:11
#64
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Brazil XEMBAO 
#1? LUL
2018-04-04 10:26
No steel #1 Sk top team liquid = shit
2018-04-04 16:05
#159
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
TACO > steel top kek
2018-04-04 14:01
No steel #1 Sk top team liquid = shit
2018-04-04 16:05
#200
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
Baiter confirmed, congratulations on getting on my BaitorList1.1! Have a delicate and cute day!
2018-04-04 17:14
#43
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India crossxs 
Poor steel :(
2018-04-04 10:11
#125
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Brazil m9las 
Steel is to good for this world m8
2018-04-04 12:21
#44
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Germany b1azed 
Wtfffffff
2018-04-04 10:11
#45
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Australia SteveAnoos 
Well this is weird. Tacos usually exit as a liquid...at least that’s what I’ve experienced when I’ve eaten them.
2018-04-04 10:12
Rip steel
2018-04-04 10:13
#48
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Germany gerebur 
With steel they won everything, why did they replace him with Taco?
2018-04-04 10:14
#51
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Greece knk74 
Riperino steelerino
2018-04-04 10:14
#52
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
esea = dead
2018-04-04 10:16
#53
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Croatia Netkov 
Good luck, TACO.
2018-04-04 10:16
NICE TACOLOCO!
2018-04-04 10:16
-BOT +BOT
2018-04-04 10:16
#56
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Denmark Zorrondo 
tier 4 player to tier 4 team
2018-04-04 10:19
#81
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Korea dev1sta 
taco is tier 4 but liquid is tier 1. How about isurus? tier 1000 OMEGALUL
2018-04-04 10:49
#160
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
I hope this is a bait
2018-04-04 14:01
So EZ for the BEST braziliano Player ever to have played a FPS game ever. Liquid top ez #1 Worlds, both 1 world and 2 world.
2018-04-04 10:19
#58
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Poland lilnowik 
(_ 0 (_
2018-04-04 10:19
#61
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Korea dev1sta 
NTC fnx felps kng bit steel
2018-04-04 10:25
TACOOOOO
2018-04-04 10:25
#65
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Hungary saxxo 
steel, kng, felps, bit, fnx
2018-04-04 10:27
#66
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United Kingdom hArdLad 
what is going on in America? Trump is destroying csgo
2018-04-04 10:27
#67
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Other Phinks 
Hahaah everyone is hating on taco but he came out on top! Gl boy
2018-04-04 10:28
what a usa .. can't find a player to complete teamliquid ..
2018-04-04 10:28
Vacada
2018-04-04 10:30
#71
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Europe skelteR 
Liquid is the best form ever and they change roster...makes sense.
2018-04-04 10:31
+1
2018-04-04 10:38
#139
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
Csgo in 2k18: the year of dumb roster changes
2018-04-04 13:08
+10000000
2018-04-04 14:27
steel doesn't deserve for rekt
2018-04-04 10:32
+1
2018-04-04 10:39
#73
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Poland ramones1 
unexpected
2018-04-04 10:32
not sure how i feel... thing is TACO might be better than we think he is... SK guys are really struggling without him,and stewie playing tacos role even has him playing bad. Its undeniable that TACO is easily the best support in csgo history. definetly an upgrade. I'm assuming TACOs lvl of play will go up as well since he doesnt have to literally be baited/yelled by baitzera
2018-04-04 10:40
i like the way you think, i hope for him to do fine.
2018-04-04 10:52
Can u stop this ? Ofc he didnt get best playerin the world award 2 years in a row because TACO baited for him.so many chubby jealous haters,holy shit
2018-04-04 12:28
Never heard about xyp9x? He is twice the player TACO is.
2018-04-04 13:14
#161
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
+1, but I think kio is a better support than taco
2018-04-04 14:03
#196
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United States Will767 
Taco is garbage they should get Fallen instead and have a dedicated awper
2018-04-04 16:44
yes, because fallen will come out of nowhere to join liquid.
2018-04-04 20:57
#77
Happy | 
Brazil Kurtt 
taco = overrated tier 3 player steel was doing well liquid retarded
2018-04-04 10:39
Liquid tier4 now
2018-04-04 10:40
#79
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Europe dikranagerd 
expected tbh
2018-04-04 10:42
- Nitro + Skadoodle - Taco + N0thing Ez top 3
2018-04-04 10:51
Gl TACO
2018-04-04 10:51
#87
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Norway jon_be_goode 
NTC: fnx KnG steel destiny Bit
2018-04-04 11:03
#97
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Portugal shaarawyGOD 
where is felps you dumb fuck?
2018-04-04 11:26
#102
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Norway jon_be_goode 
I knew I'd forgotten someone I guess he'd be rotting away in some favela idk
2018-04-04 11:31
#202
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Portugal shaarawyGOD 
Lol felps is actually too damn hot to be favela And he is a great player, tier 1 player actually
2018-04-04 17:29
#203
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Norway jon_be_goode 
Yeah he was great in old Tempo Storm/IMT, I guess SK just wasn't the team for him
2018-04-04 18:40
Felps is a monster
2018-04-04 18:44
Ez4vaco
2018-04-04 11:14
who joins where?
2018-04-04 11:17
Yes
2018-04-04 11:19
I'm not so sure steel would join a team with kng
2018-04-04 11:20
#96
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Norway jon_be_goode 
Steel hasn't showed any disdain for kng afaik If you look back at the PGL major, it seems like they all got along quite nicely, and I'm sure the only "important" people who truly dislike kng are Noah Whinston and Thorin.
2018-04-04 11:25
Lewis and thorin, noah is just annoyed at the moron for ruining his Great team but The Chaos created Smth even better for noah.
2018-04-04 11:31
Steel said in a Interview that he would never play for Villa Mix, dunno if it's because of kNg, fnx or the twins...
2018-04-04 14:53
there's that also. Some rumors say fnx left IMT because of "disagreements" with steel
2018-04-04 15:43
#95
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Brazil gbz1^ 
I think it is an upgrade for Liquid
2018-04-04 11:22
#98
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Egypt Scotz 
Damn, I liked liquids roster. Taco will 100% make it better no doubt in that but steel played really well with liquid and I liked him. Well it is what it is.
2018-04-04 11:26
steel > BOTaco
2018-04-04 11:28
#100
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Luxembourg alex24 
liquid taco.... ewww
2018-04-04 11:28
TACO GoodLuck !
2018-04-04 11:37
#104
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Brazil WWWWWWW 
=D
2018-04-04 11:39
good shit
2018-04-04 11:40
#107
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World Nydhogg 
Rip Liquid
2018-04-04 11:42
#108
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
why?
2018-04-04 11:47
Have you seen how shit SK is now that they don't have Taco as Coldzera's bait? Taco literally can fit into any roles, he'll be a great addition to Liquid.
2018-04-04 11:51
#113
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Yes, SK so shit after praccing 1 day with stew EleGiggle Roflmao XDDDDD YEET SKRRRT. lol. Just give the teams with new players some time.
2018-04-04 11:53
#182
Twistzz | 
United States A2^_^ 
went 1-5 last night, barely winning against the formidable team Splyce... yeah lets give them some time
2018-04-04 15:17
#197
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Yes? Give them time. If people actually thinks a team just insta clicks and wins they are wrong.
2018-04-04 16:56
Everybody knows this shit days ago
2018-04-04 11:52
#112
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Wait wait wait.... -Steel +Taco... But why? Liquid shouldnt switch out anyone tbh.
2018-04-04 11:52
#118
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Germany ZMTL 
Why. ;-;
2018-04-04 11:58
GL TACO, we all love you <3
2018-04-04 11:59
I don't think so it is a downgrade or upgrade for liquid bcoz both have the same skill ceiling n both are support player so liquid was just biased against taco bcoz he is a bigger name in the scene
2018-04-04 12:00
I miss TACO so much...............
2018-04-04 12:00
When Taric Spoilers that Taco is going to Liquid on his YouTube xD
2018-04-04 12:02
#124
Just2EZ | 
Europe 4ENCE 
Dicky move
2018-04-04 12:14
but he noob
2018-04-04 12:32
TACO is one of the best support players in the world. Coldzera won't even get 20 frags in a game if he doesn't get baited in by people like taco. Look beyond the K/D ratio noobs.
2018-04-04 12:34
Ez Taco will Carry so damn Hard
2018-04-04 12:36
fuck, those past months Liquid used to be my favorite team ..... not anymore
2018-04-04 12:45
expected²
2018-04-04 12:48
SNAKE 2
2018-04-04 12:59
#135
chrisJ | 
Turkey OguzJ 
liquid top3 confirmed
2018-04-04 13:01
#136
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Norway felt 
No one fucking cares. Trash team.
2018-04-04 13:04
-shit +shit
2018-04-04 13:10
RIP STEEL DREAM
2018-04-04 13:20
Nice! Good luck TACO.
2018-04-04 13:22
#147
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
Michael Aguero joins liquid esea roster
2018-04-04 13:24
steel > TACO
2018-04-04 13:28
#149
NiKo | 
Brazil wnttl 
RIP Liquid
2018-04-04 13:31
#150
SANJI | 
Uzbekistan davblo 
Steel to SK confirmed
2018-04-04 13:32
#151
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Brazil RmM_oo 
GO VACO. Gl in future endeavours.
2018-04-04 13:32
good steel is bad taco is better
2018-04-04 13:34
Not expected, steel is a good player :/
2018-04-04 13:40
#156
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Poland Hell2k 
XDDD
2018-04-04 13:55
#154
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Slovakia ypsylonnn 
Feelsbad for steel, imo this isnt even an upgrade
2018-04-04 13:44
#155
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Poland Hell2k 
-steel +taco good change
2018-04-04 13:55
#157
csr | 
Brazil KorasonS2 
NTC steel
2018-04-04 13:59
”Kicked” from SK and joins a better team :D
2018-04-04 13:59
bad move imo, steel was helping a lot with the igl role and TACO is a really bad fragger, lets see how it goes but i'm not hyped about this lineup at all
2018-04-04 14:08
not really but ok... Also TACO, is actually really good. He just has bad stats, because he was the meatshield for SK. Any player will have bad stats when you are the bait, and always have to flash,smoke, etc... for others, and never yourself.
2018-04-04 21:02
there are a lot of support players that have good stats while doing the same job as TACO, stop with that BS...
2018-04-04 21:32
RiP Liquid.
2018-04-04 14:22
#166
TACO | 
Portugal R0cketOG 
Gl Taco and Liquid
2018-04-04 14:33
Liquid |TACO oh shit :x
2018-04-04 14:35
So sad for steel. I love liquid but I feel really bad for this player. Hope he bounces back in the future!
2018-04-04 14:39
#171
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
i feel really bad for steel cuz he has been doing very good job as a support player in liquid... good luck steel!
2018-04-04 14:47
lul everybody underrates taco.
2018-04-04 14:55
+1 TACO really good.
2018-04-04 21:03
WTF.... TACO > Steel? Huge downgrade
2018-04-04 14:56
As a liquid fan, I really started to like steel, hope this makes them better
2018-04-04 15:07
#179
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Brazil Marcola 
Rip Steel =(
2018-04-04 15:09
#181
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Turkey onuRRRR 
rip liquid
2018-04-04 15:12
#183
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Turkey lulpump1 
Expected rip steel
2018-04-04 15:32
Expected. Gl VACO steel to NTC
2018-04-04 15:33
NONONONONO
2018-04-04 16:02
#187
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Spain akproxx 
Rip steel ntc pls :(
2018-04-04 16:03
I think steel is better than Taco but ok
2018-04-04 16:07
#195
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United States Will767 
They are both bad
2018-04-04 16:43
2 major winner, and a handfull of 250k + tourny wins does not equal bad. TACO made coldzera. If you look at their setups LITERALLY TACO is supporting coldzera 24/7 so fking good, which is why he was so dominant with TACO
2018-04-04 21:08
#222
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United States Will767 
ur just a taco lover admit it
2018-04-04 21:58
#191
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Brazil _mith 
good luck taco!... hugs
2018-04-04 16:08
-taco +Skadoodle pls.
2018-04-04 16:08
Só não fiquei feliz pq o steel saiu
2018-04-04 16:21
Get it taco!!
2018-04-04 17:12
#201
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France plagueis 
expected
2018-04-04 17:24
#205
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Australia SUNSPY 
ez for VACO
2018-04-04 18:55
#207
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Germany Tunio 
Sad for steel
2018-04-04 19:00
VACO
2018-04-04 19:11
#209
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Brazil FiG13 
Bad for Steelega
2018-04-04 19:31
TACO is a good player, good luck for him. But...isn't Twistzz Liquid's entry fragger? I wonder how will they manage this. And you start to believe in god's existence when Liquid quits Steel. THANKS GOD !
2018-04-04 19:43
#211
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
-Steelga +TACO = -200IQ
2018-04-04 19:59
rip liquid
2018-04-04 20:00
#213
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Brazil ThiagoBuccos 
expected
2018-04-04 20:16
#219
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Brazil Mirekz 
RiP Liquid
2018-04-04 21:14
This feels like literally replacing a bot with a bot
2018-04-04 21:14
Liquid was getting very good as a team. Taco >> steel. Liquid's got a bright future
2018-04-04 23:19
BOT taco is deranking another team
2018-04-05 00:49
#227
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Australia AquaSpa 
I feel sorry for steel actually, he hasn't been doing bad, in fact, steel has been the 2nd best player in liquid, didn't know why they made this decision :/
2018-04-05 06:36
#230
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Brazil lucau51 
good
2018-04-06 20:52
Goodluck for your future undertakings, Taco!
2018-04-07 06:54
The moment liquid started playing good,they make a dumb roster change.
2018-04-08 11:49
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