TACO: "We knew Vega have a really aggressive style, but it was still hard to play against"

We talked to Epitacio "TACO" de Melo after Liquid became the first team advancing to the New Legends stage of the FACEIT Major after securing an overtime win over Vega Squadron and going 3-0 in the Swiss format.

With their narrow win against Vega Squadron on Cache, Liquid have locked their spot in the FACEIT Major's New Legends stage after securing a 3-0 record in the first stage.

Liquid wanted to study Vega Squadron but couldn't

We caught up with TACO after the match to find out how they approached their last matchup and what the dynamic of the overtime match was like from Liquid's point of view:

Up to the third round, you looked convincing, but here against Vega, it turned out to be a tough match. First of all, how did you approach Vega Squadron as a team that hadn't played almost anything up to this tournament?

To be honest, we really like to just play our game, but we knew that, against Vega, it would be a different story because they use a different playstyle. We actually wanted to study them to see the way they play, we knew the map would be between Cache and Mirage.

We tried to do that, but we didn't find demos (laughs), so we went to bed, we decided to just play our game, we knew that they have a really aggressive style. It's still pretty hard to play against this because the teams we practice all don't play like Vega, so it's still different and hard to play against.

What was the dynamic of the match itself like?

We were adapting at the beginning of the game because they were exploding on every side and they were using mid a lot, as well, so we realized that we had to either fight mid or fight the edges of the map and that's what we started doing. Then we came back in the first half, we won some ecos that helped a lot, and we got seven rounds as CT, which is not good, but we are confident in our T side.

We lost both pistol rounds, which doesn't help at all. But we won the full eco round in the third round, that helped a lot, but we were really confident as T. In the last part of the game when it was 15-13 for us, they got some early kills in the round and it messed up our strats, but we were really calm. In the early game, we were maybe sleepy, something like this. We weren't stressed, we kept calm in the game.

Going back to the start of the tournament - looking at some of these other teams that were in Stockholm or even at ZOTAC, were you at all worried you were going to be rusty at the start?

It was good for us. I think the way we decided our schedule for this second season was really good because we had more time to practice. Coming into this event and playing against teams who were playing in Stockholm helped us a lot because we can see if they have new stuff, we can actually steal some stuff for our team, as well, so it was really good to watch that tournament.

We got to know the opponents we would face here and in the Major, and going 3-0 means we will have even more time to practice, so we can still change stuff, we can prepare for the real Major.

How do you look at the competition in the next stage?

I think the format of the Major is a really hard format, anything can happen, it's a Swiss format and it's a best-of-one. I don't know what to expect in a best-of-one when I'm only facing good teams. Everyone playing at the Major are really good teams, in my opinion, so, in a best-of-one, there is no favorite. It's just hard, I don't really like the format, but that's what we have, and I hope we can go 3-0 as well in the next stage. I wish we can make Liquid legends, that's our first goal, and the second goal is winning the tournament, of course.

More interviews from the FACEIT Major New Challengers Stage:

Day 2
Denmark cajunb: "I really want to win a Major, that's when I can retire and be happy"
Ukraine somedieyoung: "We pretty much knew everything North were going to do"
Kazakhstan AdreN: "It's me and Hobbit who are trying to make the mid-round calls"
Russia hutji: "During his 1v1, chopper said 'no worries, guys, I'm going to punch him'"

Day 1
Germany tiziaN: "I've actually practiced it 3 or 4 times, but I wasn't planning on doing that shot"
Canada Twistzz: "We knew that bootcamping was the way better option"
Indonesia BnTeT: "We're confident in our skill, but I'm not sure we're confident in our team play"
Sweden Lekr0: "I think I learned the most about [in-game leading] from pronax back in the day"

Media Day:
Canada stanislaw: "We have all the pieces to really do some damage"
Ukraine B1ad3: "We still haven't found the perfect in-game leader"
Ukraine crush: "We didn't play much [officially] because we wanted to find our game"
United States Hiko "American teams are dependent on the momentum they gain"
Poland NEO: "byali wanted changes even before Snax told us [he was leaving]"
Russia DavCost: "The main goal is to show who we are"

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2018-09-07 13:29
Turkey tastemycobra 
Nice Vaco
2018-09-07 13:29
United States Globebuster 
eu style lul
2018-09-07 13:30
EU >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NA
2018-09-07 13:30
Sweden Unluko 
2018-09-07 13:35
rain | 
Hong Kong lonely123 
1 Edit: rip
2018-09-07 13:29
Sweden Unluko 
2018-09-07 13:35
Russia parovozik 
2018-09-07 13:30
Sweden Unluko 
2018-09-07 13:36
Portugal XDdDdDdDDdDDDd 
2018-09-07 13:30
United States VRGcarsonqi 
I wanted vega 3-0 :(
2018-09-07 13:30
Sweden Unluko 
Ez pickem 3-0
2018-09-07 13:36
Flarich | 
Latvia 6matko 
Not only you, my friend :(
2018-09-07 14:11
2018-09-07 14:59
Ez for smooya Oh wait..
2018-09-07 15:01
Germany VeryBigGuy 
smooya is an evil witch cursing BIG to get the weakest opponents and still lose.
2018-09-07 15:09
ez pick 3-0
2018-09-07 17:06
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