TACO: "We were all nervous at the beginning of the match against Cloud9"

After MIBR went 1-1 on the first day at IEM Katowice, we caught up with Epitacio "TACO" de Melo to talk to him about his return to his roots, recreating the 2017 lineup of SK, and their shaky start at the tournament.

MIBR got off to a poor start at IEM Katowice with a 3-16 loss to Cloud9, but they managed to go 1-1 on the opening day of the New Legends Stage with a 16-9 victory against compLexity in their second match.

MIBR are managing their expectations given that this is their debut

Read below to find out what TACO had to say on the topic of returning to a Brazilian team and recreating the former SK lineup, as well as on MIBR's day one in Poland.

Back to your roots, back to a Brazilian team, what has that been like from a personal perspective after nearly a year-long experience with Liquid?

Yeah, first of all, this experience that I had with Liquid was amazing, I have nothing bad to say about them, Liquid as an organization and my teammates as well, everyone was really great to me. I have only good memories from Liquid. Coming back to my Brazilian lineup is also amazing to me because these guys taught me how to play CS and I'm really thankful to them. Now I can't wait to give my contribution to them, as well. We accomplished a lot of stuff in the past and I believe in those guys, I belive we can do it again.

This exact lineup played together in 2017, I wonder whether this feels any different to those times - does the playstyle remain somewhat the same from those times or has that long break from each other changed things?

Yeah, I think we changed a lot. felps is a new player, I'm a new player as well, CS:GO changed a lot in the last year, I would say. Not even two years or whatever, CS:GO is always changing and I think even though we know each other a lot, everything is really new for us. We all changed a little bit, but I think the biggest change was in me and felps, the way we play the game. felps is adapting a lot, he was playing for a Brazilian team, I was playing for a North American team, so we changed a lot as players and I think that's super positive because we can change the style that we always played and we can mix things up a little bit. I think we changed a lot and I think it was in a good way.

Have there been any challenges that you had to face in the past couple of months after recreating this lineup?

To be honest, there is no big challenge. The only problem for us in this tournament specifically is that the last time we played a tournament was two and a half months ago. It's still kind of shaky, we're kind of shaky, we got nervous sometimes at the beginning of the match, the first match against that we played against Cloud9, we were all nervous because we created some hype for ourselves. We're back, we speak Portuguese now, so we were really hyped to play this Major, but like I said, it's been a long time since we last played a tournament, we communicated in English for a long time as well. In a tournament it's different, we were practicing really hard, but practice is really different from tournaments. So yeah, there is no big challenge, we just need more time to not be this shaky for the next matches.

Talking about the first match, you did not seem to be able to get into the T side at all, what was really just about the initial shakes or what else did you struggle with?

First, we played really terrible this match and Cloud9 played really well. We also tried to think too much about the way they play and we forgot to play our game. Third, I would say we were nervous. Fourth, they broke our economy a lot. Fifth, the decisions that we were making were really bad. We had the advantage in some rounds and nothing was calm. Communication was low, everything was really low for us. Those were the biggest problem for me, communication was bad, we were nervous, it was the first match in three months, the decisions were really bad and that's it.

Given how long of a break from competition you had, how does that sort of a start affect your confidence?

We are old dogs, we are oldschool already in CS:GO, we are used to this even though today was a bad day for us. We are used to this, we know we can always come back. Tomorrow is going to be a new day and we're just going to reset. After the first match, we just told each other to reset, we knew what we did wrong. We had a bad start against compLexity as well, but for that match, we were all calm, we knew what we needed to do to win and we did it. Yeah, I believe in these guys, we have a lot of experience in this team, we played a lot of Majors, we won two Majors together, we know each other really well and I believe them not only in-game but out of the game. We're going to go step by step and we all are really confident that we can still even win this Major.

Is that the only thing you'd be satisfied with, winning the Major?

Actually, no, we had this talk before. Of course we have to set really high goals because this is a really good lineup, but like I said, we want to go step by step. We know that we still have a long way to walk and we are still a really new lineup. Even though we have 18 days of bootcamp behind us and we played a lot, we played over 100 maps at the bootcamp, it's still really new for us. We want to go step by step, of course we know that we have a chance to win this Major, but we also know that there are a lot of teams that are together for so long now, they are practicing for a lot of time already.

As a new team, of course we want to win a Major, but our expectations are just to have a really good tournament. If we go to the playoffs, then it's a new tournament for us because that is the moment where we step up, when we play in front of the crowd, when it's a big stage, a Major playoff, then we step up. Yeah, I would say we are going step by step, we want to win this Major, but we don't feel like 'my god, we will win this Major, we have to win this Major'. No, there is no pressure, we are not creating this kind of pressure, we are not putting this kind of pressure on our shoulders, we know that we are still a new lineup.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
851
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
ok this is very nice 😎 they looked really bad against C9 i think they will go 1-3 sadly 🙂
2019-02-20 22:32
#28
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Denmark VanDeCorput 
Says who lost to renegades lul
2019-02-20 22:37
says who lost to disabled team
2019-02-20 22:39
rekt
2019-02-21 01:19
#116
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Denmark VanDeCorput 
+ avangar lul
2019-02-21 18:17
+1 AHAHAHHAHAHAHA
2019-02-20 22:42
#29
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Austria shaakeh 
not only at the beginning as I see 😎
2019-02-20 22:37
#41
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
I think they will advance
2019-02-20 22:39
#42
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Brazil brx_ 
FaZe will 1-3 shut the fuck up
2019-02-20 22:41
Faze will 3-1 rek m16r and win major
2019-02-20 22:41
#53
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Brazil brx_ 
LOL you're funny FaZe is overrated
2019-02-20 22:46
Lmao FaZe is shit
2019-02-20 22:49
#62
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Brazil ex1is 
FaZe and major in the same sentence = Boston Choke flashbacks
2019-02-20 22:53
#71
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Denmark Khronov 
3-1 and choke in final lol
2019-02-20 23:04
cm c now
2019-02-21 23:30
yo, gotta backup your words today m8. lets see
2019-02-22 12:42
Where u now nip fanboy?
2019-02-22 23:48
nip 2-3 omegalul nip fan in 2k19
2019-02-23 16:56
Still nervous afte 2 Major wins? Lol.
2019-02-20 22:32
EXCUSES
2019-02-20 22:32
I think so. :D
2019-02-20 22:34
#12
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Poland SadxBoy 
axaxa, savage.
2019-02-20 22:34
#14
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Brazil centjeefizik 
soccer players also after 1000 matches.
2019-02-20 22:34
its called football m8 also experienced footballers dont play bad because they are nervous
2019-02-20 22:36
#84
FalleN | 
Brazil Hans$09 
Clearly u never heard of '98 World Cup finals ...
2019-02-21 00:43
Actually they do. Robinho and Balotelli are some of these Or just look how Brazil lost that 7-1 for Germany...if this match were played again a week later I bet the win could easily go the other way.
2019-02-21 04:59
or if it was on another country, the pressure and hype on brazilian team were high as fuck
2019-02-21 05:11
LOL you think they are the same off 2017?
2019-02-20 22:35
7
2019-02-20 22:32
#5
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Brazil centjeefizik 
tacoooo
2019-02-20 22:32
#6
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Austria zeroflo 
youre a fucking liar, you have 0 ethic, i dont give a shit for what you have done in the past and this topic is dead for me cheers my friend, for us both
2019-02-20 22:34
chill dude
2019-02-20 22:34
its a meme
2019-02-20 22:35
i know taco said that
2019-02-20 23:49
#119
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Brazil ma_frend 
what meme? can you share bro :spicy:
2019-02-21 20:59
chill newfag
2019-02-20 22:38
+1
2019-02-20 22:35
#54
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Sweden Trkmag 
+1
2019-02-20 22:46
#7
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United States nohj 
excuses....
2019-02-20 22:33
#21
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
dead meme
2019-02-20 22:35
#8
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Brazil abyss_watcherr 
Hi
2019-02-20 22:33
hello
2019-02-20 22:34
name checks out
2019-02-20 22:34
reported
2019-02-20 22:35
outstanding move
2019-02-20 22:41
#9
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China me7o 
stop talking shit trash team
2019-02-20 22:33
BR excuses...as usual
2019-02-20 22:34
+1 lol "nervous" lmao this guy won 2 major and so many big tournaments
2019-02-20 22:34
we give excuses, so what ?
2019-02-20 22:36
its a sign of weakness
2019-02-20 22:37
no they are saving strats for berlin major
2019-02-20 22:39
#108
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
AHHAHAHAHAAHAHHAA BEST EXCUSE EVER "Saving strats for China's tournament" AHHAHAHAHAAHAHHAA out in group stage
2019-02-21 10:39
how is this an excuse? literally every team say things like this: "they outplayed us; we were nervous; we were not feeling it;" etc just shut up, what do you expect them to say? brainlet
2019-02-20 22:38
I think nervous is the wrong word to use in this scenario. Im sure most experienced pros dont get nervous when playing against other teams unless they're the heavy underdogs or an up and coming team. But for MIBR, these guys are so experienced in the game and somehow they still lost to a c9 team that played poorly in the challenger's stage
2019-02-20 22:44
I actually agree with you.
2019-02-20 22:48
But my point is: what Taco said is bullshit but not an excuse. When people ask you why your team lost or what happened, you have to give a reason. Saying things like: "we were nervous", "we were not feeling confident", etc... can be understood as excuses but they are not, they are just an answer to the question.
2019-02-20 22:50
but U can say that it is bullshit with you dont know it....
2019-02-20 22:54
Sorry, I don't get what you are trying to say
2019-02-20 22:59
Yeah but cs:go community needs to decide about C9 because they were hyping FaZe because it won a tournament playing two times against this same C9 anyway i think the nervousism excuses here besides on the fact that they carry the hype they created for themselves
2019-02-21 05:15
#25
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Brazil ArtemisS 
ZUHN CHEATEEERRRRR !!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
2019-02-20 22:35
#30
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Korea DadaDahyun 
Poor creature.. Twice major winner but nervous to face Zellsis in a Bo1. RELATABLE
2019-02-20 22:37
#60
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Brazil |witcher| 
reported
2019-02-20 22:52
#106
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Denmark Xipingu 
#FirstWorldProblems #Excuses
2019-02-21 07:23
Excuseeeeees. Taco says fallens words? Or is taco the new fallen?
2019-02-20 22:37
#35
valde | 
North America un1corn 
ahahhahaah +1
2019-02-20 22:38
FalleN "3Faced" Toledo
2019-02-20 22:39
The Bot version of fallen basically.
2019-02-20 23:04
#33
valde | 
North America un1corn 
FeelsWeirdMan....Its not your very first tourney sir damn
2019-02-20 22:38
#34
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Lithuania andy_ 
EXCUSES LOL
2019-02-20 22:38
Yeah couldn't help but think the same at his little listing of why they lost against C9... 5 excuses in a row.. I know, as I'm also an MMA fan, that BR are the kings of excuses but didn't expect TACO to be such an excusesmith.. He should also consider their " game " is outdated.. Freeze then attack a bombsite 20 seconds before the end of the round or forcebuy again and again and again won't work anymore... especially since Fallen and cold aren't half the players/hailmary clutchers they once were...
2019-02-21 01:26
#101
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Brazil davidzor 
"First, we played really terrible this match and Cloud9 played really well. We also tried to think too much about the way they play and we forgot to play our game. Third, I would say we were nervous. Fourth, they broke our economy a lot. Fifth, the decisions that we were making were really bad. We had the advantage in some rounds and nothing was calm. He's answering it because it was asked. That's not an excuse.
2019-02-21 04:56
#102
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Brazil davidzor 
But you got a point. I think the way Fallen thinks about the game is already outdated. He's been a great IGL, just as Pronax. What I think it's time to either adapt to the new meta or leave. He's still a good player but nowhere near what he was once.
2019-02-21 04:59
Same excuse tommorow as theyll be out 1-3
2019-02-20 22:39
#109
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
I didn't see Pasha playing this major. When VP Will play? Oh, wait, they're out and Pasha is no longer part of the team. Cry man. Mibr 3-1 They ALWAYS lose the first match in ever tournament bo1 like that. Lasts majors were the same thing.
2019-02-21 10:43
WHY SO MAD DUDE? PASHA IS A RETIRED CSGO PRO BTW
2019-02-21 11:28
#111
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
Cry man, Just cry
2019-02-21 11:51
?????????? Reply needs to have actual content
2019-02-21 13:00
#122
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
"Pasha is retired" Man, he is taking a break. Just cry
2019-02-22 03:43
Im not crying dude Also mibr 2-3 inc
2019-02-22 11:14
#124
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
Let's see today. I will laugh here if they pass today or Sunday
2019-02-22 11:50
And I wont give a fuck
2019-02-22 13:01
#127
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
Oh, they are legends. Say 2-3 again. :) Bye
2019-02-22 21:49
Out in quarters btw
2019-02-23 11:50
#130
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
It's possible. But legends again, no 2-3. VP? Oh yeah, out. :) Pasha? Oh, out.
2019-02-23 12:35
Yeah pasha is a retired csgo player
2019-02-23 13:09
pft they are just trash, no taco no major
2019-02-20 22:41
#44
Snax | 
United Kingdom LFX 
Bull....shit, the way c9 performed at first at the challengers taco shouldn't say they were "nervous"
2019-02-20 22:41
#131
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
"First, we played really terrible this match and Cloud9 played really well. " "...and C9 played REALLY WELL." "...REALLY WELL." "...WELL."
2019-02-23 12:36
excuses Andy
2019-02-20 22:42
#49
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Finland Smoonah 
EpicTaco "TACO" De Melons
2019-02-20 22:42
FalleN would normally do this interview. Kinda shows their mindset.
2019-02-20 22:43
Nerves? LOL this is like their 100th match at a major
2019-02-20 22:45
0 matches 2k19, debut in a major
2019-02-20 22:49
they're human, they get nervous
2019-02-20 22:50
#91
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Faroe Islands rationale 
Zero in almost 1.5 years.
2019-02-21 01:42
Brazilians with their silly ezcuses We WeRe AlL NeRvOuS miss me with that gay shit lil,pusyy ass boy
2019-02-20 22:52
#70
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Brazil Whillpull 
Chill
2019-02-20 23:01
#107
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Denmark Xipingu 
Pardon, and imma agree with you, but I don’t think they actually care if they missed you or not lol
2019-02-21 07:27
Excuses. Why didnt they play any tournament before? Their ego is too high
2019-02-20 22:56
Flag doesnt check out
2019-02-21 06:00
Você fala português? Não né mongol? I am just being honestly
2019-02-21 13:51
#67
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China Gnikiv 
many excuses af
2019-02-20 22:59
that's the ugliest jersey i've ever seen
2019-02-20 23:00
They just want to commemorate the 7-1, don't bully.
2019-02-20 23:04
5 world cups
2019-02-20 23:06
1950 7-1
2019-02-20 23:06
1958 1962 1970 1994 2002
2019-02-21 00:01
Do they teach you these dates at school?
2019-02-21 00:10
#92
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
1958 Pele 1962 Mané 1970 squad 1994 Romario 2002 Fenomeno . first penta Champions !
2019-02-21 01:49
it is now forbidden for professional players to feel nervous that they are under pressure before a new line-up...
2019-02-20 23:00
Another excuse lol
2019-02-20 23:08
+1
2019-02-20 23:12
i have nothing against mibr . but god i hate when they start talking like this . You lost , you just accept the loss & move on
2019-02-20 23:13
Yeah they should take it like men, take the lessons to their losses and use them to fuel their improvment/reinvent themselves. Instead at this point it seems their over inflated egoes can't do this, and they have to systematically put the blame on external factors...
2019-02-21 01:32
#79
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Denmark meganice 
Yeah. And next time you lose its because you are tired or maybe jetlag? You never lose because the other team were the better team. No.. Never.
2019-02-20 23:26
Yeah, I don't like that mindset because their excuses ( in opposition to " reasons why we lost " ) are straight up denial at this point. And that kind of denial prevents you from questioning yourself, and thus from improving...
2019-02-21 01:30
#94
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Greece anwteros 
Lol improving and mibr , mibr and navi fix matches since 1999
2019-02-21 01:56
#134
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United States t0rror 
Flashback to astralis losing to north at dream hack masters no no the better team always win.
2019-02-25 22:19
#135
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Denmark meganice 
What are you saying? North won because they were the better team? You make no sense :)
2019-02-25 22:21
Mibr overrated, big time
2019-02-20 23:47
#89
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Brazil Naschpitz 
Even on their prime this lineup always dropped games like that, they always sucked in bo1
2019-02-21 01:35
#95
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Germany talique 
+1
2019-02-21 02:04
#90
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Faroe Islands rationale 
Problems with communications? What?? You could blame it on speaking English but now you're all speaking your native language. The whole match against C9 was a facepalm. Zero coordination, dubious decisions, even bad aim. MiBR don't look ready. Even their second match didn't look convincing at all. It's just Complexity who were even less coordinated on their CT side.
2019-02-21 01:41
#93
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
thanks Taco !
2019-02-21 01:51
#96
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Germany talique 
He gives five reasons why they lost. First reason: "We played really bad..." where is the excuse?? I'm sure people didn't read the interview. They are just baiting...
2019-02-21 02:10
This "stepping up" on the big stage reminded me of TAZ's speech when he was in VP, playing in the major (I guess they were about to play against Fnatic on map train). He had said they needed to be in front of the crowd to destroy the teams. It didn't work out for them... my humble message to MIBR is you don't need a big stage to win. Find a bigger passion to work on your problems and dream big.
2019-02-21 03:03
#112
NEO | 
Ukraine s1v9mple 
SKuses. At ;east it's not that "we were tired" garbage again
2019-02-21 12:06
#117
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Canada top_zozzle 
16-3 we were tired jet lag communication issues no beanies allowed etc etc etc
2019-02-21 18:29
its ok u guy always pro...MIBR rocks...
2019-02-21 19:49
vaco
2019-02-26 07:38
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