TACO: "I'm happy that today I could show everyone that I know how to play B on Train"

We caught up with Epitacio "TACO" de Melo after following MIBR's victory against AVANGAR to talk about the strides made over the past five months, Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe's supportive AWPing and the team's series against the CIS side.

MIBR secured a spot in the semi-finals of the CS:GO Asia Championships after a hard-fought 2-1 victory against AVANGAR. The Brazilians will take on ENCE chasing their first LAN final of the year.

TACO felt his performance against TYLOO was the reason behind MIBR's loss

In this interview, TACO talks about his Train performance against AVANGAR after previously failing to impress on this map, blames poor team preparation for the loss against TYLOO and reveals that he is currently struggling with back pain.

It has been several months since the additions of both kNgV- and LUCAS1, and the process of their integration has been a challenge. What are the current comfort levels in the team?

I think we have been improving a lot since the first moment that we played together. Maybe not in terms of results, which are important and what matters in the end, but we are feeling more confident as a team. The last weeks of practice were really good for us. We came into this tournament expecting to show really good results, and making it into the semi-finals is a boost of confidence, and I hope we can go further.

In an interview with FalleN we learned that kNgV- was working on incorporating a supportive element to his AWPing. Have you personally felt this adjustment in-game?

It's something that we changed. When kNgV- joined our team, we tried to give him the main AWP on the T side. After a few tournaments and after some maps that we played in practice, we realised that it would be better to have FalleN as the main AWP, because he is really good at what he does, and he is also a really good support player.

kNgV- is also really good with the Krieg; he is a playmaker, he knows how to use the Krieg, he knows how to entry-frag and he knows how to create plays for the team. He has good aim as well, so we thought that it would be the best decision for the team, and of course, kNgV- is very happy with it as well. On the CT side we just kept the double AWP, because kNgV- also happens to be a very good AWPer. I think it's working pretty well for us, and it's also the reason why we are feeling more confident. I think it's fitting better within our system.

Diving into CAC, the group stage saw an interesting outcome for you, in that your initial series against Evil Geniuses saw a convincing 2-0 series, followed by an upset from TYLOO, who managed to beat you flawlessly. Take us through that series and some of the things that, in hindsight, you saw as mistakes.

I would say that the game against TYLOO was an off day for us. Of course they played really well, they outplayed us, and I think our preparation for that specific game was not that good. We had had a really good preparation for the match against EG, but for TYLOO we didn't.

It's the collective fault of the team, I also had really bad preparation on my bombsites. I think the B bombsites were a problem in the series against TYLOO. When you're playing on the B sites you have a lot of responsibility, because if I'm having a bad day, then you know that you're going to lose a lot of rounds on the CT side. This is the type of bomb that you can't retake if you are having a bad day. I was having a bad day, my preparation was not good and my communication was really off. It's not an excuse, but I have a problem with my back, and the pain has got worse recently. It was a really bad day for me, and I would put the defeat against TYLOO on my performance.

The back pains are not an excuse, I can still prepare for the game and provide good communication. I have played sick before, and that was not a problem, so I don't want to give an excuse even though there is one to give.

The series against AVANGAR saw the Kazakhs pick Mirage, while you grabbed Train, with Dust2 left over. Considering the outcome of the series against TYLOO, which saw both of the picked maps lost, how confident were you that the series would go your way?

We think Train is our best map, we are really confident on it, and even though it's one of AVANGAR's best maps as well, we didn't care, instead deciding to just play our game. It was enough to win, even though we had a really bad T side, which is normally pretty good. Mirage isn't a bad map for us, we are confident on the map, but recent results haven't been great. The third map was Dust2, which is another map that we feel confident on.

The veto was really good for us, actually, we had the chance to play our best map on Train; Mirage, which we are confident on, and Dust2. Even though AVANGAR are really good on the same maps, we just decided to play our game to see how it goes and in the end, it paid off.

On Train, you had an outstanding individual performance, and on the CT side effectively single-handedly ensured a third map. Was there anything specific that made for such a strong showing?

zews helps me a lot on this bomb site because when he was a player, he used to play solo bomb sites. He was really good on this one and he has been helping me a lot. He gave me a lot of ideas and in the last two to three weeks it was a bombsite I worked on a lot because I was not really confident.

When we played StarLadder in Turkey, I was not feeling confident on this bomb site, so I put a lot of work into it in the last few weeks of practice. Against TYLOO I had a really, really bad game on this bomb site, but I'm really happy, and I knew that I'm good at holding this bomb site and I knew that my performance against TYLOO did not represent me. I'm happy that today I could show everyone that I know how to play B on Train.

Dust2 was a very close call for the team. A 4-11 CT side was rough, and losing the second pistol made it worse, but you managed to pull it out in the end off the back of a handful of pivotal T rounds. How did you maintain composure despite the deficit?

Something that didn't help us was losing every first half pistol round. It's bad because we were always starting from behind, which adds pressure. On Train, we had a really bad T side, on Mirage, we had a really bad CT side, but on Dust2 it was a case of us missing key kills in rounds. I know that we lost 4-11, but it didn't feel like it, we were not having a terrible game, you know? We couldn't land the key kills, which led to a 4-11 half.

The second half we really needed a pistol round, but we lost it, so it added even more pressure because we knew we had to win the second round, which we did. After winning it, FalleN and zews had really good calls. I think we got five or six rounds straight after winning the eco round, and it put pressure on AVANGAR. At that point, I think we were just playing our game, and FalleN and zews had very good calls that led us to a win.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1013
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
553
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
BOTACO played good today but he will get destroyed by every t2-3 team...
2019-11-23 17:45
just stfu
2019-11-23 17:46
LUCKO
2019-11-23 18:37
MIBR defeated the number 2 in the ranking and the major runner up. 🌮 is definetely improving his game
2019-11-23 18:52
no one is talking about the game againts the shit EG that somehow is number two, and about AVANBOTS, they only played good in the major, so what?
2019-11-23 22:39
Are trying to deny MIBR isnt doing an awesome Job in this tournament?
2019-11-24 00:39
+1 i'm officially a mibr fan now, still dont like most bra71lians
2019-11-24 04:10
I can give you a hug, come to Brazil, we can eat some churrasco or feijoada
2019-11-24 05:57
Hahahahah
2019-11-24 13:00
#112
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Europe chespiZ 
He's right don't be mad
2019-11-23 23:28
Still good enough for t4 - 5 teams, like BIG
2019-11-23 17:46
How come mibr or SK never beat BIG?
2019-11-23 17:47
#11
SHiPZ | 
Bulgaria SHiPZ 
Damn Taco!
2019-11-23 17:48
#21
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Iceland SkRossi 
cause BUGCLAN used jump bug at pgl krakow
2019-11-23 17:52
#34
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Iceland SkRossi 
still doesnt mean a shit :- ) brasil scene was always better and still is Germany doesnt even has a player in top 100 (by prize winnings) esportsearnings.com/games/245-counter-st.. and thats sad
2019-11-23 18:00
Nice SKcuses kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk BIG > MIBR deal with the facts and dont change to topic LUL
2019-11-23 18:08
#50
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Iceland SkRossi 
year sk never beat BIG (once because they were cheating :)))) but anyway u have nothing else to say, garman scene is a joke
2019-11-23 18:13
SK never beat BIG and MIBR never beat BIG 4:0 for germany LUL
2019-11-23 18:17
#71
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Iceland SkRossi 
how many majors ? 0 how many tier 1 tournaments ? also 0 nT d0g
2019-11-23 18:48
SK = german = 1 major cry is free
2019-11-23 19:45
#85
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
lmao
2019-11-23 19:47
#86
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Iceland SkRossi 
low iq ???
2019-11-23 19:49
#92
fer | 
Portugal Clutch23 
Hahahahah this guy is smoking hard
2019-11-23 20:36
+999 xD
2019-11-23 23:19
Dumbass German 0/8
2019-11-23 20:49
don't ashame our country like that.. we all know even uzbekistan has more major finals than germany
2019-11-24 04:12
HAHA
2019-11-24 09:15
#137
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Germany Inhabitant 
8/8 masterclass baits right here, look at all the brazilians malding LMAO
2019-11-24 16:48
#73
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Brazil d1rk 
Fúria?
2019-11-23 18:50
The greatest achievement of the Germans is to have won from MIBR, omegalul
2019-11-23 19:27
#51
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Iceland SkRossi 
dont even have a tier 2 german team
2019-11-23 18:13
#87
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Brazil VinidoHS 
Major?
2019-11-23 19:54
rekt german asshole mens)))
2019-11-23 22:49
#38
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Brazil ZerongBr 
hltv.org/team/7532/big hltv.org/team/9215/mibr i might be brazilian but sure hell winning 2 majors and being top1 for 1 year and being top15 over top28 is better than not playing any tournament or not even being top1 team for 1 week so
2019-11-23 18:04
still didnt manage to beat BIG LMAO
2019-11-23 18:10
#45
i am | 
Brazil |LUCAS1| 
yea, because beating big >>> 2 majors, since BIG is such a great team right
2019-11-23 18:11
Don't feed the Germanistan bro.
2019-11-24 02:24
#53
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Brazil ZerongBr 
i dont care they didnt, its just better to win twice a major than beat a Detona, for exemple. "barcelonas trash cuz they didnt bet dynamo dresden or union berlin" wtf, this doesnt exist
2019-11-23 18:14
beating brazilians is worth more than winning a major kkkkkkkkkkk
2019-11-23 18:23
#61
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Brazil ZerongBr 
nt prokda
2019-11-23 18:25
#80
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Brazil Serfas1 
14th of March 2018 5th of July 2018 3rd of July 2019 (Coldzera season)
2019-11-23 19:10
I agree losing for BIG is one of the must shame result for MIBR in my opinion
2019-11-25 11:14
#35
HEN1 | 
Cambodia JW44 
i just want to know what the line from big won? stfu, we won 2 majors dumb boy
2019-11-23 18:01
#36
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Iceland SkRossi 
send me your rating please
2019-11-23 18:01
How is that even relevant LUL brazilians really dont know how to argue damn
2019-11-23 18:10
#46
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Iceland SkRossi 
im not from brasil
2019-11-23 18:12
Noooooo surely not
2019-11-23 18:16
Flag checks out KKKKK
2019-11-23 18:13
-80iq Okaay.. Just, imagine .. Germany Organization with only Brazilians . You're shameful.
2019-11-23 23:23
They use BIG to test strats and just chillax. Not worth spanking a dead team
2019-11-23 17:57
Fallen 200IQ testing strats in major and elimination games of big lans 👌
2019-11-23 18:11
Fallen is a big hearted guy.
2019-11-23 18:17
out of pity i would guess
2019-11-23 19:17
Immortals won BIG on PGL Krakow and 2 players of these line are on MIBR rigth now :)
2019-11-23 20:10
#94
xand | 
Brazil Frankke 
SK 2 Majors. BIG 0
2019-11-23 20:51
#123
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Brazil Odiss3y 
how many majors any germany lineup have ?
2019-11-24 02:30
#57
SmithZz | 
Romania shush 
even the dust on his shoes is better than your entire pathetic gaming knowledge so just die. hater.
2019-11-23 18:18
#64
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Finland Trashsports_2 
you again first fuck off
2019-11-23 18:28
#117
REZ | 
Finland $hy 
A shame for germany
2019-11-24 00:39
+1
2019-11-24 13:46
#139
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Brazil potat 
Fuck off, Taco is playing well
2019-11-25 08:58
#2
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Sweden Nokkeri 
Nice taco!
2019-11-23 17:45
bot
2019-11-23 17:45
After 4 years, about time huh?
2019-11-23 17:45
#5
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United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
I mean u do get paid 6 figures a year to do so
2019-11-23 17:46
#19
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India UhddiS 
Racist _tv
2019-11-23 17:52
#72
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Canada Desuw 
0/8
2019-11-23 18:49
#74
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India UhddiS 
nt alt account
2019-11-23 18:52
#91
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United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
Why would I have an alt with a cuck country as my displayed country
2019-11-23 20:34
#95
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India UhddiS 
u are defo a rightist...
2019-11-23 20:59
#97
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United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
yep
2019-11-23 21:30
#99
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India UhddiS 
dickhead
2019-11-23 21:34
#106
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United States LolisRevenge 
Hide behind EU flag pussy
2019-11-23 22:44
#100
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India UhddiS 
edgy teen looking all hard online xaxaxaxa go get a life moron
2019-11-23 21:35
#101
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United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
hoes mad
2019-11-23 21:38
#102
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India UhddiS 
luckily cry is free
2019-11-23 22:14
#108
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United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
#100
2019-11-23 23:10
take that back or I'm gonna pay Dimitrii to send you to 10year land
2019-11-23 21:31
ok, show it more often maybe?
2019-11-23 17:46
#47
i am | 
Brazil |LUCAS1| 
+1
2019-11-23 18:12
lucas1 talking
2019-11-23 18:26
#69
i am | 
Brazil |LUCAS1| 
i'm better than him tho anyway, idk why so many hate on lucas
2019-11-23 18:44
very ok player
2019-11-23 17:46
not ez for TACO definitely
2019-11-23 17:47
#13
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Brazil fuNNa 
VACO best ofc
2019-11-23 17:48
#14
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Chile MOUZ_16_EG_0 
keep it on bruv
2019-11-23 17:49
Lmao yeah congrats you played B good today, first good B hold in 1000 games in 5 years Dumbass
2019-11-23 17:49
#28
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Faroe Islands juStTs 
a furia fan talking about others, LMAO 0/8
2019-11-23 17:56
#48
i am | 
Brazil |LUCAS1| 
He's not even brazilian, don't waste your time with him :)
2019-11-23 18:12
Congrats TACO. Playing B on Train is hairy business.
2019-11-23 17:49
Ok. time to show you show how to play B on Mirage, because last times you were TRASH. This BOT can only be kidding with this kind of comment hahahahaha. Coldzera only has that grafiti on B mirage because you SUCK Taco.
2019-11-23 17:49
WTF
2019-11-23 17:52
In a single map against Avangar. xD Show this on long distance against stronger teams.
2019-11-23 17:52
2019-11-23 17:54
still the shittiest player in a top 30 team
2019-11-23 17:54
I would argue it's stewie
2019-11-24 03:32
Would be great match vs Ence but Fuck 6.A.M
2019-11-23 17:54
Taco second best player in the mibr
2019-11-23 17:54
HAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHHA
2019-11-23 17:58
wtf no scene???
2019-11-23 17:58
Does Taco pay u to suck his ball or do u do that for free? BRA71L
2019-11-23 18:08
Read my name and shut up no major xaxaxaxa
2019-11-23 18:10
#29
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Israel OKOptimistic 
just shuddup ur opinion doesn't matter you are not good and your team sucks
2019-11-23 17:56
prove it again or else ... (btw good job tilting Avangar)
2019-11-23 18:02
#49
i am | 
Brazil |LUCAS1| 
Nice, 1 map against Avangar! Best B player without doubt!
2019-11-23 18:13
Wow
2019-11-23 18:18
#59
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Indonesia Journeast 
the headline says it all, i mean after all that he went through he finally knew how to play B train (?) btw goodluck againts ence!
2019-11-23 18:22
#62
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Brazil ValberBastos 
When the 5 players of MIBR play well... things like this will happen.
2019-11-23 18:26
happy to show everybody when noone was actually watching?
2019-11-23 18:31
wow very hard job to hold b site train :(
2019-11-23 18:37
if ur alone ofcourse it is, in 1.6 it was face who was best holder on train, or every other site when hes holding b alone. So, yep its not easy, especially nowdays when u can throw nades from 1000 position..
2019-11-24 17:08
#68
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Germany ToiletShitter 
Grow some hair. That would be impressive.
2019-11-23 18:39
God taco is back
2019-11-23 18:46
ok taco
2019-11-23 18:57
#77
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Brazil g4laxI 
GodTaco
2019-11-23 18:58
#78
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Brazil EZ4ENCEDENS 
ur noob
2019-11-23 19:00
problem with taco is he only goes god or bot mode, there's no middle ground(and he's usually on bot mode)
2019-11-23 19:02
#83
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Argentina fedezera 
PROVED TO EVERYONE THAT HE'S SO FUCKIN' STRONG DESPITE WHAT PEOPLE SAY.
2019-11-23 19:44
<3
2019-11-23 23:24
After 50 matches you had a good game on B Train....
2019-11-23 20:20
Expected from Baitzera fan.
2019-11-23 20:28
#120
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Brazil MrLucas 
+1
2019-11-24 02:12
He is definitely improving, altogether with the whole team. Too bad they won’t get into the finals.
2019-11-23 21:28
nice taco best entry for the world
2019-11-23 22:25
Already expected from BOTACO after playing againts AVANBOTS HAHAHAHAHAHA just stfu bro, againts tier 1-2 teams your B hold is the most shit thing ever
2019-11-23 22:31
Bro don't disrespect the legend Vaco is Backo.
2019-11-24 02:21
#113
i am | 
Brazil |LUCAS1| 
UMA VEZ FLAMENGO SEMPRE FLAMENGO
2019-11-23 23:29
#114
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Argentina ivanpb 
VACO MA BOY
2019-11-23 23:53
#115
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Bulgaria mythr0x 
gg
2019-11-24 00:08
Very good Mr Vaco, we missed you a lot last games!  Thanks for overcoming! Hope you still awakeuped next game!
2019-11-24 01:50
#119
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Brazil MrLucas 
I mean.. back at 2015/16 when Sk/LG were at their prime, he was already playing solo at this bomb and they had something like a 15 win streak at the map, so he already knew how to play well back then, i guess its more of a adptation matter for this new meta.
2019-11-24 02:11
#127
s1mple | 
China Pengas 
We caught up with Epitacio "TACO" de Melo after following MIBR's victory against AVANGAR to talk about the strides made over the past five months Is "following" here redundant? If this does not indicate bad grammar, does it mean that they actually "followed" the game? Please correct me if I'm wrong because I'm a spy in the US and I have to make sure I speak proper English. My thanks beforehand in case CIA gets me.
2019-11-24 05:42
#129
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Russia yeyeye 
taco good
2019-11-24 05:47
b anchor on train is aids
2019-11-24 09:04
#134
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Russia OOFmen 
lmao
2019-11-24 13:00
Once in a lifetime he plays well and he think he is good. Joke.
2019-11-24 13:47
haha
2019-11-25 11:16
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