TACO: "[coldzera and I] had a talk about stuff we didn't want to repeat from the past"

00NATION's in-game leader was extremely forthcoming on the most recent episode of HLTV Confirmed, sharing insight into reuniting with Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David and how things are progressing with 00NATION.

HLTV Confirmed welcomed Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo on the show on Tuesday, inviting the two-time Brazilian Major champion to discuss the GODSENT core's migration to 00NATION, reuniting with coldzera, the team's qualification for the IEM Rio Americas RMR, and much more.

In talking about the move between teams, TACO explained that the goal was more to merge the management and staff of GODSENT with the 00NATION players, stating that the team really liked what they had going with their former organization and wanted to carry over as much of it as they could into the new lineup. When questioned about the main motivation to move, TACO had more to add, hinting at other organizations looking to poach their players.

TACO shared a lot of insight on 00NATION and how the reunion with coldzera has been so far

"With 00NATION, we would have more structure," the Brazilian player explained. "Not that we didn't have it in GODSENT, because they did everything they could too. We had bootcamps, we could travel a lot, we had a great time, but we wanted more. We felt like we needed something different.

"It was not the players, or me, or anything with the organization. We had a lot of organizations sending us offers, we had a lot of offers from NA teams, not only me but my players as well, so it got to a point where we had to do something to stick together because GODSENT is not a big organization with a lot of money like we see in NA or even some orgs in EU as well. So to stick together and continue our project, we had to do this move, and I'm happy with 00NATION, I feel like they are the right place. I hope so."

TACO also confirmed that Santino "⁠try⁠" Rigal was not originally a part of the team's rebuild, saying he didn't want to join the team as he had been unhappy playing with the previous 00NATION lineup. However, after a week of talks, try changed his mind, and the team opted to keep him in place of Bruno "⁠b4rtiN⁠" Câmara, a decision that TACO refers to as "one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult" in his Counter-Strike career.

When asked about reuniting with coldzera after over three years apart, TACO revealed that it was not something he had the intention of doing before the move came together. "To be really fair, I was not planning to play with coldzera again," TACO stated. "I was doing my thing and I was just looking at what was in front of me, it was not planned.

"We played for many many years before together, and there was a lot of stuff that was left behind in terms of negative stuff, you know? So the first thing I did was washing the clothes, cleaning the dirty, we had a talk about stuff we didn't want to repeat from the past, stuff that I think is not right, stuff that I think we did bad in the past as well. That was my first move. For me to play with cold again, I think we should fix some stuff."

coldzera is helping with secondary calling in 00NATION, as he did with FalleN in LG

TACO elaborated further on how conversations with coldzera transpired after that, explaining that the pair were on the same page. "We talked a lot, we discussed a lot, I explained to him the system that we have in GODSENT, how we work, the way we like to work, and he was very happy. His feedback was also really good, he has a lot to add in the team in terms of experience, to help me guide the guys, to be the second caller in-game. He was really good doing that and helping FalleN at my time, so now after two months playing with cold, I'm enjoying it a lot.

"The thing is, he works really hard. I work really hard too. We are always talking CS, we are always watching CS, we are always playing CS. We are putting a lot of hours in game. The last time we did that, we had a lot of success, so I'm hoping we can find this success again."

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TACO had much more to share regarding how his role has changed compared to the previous time he played with coldzera, when the two were often paired up in a system that was key in helping coldzera become the best player in the world. To see what he had to say about how things have changed and his thoughts on recent news and ESL Pro League so far, check out the complete VOD on our YouTube channel, where you can also find more episodes of Confirmed, weekly news recaps with HLTV Peek, highlight videos, Counter-Quiz episodes, and much more.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1435
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Bruno 'b4rtiN' Câmara
Bruno 'b4rtiN' Câmara
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
547
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1427
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
Argentina Santino 'try' Rigal
Santino 'try' Rigal
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
334
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.60
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
better start performing cold!
2022-09-21 20:57
14 replies
f5
2022-09-21 20:58
3 replies
#4
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Finland Cucumber))
I would never
2022-09-21 20:58
2 replies
ok 😎
2022-09-21 20:58
1 reply
I thought they all retired kkkk
2022-09-22 13:49
00nation good but imperial better sorry taco i think fallen is a more legender
2022-09-21 20:58
9 replies
#23
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Brazil Shinoky
yeah, Fallen is more legender than Taco but I think 00Nation are better than Imperial They have better players with higher fire power
2022-09-21 22:00
8 replies
no imperial chelo upgrade now better
2022-09-21 23:34
6 replies
#30
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Brazil Shinoky
yep, they have chelo now but I think Cold,Dumau,Taco, Latto and Try have more fire power than Chelo,Fer,Vini,Boltz and Fallen
2022-09-22 00:05
5 replies
#34
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Brazil pcR
I mean, it isn't always about firepower, sometimes you need strats, and god only knows who's better on igling (or worse)
2022-09-22 00:10
4 replies
#38
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Brazil Shinoky
yeah, but at this meta the huge part is the fire power... look at the top teams Faze,Navi,Cloud9,G2,Vitality...
2022-09-22 00:15
3 replies
#39
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Brazil pcR
didn't Furia have a lot of firepower? they're mid now
2022-09-22 00:16
2 replies
#41
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Sweden GGrowler
Only kscerato and yuurih are amazing. Art is mostly average but with peaks, drop average and saffe average if he would be a rifler. As an awp hes bad
2022-09-22 00:26
1 reply
#42
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Brazil pcR
sad he was literally stomping the entirety of NA with the AWP back in pain
2022-09-22 00:28
Problem is fallen calls
2022-09-22 00:20
TACOLD
2022-09-21 20:57
like winning?
2022-09-21 20:58
3 replies
XD
2022-09-21 21:00
Well, dumau is fantastic and a true t1 star talent. If cold can become even somewhat decent and they might very well reach t1
2022-09-21 21:32
#48
NiKo | 
Sweden hitAQN
he is probably referring to outside server problems, like unnecessary kicks, disagreements/discussions bad handled, ego, etc.. probably most of them are already resolved by only not having fallen and fer on the team xD
2022-09-22 15:50
HMMMMMMMMMMM
2022-09-21 20:59
#9
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Suriname imssjdcanks
much more.ž
2022-09-21 20:59
coldzera is finished
2022-09-21 21:00
6 replies
Brazil hater 🤣
2022-09-21 21:29
5 replies
No man. Its just a fact
2022-09-21 23:00
#32
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Brazil pcR
he's right tho
2022-09-22 00:08
cold washed
2022-09-22 00:46
Coldzera is finished, he should become igl too to have a reason for his bad ratings.
2022-09-22 01:35
#46
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Brazil Exfm
hes not wrong
2022-09-22 13:32
SK TACO (best support)
2022-09-21 21:02
Baitee becomes the baiter? Taco villain arc
2022-09-21 21:19
1 reply
#33
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Brazil pcR
lmao
2022-09-22 00:08
#14
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Brazil Anarchybr
Dumau, latto and try relief coldzera from the pressure of carrying this team but if they have any expectations on tier 1 CS they need him to perform as well. It’s kinda bad to see how poorly he’s performing since he quit FaZe.
2022-09-21 21:19
1 reply
#35
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Brazil pcR
he kinda died after that eagle clutch vs g2
2022-09-22 00:11
Who's is this? Never heard of any of these guys. Were they source legends or...? No clue, old news
2022-09-21 21:33
5 replies
Those are legends from condition zero days
2022-09-21 21:37
1 reply
deleted scenes?
2022-09-21 21:38
Haha so funny
2022-09-21 21:38
#25
kennyS | 
Sri Lanka Emu1
I saw you buying drugs from a drug dealer. How is it? Don't comment in hltv with drunk dude
2022-09-21 22:28
1 reply
This sounds like the incoherent ramblings of a drunk dude... yet I believe you are trying to accuse me of being the drunk one? I honestly don't even know what your saying...
2022-09-23 21:49
bad stuff
2022-09-21 21:45
#22
JK | 
Asia flipflop
taco - don't expect me to be your stat booster like past days cold - plz taco - nope
2022-09-21 21:59
1 reply
#37
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Spain VIKTORAL
pretty much how it went
2022-09-22 00:14
#24
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Argentina cheapdeed
10 minutes later: me n bestie
2022-09-21 22:06
In other words they won't won any trophies cause if they didn't repeat what they have done in the past that's it what will happen
2022-09-21 22:59
cold toxic af, remember whne he benched himself everyone on the team was like good riddance lol
2022-09-21 23:11
#31
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Brazil pcR
fix stuff stuff stuff stuff
2022-09-22 00:07
2022/23 brazilians totally irrelevant in the pro scene sorry for hard truth
2022-09-22 00:11
1 reply
1999/2023 Italians totally irrelevant in the pro scene sorry for hard truth
2022-09-22 22:42
what like having hair?
2022-09-22 11:21
#50
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Argentina Soullesss
Taco bot your time in the CS finished long time ago, with godsent you were good hiding you against tier 2 and 3 teams. Now trying to play against tier 1 teams, you will be kicked again soon.
2022-09-22 21:58
taco bait cold
2022-09-22 22:45
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