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TACO on swiss: "We don’t feel even one percent comfortable playing in this format"

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We caught up with Epitácio "TACO" de Melo, to pick his brain about the upcoming PGL Krakow Major as well as the teams' recent form.
Epitácio "TACO" de Melo and his SK Gaming are on a hot streak now with their three consecutive tournament wins, going into the PGL Krakow Major as one of the favorites. We got a chance to talk briefly about the major, how the time with João "felps" Vasconcellos has been as well as what he thinks about the swiss format.

Since adding felps, you've just kept improving for every day that has gone by. Can you pinpoint what the key factors have been for your recent success? What does felps bring to the team, game-wise, that fnx didn't?

That’s true. We can’t say we were in a slump with fnx because with him we were still playing semi finals and grand finals in every tournament we attended. Fnx is a passive player, really good on clutch rounds and really experienced. Felps brought more creativity and aggressivity in-game but, for what we were in need of, he was not the best option. We were thinking about bringing someone at least close to fnx’s style so we could keep playing the way we like. In the beginning, it was really hard for us to play with felps and after two group stage losses, we had to review everything we were doing. The most important thing we did was showing felps that he had to be the player that the team needed and he understood 100%. Since then, we've started winning again.


By winning all of your three most recent events, you are considered the best team in the world right now. Do you feel that there's more pressure this time compared to previous majors and/or events? Do you feel a difference going into a tournament right after winning one compared to other tournaments?

We were the best team in the world in 2016 as well and I think we are better now than in 2016. That’s a really good thing because now we probably know the mistakes we did last year and won’t do those mistakes again. There’s no pressure at all. We´re going to keep adapting, changing, creating and playing our game.


There has been a lot of tournament in recent time and preparation ahead of a major has maybe never been this limited. Do you feel that the preparation for the major exclusively has been suffering and that the practice has been for all events rather than just the major? Do you still have aces up your sleeve?

Yes, the preparation for the major was not good, or rather, there was no preparation [solely for the major]. Like you said, we played 3 tournaments in the last 4 weeks. We don’t have any aces up our sleeves but we have creative players like fer and felps that always do surprising things.

SK winning Dreamhack Summer 2017.
SK winning Dreamhack Summer 2017.


In a swiss format, you only know one of the teams that you're potentially playing against beforehand. How do you feel about not being able to thoroughly prepare for your group matches? How does it compare to other tournaments in the aspect of preparation?

Swiss format is a really good format, for underdogs. We don’t feel even 1 % comfortable playing in this format. Every single match is best of one and I don’t think it’s a good thing. Everything can happen in a BO1. Like you saw at ESL Cologne, we lost more maps in the group stage (swiss format) than in the two BO3’s and the BO5 that we played in the playoffs. We lost to Space Soldiers, a team that left the tournament with a 1-3 record. I understand that it’s impossible to make every match BO3 but for me, the best format was the one that ECS used. About the preparation, I think it was fine, for us, because the way we prepare for the opponents is different and doing this a night before is really fine for us. I can’t talk for other teams because I don’t know how they do it.


Your first match-up is against PENTA, a team that impressed a lot at the qualifier. What are your thoughts on them and your match?

We practiced one map against them online last week and they impressed us. They're a really good team with lots of skill and new things. We won’t underestimate them.


As mentioned, you're the team in the best form right now and amongst the favorites for the major. What are your expectations of yourselves?

Our goal is to win the major!


Any last words?

I want to say to SK fans and my fans that we're going to keep working really hard and we will do everything possible to keep winning. We are still hungry and we don’t want to stop now. Thanks!

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zehN four AK-frags vs. Flipsid3 on Train

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The finnish player Jesse "zehN" Linjala, from the international team Penta, gets four fast frags with his AK with help from a well placed flash from his teammate in the match against Flipsid3 at PGL Major Krakow 2017.
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After the last Swiss round came to an end, the PGL Major playoff bracket has been drawn and released. Set to begin on Friday, PGL Major Krakow continues its path to crowned the Major champion.
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For the last game in the group stage, Immortals acquired the last ticket to the playoffs. Closing out Train with a 16-6 scoreline, Flipsid3's fate was determined to be the unfortunate one.
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Straight after the victory over Cloud9 in their last game of the group stage here in Krakow, we found Filip "Neo" Kubski from Virtus.pro for a quick talk. We go through his feelings regarding making it to the playoffs, troubles in the team, and playing in front of a Polish crowd.
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coldzera INSANE AWP-ace vs. BIG on Inferno

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The Brazilian SK-player Marcelo "coldzera" David takes five quick AWP-frags in the match against BIG in the third round of the PGL Major Krakow 2017-torunament.
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As the elimination games continue, the home favorites Virtus.pro was set to battle the North American side of Cloud9 in a last decisive game. Twenty-six rounds later, Virtus.pro came victorious after eliminating Cloud9 from the PGL Major Krakow.
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A while after SK beat Immortals to get their playoff spot, we found Epitácio "TACO" de Melo for a short talk about the major, what the thinks about BIG, and preparations.
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The last elimination games have now commenced at the PGL Major Krakow. Booting up Overpass once again, Fnatic saw themselves triumphant on their last game pre-playoffs.
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In the last game of Round 4, the Brazilian rivalry stood for the show exhibiting SK Gaming against Immortals to finalize the 2-2 teams.
After booting up Overpass, SK Gaming taught the younglings a lesson to learn.
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The battles of the giants certainly continued as North were set to face off Virtus.pro on Mirage. Finding a way past their opponents, North were determined to secure their Legend status in Krakow.
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After managing to decode G2 in a satisfying 16-6 performance, Astralis have secured themselves the third ticket to playoffs.
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Fnatic just went 2-2 after defeating Na`Vi on Mirage. We got the privilege to talk a bit with Robin "flusha" Rönnquist about the game, how to win, and the playoffs.
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As the elimination games continue on the last group day, Fnatic and Natus Vincere have gone head to head on Mirage. Resulting in a 16-12 victory for the Swedes, Natus Vincere are eliminated from PGL Major Krakow.
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Flipside have managed to mount an impressive comeback from an eight round deficit to eliminate PENTA from the PGL Major.
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We took a chat with the coach of BIG, Alexander "kakafu" Szymanczyk, after their win against SK Gaming yesterday. He talks about the team, their performance at the major and the mutual agreement regarding the crouch-jump bug.
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Cloud9 have eliminated mousesports from the PGL Major with a 16-11 victory on Train.
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BIG showed great performance on Inferno as SK Gaming rusted up to challenged their fate. Presumptuously leaving Inferno in the veto, BIG did not hesitate to pick their home territory as they started on the inferior side.
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We caught up with Peter "dupreeh" Rothmann from Astralis to talk about the event, their recent victory against Fnatic on Nuke giving them 2-1 at the Major, his look on Faze going home, and then some.
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After a strong showing throughout the previous games, Gambit continued their roll, overcoming Virtus.pro with a 16-11 scoreline on Train to secure the playoffs.
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Astralis are 2-1 in the PGL Major groupstage following their victory which came too close for comfort: 16-14 on Nuke.
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