TACO
Tacio Filho 
Brazil
SK Gaming
Shows up when it counts
November 16, 2017
TACO put up a 36/28 KD in SK Gaming's 2-0 win over OpTic Gaming in the quarterfinals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
Before Thursday's series, FalleN told the players in the game lobby that TACO was going to have a big day. He wasn't wrong in the slightest. While TACO sometimes gets a bad wrap for some less than stellar performances on this team, he put that behind him in this series to help SK come up with a big win. This was especially true on Overpass in Game 1 where he posted an 18/8 KD that included a big triple kill in ROund 7 that put SK on the road to their eventual 16-2 win. He had a more average 18/20 KD on Inferno in Game 2, but it was still more than enough for the 16-12 win that sealed the 2-0 sweep. They'll now move on to face Ninjas in Pyjamas in the semifinals on Saturday.
Quiet in big come back
November 15, 2017
TACO posted a team-low 11/20 KD in Tuesday's win over the Ninjas in Pyjamas 16-13 in Group A of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
The first half started on the slow side of things. The rounds eventually started to accumulate, but not for SK. The Ninjas ran off with the lead in the first half and never looked back as TACO struggled to find the frags to help his team get on the board. Round after round, TACO was unable to come up with much of anything as the team took a massive 11-4 loss in the first half. Going into the second, TACO still couldn't find many frags to help his team, but the team was handling everything just fine, winning twelve rounds in the second half to come back for a 16-13 win, with TACO posting a team-low 48.6 ADR.
Struggles in loss
October 30, 2017
TACO put up a subpar 78/104 KD in SK Gaming's 3-2 win against Virtus.pro in the grand finals of EPICENTER.
ANALYSIS
TACO, despite his team grinding out the big win in this game, was the only player on SK without a positive KD in this series. He started off especially slow in the first game with only six kills in the first half. He managed to contribute in spite of this slow performance, however. He had some strong plays in the first half of Game 2 to help get his team a win to even up the series. He then showed up big time with two kills in the final round of regulation in Game 3 to force an overtime round that his team confidently picked up. It may not have been his best showing, but he still helped his team get this win nonetheless.
Consistent in series sweep over Ghost
October 18, 2017
TACO posted a 41/28 KD on Tuesday in a 2-0 win over Ghost Gaming in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
TACO would start out Inferno on the defense for a 3-0 lead early on. Ghost managed to get one offensive round on a mishap play from TACO on the late rotation to the A-bombsite, but he would then turn around to pick up three more for the 6-1 lead. Ghost didn't go down without a fight and would tally up a few more rounds to cut the deficit within two rounds. TACO would then be able to buy and pick up three more rounds as Ghost would settle the half with a 9-6 deficit. The second half was contested but TACO would pick up the 13-8 offensive lead after getting the entry kills on the B-bombsite and control over on the A-bombsite. However, Ghost would spring back to life and come close after holding the line at the door of the B-bombsite, but TACO would close the door to any more rounds as he would take Game 1 16-13. Game 2, TACO shut down the Ghost offense in the first half of Cobblestone on the B-bombsite for an 11-4 lead. The second half was just as quick, as his offense would then attack the same B-bombsite to take the series in a 16-6 sweep.
Big contribution in split
October 7, 2017
TACO earned a solid 41/26 KD Tuesday with a 1-1 split against Splyce in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
Despite only an 11/4 KD and 51.6 ADR in the massive 16-0 blowout on Train, TACO earned his rights with key retakes to dominate Game 1. Riding the momentum into Game 2 of Inferno, TACO tried his hand at a 1-vs-3 clutch attempt in the pistol round on the B-bombsite retake but denied instead. From there, TACO contributed many frags to take the early lead, including his triple kill on the A defense to take the 7-3 lead. Eventually, TACO closed out the half 11-4 but the second half seemed a bit tricky. Splyce had a stout defense in the early rounds of the first half, which eventually led to tying the game at 13. TACO picked up a couple of entry kills to take map point but Splyce ruined the parade forcing the extra rounds. TACO's 30/22 KD and 88.9 ADR wasn't enough to close Game 2 with only one round won in the 19-17 split.
Rough display of performance in loss
September 30, 2017
TACO posted an 11/19 KD on Friday in a crushing 16-5 loss to Heroic in Group D of ELEAGUE Premier.
ANALYSIS
TACO had a dismal performance during the first half on the offense of Train, unable to gain any ground over Heroic early on. With a 7-0 deficit looming over the team, TACO finally got the team on the board in Round 8 with a quad kill to deny the retake on the B-bombsite. From there, TACO still struggled to win more than two more rounds in the first half for a 12-3 deficit going into the second. However, the second half wasn't any better as Heroic ripped through his defense to win five out of six rounds to take the second half and match 16-5. TACO could only contribute a 64.6 ADR in the grueling loss on Train.
Big Game 2 performance leads to win
September 30, 2017
TACO tallied a 48/58 KD in SK Gaming's 2-1 win over Team Liquid at the ELEAGUE Premier.
ANALYSIS
While SK Gaming ended up getting the win in this series, his play in the final game wasn't what got them there. He always seemed to lag behind at the bottom of his team, not finding much in the way of traction for most of the game. They still managed to battle back and get the win, however, Despite this showing in the final game, it was TACO's performance in Game 2 that made it possible for a third game to even take place. He was on point with a 21/12 KD that helped push SK ahead in the 16-8 trouncing that made this comeback series win possible.
Game 2 secured on the offense
September 3, 2017
TACO posted a 25/37 KD on Day 3 of DreamHack Masters Malmo with a 2-0 win over Cloud9.
ANALYSIS
TACO started the series with a Game 1 triple kill opening on the A-bombsite of Train to claim the pistol round. In Round 6, TACO picked up a double entry-kill on the A-bombsite to secure the 3-3 tie. TACO picked up a few more rounds in the first half of the offense with an entry or two here and there but it wasn't enough to take the half. TACO had a slow start on the defense in the second half giving up the first four rounds to start. Once the economy was strong enough, TACO blitzed for 10 straight rounds to come back to take Game 1 16-13. TACO got the offense going after the hectic start to the first half with several key entry-kills on the B-bombsite to take the 10-5 lead at the half. The second half was a slow start but the defense by TACO to hold off the A-bombsite push on Long A as well as the retakes on the B-bombsite to secure the Game 2 win 16-9.
Struggling in Day 2 with series loss 2-1
September 2, 2017
TACO went 38/49 with a 2-1 loss against North on Day 2 of DreamHack Masters Malmo.
ANALYSIS
TACO pulled together an impressive first half on the offense for SK, winning round after round of quick entries into the bombsites to secure the massive lead and economy in the first half for a 12-3 start. In the second half, TACO stood strong on the defensive hold on the B-bombsite to take Cobblestone 16-5. In Game 2, TACO struggled on the defense of Train in the start of the first half, but once the economy was strong enough to hold out to an even score at the half 8-7. However, his second half performance on the offense was dismal as he could not find a hole in the North defense to take one of his best maps for a 16-8 loss. During Game 3 on Inferno, TACO continued to struggle with a crushing defensive first half for a 13-2 deficit at the half. The second half showed some promise late, but North capitalized on the struggles to take the game and series.
Slow and steady wins the race
August 30, 2017
TACO went 10/9 in SK Gaming's 16-2 win over B.O.O.T. on Day 1 of DreamHack Malmo.
ANALYSIS
While TACO didn't light things up in this series, he played well enough to help his team towards the win. He opened with just a single kill in the first few rounds but still had some strong rounds later in the game. His best round was towards the middle of the map where he found a double to flush B.O.O.T. around the A-site to set up a big win. He may have barely went even with his 10/9 KD, but with SK playing so well as a team, they didn't exactly need a ton from him.
Makes standout plays in series split
August 25, 2017
TACO put up a 37/32 KD in SK's split against Immortals in the ESL Pro League on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
While TACO is typically not the player that you'd expect to be putting up big plays in a series, he was doing just that from start to finish here. He was a focal point of the early round offense in the first game, which kept things close early on. Once Immortals found their footing, however, TACO's production alone wasn't enough to keep SK moving along. All that changed in the second game, though. He opened with a double in the pistol round and was again really coming up clutch for his team. This is already the second time this split that TACO has shown up for his team, which could be just the wrinkle that SK needs to become even better than ever.
Surprisingly strong in win
August 23, 2017
TACO put together a respectable 36/29 KD in SK Gaming's 1-1 split with Team Liquid in the ESL Pro League on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
The opening of this series was abysmal for all of SK, TACO included. As the game progressed, however, he managed to put in some nice kills to fuel part of SK's comeback attempt. While SK came up short in the end, they carried a lot of their momentum into the second game with a vengeance. He opened with a 3k in the pistol round and ended up putting together a 16/7 KD in the game. While he is typically relegated to a support performance with low KDs, he was in the forefront and kept his head clean in the game by posting the least amount of deaths on the team in that final game.
Closes out rounds to take down C9 3-0
July 9, 2017
TACO put up a 48/53 KD in a 3-0 grand final series win over Cloud9 on Sunday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
TACO had a solid run on Cobblestone picking up a runner-up 19/18 KD and 96.0 ADR in the dominant first half performance opening the B-bombsite and controlling the drop area for a 10-5 lead at the half. The second half TACO had a slower start, but still remained in the game holding off the offense in the late rounds for the 16-9 win. In Game 2, TACO had a quiet first half as Cloud9 dominated, but he did come back with fire to close out the half with a 10-5 deficit. The second half was all SK, picking up 11 rounds on the offense with TACO getting the entries and important holds on the bombsite to take Train 16-12. In Game 3, TACO pounced for the pistol round win, but Cloud9 swarmed and took over the first half 10-5. However, the second half was highly contested with TACO coming up big on the defense to edge Cloud9 in a 16-14 win, posting an even 15/15 KD and 63.7 ADR.
Solid performance in semifinal win
July 9, 2017
TACO posted a solid 38/27 KD on Saturday in a 2-0 win in the semifinals over FaZe Clan at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
TACO had a fierce start on Overpass on the defense holding off FaZe for a 4-0 start. His Round 6 quad kill hold on the B-bombsite allowed his team to further expand its lead up 6-1. TACO remained consistent and never missed a beat on the defense to take a massive 13-2 lead at the half. In the second half , TACO was quick to create odd man situations that allowed for the 16-4 win, earning an 18/7 KD and 103.8 ADR. In Game 2, TACO had another successful start after winning the first three rounds for the offense. His quick trades and post-plants hold allowed him to manage the lead as well as closing out the half up 9-6, thanks to his triple kill hold on the post-plant. The second half was a bit rocky, but he managed to string together a few kills to get to map point, but FaZe still managed to force the extra rounds. Overtime rounds TACO made it looks easy while holding the line on the defense for the 19-16 Cache win, posting an even 20/20 KD.
Another subpar performance
July 6, 2017
TACO only put together a 11/20 KD in SK Gaming's loss against G2 Esportson Thursday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
TACO was once again the low man on the totem pole for SK in this loss. He only tallied two kills in the first eight rounds, which was a perfect indicator of what kind of game this would be for him. The low point of the map for him was when he lost a key 1-vs-1 in Round 13 that could have allowed them to get another round in that first half. However, he didn't, and as such, he only ended up with five kills in the first half. The second half was more of the same, except that the rest of his team joined him in not playing to the best of their ability. With all of the team faltering, G2 went on an incredible run to take the game 16-11.