TACO
Tacio Filho 
Brazil
SK Gaming
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.
Makes the most of his contributions
July 5, 2017
TACO came through in key moments during SK Gaming's win over North on Wednesday at ESL Cologne, finishing with a 12/16 KD.
ANALYSIS
TACO had a bit of an up-and-down game for SK here against North. He helped get his team back on track in the first half with a double in Round 7, but then fell back into obscurity for most portions of the game. He still managed to find kills in key spots for his team, though. His clutch 1-vs-1 in Round 15 locked up the 8-7 half for SK, and then his pinpoint kill in the final round secured the eventual 16-10 win.
Slow once again
July 4, 2017
TACO stumbled his way to a 15/21 KD when SK Gaming lost to Space Soldiers on Tuesday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
The main thing to know for TACO here is this: one kill in the first half. No, your screen isn't faulty. That sentence said that TACO had just a single kill in the first 15 rounds of this game. It's no wonder that Space Soldiers were able to walk their way to a 12-3 lead at the half over the Brazilians. While TACO opened the second half with a double in the pistol round, he still came up with the least amount of kills on his team as SK came up just short in the 16-14 loss.
Continues to play from the background
June 26, 2017
TACO once again came up short with a 46/60 KD in SK Gaming's 2-1 win over FaZe Clan in the grand final of the ECS Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
One day TACO will rise to the level of his teammates, and other teams will weep under the power of the Brazilians. Every series for what seems like months now, TACO always seems to come up a bit short. It's not as though he is directly making his team lose by any means, but with his teammates playing so well series in and series out, TACO always stands out. Still, SK keeps coming up with tournament wins, so it comes up as a wash. To his credit, TACO did end up on the AWP in Game 3 and ran the double AWP composition with FalleN extremely well. More of that and SK will soon be adding two more titles under its belt at ESL Cologne and the PGL Major in the coming weeks.
Barely breaks even series sweep
June 1, 2017
TACO posted a 26/23 KD in SK Gaming's sweep against mousesports in the quarterfinals of the ESL Pro League Finals.
ANALYSIS
TACO was once again a bit off his game in this series against mouz on Thursday. While he did manage to post a positive KD, he was over 10 kills below the next-closest member of his team. In the first half of Game 1 on Mirage, he only managed to put up four kills even with his team taking a 9-6 lead into the break. He did have one incredibly strong round in the second half though, where he shut down flanks while flashbanged to pick up a quad kill and keep SK moving right along to the 16-7 win. He was a bit better overall in the second game. He started off with a big Round 4 to give SK some early aggression with a 3k to try and flip the round, but they still managed to lose it. That was the pattern of this first half where they were able to get out ahead of mouz, which led to their 8-7 deficit. He was consistent in the second half to help SK win nine straight to lock up the 16-8 win.
Invisible in loss
May 31, 2017
TACO only put up a 6/19 KD in SK Gaming's loss to G2 on Day 2 of the ESL Pro League Finals.
ANALYSIS
After having some pretty strong showings on Day 1 of the Pro League Finals, TACO went back his inconsistent ways of old against G2 on Wednesday. He seemed to never be able to find any sort of footing at all in the game. While his team did play pretty poorly overall in the game, his play was especially rough. He only had three kills after 10 rounds, and ended with just six overall. These kind of performances could ultimately be the undoing of what is a fantastic SK squad.
Bottom-frags while the rest of SK shines
May 31, 2017
TACO posted a 10/10 KD in SK's 16-5 win over Immortals on Tuesday at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Poor TACO struggled on Mirage as the rest of his team surged ahead of him from the early rounds. TACO did his best to add to his stat line but took poor angles and fights that left him with a mere 10/10 KD. Coupled with his team-low 53.7 ADR, TACO had a terrible game on paper, but it was more due to the brilliance of his teammates as SK took a 16-5 win.
Falls into obscurity once again
May 30, 2017
TACO finished SK Gaming's big win over Fnatic on Day 1 of the ESL Pro League Finals with a KD of 10/9.
ANALYSIS
While TACO showed up in a big way in SK's first game of the day, he shrunk back into the shadows in this game. He opened with an entry frag in the first pistol round before chipping in some fairly consistent kills in the early rounds of the game. By the time 10 rounds had passed though, he only had six kills and no multi-kills. After many rounds of obscurity, he did make one final surprise appearance in the final round, adding in a double kill to finish up the 16-3 win.