TACO
Tacio Filho 
Brazil
SK Gaming
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.
Continues strong streak in win
May 30, 2017
TACO tallied a 17/13 KD in SK's win against Cloud9 on the first day of the ESL Pro League Finals.
ANALYSIS
TACO opened with a double kill and defusal in Round 4 before picking up an AWP to run in SK's newfound double AWP setup. It worked extremely well and helped SK zone off the map from start to finish. While Cloud9 went on a bit of a run in the first half, SK blanked them in the second half for the 16-7 win.
Uncharacteristically strong play in Game 2 leads to series split
May 29, 2017
TACO posted a 42/41 KD in SK's series split with Immortals on Sunday in the ECS.
ANALYSIS
TACO had two pretty different games in this series against Immortals, starting off with a poor showing in Game 1. He started well enough with triples in Rounds 5 and 6, but then couldn't come up with much in the second half when Immortals started mounting the comeback. While he did come up with a 3k in Round 29 to help get his team into overtime, they still ended up falling 19-16 in the game. Game 2 was a very different showing as he got in on the fun in the first half that saw SK surge to a 12-3 lead at the half. He even got his hands on the AWP at one point and gave SK an edge with the double AWP setup. In the final round, he managed to dance around long enough to prevent the bomb plant and lock up the 16-9 win.
Same old, same old in win
May 27, 2017
TACO put up a 32/39 KD in SK Gaming's 2-0 win over Luminosity Gaming on Saturday in the ECS.
ANALYSIS
TACO opened up a bit slow in Game 1 on Cache, as he only had one kill in the first three rounds. He did find a double in Round 4 to get the first win for his team, but there wasn't much happening for him early on here. He was essentially his normal self in this game: measured and a bit inconsistent. He round another double late in the game that helped his team secure Round 27 and a 14-13 lead. That was the small boost they needed to eventually wrap things up 16-14. Game 2 wasn't much different for him here, as he again had just one kill in the first three rounds of the game, and only three kills after seven rounds. He then disappeared for quite a while before picking up an entry frag in Round 11. His last standout round of the game came in Round 15 where he tallied a 3k to give his team a 12-3 lead at the half. SK continued to push in the second half to eventually pick up the 16-4 win.
Once again falters in an SK win
May 24, 2017
TACO ended SK's sweep over CLG on Tuesday in the ECS with a 31/37 KD.
ANALYSIS
TACO continues to be a background member for SK in just about every outing. He was at the bottom of his team in both games of the series, as he never managed to get on top of his frags one bit. He got a kill in the opening pistol round, but only managed to end the first half with a total of five kills, none of which came on multi-kills. His first multi-kill of the game came in Round 19, where SK took a 10-9 lead for an advantage they rode to a 16-10 victory. He was a bit better in terms of number of kills in Game 2, but that was merely because the game went to overtime. This time it actually took him until Round 7 to get his first kill of the game, which further showcased his deficiencies. He added in some more sporadic kills in the first half before tallying his first double kill in Round 15 to close the half with a 9-6 lead. From there, SK faltered in a major way as CLG came storming back to tie things up at 10-10. TACO finally proved his worth with a 3k in Round 28 that salvaged a bit of the game for SK and kept them in it. He again showed up late in the overtime period with a double in Round 34 to finish up the 19-15 win.
Can't get into a nice groove during win
May 7, 2017
TACO only managed a KD of 57/69 in SK Gaming's 3-1 win over FaZe Clan in the grand finals of IEM Sydney.
ANALYSIS
While SK Gaming won this series, TACO was still the only member of his team to not post a positive KD. It seems that he plays a bit more loose than he probably should since he knows that his teammates can clean up for him. That doesn't mean that he was without his own nice plays, though. In Game 1, he picked up a nice 3k in an anti-eco Round 11 to put his team up 9-2. This kind of play early allowed them to take the map 16-12. In Game 2, he had another nice play early, securing a 1-vs-2 clutch in Round 8 to tie things up at four rounds each. From then on, SK went on a 12-3 run to take the map 16-7 and go up 2-0. In Game 3 on Inferno, he posted the lowest kills on his team, but since they were all struggling, it wasn't a huge detriment to his team. Game 4 on Overpass was his worst round by far, though. He only picked up a total of six kills in the game. Once again, SK picked up his slack, but it was still a poor showing nonetheless.