TACO confirms departure from SK
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo has shared that he will no longer be part of SK.
27 meses e hoje, finalmente a despedida [PT-EN]— Epitácio (@TACOCS) 22 марта 2018 г.
TACO has been with SK since July 2016, and has played alongside team captain Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo since November 2015, when he joined Luminosity Gaming. It is unclear if TACO was kicked off the team or left of his own volition, but said in a TwitLonger statement that he has been "unhappy" and felt "pressure" from outside the team.
"A few weeks ago, I noticed I wasn’t happy anymore. A few days ago, I decided to look for that same happiness I used to feel before playing, and I wasn’t feeling that anymore, even though it’d cost me the decision of leaving the team I helped succeed and turn into one of the best teams to play this game."
TACO has since tweeted that he will divulging more details about his future in the next few days and then begin looking at offers from other teams. Earlier, HLTV reported that SK was in talks with Natus Vincere players Aleksandr "S1mple" Kostyliev and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev to replace TACO and Ricardo "boltz" Prass. Neither organization has confirmed that report.
I'll give you details about my future in the next few days. Right now I'm feeling really happy. More than I've been in the last few months. I'm motivated as if I started playing CS yesterday.— Epitácio (@TACOCS) 22 марта 2018 г.
I'll take a few days to rest and probably analyze the offers that will come.
While with Luminosity and SK, TACO won two CS:GO Majors and more than a dozen other CS:GO tournaments.
"None of this would’ve have been possible without my teammates, whom I had the pleasure of learning and playing together," TACO wrote. "None of this would’ve been possible without our fans, who cheer, accompany and support us in every step of the way, hard or not – but you were also there with us in many happy moments we had."
Without TACO, SK's roster looks like:
Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Marcelo "coldzera" David
Ricardo "boltz" Prass
It should be noted that the earlier report indicated that boltz may be on his way out of the team as well, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet.