00NATION to play at ESL Pro League Season 17 without TACO
00NATION's in-game leader Epitacio "TACO" de Melo will miss ESL Pro League Season 17 for undisclosed personal reasons. This was first learned by Dust2 Brasil, after which the organization confirmed that the player is not showing up at the upcoming tournament.
Standing in for TACO will be Leonardo "n9xtz" Santos, a 19-year-old Brazilian who previously played for GODSENT's academy team, while IGLing duties will be fulfilled by Marcelo "coldzera" David.
00NATION will kick off ESL Pro League Season 17 on March 8 with a match against OG. Besides these teams, competing for one of four spots in the playoffs from Group C will be FaZe, Rooster, paiN, NIP, Grayhound and Vitality.
00NATION will field the following roster for ESL Pro League Season 17:
Bruno "latto" Rebelatto
Eduardo "dumau" Wolkmer
Marcelo "coldzera" David
Lucas "nqz" Soares
Leonardo "n9xtz" Santos