TACO Announces His Return To Counter-Strike

27 Sep 2023
Tit Krajnik 27 Sep 2023
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  • Epitacio "TACO" de Melo decided to continue his Counter-Strike career
  • The 28-year-old made his first professional appearance in 2011
  • The Brazilian CS pro is currently a free agent
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo (credit: via liquipedia)
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo has announced his intentions to continue competing in Counter-Strike. The 28-year-old has yet to find a team to play for and is returning to the server as a free agent following a seven-month break, which started in late February 2023.

The two-time Counter-Strike Major champion, TACO, has decided to continue his esports career with an announcement that he is ready to return to pro play after spending the last seven months on the sidelines. TACO was last seen competing with 00 Nation, which he joined in June 2022 when the organisation signed the former GODSENT core.

During his seven-month stint with 00 Nation, TACO hasn’t accomplished much and averaged a poor 0.93 performance rating. His most notable accomplishment with 00 Nation was qualifying for Intel Extreme Masters and IEM Rio Major, where 00 Nation failed to deliver and crashed out of the Major with a 0-3 record.

In February 2023, TACO chose not to compete with 00 Nation due to personal reasons and has since not been seen competing on a professional stage. 

"I'm taking care of myself, improving, learning, so I can direct not only my life to the right place, but any decision that I will have to take in the future regarding my career.”

Even though his most recent endeavour didn’t result in any notable results, TACO has accomplished a lot early into his career.

Most notably, TACO was a part of the Luminosity and SK Gaming roster, which dominated the Counter-Strike scene in 2016, when he won back-to-back Majors at MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016 and ESL One: Cologne 2016, but has since not added another Major trophy to his name.

Despite struggling to re-establish himself as a CS superstar, TACO has not given up on his Counter-Strike career yet, as he decided on Tuesday, September 26, to continue his career wherever the path might lead him.

TACO has yet to find a team to play for; however, he is currently a free agent and available for any squad to pick him up. At the moment, there are no rumours or reports tying him with any esports organisation, but it’s likely that TACO will soon find a new home as many teams look to freshen up their rosters ahead of the transition to Counter-Strike 2.