TACO to miss RMR and Paris
00 Nation were put in a tough position when it was announced they would have to play ESL Pro League without their IGL Epitacio "TACO" de Melo. Now the Brazilian has announced that he will extend his leave to the RMR and by consequence the BLAST Paris Major.
00 Nation haven't missed their IGL so far, at ESL Pro League they recovered from their poor start to run the last chance bracket beating Rooster, Grayhound and taking a major scalp in NIP to progress to play offs.
TACO is most known for his role on the legendary Luminosity/SK lineup which became a massive influence for the Brazilian scene. On 00 Nation he had reunited with Marcelo "coldzera" David to lead the next generation of Brazilian players. So far at ESL Pro League Leonardo "n9xtz" Santos has been filling in for the teams IGL posting a 0.91 rating across the event.
While 00 Nation have shone great resilience without their IGL, the team have signaled in recent interviews that TACO, as the team's long-term IGL, will hopefully be re-integrated into the lineup at a later date. As such, it will be interesting to see what choices 00 Nation will make especially when n9xtz has a chance to get more reps on the server with the upcoming RMR.
In his TwitLonger, TACO stated he is not done with the game and that he will be back in some capacity.