Brazilian CS:GO legend Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo has commented on his, and his team’s, recent struggles as they look to put a poor start to 2017 behind them.
As one of the most successful in-game leaders of all time, FalleN has captained his teams to two CS:GO Major titles and multiple other international tournament victories.
SK Gaming closed out 2017 in dominant form, winning three of the last four tournaments that they attended after adding Ricardo ‘boltz’ Prass to the roster.
However, 2018 has not gone to plan. Boltz had to sit out the ELEAGUE Boston Major in January but the Brazilians still managed to secure a top four finish with their former player, João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos.
Things quickly deteriorated with a 5th - 8th at the StarSeries Season 4 followed by a 7th - 8th at IEM Katowice but they reached crisis point with a last place finish at the $1.5 million WESG finals, ane vent that they had specifically been concentrating on.
Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo was then replaced by Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip but initial results have been no better. Now FalleN has decided to take a break from in-game leading and Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David has taken over that role for the time being.
Taking to Twitter on May 11th, FalleN made it clear that he is treating this as a learning experience in a reflective post where he said that he believes he can “conquer the world” again.
I never lose. Losing and winning doesn’t matter. What matter is the effort and the daily challenge of doing something you can’t. We conquered the world once and I believe we can do it again. Can I be wrong? Indeed. But I either win trophies or I learn. And we learn fast. Wait4us.
— Gabriel Toledo (@FalleNCS) May 11, 2018
Doubting the 26 year old would be a brave thing to do - he almost single-handedly rebuilt the Brazilian Counter-Strike scene and then brought a team of players to North America with no money to chase a dream that eventually saw them become one of the most dominant rosters in history.
Presumably he will be using his time away from in-game leading as an opportunity to concentrate more on the individual aspects of his game like his AWPing.
SK Gaming’s next LAN event will be the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas. Their first match will be against an NiP team that has looked resurgent since adding Dennis ‘dennis’ Edman.