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Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu: The Willful Wanderer

Mar 19, 2017
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It was recently announced that Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu will be leaving OpTic Gaming, despite having only joined the team in February of 2017. This is the fourth team peacemaker has been a part of since becoming a coach at the end of 2015. The move is surprising, but not shocking–peacemaker has a reputation of being difficult to work to with. With a documented history of short and problematic coaching, it may be difficult for peacemaker to ever find a steady home with a team. He may be partially responsible for some of his failures and removals, but in all fairness, he’s often entered the coaching role in less than ideal situations.

Bringing Up the Brazilians

The first team peacemaker coached was the Brazilian Games Academy lineup that would go on to become Tempo Storm, and he took over after Wilton “zews” Prado, Lincoln “fnx” Lau, and Epitácio “TACO” de Melo moved to Luminosity Gaming.

Peacemaker helped establish Tempo Storm as a legitimate contender in North America, and shaped them into an internationally competitive team. With peacemaker at the helm, Tempo Storm won CEVO Gfinity Pro-League Season 9 Finals and finished second at DreamHack Austin 2016, where they lost to their Brazilian bretheren, Luminosity, in the finals.

At the peak of their success, Tempo Storm made it to the 8th position on the HLTV power rankings and had series wins over teams like Cloud9, Virtrus.pro, and Dignitas. Despite their achievements, peacemaker was removed from the lineup in May of 2016.

Peacemaker’s Major Run with Liquid

After parting ways with Tempo Storm, peacemaker joined Team Liquid as the coach. His tenure with Liquid was not as stable as his time with Tempo Storm, as the North American roster was constantly in a state of flux.

With peacemaker as coach, Liquid removed former in-game leader, Eric “adreN” Hoag, from the lineup. The team’s superstar carry Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev was also scheduled for departure, but would remain on Team Liquid for a couple of events, including a Major. Kenneth “koosta” Suen was traded for Josh “jdm64” Marzano, who took over primary AWPing duties. After s1mple left Liquid, Jacob “Pimp” Winneche would replace him.

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Despite this flurry of disruptive roster changes, peacemaker still found success with Liquid. At MLG Columbus, s1mple carried Liquid to a semifinal finish with his incredible play. With peacemaker’s coaching, Liquid was much more balanced and well-rounded. He led them to a Major final at ESL One Cologne 2016 with s1mple, and a semifinal finish at ESL One New York with Pimp.

His stint with Liquid ended in October of 2016, and peacemaker cited differences with the organization on business principles was the cause. News surfaced that s1mple had left the team in part because other Liquid players refused to work with him because of his attitude. Perhaps the same was true of peacemaker, although this is entirely speculation.

From NRG to OpTic

A month after he left Team Liquid, NRG Esports announced the acquisition of peacemaker as coach and general manager. Although Valve had already announced their coaching rule changes, NRG had brought peacemaker on board to build up a team that could be competitive. However, after only three weeks, both parties announced their split due to immediate disagreements over the direction of the team.

It was reported that peacemaker wanted to build an NA lineup, while NRG was set on creating a European roster around players they already had. At the start of 2017, NRG was left with a North American squad, as the European players left their organization. They couldn’t have known the future, but peacemaker would have been much more valuable in the end.

Moving into 2017, peacemaker joined OpTic Gaming in February. The team had been highly competitive at the end of 2016, but showed signs of falling apart in the early days of 2017. Their IGL, Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz, left the team for Liquid. Spencer “Hiko” Martin was used as a stand-in and Keith “NAF” Markovic took up the role of IGL. Rumors began to circulate about Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas and Will “RUSH” Wierzba leaving OpTic to join stanislaw on Liquid.

His tenure with OpTic only lasted a month, but it was riddled with roster trouble and inconsistency. The team played terribly, bombing out at multiple events. OpTic announced that peacemaker was slated for removal in an episode of “Vision,” the organization’s popular web series documenting the life and trials of their professional teams. In the episode, mixwell comments that peacemaker was too emotional and didn’t fit the team, and an interview with peacemaker himself highlights his frustration with the circumstances and outcome.

The Blame Game

Part of the reason for his constant removals and failures has to be put on peacemaker. Attitude issues and personality clashes have been a constant presence throughout his coaching career. He might be difficult to work with at times, but his coaching successes and improvements to certain teams should be taken into consideration. The North American scene has a long history of coddling players with fragile egos. As a coach, peacemaker has proven his worth, but the culture of North American Counter-Strike seems to put him at odds with the players he’s supposed to be helping.

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Oscar is a writer and student from NYC currently working on his MA in English. Originally a Madden NFL enthusiast, he refined his taste and began following LoL in 2012. In 2014 he picked up CS:GO and has been covering the pro scene for both games ever since. When he isn’t writing or following professional e-sports he can be found feeding away in dynamic queue or matchmaking.
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