Karsa: "LG's slow play benefited us"

We interviewed TyLoo's coach, QiFang "Karsa" Su, about the team's road to quarter-finals at DreamHack Masters Malmö, defeating Luminosity, his contribution to the team and more.

It's fair to say TYLOO became the surprise of the tournament, as they defeated Liquid and Luminosity to make it to quarter-finals against all odds and expectations.

TYLOO's coach QiFang "Karsa" Su answered questions about the Luminosity match, explained what his contribution to the team is and shared plans for the future. We would like to extend our thanks to Marshall Ceong Law, who translated the interview.

Starting with the veto process before the Luminosity match, how much could you have predicted it and how happy were you with how it turned out?

We have done a lot of research on their map picks and bans, so the veto was actually really going our way and we have already known what they would pick. We just expected to pick Cache and Inferno, so we were just kind of thinking "Will we first play on Inferno or first on Cache?" and I was thinking that Luminosity is not doing very well defending on Cache, so we just picked it as the first map. And the second map, Overpass, there was no chance for us to train it in Asia, so we just kind of gave up that map and tried to push the game to Inferno.


Karsa put in an extraordinary amount of work prior to their matches

I heard that you put in a lot of preparation during the night, how much have you prepared for Luminosity beforehand?

Before the tournament we didn't really do too much preparation, we just trained. Each day before the game I would just try to pick like three maps of the opponents and watch the demos and VODs to try to do research on them. It's not like the whole nights without sleep, I just went to sleep at 4-5 AM.

On Cache you already mentioned the defensive positions from Luminosity weren't the greatest, and you did have seven rounds in a row towards the end, so what have you changed from that point on?

The first thing is, TACO always opened the door on A, so we prepared for that. Also, Luminosity like to push a lot to A main, so we were prepared for this too and we just tried to defend the A main to not let them push. They also don't really control middle too much, so A wasn't good for attacking, we just tried to push middle with smokes, flashes and molotovs. Other players, FalleN and fer are just defending B site. Firstly, we just left FalleN on B and didn't go there, but when FalleN didn't have the AWP we would just go there and try to control the bombsite.

Then on Inferno, I noticed you had a setup where AttackeR was on graveyard a lot, what was the thinking behind the whole CT setup against the slow-paced Luminosity?

We expected Luminosity to play fast, so we arranged AttackeR there to defend apartments. But they didn't play so fast, they played slow, so this really benefited us. We just left him there to defend quad and apartments and Mo to go to different places to get picks. On B we tried to find information and if Luminosity went there, we would fall back and try to retake. But Luminosity's T side didn't give us too much pressure, sometimes they just came in and it was easy to retake.


"We will not relax, we will keep going and try to improve" says coach Karsa

Have you ever looked at Luminosity as your role models, seeing as they managed to work theirselves up very quickly?

Yes, we have seen them as a role model and we learned so much from Luminosity. Especially in the game, in some tactics. Most importantly, it's the spirit and the mentality, I hope one day we reach that level.

From the first placed teams, Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro and dignitas, which do you see as the best option for you and who would you rather not play?

Anyone would be OK, we don't expect to win against anyone, we just want to try our best.

Talking about yourself as a coach, how much do you have a say during the rounds? How much do you participate in calls and what is your overall role in the team?

Mainly I can't say I'm the key person in the team, I just want to do the brain work and let the players aim and shoot. But in some middle rounds, when the in-game leader doesn't have a good decision on where to go, I tell the players to follow my decision. 

Lastly, what is there to accomplish for you in the next six months, seeing as you don't have too many opportunities to compete internationally?

I think we didn't prepare enough for this tournament, and despite that we won versus Luminosity. We will not relax, we will keep going and try to improve a lot and enhance our practising. We hope to get a chance to get a bootcamp in Europe and get to participate in these world-class tournaments.

China QiFang 'Karsa' Su
QiFang 'Karsa' Su
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
397
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
asia<3
2016-04-14 16:05
i dont know how are you doing this.. probably fastest internet on hltv
2016-04-14 16:05
#74
Iceland RXXN 
Nolife.
2016-04-14 16:33
stfu stark is a legend
2016-04-14 16:33
#141
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Denmark iPlayer 
Ever considered he could use a bot?
2016-04-15 14:23
stark ty kurwo
2016-04-15 04:35
#2
Korea yuh 
FeelsGOODman
2016-04-14 16:04
#4
Norway exzu 
Expected after upset #1
2016-04-14 16:04
5th Fak my best result
2016-04-14 16:04
#6
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Andorra KOVALSKII 
hm
2016-04-14 16:04
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Spain azer1 
d
2016-04-14 16:04
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Poland jaNo- 
11
2016-04-14 16:04
ez
2016-04-14 16:04
tsk tsk. only #10
2016-04-14 16:04
A
2016-04-14 16:05
1
2016-04-14 16:04
ez
2016-04-14 16:04
LG DISBAND NOW PLS
2016-04-14 16:04
n5
2016-04-14 16:04
n1
2016-04-14 16:04
#18
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United States donaldjae 
k
2016-04-14 16:04
n1
2016-04-14 16:04
#20
zehN | 
Finland ludiMacak 
good interview
2016-04-14 16:04
damn u're like vin diesel at reading kappa
2016-04-14 16:05
#48
zehN | 
Finland ludiMacak 
no kappa.
2016-04-14 16:08
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2016-04-14 16:04
kk
2016-04-14 16:04
#23
seized | 
Russia WETS 
ez Tyllo
2016-04-14 16:04
mk
2016-04-14 16:04
:)
2016-04-14 16:04
gg ez
2016-04-14 16:04
2016-04-14 16:04
too bad its meant to look like fallen sent the messages but it looks like he recieved them so tbh I dont think this is legit
2016-04-14 16:32
How retarded do you take people for?
2016-04-14 17:12
>brazilians talk to brazilians in english
2016-04-14 19:13
why not :D
2016-04-14 19:54
because monkeys cannot speak english :^)
2016-04-14 19:54
true bud :D
2016-04-14 19:55
china is comming !!!
2016-04-14 16:04
chin chow chaw ?? gz Tyloo
2016-04-14 16:05
rekt stupid favela
2016-04-14 16:05
opel karsa
2016-04-14 16:05
get out. now.
2016-04-14 16:26
Xd
2016-04-14 16:26
#35
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
yep too bad there are not 5 coldzeras Also fallen... time to retire my friend. Fcking terrible...
2016-04-14 16:05
u should retire from internet my friend
2016-04-14 16:08
#47
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
nt fallen fanboy
2016-04-14 16:08
just common sense brah
2016-04-14 16:08
dude this is how brazilians support their teams in futebol as well and I don't like it.
2016-04-14 16:13
#46
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Greece hekzy 
Jesus Christ.. Some of the brazilians must be fucking retarded and bipolar. 1 win = best team in the world 1 loss = pls retire and disband What's wrong with you?
2016-04-14 16:08
#52
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
not my fault he's playing poorly
2016-04-14 16:09
#54
Spain Ayrr 
+1, some of them are extremely braindead lmfao
2016-04-14 16:10
#62
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
stop fakeflagging before anything else
2016-04-14 16:15
#80
Spain Ayrr 
Wat? fakeflagging? xD
2016-04-14 16:39
Ignore this guy. I know him from being an super cogu fangay who talks shit about fallen every thread
2016-04-14 17:38
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s1mple | 
Germany N0vaa 
this guy proves how stupid 50% of the Favelas are. I'm sorry about that, you must be one of the richer ones in the city with a better education
2016-04-16 04:33
thanks sir. I joined a brazillian group about cs:go on facebook and almost everybody acts like animals without respect. It's so annoying
2016-04-16 16:44
i know you are trolling, but do it more regularly.
2016-04-14 16:08
#64
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Estonia swag420weed 
Didnt you read? They were avoiding fallen when he had AWPA and without awp he is shit and pushed him
2016-04-14 16:24
Stupid monkey. Go back to jungle where you belong
2016-04-15 12:13
How much?
2016-04-15 14:31
#143
s1mple | 
Germany N0vaa 
Fallen retire? You are braindead. They went on vacation for a week and lost to a really good team. He is the best IGL in the world. 5 Coldzeras would be shit
2016-04-16 04:31
gl favela crushers.
2016-04-14 16:05
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steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
ES
2016-04-14 16:05
#39
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World EarthFlag 
first
2016-04-14 16:06
It happens, very well played GL ASIA
2016-04-14 16:06
Good for the asian scene. We coming now boys!
2016-04-14 16:06
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China summerw1nd 
nice &#33487;&#40784;&#33459;
2016-04-14 16:07
good interview, they deserve it. keep it up.
2016-04-14 16:08
Nice interview, the anti-strats were great. NJ Tyloo
2016-04-14 16:08
Good job asian team :)
2016-04-14 16:08
Great guys, hope they will be only the spearhead for asian CS to go full force into the scene.
2016-04-14 16:10
nice 1, gl in the next game
2016-04-14 16:11
SLOW :D
2016-04-14 16:13
Karsa is the best coach, Karsa is the best igl, Karsa is jesus Karsa are past, Karsa are present and Karsa will future Karsa bestest
2016-04-14 16:13
#61
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Brazil GhostzeraNTC 
China number one '-'
2016-04-14 16:14
Best coach after starix?
2016-04-14 16:25
yeah sure..stfu ugly asians..max level boner reached
2016-04-14 16:40
No need to be mad my friend :)
2016-04-14 18:26
im not ur friend cunt XD go suicide ugly
2016-04-14 20:49
It happens Stop whining over ur skins
2016-04-15 01:08
lost 0$ sick
2016-04-15 12:08
Starix is GOD. Not sure about Karsa, they need to prove themselves.
2016-04-14 19:39
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Brazil coachdag3x 
china numba uon
2016-04-14 16:25
"It's not like the whole nights without sleep, I just went to sleep at 4-5 AM." K
2016-04-14 16:25
now this tyloo coach will be reasearch all VP vods demos since las 1-3 months to morning just asians things hope tommorow Pashito not gonna be 6th tyllo player in game
2016-04-14 16:36
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Aleksib | 
Egypt Tywin 
typical asian. That's humility and detication right here.
2016-04-16 16:46
i press F to show respect to chines boys congratz and happy to saw ppl from other side world can play CS on higgest lvl (EleGigle NA fucktards) hope also CS:GO becomw popular in china same like dotka2 want watch more small asians boys playing CS in LAN china koryo etc... they are hard work they are smart they are asians fuck you 3x NA dogshit back to call of duty and leave CS:GO
2016-04-14 16:33
#71
allu | 
Finland Fherrera 
i really fucking hope that this team will go top rankings because they have sacrified lot of time and chinese people are very intelligent, they work hard and have motivation to do different things and tyloo is no expection. lets fucking gooo!
2016-04-14 16:29
bootcamp in EU? Tyloo top3
2016-04-14 16:35
1 good event... just think of vp.. they won the major and went to shit since then
2016-04-14 16:39
it was irony :)
2016-04-14 16:41
lucky swag hat. dd wore it for cache and inferno. took it off for overpass. coincidence? i think not
2016-04-14 16:38
nice try sherlock
2016-04-14 17:07
e x p e c t e d
2016-04-14 16:39
it was amazing !
2016-04-14 16:40
#86
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United Kingdom trtr098 
Karsa the most modest person ever
2016-04-14 16:41
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Greece hekzy 
Nope. Be is realistic, I think. But that's why the Chinese are so loveable. Humble and respectful, great culture.
2016-04-14 17:14
#87
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Finland Smoonah 
knew I should have bet an AK redline on tyloo before bed
2016-04-14 16:42
#92
Germany t3dx 
lg's coder being on vacation benefited u :D
2016-04-14 16:53
The coach so smart. He knew all of things and really good coach. Yes he's the best coach after starix
2016-04-14 16:53
go china
2016-04-14 16:54
#95
f0rest | 
Slovakia Dui 
Karsa? Seems like somebody is a fan of Malazan book of the Fallen.
2016-04-14 16:58
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Pieter | 
Netherlands Grifte 
Thought they will bring out a book about him taking on the world in a few years or so?
2016-04-14 20:55
We china, we rek favelas, we crush monkeys, We get support from EU. <3 <3
2016-04-14 17:04
WP Tyloo
2016-04-14 17:04
congratz they really did very well job
2016-04-14 17:06
Really well played! LG will learn from this and comeback stronger.
2016-04-14 17:19
nigga you gay
2016-04-14 17:32
Work hard > get result +100 Also : olimp.us/r/1924 New way of gamnbling Join now for free coins to play with
2016-04-14 17:28
if asian people want it, they get it
2016-04-14 17:38
#111
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Norway sepp0 
I'm impressed by how TyLoo had analyzed LGs game on cache to the point they could beat them. Impressive.
2016-04-14 17:48
#114
ZywOo | 
France ImYarkz 
It's always like that with asian, in all other games they surpass other with their analytical capacity. They can raise CSGO to a great level of tactical
2016-04-14 18:17
#115
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Norway sepp0 
The way TyLoo's game analysis of Cache is presented in the interview portrays another level of tactical awareness and if what you're saying is true, then I'm very excited for more Asian top teams in the scene.
2016-04-14 18:25
once the koreans gain traction, the tactics will be next level.
2016-04-14 19:32
yeah I'm pretty sure if Korea got involved, they would memorize literally every spam spot of every smoke from every common angle and look like cheaters.
2016-04-14 23:03
ez ence
2016-04-14 18:12
asia finally taking over the scene
2016-04-14 19:16
#121
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World asbi 
"We want to be top 8" Mission Successful, Respect for Tyloo.
2016-04-14 19:27
Took LG 1+ years Took Tyloo 2days.
2016-04-14 19:56
Lel so true
2016-04-15 12:14
these guys sound hungry. they look good
2016-04-15 00:33
that means 2-1 vs NaVi too
2016-04-15 01:00
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