xccurate: "Maybe for now, I'll be a more of a support AWPer"

We caught up with TyLoo's AWPer Kevin "xccurate" Susanto to hear about the changes in the team's leadership, his AWPing and more.

TYLOO was one of the surprises of the group stage, as the Chinese side beat SK, Cloud9 and Renegades to advance directly to the semi-finals of IEM Sydney 2018, building onto their win at the StarSeries Invitational and QI Invitational earlier this year.

The communication can still get hectic for TyLoo

On their day off, we spoke to Kevin "xccurate" Susanto about playing against top teams and how the communication in the team has been developing.

You are obviously no longer in-game leading, something that BnTeT mentioned when we had the interview at the beginning of the tournament, so tell me how does that play into you AWPing? Some players like to call while they AWP, so they can set everything around themselves, is it different for you to play now because of it?

Now that BnTeT is the in-game leader and I'm the second in-game leader, I need to adapt to the playstyle, the tactic, anything. I'm still be adapting, I didn't find my comfortable position yet. Maybe for now, I'll be a more of a support AWPer, I'll flash for my teammates and stuff like that.

Playing at a tournament like this, with a lot of good teams, it is to be expected that your stats are not that good, but how do you see playing against these teams. Is it a mentality thing that you struggle with or is it their style of play, the tactics, flashes, that make it harder for you?

From my opinion, the mentality is a thing, of course. If you can play with full confidence maybe you can play really well. About the tactical part, maybe because we already practiced a lot with European teams and we know how they play, how to counter that, [it's not a big issue]. I think right now it's all about the mentality.

You made top 4 here already, at a $250,000 event, the best result a team from your region ever had. How does that feel, give me a general overview of making it so far into the tournament?

Of course, we feel really excited and happy. Actually, this is the first time I will play in front of such a big crowd, in Australia, and it's in the playoffs, the semi-final. I lacked some experience [in the first games], but I think now for the semi-final I will just play with my full confidence.

As you mentioned before, you played a lot of European teams, recently you won the StarLadder Invitational, and you played in Europe at the QI Invitational, where you placed second, and you also participated in DH Masers Marseille. Do you think that those tournaments also had an impact on you playing well, getting the experience you needed for a good result here?

Yes, of course, because from those tournaments I got a lot of experience and I saw a lot how pro players are playing. I tried to copy the AWPers' style, so if you are an AWPer you should play like this or like that. There are different AWPers for defensive, aggressive styles, but I'm an aggressive AWPer so I will try my best to learn more.

Are there any names you can mention in particular?

I like to watch s1mple and FalleN, they have a lot of aggression in their AWPing, they are confident. About the skill, I would choose s1mple because he is hitting a lot of insane shots. As we know, he is maybe the best player right now so I really want to [reach that level].

You are communicating in this combination of Chinese and English, how has that been developing, is there a push towards moving the whole team towards one language or something like that?

Actually, since BnTeT has been calling, we are still calling in a mix of Chinese and English, but we usually use English for tactics. The spots we still call in Chinese, because many Chinese players don't know the English spot names, but for the tactics and other we speak in English.

Are you happy with how the communication is right now?

The communication is still tough sometimes, but I think it is improving. Sometimes we still have miscommunications, for example right and left in Chinese is similar, so when I play and the Chinese players report something being left or right, I have to think a bit before figuring out which side he meant. (laughs)

Recently the Flash.VG roster came together. TyLoo wasn't really contested for some time in the Chinese region, what do you think about this new team, will it be a good contender in the Asian region? 

I think that the new Flash.VG roster is pretty good because now they have a lot of aimers, but I don't know who the AWPer is in that team. What I know is that they are all good aimers with the rifle. I think they will be a good team if they practice, but we won't think much about them, we are just going to play our game.

Indonesia Kevin 'xccurate' Susanto
Kevin 'xccurate' Susanto
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You’re not Skadoodle.. don’t be so arrogant
2018-05-04 08:43
Austria shaakeh 
2018-05-04 08:40
Malaysia ameersic 
C9 out, Tyloo Semi 😂
2018-05-04 08:41
shroud | 
Poland zuhC 
He's xccurate man, why u so rude -_-
2018-05-04 08:52
Loser has no right to speak,shame on choke9.
2018-05-04 08:57
Dosia | 
Canada MSLegend 
Lol Skadoodle is hot garbage.
2018-05-04 08:58
Trash player
2018-05-04 09:05
u rn't make it into semifinal.. don't talking shit
2018-05-04 09:19
Europe MrBrotherMan 
2018-05-04 09:41
Why? He is the only Support-AWPer in the world
2018-05-04 09:48
Europe MrBrotherMan 
2018-05-04 09:54
Indonesia FinZzz 
Mou ?
2018-05-04 10:15
Nice joke
2018-05-04 10:17
a temporary solution maybe. >“I didn't find my comfortable position yet”<
2018-05-04 10:36
LuL skadoodle was a bot whole event i would have been a better awper
2018-05-04 09:53
Imagine put yourself in that situations are u idiot? You can blame anyone but not to say you’re better than anyone in pro league
2018-05-04 11:28
Not saying im better than skadoodle but this event the shots he was missing was terrible i like ska but something was really off this event hence my comment
2018-05-04 13:32
World ExLnT 
2018-05-04 11:07
? No, he is a lot better than ska doe
2018-05-04 11:22
He isn’t a support-awper yet. He is individually awp skill. Just see how he plays and Tyloo free him a lot more than Ska
2018-05-04 11:25
Korea dev1sta 
why are you mad lol? He's just speaking from his heart
2018-05-04 12:15
Stewie2K | 
Indonesia epen 
Skadoodle worst awper ever
2018-05-05 02:49
Romania WizEdge 
2018-05-04 08:37
Spain Agente_00Huev0 
2018-05-04 08:37
JaCkz | 
New Zealand DONney 
4th lol
2018-05-04 08:38
BnTeT still carrier of the team.
2018-05-04 08:38
2018-05-04 08:39
Sweden Dino1 
He's insane. I think AE is a little bit better for now though.
2018-05-04 08:39
China RoyZhang 
2018-05-04 08:52
Sweden Dino1 
AE is god.
2018-05-04 08:52
China RoyZhang 
I know but He tried to train at TyLoo but the result was not appropriate
2018-05-04 09:06
Sweden Dino1 
:/ I just wish AttackeR was in Tyloo
2018-05-04 09:07
He was, but when he is in Tyloo just chocking again and again cuz he is so so toxic/
2018-05-04 09:46
Sweden Dino1 
I heard DD is actually really toxic aswell :D
2018-05-04 09:46
We love Mo&DD for their loyalty. Which is a very very very important morality in China. The connection between Tyloo club and the 5 players is the reason why we believe this team is gonna be the best in foreseeable days.
2018-05-04 10:05
Kinda different, Attacker is willing to play solo and blame others, which is a quite bad characteristic. DD is toxic, however atleast he is willing to listen what IGL talking without meaningless blame.
2018-05-04 10:34
Bulgaria nekzcs 
he is really good.TyLoo is the best team for its reagion
2018-05-04 08:40
Malaysia byaIi 
kaze was better
2018-05-04 08:42
who is kaze by the way?
2018-05-04 08:43
Malaysia byaIi 
2018-05-04 08:43
malay god? oh well
2018-05-04 08:43
their god is kinda strange
2018-05-04 08:46
ikr :(
2018-05-04 08:50
-DD +kaze how about that m8? ez major spot for kaze too
2018-05-04 09:37
yeah lets swap our entry fragger to another awper you fucking moron
2018-05-04 16:12
that's fine, look at g2. mixwell is an awper, kennys also awper. kaze? then why not?
2018-05-05 02:31
Indonesia DezfanzeR 
nice logic LUL
2018-05-05 04:12
kaze to faze when?
2018-05-04 09:38
Denmark Khronov 
of course u said kaze better because he is malay player LOL
2018-05-04 13:01
China RoyZhang 
Thank you Mr.Xccurate
2018-05-04 08:42
"The spots we still call in Chinese, because many Chinese players don't know the English spot names" really? those chinese dont know how to call spot names? huh
2018-05-04 08:42
device | 
Korea NCT127 
They know how those regular spots call, but those spots which don’t usually appear in matches are seldom used and hard to name
2018-05-04 08:47
Expected comment fronSingapore
2018-05-04 08:59
You’re from Poland why you cry
2018-05-04 09:05
China Tomaten 
WTF? left and right (zuo and you) totally different pronunciation in mandarin
2018-05-04 08:43
China RoyZhang 
yep xcc need a new Chinese teacher xD @somebody
2018-05-04 08:50
China RoyZhang 
Left in Chinese Pronunciation like "Draw" Right like "You"
2018-05-04 09:07
China X1aoBe1_FF 
zuobian and youbian, so similar...LOL
2018-05-04 09:09
thats the simplfied mandarin @____@...
2018-05-04 09:30
JW | 
China StanwieCB 
no difference in pronunciation between the traditional and the simplified.
2018-05-04 09:47
China EuGEnemeister 
"simplified chinese" means simplified characters and it has nothing to do with pronounciation
2018-05-04 15:21
Maybe the mapping in his mind is not clear. Left and right are totally defined concepts.
2018-05-04 09:48
I hope you can become stronger xcc😄
2018-05-04 09:42
Rekt him in retake server.
2018-05-04 09:46
ropz | 
China seekerNN 
wondering how SK communicate with stewie.
2018-05-04 09:48
2018-05-04 09:50
Mo is crucial , why u wanna kick mo ?
2018-05-04 15:54
what kind of crucial ? care to explain ? he lost his touch, inconsistent, very hard to count in clutch moment, he's still good tho, but i mean, i believe china still had lots of talent in cs. what makes me concern is BnTeT playing like a GOD and start taking the highlight from the community, if the team cant give him a chance to grow, i dont think he'll stay for 1-2 more year. i'll be happy for bntet tho if he takes opportunity to grind on EU or NA
2018-05-04 16:15
Hitting a lot of crucial shots and sometimes a very good entry fragger and solid support player. U need to watch more games
2018-05-04 16:33
Everybody says he bot fragging because he's IGL-ing but since xcc come and take the igl and now BnTeT igling, he still not doing a super play for tyloo. solid support ? what shit are u talking, somebody crucial 4K vs SK is flash from kevin, BnTeT fast ace on inferno flash from kevin too, soo.. ? *faze going to rekt tyloo tomorrow fyi
2018-05-04 16:51
Bntet is just like coldzera style, i mean "baitzera", u know.
2018-05-04 16:34
cajunb | 
China Kistah 
BnTeT is better than coldzera now rising star > fallen emperor
2018-05-04 19:41
LOL. 1 good event = better than 2 time major mvps HLTV LOGIC.
2018-05-04 19:43
cajunb | 
China Kistah 
past days stats mean something, but not everything.
2018-05-04 19:53
cajunb | 
China Kistah 
actually Mo has a very positive image in front of the china csgo fans, hes a fighter,a never-give-uper,a sacrificing captain to me. Tyloo had really bad days before, atm Mo said he was willing to end his career anytime for the whole team's benefits, and he devoted a lot to rebuild this Tyloo, we been moved by his spirit. you are right in some sense, Mo is not consistent recently and his ratings dont look good normally. hes 28 years old now and will be the first one leave this roster probably.
2018-05-04 16:57
i know he's a legend back in the 1.6 era in chinese scene if i'm not mistaken. The best thing i hope from mo IF he decide to step down from the roaster that he'll concider to be tyloo coach, focusing to minimizing language barrier between the team and expanding strategy and giving different approach mid game.
2018-05-04 18:47
cajunb | 
China Kistah 
2018-05-04 19:31
China micturkey 
be more confident and become stronger! maybe in this year's asia minor we can see xcc plays better than now.
2018-05-04 10:02
2018-05-04 10:10
Asia HikaruS 
Poland pride.
2018-05-04 10:42
Indonesia SyncGod 
2018-05-04 12:03
China EuGEnemeister 
xccurate seldom takes open duels and always does a supportive job, maybe because his awp is not that quick and threatening. if he can grow stronger, tyloo will be much more consistent.
2018-05-04 15:26
cajunb | 
China Kistah 
go xccurate! huge respect for xccurate and BnTeT! go Tyloo! no matter what the result will be tomorrow, happy to see you guys performing better and better.
2018-05-04 16:06
There's a difference between a sniper playing for his teammates and the teammates playing for the sniper. I'm co-leading, organizing every defaults, our "bomb site taking", nades, etc .. I'm going first when it's tough eco/buy round, and I'm throwing the nades when we do specific tactics. In the pistol round I'm buying the smokes and flashes. Anyway life is tough sometimes but I'm getting paid very well. I don't care about having 30 frags, 1.50 rating, I don't care having fragmovie about me, I want to win. And you know what? I've been winning since 10 years with all of my teams. I'm not here because I'm BnTeT's best friend. BnTeT got kicked a couple of times and I've always followed him coz' I like playing with him, we see the game the same way and we have the same work ethic. No disrespect, today we have the best team ever, IG / Outgame. Still a young team but proud of what we've done so far.
2018-05-04 19:34
Stewie2K | 
Indonesia epen 
who are you ?
2018-05-05 02:55
Your evil alter ego.
2018-05-05 04:00
Stewie2K | 
Indonesia epen 
LOL bangke
2018-05-05 04:09
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