captainMo: "The Major has been the main goal since we started playing CS:GO"

We sat down with Ke "⁠captainMo⁠" Liu and HaoWen "⁠somebody⁠" Xu after their victory over Spirit to discuss TYLOO's New Legends Stage qualification.

Following yet another map going into overtime, TYLOO managed to close out the game against the CIS side, eliminating Vadim "⁠DavCost⁠" Vasilyev and co. and earning a spot in the next stage of the event, making it the first time a team from Asia reached a top 16 at a Major tournament.

The 29-year-old finally reached the top 16 of the Major with TYLOO

With translation help from SiLe "CruSad3" Hu, TYLOO's manager, we spoke to the longest standing member of the team captainMo and the Asian "smoke criminal" somebody, learning about Chinese CS:GO and more.

I want to start with getting your thoughts on the Major. At this point you play a lot of tournaments, big, international tournaments. How do they compare to the Major for you?

captainMo: A Major is not just a big tournament for us, it has been the main goal since we started playing CS:GO. We always wanted to take that step forward. We always made it to the main qualifier, now the New Challenger Stage, but we couldn't do the last step. This time we did it and we are really happy about it, we will just take it from here.

For captainMo especially, you have been around with TYLOO for a long time, how does it feel to get that step now, having your biggest achievement in a way, especially after recovering from the injury?

captainMo I'm just super happy because I finally made it, we finally made it. From now, we are just going to try our hardest and see if we can go further.

Can you say what is different about this team, now that you have BnTeT and xccurate, the two Indonesian guys, compared to the old Chinese rosters that you had? What allowed you to unlock the result you had here?

somebody: Compared to the old roster, we are playing more as a team. The whole approach to the game is more team-based, everything we do, we do as a team. But the downfall right now is the communication, it is pretty obvious. You can stay behind us when we are practicing or playing, there is chaos in the communication, a mix of three languages. Those are the pros and cons of this roster.

Talking about CS:GO in China, how did the release of the official Perfect World version impact the community over there? Has there been an increase in players and exposure?

somebody: Since the launch of Perfect World in China, the player base increased significantly because people were actually not able to play matchmaking in CS:GO, you needed to use a VPN or something like that. That is one thing, the other thing is that since then, we are having more and more international tournaments in China, either sponsored or organized by Perfect World. It is definitely a good thing, it is going to help us a lot, it is going to draw attention and more professional teams to China.

Touching on somebody's playstyle, how did you become so good at finding timings and pushing smokes?

somebody: Firstly, I watch a lot of demos and I study how others play. I also really like to think about what the opponents are thinking. When I'm playing in a 1v1, for example, I'm just going to think what the other guy is thinking and try to counter that. That's how I really like to play CS:GO. "This guy really thinks I'm going to be here, so I'm going to go there".

When you mention demos, are there any players that you like to watch, specifically?

somebody: Xyp9x.

Any final words, shoutouts that you want to add now that you made the New Legends Stage?

captainMo: Huge thanks to the fans who are supporting us. Especially those who are watching us now, since in China there is a big time difference, so we are playing and it is already midnight for them. We really appreciate their support, kind words, everything. We need it and it is going to help us a lot. Of course, also thanks to our sponsors, since they secure us bootcamps in Europe, we don't need to worry about anything else than playing, we can focus on that.

More interviews from the FACEIT Major New Challengers Stage:

Day 4
United States ShahZam: "I'm speechless, I can't believe it; I won't lie, I went outside and cried"
Germany gob b: "I'm looking forward to the fifth round, now we can show we're a really good team in the BO3s"
Ukraine bondik: "I enjoy when someone is showing emotions and I like to do the same"
Indonesia xccurate: "We changed so much on the T side of Inferno [after playing OpTic]"
Denmark gla1ve: "[As an IGL,] cadiaN is really good at the same things as FalleN"

Day 3
Sweden f0rest: "I'm not satisfied at all; I believe that we can go so much further"
Brazil TACO: "We knew Vega have a really aggressive style, but it was still hard to play against"

Day 2
Denmark cajunb: "I really want to win a Major, that's when I can retire and be happy"
Ukraine somedieyoung: "We pretty much knew everything North were going to do"
Kazakhstan AdreN: "It's me and Hobbit who are trying to make the mid-round calls"
Russia hutji: "During his 1v1, chopper said 'no worries, guys, I'm going to punch him'"

Day 1
Germany tiziaN: "I've actually practiced it 3 or 4 times, but I wasn't planning on doing that shot"
Canada Twistzz: "We knew that bootcamping was the way better option"
Indonesia BnTeT: "We're confident in our skill, but I'm not sure we're confident in our team play"
Sweden Lekr0: "I think I learned the most about [in-game leading] from pronax back in the day"

Media Day:
Canada stanislaw: "We have all the pieces to really do some damage"
Ukraine B1ad3: "We still haven't found the perfect in-game leader"
Ukraine crush: "We didn't play much [officially] because we wanted to find our game"
United States Hiko "American teams are dependent on the momentum they gain"
Poland NEO: "byali wanted changes even before Snax told us [he was leaving]"
Russia DavCost: "The main goal is to show who we are"

China Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
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China HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
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Maps played:
2018-09-09 16:30
Germany AYEONV
2018-09-09 16:32
Tyloo the real top 1
2018-09-09 16:35
lmao I actually came here to say "lmao same"
2018-09-09 16:36
2018-09-09 16:37
Lmao same
2018-09-09 16:55
3 language and still reach major ... ROFL imagine tyloo using 1 language... TOP 3 Inc...
2018-09-10 09:39
Actually 4, plus Tyloonese.
2018-09-16 17:03
2018-09-09 16:30
Yes the boys!
2018-09-09 16:33
have waited for 3 yrs! but now! here last we are
2018-09-09 16:34
congrats, the asians finally did it I want MVP.PK does it too..
2018-09-09 17:02
2018-09-09 17:11
China PRChina
MVP.PK already No.3 in asia, just need to further on a little bit!
2018-09-09 18:15
I really hope MVP can make a Katowice sticker hehe
2018-09-09 18:17
MVP has been inactive for a quite long time, what happened?
2018-09-09 18:51
I remember they playec zotac cup recently
2018-09-10 00:16
If tyloo wins at least once in this next stage then they won't be at the minor for Katowice. I'd say mvp stickers have a decent chance of happening.
2018-09-09 22:31
Oh I see, huge chance this time
2018-09-10 00:15
They really got the chance now! Shout out to them
2018-09-12 23:19
2018-09-13 00:11
Grayhound/Order/Tainted Minds > MVP
2018-09-10 03:38
China Maltose
mvp need a bootcamp in EU like tyloo does
2018-09-10 14:36
I think if Tyloo can win at least one match in the new legends stage, the work for MVP PK will be much more easier because Tyloo can get a direct invite in the new challenger stage, which means that MVP PK can get 2nd in the minor easier, while there are only Renegades, but not TyLoo in the Minor. It will be very hard for MVP if both TyLoo and Renegades are in the Minor, and MVP can hardly beat one of them.
2018-09-10 21:52
United States RecoS
if TYLOO can win at least 1 map, MVP should have got into challenge stage next major
2018-09-11 00:12
dream come true :D
2018-09-13 01:57
Sweden Zaser5
2018-09-09 17:55
expected from BOTMO
2018-09-09 16:35
2018-09-09 18:53
his numbers are usually low, but most of them are keyfrags or kills that changes the momentum of the game. he played his best, put some respect for him
2018-09-10 12:47
2018-09-09 16:36
2018-09-09 16:37
ez for asian cs soon top2 world
2018-09-09 16:37
huge respect to the veteran captainmo. always go first in taking site always fight for the dream always be the footstone of this team
2018-09-09 16:38
China w2296982
2018-09-09 16:45
China jbsteven
he is a legend
2018-09-09 16:52
China micturkey
2018-09-09 17:06
Sweden Zaser5
2018-09-09 17:53
+1, sadly not everybody gets that.
2018-09-09 18:54
Exactly, people always think mo is the worst player on team
2018-09-09 19:04
China worknplay
MO always can deliver key frags in key rounds. numbers can't tell u everything.
2018-09-10 02:41
Namibia banned_so
+1 One of the best deagle skills in Asia
2018-09-10 08:57
Proud of you guys! A new history of cncs!
2018-09-09 16:38
2018-09-09 17:10
Sweden Zaser5
2018-09-09 17:53
China zileans
When you mention demos, are there any players that you like to watch, specifically? somebody: Xyp9x. not stewie2k XD
2018-09-09 16:38
Indonesia Scaramouzh
Kinda Akward
2018-09-09 16:58
stewie << xyp9x
2018-09-09 17:55
woooo somebody the real smoke criminal
2018-09-09 16:38
Hong Kong Joseph_Tin
Captain Mo!!! We are so excited to see you achieve our dream!!!
2018-09-09 16:39
How to fix Tyloo's comm : Ask Mo , Somebody and DD to learn english Ask BnTeT , xccurate to learn mandarin Fixed
2018-09-09 16:39
Hong Kong Ver1tasC
English is much easier than Chinese xd
2018-09-09 16:42
Tyloo should not just ask bntet and xccurate to learn mandarin the rest of chinese should also learn english to benefit from future bootcamp with other teams (if possible)
2018-09-09 16:46
just see the xccurate or bntet intervew. tyloo 3 chinese member have learned english. and also 2 indon player learn mandanrin too
2018-09-09 16:56
Good , but I personally think that English as the main language is easier than mandanrin Just don't communicate in three languages and everything will be fine
2018-09-09 17:00
Indonesia Exodd
Old habits die hard eh malay?
2018-09-09 18:09
Good point, maybe even just learn how to call out in English, simple work
2018-09-09 18:14
Mandarin seems the harder one than the english.. Even the alphabet itself is too damn hard xd
2018-09-09 16:44
yes , that is why they should learn english
2018-09-09 16:47
Namibia banned_so
Mandarin is not that hard when it comes to conversation but alphabet is just too hard
2018-09-10 08:59
Indonesia n0val
2018-09-09 16:46
Indonesia AzZzzz
Ask them to learn indonesia. There is no spesific grammar, ez pronounce, etc. Ez win Ez MAJOR
2018-09-09 18:01
Xyp9x created a monster
2018-09-09 16:41
I say china u say __
2018-09-09 16:42
Numba wan
2018-09-09 16:47
Other Phinks
I honestly hope tyloo makes top8. Respect for chinese scene!
2018-09-09 16:43
United States FlagMaster
2018-09-09 16:47
China Maltose
maybe next year, but not this time
2018-09-10 14:41
This is the real smoke Criminal.. Stewie is no more
2018-09-09 16:43
somebody > 2k
2018-09-09 16:45
2018-09-13 02:00
2018-09-09 16:46
Europe Vallon
TyLoo in Major PogChamp
2018-09-09 16:48
there are still people hating on tyloo? I don't get it. Tyloo has been one of the most humble teams just playing their games and aiming for their goals out there. They totally deserve the win. I also like their attitude. They don't get cocky or talk shit like many western pros do. Total respect.
2018-09-09 16:50
2018-09-09 16:51
2018-09-09 16:53
Bro they just hate chinese
2018-09-09 16:58
2018-09-09 17:04
Indonesia Lya
Hater gonna hate man
2018-09-09 17:03
2018-09-09 17:14
China Unlung1990
Yep, U R right
2018-09-09 17:28
Sweden Zaser5
2018-09-09 17:54
human basic bro. they hate when they get jelly. as simple as that.
2018-09-09 18:14
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo
How can they insult others players when they don't speak English?
2018-09-09 19:11
lol like in their own language?
2018-09-09 20:00
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo
Okay. But that's not very insulting if you have clue what they're saying.
2018-09-09 20:01
they dont speak good english. They swear a lot actually. Once i played with DD on faceit lvl 9, they swear like "cao ni ma sha bi" or sth like that a lot
2018-09-10 07:07
are you chinese?if not why you can type cao ni ma sha bi
2018-09-11 02:08
every chinese swear like that thats why i know
2018-09-11 09:23
just create playbook named with codes, name part of the map with easy sectors, what else do you actually need? But yeah congratz to making major finally :)
2018-09-09 16:50
that will be hard work for the players, also there are some spots which are hard to describe while matching...i mean it's hard for people to call the spot's name in a language which they don't use often while there's only little time to react in matches. This is also the problem, players can't describe sth in their second language real quick but matches require a quick reaction
2018-09-09 18:01
you have to name every single sector on the map. And other guys have to learn the names. They are pros, they should learn it in no time. One map every day and in 14 days you know every sngle map from back to forward
2018-09-09 18:22
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo
Chinese team already tried this, didn't work. Na'Vi or Gambit had something like this too but they mixed it with normal calls.
2018-09-09 19:12
its hard when somebody steps in like a replacement
2018-09-09 19:23
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo
Why would somebody step in as a replacement when he is a permanent member?
2018-09-09 19:23
visa issues
2018-09-09 19:57
Those three chinese guys never had visa issues since 2017, the reason that they didnt attend Boston major is betet coudnt get his USA visa
2018-09-10 05:24
Hungary lemusz
congrat Tyloo, i really like your sticker and playstyle gl & hf
2018-09-09 16:51
-Captainmo lul
2018-09-16 09:30
TyLoo its a scary team,all 5 players can frag good
2018-09-09 16:54
Australia SecNova
Tyloo form the fking long long way! 3OT with OPtic 3OT with Sprit finaly make it to the stage! NOTHINK IS EASY. Nothink is fking easy. plz take my heart with u.
2018-09-09 17:13
4OTs with OpTiC
2018-09-09 18:54
could u imagine what I was feeling when the clock hit 4AM and I need to wake up 7AM for my TOEFL exam?
2018-09-09 18:55
oh god
2018-09-09 19:17
Come on. You don’t really need a clear mind to get 110 on Toefl
2018-09-12 23:23
Gratz to them, 3 languages sounds insane and honestly something that will keep them down compared to top teams (they gotta learn all english or something :P).
2018-09-09 17:13
Netherlands @Deji
Perfect world is since 2017?
2018-09-09 17:25
yep,in csgo they got the permission from the government at 2017
2018-09-09 18:56
Netherlands @Deji
Respect for tyloo
2018-09-09 19:03
After Cologne 2016, ELEAGUE Atlanta, PGL Kraków, ELEAGUE Boston, It's your fifth Major Qualifier. And this time, you did it. Congrats!!!
2018-09-09 17:35
Sweden crindz
big grats to captainmoe and nice to see that somebody is watchin xyp9x. a few of them speak english, have the others learn it as well and communicate in english.
2018-09-09 17:42
They all speak English. BnTeT calls in English, he doesn't speak Chinese at all. This is why Tyloo's communication is really holding them back from doing anything great, they have a really skilled lineup but the team play is destroyed when you are communicating in a language that 3 of the players barely understand. I always wondered why BnTeT never left this team, he could find a way better team to play in easily in NA or EU, he can IGL, his English is good, he's also very skilled etc seems like being in this team is a waste of his time.
2018-09-09 22:46
There are some videos showed that they communicated with some words seperately in Mandarin or English and Indos, especially some compalicted actions.
2018-09-10 03:41
Yes they have the worst communication of any team. But the main is English BnTeT is calling in English but I think in crucial moments they make the most retarded plays because players have hard time to communicate what is happening. Also I am a big fan of BnTeT think he is a very under rated IGL just think until they get the communication aspect good they won't make a big win.
2018-09-10 04:01
BnTeT months ago replied for why he wont go outside to join a NA/EU team although that might give him a huge pay back achivement , just because he dont want far from his home and he want play in Asia, of course he playing well in TyLoo and everyone in TyLoo is peaceful ,he feeling like a family and happy . so very very respect to BnTeT lead us to the next stage !
2018-09-10 04:51
China Flash_kaze
SOMEBODY likes watching Xyp9x's demos while the Chinese community is still accusing Xyp9x for 'Cheating' LUL
2018-09-09 17:55
isnt that just meme?
2018-09-09 18:04
yup,that's a meme for he can always got kills through smoke xD
2018-09-09 18:08
That frankenstein looking retard is cheating.
2018-09-09 18:04
"Danish Core Tech" LOL
2018-09-09 18:56
Kaze? what a jokes. Duo Indonesians !!!!!
2018-09-10 03:53
not the midnight actually
2018-09-09 18:46
2018-09-09 20:00
xyp9x is innocent Xd
2018-09-09 22:42
Oh rly? HLTV kids will say majors are not prestigious anymore, it's just like any other events etc. Yet the players themselves put the most practice and effort in the major, just delusional HLTV kids as usual.
2018-09-09 22:44
somebody's stream he streams sometime.. btw:all tyloo members stream in,include AE XD.
2018-09-10 03:02
Japan LuiZaoCS
2018-09-10 03:29
China Kenn67
respect to old captain Mo. He has been with tyloo for around 10 years, not only CSGO but CS1.6.
2018-09-10 04:20
honestly i have been watching somebody's demos and if this guy spoke english he would be a perfect fit for almost every team just because he has a very disruptive playstyle which he executes in a very smart fashion.
2018-09-10 06:44
huge respect to captain mo. old soldiers never die. keep going tyloo and Asian csgo.
2018-09-10 06:54
veteran hao yi dian
2018-09-10 07:17
mei guan xi, zhe ge ye ke yi. xiexie
2018-09-10 11:31
with so many people in china - just wait a few years and they will dominate World stage CS
2018-09-10 07:26
China M1rAiwOw
maybe not,there's few csgo player in china,and it seems wont increase in nearly future.
2018-09-10 15:30
not nearly future though our young generation just love moba games so much and they don't have as much love in fps games(exemple:shanghai dragon 0-40on owl while lgd made it to the ti final) things are getting better and ironically we got to thank pubg cuz a lot of young boys just got tired of fighting hackers everyday in that game so they search for a game with less hacker and they can still enjoy that gunfire type gameplay-csgo(not really less hackers tho)
2018-09-10 18:21
if u get banned in asia csgo , ur personal ID gets compromised lol
2018-09-15 21:28
Denmark R11S
So entertaining agro cs to watch. Hope they will make it far.
2018-09-10 14:39
Asian "smoke criminal" somebody, lul, His Chinese fans call him "The ghost in the smoke"
2018-09-10 16:49
"The evil ghost in the smoke"
2018-09-11 06:44
Nice to see a asian team in the major.
2018-09-10 22:23
Just like TI and WCS Final Major will always be the highest stage for them, no matter how high the price pool of other tourmaments are. GL to TyLoo.
2018-09-11 11:43
When you mention demos, are there any players that you like to watch, specifically? somebody: Xyp9x. Kinda akward its on stew2k
2018-09-12 15:14
Pakistan d1ckweed
Thanks for ruining my Pick'Em. FaZe vs Na'Vi - one of my picks will go 0-2 NiP vs Liquid - one of my picks will go 1-1 (the other 2-0) Great...
2018-09-12 22:33
you suck at betting
2018-09-15 21:29
Pakistan d1ckweed
3/5 teams have qualified. FaZe will too. Fingers crossed for NiP.
2018-09-15 23:10
Love Tyloo!
2018-09-13 18:44
Glad to see CN team in the major
2018-09-14 04:04
Brazil EGMonster
Main goal = money :)
2018-09-14 14:06
Mo makes no sound.
2018-09-16 17:10
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