BnTeT: "Playing internationally was my goal, I'm just happy and grateful that I can finally do it"

Hansel "⁠BnTeT⁠" Ferdinand reflects on the early days of his career, back in Indonesia, his near three-year stint with TYLOO, and the transfer to Gen.G, who he will join next month.

BnTeT may not be the first Asian player to make the jump to North America in CS:GO, a title held by Mongolia’s Enkhtaivan "⁠Machinegun⁠" Lkhagva, who joined Splyce in mid-2016 after putting up outstanding performances earlier that year. The Indonesian is, however, the first Asian player with a solid track record to make the move, having already proved himself at Majors and Big Events despite always going in as the underdog with TYLOO. In the United States, he will be joining storied players like ELEAGUE Major Boston champion Timothy "⁠autimatic⁠" Ta, and renowned IGL and team-builder Damian "⁠daps⁠" Steele— whose cachet is still high despite their blunder in Cloud9—to play at the highest level in North America under Gen.G.

BnTeT's dream of moving to NA to play Counter-Strike will come true in 2020

The road has not always been easy for BnTeT, who started playing Counter-Strike 1.6 at the age of 11, in fifth grade, with some of his brothers and their friends. They made a team to start competing at local tournaments, but he would eventually outgrow them to go on and play for one of the premier organizations in Indonesia, Jakarta-based nxl. The release of Global Offensive put a damper on BnTeT’s progression, because, like many players around the world at the time, he found the new game too jarring to jump into immediately. "I didn't want to play CS:GO because the game felt so weird," he tells HLTV.org. "I stopped for six months to a year. nxl called me after that to try out with the CS:GO team, which I did, and I started to love the new features."

Soon after he joined nxl, a team that could not commit to the game full-time and practiced just three times a week, they went on to win the MSI Beat It! SEA qualifier in Beijing, China, which gave the team access to the MSI Beat It! Grand Finals, BnTeT's first LAN event covered on HLTV, where they went out in the group stage with a 1-4 record.

Still an amateur, BnTeT had to put the game aside soon thereafter under pressure from his parents, who wanted him to take a more traditional career path. "I enrolled in college because my parents wanted me to study," he says about the time he went to school to get a degree in business management. "I took a break competitively, but I still played at home and I kept wanting to play because I love the game, so in 2016 decided to join nxl again. I just separated when I needed to study and when I had time to practice."

BnTeT celebrating nxl's victory over Legends at the MSI Beat It! SEA Qualifier in Beijing

In late 2016, having realised that he needed a new challenge, BnTeT moved to Recca, linking up for the first time with Kevin "⁠xccurate⁠" Susanto. "When I joined Recca we were trying to make a professional team, I had just finished college and my parents wanted me to find a job because they didn't understand esports and didn't support me 100%," he says. His time in the Indonesian squad would be short-lived as TYLOO came calling in March 2017.

BnTeT's parents took some convincing to let the player move abroad; in the end, it was the name brand of the biggest organization in China that convinced them to sign off on it. "I explained to my parents that esports are huge, especially in China, and that TYLOO was the No.1 organization there," he recalls. “I showed them their history, the audiences, and I opened their minds. They said I could try it out because I had been playing the game for so long and they knew it was my hobby, so when TYLOO approached me they gave me their support."

The approach itself was fairly standard. HaoWen "⁠somebody⁠" Xu sent BnTeT a message on Steam asking if he would be interested in joining, and a deal was struck following conversations with the TYLOO management. Accompanied by his brother, BnTeT went to China to play his first event with his new team, the China Cup, where he averaged a 1.51 rating en route to the title. "My brother was there with me for two weeks, then he went back and I stayed with the team. It was a new experience for me to live in another country, away from home, eight or nine months of the year."

BnTeT’s biggest challenges and most exciting moments were still ahead, as joining a team that regularly won Asian qualifiers meant he would be able to go play the biggest LANs in the world and face top opposition. "Going to international events was a new experience and I was very excited about getting to play against teams that I could only watch on Twitch before," he says. "I learned a lot playing against them, everyone at that level is very professional and has really good skill. I started studying teams to see their mistakes, and learned how to play against the tier 1 and 2 teams in the world."

TYLOO became the first Asian team to make it to the top 16 of a Major through the main qualifier

TYLOO often had good results regionally and were one of the best teams in Asia on a regular basis, but that did not mean that they had the ingredients to make deep runs at international events. More often than not, they crashed out of tournaments in the group stage, which led to frustration. The trips to Europe and North America did help, however, even if the team didn’t get to play as many maps on LAN as they would have liked. "It was very easy to find teams to practice against in Europe," BnTeT says. "After finishing a match we could keep playing against other teams, while in Asia it can be hard to find teams to practice against sometimes, especially on the weekend. In Europe we could always get good practice, and it was always against strong opponents, which allowed us to learn new things after every practice."

TYLOO took some time to adapt to top-flight Counter-Strike, but there were important personal victories tallied by BnTeT and his teammates. "It's hard to choose between the FACEIT Major and IEM Sydney,” he answers when inquired about his fondest memory with the Chinese team. "But I think I would choose the FACEIT Major because we became the first team in Asia to make it to the top-16 stage at a Major [Editor's note: Wolves had made it to ESL One Cologne 2014, but it was through an Indian qualifier]. We won one match in that stage, which also got us an invite to the following Major. That was a very big achievement for me and I think for TYLOO, as well. Everybody in Asia was really supporting me and they were proud of what we had achieved." The IEM Sydney run mentioned had come a few months earlier, when TYLOO were roaming around the top 10 in the world rankings. They managed to make it all the way to the semi-finals in Australia without dropping a map against SK, Cloud9 and Renegades before falling to FaZe.

BnTeT proved he could roll with the punches during his time with the Chinese outfit, taking on the in-game leading job despite deep-seated communication issues plaguing TYLOO. "I never imagined I would become the IGL because I can't speak Mandarin well, "he says. “I had been the second caller in Recca and I have a lot of ideas, so I tried to call in TYLOO, but it was really hard because I had to focus on my own game but also translate my ideas using very basic English and Mandarin callouts. When xccurate was on the team we also spoke Indonesian if we were in 2vs1 or 2vs2 situations and we were the last alive, or if we played on the same site on the CT side."

The IEM Katowice 2020 Asia Qualifier will be BnTeT's last tournament with TYLOO

During his time in TYLOO, BnTeT found a passionate fan base, who would turn up whenever they were playing to cheer on the team, in the good and the bad moments. He also speaks of TYLOO in glowing terms and is thankful to the organization for making the transition to Gen.G as smooth as possible. The move to North America will be his biggest since he broke out of Indonesia and marks another fresh start for the trailblazer, who is hoping to create a pathway that other talented Asian players can follow. "I always wanted to play internationally, and playing in North America was my goal," he says. "I had received some offers before Gen.G but the situations and timing didn't allow it to happen, so I couldn't take those offers. Moving to North America is going to be a new challenge, a new environment. I don't know what it's like to live in North America or the situation there, so it's going to be exciting. Doing this was my goal so now I'm just happy and grateful that I can finally make the move."

The transition to Gen.G, where he will play under daps, also means that BnTeT will be able to focus on his own game again. "I am happy that I do not have to be the IGL," he admits with a sense of relief. "The players in the team have more experience than me, especially automatic, who is a Major winner. koosta, daps and s0m are also really good players, and I will learn a lot from them, too." BnTeT noted that the move from Indonesia to China ended up being easy because the culture and food are similar in both countries, and while living in the United States will be a whole new experience, he hopes that he will be welcomed as warmly by his teammates, organization, and fans as he was when he joined TYLOO.

By mid-January, BnTeT will have already arrived in his new home. Back in Asia, the grind will continue for teams and players in a region that is still figuring out the best way to get past technical, geographical, and linguistic hurdles. Qualifiers will come and go, earning the strongest Asian sides slots at international events to play against the best teams in the world and travel to the most competitive regions, where good and plentiful practice is available. And even though it doesn't seem like any team will be able to compete at the highest level anytime soon, especially as TYLOO will have to adapt to life without their main star, now, at the very least, every kid wielding a mouse and a keyboard will have an example of success to follow and can dream of becoming a star abroad.

Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
910
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
Indonesia Kevin 'xccurate' Susanto
Kevin 'xccurate' Susanto
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
741
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
China HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
987
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
991
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
Mongolia Enkhtaivan 'Machinegun' Lkhagva
Enkhtaivan 'Machinegun' Lkhagva
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
370
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.70
cool
2019-12-31 00:00
7 replies
#16
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Myanmar xdcc
bntet ropz brother
2019-12-31 00:04
4 replies
Im sorry wat
2019-12-31 00:57
1 reply
#48
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Myanmar xdcc
ropz is kool
2019-12-31 00:58
Ropz isnt from poland
2019-12-31 01:55
#133
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United States Red_panda
-1 bntet is poland
2019-12-31 09:24
#17
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Canada Dash_
pride of polish cs
2019-12-31 00:04
The 5th kill kinda embarrassing for both
2019-12-31 00:31
Good luck))
2019-12-31 00:01
#5
syrsoN | 
Germany PeKay
Polish prodigy Sadly gen g is shit Team so Maybe in your next Team go to EU
2019-12-31 00:01
1 reply
I don't mind going to NA teams again if it's decent on EU perhaps Faze lol, they are trash need some revamp
2020-01-01 04:22
gl Hansel
2019-12-31 00:02
Mantuu and BnTeT will revive the Polish scene!
2019-12-31 00:02
2 replies
Let's hope so
2019-12-31 01:57
#PrayForBnTeT
2019-12-31 14:56
#8
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Indonesia Exodd
Good luck in the US, I hope Gen.G works out
2019-12-31 00:03
#11
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Brazil hugoooo
I like him a lot, I wish the best for him
2019-12-31 00:03
1 reply
#120
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Indonesia lumayan
Nice one <3
2019-12-31 08:48
Good luck polish god!
2019-12-31 00:03
Polish CS comeback incoming
2019-12-31 00:04
#14
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Poland Roxin
Good luck, hope u can do well
2019-12-31 00:04
ty bntet
2019-12-31 00:04
Good story, good luck bntet, Hopefully Gen.g players make him feel welcomed
2019-12-31 00:05
Polish god
2019-12-31 00:06
Congratulations BnTeT. Hard earned success, but this could just be the beginning, keep it up!
2019-12-31 00:08
Good luck mens))
2019-12-31 00:10
polish scene last hope
2019-12-31 00:13
#24
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United States Frotha
My dream would be to go NA as well if I could play at GenGs level and get paid the same as Elige or something
2019-12-31 00:15
#26
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Finland Smoonah
best polish player
2019-12-31 00:15
1 reply
Pasha playing fortnite
2019-12-31 14:01
Good luck bntet!!
2019-12-31 00:16
humble guy wish him the best!!
2019-12-31 00:26
I still don't understand why that clip decides to slow-mo on the part where he's missing shots, not hitting them.
2019-12-31 00:26
3 replies
Next level shit
2019-12-31 02:00
#109
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Vietnam tat96
next level of edit skill
2019-12-31 07:22
200 iq
2019-12-31 09:58
FG 8.0! LAUNCH!
2019-12-31 00:27
Good luck!
2019-12-31 00:28
"funny" thing is, he already did play international in Asia :P He played with Chinese players and Hong Kong players. Also with Bondik for like...3-5 months(?).
2019-12-31 00:29
8 replies
#54
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Indonesia lukerey
You don't feel like played on international team if you also from that region. Sry bad englando
2019-12-31 01:18
2 replies
That's a dumb thing to say as most international teams are all from Europe. Still doesn't feel international?
2019-12-31 02:26
1 reply
#81
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Indonesia lukerey
I'm trying to said from BnTeT's perspective. Maybe he didn't feel like played on international team if he still on asia region. Because he's also from asia, even their teammates from different countries. That's why when he got a chance to play with gen g on NA region , he said "playing internationally"
2019-12-31 02:48
Small scene despite big region, very tiny change in culture. That's probably the main thing he means.
2019-12-31 01:24
1 reply
There is a lot of different in sea and na csgo,he cant improving because he is number 1 player in sea but if he move to na he can learn a lot of things from major winner or fpl na
2019-12-31 01:30
Hong Kong player actually is Chinese
2019-12-31 02:19
2 replies
Nt. Flag checks out.
2019-12-31 02:21
1 reply
lol haha true
2019-12-31 10:03
First Polish player to play in America, im so proud of him and his polish family who believed and support him, good luck Benouchka
2019-12-31 00:36
8 replies
#36
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Turkey ok4N__
not first but best
2019-12-31 00:38
7 replies
thank, you r right
2019-12-31 00:41
Elige
2019-12-31 09:59
5 replies
#142
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Turkey ok4N__
BnTet > Elige Shroud Stanislav Snax Pasha Neo Taz Tabsen Byali ....
2019-12-31 10:11
4 replies
0/8
2019-12-31 12:34
3 replies
#152
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Turkey ok4N__
BnTeT is best polish player. /closed
2019-12-31 12:53
2 replies
/open 0/8 /close
2019-12-31 15:50
1 reply
#181
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Poland csRIOTgo
guys, please don't forget mantu...
2020-01-01 09:44
Finally! Complete deserve. Just in time before continuing to waste a talent like the one you have
2019-12-31 00:39
#39
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China SwooksarV2
Ty for 3 amazing years Bntet.
2019-12-31 00:41
1 reply
#121
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Indonesia lumayan
Aww :"
2019-12-31 08:49
#40
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China HEIDASHUAi
Good luck best Polish player
2019-12-31 00:44
Tier 3 max
2019-12-31 00:44
4 replies
#122
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Indonesia lumayan
Yea tier 3 max for somedieyoung LOOOLLLLL REKT
2019-12-31 08:49
2 replies
Gl with daps
2019-12-31 15:26
1 reply
#179
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Indonesia lumayan
Top 10 next year ez jajaja
2020-01-01 07:33
In the moment that bntet left tyloo they became tier 99 team
2020-01-01 13:21
GL bntet
2019-12-31 00:46
really hope it works out for him, hes a great player and he seems like a really nice person too
2019-12-31 00:48
3 replies
+1
2019-12-31 10:12
If he hits the same sort of form (usually 1.50+ ratings) before he went to Tyloo and didnt do so well (because of IGLing in 3 languages) then he'll be a monster that'll be very difficult to stop...
2020-01-01 00:24
1 reply
I'm not worried tbh. Even in TYLOO he was often the top fragger despite leading like you said in 3 languages. He will be a monster once he is unleashed, top 20 2020 for sure.
2020-01-01 11:49
#46
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Bulgaria goatse
neo better but bntet second best
2019-12-31 00:52
2020 people still joking that BnTeT is polish oh dear...
2019-12-31 01:00
2 replies
Because we're not joking, he truly is Polish
2019-12-31 01:22
#123
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Indonesia lumayan
Lol, cant accept he is better than ur polish player? Jajajaajjaj
2019-12-31 08:50
Good luck bntet!!
2019-12-31 01:03
Good luck!
2019-12-31 01:04
#55
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Indonesia lukerey
GL BnTeT. Hope the best for you and Gen G. God bless!
2019-12-31 01:19
autimatic*
2019-12-31 01:21
#59
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Slovakia timky
Nobody hates this guy, he looks humble, determined and smart.. I wish him all the best, he really is great player
2019-12-31 01:24
3 replies
#124
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Indonesia lumayan
Yeay :D
2019-12-31 08:50
nice
2019-12-31 14:07
Indeed. +1
2019-12-31 17:23
GL BNTET!!!! nice to see him in a real team and seems like such a nice guy now to get xccurate in international team as well :D
2019-12-31 01:27
He's a good guy ><
2019-12-31 01:28
#64
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Romania SkipLD
GL BnTeT.
2019-12-31 01:33
#65
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South Africa @FyreCS
GOAT HAS SPOKEN
2019-12-31 01:42
#67
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Hong Kong Joseph_Tin
Good Luck BnTeT, hope you can get more achievement in NA
2019-12-31 01:57
Finally polish army is back
2019-12-31 02:20
Gl bntet!
2019-12-31 02:32
Bntet polish pride!
2019-12-31 02:53
Good Guy BnTeT
2019-12-31 02:57
Haha poor bntet disband within 6month
2019-12-31 03:21
In BnTeT we trust
2019-12-31 03:25
Happy for him, hopefully the new team can teach him how to play properly because he has all the skill he needs he just plays like he has no brain.
2019-12-31 03:34
Jia you bntet!
2019-12-31 03:44
iam not crying you are
2019-12-31 04:51
Polish last hope
2019-12-31 04:53
#94
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Indonesia Journeast
GL for BnTeT in NA scene!
2019-12-31 05:10
#95
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Asia flipflop
he should've left tyloo long ago
2019-12-31 05:19
First match?
2019-12-31 05:26
2 replies
Might be Dreamhack cali
2019-12-31 05:39
1 reply
ty very interested to see!
2019-12-31 14:10
Happy for my fellow country man. He deserves it! GenG is just a stepping stone for him to be in a t1 europe team
2019-12-31 05:47
1 reply
I'm not saying Gen.G will be a top team, but they could definitely be in the top 15 if everything works out well and they find their stride. They're not going to be amazing at first, but they'll qualify for Katowice 2020 and maybe go 2-3
2019-12-31 06:30
BnTeT won't have to worry about the culture difference too much. Sure they are in a different time zone, etc. but he is one of the 4 asians. You know they be eating the chicken fried rice and the ramen noodles every night. And before mods delete this, I eat the chicken fried rice and the ramen noodles most nights.
2019-12-31 05:55
3 replies
#105
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Singapore Trisha
can't tell if serious or a joke :think:
2019-12-31 06:37
#125
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Indonesia lumayan
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAA MAN NICE ONE
2019-12-31 08:51
#182
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Poland csRIOTgo
he'd be forced to recognise Panda Express as Chinese food LUL
2020-01-01 09:45
Bjir
2019-12-31 06:08
9 replies
nt gold nova master
2019-12-31 06:35
8 replies
What does bjir mean?
2019-12-31 10:03
7 replies
idk ask krisna aditya
2019-12-31 11:06
4 replies
I rly don't understand
2019-12-31 12:35
3 replies
#170
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Indonesia ro2a
im also indonesian and i dont even understand that word
2020-01-01 01:58
2 replies
Wtf xp I just assumed it was an insult
2020-01-01 18:12
1 reply
#195
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Indonesia ro2a
i searched it XD bjir from word anjir which is also slang to word anjing which also mean DOG (young people in this country so crazy in online btw) which can use to express suprise/mad/happy/praise/insult
2020-01-05 13:52
Bjir is from Njir from Njing from Anjing Anjing = Dog
2020-01-01 12:49
1 reply
Wtfff ty mens
2020-01-01 18:10
#101
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Sweden SofoRion
What a BnTeT way to say :P
2019-12-31 06:17
Noiceee gl bntet
2019-12-31 06:35
Good luck my mens :))
2019-12-31 06:42
Rip bntet and somebody fpl duo :(
2019-12-31 06:57
#108
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Hungary raffai
Gl bntet
2019-12-31 07:03
This interview is so 'him', what a pleasant guy, gz and gl BnTeT
2019-12-31 07:34
GL BnTeT!
2019-12-31 07:37
gl bntet
2019-12-31 08:10
4 chinese can’t win
2019-12-31 08:23
#114
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China Nuggetss
Anyone has any idea who will join tyloo?
2019-12-31 08:25
6 replies
#126
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Indonesia lumayan
Bottle hopefully
2019-12-31 08:51
1 reply
really stupid name
2019-12-31 13:13
Danking maybe, He was good in ehome
2019-12-31 08:52
3 replies
And let the team wait at an official to finish a mm...
2019-12-31 09:08
#141
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Netherlands itsm
Tyloo had enough of danking the woman abuser
2019-12-31 10:05
1 reply
XD
2019-12-31 11:06
Polish cs back top1!
2019-12-31 08:42
Its a New part in the New year for tyloo to make New story with full chinese lineup. What a great end...
2019-12-31 08:52
8 replies
Who will Tyloo add? At this point I think it will be a Vici Gaming player
2019-12-31 09:23
7 replies
kaze pobably, they need an awper and great player.
2019-12-31 09:46
4 replies
They have summer
2019-12-31 11:06
3 replies
Summer is good but not best, kaze best
2020-01-01 07:02
2 replies
But summer is IGL aswell. So there is no hope for kaze
2020-01-01 07:13
1 reply
still missing 1 wdym
2020-01-01 15:24
It Will be danking i think
2019-12-31 11:05
1 reply
They're on bad terms with danking
2019-12-31 13:05
#134
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Germany misterE
major champion automatic btw
2019-12-31 09:37
Asian star will raise in America. hope a lot of asian talent go international man
2019-12-31 10:03
#144
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Sweden Trkmag
Great feature
2019-12-31 10:38
#149
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Singapore Asturobot
ez hax for bntet
2019-12-31 11:41
You dont need to learn from koosta & s0m, you need to teach them instead ;)))))
2019-12-31 12:58
best polish playrs for ages
2019-12-31 13:17
ez for the polish hope of cs
2019-12-31 13:32
Very, Very underrated player. I know he will do his best. Dunno why people saying max 3 tier player or team. But this guy deserve more credits for what he did
2019-12-31 16:59
best wishes BnTeT
2020-01-01 01:01
#171
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Indonesia ro2a
I watch few CSGO 2019 Rewind clips highlight by some Youtuber Almost all of them put that Banana pistol round highlight but not the 4k clutch with Scout Dust 2 (Starladder Asia Minor) Very underated player, GL BnTeT
2020-01-01 02:05
good luck BnTeT
2020-01-01 04:24
#176
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United States Rakitic
Let's go Bntet!
2020-01-01 06:41
what does this mens)) mean, he already played for TYLOO with Chinese players when he is from Poland across the globe
2020-01-01 21:22
Not sure how many people calling him Polish are kidding at this point.
2020-01-01 22:00
GL BnTeT, appreciated.
2020-01-02 02:32
1st indonesian flag on hltv btw
2020-01-02 19:28
Lol
2020-01-04 22:13
thankyou BnTeT for cncs,best wishes BnTeT
2020-01-10 10:15
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