Freeman on replacing BnTeT: "There were only a few choices in China and some of them had contract problems"

We got a chance to talk to WingHei "⁠Freeman⁠" Cheung after TYLOO's elimination from IEM Katowice to find out about how the team approached replacing Hansel "⁠BnTeT⁠" Ferdinand.

With losses to mousesports and 100 Thieves in Katowice, the Chinese side have finished playing their LAN debut with their newest player, Seon-Ho "⁠xeta⁠" Son, after bringing in the former MVP PK star to replace BnTeT earlier this year.

We managed to get a hold of Freeman after the elimination match to ask him about what the team saw in the Korean player and why they didn't add a Chinese player instead to remove the language barrier.

Freeman spoke on TYLOO's replacement options for BnTeT

He and TYLOO's manager, Hu "CruSad3" Si Le, also confirmed that their coach, LiKan "⁠ryk⁠" Luo, is currently stuck in Wuhan due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has also affected the squad's travel plans in the near future as they will next play the Asia Minor Greater China qualifier in early March.

First of all, can you tell me about how the loss of BnTeT has impacted the team and what the process of finding a new player looked like to replace him?

It definitely had a big impact on our team, mainly because he was not only a core player in our team but he was also the in-game leader. Basically, we had to change the in-game leading role and, at the same time, we needed to get a new player. In the process of finding a new player we decided to get a strong AWPer for us because we didn't have a main AWPer for a pretty long time. We thought we needed to make that change.

Why did you decide on xeta, then, considering you had the chance to finally break the language barrier and get a Chinese player instead?

There were a lot of factors going into this. First of all, of course we looked at xeta, he was one of the best AWPers in Asia from the days he played in gosu and MVP. He definitely had the potential to compete against the best in Europe, even, so that was what we saw in him. At the same time, there are a lot of reasons why we couldn't get a Chinese AWPer. There are only a few choices, I would say, that had the potential to be the best in Asia or in Europe, and some of them had contract problems, so there were external reasons going into that, as well.

You touched on the in-game leadership issue, as well, can you speak to how it works now, who is in-game leading and who has input otherwise?

Right now, Summer is the in-game leader. Meanwhile, xeta is also helping him a lot in this aspect and also myself, I also help him to run this team much better.

I heard that your coach, ryk, is stuck in China because of the coronavirus outbreak. Is that true?

CruSad3: He's in Wuhan, in the province where the virus outbreak was. He's completely fine because he stays at home the whole day. When we were bootcamping in Ukraine, he was online with us, joining the server, helping remotely. We would prefer to have him in Ukraine, but there were travel restrictions.

Can you tell me about how that situation affects your travel plans in the near future with the Asia Minor qualifiers coming up?

CruSad3: We have the Greater China qualifier for the Asia Minor and then we need to play Pro League. We're not going to fly back to mainland China, we will fly to Hong Kong after Katowice and play the Asia Minor qualifier, and then we will fly to Europe for a two-week bootcamp and play Pro League, that's pretty much the situation for the next month.

You've just been eliminated from IEM Katowice, how would you evaluate how the team played here in the two series against mousesports and 100 Thieves and what progress you have made with xeta?

Freeman: We are a new team right now, we have a new IGL, a new player, and also we are dealing with communication issues. So, we didn't put a lot of pressure on ourselves for this event, we just wanted to play our best and find the problems and mistakes, try to fix everything and get ready for our next important event, which is the Minor qualifier. That's very important for us, so we're taking it step by step, not hurrying anything.

Korea Seon-Ho 'xeta' Son
Seon-Ho 'xeta' Son
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
351
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Hong Kong WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
723
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
874
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.15
China LiKan 'ryk' Luo
LiKan 'ryk' Luo
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
288
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
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Iraq remind00
kaze pls
2020-02-26 16:18
2 replies
VG has more potential
2020-02-27 02:55
Tylul will never solve their IGL issue with the current lineup, mark my words.
2020-02-27 02:56
soon there will be none
2020-02-26 16:18
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Poland Julka
No future for these boys
2020-02-26 16:19
let's be honest, there's not a huge talent overall in Asia, so it's not easy to find a replacement for such a gem bntet is
2020-02-26 16:20
10 replies
That's so true. Even in BnTeT 2nd country (Poland is his 1st), if u ask to the people about csgo, I'm sure no one barely know this game. A little may know cs 1.6, but CSGO is really unpopular game in asia. Dota, PUBG, APEX is what commonly we play.
2020-02-26 16:55
9 replies
A lot of southeastern Asians also play Raimbow 6, no ?
2020-02-26 18:03
4 replies
Yes we play, but not our first choice of the game. Especially in Esport, I think of zero team goes to international tourney. But R6 seems popular in korea n japan.
2020-02-26 18:17
3 replies
I said that because there is a quite high level Indonesian team, but I guess it's just luck they came from there (not because of plyerbase).
2020-02-26 18:25
2 replies
My bad. I checked that aerowolf played in pro league. That's pretty cool for southeast asia team.
2020-02-26 18:39
1 reply
Yes, they sadly don't get chances to go to big events (apart maybe in pubg).
2020-02-26 18:43
you are wrong, there are many people playi ng csgo in my high school and my school before
2020-02-27 02:55
1 reply
80% of them are playing csgo casually, not dedicated to the game
2020-03-14 16:21
BECAUSE CSGO IS NOT A FREE GAME BEFORE END OF 2018 WHILE DOTA 2 IS FREE FOR ALL. AND INDON PEOPLE WONT SPEND A BIT MONEY TO BUY A GAME THAT THEY ONLY PLAY IN INTERNET CAFE.
2020-02-27 04:15
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Korea TAKE0512
When I go to the PC cafe in Korea, i can see hundreds of people, and half of them playing LOL, and other plays OW or PUBG I was the only man playing CSGO LUL
2020-02-27 07:48
Just find new Polish talent
2020-02-26 16:23
1 reply
MAN IF THEY NEED AN IGL + CAN AWP, WHY THEY DON'T TAKE PAPITO. BNTET COUNTRYMAN AND THE POLISH LEGENDS.
2020-02-26 16:37
Tylose?
2020-02-26 16:23
Bntet was the piece that completed tyloo and now tyloo will always be tier 10
2020-02-26 16:33
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Finland itsansuu
”Some of them had coronavirus”
2020-02-26 16:34
MAN IF U NEED AN IGL + CAN AWP, JUST ADD PAPITO. BNTET COUNTRYMAN AND THE POLISH LEGENDS
2020-02-26 16:35
I hope they will do better with the Ukraine bootcamp, practicing with EU teams more (they can't do that in China) And hope the Korean God xeta could be a good fit in Tyloo
2020-02-26 16:45
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Russia ToughGuy
i mean noone cars about this
2020-02-26 16:49
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Taiwan Haoyuan
China missed the chance with Freeman-BnTeT-Kaze-Summer-JamYoung
2020-02-26 16:51
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United States jsxanatos
all time favorite polish player. you will be missed. poland is proud of you bntet
2020-02-26 18:06
Should've signed KaZe instead of Xeta, even if it costs more than the others.
2020-02-26 18:18
1 reply
they dont know PepeLaugh
2020-02-26 19:32
WHY NOT KAZE ??????????? BEST ASIAN PLAYER AFTER BNTET
2020-02-26 19:32
4 replies
Why would kaze leave vici tho, vici is currently a lot better than tyloo
2020-02-26 20:38
1 reply
haha what
2020-02-29 14:54
BnTeT iS pOLisH
2020-02-27 02:57
1 reply
pOlAnD iS iN aSiA
2020-02-27 05:06
*corona problems
2020-02-26 21:44
Hey tyloo it would be your last show at international tournaments with this lineup.
2020-02-27 02:29
poor ryk
2020-02-27 09:17
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United States caliprep
lmfao @ thinking BnTeT is easily replaceable. Not saying that was what was said, but BnTeT is a rare fucking talent in that region.
2020-02-28 06:22
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