TYLOO: "We're going to try and stay in Europe"
We caught up with TYLOO following their elimination from the PGL Major Stockholm Challengers Stage, where they bowed out with a 1-3 record after a nail-biting loss to Movistar Riders. The competitiveness of the Chinese side after nearly two years away from the international circuit impressed, but DANK1NG says that they had even higher expectations originally.
The team's AWPer admitted that TYLOO's goal was "to qualify for the next stage and hopefully go even further", but a few practices saw them lower the bar. "We realized there's definitely a gap between us and European teams," DANK1NG said in the interview. "Especially with some of the CIS teams, we felt like even during practice it was hard for us to keep up."
With the Asian scene providing little in terms of practice partners or events, TYLOO are hoping to remain in Europe until IEM Winter at the start of December — but that will depend on their ability to secure visas for their stay.
Traveling to Europe, a few of your teammates have been here, but for you and SLOWLY this is a new experience, so what has it been like?
The competition level is higher and I realize that we need to be more careful with all of the details because the room for error is way smaller than it is in Asia. You get punished very easily, so you need to be extra careful and put a lot of focus on the details.
How have your expectations before the Major matched up to how the event has gone?
Before we came to Europe our goal was to qualify for the next stage and hopefully go even further, but when we came here and after a few days of practice we realized there's definitely a gap between us and European teams.
Especially with some of the CIS teams, we felt like even during practice it was hard for us to keep up. Not to say that we don't have a chance, but there's work to be done in our approach to the game and in the details.
You're playing IEM Winter next, is the team going to stay in Europe for that?
Hu "CruSad3" SiLe: We're going to try and stay in Europe, but a couple of us have to reapply for visas, so right now we're just looking at the situation and trying to figure out the best way to move forward.
If I remember correctly TYLOO had a house in Ukraine at some point, right? Is that the case now?
CruSad3: Actually yeah, before the pandemic we rented a house in Ukraine for a year, but that was like January 2020 and then a month later there was the outbreak, so we basically had to give all of that up and go back to China, it was all just really bad timing. We're looking at the situation and possibilities now and the goal is definitely to keep playing and practicing here as much as we can.
How's the Asian scene's health right now?
The number of teams definitely decreased, some players went to Valorant, some teams simply disbanded, but in general the level of the teams remaining has improved. Even with that being said, because the amount of teams has decreased, there aren't as many practice options.
Let's say we have five or six teams to practice against, but we're playing an event, then we can't practice because we're going to be facing those teams at the event, so it makes our practice very repetitive and boring to the point that people start anti-stratting in practice, so it becomes pretty chaotic.
The practice environment, in general, is pretty bad in Asia and we don't have as many tournaments as before because most teams aren't able to travel.
Isn't there also a new law where people under 18 are allowed a very limited amount of gaming time?
CruSad3: Yeah, some of the academies and newer teams had to drop players because of that rule, but it is what it is and we can't do anything about it, although we do hope that more young talents will be able to be discovered in China so that we can have longevity in the game.
Are there some highlights you have from your time at the Major?
There were two clutch situations I remember. One against refrezh, where I planted the bomb and stood in an off-angle position that people wouldn't aim towards in Asia, they would just wide-peek past it, but in Europe this kind of stuff doesn't work because the players are very careful and smart with their approach in clutch situations.
The second situation was basically the same, this time against magixx from Spirit, an aferplant situation on the A bomb site of Overpass. magixx was coming from A short and I was scoping him, but he ducked under the crosshair and peeked. I shot and hit a body shot through the wall so it didn't kill him. People when playing clutches here just seem very smart and experienced in their approach.
What was the biggest lesson you took from this event?
I learned that it's very important to be confident against every opponent and be more focused and more prepared against every opponent and before every game.
Did nerves mess with your confidence and focus?
Nerves were definitely a factor in our game because on some of the rounds, on T side, we were too focused on our crosshair and our monitors and didn't react as fast as we should to the calls from our in-game leader. So then the clock would go down really low and then it's a snowball, the lower the time the more nervous you get and the easier it becomes to make mistakes in tense situations.
On the CT side we got faked out too easily sometimes because of nervousness, reacting too fast in certain situations.
Talking to alex from Movistar Riders he said that they were also feeling a lot of nerves in the match against you guys. TYLOO is a classic Inferno team and better than Riders on Mirage, so you could have won 2-0 but ended up losing 1-2 in overtime on Vertigo...
We definitely felt confident after the veto because we can definitely fight on all of those maps and on Mirage we knew we would have the upper hand. We were actually expecting to win 2-0, that's how confident we were, but in some of the rounds we had bad timings and in others we made some mistakes and weren't able to capitalize on our advantage.
We won Mirage and then on the last map, Vertigo, it was basically the same situation as Inferno. Most of the rounds were very close and we had the upper hand but we let it slip away, so there were a lot of lessons to be learned from that series.
Summer is still calling, right?
Yeah, he is. I'm sitting in the middle, but Summer is still calling.
What does the other newer player, SLOWLY, bring to the team?
So Summer is calling, I'm main AWP, somebody is kind of a lurker, the guy that has a lot of freedom around the map, and Attacker and SLOWLY are either the first guy in or the refragger. They're the entry fraggers.
Is there anything other than IEM Winter on the horizon for TYLOO?
CruSad3: There's the IEM Katowice Play-In, but domestically we don't have much that I can think of in the near future because the Chinese New Year is coming soon and we don't have much ahead of that.
We don't have that many tournaments, we have like one qualifying tournament per season, like every four months, an ESL Pro League or IEM kind of thing. Other than that we don't have that much, we have some regional events like FunSpark ULTI, that's a pretty good event, but other than that there's close to nothing.
So it's very important for you that the international circuit gets going again.
CruSad3: Yes, that's a very good thing for us, and of course for the whole community.
Since I don't get to talk to you guys often, is there anything you'd like to talk about or add?
We're very thankful to all of the people supporting us. Even though we haven't been to any international events for two years, as this was our first event since the pandemic started, we saw that a lot of people are cheering for our roster and we believe that with some hard work we'll be able to fight against the top of the world. I'd also like to thank the organization and our sponsors that make all of this possible.