TYLOO: "We're going to try and stay in Europe"

AWPer Zhenghao "⁠DANK1NG⁠" Lv and manager Hu "CruSad3" SiLe spoke to HLTV.org about tempering TYLOO's expectations and their hopes to 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.

DANK1NG spoke about the differences in clutches between the two regions

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.

24-year-old Summer continues to call for the team

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.

China Zhenghao 'DANK1NG' Lv
Zhenghao 'DANK1NG' Lv
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
326
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
Welcome here!
2021-10-29 21:27
1 reply
#114
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Brazil Necro_Spa
Blessed interview, hope the best for them!
2021-10-30 03:37
#2
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Finland EnceIsSoBad
cool
2021-10-29 21:27
2 replies
#17
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Ireland mvieira5
-1000000000000 social credit
2021-10-29 21:29
1 reply
Bing chinning
2021-10-29 21:42
#3
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Serbia biTe19
Nice
2021-10-29 21:27
when u get china's ban on your pc gaming time
2021-10-29 21:27
4 replies
They are all adults so the rule doesn't apply to them, the rule is only for minors.
2021-10-30 04:23
He's right but the ban is way too harsh since Lynn Vision was one of the good ones and now they are forced to retired since Starry and a few others is under 18 so rip ig
2021-10-30 04:48
2 replies
They are still playing wdym
2021-10-30 07:37
1 reply
no but their star player Starry was forced to retire already.
2021-10-30 07:48
TYLUL
2021-10-29 21:27
#7
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Sweden Nokkeri
lol
2021-10-29 21:27
I actually like that a lot. Good potential to join and stay in the top 30
2021-10-29 21:28
12 replies
#83
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Slovakia xaboff
No way they got a chance to be anywhere near the top 50. Well maybe if they inflated their points by playing NA or BR teams...
2021-10-29 22:40
11 replies
so wrong lol
2021-10-29 23:06
1 reply
#90
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Slovakia xaboff
Well let's see if they ever make it to the playoffs of a Pinnacle Cup
2021-10-29 23:12
#92
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United States hjhjghj23
despite being isolated in asia for two years, they were competitive against heroic and they took 46 rounds from movistar compared to their 42. that match could have gone either way id bet on tyloo over any of the brazil teams aside from furia
2021-10-29 23:39
3 replies
+1
2021-10-30 00:05
+1 they definitely have firepower they just need to develop more
2021-10-30 02:53
+1
2021-10-30 07:42
Tyloo was a top 30 team before 2020, then they were isolated in ASIA and do not have chance to attend international event
2021-10-30 00:59
#101
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Australia CaZeR01
Newfag
2021-10-30 01:59
1 reply
#102
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Slovakia xaboff
bruh the fact they were semi solid 2 yrs ago before losing their carry, doesn't say shit. also y'all underestimate how much the eu scene has evolved since then while the asian one stagnated
2021-10-30 02:02
even they have reach #10 spot in the past this Chinese have amazing RAW skills, just need more experience pro from EU and NA always suprise and said Tyloo is crazy with their own stupid strat they isolate on their own region, doing experiment thing with small rat, now they can learn more about EU style and be a better team
2021-10-30 03:27
U havent seen them play then they have insane aimers and firepower but need to improve tactical side and also their late round calls are really off and random
2021-10-31 07:36
Good move
2021-10-29 21:28
#12
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United Kingdom Gh9st
gl hf
2021-10-29 21:28
+ hope they get to prac more against eu, so much potential
2021-10-29 21:28
1 reply
#96
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United States Jax_17
+1 I was hoping they'd do well but every time I watched they were making sloppy mistakes, I hope Tyloo can stay in EU for a while and just prac and learn from better competition
2021-10-30 00:42
Well, they has good firepower so might help them a lot
2021-10-29 21:28
It is high time
2021-10-29 21:29
nice :D
2021-10-29 21:29
Best of luck. These guys are always "almost there".
2021-10-29 21:29
Nice decision, hope they get some good prac
2021-10-29 21:30
holy shit tyloo bootcamp in Europe lets fucking go
2021-10-29 21:31
Very cool interview, thanks Mr. Hltv
2021-10-29 21:32
1 reply
#45
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Indonesia lumayan
true
2021-10-29 21:44
nice guys enjoy the food
2021-10-29 21:32
#25
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Europe robo1234
They can stay. But maximum 3 hours per day!
2021-10-29 21:33
good idea, dank1ng looked really good, they would benefit a lot of bootcamping in EU.
2021-10-29 21:33
Good
2021-10-29 21:35
#29
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Ukraine futplxyer
gl Tyloo, maybe go to Turkey like d13 are doing.
2021-10-29 21:35
lets go
2021-10-29 21:35
-1000 social credit
2021-10-29 21:36
#32
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Russia mshkoda
Respect
2021-10-29 21:36
Good luck
2021-10-29 21:36
RESPECT CHINA!
2021-10-29 21:36
10 replies
No
2021-10-29 21:45
8 replies
RESPECT CHINA!
2021-10-29 21:50
3 replies
No :)
2021-10-30 02:18
2 replies
RESPECT CHINA!!
2021-10-30 03:16
1 reply
RESPECT AFRICA!!
2021-10-30 13:55
Respect China!
2021-10-29 22:14
3 replies
Hmmm no :)
2021-10-30 02:18
2 replies
Respect China :)
2021-10-30 04:21
1 reply
Respect Africa!
2021-10-30 13:55
+1
2021-10-29 22:15
Good luck, they put up good fight :) Also their aim is insane
2021-10-29 21:38
1 reply
i love watching attacker with his ultra high sense
2021-10-29 23:07
#37
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France d0py
thats actually great move by them. lets go tyloo
2021-10-29 21:40
TyLoo is promising team. They put up good fight @ Stockholm Major Q.
2021-10-29 21:41
Would like to see them play some more vs eu teams
2021-10-29 21:42
Great read and respect for tyloo! Hope they will come back as a top 30 team in the future!
2021-10-29 21:43
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#49
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Indonesia lumayan
bruh? they will be top 5 soon
2021-10-29 21:45
2 replies
Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-10-29 21:46
They better be!
2021-10-29 22:01
#86
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Mongolia TengisG
I think they were top 10 before.
2021-10-29 22:59
#46
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Mongolia TengisG
Respect
2021-10-29 21:44
#48
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Latvia YungPan666
gl
2021-10-29 21:44
#50
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United States Festive_
i hope they get their visas. very mature and realistic interview given by Danking
2021-10-29 21:45
#52
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Greenland Bbaris
Yesss. It should be like that. GODSENT, Renegades and also(9z, Sharks) and etc. should play in Europe and they'll understand the improvement for sure.
2021-10-29 21:45
4 replies
+1
2021-10-29 21:46
paiN tho, they seem ok
2021-10-29 21:53
1 reply
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Greenland Bbaris
Of course. There are lots of promising teams in SA and NA. Perhaps, these teams cannot make top 10 in 3 months but they'll show huge improvements. Who knows, maybe some of the players can even make good transfers to top teams.
2021-10-29 22:02
Renegades should disband or play aus tourbaments lol with jks they was shit but atleast pit up some fight sometimes new renegades is trash
2021-10-31 07:43
#58
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Germany Rxpev
NICE LETS GO TYLOOO
2021-10-29 21:48
-100
2021-10-29 21:50
I'm impressed by the aim TyLoo exhibited in the major but they surely need to improve their awareness. I think playing in EU will definitely help them.
2021-10-29 21:50
They will only get better if they do. Imagine how much better teams like Renegades and Tyloo would be if they had more practice and play against international teams. Good for them.
2021-10-29 21:58
1 reply
Renegades lol even when jks was on way back they was shit atleast used to put a fight now they are bots
2021-10-31 07:41
#66
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Portugal dracø
Best thing they can do. They'll for sure improve massivly if it happens. Learn from this NA
2021-10-29 22:01
really hope they'll find a way to stay in EU, they really need it
2021-10-29 22:02
#71
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Brazil Yamat01
Tyloo getting stronk would be actually interesting, I'm rooting for them!
2021-10-29 22:05
good potential to be top 15 or 10
2021-10-29 22:08
Very happy for them and I hope they can stay in EU.
2021-10-29 22:10
jonathan e. is brazil fan?? why did my comment got deleted
2021-10-29 22:11
"aferplant" typo
2021-10-29 22:13
2 replies
Unreadable artical please delete
2021-10-29 22:20
1 reply
rofl
2021-10-29 22:25
Good luck guys <3
2021-10-29 22:14
#79
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Lithuania maL0VAS
Much better opportunities to fix games in Europe, understandable decision.
2021-10-29 22:18
Lmao good luck
2021-10-29 22:19
Idk if you know who to interview but a lot of these dudes have a great head on their shoulder with the type of responses you get typically.
2021-10-29 22:54
good luck hope you guys get visas to practice in europe <3
2021-10-29 22:58
Wholesome
2021-10-29 23:02
The Party isn't going to like that.
2021-10-29 23:29
Gl Tyloo
2021-10-30 00:05
LETS GO TYLOO
2021-10-30 00:06
#97
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Philippines sijibats
They are wasting their potential staying in Asia. Might as well try to play against EU teams so they would improve more.
2021-10-30 00:48
good interview, he seems like a very nice guy, let's hope they'll be able to stay here
2021-10-30 00:54
#100
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Norway Snaids
Hope they will stay, Tyloo is pretty damn hype
2021-10-30 01:55
Honestly, they didn’t even look that bad for being dealt a shit hand, basically not playing any officials for like a year. Hope the best for them
2021-10-30 02:51
PogU
2021-10-30 02:52
lets gooooooo they could be good
2021-10-30 03:06
#109
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Asia Blitzer
plssssssssssssss
2021-10-30 03:12
now that's a good decision those RAW skills just need more experience
2021-10-30 03:19
Pog
2021-10-30 03:46
Gl
2021-10-30 04:35
W
2021-10-30 04:48
#122
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Europe Nomarosa
W
2021-10-30 04:59
BnTeT benched, go get him
2021-10-30 06:24
1 reply
I like BnTeT but maybe he cannot come back.Tyloo want to build a team with Chinese member.BnTeT isn't Chinese
2021-11-09 12:37
gl tyloo
2021-10-30 06:34
I like this team
2021-10-30 07:19
#126
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Finland Noukiya
Understandable the only other chinese team i know at the top of my head is vici.
2021-10-30 07:39
1 reply
Lynn vission the finn slayers
2021-10-30 10:39
Respect! Tyloo go!
2021-10-30 07:52
I hope VG can stay in EU as well, another promising team
2021-10-30 08:50
Pog
2021-10-30 13:17
Pog when they come back they're gonna destroy domestic competition
2021-10-31 07:39
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