Haowen ‘somebody’ Xu is a 22-year-old pro gamer from China. He practices Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, training the lurker position for his team, Tyloo, putting annoying pressure on his opponents.
The good thing about being a professional player is that Xu gets to travel with his teammates to different countries to compete in prestigious matches. To break away from gaming he would see the important cultural sights, taste their traditional cuisine and perhaps spend some time relaxing by the beach. He spends his free evenings, back home chilling out watching football tournaments and drinking beer with his friends.
Where it all began:
Haowen started playing video games 12 years ago in 2005, watching other top gamers competing in prestigious esports tournaments, aspiring that one day he will become a professional cyber athlete. He started practicing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2014 representing pow and then in 2015 Xu joined Tyloo to continue making a name for himself.
Tyloo is a leading Chinese esports company that has been established since 2007, currently being managed by Dongwei ‘Kindy’ Yan. The name of the organisation comes from the Chinese mythical creature, Tianlu.
The association started out competing in Counter-Strike 1.6 until 2013 when the professional players decided to make the transition into CSGO, racking up a total of $870K in winnings. The current Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster includes Mo as captain, DD, somebody, BnTeT and their latest addition of xccurate who joined Tyloo on the 18th January 2018.
The CSGO tournaments that Tyloo somebody has participated includes the qualifying matches of the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 4 – Asia, EPICENTER 2017 – Wildcard, PGL Major Krakow, Dreamhack Masters Malmo and ESL One Cologne. Among the some of the prestigious matches Xu has taken part in include CSGO Super League 2017, China Top 2017 – Shenzhen, Asia Minor Championship – Boston 2018 and the WESG 2017 China Finals.
Tyloo Somebody has gained the gaming experience competing against top CSGO teams like MVP PK, Gambit, Flash Gaming, Vega Squadron, Faze Clan, Renegades, Cloud 9, Hellraisers, NV and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
The highest earnings won so far in somebody’s professional career as a gamer was at the NEA Beijing Esports Open 2016, competing for Tyloo. The CS unit defeated VG.CyberZen that led them to proceed to the final tournament, where they won the minor competition against Born of Fire with the unbeatable record of 2-0, claiming their stunning prize of $60K.
The second accomplishment for Somebody and his team, Tyloo was competing at the ROG Masters 2017. The CS squad beat Splyce and Greyhound Gaming to advance in the major finals. Unfortunately, the unit lost to Gambit Gaming with a score of 0-3, to finish in second place, taking home their amazing prize of $58K.
Another great achievement for Haowen and his unit, Tyloo was competing at the China Cup I. The top CSGO team finished in the finals beating Fnatic Academy with a record of 2-0, taking home a reward of an astounding $58K.