ViCi Gaming player Wing Hei 'Freeman' Cheung is in discussions with Chinese esports organization TYLOO about joining the active roster, according to multiple sources. While an official signing is not believed to be finalized at this time, it is expected that it will take place in the coming days.
Sources close to the situation informed Dexerto that an agreement was made between TYLOO and Freeman before IEM Sydney that he would join their roster after the event.
It is not clear at this time if that agreement was made before or after Freeman announced that the event would be his last with ViCi Gaming.
Freeman has played with some form of ViCi Gaming since early 2017 and also played on the VG.FlashGaming joint lineup during mid-2018.
Following the termination of that lineup, he played for Flash Gaming on loan before returning to play under the ViCi banner until now. Freeman was the highest rated player for his team at IEM Sydney 2019 where they exited the tournament in the group stage.
TYLOO recently announced the departure of Ukranian coach Ivan 'Johnta' Shevtsov, citing a difference in approach for their future as a team. While it has not been confirmed by Dexerto, all signs point to one or both of the loaned Flash Gaming players to be replaced in the near future to make room for Freeman and another player.
The loan was explained as a three-month loan that started on January 1st, but YuLun "Summer" Cai and YuanZhang 'Attacker' Sheng continued to play with the team well into the month of April.
Their first international tournament with a new lineup is projected to be DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 at the end of the month.