Kyle "melonzz" Freedman is a commentator, analyst, and former American professional Heroes of Newerth and Dota 2 player. He switched full-time to Dota 2 from HoN in mid-2014. He retired from professional Dota to focus on broadcasting after The International 2018.
Heroes of Newerth
Kyle "Swindlemelonzz" Freedman got his start in competitive gaming playing Heroes of Newerth. He primarily played for team stayGreen with his brother, Zfreek. Team stayGreen's roster started with Swindlemelonzz, Zfreek, Khezu, Skyzoe, and Sender; they added Chessie and SlickZ when Skyzoe and Sender left. stayGreen went on to win 5 consecutive major LAN titles (with Khezu and Slickz replaced by Limmp and Mynuts after 2 of them), beating fnatic's record and disbanded right after in early 2014. After TI4, Kyle transitioned to Dota 2, where he spent four years at Complexity Gaming before being controversially evicted from the team in early 2018.
Kyle started playing Dota 2 after coming back from his hiatus. He originally put down competitive gaming, but soon grew tired and realized playing Dota 2 was his dream as his former teammate ppd on Evil Geniuses placed third at The International 2014 the year before. He knew he had the skills to be the best so he charged into Dota 2. His brother zfreek put down offers from other teams to join his brother. Together, they went in to the scene and were picked up by Complexity Gaming with the roster of Moonmeander, Riser, Zfreek, Swindlemelonzz, and Limmp. The roster changed with Riser's injury, but the HoN vets proved to everyone that they were a force to be contended with when they 2-0'd the North American Rejects in the TI5 American Qualifiers. At The International 2015, he was featured in a player profile, in tandem with his brother, Zfreek and was placed 9-12th in the tournament.
On March 16th, 2018 Complexity Gaming announced the departure of Kyle, citing the published reason indicating "Personality conflicts within the team were too severe to continue". He later found immediate success as an analyst with the English talent for several tournaments such as DAC 2018, EPICENTER 2018 and the Supermajor. His efforts later awarded him an invite to The International 2018.
Following The International 2018, he decided to retire from professional Dota and focus full-time on broadcasting. In the 2018/19 season, he was invited as talent to four out of five Majors and finally was once again included as broadcast talent at The International 2019.
- He is the brother of former compLexity Gaming teammate Zfreek.
- "Third place is like leftover Chinese." - Kyle "swindlemelonzz" Freedman, compLexity Gaming versus Shadows of the Past game two, Dota 2 Canada Cup Season 3.
- As a winner of 5 consecutive major HoN LANs. His goal was to win 2 Internationals.
|2017-10-15||3 - 4th||Tier 2||StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 3||1 : 2||$30,000|
|2016-12-07||9 - 16th||Tier 1||The Boston Major 2016||0 : 2||$62,500|
|2016-06-18||5 - 6th||Tier 1||ESL One Frankfurt 2016||0 : 2||$12,582|
|2016-06-09||9 - 12th||Tier 1||The Manila Major 2016||0 : 2||$45,000|
|2016-05-14||4th||Tier 1||EPICENTER 2016||0 : 2||$30,000|
|2016-03-20||3 - 4th||Tier 1||Dota Pit League Season 4||0 : 2||$25,386|
|2016-03-05||5 - 6th||Tier 1||The Shanghai Major 2016||0 : 2||$202,500|
|2016-02-08||1st||Tier 2||Dota 2 Canada Cup - Season 6||3 : 0||$24,458|
|2015-12-02||5 - 6th||Tier 1||Game Show Global eSports Cup Season 1||0/3/2||Grp S.||$15,000|
|2015-08-05||9 - 12th||Tier 1||The International 2015||1 : 2||$221,155|
|Complete list of results in any tournament|
|2020-01-26||Tier 1||DreamLeague Season 13||Casters & Analyst|
|2019-08-25||Tier 1||The International 2019||Analyst|
|2019-06-30||Tier 1||EPICENTER Major 2019||Caster|
|2019-05-12||Tier 1||MDL Disneyland® Paris Major||Commentator|
|2019-01-27||Tier 1||The Chongqing Major||Caster|
|2018-11-18||Tier 1||The Kuala Lumpur Major||Caster|
|2018-08-25||Tier 1||The International 2018||Commentator/Analyst|
|2018-06-10||Tier 1||China Dota2 Supermajor||Analyst|
|2018-05-20||Tier 1||MDL Changsha Major||EN Broadcaster|
|2018-05-06||Tier 1||EPICENTER XL||Analyst|
|About achievementsBroadcasts from any Tournament|
- 2018-08-15 | Xfinity PROfiles - Kyle Freedman by ESL Dota 2
- 2018-05-22 | Интервью с Кайлом Фридманом (ru sub) / Kyle Freedman Interview / of Team Empire at EPICENTER XL
- 2018-05-17 | A Coffee With Kyle by Div of vpesports.com at EPICENTER XL
- 2018-05-07 | Интервью с Kyle (часть 2) / Interview with Kyle (part 2) @ EPICENTER XL of RuHub Media at EPICENTER XL
- 2018-05-06 | Интервью с Kyle (часть 1) / Interview with Kyle (part 1) @ EPICENTER XL of RuHub Media at EPICENTER XL
- 2016-09-29 | epiCHATS #11 - coL.melonzz by Epi of BeyondTheSummit
- 2016-06-10 | ROG ASUS Insider: swindlemelonz said "Mahal kita pero bibigwasan kita" by Seikachu of ASUS ROG Insider Phillipines at The Manila Major 2016
- 2016-06-08 | The Manila Major - Interview: Swindlemellonz (Complexity Gaming) by Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner of PGL at The Manila Major 2016
- 2016-06-03 | Интервью с Kyle "swindlemelonzz" Freedman - The Manila Major by Oleh "AbsoKulikov" Kulikov of Dota 2 RuHub at The Manila Major 2016
- 2016-04-19 | The Complexity of Complexity: An Interview with Swindlemelonzz by JULIUS "SWARLEY_" TABIOS of EsportsInquirer.com
- 2016-03-28 | swindlemelonzz interview: Early struggles, family support, blunt chronicle of the scene by Andra Ciubotaru of DotaBlast at Dota Pit League Season 4
- 2016-03-04 | Shanghai Major - Intervju med swindlemelonzz efter A vs coL by Kim Larsson at Shanghai Major 2016
- 2016-03-03 | Interview w/ Swindlezz - The Shanghai Major by Kyle "Beef" Bautista of Complexity Gaming at Shanghai Major 2016
- 2015-12-03 | Interview with swindlemelonzz by @xeozor21 Global eSport Cup [ENG] by xeozor21 of GS Studio-Dota at Global Esports Cup 1
- 2015-12-03 | Swindlemelonzz Interview @ Global eSports Cup by Andreea Esanu of GosuGamers.net at Global Esports Cup 1
- 2015-11-15 | Post-match interview with Swindle by llamadownunder of Beyond The Summit at Summit 4 American Qualifiers
- 2015-07-28 | TI5 Community Report: Hot_Bid and swindlemelonzz by Hot_Bid of Valve at The International 2015
- 2015-06-05 | An hour with Skim #1 - coL_swindemelonzz by Skim
- 2014-10-08 | Coffee W/ Toffees 10/8/14 with SwindleMelonzz by Toffees of 5MidasGaming
- 2014-08-27 | Interview with coL.DOTA captain - swindlemelonzz by Sören 'Fantasy' Vendsahm of Complexity Gaming.com
Heroes Of Newerth
- 2013-10-20 | SBHL Pre-Playoff Interview: [sGswindlemelonzz] by Beefpotpie1
- 2013-06-19 | DreamHack 2013: Swindlemelonzz Interview #1 by (Folk)Fischyoghurt
- 2013-03-29 | Inteview with [SGSwindlemelonzz] by GarenaCIS at Garena Star League 2013
- 2013-01-06 | HoN tour Cycle 3 Diamond Grand Finals Pregame Interview - [sGswindlemelonzz] by honcast
- 2013-01-06 | HoN Tour Cycle 3 Winner Semi-Finals Interview with [sGSwindlemelonzz] by honcast
- 2012-10-16 | Destination DreamHack Finals #1 Postgame Interview - [v0teSwindlemelonzz] by honcast
- 2012-10-16 | Destination DreamHack Finals #1 Pregame Interview - [v0teSwindlemelonzz] by honcast
- 2011-11-29 | DreamHack Winter 2011 Interview with [tdMSwindlemelonzz] by honcast
- Kyle Freedman (2019-09-09). "Musings of a Moron". medium.com.
- "TI5 Player Profiles - swindlemelonzz & zfreek - Complexity". 2015-07-27. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
- "Thank You, Kyle". complexitygaming. 2018-03-16.
- Artyom "dfs" Kutateladze (2018-03-20). "Kyle and Winter will help cover the DAC 2018 Major in China". cybersport.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.