HObbit: "Didn’t prepare for RNG"

Following Gambit's victory over OpTic, we managed to get a hold of Abay "HObbit" Khasenov, the youngest player of the team, to find out about his move from Tengri and how that influenced his role.

In the second group B match, Gambit managed to take down OpTic 16-10 on Cobblestone, earning a spot in the winners match against Renegades.

After their successful opening to DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter 2016, we talked to the new addition to Gambit - Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov.

Let’s go back to Tengri, talk to me about the team and how did you feel playing with them?
They are my friends, Tengri is my first team when I came to the professional scene. Because of them I came here and am now in Gambit. The players in Tengri are very nice guys, fitch is my best friend and we are always playing together. In Tengri I was a somewhat important player and my role was the lurker, I did it for I think 90% of the time.
Then you got the call to join Gambit—there are AdreN and mou from Kazkhstan who you played with in the national team—is that where the connection came from or was it from somewhere else? How did the switch happen?
AdreN just asked me, said: “join with us and let’s play together” and I said ok, because it was my dream to play at the big tournaments, and the Major of course. And AdreN and mou, they are the best players in Kazakhstan
You were living in Kazakhstan—how does it work now? Are you living in a gaming house now? How do you play and practice?
We are living in a gaming house now, in Kiev, Ukraine, but before it was in Saint Petersburg, Russia. We are practicing and playing from there.
Let’s move on to this tournament, you played against OpTic in your first match, which you won. How did you feel coming into this, as they were playing pretty good, winning Northern Arena Montreal and advancing at ELEAGUE? Were you confident against them, and on Cobblestone?
We were prepared, we watched their demos on Cobble and Train and we knew it was going to be Train or Cobble. 
How did you change your playing style and your role in the team moving from Tengri to Gambit. You said you were lurking 90% of the time, is it now a lower percent?
Yes, now I’m just an aim player, I play on A or B, not as the rotator but as the guy solo on the site. It was not my role but I’ll try to play it 100%. On the T side it also changed, I play something like an entry fragger
Moving on, you are playing against Renegades. Have you watched any demos, have you prepared or did you think you were going to play against someone else?
We actually didn’t prepare because we thought it was going to be Cloud9. Now we will go to prepare, watch some demos and talk. It’s going to be a very hard game in my opinion.

First let’s go back to Tengri, talk to me about the team and how did you feel playing with them?

They are my friends, Tengri is my first team when I came to the professional scene. Because of them I came here and am now in Gambit. The players in Tengri are very nice guys, fitch is my best friend and we are always playing together. In Tengri I was a somewhat important player and my role was the lurker, I did it for I think 90% of the time.

Then you got the call to join Gambit—there are AdreN and mou from Kazkhstan who you played with in the national team—is that where the connection came from or was it from somewhere else? How did the switch happen?

AdreN just asked me, said: “join with us and let’s play together” and I said ok, because it was my dream to play at the big tournaments, and the Major of course. And AdreN and mou, they are the best players in Kazakhstan.

You were living in Kazakhstan—how does it work now? Are you living in a gaming house, how do you play and practice?

We are living in a gaming house now, in Kiev, Ukraine, but before it was in Saint Petersburg, Russia. We are practicing and playing from there.


HObbit's role changed after joining Gambit

Let’s move on to this tournament, you played against OpTic in your first match, which you won. How did you feel coming into this, as they were playing pretty good, winning Northern Arena Montreal and advancing at ELEAGUE? Were you confident against them, and on Cobblestone?

We were prepared, we watched their demos on Cobble and Train and we knew it was going to be Train or Cobble. 

How did you change your playing style and your role in the team moving from Tengri to Gambit. You said you were lurking 90% of the time, is it now a lower percent?

Yes, now I’m just an aim player, I play on A or B, not as the rotator but as the guy solo on the site. It was not my role but I’ll try to play it 100%. On the T side it also changed, I play something like an entry fragger.

Moving on, you are playing against Renegades. Have you watched any demos, have you prepared or did you think you were going to play against someone else?

We actually didn’t prepare because we thought it was going to be Cloud9. Now we will go to prepare, watch some demos and talk. It’s going to be a very hard game in my opinion.

Professeur writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
585
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
k thx
2016-11-24 20:27
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2016-11-24 20:27
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2016-11-25 00:04
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United States Ice_Poseidon 
"s" to you too also yellow comment
2016-11-24 20:27
typical burger mad cuz hes so fat he wont ever be 1st comment
2016-11-24 20:28
#26
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United States Ice_Poseidon 
more like fatguy i bench 270 lb noob
2016-11-24 20:40
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Croatia worstplaya 
mad burger
2016-11-24 20:38
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sergej | 
Sweden gigal 
1
2016-11-24 20:27
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Sweden cute! 
nice)
2016-11-24 20:27
he reminds me of Chief from one flew over cuckoos nest.
2016-11-24 20:27
HObbitt also played with Dosia in the international team as well ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
2016-11-24 20:27
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
LOL forgot about that
2016-11-24 20:49
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Kyrgyzstan XcmlX 
Hahahah
2016-11-25 12:33
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shox | 
Portugal NAOverEU 
s
2016-11-24 20:27
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mirbit | 
Germany mirbit 
too slow i guess
2016-11-24 20:27
2016-11-24 20:27
lol
2016-11-24 20:27
DSA
2016-11-24 20:27
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World lbmcs 
f
2016-11-24 20:27
ez
2016-11-24 20:27
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2016-11-24 20:27
#14
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Norway sparta92 
lol
2016-11-24 20:27
AS
2016-11-24 20:27
#18
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United States ichibaNcs 
what
2016-11-24 20:28
#20
France Bouf 
rng are too ez for gambit
2016-11-24 20:33
#21
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Why does HObbit look asian? lul
2016-11-24 20:34
Kazakhstan is asia and most of them look like asians :p
2016-11-24 20:35
#24
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Yeah well i guess ^^
2016-11-24 20:36
Because he is literally from asia?
2016-11-25 21:41
Cheats changed when joined gambit* thank me later
2016-11-24 20:35
Professeur, with all do respect, you need to learn to write properly. When you are transmitting what other person said (like you did with this news title) you have to choose between one of this: 1 - Hobbit: Didn’t prepare for RNG or 2 - Hobbit said "Didn’t prepare for RNG" You can't use both (quotation marks and colon). Sorry to bother you with this.
2016-11-24 20:57
nice guy
2016-11-24 20:57
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Sweden moxxy 
We can see that you didnt prepare
2016-11-24 21:21
Thats why you lost to NRG
2016-11-24 21:52
#32
Russia p1ty 
CACHE realy?
2016-11-24 22:31
#33
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Sweden SteAmeX 
Where is Gandalf?
2016-11-24 23:04
#34
fer | 
Argentina MyMatkhev 
GL Gambit, atm do not look promise but i believe they can reach top10 world.
2016-11-24 23:13
#35
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Syria Gonezxzx 
Probably should've :>
2016-11-25 00:01
professional teams but only watches demos of 2 maps...
2016-11-25 02:56
#38
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Russia Duzzle 
its map-veto illusion of gambit.
2016-11-25 04:37
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