HObbit: "This was my dream"

To commemorate Abay "HObbit" Khasenov's MVP award, we talked to the young Kazakhstani player to find out how he feels about what Gambit achieved at Jönköping and what is next for the CIS squad.

Gambit justified their title of a dark horse for DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter 2016, winning the tournament by defeating teams such as Cloud9, GODSENT and finally Renegades in the grand final.

In the end, the MVP title went to the youngest player of the team, Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov, who edged out the team's AWPer Rustem "⁠mou⁠" Telepov

HObbit's great performances in the grand finals helped him get the MVP

In a short post-match interview, we heard his thoughts on the grand final, the team, and what the award means to him.

Let's just run through the finals shortly, it started on Nuke, Renegades pick. We didn't see you on the map yet. Did you feel confident in your Nuke?

Actually, we were practicing Nuke. I myself feel very nice on Nuke, I was ready on Nuke but I don't know about my team. We were thinking it was going to be 50-50, but we won it.

You moved on Cobble, that seems like your strongest map, do you feel that yourself?

In my opinion Cobble is our strongest map because we practice it a lot, and have a lot of strategies. Also, Zeus feels really good on Cobble, that's why it's our best map right now. He has good calls and that's why we won versus Renegades.

You won the MVP award for DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter 2016 - how does it feel like since this is your first big tournament?

I'm in shock right now, I have no words. I was thinking it was going to be mou. He did a lot of important frags. Actually, this was my dream, to be an MVP of a big tournament. I don't know what to say, I have no words.

Going forward, what are your expectations from the upcoming period?

We have to prepare for the Major, we are now be going to a bootcamp and we will practice, train and keep working.

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

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
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Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
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n1 player, gratz
2016-11-26 21:23
2016-11-26 21:23
CIS (net)
well deserved
2016-11-26 21:23
to win a tier 3 tourny? wow
2016-11-26 21:23
You're from a tier 4 country LAN was higher quality LUL
2016-11-26 21:24
well this comment makes 0 sense
2016-11-26 21:25
shut up loser
2016-11-26 22:26
Comment doesn't make any sense and you don't get any credit for making jokes about countries when you're a pussy hiding behind default flag.
2016-11-27 01:51
Norway sparta92
at least there were cloud9 and dignitas, godsent
2016-11-26 21:36
lul better tournament then you'll probably ever win
2016-11-26 21:53
Take a look at the other positive comments here and try to learn from them instead of being negative, retard. You wish you could play in a tournament like this one, he is thousands times better than you and I think you should shut up because you're probably stuck in DMG.
2016-11-27 03:43
no playing in this tournament means your a failed cs pro, i wouldnt want to play in it
2016-11-27 12:20
So flusha and JW are faild cs pros? You're the most retarded idiot I've ever seen on this site.
2016-11-27 14:37
C9 are failed pros?
2016-11-28 09:57
United States MAY0
Every player in this tournament is salaried and can compete individually at the top level so go back to your mge and minimum wage job and don't shit on people living their dream
2016-11-28 21:08
Czech Republic J0s3e
(x) rekt ( ) not rekt
2016-11-27 13:46
Russia XcmlX
U wot? The participating teams were pretty much tier 1
2016-11-27 08:26
easy for mongol
2016-11-26 21:23
2016-11-26 21:23
2016-11-26 21:23
"I have now words." LUL
2016-11-26 21:23
next dream is major champion!!! Kazakhstan AJIFA!
2016-11-26 21:24
Nice hobbit!
2016-11-26 21:24
one typo in there (now instead of no) but gj Prof ;)
2016-11-26 21:24
NiKo | 
Serbia Krosis
what a god
2016-11-26 21:24
no one cares asian mongol
2016-11-26 21:25
still better than 99,999% of NA players
2016-11-26 21:36
United States donaldjae
2016-11-26 23:11
Sweden Madrigals1
Haha, 2 best players of your best team are ASIANS... anyway, stop being racist.
2016-11-27 00:04
Other 3 player this team are gays, thats why he angry))
2016-11-27 02:33
and still achieve moer than any russian team that's why you angry :D
2016-11-27 14:15
Well, Hobbit deserved it :)
2016-11-26 21:25
Grats to HObbs, played great and it's awesome to see people live out their dreams like he did. GJ WP~
2016-11-26 21:25
major legends
2016-11-26 21:26
I have now words.
2016-11-26 21:26
good player
2016-11-26 21:27
good 4 u!
2016-11-26 21:27
nice englando
2016-11-26 21:27
2016-11-26 21:31
Germany gg-wp
He deserves it cause he made some insane smart and effective plays during the tournament. Also as gambit earns the win as a whole.
2016-11-26 21:32
4aimers + brain > 5aimers nice one zeus!
2016-11-26 21:34
younginz gonna rule the world
2016-11-26 21:36
Well Deserved!
2016-11-26 21:41
Gambit Top 1 now, thanks for HTLV ranking sense.
2016-11-26 21:45
Russia Kamunist
Lol so true
2016-11-27 07:30
Kazakhstan 001RusKZ
2016-11-26 21:47
Deserved HObbit :)
2016-11-26 21:47
2016-11-26 21:50
love you hobbit
2016-11-26 21:52
ayaya | 
Ireland skend
this is nice but i hate him for stealing znajder's glory
2016-11-26 21:53
Hobbit will be great player but He need some experience.
2016-11-26 21:54
Other anarh1st47
2016-11-26 21:55
mvp for sure
2016-11-26 21:55
WEll done also Hobbit seems like a really good guy
2016-11-26 21:55
Brazil wAc
2016-11-26 21:57
я вот это,полуфинал видел,разъебали бомжей,потом пошел в баньку,пришел домой,зашел на hltv и опять разъебали бомжей.....короче все как надо,очень рад за вас,всех вам благ и успехов в дальнейшем,кстати даст у вас вообще в поряде
2016-11-26 22:11
Mr Chow Junior
2016-11-26 22:11
great work hobbit u have a potential to be a top10 player 4sure
2016-11-26 22:13
amazing HObbit, deserved congrats!
2016-11-26 22:13
Good boi! Gg
2016-11-26 22:20
KZ version Sasha S1mple ;)
2016-11-26 22:20
gj congratulations
2016-11-26 22:23
Played really well!
2016-11-26 22:24
Other anarh1st47
2016-11-26 22:27
gj Bilbo Baggins!
2016-11-26 22:28
lucky zeus is on gambit and not on navi
2016-11-26 22:47
nice, grats x)
2016-11-26 22:49
shox | 
Estonia Hondas
2016-11-26 23:03
Grats to Hobbit, and well deserved! I also think Zeus proved his worth this tournament, with Valve's new coaching rule the IGL's are more important than ever.
2016-11-26 23:06
Great run by Gambit, glad to see a different team win a big tourny
2016-11-26 23:15
not so big
2016-11-27 14:25
glad they got rid of hooch and spaze hobbitt and zeus are both amazing adds and boosted the teams performance so much
2016-11-26 23:18
Goalie | 
United Kingdom LaoG
I've played against his old team when he was still with them, he's a real talent. He' great.
2016-11-26 23:30
why would he let other teams know that they're practicing Train?
2016-11-26 23:42
United States t1mb3r7and
So they ban train and play another map Gambit prepared instead, kek
2016-11-26 23:49
4-16 by space soldiers on train basically describes their level of practice
2016-11-27 00:18
He meant "train" as training, not the map.
2016-11-27 04:04
Learn to understand jokes lol
2016-11-27 10:50
He didn't mean the map. He wanted to say that they are TRAINing
2016-11-27 11:29
hobbit im gunna need ur cs settings
2016-11-26 23:48
Norway sparta92
2016-11-27 00:19
wp bilbo
2016-11-27 00:24
They're taking the HObbits to Isengard
2016-11-27 00:39
wp Bilbo Fraggins
2016-11-27 01:02
have my babies hobbit!!!
2016-11-27 02:48
well done
2016-11-27 03:16
Well done indeed
2016-11-27 03:28
Gj hobbit, i teached you well
2016-11-27 04:05
amazing gaming hobbit. I don't know how you can do that in your first big lan. deserved eventhough mou was up there, too!
2016-11-27 07:19
He even looks like a fuckin hobbit LOL
2016-11-27 08:34
2016-11-27 10:05
2016-11-27 09:16
Congratz boy! Well deserved! good luck in more tournaments!
2016-11-27 09:27
always nice to see underdogs win, but I cant help but feel sad they dont have hooch anymore
2016-11-27 09:52
Same for NaVi with no Zeus(
2016-11-27 10:51
yup, as much as s1mple is a great player he doesn't really seem like a fit for navi in order bo be a beast he needs to be on a team thats built around supporting him
2016-11-27 10:53
we are now be going to a bootcamp
2016-11-27 11:15
2016-11-27 11:55
inb4 vac-banned
2016-11-27 12:38
Macedonia EXTOL[t]
GG what a team respect welll played moe adren :D
2016-11-27 14:34
France Graphyx
2016-11-27 18:51
what a shitty dream then lol But congrats for winning, Gambit and specially hobbit played amazing!
2016-11-27 21:16
Zero | 
Slovakia harek
congratz, deserved.
2016-11-27 23:15
Brazil Collee
congrats, hope you keep up the good performance
2016-11-28 16:40
They'll not even get out of group at the major.
2016-11-29 16:29
yeah... this time DO preapare propertly for the major. Don't just prepare against the team you "think" will win. You are professionals, you have a fkin lot of time to prepare your game. Not knowing how all your possible opponents IN YOUR GROUP play is just fucking lazy and retarded.
2016-11-30 19:30
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