One for the future: CeRq

Fiery 17-year-old AWPer Cvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov could become the superstar Bulgaria needs for his country to finally enjoy international success.

Bulgaria has always had a volatile scene, with constant shuffles and roster changes. Because of this, it has not been able to produce noteworthy results in recent times, especially since the start of 2017. The fact that the biggest squad — featuring the likes of Emiliyan "spyleadeR" Dimitrov, Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov, Viktor "v1c7oR" Dyankov and Simeon "dream3r" Ganev — has constantly changed organizations, from Gplay to Orbit to E-frag and now Imperial (and even spent a considerable amount of time without an organization under the name MK) has not helped their case.

The squad disbanded at the end of 2016 but came together again in 2017 with the exclusion of Nikolay "nkl" Krastev. Although they finished 3rd-4th at the StarLadder StarSeries XIII Finals in June of 2015 and won the ESEA Season 22 Global Challenge, in 2016, they haven't been consistent enough to move up in the ranking. One of the country's most valuable players, dream3r, has not been able to provide much assistance as he was VAC banned in 2014 and has had an on-and-off presence since then, being able to play in some tournaments and unable to do so in others.

CeRq currently plays for Outlaws

However, the Bulgarians' hopes remain very much alive thanks to the potential of a young talent. Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov, who started playing Counter-Strike 1.6 when his cousin introduced him to the game, played CS:GO casually until Teodor "SPELLAN" Nikolov formed WinFiction and invited him to join the team. "That's when the grind started", said CeRq, who attended his first LAN in May of 2016, in Sofia.

WinFiction lost 2-0 to Bpro, but CeRq posted a 1.12 Rating in his first-ever LAN match against Bpro, a remarkable achievement for the then 16-year-old. "After I stopped playing for Bpro, I met CeRq in a FACEIT game and I soon started playing with him." said SPELLAN, who gave CeRq a chance in his newly formed team, called Winfiction."I saw his big potential from the very beginning and decided to invite him to the team as everyone needs an AWPer like him in a team."

In contrast with his decent start, CeRq was like a ghost at ESWC Bulgaria 2016, where he averaged a 0.85 rating in a best-of-three series against HEADSHOTBG, which WinFiction lost 2-0. CeRq bounced back in the following months, helping his team to finish second at Game Evolution and to win the ESL South East Europe Championship Season 4 Finals. In the grand final of the ESL event, CeRq put on a 37:13 score, a 108.4 ADR and a 1.95 Rating under the banner of their new organization, Outlaws. In these two tournaments, CeRq averaged a 1.31 Rating across ten maps.

The youngster is impressive with the AWP

In February, Outlaws attended the $15,000 Assembly Winter 2017, which took place in Helsinki, Finland. The Bulgarians finished in second place, but CeRq's displays throughout the event were mediocre. In the best-of-three grand final against dizLown, CeRq had a 56.3 ADR and a 0.93 rating; his performance wasn't bright enough to carry his team to win the championship.

Recently, Outlaws faced Kinguin in the quarter-finals at GeForce Cup 2017, and this time around CeRq showed up, even though his team lost the match. Over the course of two maps, he had a 53:38 score, a 97.3 ADR and a 1.41 Rating. He showed the Poles his true potential and single-handedly prevented the game from being a complete blowout. Overall, CeRq's LAN performances have fluctuated, but he has acquitted himself quite well for a player who is just starting his career.

SPELLAN thinks that playing with CeRq is marvellous because he's intelligent and already knows what to do in most situations. "He is the best Bulgarian AWPer and he is progressing swiftly day by day", says SPELLAN, "I can see him in the Top 20 players of the world list in the future. He has the potential to play against and beat the top tier teams."

However, in order to fulfil his potential, CeRq still has a long way to go. He can perform against mid-tier teams just fine, but the story is different when it comes to the top tier as he hasn't got much experience at this level. Outlaws rarely get to face top opposition, so it is hard to judge how CeRq performs against big-name teams. He will have to make the most of these rare chances in the future to get noticed and gain a reputation.

So what makes him stand out in the mid-tier competition? The young Bulgarian's distinctive feature is his seemingly effortless use of the AWP, like a painter with his brush. If moving with AWP is a form of art, CeRq might one day become one of the best artists in the world. The lack of elite AWPers leaves the field open for CeRq to rise and become a superstar. You don't have to take my word for it, though, as our video editor Anton "Molen" Koev has put together a highlight reel to showcase CeRq's talent:

If CeRq continues his development and properly uses the rare chances he gets against top teams, he can one day become the superstar Bulgaria needs. For now, he has to keep progressing. He has the will to keep going, dedicating at least one hour only to his AWP every day. In the future, if everything works out, he plans to go international and represent Bulgaria the same way Nikola "NiKo" Kovač represents Bosnia - a possibility that he does not rule out. "There is no reason not to play in an international team in the future," he admits.

Bulgaria Nikolay 'nkl' Krastev
Nikolay 'nkl' Krastev
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
642
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1558
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Emiliyan 'spyleadeR' Dimitrov
Emiliyan 'spyleadeR' Dimitrov
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
885
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.18
Bulgaria Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
925
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
860
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Bulgaria Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1535
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Simeon 'dream3r' Ganev
Simeon 'dream3r' Ganev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
716
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#3
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
Bulgarian Guardian
2017-06-21 20:00
lets goo
2017-06-21 20:00
tru
2017-06-21 20:01
god
2017-06-21 20:01
ez 4 mr bulgaria
2017-06-21 20:01
#10
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France bouni45 
when maka is coming ?
2017-06-21 20:01
After soul
2017-06-21 20:31
#71
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
haha <3 i guess i am the only one here who got it :P
2017-06-21 21:00
:D
2017-06-21 21:18
too much throw potential on those boys from bulgaria atleast 1 map throw nearly every game
2017-06-21 20:02
#185
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Finland OpTic_allu 
How else they gonna earn money if they play cs go all day long?
2017-06-22 15:52
so easy 4 cerqgod
2017-06-21 20:02
#18
fnx | 
World HRQ1 
good talent :D
2017-06-21 20:02
#19
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United Arab Emirates PogChamp1337 
-allu +cerq
2017-06-21 20:03
make for cosmeeen
2017-06-21 20:03
Bulgarian Device
2017-06-21 20:03
#25
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Poland Oleczeq 
He is better than ropz
2017-06-21 20:05
#33
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
no
2017-06-21 20:10
#44
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Estonia BoomKings 
Cerq only fragging against t5 teams
2017-06-21 20:20
#100
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Estonia teremartin 
Kinguin > Oleczeq Ropz > you too
2017-06-21 21:58
#124
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Spain rezpekfull 
+1 and better tits too
2017-06-21 23:34
learn turkish and play for spaces -despe xD
2017-06-21 20:05
#70
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Hahahahahah for who? Hahahahahaa
2017-06-21 20:56
xd
2017-06-21 21:32
For the team that fucked every bulgarian cs team in the last 3 months
2017-06-21 23:56
#131
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
And what happened last year ? Efrag Orbit MK fucked SS everytime :)
2017-06-21 23:58
no calyx no ss my friend also despe sucks dick and ss is good now with ngin CeRq only good against t5, against SS he bottom fragged with 18-34 in a bo3 lmao
2017-06-22 00:16
#136
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Nope CeRq had a bad game vs SpaceS bad, but that doesnt make him "only good vs t5".. If he get a chance to play vs tier 1-2 he can show his potential
2017-06-22 00:20
Calyx and Xantares are still beter than CeRq
2017-06-22 00:24
#153
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Who?
2017-06-22 08:35
Better players than thrower CeRq.
2017-06-22 10:33
#161
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Nt "you will see a good VP" hahahajajaja
2017-06-22 10:37
Still better than trash Bulgarian CS.
2017-06-22 10:38
#166
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
CerQ, Bubble, v1c7oR > Pasha hahahaha
2017-06-22 10:47
#166
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
CerQ, Bubble, v1c7oR > Pasha hahahaha
2017-06-22 10:47
#182
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Kyrgyzstan XcmlX 
how is his name pronounced?
2017-06-22 14:51
#183
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Serqqq
2017-06-22 14:52
#199
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Kyrgyzstan XcmlX 
so it's like serk?
2017-06-22 17:54
#201
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Kyrgyzstan XcmlX 
thanks :)
2017-06-22 18:00
#202
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
npnp
2017-06-22 18:00
the ones that fucked imperial, outlaws, godsent and envyus
2017-06-22 16:12
XANTARES and Calyx are really good, I know it, but this retard from Bulgaria. :>
2017-06-22 16:30
sorry my friend my i missclicked my comment :p
2017-06-22 16:44
the ones that fucked imperial, outlaws, godsent and envyus
2017-06-22 16:45
#192
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Onetime in the past, go and check the statistic between Imperial and SS :)
2017-06-22 16:53
Last one SS lost was a year ago with TuGuX and Despe and without Calyx xdddddddd nobody cares a fuck about SS without Calyx No Calyx no Space Soldiers
2017-06-22 16:57
#194
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
+1 and old Imperial top 15 in the world cant compare to that one now :)
2017-06-22 16:59
Imperial top 15? when?
2017-06-22 16:59
#196
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Year ago
2017-06-22 17:02
#197
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
I mean efrag sorry
2017-06-22 17:05
#213
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Europe MyNameIsWho 
Efrag had higher peak than SS dunno what nonsense you're spreading. I dont remember ss beating tsm(astralis) on lan and envy too
2017-06-23 11:16
lol u won against a tsm that didnt care about a 20k tournament and got 2-0ed twice in a tier 4 tournament.
2017-06-23 11:32
#216
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Europe MyNameIsWho 
Doesn't really matter how important that tournament was, they achieved way more than SS by far
2017-06-23 12:09
#123
CeRq | 
Bulgaria CeRqTOP1 
+1
2017-06-21 23:32
maybe bubble too
2017-06-22 00:15
#27
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Switzerland TyRRRR 
Nice ^^ !
2017-06-21 20:05
#runCerq
2017-06-21 20:07
#29
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Bulgaria m1Tk8 
The best awper ever. Wish him good luck in the future :)
2017-06-21 20:07
#30
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Argentina ivanpb 
tl:dr CeRq=XeqtR
2017-06-21 20:07
#31
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Germany Payynnkilla 
that dude witha 1$ hair cut but plays like a beast XD
2017-06-21 20:07
#147
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World Quaresmania 
4Head
2017-06-22 04:16
#32
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Netherlands Nivex 
Looks like the typical pugger to me; overly aggressive, doing whatever the hell he wants.
2017-06-21 20:09
He is young and knows hes good if he was to get to the top he would not play like that ofc
2017-06-21 21:54
NiK0 *cough* NiK0...
2017-06-22 00:35
CerqGOD!
2017-06-21 20:13
#37
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Denmark Marvelw0w 
aka keev twin
2017-06-21 20:14
#41
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Poland 0VERATED 
WTF that teams are? They are fucking no names. They are not even tier 5. Too ez frags on tier 10 teams
2017-06-21 20:19
and u was :/
2017-06-21 23:55
#138
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Poland 0VERATED 
What do u mean ?
2017-06-22 00:25
there isnt even tier 10 ?:D idk what game u watch but outlaws are decent tier 3 team right now
2017-06-22 05:41
#42
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France Static2k 
n1
2017-06-21 20:19
sniperKiNG! Good stuff, HLTV!
2017-06-21 20:20
ikr, like where did he come from
2017-06-21 20:22
top player god awp
2017-06-21 20:22
2017-06-21 20:24
#54
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Poland misioneos 
new xgod
2017-06-21 20:28
#56
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Sweden RaketHopp 
he looks like he is 13
2017-06-21 20:35
#62
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Brazil Collee 
Beast. Been watching his games. Kid is nuts. Expect to see the same performances from him on lan tho, he's really fishy sometimes
2017-06-21 20:41
this motherfucker that haunts my hltv frontpage everytime i open it up
2017-06-21 20:44
xd
2017-06-21 21:21
#225
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Bulgaria krasitoo 
xd
2017-06-26 00:31
Tier1 AWPer, lands every shot!
2017-06-21 20:48
cerq join imperial pls , they need gud awper
2017-06-21 21:05
#76
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Bulgaria b0xeR4et0 
in bulgarian carq means The King so cerq mighr be dialectal or he just changed it up. Anyway I think his name means the king in bulgarian - From Tzar - Car, Cer
2017-06-21 21:06
#212
Xyp9x | 
Romania Old_Guy 
Not really relevant, but cerc = circle in Romanian :D
2017-06-23 09:21
#221
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Bulgaria b0xeR4et0 
It is cuz he's not romanian and we use Q as YA so carya (carq) means The king in Bulgarian and his name is cerq think about it :)
2017-06-23 18:09
frozen is an obvious next one btw. is it really that fucking hard to get a normal haircut?
2017-06-21 21:08
#78
United Kingdom Oxna 
Good vid and a talented prospect - good luck
2017-06-21 21:08
#79
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Bulgaria Costellio 
Onliner
2017-06-21 21:10
hes a retard, him and his friends, everytime i meet them on faceit they only trashtalk, typical 17 kido... reminds me of s1mple in the beginin
2017-06-21 21:15
u played against CeRq? I'm sure hes silent but yeah i've seen rock1ng talking thrash on official matches
2017-06-21 21:52
#82
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United States julian_stout 
cerq to imperial please, shipz could go to outlaws in his place
2017-06-21 21:17
everybody can be like niko you just have to try hard asf imo
2017-06-21 21:22
i see so many comments, like who cares? I care, and goodluck in the future, the kid is a beast!
2017-06-21 21:47
best awper PogChamp
2017-06-21 21:49
#101
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Bulgaria RzE 
CeRq top 10 awper in the moment.
2017-06-21 21:58
lmfao
2017-06-21 23:44
#223
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Brazil adre221 
tier10* fixed it for you
2017-06-25 06:45
stay focus. maybe one day
2017-06-21 22:12
#112
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Brazil Charizaldo 
oh that shot at 1:03
2017-06-21 22:18
ramz1k next pls
2017-06-21 22:18
#115
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Sweden Div-\ 
Who knows, maybe HLTV is right about this guy Cerq and Zywoo, maybe they'll become pro one day :D it's interesting to have a look at this lower tier players once in a while.
2017-06-21 22:43
#118
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Austria gex0r 
nice movie!!! cool soundtrack & nice frags, perfect decent editing
2017-06-21 22:49
#122
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Russia ez4u 
I have no idea why everyone is trying to mock him... im not even sure that 5% of hltv users look better than him LOL
2017-06-21 23:20
#142
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Denmark rijaH 
Really nice movie!
2017-06-22 00:51
he is the new SeDaN_ from balkans
2017-06-22 00:51
cool kids
2017-06-22 01:35
ez for cerq
2017-06-22 09:10
#156
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Bulgaria leanyyyy 
EZ FOR BULGARIAN NIKO #RUNCERQ
2017-06-22 10:02
how is this kid 17? he looks like he's max 12
2017-06-22 10:10
dosia watch out
2017-06-22 11:13
#175
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Denmark BassA 
met him in a couple of faceit matches, he is decent, but not great.
2017-06-22 11:44
New JW
2017-06-22 13:18
lul looks like a zerg
2017-06-22 14:20
nice haircut moron
2017-06-22 14:26
sure if the team would stop throwing then maybe
2017-06-22 16:49
amazing player.
2017-06-22 17:18
i already knew that he'd be this good when he was only 15 ;)
2017-06-22 18:58
#209
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
;))))))))))))))))))
2017-06-23 05:42
hes nutty!!!!!
2017-06-22 19:12
#207
crank | 
Europe n1g3r 
man has got a bowl cut
2017-06-22 22:04
One for the future cerq in jail
2017-06-23 08:23
#211
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France [SPQR] 
Who cares about another "awper"
2017-06-23 08:30
what is the name of his haircut?
2017-06-23 12:07
He is a Tier 61 player
2017-06-23 12:16
This guy makes JW look handsome.
2017-06-23 12:33
#219
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Europe MyNameIsWho 
Are you implying that JW is not handsome
2017-06-23 12:56
fag
2017-06-23 18:01
#222
rain | 
Indonesia lather 
OpieOP
2017-06-24 07:08
#224
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Poland eksnajn 
God damn good filters
2017-06-25 11:58
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