HObbit: "We lost every online match and practice"

July 16th, 2017 13:08

Abay "HObbit" Khasenov was our first interviewee at the PGL Major Krakow after Gambit won their first match in the Swiss group stage with a 16-10 scoreline on Inferno versus mousesports.

Gambit kicked off their journey at the PGL Major with a win over mousesports, clawing back from a 0-5 deficit in the first half before locking down the defense without much trouble.

HObbit had flashbacks to their online play when Gambit started 0-5 against mousesports

After the Major's first match, we sat down with Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov to find out how his team prepared, and asked him about the match on Inferno as well as whether he's close to signing for Gambit permanently.

Tell me about your preparation for the Major, how much did you play and what did you focus on?

We prepared a lot, we have like 700 hours per two weeks in the team, it's too much. But we lost every online match and every pracc. We didn't know what to do, but we just practiced, practiced, and practiced, and today, the result is what it is.

How did losing those matches online affect your confidence going into the Major?

I don't know, I think we're just really bad online, maybe that's why. We were trying our best, but we couldn't win.

Was there anything specific in-game that you focused on? You did have quite a bit of time to prepare, seeing as you didn't go to that many LAN events.

The Major was our only goal, so we prepared a lot for it. We changed a lot of tactics, we changed some positions, some roles, and now, we're new Gambit with new calls.

I remember you telling me at the ELEAGUE Major that you had prepared for everyone, is it that the case now as well, did Zeus prepare for each team here?

Now we just prepared our game, not every single opponent, we just watch demos like one day before our match. We just look for moves and talk about what we should do.

Touching on the Inferno match you just played, you began 0-5 down, what was the atmosphere like in the team at that point and how did you end up making a good half of it, finishing 7-8?

When the score was 0-5, I thought it was going to be really hard, I thought it was going to overtime or that we'd lose the match, because it looked like an online game for us, no chance for us. But in one round something happened, we just won the round, and after this, I just felt some power again. And we just won it, but I thought it was going to be harder.

Were there any adjustments from Zeus that you can think of?

Yeah, actually he told us that we should play slowly. That's it.

You had some issues at the start of the second half, losing to a forcebuy in the third round of the second half, but then it was a fairly quick affair... What do you think was the key to locking down the defense?

We watched demos of mousesports and we knew they were going to start their tactics at 50 seconds, and we just saved our grenades, we just prepared some tactics with AdreN on banana.

What are the realistic expectations for Gambit at the Major, what result would you be happy with?

At least Legends, but of course we want to go further.

You're still being loaned out from Tengri, can you explain what the situation looks like, whether you're close to signing for Gambit permanently?

Everything is about to finalize.

So, you are going to sign for Gambit?

I hope so, it's not 100% yet, it's maybe 80-90% certain. We will see!

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Ukraine gungrave 
STOP REKT MOUZ! you already won
2017-07-16 13:09
Sweden imgur 
2017-07-16 13:09
For 0:50
2017-07-16 13:49
Russia shternzFactory 
rekt for gambit
2017-07-16 13:09
VP 2.0
2017-07-16 13:09
2017-07-16 14:15
gambit lan team, navi online team we know that already
2017-07-16 13:09
Argentina roulettesoad 
''We threw every online match and practice'' FIXED
2017-07-16 13:09
2017-07-16 13:11
China laazx 
700hrs. sleep, wake up, eat,play csgo, and sleep
2017-07-16 13:10
What do you mean?
2017-07-16 13:24
= 10h per day
2017-07-16 14:05
hobbit remembers
2017-07-16 13:12
Turkey powergs 
Gambit Throw confirmed
2017-07-16 13:12
NiKo | 
Austria Phil_1337 
2017-07-16 13:13
Nearly bigger lan team than VP
2017-07-16 13:24
Kazakhstan kanjarje 
This is clearly mindgames. You can just watch how they are playing in online: picking everywhere, everyone doing his own things and zeus calling default tactics. On pracc you dont need to play on 100%, just testing strats. Its means no motivation for zeus dosia mou = bad online. Sorry for bad englando
2017-07-16 13:35
Argentina ivanpb 
peeking* not being a cunt, just trying to help u :)
2017-07-17 00:58
lulu gl
2017-07-16 13:49
I'm thinking a 2-3 but hey best of luck
2017-07-16 14:17
Brazil jia 
2017-07-16 14:38
United States gtmaniacmda 
zeus *_* 160 hours in the past 2 weeks
2017-07-16 17:05
tryhard Gambit
2017-07-18 22:09
rain | 
Norway tNelat 
they should definitely sign him, he helped build the name
2017-07-23 11:28
Spain JasonRacism 
Na'Vi might steal him who knows
2017-07-23 11:29
rain | 
Norway tNelat 
they had to pick him up tbh he kept carrying tengri against gambit twitter.com/OfficialANGE1/status/7818769..
2017-07-23 11:35
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