HObbit on Na`Vi clash: "I was in stress, it was more important than some grand finals"

In our first interview, Abay "HObbit" Khasenov talked about Gambit's lack of preparation ahead of DreamHack Open Winter, the opener against Rise Nation, and the quintuple-overtime clash with Natus Vincere.

With a 16-10 win against Rise Nation and a marathon of an Inferno against Natus Vincere, which went to five overtimes before a winner was found, Gambit secured the first spot in the semi-finals.

HObbit admitted there was additional pressure on Gambit due to their history with Natus Vincere

We got a hold of Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov after the match that sent them to semi-finals at DreamHack Open Winter to talk about the event and Gambit's journey so far.

You've already mentioned that your preparation was lacking before this event, can you first of all get into that, why the preparation wasn't there?

It was because we played a lot of hours before IEM Oakland. We just understand one thing - we need to work on our mental problems. That's it. And the relax just helped us a lot, because it removed the pressure we had about the game.

Going into the matches here, you were in control the entire match against Rise Nation, but it got a bit unexpectedly close, was there something that perhaps surprised you about them?

Yes, of course, firstly they played really well. Secondly, our preparation, we didn't play CS:GO, and of course we need some hours to understand how to do some things. We didn't feel our game until like 10 rounds in. And after, we just found our game and we won it.

Did you just need to warm up, then?

Yeah, something like that, we needed to warm up. We didn't do that, because we just arrived yesterday at like 3 AM and we slept for about six hours. That's our mistake, of course.

Let's get into the quintuple-overtime match against Na`Vi, you did a bit of a comeback towards the end of regulation and there were some crazy rounds, can you talk me through it?

That was 100% an historic match for CIS at least, and very, very important for us, for our team, for our fans. Of course, for some of people, we didn't play how we can play because of some pressure. All of us understood that it was a very important match and we were just scared to do some things because of that. The more important thing was that we just won it.

I was in stress, to be honest. This game was very important, more important than some grand finals for me, because I wanted to understand if we were good because of Zeus or not.

Like you said, it took you a bit of time to get into the matches, do you feel like you're going to improve as the tournament progresses?

Of course, 100% we're going to improve our game. Now we're feeling some power and we're going to use it.

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
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Maps played:
2017-12-01 22:49
Poland GALA014 
Navi grand finals
2017-12-01 22:49
Germany AYEON 
2017-12-01 22:49
very noice
2017-12-01 22:49
Fantastic plays by Hobbit. Biggest upcoming player RN
2017-12-01 22:49
Netherlands Deji 
h0bbit aka baby face
2017-12-01 22:50
kissmyass | 
Denmark raaVz 
2017-12-01 22:50
Who can dislike this fella, gj my niBBa
2017-12-01 22:51
Brazil bandicoot 
he using the power!
2017-12-01 22:52
little hobbit, winning navi like this 31:28 doesn't show you anything. If we had bo3 we could see who's actually better
2017-12-01 22:53
You think that navi would stand a chance vs Gambit on overpass/train/cobble ? I arent think that, inferno was only map where they had a chance
2017-12-01 22:55
It's only your speculations, you never know what happaned. So, that's why I was talking about bo3.
2017-12-01 22:56
Man not even Astralis can win them on those 3 maps, let's be real and leave fanboyism on the side. This match 10/10 surprised me, I was not expecting navi to put such a fight, even tho gambit played super sloppy and lost so many 4v1/4v2 situations.
2017-12-01 22:58
You must be don't understand the real situation. That 31:28 was a very bad result for Gambit, cuz Gambit is tier1 team while navi is tier2, they supposed to be winning like 16:12
2017-12-01 23:00
exactly what im saying
2017-12-01 23:00
Paraguay imjustmau 
ez for toxic p1mple
2017-12-01 23:05
Sweden Kasidro 
it probably would have been like 16-12 if gambit had picked up a pistol round
2017-12-02 12:59
not so bad for Gambit. Because check their players profile. They got around 10 hours past 2 weeks in CS:GO.
2017-12-02 14:27
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Twinaye 
navi lost 6 5v3 2 4v2 and a lot of other advantages.
2017-12-02 00:23
Kazakhstan abkn1 
You lost not just because of the fact that you did not succeed. You just relaxed that you easily took in the first half of the game and you thought that in the second half you will not be hindered. But you did not consider that you are playing against the Kazakhs!
2017-12-02 00:58
Gambit lost 1 v 4 And a lot of other advantages
2017-12-02 06:44
Germany abdiRUSHb 
Gambit trained only 5h/week. So I think that it's normal
2017-12-02 12:15
France StickyRice 
Gambit lost both pistols otherwise it's 16-11 or something for Gambit
2017-12-02 12:54
Like one bo3 would show you who is better anyway..
2017-12-01 22:56
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
No, only bo5, because it maybe fast 2-0...
2017-12-02 01:29
LOL Gambit would tear your ukrainian asses apart on overpass/train/cobble/
2017-12-01 22:56
said tier100 liquid fan, btw I'm also Gambit fan, you can check it out.
2017-12-01 22:58
LOL Liquid gets invites to more tournaments and plays better against real teams. Liquid would beat navi ez pz Sad 3rd worlder is sad.
2017-12-01 23:03
Latvia pumasiK 
liquid trashteam triggereeddd
2017-12-01 23:20
hahahaha +1
2017-12-02 15:38
mou | 
Kazakhstan Anatonaut 
Lol. There is Navi maps? Gambit picked Cache or Mirage, Navi Train or Nuke, Inferno 3d. Gambit playing all maps, maybe Cobble is not good. I think 2-0, exactly 2-1 for Gambit in bo3. Who is better?
2017-12-01 23:02
#13 and below, highly recommend to read
2017-12-01 23:04
mou | 
Kazakhstan Anatonaut 
Ok dude
2017-12-01 23:04
Denmark PeeedE 
Plz, stop saying we you are not a part of NAVI!!!
2017-12-03 14:44
Good interview
2017-12-01 22:54
Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
Gambit 31-28 Na`Vi jesus that match.............................. sick
2017-12-01 22:54
Norway felt 
you only had oné grand final lmao wtf
2017-12-01 23:01
They won 2 or 3 DH befors the major what are u talking about ofc its was a tier2 events but its still imressive for rookie like him
2017-12-01 23:31
didnt they reach the final of that in house lan too, cs summit was it? and lost out in a BO5 to SK.
2017-12-02 00:45
Europe Ark- 
" "some" grand finals" what finals did they reach besides the major?
2017-12-01 23:06
he didnt say some of their finals, but finals overall
2017-12-01 23:07
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
hltv.org/stats/teams/events/6651/Gambit major, 2 dreamhacks, cs_summit
2017-12-01 23:42
How about you learn some london?!
2017-12-02 10:59
Europe Ark- 
what did I do wrong?
2017-12-02 12:57
he didn't mention as some grand finals that they were into, he mentioned a grand final in general
2017-12-02 13:48
The boys went to the success
2017-12-01 23:22
Finland Smoonah 
I was in stress. Must have went to 2nd semester of pashas' London sk00l.
2017-12-01 23:41
hahaha lol
2017-12-01 23:59
Sweden lagcats 
gg's i guess
2017-12-01 23:42
Brazil Sukitay 
beating navi against zeus > winning major
2017-12-02 00:06
Netherlands Xot1ko 
I really want to see a Na'Vi vs Gambit grand final
2017-12-02 01:43
Dosia MVP
2017-12-02 02:10
hell ye
2017-12-02 03:20
Brazil cadik 
s1mple +30 and navi still lost. guess why? cuz s1mple is #CSGODofEcoAndExitFrags. minimum impact from him in important rounds
2017-12-02 05:13
2017-12-02 08:02
Brazil cadik 
+1 i are agree. you are Delusional simple fanboy
2017-12-02 08:36
rain | 
Slovakia TrYx_ 
He clutched unreal 1v4 with bomb planted, AK in hand but nothing more
2017-12-02 09:17
Yes, that wasthe only sick round from him, all rest was baiting and some aggressiveness on apps, on ct, how many times he died on b like a real bot? . How many times he baited his mates when pushing bomb sites,? Yup kills is everything for many I see
2017-12-02 11:02
rain | 
Slovakia TrYx_ 
Yep definitely Simple was always last who was going to site, or who was alive for Navi
2017-12-02 11:38
Russia kvakywka 
This match was just incredible
2017-12-02 07:23
31:28 was not a really win for Gambit. It say nothing. Navi is a new Team, it was the first Lan. Electronic need a bit time to adapt. Atm, Navi play like a MixTeam, elect and edward change often positions, to see how they should play. Gambit play since a few months toghter. It was a good match for Navi in my opinion. Edward had a bad day and electronic was nervous. Give Navi one Month Bootcamp, they will rock major very hard. Hahah and little Hobit think they win the Major because they very good, especially him. ^^ If they so good, why they dont win something after Major? Look as SK, Fnatic or Astalis won Major, how strong they was befor Major, on Major and after Major. Hobbit only good if he play vs. low Team. vs RiseNation = 38-13 in 26Rounds vs Navi = 35-41 in 59Rounds
2017-12-02 09:05
hahahahah won two pistolrounds and lose hahahahha electronic > fitch and lose hahahahahah 100h in 2 weeks lose vs 5-10 hours in 2 weeks in steam hahahhaha
2017-12-02 09:14
age 29 and laugh like 9 year old kid
2017-12-02 09:28
2017-12-02 09:29
pidar uska glazi
2017-12-02 09:31
nt. Only good players in navi are electronic and s1mple and s1mple is toxic and ruins the atmosphere of the team so only good player is electronic when gambit is playing like as a team and winning their opponents all the time. You are just babyraging.
2017-12-02 09:28
where you see s1mple is toxic? i watch much vlog of navi behind closed doors. no one scene where s1mple was toxic.
2017-12-02 09:30
because he is not raging in irl but in game
2017-12-02 09:31
show me link or a fact that he is raging in navi.
2017-12-02 09:33
Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
+1 fucking dumbhead idiots talking he is still "toxic" Lmao
2017-12-02 10:08
Brazil augusJ 
s1mple is a player with a lot of skill, apparently calm in the matches, but behind the scenes is like Joffrey Baratheon. This wears out any team.
2017-12-03 08:00
where is the proof? crap talker...
2017-12-03 11:56
Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
omfg idiot, keep living in 2014 hahahaha s1mple never rage in Na`Vi, at least on players 100% he is calm player with passion to the game, he is MVP of almost every match S1mple top1 #CSGOD haters gonna suck balls
2017-12-02 10:09
Brazil augusJ 
...nts for you...
2017-12-03 07:54
4 major champion vs 1 and 4 no namers. How can this match be that important?
2017-12-02 13:27
2017-12-02 13:56
i still cant believe how navi managed to lose this
2017-12-02 14:29
Canada Twikie 
the final will be: Gambit vs Natus Vincere
2017-12-02 14:29
Latvia Tibro 
eh so lucky gambit but navi will win :)
2017-12-02 15:33
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
idk man. The kazaks seem to want it more. Navi isnt a solid unit atm
2017-12-03 10:07
Denmark Notallama 
Na'Vi ever playing in a final, lul.
2017-12-02 15:43
Lol these guys love these local matchups because its the only time they have a team they can actually beat, both of these CIS teams are dog shit. Gambit since major one of the worst teams in tier 1 if not the worst, and Na'vi tier 2-3 garbage team the entire year.
2017-12-02 20:43
Finland Alko^ 
omg who cares about t3 level? and who cares about that fat ugly asian’s opinion
2017-12-03 13:31
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
This game was very important, more important than some grand finals for me, because I wanted to understand if we were good because of Zeus or not.
2017-12-03 16:00
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