qikert: "We didn't come here for the experience, we came here to win"

Our next interview from the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier is with Alexey "qikert" Golubev, who mainly talked about AVANGAR's experience so far at the tournament and Kazakhstan's ability to produce new talent.

The CIS Minor champions AVANGAR started the tournament 0-2, losing to mousesports and Space Soldiers in their first two matches despite being able to compete on the CT sides of Mirage.

Earlier today, the Kazakh-Russian squad grabbed their first win in the Swiss format, beating FlipSid3 in convincing fashion on Train with Timur "buster" Tulepov spearheading the way.

Gambit have been a role model to qikert & co.

In our interview with Alexey "qikert" Golubev, the 19-year-old discussed AVANGAR's goals at the tournament, their preparation, the aforementioned matches, and the Kazakh scene:

How did AVANGAR for their biggest tournament yet, what did you focus on and how much time did you put in?

In the beginning we had a lot of issues with visas, we had to travel to Kazakhstan just to get visas and it hurt our preparation a lot, we couldn't prepare at all. But then Buster got his visa and we had like one week to prepare for the Major. We played a lot of praccs, I guess we played 40 praccs in that one week.

You were quite competitive against mousesports on the first day, can you tell me about the match and the experience you had in your first match here?

We got the effect from the first game, you have the feeling like your hands are cold, you're not prepared, you're stressed and just didn't play like you had before. But then, after five rounds we just got used to it and started playing our game, but we just gave up our rounds in stupid situations.

Did you feel any pressure?

In the beginning only and then we were brave, we did what we wanted.

What about the match against Space Soldiers on Mirage, there it was a similar story as the first side went quite well but then in the second you fell off...?

This time we came in without any pressure, without any stress, but we did the same things like before against mousesports and we made stupid mistakes, we gave up some rounds, just LAN things that we wouldn't do online.

Was FlipSid3 a good match-up for you as a team that also comes from the CIS region?

It was do-or-die for us. We just got a good start and it helped us a lot, we just felt our game. Buster put his performance in this match, he was carrying the whole game and killing everyone, and Jame made very important calls and clutches.

Can you go over your players and tell me a bit more about them, where you came from and how long you've been together?

We have been together for nine months and we just started playing together, we're just a young team and we still need this experience to play on these LANs. Nobody knew about us in the beginning, but now everyone talks about us.

Kazakhstan has produced many new talents in recent times, where does that come from, being in a region that is quite detached?

We got many young talents, but the main thing is ping and our location so they can't show up. When Gambit won their first Major, it was for us like 'guys, we can do this too' and here we are.

What would you say your goals are here, then?

Our goal is of course three wins here and nothing else. We didn't come here for the experience, we came here to win.

Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
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Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
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2018-01-15 00:55
Poland cGev 
2018-01-15 00:56
Nice joke
2018-01-15 00:56
2018-01-15 07:55
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2018-01-15 21:16
Czech Republic Tobyyas 
2018-01-15 23:57
2018-01-16 08:26
ROFLMAO, WIN WHAT? Our hearts? :)
2018-01-15 00:56
World nouman 
literal no namers get to play in a major and destroyed an experienced team, something every competitive csgo player would hope to achieve,
2018-01-15 01:00
Germany x00N 
they won vs shitsite so what ?
2018-01-15 01:05
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
They won 12 rounds against mouz, navi couldnt do it, tomorrow they destroy rabbits
2018-01-15 04:21
Brazil Gunzel 
Mouz-Dnavi 16-2 Mouz-Avangar 16-12 on the same map. Can't you see difference?
2018-01-15 07:40
Well, I can. Mouz had to prepare for Na'Vi, thing that no one still can do with Avangar. Avangar started for different side, Na'Vi just had no possibility to play for CT. Avangar won pistol round (by nearly pure luck, just like few more). It helps for good start, here comes money, morals etc. So ofc 16-12 seems much more close than 16-2, but actually no one knows how both navi and avangar might have play if they being each other's. Analysis like "Avangar got 10 more rounds than Na'Vi against same team" won't work. It's other day, other game, other background for each situation. By this logic Rng 2.3 times better team than Faze. I completely agree with my german friend, avangar just won f3, meanwhile they are lose to space turkeys lol, they still haven't achieved anything decent.
2018-01-15 11:37
You're dumb as fuck lol and you should learn to speak english
2018-01-15 13:59
Explain where I'm wrong. My eng potato, yep. It's fine to read books or watch some English content, but always hard to explain things.
2018-01-15 14:06
You're saying it like beating flipside on lan isnt already something to be proud of just because they didnt beat spaces
2018-01-15 14:07
Not f3 like this ones. I'm not saying Avangar are bad, I'm just saying it's not enough for major and their declared aims, and also that logic with navi-mouz-avangar sucks.
2018-01-15 14:16
How does it suck if avangar managed to get more rounds on t side than na'vi did and na'vi started on t side first
2018-01-15 14:17
Well I explain how. New day, different teams with different backgrounds.
2018-01-15 14:18
Doesnt matter, still managed to do better than navi
2018-01-15 14:21
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
win lol k
2018-01-15 00:56
Russia v1p3rrr 
2018-01-15 20:35
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
still wont win. they barely beat liquid with a stand-in.
2018-01-15 21:04
Russia v1p3rrr 
that was misfits w/o standin kek
2018-01-15 21:06
Russia v1p3rrr 
well they almost did it to major lost fkin round to ot :(
2018-01-16 06:11
Portugal CyruS14 
gl to win sk
2018-01-15 00:56
Grand Final: AVANGAR [31:28] Gambit
2018-01-15 04:31
NiKo | 
Denmark happyDane 
Nice joke
2018-01-15 00:56
chill out son
2018-01-15 00:56
2018-01-15 00:58
Russian people always drink
2018-01-15 00:57
2018-01-15 01:20
RpK | 
Germany STIFAN 
Nice bait 0/8
2018-01-15 00:57
Switzerland Andro7789 
well you are not doing a great job then
2018-01-15 00:57
Brazil hugoooo 
Good mindset. It's faster to evolve thinking like that.
2018-01-15 00:58
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
Well played
2018-01-15 00:58
World dammo 
blablabla. they wont make it to the major
2018-01-15 00:59
they will
2018-01-15 01:01
zorte | 
Russia yuko^^ 
we will see
2018-01-15 02:51
Hong Kong Sample_ 
They are on major already
2018-01-15 15:43
Albania resick 
hahahahahaha greedy fuck got too hyped cuz beating the shittiest team in the world flipsid3
2018-01-15 01:03
albanian bois cant make tier3 team. so why u talk about it
2018-01-16 13:34
Albania resick 
i know but its not about that , i mean u only won one match against flipside why do u have to be cocky so others can hate u.. u have even better teams here who want to only pass the stage. if u talk like this u only make others hate on ur team
2018-01-16 13:58
mb its true
2018-01-17 12:43
Brazil LukeCS7 
2018-01-15 01:02
Germany EDWR 
avangar is so bad wtf. lol they just won 1 match and now they are so cocky lol. noobs.
2018-01-15 01:03
Nobody knew about us in the beginning, but now everyone talks about us. LUL
2018-01-15 01:04
Russia v1p3rrr 
In cis yes
2018-01-15 01:08
No one talks about them... Vega is more relevant than they are, and few people talk about Vega.
2018-01-15 01:16
Russia v1p3rrr 
I mean there are many ppl in cis talks about avangar as the most fast-growing cis team. And they are really becoming better every mounth
2018-01-15 01:19
man vega is the best CIS team imo
2018-01-15 01:23
Russia v1p3rrr 
2018-01-15 01:33
f0rest | 
Yugoslavia Bodhii 
U mean Gambit?
2018-01-15 01:57
No, if he meant Gambit, he would've said Gambit
2018-01-15 10:40
f0rest | 
Yugoslavia Bodhii 
vega is no where near gambit so i thought he might be trolling or forgot gambit
2018-01-15 17:57
Interesting. Imo, avangar seem to be growing faster to me, but to each his own.
2018-01-15 01:31
I think it's better to say "some people in cis overhype avangar". No one can say why they should show results, but everyone know that they have some right approach. I've holywar'ed once with some avanfan who tried convince me that Avangar much stronger than Vega, and his main argue was recent Avangar win vs AGO iirc :) It was funny and hard at the moment to explain who is ago and why Vega have stickers, specially because it was before Vega won their second chinatop with ago in finals.
2018-01-15 11:52
Lan = bad because screaming crowd
2018-01-15 01:05
Russia v1p3rrr 
They have chances to qualify for major with 3-2 or atleast 2-3 (last chance 100T's spot) score
2018-01-15 01:07
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
2018-01-15 01:09
lul calm down noob
2018-01-15 01:16
qikert > coldzera
2018-01-15 04:31
In 2026 maybe
2018-01-15 05:07
Finland Smoonah 
ty +1 point in pick ums
2018-01-15 01:16
2018-01-15 01:21
United States ViKaLiBuR 
You’ve won one game, chill out! But Buster and Jame are insanely good for it being their first major
2018-01-15 01:21
2018-01-15 02:59
It is going prety well so far. Keep the good work.
2018-01-15 04:18
no chance LFMAO
2018-01-15 13:13
Europe JuliusCaesar 
They have good attitude as a upcoming team. Most of underdogs are scared or feel like a worse team. They're confident and thats it. Its obvious they wont win but They have to keep peace of mind and play like enemies are equal.
2018-01-15 14:23
Very nice attitude, always must look for win even if it might not be likely, why even be in event otherwise? It is bo1 so surprises can happen anyway as we have seen xd...
2018-01-15 14:28
They will be even better than gambit one day. Best of luck Avangar.
2018-01-15 14:32
Hungary hardrise 
I like the enthusiasm, good luck guys! ;)
2018-01-15 14:42
Slovakia Freddie28 
NT son
2018-01-15 16:17
who tf is qikert
2018-01-15 18:22
so do 100thieves
2018-01-15 19:16
Kazakhstan 001RusKZ 
Big talent!
2018-01-15 21:02
Brazil augusJ 
2018-01-16 02:19
jame > kennyS imo
2018-01-16 04:33
IT was close man
2018-01-16 06:14
Russia aks1131 
2018-01-16 06:15
Hope to see more from these guys. I'm super impressed by them, especially Buster.
2018-01-16 06:17
Norway zyxsaje 
And they have almost made it, feel sad for them though.
2018-01-16 14:00
Brazil cadik 
2018-01-16 20:58
ok, let's calm down now kid
2018-01-17 02:15
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