hutji: "It's just a dream for us to go to playoffs, but sometimes dreams come true"

Our first interview from the ELEAGUE Major is with Pavel "hutji" Lashkov, who carried Vega Squadron to a 16-10 win against North on Overpass in the first round.

With a comfortable Terrorist side and a big performance from Pavel "hutji" Lashkov, Vega Squadron grabbed their first win at the ELEAGUE Major, defeating North 16-10 on Overpass.

Vega's manager, Alex "Lk_" Lemeshev acted as a translator during our interview with hutji

We caught up with hutji after the match to find out more about some of the important round he was part of, such as his 1v2 at the beginning of the game and their mac-10 buy towards the end.

First of all, how was the team feeling going into a match against North, was that a good matchup for you?

We weren't too happy about the draw. It's not because of North but because we're at a Major, there are no weak teams. I was saying the same during the previous stage, but it is the Major, these teams are even stronger, there are no weak opponents.

We knew we were going to play Overpass. We believe it was kind of a surprise for them to play Overpass, I think they expected Inferno to be played and we were prepared for Overpass. We were reading them heavily, we did the preparation before the match and we knew what to expect, and it worked this way.

Can you go over the third round on the CT side, when you decided to forcebuy and you pulled off the 1v2? What was the thinking behind forcing in the third round rather than the second?

One of the options you have when you lose the pistol round is either do a forcebuy and then you have to take an eco in the third round, and we tried to do this in practice to do a full eco. I believe we only killed one guy, so the opponent doesn't usually expect you to buy in the third round.

I wouldn't say they were low on grenades, but they didn't get what you would consider a full buy. The clutch was a big morale boost for us, it didn't break the opponents' economy, but it was unexpected and losing a round like that can start making things complicated later in the half.

Considering there was a streak of about six rounds after that clutch, how satisfied were you with the half overall, getting eight rounds in the end?

I think it was a comfortable score for us even though we only got eight rounds, if you compared it to the G2 match when we got 12. It could have been more, but we decided to play with an AWP setup and I was playing with an AWP in B, which we never did in practice. I was unlucky with the timings, I was missing shots. But as we won the second pistol round and didn't lose the forcebuy, it was fine.

On the second half there was a particularly interesting buy towards the end when you decided to rush with Mac-10s and it nearly worked out, again thanks to big plays from you, what led the team to that decision?

The idea of the round is quite similar to our signature round on Inferno, where we push B with Mac-10s. The idea was to play a fast round to the A site through restrooms and in the beginning it wasn't looking that good, the first two coming out of balloons got killed, but I came out of nowhere and killed four and in the end it was a really close clutch, I believe k0nfig had only about 17 HP. If they were low on money, this round would have broken their economy, but they were still comfortable after this round. But still, as soon as you lose four guns against a low buy, it's not great.

You had a great game personally, was there anything special about it for you, was it just a good matchup?

That's what happened, I was lucky. It depends on the day, getting up with a good or a bad mood. If you can set yourself mentally for the game, anyone of us is ready for the opponent. It's just about getting the right feeling before the game.

This is your second Major and at the last one you went out in the group stage, what is going to be the goal for this one and what will it take to get there?

The goal for the event is to just show our best against those tier-one opponents, against all the top teams. It would be great to get through to the playoffs, it's just a dream for everyone but sometimes dreams come true, if you work hard and if you're ready for that. This time we'll see if it's that time or not.

Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
410
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
#2
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United States Linkbane 
Congrats to Vega
2018-01-19 18:14
#OnlyVega
2018-01-19 18:14
In Vega we trust.
2018-01-19 18:55
#3
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
vega top 1
2018-01-19 18:14
#34
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CIS dimooooon 
+1 cis top Thorin retard
2018-01-19 18:54
y?Thorin dont say anythg to Vega
2018-01-20 13:18
#77
Laz | 
Japan craig_af 
Actually he did: @Thooorin "Vega Squadron qualified so what do you have to say about the CIS Minor now?" You're such a big fan of it you don't seem aware of the teams that played…
2018-01-20 21:55
He said about CIS
2018-01-20 21:53
ez
2018-01-19 18:14
#5
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Russia alabar 
gl bro
2018-01-19 18:14
Always on point Striker, keep it up :)
2018-01-19 18:14
#7
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Sweden Rexz 
n1
2018-01-19 18:14
GJ hutji!
2018-01-19 18:14
expected
2018-01-19 18:14
#10
fnx | 
Europe FPSLin 
K
2018-01-19 18:14
#11
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Sweden ConaN007 
Hi mom
2018-01-19 18:14
go home
2018-01-19 18:14
#13
jkaem | 
Sweden EnVade 
GOGOGOGOOG VEGA
2018-01-19 18:14
#14
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Estonia sux3ss 
Ez for vega
2018-01-19 18:14
#15
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
gl
2018-01-19 18:14
lul
2018-01-19 18:14
#17
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Myanmar Lemo2K 
Ok
2018-01-19 18:14
#25
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Latvia Flinchester 
BUG
2018-01-19 18:35
N1 Hutji and Vega I can see the hunger to win on your faces.
2018-01-19 18:15
GL
2018-01-19 18:17
All these new vega fans tilt the fuck outta me.. Glory hunters rofl
2018-01-19 18:21
#26
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Latvia Flinchester 
Why? I am only one who liked vega before :(
2018-01-19 18:36
Nope! #OnlyVega
2018-01-19 19:00
#40
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Latvia Flinchester 
#OnlyVEGA
2018-01-19 19:01
#46
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Russia TheWizzard 
#OnlyVEGA
2018-01-19 19:42
#OnlyVEGA
2018-01-20 15:03
#27
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Latvia Flinchester 
Glory hunters are SK fans
2018-01-19 18:36
And FaZe fans ^^
2018-01-19 18:40
#29
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Latvia Flinchester 
Not for all, i like FaZe because of GuardiaN, even tho i, he wasnt really good form befor FaZe and the real glory hunters critisised that shuffle.
2018-01-19 18:43
I think everyone who didn't love a player on the team criticised it.
2018-01-19 18:44
#52
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
hahaha NOPE
2018-01-19 21:44
#53
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Latvia Flinchester 
Nope about what?
2018-01-19 21:44
#55
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Your comment
2018-01-19 21:45
#56
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Latvia Flinchester 
Wich one?
2018-01-19 21:46
#57
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
the one I replied to WTF
2018-01-19 21:46
#58
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Latvia Flinchester 
But it is true, brazzilians like sk only because its brazzilian, other is glory hunters, most boring team to watch
2018-01-19 21:49
#64
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Of course I like them because they're Brazilians, what other reasons should I have for liking them? Or am I not allowed to like a team from my own country? And about being glory hunter, I know I've been following and cheering for BR CS, especially players like Fallen and Fer since a long time ago. I even remember watching Crossfire matches because Fallen and Fer's team were playing. And then they went into CSGO when CSGO was nothing in Brazil, and they built everything from scratch, a thing that 95% of pro players today don't have a clue about what it is. So no, I'm not a glory hunter or whatever you call it. Bye.
2018-01-19 21:52
#65
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Latvia Flinchester 
Never told anything about specificly you
2018-01-19 21:56
#66
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Well I'm a SK fan, so technically you did
2018-01-19 21:57
#67
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Latvia Flinchester 
Im just sick of you faggots 100% of time yeeling spamming and always defending.... so anooying... why you have to be so cunt when other than your teams win
2018-01-19 21:59
#68
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Yeah I think that's annoying too, but I believe that a good part of those ''Brazilian'' spammers here in HTLV aren't really Brazilians, they're fakeflagging. Of course, knowing the Brazilian community like I do, I know that there are a lot of toxic people especially in the CS:GO community, but there are also a lot of fakeflaggers too, don't get fooled and baited by them.
2018-01-19 22:04
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Latvia Flinchester 
kk
2018-01-19 22:08
#45
ZywOo | 
Chile siag 
i think all the people likes underdogs, and everyone is wanting to see how high them can get. i like their desire to win and their victories are nice to watch
2018-01-19 19:25
#47
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Argentina MrPikachu00 
I follow Vega since 2015 after their dota 2 team won ESL One NY and since early 2016 i started following their csgo team. But everyone loves underdogs and every russian loves vega because is their first good team. Go vega
2018-01-19 19:56
I like all CIS teams in general, I always root for them
2018-01-19 20:20
#54
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Latvia Flinchester 
Same
2018-01-19 21:45
#24
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
BE HUMBLE
2018-01-19 18:26
cute my boy
2018-01-19 18:45
they will, VP lost
2018-01-19 18:45
#59
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Latvia Flinchester 
how tf polish guy could like 100 alcoholics????
2018-01-19 21:49
what?
2018-01-19 21:50
#62
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Latvia Flinchester 
*thieves
2018-01-19 21:51
Why is it weird? :P
2018-01-19 21:52
#33
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
n1 byali
2018-01-19 18:52
#36
Brehze | 
Russia MH- 
tyt chitalos vse
2018-01-19 18:56
gl bro
2018-01-19 18:57
#38
pronax | 
Europe ShaV 
Thorin crying )
2018-01-19 18:59
#41
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Germany t_mmey 
ez bro
2018-01-19 19:01
Vega obossala uebanov)
2018-01-19 19:07
#44
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Macedonia EXTOL[t] 
Huttjis lips come to play thanks to jR FPL awp vs woxic
2018-01-19 19:15
#48
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CIS CA1MAN 
H E R P E S B O Y E
2018-01-19 20:16
#50
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Slovakia ypsylonnn 
Is there anyone in vega who is able to speak English??
2018-01-19 20:23
#71
hooch | 
Russia c0ldl3ss 
Meh,only for calls/info at some FPL,not for some serious interview.
2018-01-20 01:07
WutFace
2018-01-19 20:58
#60
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Turkey BEYONDGODL1KE 
Good Job, you guys play very good..
2018-01-19 21:50
#69
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Canada Matomoto 
I hope they go far!
2018-01-19 22:05
#72
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Romania ASTiX 
Vega in final i expect
2018-01-20 07:26
#73
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Brazil Gunzel 
Vega in playoffs hype =D do it boiz just do itt
2018-01-20 12:41
#75
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
Vega deserves to be in Playoffs!
2018-01-20 14:51
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