qikert: "When I took the IGL role, Jame suddenly became a super-carry"

After AVANGAR managed a win over NiP we spoke to Alexey "qikert" Golubev to hear about the team's rise to form, the addition of Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov and role changes.

AVANGAR were set to play the EPICENTER 2018 Wild Card qualifier, but got promoted to the main event after mousesports pulled out do to a player change.

The addition of fitch gave freshness and confidence to AVANGAR

However, the team from Kazakhstan has been on a tear recently, picking up wins online and qualifying for events, with their AWPer, Ali "Jame" Djami, boasting a 1.33 rating over the last three months.

Coming into this tournament you had a great record online, I think it was 47 maps won and only six losses, since fitch came in. What is the secret to the great form you are having?

After we brought fitch into our roster I think we became fresher. We were playing in the same roster for one year and it got us where it got us. We couldn't play like we played before and we had to change something, we had to pick up fitch and that is how it is. We didn't change anything in our game, I think he just added freshness to our atmosphere. That helps a lot, even here it helps. And we made Jame, our old in-game leader, take a carry role, now he can focus on his own game, he can get big numbers, shoot people, be in fragmovies and et cetera (laughs). But not me, I'm in-game leader now, I'm supposed to be the last one. But at least I am calling and we are winning games because of it, so I think it works.

Jame's form was really good at one point, at the Major, then after that he had a dip in performance, then again he was playing well... Is that fluctuation just down to the team or is there something about him individually as well?

I think that when you are the in-game leader, it is really hard to be individually good as well, consistent. So when I took this role, he suddenly became a super-carry, now he is just destroying everyone. I think it was all down to in-game leading, because he was in-game leading at the Major, at StarLadder—a few maps, we changed it at StarLadder. I used to in-game lead there but then Dastan said "No Alex, don't call, just shoot heads! Let Jame in-game lead". So I think it is all about in-game leading, it takes a lot of focus from you in-game, you can't be that consistent with this role. But now, everything is good.

What was the thinking coming into this event, you've been to New York, won a smaller event, played some online stuff and then came to EPICENTER, which is Big Event?

Yeah, in the past I used to say "We are here to win, we are here to destroy everyone", but after I would say these words, we always lost, I don't know (laughs). But now, I'm just saying that we are here and that firstly we have to go out of groups, we did that already, and our next aim is to win our next opponent, probably Team Liquid, we want to take revenge against them because they destroyed our plans two times already, at the ELEAGUE Major and StarLadder. I think it is going to be a good one, I think it is going to be a good game.

What happened in this NiP game, you won Overpass which wasn't expected, can you tell me a bit about that to start?

No, no, no, I expected Overpass (laughs), my whole team didn't believe that they would pick Overpass, but I expected it because a week ago I was sleeping and I had a dream that they picked Overpass (laughs). I already knew it, it was a vision of the future. So they did it and - we won it! I wouldn't say it was easy because they were playing really good, we couldn't do in the beginning, but then we got some lucky rounds and I think it was 6-9 in first half. And then we started to play as Terrorists it went really good, we did really good calls, everything went well, we had good communication, everything was ok. Even in practice games it doesn't go as good as it went in this map.

You managed to close it out on Dust2 after losing Cache. At the beginning of Dust2 it was going super good, it was 10-2 at one point, how did it go so great?

Dust2 was really our map, we believed that we have to win this game, it really became true when they won the knife round and they picked T side. We were shocked and were like "oh, easy game!". I mean, not easy game, but we were pretty confident in our CT side, I think we understand this map really good, rotations, stacks, mind games, it is pretty easy for our team so we were happy that they picked T side. We were leading 9-0, it was 10-5 for the CT half, it was like in practices, we are always winning CT sides in practices.

What are your thoughts for the rest of the tournament, what can you do here?

I think that we can still surprise everyone, I don't think it was a big surprise, we knew we can win and we knew we can just show ourselves again. But it is LAN, for us, LAN usually doesn't go so well. But with this roster it is really good because fitch adds extra confidence to our team, he is not old but he is a veteran of CS, while we are all 19-20. He gives us extra confidence.

Russia Ali 'Jame' Djami
Ali 'Jame' Djami
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
547
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.09
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
557
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
628
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
#1
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Australia Australis 
nice
2018-10-24 17:35
#4
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Germany AYEONV 
yes
2018-10-24 17:36
#12
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Japan oniichan 
nice why fkin retard be most original pls
2018-10-24 17:37
Nah
2018-10-24 17:35
#29
fnx | 
Brazil Joao@NTC 
"they won the knife round and they picked T side. We were shocked and were like "oh, easy game!"." hAHAHAH i love him
2018-10-24 18:08
#3
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Poland Astoner55 
Ggwp!
2018-10-24 17:35
vision of the future xd
2018-10-24 17:36
#6
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Germany FlameSF2 
vision of the future LMAO
2018-10-24 17:36
what's wrong with it?
2018-10-24 17:48
#37
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Germany FlameSF2 
and u
2018-10-24 20:20
#7
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United Kingdom LooseHS 
we dont care
2018-10-24 17:37
#8
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Panama xemzex 
NIP LUL
2018-10-24 17:37
#9
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Malaysia lfopwong 
Glhf
2018-10-24 17:37
nt you'll be kicked XD
2018-10-24 17:37
My name jame
2018-10-24 17:37
free forsaken
2018-10-24 17:37
No. No mercy for chaters even tho he said some nice words , he's ruining the game.
2018-10-24 17:41
he is god and cry is almost free nt
2018-10-24 17:42
Cheater* S1mple > cheating indian /closed
2018-10-24 20:07
#14
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
My whole team didn't believe that they would pick Overpass, but I expected it because a week ago I was sleeping and I had a dream that they picked it. I already knew it, it was a vision of the future. LULW
2018-10-24 17:37
#15
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Norway analpain1337 
WORD.EXE
2018-10-24 17:37
#16
smooya | 
United Kingdom Porking 
Would love to see great things from this team
2018-10-24 17:37
#17
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Turkey yasinavsar 
Vision of the future ahshshahshaha
2018-10-24 17:39
Can someone explain what is WORD.EXE meme?
2018-10-24 17:40
name of forsaken's cheat
2018-10-24 18:15
Ah rly? Wtf
2018-10-24 18:57
From the future.. LULkert JAME top1 easy katka blyat.
2018-10-24 17:40
He got word.exe
2018-10-24 17:43
Jame - super carry? LUL
2018-10-24 17:45
#32
s1mple | 
Russia foggy54 
May be not super carry, but still impressive enough.
2018-10-24 18:34
#25
Jame | 
Israel uffiez 
GOD JAME #1 PLAYER HLTV 2019
2018-10-24 17:51
#26
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Brazil cadik 
>suddenly excel.exe
2018-10-24 17:58
#27
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Austria SplasJ 
Oh can He also See my future, i Wanna know
2018-10-24 17:58
"No, no, no, I expected Overpass (laughs), my whole team didn't believe that they would pick Overpass, but I expected it because a week ago I was sleeping and I had a dream that they picked Overpass (laughs)." this kid lives with this game and thats a fcking awesome, he deserves to win!
2018-10-24 18:06
jame cheater lul
2018-10-24 18:14
#33
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
He is awesome, smart as fuck, but truth be told he is one of the shadiest players in tier1/2/3
2018-10-24 18:36
#39
qikert | 
Canada cherryy 
0/8 Maj3r tier bait
2018-10-24 22:39
Jame Jame Jame
2018-10-24 18:38
AVANGAR wins Epicenter btw
2018-10-24 20:35
Good team, been good for awhile, hope they keep climbing.
2018-10-25 00:14
#41
Pogba | 
France uria64 
Word.exe
2018-10-25 14:17
#42
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Israel _69 
Wh0 cares lul tier 5
2018-10-26 10:37
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