Hobbit: "I joined this team because ANGE1 is in it"

After HellRaisers qualified for the playoffs at SuperNova CS:GO Malta, we sat down with Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov and talked about what went on since his departure from Gambit was announced.

In Hobbit's debut LAN for HellRaisers, the international team managed to advance to the playoffs with two wins, over Gambit and TYLOO.

Hobbit is adapting to bondik's roles, as well as English communication

In our interview, the Kazakhstani player talked about the decision to leave his former team, what attracted him to HellRaisers and his rough start to the event in Malta.

From the point that Gambit announced that you were transfer listed, what were you up to? You still played from Gambit for some time and then went to look other options, what was that like?

First of all, I want to say that it was both mine and the organization's decision. We already talked to each other and we decided that I should change something in my life. Of course, I'm happy that I'm in HellRaisers because I had a dream to play in an international team. HellRaisers is a good team and I knew all of the players and I like them. In the end, my goal is to win everything, and these guys really want to win and they are doing a lot and practicing a lot to do so. That is what I needed.

You said that you knew the guys and all of that, but how did you decide to join HellRaisers? Did you approach them, did they approach you, how did all of that happen?

When ANGE1 saw the official announcement about me being benched he wrote to me and I told him that I need to think about it. But I made the decision to play for them very quickly, to be honest, and that is it.

In Gambit you have been playing without a real in-game leader for a long time, since Zeus left after you won the Major. So how has it been playing under ANGE1 now, under an in-game leader?

That is the most important thing, I joined this team because ANGE1 is in it. We had a lot of problems in Gambit when Zeus left and we didn't have an IGL. In CIS we have only two IGLs who have already played on the tier 1 level and have experience in Majors, ANGE1 and Zeus. So Natus Vincere are doing very well and they are not going to change anything, and HellRaisers wanted to change so I joined them.

Except that, it is obviously a big change for you because it is an international team. You can speak to ANGE1 and Johnta in Russian but most of the communication is still in English. So how has that been working out for you?

My English is... I think it will be much better, but now I have some problems with information, with calls, language overall. I need some time, but I think I will do better and everything will be ok.

What about the roles? When bondik was in the team, I think he was unhappy with where he was playing. Did you take over his roles and how did you fit into them?

Exactly, I'm playing in bondik's roles and it is something new for me. And it is very interesting because, it is not like I was bored in Gambit, but every day was the same and I needed something new. So I came here and I have a different role than I had in Gambit. It is a new adventure.

You are through to the playoffs after the first day, how are you feeling about it? When you started playing here, the first game, in the first ten rounds you had one kill I think, so that wasn't the greatest start, but at the end of the day it is pretty good?

That was really funny, but to be honest, it was very hard. I was stressed maybe, because I am playing versus my old teammates, and it is my first game on LAN with an international team. And of course, I need to talk with my teammates in English, a lot of things happened that made it hard.

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
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Maps played:
Russia KS_areztiab 
thank you hobbit, very cool XAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2018-11-29 22:37
ele | 
Europe ctronic 
ou jea
2018-11-29 22:37
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
ou expected
2018-11-29 23:41
Malta SS_ArT 
We've all missed you very much Shaakeh!
2018-12-07 17:20
Sweden Unluko 
F5 xD
2018-11-29 22:38
Russia KS_areztiab 
u gay exposed now axaxaxaxax))
2018-11-29 22:41
Sweden Unluko 
Keep refreshing hltv every second
2018-11-29 22:43
Russia KS_areztiab 
keep crying kid LUL axaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-11-29 22:49
He’s gonna be shit for a couple months. Til his English is decent. I like this HR team though.
2018-11-29 22:41
+1 I like the looks of this team also. Going to be exciting to see them progress!
2018-11-30 01:53
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Maybe going to be, or maybe piz of shit like Snax in mouz
2018-11-30 09:42
Nah. Snax was forced move. Knew it was gonna be bad for Mous. Hobbit will adapt. I like it. I like snax but thought that move was really off beat. Hoping the best for hellraisers though.
2018-11-30 13:05
Yea Mouz snax was never a great idea. Shoulda replace Oskar with snax or made no changes at all
2018-11-30 14:57
2018-12-01 17:43
Norway SaltySausage 
has he gotten fat
2018-12-04 12:38
2018-11-29 22:36
Netherlands gertwily 
2018-11-29 22:42
2018-11-29 22:38
hobbit_1_major_w0xic_0_major hobbit_1_top20_ranking_w0xic_0_top20_ranking Nt.
2018-11-29 23:48
woxic | 
Brazil Skilo 
Your statement doesn't make sense cause he was callin woxic toxic, so probably he doesn't like woxic.
2018-11-30 05:55
I like him.I support him.He is best Turkish player .But he is really sellfish and toxic human.
2018-11-30 08:32
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
He could be toxic because of shit teammates... Like s1mple before Navi
2018-11-30 09:44
but issaa is better than him? but that might also be why they are so good friends.
2018-11-30 17:44
woxic has the chance to enter top20 in 2018
2018-11-30 07:12
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
literally 0 chances
2018-11-30 07:24
dont talk about team achievements please
2018-11-30 07:45
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
so why he should be in top20? no mvps,no wins idk, if u check previous rankings even guys on #20 had some team archievements or mvps or evps
2018-11-30 08:14
noo brooh he have just one success (1/8 final in major)
2018-11-30 08:35
Palestine MrZoldiK 
Dafak he still new for the pro scene , seriously??
2018-11-30 11:03
2018-11-29 22:37
nt prokcla
2018-11-29 22:38
you again
2018-11-29 22:43
2018-11-29 22:43
United Kingdom Jemers 
2018-11-30 18:55
He is not prokda, wtf
2018-11-30 20:42
2018-11-29 22:38
Nice job
2018-11-29 22:38
Netherlands gertwily 
hobbit = snake
2018-11-29 22:43
Europe g4nl0cK 
He was on the transfer list, how can he be a snake?
2018-11-29 22:50
yea lmao
2018-11-30 02:48
you can't be a snake if you are leaving tier 4 for tier 2
2018-11-30 09:32
Panama Cyain10 
lol ok
2018-11-29 22:38
Hong Kong Free_HK 
2018-11-29 22:38
Europe WutZeFak 
nice english lmao
2018-11-29 22:38
Netherlands gertwily 
borat london school
2018-11-29 22:43
Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
Hi i'm Borat :) how are you my friendovar?
2018-11-30 10:59
stfu Borat
2018-11-30 20:43
Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
ok budget ruski
2018-12-01 08:34
2018-11-29 22:39
Slovakia GUZU 
2018-11-29 22:57
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
2018-11-29 22:39
shox | 
India iejesus 
2018-11-29 22:40
Lmao that photo
2018-11-29 22:41
whats funny xDDD
2018-11-29 22:42
Russia AndruhaPower 
they look like a happily married gay couple
2018-12-08 13:22
Germany jaysef7 
thank mr hobbit
2018-11-29 22:43
kappa pride
2018-11-29 22:49
im feeling thank you
2018-11-29 22:51
2018-11-29 23:00
Brazil BlueLighting 
good luck for the couple
2018-11-29 23:04
2018-11-29 23:06
It is not like I was bored in Gambit, but every day was the same and I needed something new.
2018-11-29 23:10
2018-11-29 23:14
2018-11-29 23:17
f0rest | 
Ukraine biba666 
2018-11-29 23:26
2018-11-29 23:27
good for you hope to see hellraisers be top 7 soon
2018-11-29 23:33
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
2018-11-29 23:34
Turkey darknight53 
Good luck Jet Lee
2018-11-29 23:37
nt mohammed
2018-11-29 23:41
Turkey darknight53 
mohammed is not Turkish name nt roberto
2018-11-30 04:42
HR gonna keep legends statues at bext major, 2nd best cis team by far
2018-11-29 23:49
Poland Hell2k 
2018-11-29 23:56
I read "I joined this team because ANGE1 is lit"
2018-11-29 23:56
Argentina Fa7e07 
2018-11-30 00:01
NaVi messed up not signing Hobbit. They need more firepower because Edward is a bot like 80% of the time and Flamie is inconsistent as fuck. Just imagine they dropped Deadbot and not Bondik... this team would have potential for top 7
2018-11-30 00:07
NaVi is fine lul
2018-11-30 00:44
true lmao
2018-11-30 01:33
Iceland fatboislim 
Fine is not enough
2018-12-01 12:15
2018-11-30 01:01
When you make this type of comment what are you actually thinking? Na'vi are literally perfect the way they are, they exceeded everyones expectations this year, they might not have the consistency of a team like Liquid, but they actually won some events this year... A team who started the year off almost getting regulated from pro league. Adding random skilled players doesn't always work, look at gambot added mir got worse even though mir is insane one of the best aimers in the CIS. Look at HR they are pretty stagnant in their results, pretty average team that has insane fire power. Na'vi are already a top 2-3 team, I don't know why you want a change? Removing edward for another skilled player is enough for them to beat Astralis? The only player in this entire world who I think Na'vi could get to actually have a chance at beating Astralis is Guardian and it will never happen, Guardian main awp and s1mple pure rifles their t side would be explosive, s1mple can awp in 2nd awp set up on ct and they just destroy but that will never happen nothing they add or remove this lineup will make them top 1 over Astralis.
2018-11-30 05:10
So true
2018-11-30 09:45
Ukraine den37773 
2018-11-30 00:08
engel > zoos
2018-11-30 01:06
Not for long
2018-11-30 01:37
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
underrated player
2018-11-30 02:03
i hope he gets better in the team
2018-11-30 02:27
Why dont you just tell the truth
2018-11-30 03:43
is in it
2018-11-30 04:50
Lol what loser, I just joined this team cause Na'vi are not interested. Anyway good luck to them pure pug team but they are fun to watch for sure I guess ange1 is just playing to their strength can't blame the guy honestly. Good luck HR don't become the next Gambot.
2018-11-30 04:57
always have to say something, this is a game show at this level
2018-11-30 05:59
Nice logic, so hes not supposed to join any team then?
2018-11-30 06:21
dont have a logic, just write sometjing
2018-11-30 09:47
Finland Taynz 
-Deadshit +Styko when they kick styko
2018-11-30 06:39
We love you Hobbit 😍
2018-11-30 07:11
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
>ange1 >IGL who have already played on the tier 1 level and have experience in Majors lmao?
2018-11-30 07:20
Kazakhstan ORCy 
mb u 10 years old guy ?
2018-12-01 13:28
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
flair checkout
2018-12-01 14:22
Flair = talent
2018-12-01 19:52
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Ange1 1 of the best Igl ever
2018-11-30 07:39
Each time Hltv interview a player, his team will lose the next match 99%. That's a curse.
2018-11-30 07:42
They should interview Liquid before the playoffs of every match so they can lose and we can get a good final again
2018-11-30 08:40
'' In CIS we have only two IGLs who have already played on the tier 1 level and have experience in Majors, ANGE1 and Zeus. '' From when HR its tier1 ?? they never no was tier1 :DD
2018-11-30 10:39
HR isnt t1 but angel1 its tier1 igl and shouldve been on navi if didnt had the huge buyout
2018-11-30 11:50
soon hobbit says: i quit the team because deadfox was in it.
2018-11-30 12:09
nah probably will influence angel to replace him with adren
2018-11-30 12:12
do you think adren wanna go back to HR ?
2018-11-30 13:04
probably now is t1 team, let's see later. need more time to play various lans
2018-11-30 13:06
Since when ange1 is tier1 igl? What he has done to be considered as T1 IGL?
2018-11-30 13:46
ANGE1 | 
Russia ultnie 
As I probably already told you in some thread long ago(you are a pretty famous ANGE1 hater, you know that? Why? Because he couple of times said something that was not praise about Zeus?). He's like a second step for young players to become best in CIS. First is B1ad3, last one is Zeus with exception of electronic, he skipped the 2nd step. He gave S1mple a chance when he was still banned on ESL and many considered him a cheater, after playing with him flamie was signed for Na'Vi. Damn, a freaking mousesports took STYKO(that's probably thanks to LMBT, but still) and Oscar, before HR they were literally nonamers in CSGO(as far as I know, oscar was playing 1.6 before, so CSGO is important here). ISSA, if look how he played when he first joined, you can see that his movement and decision making was very bad(probably because of the level of Arab CS in general, where he was already considered very good player). So yeah, part of IGL job is to help talents to become better, and he's doing that part like nobody else in CIS(B1ad3 as well, but his fragging mostly was very poor, and if what I heard is true, he demands full control in a team). But if we look only at the big wins, then yeah, he lacks that and he understands that(there was an interview where he said that he never win anything big, depends, actually, his team broke 87-0 from NiP and won the first BO7 in the game).
2018-11-30 15:09
So growing young players somehow makes you t1 igl? It doesn't work like that man. The definition of "tier1 IGL" means you're suppose to lead the team to succes. If it doesn't work then you're probably doing something wrong
2018-11-30 15:25
ANGE1 | 
Russia ultnie 
Depends, as I said, it's part of the job of IGL, at least this is how I see it. He's not one of those world-class IGLs, there's like 3-5 of that kind, Zeus is one of that kind(G1aive, Zeus, Fallen to name a few) and it changes over time, at some point pronax, Happy and Ex6TenZ were one of them. Zeus is awesome because he stands at the top as IGL for so long, but at the most important matches his main team chokes(Wouldn't consider Gambit as his main team), maybe it's just nerves for Na'Vi players because of tag history of major finals. But then they should find a psychologist if IGL and coach can't help them with that(when in game part of the IGL job as well is to keep morale high if there's no always positive guy on a team). Edit: but ANGE1 still delivers some fight to t1 teams from time to time with various teams, so maybe if his teams weren't falling apart at some point, who knows where he could or couldn't be.
2018-11-30 15:41
2018-11-30 13:21
very amusing
2018-11-30 13:26
kkt | 
Slovakia ypsylonnn 
And i still dont know why tf did they remove bondik instead of botfox
2018-11-30 13:47
GL Leslie Chow
2018-11-30 14:46
2018-12-06 04:17
2018-11-30 15:49
should be in place of fox
2018-11-30 17:33
Good pic
2018-11-30 18:44
only clicked because of the pic
2018-12-01 10:52
Brazil oldStar 
Hobbit... new adventure... gays ! LOL ! :D
2018-12-01 16:50
dont lie. cus they offered more thats it
2018-12-01 20:47
Name checks out
2018-12-03 14:07
Summer | 
China SWhinX 
the most attractive Asian player :)
2018-12-03 01:35
2018-12-04 15:05
u joined this team because u dont have another choice, stop talking shit maloi
2018-12-06 04:11
3 months later ''Hobbit : I quit this team because DeadFox is in it''
2018-12-09 17:50
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