bondik: "I will probably join a team where I can play more of a star role"

To hear about his departure from HellRaisers and his few days with Gambit, we sat down with Vladyslav "⁠bondik⁠" Nechyporchuk at SuperNova CS:GO Malta.

HellRaisers hit a rough patch following their historic FACEIT London Major run, and ended up parting ways with bondik after the Ukrainian's contract ran out. bondik has been a free agent since, joining Gambit in Malta as a stand-in for Dmitry "⁠dimasick⁠" Matvienko who couldn't secure a visa for the event in time.

bondik was unhappy with his role in HellRaisers and will be looking to play as more of a star in his next team

In our interview with bondik, we talked about his departure from a team he was a long-standing member of, going back to Russian communication and reuiniting with Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy, an IGL he played under for a couple of years.

What was leaving HellRaisers like for you, from your point of you and what is your outlook going forward from that point?

It the second time that I'm leaving or the team is cutting me, basically, it is a decision from both sides, I believe, because I'm pretty sure that they understood that it was wrong after they cut me the first time. And they asked me to come back to a new lineup, they renewed it [with woxic and ISSAA]. At that time I had a contract with HR which ran for one more year, so it was an obvious decision to come back. But the thing is, they gave me roles which are not mine. I didn't feel comfortable and it also put pressure on me.

For example, it is pretty hard to play the B site on Train, on the CT side, to be the main guy on B. For me, it was impossible. I asked, a lot of times, to change my position, but for some reason, no one would sacrifice themselves so I was the guy that was doing the sacrificing. It was weird for me. We are a team and if someone is not comfortable, you can help your teammate, right? So I can't say I was 100% happy in HellRaisers. I mean, we had some good results, like we won BETS.NET, we were top 12 of the rankings all the time. I mean, we had decent results, we also managed to go through to the whole Major and finished top 8, which is also a good result. Anyway, I felt like I was not in my place and I asked to change my roles a lot of times, or at least make it some sort of a hybrid, so I can feel more comfortable, but no one wanted to sacrifice.

Seems similar to when STYKO left the team, or at least to what he said when he left, that he was stuck in some roles, couldn't change them and no one wanted to adapt...

I mean, I didn't have the support role, but for me, I played on the A site for 10 years probably and now I'm playing B and it was really weird for me. I mean, now I understand that the main B guy is playing his own game, just his own game. I watched a lot of demos of Xyp9x, valde who is playing B on Train really good, but they are playing their own game. Sometimes it was really hard for me, but I went through it, I put in a lot of work to be better there, but it didn't help for some reason and that put pressure on me. I mean, I was putting pressure on myself because I was doing this and that, I'm doing everything, but I couldn't adapt for some reason. I didn't want to give up, but it was really hard.

You've been playing with HellRaisers for quite some time, does leaving the team, for good this time, bring some feelings with it?

This time I didn't have a conflict with anyone and I don't think I was a problem in the team. I think they also know that, and I'm pretty sure that they also know the problems they have in the team that they should fix. To be honest, I feel happiness because I left HR and I will try to explain to you why. It is because if you look at my career history, without HR I played much better, in any team. FlipSid3, dAt team, Ukrainian national team, TYLOO, any team. I was trying to figure out why, it is not about English, I'm pretty sure, but probably about roles or my conditions in the team.

Now I'm really motivated and I want to get back and show everyone my best game. I couldn't say that I played really good in HellRaisers, I played just on the average level, and I understand that I played better in the past, if you would look at stats. "But stats are shit", bla, bla...

I want to get back to playing, probably in the star role. Even when I was leaving HellRaisers Johnta told me that I have to play the star role, and I couldn't do it in HR because no one wanted to sacrifice. I will probably join a team where I can play more of a star role, because even if you look at my games in HellRaisers, I could carry one out of three games.

What is your outlook moving from here, do you have anything lined up, did you have any offers? And is there something specific you want from a team you would join?

Basically, I'm playing this tournament as a stand-in for Gambit and I realized I'm nostalgic about a Russian-speaking team. It is much easier for me, I'm really having fun. I would like to join some CIS team, but I had an offer from an NA team as well. However, that is a really big move, not only from the CS perspective but for your life overall. I can't tell you my future options right now, but I'm pretty sure that in two weeks you will find out more.

One thing that I would like to do in the future, for sure, is to qualify for the Major through the NA Minor. I already went through the EU, Asia and CIS ones, so to be the first player to go through all four is something that motivates me and would be a cool achievement.

The communication is something I really wanted to ask about, moving from CIS teams to HellRaisers and then to TYLOO and now you are back, just temporarily for now, in Gambit, is the communication significantly easier or better in Gambit now than it was in HellRaisers?

The thing is, when I joined HellRaisers I didn't have any problems with English, but basically, the thing would be that information from someone comes in your right ear and it goes out from the left one, you are just missing it. You don't understand what is going on on the map. It was a really bad issue for the first months in HR, but it is normal, you have to go through it.

Then I played in international teams for three years, HR and TYLOO, and now I switched back to Russian and, for sure, it is much easier for me to communicate, I can explain everything, I can call, I can do whatever I want, but the thing is that I'm still calling spots in English, that is the main problem right now. You know, for example, we are playing Overpass and I'm calling "Underground, underground... oh". So I have to get used to it once again.

This chance to play with Gambit that came up because dimasick couldn't get his visa in time, do you see it as an opportunity to show your skills again and prove yourself to other people well?

They asked me to play with them one day before they went to the event and I knew I would face HR and I would probably meet the TYLOO guys, so that [was nice]. But the thing is, I didn't even think if I should go or not. I was just like "Ok, I'm going". I don't care, to be honest, who I would play against. In the HellRaisers game, first of all, we played their best map because we understood that we are playing like a mix, we don't have any structure because we practiced for two days and the first day was only three games.

So we understood that we need some really really simple map to play against them. But on the other hand, I told the guys that Dust2 is probably their best map, I'm pretty sure of that, I saw that they practice it a lot. We still understood it is easier for us because it is a simple map and we can do simple calls, it is based a lot on aim and it is a bit random, as it always was. We practiced the map twice probably, it was tough but we had a really good first half, 9-6 and then the CT side, you saw everything, zero rounds. We also lost both pistols. If we had more practice, at least two weeks, I believe we could do much better, I see potential in this team, to be honest.

bondik has a lot of respect for his former IGL B1ad3

What is it like to be reunited with B1ad3?

I did an interview with you at the Major I believe and I told you that B1ad3 is the mastermind of the CIS region, I'm pretty happy. It is also nostalgic, I'm sitting in-game, listening to B1ad3 explain strats or something, it is like the good old days, I'm enjoying it.

B1ad3 explaining strats, does that take up 90% of the time anyone is talking? Because from doing interviews with him, he always likes to go very in-depth about everything. Is he like that when he is coaching, when you are practicing... is it mostly him talking and then everyone else just listening?

For sure, when he is talking you have to listen to him and not disturb him, you'll have time later and you can ask him whatever you want and he will explain or answer to you. Just regular stuff, nothing special. Yeah, he likes to talk a lot but it is not bad, it is good for a coach, he is trying to explain things to you, to take knowledge out of his head and give it to you. You just have to listen to it.

He probably has... (laughs) 20 years of experience, you just have to understand that and respect him. I know that for some people it is very hard to listen to their coach, but also, it is bad when there are some conflicts between the coach and players because in that situation the coach is losing the respect of the players and they don't want to listen to him. That is the worst team that can happen in a team. But for me B1ad3 is still the same guy that I played with from 2010 or something, we spent 5-6 years in the same team and I don't regret that.

Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
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Kazakhstan Dmitry 'dimasick' Matvienko
Dmitry 'dimasick' Matvienko
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Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
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Kek Numba one
2018-11-30 13:23
2018-11-30 13:22
Bondik high af
2018-11-30 13:40
when bots think they can be a star player anywhere xD
2018-11-30 13:57
Denmark Twick_
Go legend him self
2018-11-30 15:33
totally agreed. bondik bot :D
2018-12-01 10:13
to get a star role u need to be able to play like a star... bond1k n00b :c
2018-12-03 17:41
Poland Unluko
-NiKo +bondik
2018-11-30 13:38
-bondik +hunden
2018-11-30 15:12
Botdick: "I will probably join a Bot team where i can play more of a starBot role"
2018-12-01 10:26
tbh he had wrong role in HR just like Hobbit do for now:)
2018-11-30 13:25
Czech Republic LIFTY!
Bondix and a star role xaxa
2018-11-30 13:23
Norway stekt_laks
Worst player lmao Bondik botik xddd MIBR TOP 1 2018. COLDZERA TOP 1
2018-11-30 13:23
2018-11-30 13:30
Norway stekt_laks
2018-11-30 13:39
0/8 your down hill man
2018-11-30 13:40
pronax>hole brazil scene
2018-11-30 13:58
Nice baiting
2018-12-05 13:48
Lol, a week too late. Typical primitive cave dweller russian
2018-12-05 14:11
ty my Brazilian friend. I have just seen this topic now, so i`ve replied you.
2018-12-05 14:40
Get a better internet connection kid
2018-12-05 16:25
nt good baiting
2018-12-06 07:28
So this type of brazilians isnt gone when they are not top 1
2018-11-30 14:23
2018-11-30 20:15
kvik > current coldzera anyday
2018-12-03 15:10
2018-12-03 15:20
nice b8 0iq expected xD
2018-12-03 15:23
kvik never won a major
2018-12-12 07:18
That is good for u :D
2018-12-12 10:38
Checked his profile, fan of astralis and a danish player i have never heard before "hvid neger" pretty sure is a fake flagger
2018-11-30 21:10
2018-12-01 11:11
Estonia RopzTop1
2018-12-07 01:12
Hungary Quta1y
Hobbit said he wanted a new role as he was tired of playing the same role for 10 yrs.
2018-11-30 13:46
Is it you, bondik?
2018-11-30 19:44
hole shiet, exposed
2018-11-30 20:28
2018-11-30 13:22
who doesn't want to be star player? :D
2018-11-30 13:23
2018-12-03 22:28
must be a t5 team bondik star player lul
2018-11-30 13:23
2018-11-30 16:44
He was 2nd best player when he was on Tyloo, Tier 2 team
2018-11-30 17:32
Europe Dax1e
2018-11-30 13:23
Sweden Zaser5
2018-11-30 13:23
>bondik >star
2018-11-30 13:23
Came for this. Ty.
2018-11-30 13:23
in a tier 2 cis team its highly possible
2018-11-30 13:23
2018-12-01 08:33
Brazil SecondKS
In AVANGAR, -Fitch +bondik
2018-12-03 07:29
Star xd
2018-11-30 13:23
2018-11-30 13:23
tier10 confirmed, selfish pleb
2018-11-30 13:23
Denmark CRAM3R
Doesn't think little of himself, huh?
2018-11-30 13:23
If you think little of yourself you will never achieve anything. That's not a bad thing. There's a difference between being arrogant and confident. You can be the best player skillwise, if you're lacking confidence you'll never be able to unleash it. And that's also true for when it comes to pretty much anything. (girls, job, whatever really)
2018-11-30 18:45
Denmark CRAM3R
Thanks for the life lesson, kid. I simply just meant I think his skills are far from what a star player possess, especially if he thinks he’s attractive to bigger teams.
2018-12-01 02:52
2018-12-03 03:05
China WinnerZ
2018-12-01 14:37
Patrick star
2018-11-30 13:23
flusha | 
Italy HeSY
2018-11-30 13:32
>bondik >star player pick one
2018-11-30 13:23
- bondik - pro player
2018-11-30 19:44
ok lol
2018-11-30 13:23
2018-11-30 13:24
so he will join t3-t4 team
2018-11-30 13:24
France Marvelus
Star role? So ez team from tier 3 lmao
2018-11-30 13:24
-device + bondik
2018-11-30 13:24
2018-11-30 13:25
You didn't see his performances with tyloo? Carried them hard, if he wants a star role he'll get one but in a t4 team
2018-11-30 14:01
You can play well on tylul too. Not an argument
2018-12-01 12:54
When the other four don't speak the same language... i don't think so. Look at who he played against when he was standing in for tyloo.
2018-12-01 18:28
+1 He played well against bigger teams when standing in for tyloo and playing on the Ukrainian squad
2018-12-02 01:59
2018-11-30 13:28
Russia midnightXD
>bond1k a.k.a bot1k >star role pick one
2018-11-30 13:29
hope you perform then, mate
2018-11-30 13:31
Libya nanaichini
r u capable enough????????
2018-11-30 13:32
Turkey Zeria_
Good luck bondik
2018-11-30 13:32
France Aresys
- Want a star role - Not a star player 0/8 bondik
2018-11-30 13:33
haha, nice one)
2018-11-30 19:45
Good read
2018-11-30 13:34
"That is the worst team that can happen in a team." Maybe thing?
2018-11-30 13:34
United Kingdom Cosharek
That is the worst team that can happen in a team
2018-12-03 17:28
Bondik to Tier 3 confirmed!
2018-11-30 13:35
2018-11-30 13:35
Kazakhstan tomik0
star bondik lord help us!!
2018-11-30 13:36
Hungary lemusz
angry face =/= not marketingable as a 'star' average skill =/= not enough for being a 'star' russian language =/= yes, you can be the local starboi in kaliningrad
2018-11-30 13:36
World breezy0
2018-11-30 14:05
Myanmar xdcc
It's not like Germans will ever do anything about that.
2018-11-30 16:23
World breezy0
I know it's sad right? Terrible how people from Germany, Sweden, France etc have forgotten where they came from and what made them do great things in the past
2018-11-30 16:28
Myanmar xdcc
Things always change. Originally Kaliningrad or w/e you want to call it was Old Prussian (Baltic). Now they're gone completely.
2018-11-30 16:31
World breezy0
There was nothing built there until German knights came into the baltics. Originally there were prussian pagans there but they got expelled by German crusaders and these crusaders built the cities and modern prussia.
2018-11-30 16:39
Ukraine SpyS
Better than hungshitty botfox- lord of cs of gypsyria
2018-12-01 17:56
Hungary lemusz
putin will fuck your whole country sooon and u'll come to hungary to suck dick for money
2018-12-01 18:30
Ukraine SpyS
Shut up gypsy Hungary with absense of army sucks right now murican black cocks for defense your gypsies asses
2018-12-02 00:22
2018-11-30 13:42
star role loooool dude maybe try getting more skilled first?
2018-11-30 13:42
bondik mentioned one map rofl, train, where he was holding B, if you take a look at other maps dude, deadfox holding alone sites and rotating as the last guy in the most cases, how can you say that nobody sacrificed,also Angel is standing with a knife out for 10 seconds sometimes and watching at the radar and talking to the whole team ... and there are many more stuff what we dont see from woxic and issa also but im pretty sure they do also... its more like that you were not able to learn new things and stuff in the game, your are not a true pro if you can't adapt to such a thing... its like you are playing this game all day long, and you are here to come up with such an excuse that you cant play B site at Train brother.
2018-11-30 13:44
well said brother !!
2018-11-30 15:48
2018-11-30 17:32
Spain elskio
> Bondik > Star player Hmmmm, maybe he should go back to Tyloo xD
2018-11-30 13:49
or go play MM games
2018-11-30 13:53
lmao, just confirmed that he's a just dumb fragger no one from top team wanted to pay for him when he was benched why he thinks he can be a star player? and in which team? he was doing ok for 1 event with ukraine mix but he will not join navi, he was ok in tyloo also and thats all. in f3 he was always in shadow of s1mple, then electronic joined so basically he never was a star player mb he will reunite with some kicked&washedup cis players like hooch/starix/worldedit/adren and etc but reaching top15 again will be almost impossible anyway gl bondick007
2018-11-30 13:50
Palestine zwe
RIP Na’vi bondik
2018-11-30 13:50
2018-11-30 13:51
star role yeyeyeye takes above average raw skill which you dont have :)
2018-11-30 13:57
said by a non star fragger lul
2018-11-30 14:01
nice ego m8 xD
2018-11-30 14:02
Brazil Mentecapto
He's extremely delusional I see
2018-11-30 14:03
Liberia weALLcheat
-S1mple +Bondik confirmed
2018-11-30 14:05
Iraq remind00
go in tyloo
2018-11-30 14:05
I wonder if dima is sick.
2018-11-30 14:07
Russia midnightXD
star player can't even win clutch vs bot b lul
2018-11-30 14:09
World Beard43
-rjy +bondik
2018-11-30 14:09
World euqin
Who the fuck does he think he is?
2018-11-30 14:13
Straight to win strike then
2018-11-30 14:15
You can join VP
2018-11-30 14:22
star and bondik OMEGA LUL
2018-11-30 14:24
Online af. 'Star player'...
2018-11-30 14:29
Colombia AlejoBuh
>Star Role >Bondik Pick one
2018-11-30 14:30
World Beard43
2018-11-30 14:33
CIS chlenixon
-df +s1mple and HR top 5
2018-11-30 14:34
B1ad3 | 
United Kingdom duff3
Nice interview tbh
2018-11-30 14:37
LMAO bondik star role ? axaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-11-30 14:37
Germany HerrLanoxs
Star role? xD Dude what the hell
2018-11-30 14:41
2018-11-30 14:42
Hungary HunDaniel
2018-11-30 14:52
good luck with Alternate Attax
2018-11-30 14:44
that sexy neckbeard double chin hmmm
2018-11-30 14:44
2018-11-30 14:45
2018-11-30 14:58
2018-11-30 15:01
Hungary saxxo
Haha, he was kicked from HR two times because of his huge face, as you can read here... Nobody can tolerate this for a long time.
2018-11-30 15:16
Lul star
2018-11-30 15:25
Hahahahaha That is like pronax saying "I want to join a team where I can be main awper"
2018-11-30 15:29
or top frager xD
2018-11-30 15:43
Brazil 1DrK
Bondik, Star Role, choose one.
2018-11-30 15:33
is there something like a star role? as igl, entry, sup, awp, star ???
2018-11-30 15:43
Myanmar xdcc
I think he means a player that gets to play high fragging positions (maybe rotator positions) or positions he likes to play and is given more freedom to make plays. Someone like niko, sunny, electronic etc. He probably doesn't want to play anchor position where he is waiting for opponents to make a play. Maybe being the aggressor as CT with teammates popflashing to retake map position. I think the way "roles" are defined is kind of stupid. You can be IGL that AWPs and supports.
2018-11-30 16:18
I thought he once did that role good enough in his tyloo months
2018-11-30 16:48
yeah, sure, but there is no star player role!!!
2018-11-30 18:37
2018-11-30 15:43
rain | 
Israel lolzer
you suck bondik stop carrer megaLUL
2018-11-30 15:44
-waylander +bondik kek
2018-11-30 15:45
>Bondik > Star player choose one !
2018-11-30 15:45
I wonder if dima is sick.
2018-11-30 15:54
Myanmar xdcc
Bondik to Tyloo.
2018-11-30 16:04
Gets eliminated right after lmao
2018-11-30 16:13
Slovakia veeellys
Sorry that I am 10 years pro player on A bombsite only...on b I am dmg
2018-11-30 16:16
GL in TyLoo Mr Bondik
2018-11-30 16:46
but you are gold nova2 player bondik
2018-11-30 16:55
He pretty much starred in Tyloo.. So not out of the question to find an equivalent team that needs a top fragger.
2018-11-30 17:19
Go to navi
2018-11-30 17:35
GL, dont think he is fit to become a star at the moment though. :(
2018-11-30 18:02
>Bondik >Star player HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHA Nice joke.
2018-11-30 18:28
botnik wants to be a star, but stars don't want to be bots
2018-11-30 19:48
LOL first you need aim bondok
2018-11-30 19:50 have to play like a starplayer first..
2018-11-30 19:51
but u aint a star bruh, sit down. the only way he can 'play a star role in the team' is when he create a mix of CIS players and guide them..
2018-11-30 20:11
bondik a.k.a. the superstar player
2018-11-30 20:31
Denmark DONney
Bondik should join a team like Navi or something replace edward
2018-12-01 04:28
Bondik Joins team spirit :U Hltv confirmed
2018-12-01 05:23
lmfa0000 have fun in a t6 team then
2018-12-01 05:52
Good luck bondik
2018-12-01 11:12
botnik the star player :D omegalul
2018-12-01 13:07
i try to understand bondik, he asked his teammates to change position/role in situations/map but no one wanted to sacrifice. In hellraisers bondik cant be an awper, igl for sure. Issa is the one of the best aimer and he has insane first bullet accurise so bondik also shouldnt play his role. i think he should try out himself to that position when he join before hellraisers
2018-12-01 23:29
New HLTV section of fun.
2018-12-02 04:38
hey bondik you can join my team
2018-12-02 04:45
Lol.. Go to team tier 3 if u can join team..
2018-12-02 19:22
lol join tier 3-4 team if you want to play more of a star role
2018-12-03 07:37
So a MM team with friends from 15 years ago?
2018-12-03 15:27
Argentina MrRioKai
Idk why ALL are such a dick with bondik, he just want to try something new. +1 to bondik
2018-12-04 04:43
Someone tell him that he cannot be star since he's tier 2 player..
2018-12-04 15:47
just like trash mibr, tier 9999999999999 team ROFL
2018-12-10 16:46
-S1mple -Elec +Bondick
2018-12-04 18:35
2018-12-04 22:05
Denmark kreutch
Done sir, best of luck with your bachelor :D
2018-12-05 13:23
bondik is really good and he can be a star player
2018-12-05 13:49
2018-12-05 17:49
Finland tyyneee
2018-12-06 03:49
-s1mple +bondik please na'vi make this happen
2018-12-06 04:20
he could be a star in winstrike. gl
2018-12-06 13:28
Welcome to tier 5 then. Gl.
2018-12-07 11:27
roles... entry, support, lurker... i've heard about those.. but "star"? lel
2018-12-08 10:46
lel true
2018-12-12 11:39
Germany HSV_isses
So a tier 10 team then LUL
2018-12-10 16:37
fer | 
Russia Orz
sick player
2018-12-11 20:48
You are shit and will never be relevant again.
2018-12-12 19:01
Finland Amenok
If shrek was human I like to think he would look like bondik
2018-12-12 19:05
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