fitch: "I joined this team to win this Minor"

After AVANGAR clinched the first spot in the CIS Minor's upper bracket final, we spoke to Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov about the team's shaky group stage and the clear-cut win against Spirit.

To start the tournament, AVANGAR passed the opening encounter against pro100 with flying colors, but the tournament's favorites couldn't overcome Winstrike in the winners' match.

AVANGAR got caught off-guard by Winstrike in the groups

That put them in a rematch with their first opponents, which they survived after a close two-map series to make it to the playoffs. There, they have so far looked a lot more convincing with a clean victory against Spirit in the upper bracket semi-final.

Although you didn't play with the team at the time, at the last CIS Minor AVANGAR were favored to make it through but dropped the ball there, did the team approach the tournament any differently this time? How did you prepare?

I wasn't playing for AVANGAR then, but this team probably had some problems with mentality or something. I joined this team to win this Minor, that was personally my main goal. Now, we are playing well, I don't know how it's going to be tomorrow or in the future, but everyone is happy now.

We practiced for like nine days because we had the holidays, the New Year. Then we went to the bootcamp and we had nine days for practice. That's it.

Going back to the group stage, you lost to Winstrike and had a close encounter with pro100, what was the shakiness about?

The main thing was that we didn't expect Winstrike to play Train this well. We made a lot of mistakes against them on the CT side of Train, that was the deciding map. We just lost because of those mistakes, we made a lot of stacks on the B site and they went to A, and we just lost. Against pro100, they just changed a lot of things on the first map, Dust2. We didn't expect that because before that match we won Dust2 16-5 against them, that was pretty easy for us. They just changed a lot of things and were ready for our game on Dust2, but we came back, my teammates did everything well. That's how we won.

Today you looked a lot more convincing with a clean series against Spirit, what changed?

Yesterday and today we watched demos of Spirit and we were ready for all kinds of strats they would try to play. The luck was on our side today, they weren't ready for us to play like that. We didn't expect them to pick Overpass, that was a surprise for us, but we won, it's all about luck today.

In the upper bracket final, would you rather face Winstrike again or play against your former team?

I have two friends in Gambit, Dosia and mou, so, for me, I want to play against Winstrike again, time for revenge probably. Gambit are my ex-teammates and my friends, so it would be better to play Winstrike again.

Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
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Maps played:
fitch, the gambit destroyer
2019-01-18 13:27
Australia not_prokda 
2019-01-18 13:28
Sweden Arab_Arabsson 
+1 ruined gambit in boston major
2019-01-18 13:32
Indonesia segopecel 
they started declining after zeus left.. not entirely on fitch
2019-01-18 14:09
Argentina MrRioKai 
2019-01-18 17:03
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AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Aiomie 
He is not actually. Gambit destroyed by Dosia and mou, though latter is now trying to do shit.
2019-01-18 14:15
Austria TheClemi 
Lol what a scrub
2019-01-18 13:27
United States FrostDeezAKA 
Shouldve stayed humble tbh now gambot will get shrekt
2019-01-18 13:29
who cares
2019-01-18 13:27
Turkey Zeria_ 
2019-01-18 13:28
Japan NoLiferHD 
2019-01-18 13:28
Switzerland Alpollo 
Men: My goal is to win this minor Women: My goal is to win a major
2019-01-18 13:28
men are more realistic
2019-01-18 13:29
Indonesia segopecel 
2019-01-18 14:02
United Kingdom Yuli 
2019-01-18 17:53
Switzerland Alpollo 
men are simply not stupid like girls.
2019-01-18 21:18
Haha. Right...
2019-01-19 13:24
2019-01-18 13:28
i arent think that
2019-01-18 13:28
China teguP 
lmao same
2019-01-18 13:28
United Kingdom munt_ 
Poland hmm
2019-01-18 13:29
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Denmark oskarsports 
I want to laugh about that but I can't because I'm a mouz fan
2019-01-18 13:30
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
danish and not astralul fan?
2019-01-18 13:33
Denmark oskarsports I'm an Astralul fan but they are boring af
2019-01-18 13:34
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Ukraine mpletop1 
still don't believe you are danish, you're actually smart enough to realize that astralul is boring, that's not so typical of danish kids here on hltv and on reddit.
2019-01-18 13:35
Singapore FallBlade 
inb4 danish people start saying device #1
2019-01-18 18:56
U wot m8
2019-01-18 20:31
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Ukraine mpletop1 
2019-01-18 13:32
Why not major?
2019-01-18 13:33
he is more realistic
2019-01-18 13:38
lmao i wrote major
2019-01-18 13:37
Fitch 5player MIBR
2019-01-18 13:41
Anhuin | 
Liechtenstein Dennus 
Hahahahahahah to win this major, just no words ;)
2019-01-18 13:43
valde | 
Ukraine ffaN 
2019-01-18 14:03
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nexa | 
Canada Matchfix 
well good job buddy you did it
2019-01-18 13:46
hm ok
2019-01-18 13:47
Russia Praeter 
xd Fitchara bomj
2019-01-18 13:52
sam ti bomj
2019-01-18 13:55
That's actually hilarious... A somewhat established team in the CiS is guaranteed a cash out from the major while good teams in EU are not Actually kind of triggering he said that
2019-01-18 13:54
winstrike,spirit,avangar at that week> mouz struggling against t3-4
2019-01-18 14:01
I agree mouz and optic both played like ass hats but in general they are better than all tier 2 cis
2019-01-18 15:48
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Estonia rYm 
tier3 player talking about winning major 4Head
2019-01-18 14:05
read again
2019-01-18 16:37
Kazakhstan Apfund 
2019-01-18 16:48
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Czech Republic hid3yo 
u nobrain
2019-01-18 20:38
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AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Aiomie 
Illiterate people in the commentary section. Go back to school.
2019-01-18 14:13
Flag checks out) but I still agree with u
2019-01-18 22:13
Germany Merkelistan 
2019-01-18 14:15
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2019-01-18 14:20
i believe
2019-01-18 14:26
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Russia Roneeee 
Imagine win minor without final Pepega
2019-01-18 14:28
Indonesia MeX0NNNN 
2019-01-18 14:31
f0rest | 
Russia XyetoN 
So you have friends in Gambit and want to play against Winstrike again, right?
2019-01-18 14:32
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
i want to belive
2019-01-18 14:52
Astralis will win ALL so whateveyr
2019-01-18 15:02
Kazakhstan axakz 
Astralis cant win minor wtf? Or are you blind and read minor as Major lul?
2019-01-19 07:02
Austria chris_de_b0ng 
LOL good luck!
2019-01-18 15:22
lol just stop. aim at groups first dude
2019-01-18 15:28
Russia lFenomeNl 
win this major*
2019-01-18 16:42
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Turkey nt_forsaken 
i arent think that
2019-01-18 18:59
Kazakhstan axakz 
Are people there really cant read properly?
2019-01-19 07:03
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Korea Singularityq 
2019-01-19 20:47
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