qikert: "My expectation is that we're going to make the top 10 this year"

AVANGAR managed to secure the top spot at the CIS Minor to advance to the IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage and we spoke to one of the winners, Alexey "qikert" Golubev.

The Kazakh squad topped the CIS Minor after taking revenge on Winstrike in the upper bracket final, locking down a 2-1 victory after their opponents once again gave them a tough time on the second map, Train, with a comeback from a 3-12 half on the offense.

qikert commented on the team's in-game leading situation

We spoke to qikert after the triumph to get his reaction on AVANGAR advancing to the first stage of IEM Katowice and to find out how they approached the rematch with Winstrike. The 20-year-old also shared the team's plans for the next month before they return to Poland for the Major.

First of all, tell me about how you approached the rematch with Winstrike, to whom you had previously lost at the event?

We didn't even prepare for this team previously, but this time in the rematch, we went to the practice room, we watched their demos, we just prepared for absolutely everything. We were in their heads, so we thought it was going to be pretty easy to play against them. And so it happened, we knew absolutely what they were going to do, but they still surprised us. Their playstyle is pretty inconsistent.

We lost the second map because of me and buster, we died to a Zeus and they won a force round. We didn't deserve to win the second map, so I said 'it's fine, we're going to win the third map if we want to be at the Major, we're going to play flawless and not give our opponents a chance to grab rounds like that.'

The second map was generally a lot different to your first encounter on Train, where you lost it because of a poor CT side, while here you had a great defense but couldn't find a way through as T. What was the problem?

We had the wrong game plan as CT the first time we played against them, but then we watched our game and decided to play the correct CS again. They didn't change absolutely anything, so it was good for us, but when we went to the T side, we had a plan, as well, but something went wrong. As I said, we died to Zeuses with buster, so we didn't deserve to win the map (laughs).

You missed the Major last time after going out of the Minor early, what does it mean to get back into the cycle again?

Our expectation was the same as the result, but we're still pretty happy about it, we really appreciate it, our coaches, our players, our managers. We are just happy because of this result, previously it was sad for us not to make it to the FACEIT Major, but at the same time, we had really bad preparation. For this Minor, we prepared really well, we knew what any team was going to do here.

Do you have a plan set for the next month before the Major comes?

We are going to prepare the same way we prepared for this Minor. Nothing special. We are going to play praccs, watch demos, and just play our game.

At the end of 2018, you had a good showing at EPICENTER but couldn't repeat it in Chicago or at PLG. What are you missing to gain more consistency, to get to the next level?

I don't really know. We are always saying like 'we are unlucky, we are making mistakes,' etc. I think it's a lack of experience we were missing. Now, we are pretty experienced, we have been playing on LAN for two years, it's pretty hard sometimes to get used to that, so now we are only playing LANs and not playing a lot of online matches. It's a big difference from 2017 or 2018 and I think we are already a really good team. My expectation is that we're going to make the top 10 of your ranking this year.

Also, we are switching in-game leaders often. Sometimes I am the in-game leader, sometimes Jame, but at this Minor and previously in Chicago and in Abu Dhabi, it was Jame, he has been in-game leading for three or four months. But it's always changing.

So for now it's back to Jame?

Yeah. Agaaain. All the time we are changing in-game leaders, I don't know (laughs).


I don't know, sometimes one of us needs to rest. Sometimes we're tired of in-game leading, it's pretty hard to do, actually.

Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
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Maps played:
2019-01-19 16:31
Sweden Unluko 
2019-01-19 16:32
Iceland Arag0rn 
who ?
2019-01-19 17:16
United States Samsquanch_ 
LOOOOOOOOOOL -Expectation -Reality Pick one
2019-01-19 17:39
Europe pencilvester 
Expect unexpected
2019-01-19 18:33
Expect reality
2019-01-19 19:45
2019-01-19 16:32
Avangar #2CIS, Asia #1 ,World #15-18!!!
2019-01-19 20:00
Avangar #2CIS, Asia #1 ,World #15-18!!!
2019-01-19 20:00
India Tritium 
where is #2
2019-01-19 16:32
Asia Degeni 
2019-01-19 16:45
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2019-01-19 16:31
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
2019-01-19 16:32
India Tritium 
2019-01-19 16:32
Norway Alexed 
Never going to happen
2019-01-19 16:32
Austria itsdavvid 
2019-01-19 16:32
saju | 
Poland momtr 
XDDDDD not even close
2019-01-19 16:32
Not with this team, but he has the potential
2019-01-19 16:44
He hasnt either
2019-01-19 17:00
Russia anime_is_gay 
fan of nip enough said
2019-01-19 18:02
Ruski is triggered
2019-01-19 18:29
Hungary Benccce 
They are #18
2019-01-19 18:53
JW | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
I’d take qickert over Edward in Na’Vi any day of the week.
2019-01-19 19:13
2019-01-19 16:32
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
2019-01-19 16:32
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
2019-01-19 16:33
Finland Vkims 
Like Ghost going to be top5 team?
2019-01-19 16:33
like vp top 1 team?
2019-01-19 16:43
Finland Vkims 
XD so pathetic
2019-01-19 17:00
like mertz being god?
2019-01-19 17:10
like steel as favourite player?
2019-01-19 19:22
Anything wrong with steel?
2019-01-19 20:25
2019-01-19 22:33
Good guy
2019-01-20 09:43
but vp was a great team.
2019-01-19 21:26
Yea he changed flair afer bence winning anything
2019-01-19 22:34
Russia zLex67 
im sure that tyloo will be top 1 team of the world
2019-01-19 17:02
2019-01-19 16:33
2019-01-19 16:33
Finland wrathh 
I mean why not, between them and top10 atm are teams they can very well beat (except for ENCE ofc)
2019-01-19 16:33
Norway Warerks 
Ence #1
2019-01-19 17:01
2019-01-19 18:52
Serbia GODKipato 
hahahha no
2019-01-19 16:33
Norway stinkyfrog09 
high expectations!
2019-01-19 16:33
why you laugh plebs it's good to have ambitions
2019-01-19 16:34
Ukraine richUkrainian 
2019-01-19 16:40
Agree, "shoot for the moon and if you miss you'll still land amongst stars"
2019-01-19 16:44
No you'll fly off into endless nothingness and most likely never land again
2019-01-19 19:31
Still amongst stars since that nothingness contains stars
2019-01-19 19:46
deep shit
2019-01-19 19:59
top15 id say
2019-01-19 16:35
2019-01-19 16:34
Good joke
2019-01-19 16:34
Just like your scene
2019-01-19 18:51
Can't disagree with you on that one
2019-01-19 18:57
-krizzen +n0r3r7
2019-01-19 16:34
Russia M13f 
Jame IGL again
2019-01-19 16:34
Who is he? oh AVANGAR ok, well they can.
2019-01-19 16:36
Qatar kys_lvl99 
igl of avangar cs team and OG dota team
2019-01-19 16:43
wait what
2019-01-19 17:39
Wouldnt surprise me given the current weak scene.
2019-01-19 16:37
2019-01-19 16:37
Still better expectation than vilga.
2019-01-19 16:38
Hey bntet. Stay in Poland and don't touch Vilga. <3
2019-01-19 17:58
nt Dosia
2019-01-19 23:11
They can reach the top 10, actually. They are a pretty good team and have already reached top 20. When you see average teams like North in the top 10, then it's not that far fetched.
2019-01-19 16:39
LeX | 
Russia AlexDude 
they are top 18 right now so top 10 is not that far actually
2019-01-19 16:42
those kids talking much again XD like last major that they were supposed to win, didnt even qualify xD
2019-01-19 16:44
Switzerland x676 
2019-01-19 16:49
Germany Youngnibba 
Struggeling in cis minor Be top 10 team Pick one
2019-01-19 16:50
Kazakhstan 001RusKZ 
AdreN and electronic chose qikert. They will not be mistaken.
2019-01-19 16:52
Russia PoTaSHiM 
ALGA AVANGAR, road to top10
2019-01-19 16:54
2019-01-19 17:00
Ha Sure
2019-01-19 17:00
2019-01-19 17:01
Bulgaria vectralsoul 
nice meme
2019-01-19 17:03
Denmark slacking 
best joke of 2019 so far
2019-01-19 17:04
Krimz #9 was better
2019-01-19 17:19
Nah, deserved. People have short memory
2019-01-19 19:17
Speaking about placementing to top10 when u have won some terrible CIS teams in CIS minors.... NaVi who is allso from CIS is scene is coming down this year and this idiot thinks hes going to be top10 with this teams with these skills? They might work against other CIS teams but they dont beat even top american region teams. Cant believe these players whos won some good matches and after that "WE ARE GOING TO BE TOP10"... Trash talking.
2019-01-19 17:09
Yo 1. Wow forZe won INTZ in low tournament. 2. Well played from forZe to win G2 but its bo1 :< 3. Why you link me match where Fnatic beats forZe? 4. Should this impress me somehow about CIS scene?
2019-01-20 07:20
Romania jDT 
What a rude guy...good luck in life!
2019-01-19 17:11
2019-01-19 17:11
HAHAHAHAHA cocky kids lmaoooo. CIS qualifier is a joke, AVANGAR will get rekt against real teams especially in BO3
2019-01-19 17:13
Europe gayzera 
real teams nip got rekt by AVG lmao
2019-01-19 18:05
>NiP >real team LMFAO nt
2019-01-19 18:07
galaxybrain gamers here think theyre not gonna make it lol. they will 100% be in the top 10 this
2019-01-19 17:13
Turkey talhagunes60 
2019-01-19 17:14
8/8 he baited everyone ^
2019-01-19 17:18
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2019-01-19 17:24
shox | 
India iejesus 
lol who
2019-01-19 17:28
Come on guys ! I'm sure you can do this
2019-01-19 17:30
Twistzz | 
Lithuania Sheikl 
Hard to believe they will but it's good to for for something and have goals set.
2019-01-19 17:30
hahahha gl
2019-01-19 17:34
Europe Ondra_Vlcek 
Best joke 2019, that guy is funny
2019-01-19 17:37
can someone name me avangars roles + who are the "players to watch"
2019-01-19 17:41
Kazakhstan joegarn 
jame - awp / secondary igl coordinator qikert - ingame leader fitch - lurk krizzen - entry / support buster - future s1mple aka "onemanarmy" might be mistaken so don't blame baurim
2019-01-19 17:50
thx man! <3
2019-01-19 22:25
Watch them disappear into the top40 after the major again
2019-01-19 17:41
2019-01-19 17:43
Kazakhstan joegarn 
best of luck! completely sure they can be solid t1 this year. kz scene like danish has a lot of pure talents over the country.
2019-01-19 17:45
faceit 10 level players: kaz - 250 denmark - 2500 need more 1000, more skills in kaz teams
2019-01-19 18:11
What does the amount of faceit players with 10 level has to do With that? Danish players are always in a stack (all scandinivian players are actually) thats how they level up so easily . Not to count the factor that most kaz players have +100 ping while danish players have 10/30 . Considering the conditions of denmark where it is considered a national sport where in kaz playing a video game is a just destroying your career/life
2019-01-19 18:56
100ping and shitty pc setup Average salary in kaz 300e/month they cant buy good PC and 144hz/240hz. Average salary in Denmark 2500euro.
2019-01-19 19:12
ikr people talk shit when they don't know anything
2019-01-19 22:59
uk norway finland has more 1000 10lvl players and 0 majors kazakstan was overall 60 players and won major if we country had more 2000 players we will rape EU CS
2019-01-19 19:26
Well said
2019-01-19 22:29
why not
2019-01-19 17:46
France Meerkat_ 
Possible tbh
2019-01-19 17:49
see ya in some months, haters gonna hate but thruth is that AVANGAR have really big potential and i see them in top10 soon
2019-01-19 17:54
2019-01-19 17:57
Kazakhstan Massaget 
So many rude haters... cmon guys, is it bad to have big ambitions? They are 18-19 years old. Just started their career. Support young players. Or you want static top 10 ranking without any new teams there?
2019-01-19 18:01
Europe gayzera 
2019-01-19 18:04
South Africa nimmaJ 
Same kids who type "Astralis are so boring" "top 10 is so weak" " cs is dying cause theres no new talent" then they refuse to accept any new talent or changes to preserve their egos
2019-01-19 20:04
United Kingdom CRYBUYPOWER 
my expectation is that avangar are going to disband
2019-01-19 18:01
Europe gayzera 
nip fan talking omegalul
2019-01-19 18:04
United Kingdom CRYBUYPOWER 
gambit fan talking omegalul
2019-01-19 20:32
Europe gayzera 
moldovian talking omegalul
2019-01-19 21:08
Russia ttteaser 
So ez for n0tail
2019-01-19 18:08
2019-01-19 18:12
should be easy for avangar
2019-01-19 18:16
United States xiquo 
Don't jinx it my friend but good luck and stay humble.
2019-01-19 18:21
Hahaha bad attempt at a joke
2019-01-19 18:33
Croatia Netkov 
Good luck.
2019-01-19 18:38
bruh u guys gotta realize they already top 18 rn and jame is a god
2019-01-19 18:42
China teguP 
avangar era the whole team in top 10
2019-01-19 20:12
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
stahp, Avangar ffs. You are jinxing it so hard.
2019-01-19 20:20
Finland f0pZ 
you mean top10 CIS?
2019-01-19 20:23
will soon be standin. screen
2019-01-19 21:27
Thats a high expectation buddy
2019-01-19 22:00
lol who
2019-01-19 22:31
United Kingdom SUFYY 
i agree, avangar have been doing good but im saying top 20 not 10
2019-01-20 13:44
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