qikert: "In the last round, KrizzeN said 'f*ck it, I'm going to kill them' and he did"

We quizzed Alexey "qikert" Golubev about AVANGAR's run to a spot in the New Legends Stage, which they secured after going 3-1 in the first phase of the IEM Katowice Major.

The Kazakhstani side opened the tournament with a 8-16 loss to Renegades on Train, but they went undefeated from that point on, beating FURIA, G2, and TYLOO to lock a spot in the New Legends Stage with a 3-1 record.

qikert commented on the emotional ending to AVANGAR's series with TYLOO, who almost pulled off a huge comeback on Inferno

Shortly after qikert & co. denied the Chinese-Indonesian squad a comeback from a 5-15 deficit on Inferno to secure the series and a place in the next stage, we interviewed the 20-year-old about the match and about advancing from the New Challengers Stage for the first time.

Starting the event with a convincing loss to Renegades, how did you come back from that, being able to win three in a row to qualify for the next stage?

It started from the map veto, we expected to play Cache, but somehow we went to Train and it was pretty hard to play against them because we prepared Cache the day before and we didn't really know much about what they were going to do. Also, we had a really bad start, that didn't really help, it's pretty hard to play without a pistol round and the first buyround. It's always hard, especially on LAN, to go through that.

Renegades generally ended up being quite the surprise with a 3-0 sweep, was it a surprise to you to see them so strong in the opening match?

No, actually, I knew they were pretty good, but yes, I didn't expect them to go 3-0. They did really well, they prepared, they deserve this.

You did win 2-0 against TYLOO after all today, but it got uncomfortably close on Inferno, where they came back from 15-5 to 15-14 - you looked quite stressed, so talk me through your emotions while this was happening.

It's also about flashbacks, we had a lot of games like this, where we are getting comebacks, we were leading with a big score, like 14-7, 15-7, and somehow they were coming back on us. That was pretty unusual because we just said that we wouldn't f*ck up (laughs). At the end of the game, in the last round, 15-14, KrizzeN just did the job, he said 'f*ck it, I'm going to kill them' and he did it, he won the most important round by himself.

What was it like playing and preparing for TYLOO overall?

First of all, it was hard to prepare, we really didn't have their demos, especially on Cache, they had their previous lineup with only three of the current five players, they have a new roster and we learned from their old demos. We were watching their main trio and that's how we prepared for Cache. But for Inferno, we prepared absolutely everything because they had a lot of maps at the Major here and it was much easier. That's why we got a really good start and most of the game, but, in the end, it somehow went wrong. They started taking rounds and we didn't really expect it, but KrizzeN ended the map.

qikert praised KrizzeN for his play that closed out the series against TYLOO

Was that just down to stress?

I don't know, we were playing structured CS, not giving them a chance, we were always 5v4, but something went wrong every time. I don't know why. Just some unlucky rounds as usual for AVANGAR.

You have been in this stage before, but you weren't able to reach the top 16. What does it mean to be able to do it a year later?

It means a lot, but not really that much because we expected this result, it was one of our goals. But our main goal is to reach Legends status, top eight, so it's more important for us than this result, but still, it's pretty amazing for us. We are all happy, at the end of the end match against TYLOO, we were pretty happy, we screamed for the first time in our lives, usually we say 'okay, let's not show emotions,' but this time we couldn't hold back our emotions.

With advancing from the next stage being your goal, what is it going to take for AVANGAR to reach the playoffs?

We have to just keep going, prepare for our enemies, playing our game and hitting headshots. Hitting insane shots, that's our main rule. Hit insane shots. The main problem is adapting, we have to work on it because we need to adapt to our enemies much faster, against TYLOO it was pretty hard on Cache in the beginning.

Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
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Good stuff!
2019-02-15 19:44
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smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
2019-02-15 19:55
reported for "f-word"
2019-02-15 19:45
Sweden meistr0 
2019-02-15 19:46
Poland cGev 
Come on man!
2019-02-15 19:50
s1mple | 
Germany stanHD 
Hahaha you stupid or something
2019-02-15 20:12
No, people who hate MIBR are always smart
2019-02-16 03:24
Hahaha you stupid or something
2019-02-16 16:10
I see the emotions talking ^^ Mibr is overrated for sure. The Brazilian era is over get over it
2019-02-18 22:45
Sweden Unluko 
Lol thats funny
2019-02-15 19:47
United Kingdom RannarrCSGO 
can someone link me the inter view
2019-02-15 20:16
Myanmar xdcc 
S1mple tactics when Zeus igl
2019-02-15 19:45
Ukraine zCainee 
2019-02-15 19:49
Norway SaltySausage 
2019-02-15 19:51
Aleksib | 
Finland MorstB 
lmao true
2019-02-15 20:34
2019-02-15 20:35
jajajaj buenardo
2019-02-15 21:53
2019-02-16 14:24
2019-02-20 04:12
Denmark Jonasnhj 
2019-02-15 19:45
real player
2019-02-15 19:45
f0rest | 
Serbia dankoBGD 
and then he missed the spray
2019-02-15 19:45
he's talking about the final round not that one idiot, read the post
2019-02-15 19:47
2019-02-15 19:47
reported for being proven wrong lol
2019-02-15 19:50
oh really thanks for telling me that it wasnt the last map, i didnt know before you 2 told me.
2019-02-15 19:50
10 iq bait choose one
2019-02-15 20:14
Netherlands @Deji 
2019-02-15 20:57
Brazil Whillpull 
Is there a way to bait without low iq?
2019-02-16 14:42
yes being drunk
2019-02-16 15:06
2019-02-16 11:16
Israel DonowurName 
2019-02-15 19:46
LMAO thank you hltv for making that the title
2019-02-15 19:46
Finland Smoonah 
2019-02-15 21:51
....And he breaks the cage and he gets it.
2019-02-25 04:45
Belarus danteY 
fuck him!
2019-02-15 19:47
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Poland rdkN 
absolute mad lad
2019-02-15 21:14
grux | 
Sweden millekatt 
2019-02-15 19:47
I love qikert and his interviews!
2019-02-15 19:47
Ukraine FaZe_UW0TM8 
Now this is a good title lmao
2019-02-15 19:47
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Lithuania SH4NKER 
absolute mad lad
2019-02-15 19:48
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CIS strats xdxd
2019-02-15 19:50
Ukraine Chipaet 
but its still working :D
2019-02-16 15:46
no he didn’t
2019-02-15 19:50
Seems legit
2019-02-15 19:50
Spain lxz3 
kNgV- Joins Avangar
2019-02-15 19:51
Other 3ms 
he canot do this Xd
2019-02-17 15:25
United States skroobdoober 
Qikert always top 1 interviews
2019-02-15 19:52
Europe gayzera 
2019-02-15 19:52
France Dov 
No offense but I hope he can pay himself new teeths after this major
2019-02-15 19:54
Estonia swag420weed 
Even if he can, he will spend it on vodka :D
2019-02-15 20:22
Sakura | 
Japan Ron1E 
Nice strat. I think we found good replace for Zeus
2019-02-15 19:54
v pizdy blyat yebki ebanie shas pizdi im dam
2019-02-15 19:54
Oh my gods its a s1mple yes ?
2019-02-15 19:56
Ukraine Chipaet 
No this is Patrick
2019-02-16 21:46
buster | 
Kazakhstan Madf0ru 
Suka ya ih viebu" naverno skazal Krizzen
2019-02-15 19:58
nice :D
2019-02-15 19:59
wow unbelievable, he did what he is supposed to do
2019-02-15 20:03
Xyp9x | 
Brazil Jeanzera 
2019-02-15 20:06
China kazuk1 
prove it or
2019-02-15 20:11
2019-02-15 20:12
Xyp9x | 
Sweden v1king 
yea.. if they will go like that, they will not come far on the main stage. Poor tactical moves, they got aim that's it ... and qikert with his AUG.
2019-02-15 20:15
Russia CunningCrab 
If they leg, u eat boots
2019-02-15 20:22
Croatia Jack Russell 
Evolution of CSGO tactics: case study 'IT'S A FINAL BRO, YOU HAVE TO STEP UP' - Adren, Krakow 2017 'F*** THIS, I'M GOING TO BUY AN AWP' - NAF, London 2018 'F*CK IT, I'M GOING TO KILL THEM' - qikert, Katowice 2019
2019-02-15 20:19
Europe Ark- 
did it work out well I cant remember NAF awping at london?
2019-02-15 20:47
qikert | 
Canada cherryy 
It did. It was the close comeback from Astralis they stopped.
2019-02-15 21:40
Other Malda4 
we can see people are getting smarter and smarter
2019-02-15 21:47
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Aiomie 
Great mindset from Krizzen. Glad he didn't fall down mentally after such hard game and failed round.
2019-02-15 20:22
+1 respectable.
2019-02-15 20:50
2019-02-15 20:26
Haha :D
2019-02-15 20:33
hampus | 
Sweden Exxet 
ye, no
2019-02-15 20:34
ok, cool story bro cringe title
2019-02-15 20:36
World pcmasterrace 
+1 expected from pathetic ruskis
2019-02-15 21:25
2019-02-15 20:41
Europe Ark- 
the absolute madman
2019-02-15 20:46
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Germany Merkelistan 
2019-02-15 20:49
Poland Hell2k 
hahaha qikert on drugs gj boys from kazakh
2019-02-15 21:04
Portugal ZePagode 
just post a video i have no patiance to read all of this
2019-02-15 21:25
almost choked and tyloo almost made a comeback lol
2019-02-15 21:40
United States gtmaniacmda 
2019-02-15 21:41
that's exactly what a raging hacker would say.
2019-02-15 21:42
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
Omg it's a s1mple yes?
2019-02-15 22:02
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Smix | 
Pakistan Lv1_Crook 
2019-02-15 22:31
Brazil hugoooo 
hahahaha best news title ever
2019-02-15 22:54
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
As you do
2019-02-15 22:58
Brazil inv1se 
badass kill by krizzen on that last round, coming out of boiler
2019-02-15 23:03
Brazil Collee 
2019-02-15 23:25
@ Hitting insane shots, that's our main rule. Hit insane shots.
2019-02-16 00:03
So these guys screamed for the first time in their life.I don’t want to sound like an old jerk but in my time we were playing for nothing, just for the prestige and we were giving our everything. These young players don’t know what it’s like to play in an Internet cafe for 5 years to win 100dollars. Theres no emotions coming out of it. Sorry for the rant but I’m just disgusted.
2019-02-16 00:16
Kazakhstan alpamyS 
You don’t know nothing about these guys, they are playing in local lans in Almaty since 14-15 years old, they became pro in 16-17 y.o. I think they are grown up to scream, when they know their real strength
2019-02-16 10:16
Brazil Beckermonster 
s1mple strats xdd
2019-02-16 00:19
Kazakhstan dc7 
2019-02-16 02:13
India JW_BesTesT 
2019-02-16 02:32
s1mple | 
Brazil afxsaw1 
We kill them all
2019-02-16 05:11
Brazil hugoooo 
Just watched the VOD: Krizzen killed just two enemies on the last round LUL
2019-02-16 07:55
It was 5v2 after his 2nd kill and he got the entry originally too, seems he rly won it to me xddd
2019-02-16 11:21
Brazil hugoooo 
"I'M GOING TO KILL THEM' AND HE DID" In fact, killed two only. Come on.
2019-02-16 19:13
Denmark MetatronKbh 
QIKERT nice talk from him, but he must know that when he comes up against teams from the Legends Stage, he will get shot and be dead,, and they do not say ...they just do it hahahahahha
2019-02-16 18:43
Austria ArmendZTC 
2019-02-16 19:03
krizzen: krizzen go kill krizzen: ok
2019-02-25 18:24
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
"I'm gonna kill them" Damn never would of thought of that
2019-02-17 01:54
Cringe :/
2019-02-18 13:11
It is as if he was holding back and released his final form. Like som edgy Naruto/Dragonball character.
2019-02-19 19:17
Fuck this shit I'm out
2019-02-25 17:50
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