qikert: "We are swapping all the time, but Jame is calling 60-70% and I'm calling 30-40%"

We heard from Alexey "qikert" Golubev following his team qualification for the New Legends stage, with the 20-year-old discussing the IGL situation and AVANGAR's Dust2 A site execute.

On the last day of the StarLadder Major Main Qualifier, AVANGAR managed a 2-1 win over Syman to continue their run in Berlin. In our interview with qikert, we discussed the grudge match, alongside other topics.

qikert is hoping he can be freed of his leading duties in the future

qikert cleared up the speculation regarding the in-game leadership, claiming the duties are split 70-30% between him and Dzhami "Jame" Ali, with others focused on their fragging.

I'll start with you guys getting AdreN. Tell me a bit about playing with him, obviously, he is a very well known player from Kazakhstan, has a lot of history, a lot of achievements, how is it playing with him in a team?

It is like you are playing with a war veteran, someone who played a lot of matches, a lot of Majors, who won a Major, who is an MVP of a Major, and he brings a lot of new things for to the team. He adds rounds, he says what is good, what is bad, he helps a lot. He is helping the team to develop and become better. So that is his main advantage in the team because he is helping us, young talents to become better. And individually he is pretty good, he is one of the best pistol players, so it is very cool, and he is also pretty good with rifles.

You said he adds in terms of tactics, what is the in-game leading situation right now in the team with him, SANJI on paper being the in-game leader, and Jame as the AWPer as well adding things. How do you balance all of that?

Everything stayed the same, me and Jame are calling during the game. Jame is the main in-game leader, I'm the second one, I'm calling mid-rounds and he is calling in the beginnings, but sometimes he is also calling that. We are swapping all the time, but Jame is calling 60-70% and I'm calling 30-40%, so it stayed the same. AdreN is focusing on his game so he has the ability to hit headshots and carry us through games.

In-game leaders in AVANGAR for the last two years... it seems like the only thing consistent about it is change. Sometimes it is you, then it is Jame , now the balance is 70-30. Is that something you are going to be keeping going forward or are you going to be changing again?

I would like not to call anymore because I think I have a pretty good individual game to destroy teams. So I hope that, in the future, I will leave this role and somebody else will take it, and it will be easier for our team. It is a question of time. But the main in-game leader is Jame and he always will be.

Let's touch on the last game you had here, you played against Syman and there is a lot of history, rivalries between the teams. Going into the match, what was the feeling like?

For us, it was a feeling like we had nothing to lose. We lost those kinds of matches a lot, we weren't scared, we weren't nervous, we were playing our game, doing our things, and that was what helped us. I don't know if they were scared but I think it was their first experience playing such an important game. But our team is already used to playing important games and I think it is what brought us to victory. We never lose important games.

I want to touch on the A execute you have on Dust2. A lot of teams stole it from you and a lot of teams know you do, but you still manage to pull it off sometimes. So how did you come up with that, when did you create that strategy?

One day on bootcamp we were watching some matches and somebody showed us a smoke that lands on a pretty unusual box (boost box) which covers the whole A long side and the AWPer can't watch the cross if he gets flashed. And this execute is always working for us, I don't know why, but we have a good psychology about it, we are always sure this round is going to work and we are doing it all the time.

Now you made it into the top 16, the second time at the Major, getting some consistecy, building on the IEM Katowice result. What do you think you will be able to do in the next stage?

On the next stage our aim is still the same, we have to go through and see what is going to be next. Just play good, play our CS.

Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
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Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
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2019-08-26 16:48
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JAME TIME IS ONLY 70 percent
2019-08-26 18:53
2019-08-26 16:49
a lot
2019-08-26 16:52
JAME TIME IS ONLY 70 percent
2019-08-26 17:06
Wow Jame what a legend
2019-08-26 17:07
no no no
2019-08-26 18:29
qikert bestest cis
2019-08-26 16:49
Germany Vini_1337 
2019-08-26 16:48
Poland mamba99999 
2019-08-26 16:48
Finland santedek 
nobody cares
2019-08-26 16:48
Nobody cares about Finland end of the world shithole
2019-08-26 16:50
United States CaliNinja 
USA talking smh
2019-08-26 17:03
Finland santedek 
everybody knows this guy is a ruski
2019-08-26 17:23
wen ENCE wins , u get fckd lyk a beetch. c u later mf
2019-08-27 11:51
I love this beautiful person. I want to give him many blowjobs
2019-08-26 16:49
Me too
2019-08-26 17:42
qikert | 
Kazakhstan Ametiev 
Weren't you calling Trudeau gay? What?
2019-08-26 17:59
You can't call and simultaneously bait
2019-08-26 16:49
you underestimate the JAME
2019-08-26 16:52
North America Straf3R 
Happy: Am I a joke to you?
2019-08-26 16:53
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
Happy- Let me introduce myself
2019-08-26 17:28
RpK | 
France hltvuser1 
qikert is gonna take 2019
2019-08-26 16:50
he already won TI
2019-08-26 23:58
Jame calls to save
2019-08-26 16:50
In the beginning of every round xD
2019-08-26 16:54
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
Hey Zvonimir why u didnt asked about jame&saving? Is hes ok about it and what was they feeling in a game VS NRG
2019-08-26 16:51
AdreN talked about it earlier and I doubt he would be in the team if he didn't agree. It was on my list though but didn't get to it in the end. Something to ask in the next stage. Thanks for the comment! hltv.org/news/27636/adren-when-the-big-t..
2019-08-26 16:54
would be awesome asking the man himself about it :D
2019-08-26 17:03
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
Would be cool to ask Jame himself :D thanks for answer
2019-08-26 17:18
Jame: Jame go save Jame: Understandable, have a nice day
2019-08-26 16:51
China Inflame7012 
Jame:You know, let's save.
2019-08-26 16:52
Poland Aloes 
Jame calls are like: -go save -don't die -stay alive -hold on
2019-08-26 16:53
- go first - let me trade you - go fast
2019-08-26 17:43
AdreN is focusing on his game so he has the ability to hit headshots and carry us through games. . lmfao this guy its so bad individually nowadays what is qikert talking about
2019-08-26 16:57
Serbia BigJB21 
-flamie +qikert
2019-08-26 16:58
Xyp9x | 
Europe Ynnh0jDK 
That's why Jame can save awp xd
2019-08-26 16:59
Qikert is calling like that : guys we'll split a site listen sanji you ll go ramp and buster you'll go palace . wait for the enemy push for quick entry .ok adren and me 'll go under and adren 'll boost me window for a sneaky play etc. Jame is calling like that : -go save -don't die -stay alive -hold on -sanji drop me awp -sanji drop me ssg(when avangar loses pistol round)
2019-08-26 17:01
Croatia Netkov 
Good interview.
2019-08-26 17:01
Jame call - I bait you all, if I fail I save
2019-08-26 17:02
Drop me awp, go first, bite for me
2019-08-26 17:04
Lithuania aels 
jame igl=less deaths
2019-08-26 17:05
boltz | 
Europe matt_gv 
Jame calls to bait for him
2019-08-26 17:07
Qikert is the ugliest pro I’ve even seen wtf
2019-08-26 17:11
He is pretty well what about FURIA?they are pretty ? bye monkey
2019-08-26 17:23
He hasnt seen lucas or fer i think
2019-08-26 18:07
2019-08-26 18:14
2019-08-26 18:17
did i ever mention they were pretty? ur the one that got a monkey's iq here
2019-08-26 18:36
qikert looks like european he is white and blue eye normal face where he is ugly ?argument ?pls
2019-08-26 18:55
the shape of his face and btw the looks of people is all about opinion
2019-08-26 18:58
hltv.org/gallery/view/120024 He looks like Xist he looks like european You looks like monkey close pls goodbye
2019-08-26 19:04
In Jame we trust!
2019-08-26 17:13
jame is baiting 101%
2019-08-26 17:14
Petr1k actually doing some good job in avg
2019-08-26 17:20
qikert: Rush B ,throw smoke kitchen Jame : Go save
2019-08-26 17:23
thank you n0tail, very cool!
2019-08-26 17:30
Spain akproxx 
Cant wait to see qikert in navi when zeus retired
2019-08-26 17:39
ostia, lul are crazy......qkkert is not igl
2019-08-27 04:48
Spain akproxx 
Boombl4 is there te be the igl after Pls read the articles before reply stupid things
2019-08-27 11:17
Finland Polki 
Jame save only, sad guy
2019-08-26 17:43
2019-08-26 17:45
jame is trash
2019-08-26 17:46
Morocco de_cpl_mill 
Good player
2019-08-26 17:47
Bulgaria overflowl33t 
2019-08-26 17:50
Adren maybe good igl. not sure . he lots experienced
2019-08-26 17:55
South America FAN_OF_M16R 
N0tail perfect in two best esport games ever made
2019-08-26 18:13
jame is jaming 60-70% of rounds
2019-08-26 18:13
jOELZ | 
Korea Hunyango 
2019-08-26 18:23
2019-08-26 18:16
jOELZ | 
Korea Hunyango 
Jame Time!
2019-08-26 18:24
Consistency is spelled wrong in the final question
2019-08-26 18:52
i think he is liyng cuz Qikert pussy Qikert - calling 50% jame+buster+adren - 50% calling
2019-08-26 19:12
EliGE | 
Netherlands gelm1r 
jame: Jame save rest go B
2019-08-26 19:59
EliGE | 
Denmark AcesJack 
2019-08-26 20:01
Singapore FallBlade 
Jame: u go first, i'll stay t spawn
2019-08-26 20:04
North America kobeBRO 
2019-08-26 20:35
Jame Time!
2019-08-26 20:37
Switzerland fanb0yyy 
adren god men
2019-08-26 20:43
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
Jame time
2019-08-28 12:14
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