Hobbit departs Winstrike

After nine months with Winstrike during which he averaged a 1.09 rating, Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov has stepped down from the team.

The news comes ahead of the player break, at a point where Winstrike are ranked #32 in the world and sit sixth in the CIS RMR rankings. This roster change will cost them 20% of their 2750 RMR points, however, dropping Winstrike to the 10th spot, but leaving them with a reasonable chance to qualify for the Major at the final RMR event in Autumn.

The 26-year-old Kazakh is out of Winstrike

During his stay with the team, Hobbit was the second-highest rated player on the team, lagging behind only Aleksey "⁠El1an⁠" Gusev, the promising 20-year-old AWPer. Talking about the decision to part ways with the team, Hobbit described it as a "tough choice":

"Today I've made a tough choice to leave Winstrike and head onward as a free agent. The team and the organization have really been there for me all this time and I do appreciate it and always will. But now we have to part ways. Stay in touch, Winstrike!" - Hobbit

The team's coach Dmitry "⁠hooch⁠" Bogdanov will be stepping in for the remaining ESEA Advanced matches before Winstrike head to "a well-deserved vacation". The search and trials for a new fifth will take place when the team is back in action, in August:

"Now we are going to continue our journey at ESEA Advanced and then leave for a well-deserved vacation. When the team returns, we will test new players and start a season a little bit earlier. Even though we have lost 20% RMR-points, Winstrike is still in the race and we are going to fight to the finish line." - hooch

Winstrike are now:

Kazakhstan Aidyn "⁠KrizzeN⁠" Turlybekov
Kazakhstan Viktor "⁠Lack1⁠" Boldyrev
Russia Aleksey "⁠El1an⁠" Gusev
Ukraine Vladyslav "⁠bondik⁠" Nechyporchuk

Russia Dmitry "⁠hooch⁠" Bogdanov (coach/stand-in)

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
728
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Aidyn 'KrizzeN' Turlybekov
Aidyn 'KrizzeN' Turlybekov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
675
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Russia Aleksey 'El1an' Gusev
Aleksey 'El1an' Gusev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
599
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1282
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
857
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Viktor 'Lack1' Boldyrev
Viktor 'Lack1' Boldyrev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
213
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
oof
2020-07-06 18:14
#4
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Denmark iLoVeReD
Byebit.
2020-07-06 18:14
#6
leaf | 
United States Frotha
F5
2020-07-06 18:14
literally I was warmuping in csgo
2020-07-06 18:15
#17
leaf | 
United States Frotha
Just joking :p
2020-07-06 18:16
:O
2020-07-06 18:16
#2
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Germany IIGNITE
??? why
2020-07-06 18:14
#3
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Turkey chrlea
why
2020-07-06 18:14
unlucky
2020-07-06 18:14
they're taking the hobbits to isenLAN!!!!
2020-07-06 18:14
#8
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United States JoshDAA
Why
2020-07-06 18:14
HOOCH KZ? HAHAHA prntscr.com/tcuxoh
2020-07-06 18:15
report siny sobaki
2020-07-06 20:31
-Perfecto +H0bbit EZ4NAVI
2020-07-06 18:15
+1
2020-07-06 18:24
#63
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Estonia RopzTop1
+1
2020-07-06 19:04
+1
2020-07-06 19:09
-flamie is better
2020-07-06 19:11
#71
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Brazil SecondKS
+1
2020-07-06 19:21
#75
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United States RopzIsCute
-flamie +hobbit
2020-07-06 19:27
+1
2020-07-06 20:00
Why perfecto is playing good
2020-07-06 20:52
Perfecto toxic as shit
2020-07-07 10:43
How wtf
2020-07-07 10:56
Shouting at all his teammates, behaving like a toxic silver, while not performing as well as he should?
2020-07-08 08:52
#122
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Spain VIKTORAL
+1
2020-07-07 07:53
Hobbit retiring?
2020-07-06 18:15
welcome to Dosia Team xD
2020-07-06 18:15
+1
2020-07-06 23:15
#14
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CIS pls_help
ok
2020-07-06 18:15
N
2020-07-06 18:16
#18
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Canada Hakkuof
OMG NOO sad to see ex-GAMBIT players going shit
2020-07-06 18:16
They need Zeus back to Play well
2020-07-07 00:37
Wtf, I thought they were doing good
2020-07-06 18:17
The guy deserves better team for sure
2020-07-06 18:18
Maybe, but I still thought they were doing good xd
2020-07-06 18:19
-sanji +hobbit in VP, and winstrike will probably add buster
2020-07-06 18:16
good luck bro :)
2020-07-06 18:17
Deserves better team
2020-07-06 18:17
Nooo :( But gl in the future
2020-07-06 18:18
This is bad for Winstrike, it's going to be hard for them to reach the major now, they need to perform very well in Fall
2020-07-06 18:18
#29
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Europe H1P_STER
Gl to find good team finally
2020-07-06 18:19
Na'Vi Hobbit
2020-07-06 18:21
Reply here who do you think would replace him:
2020-07-06 18:21
fnx or olof
2020-07-06 23:50
probably lekr0
2020-07-06 23:55
#33
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
Unexpected
2020-07-06 18:22
Hobbit is one of the best fragging IGL's that can also be the kind of star player at the same time. He has great future for sure. I understand that he didn't want to play with BOT KrizzeN who brings Winstrike down time and time again.
2020-07-06 18:22
hobbit isn't IGL dude el1an was the IGL in Winstrike KrizzeN is shit that i confirm
2020-07-06 18:27
KrizzeN is total BOT. No one can argue with that.
2020-07-06 19:36
+1
2020-07-06 19:41
#107
HS | 
Poland xBG1
hobbit was igling in past in Winstrike
2020-07-06 23:14
Just in the first week, than el1an took cuz he didn't want anymore
2020-07-06 23:55
sad
2020-07-06 18:23
good luck hobbit to find a new team
2020-07-06 18:24
#38
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North America joeS
Hobbit to Navi
2020-07-06 18:25
Hobbit to Navi valorant roster
2020-07-06 18:26
Welcome to ForZe
2020-07-06 18:26
#42
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Canada dennek
-sanji +hobbit inc
2020-07-06 18:27
That's actually a great move, but what about buster? He wasn't so bad too
2020-07-06 19:26
#78
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Canada dennek
Dude was getting worse day by day
2020-07-06 19:32
Just kick AdreN and SANJI both no problem.
2020-07-07 14:01
-hobbit +nealan
2020-07-06 18:27
#58
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Kazakhstan QJasaraL
oof, dat was nasty))
2020-07-06 18:54
Clowns | Hobbit
2020-07-06 18:28
#46
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara
expected Winstrike hasn't money
2020-07-06 18:30
Hobbit should join Espada as a new IGL. -S0tf1k & -Finigan +Hobbit and also +Krad, he needs to be saved. Hobbit (IGL / Lurker) Degster (AWPer) Dima (Rifler) Krad (Rifler) Patsi (Rifler)
2020-07-06 18:30
Hobbit is not igl ffs
2020-07-06 18:48
Yes he is? lmao. He was the IGL of Winstrike man.
2020-07-06 18:52
Yo le noob, El1an is the igl of Winstrike.
2020-07-07 01:08
No? Hobbit was the captain and IGL of Winstrike. I bet El1an might take over both those roles now when Hobbit is gone.
2020-07-07 01:10
El1an has been IGL of Winstrike for 5-6 months already
2020-07-07 06:09
#99
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United Kingdom tank6123
unironically a good team
2020-07-06 21:17
#48
cry | 
Faroe Islands surni
kek
2020-07-06 18:31
#49
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Switzerland x676
Hahahahahahaha
2020-07-06 18:32
-Adren -hobbit
2020-07-06 18:34
pro100 Hobbit inc
2020-07-06 18:41
#61
B1T | 
Ukraine devitt
is this for real?
2020-07-06 19:02
Zeus said that he found good investor. And also he said that he'll build new pro100 roster.
2020-07-06 19:06
#76
B1T | 
Ukraine devitt
i see no connection between pro100 investor and hobbit leave Pro100 is on rebuild phase rn, if he left winstrike for pro100 then their roster should be at least not worse than winstrike, which i doubt, to build really good team you need ton of money, and i doubt Zeus managed to engage some ultra rich investor
2020-07-06 19:29
#87
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Europe AlL1n
Mafia is interested in match fixing and money laundering so how hard can it be?
2020-07-06 20:14
+1000 sport teams good place to money launder
2020-07-08 00:56
Seems very plausible
2020-07-06 19:27
pro100 Hobbit? GL btw
2020-07-06 18:40
#57
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Russia Syonamaru
- almazer + hobbit - flamie + hobbit - AdreN + hobbit
2020-07-06 18:52
#59
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Russia ToughGuy
FaZe hobbit
2020-07-06 18:55
#60
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Latvia 4swen4
Probably going to faze
2020-07-06 18:59
-sanji +hobbit ?
2020-07-06 19:02
VP -adren -sanji +buster +hobbit
2020-07-06 19:10
pro100 hobbit
2020-07-06 19:12
He's still alive
2020-07-06 19:12
#72
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Brazil SecondKS
Hobbit deserve VP or NAVI
2020-07-06 19:23
#101
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Brazil Gildocsg0
Yes
2020-07-06 21:28
#77
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Portugal Keithul
Sp it seems like he can actually join VP after reshuffles. Just imagane: Buster returnes to team, replacing SANJI, AdreN gets kicked and Hobbit run over IGL role. I feel good about this scenario
2020-07-06 19:31
Winstrike was always shit man , Idk how they manage that every time
2020-07-06 19:41
Hobbit for Perfecto wouldn’t be bad
2020-07-06 19:42
#85
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Denmark nrth_LUL
-Adren +hobbit pretty much confirmed
2020-07-06 19:48
adren to winstrike hobbit to vp
2020-07-06 20:22
rip winstrike then
2020-07-06 20:23
#93
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Hungary Shiron212
Sad :(
2020-07-06 20:39
#94
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Serbia DjapeZ
But why man, u fcked them
2020-07-06 20:47
Good luck
2020-07-06 20:48
syman -mou VP -AndreN mustang crew +zeus +mou +hobbit +AdreN
2020-07-06 20:56
+kane i pizda budet
2020-07-07 16:27
#100
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Brazil Gildocsg0
Welcome to vp
2020-07-06 21:27
cool story bob
2020-07-06 22:04
who?
2020-07-06 22:29
#105
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Indonesia rezrex
From major winner to this
2020-07-06 23:02
prolly he got great offer cuz why would he leave in one step to make it to the major. i just hope it was worth it
2020-07-06 23:13
#109
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Brazil oldStar
Valorant :P
2020-07-06 23:21
pro100 or Navi?
2020-07-07 00:06
expected. he deserve better. I hope Na'Vi
2020-07-07 00:09
#115
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Czech Republic FabyCZ
This is not good way for Winstrike. Hobbit to Astralis :-D
2020-07-07 00:15
Navi, Virtus pro, or Valorant?
2020-07-07 04:39
#123
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Ukraine YUR4S
sad( F
2020-07-07 08:36
pro100 with Adren 100% info
2020-07-07 11:59
Maybe VP maybe Navi?
2020-07-07 13:20
Pro100 will be: Adren Hobbit Dosya Mou + 5 player + Coach (maybe lmbt)
2020-07-07 16:10
Anything would be better for Navi (even Hobbit) on the place of Defecto. He is so trash.
2020-07-08 01:55
check for me: new tag team H0bbit Markeloff Dosia Seized Edward
2020-07-09 09:14
-chopper +H0bbit
2020-07-09 09:23
Poel suhariki blya
2020-07-09 20:45
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