Gambit Youngsters transition to six-man roster with Hobbit addition

Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov returns to the organization with which he lifted a Major trophy in 2017, adding maturity to Gambit Youngsters.

With an average age of just 19, Gambit Youngsters's five-man lineup was by far the youngest in the current top 30, with a big gap even to the second-youngest Cloud9 who sit at 21.1. The CIS organization has decided to mature the team by returning Hobbit to the fold.

Hobbit will take on the role of the in-game leader as Gambit Youngsters transition to a six-man roster model which they "are going to test over the next couple of months".

Hobbit will be in-game leading the young Gambit squad

Despite Hobbit's experience, which includes winning the PGL Krakow Major with Gambit in a year which he was also the 11th best player in the world, the team will retain the Youngsters tag moving forward.

"Internally we agreed that this line-up will mature as soon as we become a stable top 30 team in the world according to HLTV.org or qualify for the Major", the team statement reads. "We expect our youth squad to reach these heights with the return of one of the key players in the history of our organization".

Hobbit stepped down from Gambit in 2018 as the team went through a number of roster changes trying to regain their 2017 form. The Kazakh player then had unfruitful stints in HellRaisers and most recently Winstrike, departing the latter team in July.

Over the past two years, Gambit Youngsters have been an interesting prospect, practically taking over the mantle of Gambit's primary team after the main lineup featuring Mihail "⁠Dosia⁠" Stolyarov and co. disbanded. Youngsters reached their peak rank of #25 in November of last year and are currently ranked #28, but are still looking for stability at the top and their first Big event outing.

Gambit Youngsters are now:

Russia Timofey "⁠interz⁠" Yakushin
Estonia Anton "⁠supra⁠" Tšernobai
Russia Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov
Russia Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov
Russia Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov
Kazakhstan Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov

Russia Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov (coach)

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
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
432
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.10
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
429
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
495
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Russia Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.60
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.83
APR:
0.16
Estonia Anton 'supra' Tšernobai
Anton 'supra' Tšernobai
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
385
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Russia Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
415
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.12
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1410
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
easy hobbit ! ax1le to navi !??!
2020-07-29 10:46
more like sh1ro to navi
2020-07-29 10:50
replace interz with hobbit = ez top 15
2020-07-29 12:21
Probably what is gonna happen.
2020-07-29 16:16
Or supra.
2020-07-29 21:49
Supra pops off so often though even if his stats don’t always show it I think he’s super valuable
2020-07-30 08:44
#140
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Serbia DjapeZ
Yeah i have same feeling, i think he is very important to this team, and individualy he is very good player, even if stats arent showing that
2020-07-30 14:26
#34
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Ukraine volod1m1r
+shiro +sdy -perf -flamie
2020-07-29 11:07
#37
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Japan klim1256
If it happens navi top 20
2020-07-29 11:12
+1
2020-07-29 16:22
y they need to add second awper instead of a support xddd nice brain
2020-07-29 11:19
#43
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Ukraine volod1m1r
sdy good support, shiro could be second awper (better at awp and rifle than flamie both)
2020-07-29 11:23
why do you guys always trying to fix something? If team on top of rating and have insane shots at events thats mean that team is actually fine, at your place i would actually try fixing your braincells instead of navi
2020-07-29 12:59
#74
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Ukraine volod1m1r
fixing creates problems, makes scene unpredictable and interesting. Also, shup up, I can do whatever I want to
2020-07-29 12:59
there was a million of millions teams which make an unsensable changes then fall appart, also navi only recently did a change and showing good resultsm, but people still putting fucking mir's, sdy's and shiro's in their roster. BTW i didnt shut ur face up and tried to make u think before writing smth, but i guess hohol's arent changable at all, most disgusting personalities to meet up
2020-07-29 14:44
#90
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Germany Gabbah
NaVi does not look good atm. Everybody execpt s1mple and electronic are underperforming and in the case of flamie and perfecto have been for a while. Flamie simply does not belong in a t1 team anymore. NaVi cant get consistend and be a title contender on a consistent basis, when half their team is inconsistent.
2020-07-29 14:46
online results doesnt make a deal for me, i wont give up on team if they suck online, ill wait till lan results and in bad case ill agree on changes inteam, also as far as i know vp at their prime never was promising online but did good at lan:)
2020-07-29 14:49
#92
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Germany Gabbah
well considering the times we are in, you have to do that to a certain degree. You cant just say: "well the last 8 months where online so no wonder we where bad." Sadly doesnt work like that
2020-07-29 14:52
yea actually in that case it makes sense, i know that this online time can broke some teams, but man, i believe good teams like mouz, fnatic, liquid, navi(even tho they're not so bad online imo) can be resurrected and show some good results in bright future
2020-07-29 15:05
#95
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Germany Gabbah
I agree, that not everything should be taken for 100% accurate because its online, but for example I think, that BiG is the best team in the world, regardless of me being german. They look like a budget astralis, which isnt a bad thing at all
2020-07-29 15:11
it's like lan system were used for decades and at some point everything changed alot, but there's a good things in it if dont count t1 team that lost some positions, the bright is big and godsent(?), also i like syrson a lot, this man is a freaking beast, give this man a scholarship
2020-07-29 15:17
#99
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Ukraine volod1m1r
lmao, remember that hohols destroyed your shitty ass state of Crimean Khahanate. You were pillaging our cities, raping our women, killing children. Disgusting personalities LMAO. Your country is based on killings, genocides and shitty religion of peace XDD
2020-07-29 15:31
ty, you just confirmed for every1 my words was right
2020-07-29 16:05
jeez
2020-07-29 16:24
+1
2020-07-29 16:22
#141
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Serbia DjapeZ
Sdy has conflict with Navi players, so he wont be playing any time soon in Navi for sure
2020-07-30 14:27
#2
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Netherlands ___Snowy___
Nice change
2020-07-29 10:46
now +dosia
2020-07-29 10:46
+zeus +mou +adren .. ez major again
2020-07-29 10:49
#4
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Canada luckyghost
hes 26, youngsters? ahahahahaha hobbit wtf
2020-07-29 10:46
coach almost 40 yo
2020-07-29 10:47
#65
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Kazakhstan JPDragao
Are you stupid?
2020-07-29 12:25
Hobbits have a longer life expectancy than humans, so in hobbit age he's actually still a youngster. It all makes sense.
2020-07-29 14:34
+1
2020-07-29 14:46
#108
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China Rynaki
+1 Hobbits have an average lifespan of 100 years, compared to humans' average lifespan of 79 years. This means that 26 in Hobbit years is only about 20.2 in human years.
2020-07-29 16:43
+1
2020-07-29 23:02
#142
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Serbia DjapeZ
+1
2020-07-30 14:27
#5
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Sweden Nokkeri
Hobbit deserves better
2020-07-29 10:47
maybe but this team has potential, ax1le and sh1ro are gods and now with hobbit they will have more structure and firepower
2020-07-29 10:48
Not really. Let's be honest, he was a god of that major he won but he never ever even came close to that level again
2020-07-29 11:02
#48
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Sweden mielito1
Bro have you seen him play? He was always almost the best player in winstrike when i watched him. Clearly better for his career now top 20 team upcoming
2020-07-29 11:31
He was a god for whole 2017, unfortunately he didnt get to play a lot of big events
2020-07-29 11:44
Great for u hobbit <3
2020-07-29 10:47
#7
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Korea thr33o
WOW
2020-07-29 10:47
"youngsters"
2020-07-29 10:47
Hobbits have a longer life expectancy than humans, so in hobbit age he's actually still a youngster. It all makes sense.
2020-07-29 14:35
Hobbits have a longer life expectancy than humans, so in hobbit age he's actually still a youngster. It all makes sense.
2020-07-29 20:25
Hobbits have a longer life expectancy than humans, so in hobbit age he's actually still a youngster. It all makes sense.
2020-07-30 19:20
26 yo youngsters
2020-07-29 10:47
#10
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Estonia rafio
hobbit there? wth
2020-07-29 10:47
pog
2020-07-29 10:48
#14
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Russia Syonamaru
Gambit Childrens and Kumis milk part 1
2020-07-29 10:48
Hobbit should just go to NaVi and replace Perfecto instead. Well, Good Luck For H0bbit!
2020-07-29 10:48
#16
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Indonesia Journeast
How about Gambit Senior? Dosia?
2020-07-29 10:48
I wanted hobbit in v.p tbh
2020-07-29 10:49
#19
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Russia Praeter
questionable move in my opinion, not sure if Abay will work together with the youngsters
2020-07-29 10:50
rip gambit
2020-07-29 10:51
#22
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Philippines B3nk4i
A solid pickup considering whose available in the region, but this move feels like they're gonna make a change soon. Like a player going up to another team. But either way great nostalgia Good luck to gambit
2020-07-29 10:51
> Youngsters > 26 years old pick one
2020-07-29 10:52
Once Ax1Le turns 20 which will be in 1.5 years.
2020-07-29 13:53
#24
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Hungary subzera
yeah, that wont make the youngsters feel any pressure. just bringing back the 26yo that won the major with the org.
2020-07-29 10:57
#77
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France cedd
he's an upgrade over two players in the team and they're on the comeup
2020-07-29 13:04
Very good idea. Interz is rly bad and nafany should take other role. Big upgrade
2020-07-29 10:58
+hobbit -interz nafany still IGL xD
2020-07-29 11:15
did you even read the text
2020-07-29 12:06
no i blind LUL
2020-07-29 12:09
#26
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Romania JeeFo
These 6+ men roster moves are so dumb. This is not football, boys. The key to having a successful team is to find 5 players with good chemistry.
2020-07-29 10:58
Hobbit is insane. It's a great addition. I think he should replace interz in their main roster, because he played like shit lately, and interz should stay as a 6th player, if they need stand-in or something. For me with this change Gambit Youngsters can enter TOP 20.
2020-07-29 10:59
He wl replace supra
2020-07-29 16:16
I mean changing supra for him is a good move, but honestly I would prefer to change interz. supra is nothing special, but when he has to he frags, so I would like to keep him and remove interz instead.
2020-07-29 17:01
overdrive said they want hobbit to be the main caller and nafany the second . and he said supra is the one most likely replaced but can be interz also
2020-07-29 17:37
Hopefully it will be interz. As I said, supra is enough to stay for me.
2020-07-29 20:38
#28
BobZ | 
India Ez4ez
-interz now
2020-07-29 10:59
#29
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Macau Be_Happier
Gambit isnt need him
2020-07-29 10:59
6 man? lol rip youngster YOUNG not 26 hahaha
2020-07-29 11:00
GY for a long time the main lineup
2020-07-29 11:08
#85
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Russia M13F
after major
2020-07-29 14:37
for what u write to me
2020-07-29 20:15
What a shame.
2020-07-29 11:00
#32
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United Kingdom sslemons
what a fall from grace
2020-07-29 11:01
such a bad move wtf
2020-07-29 11:09
ohhh baby its time for Gambit top 20
2020-07-29 11:18
#41
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Romania RunnerB0Y
Youngster at 26 yo nice
2020-07-29 11:20
#42
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Switzerland x676
hahhahahahahaahahha gj, lets steal some paychecks!!
2020-07-29 11:22
#44
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Germany Pforzfox
Honestly, this just feels like Gambit might soon announce that the Youngsters are now their official main roster.
2020-07-29 11:24
they already said that when Dosia teams disband
2020-07-29 11:54
young star hobbit
2020-07-29 11:27
Hobbit left Winstrike for this?
2020-07-29 11:29
#47
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Sweden katt1n
Pedo hobbit lmao
2020-07-29 11:30
Rip gambit with this bot
2020-07-29 11:32
Remove youngstar of clanname
2020-07-29 11:35
+1
2020-07-29 16:45
+1
2020-07-29 17:30
+1
2020-07-29 22:02
ez money to hobbit
2020-07-29 11:37
Good one
2020-07-29 11:45
What a great backup to have <3
2020-07-29 11:51
sh1ro to navi PogChamp
2020-07-29 11:59
6 vs 5 ez
2020-07-29 12:06
Why cis team writes in English on twitter 🤦🏼‍♀️
2020-07-29 12:17
#62
B1T | 
Ukraine devitt
Because esports is international sports and you have to keep up the standarts? Lul that was some stupid ass logic by you
2020-07-29 12:21
name checks out
2020-07-29 12:34
Globalization.
2020-07-30 16:43
nice youngster
2020-07-29 12:20
Hobbit deserves better imo. Good luck anyway.
2020-07-29 12:24
26 yo youngsters
2020-07-29 12:38
Hobbit a youngster?!?!?! LuL
2020-07-29 12:40
They should have gotten rid of the "Youngsters" tag for a long time now
2020-07-29 12:42
that's discouraging, why??
2020-07-29 12:44
Yo les noobs, Good addition imo, will help them get over the pressure that hinders them from qualifying to a big event. To all the retards saying "youngsters 26 yo KEKW" or that they should remove the youngsters tag, they already ARE the main roster of Gambit, but if you knew how to read they made it clear that they will remove the tag when they become a stable top 30 team/qualify for a Major.
2020-07-29 12:51
Yo le noob, I agree with you
2020-07-29 13:05
#72
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Russia ChmoEbanoe
shiro to navi POG POG POG
2020-07-29 12:52
Interesting, now -youngsters + = Gambit
2020-07-29 13:03
Good luck
2020-07-29 13:04
#79
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Russia parovozik
ez top60 now
2020-07-29 13:50
king
2020-07-29 13:52
god hobbit, come to brazil
2020-07-29 14:05
Return of the King
2020-07-29 14:41
Delete me admin
2020-07-29 14:43
#94
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Hungary raffai
Lul what a downgrade for Hobbit xdddd
2020-07-29 15:08
? Literally the best up and coming CIS team lol?!
2020-07-29 21:53
#97
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Colombia AlejoBuh
26yo Youngsters Pick one
2020-07-29 15:28
26yo LUL KEKW OMEGALUL
2020-07-29 15:28
kekw 26yo young
2020-07-29 15:32
real youngster over there
2020-07-29 16:09
why just not rename simple to Gambit?
2020-07-29 16:46
+1
2020-07-29 17:29
he not so Yung anymore tho
2020-07-29 17:02
26 years old "youngsters" xdddddd
2020-07-29 17:27
From main gambit to gambit academy imgur.com/hmbyVnR
2020-07-29 17:32
its gambits main roster now so
2020-07-29 20:43
yes and they need to be renamed
2020-07-29 20:44
yeah true, I dont see them as an academy team anymore
2020-07-29 21:22
Why do they still call themselves Gambit Youngsters xD
2020-07-29 18:51
hobbit gl hf))))
2020-07-29 19:03
Hobbit IGL??? maybe -nafany
2020-07-29 19:40
Why on earth would they remove Nafany? Nafany >>>>>>>>> Interz
2020-07-29 21:51
they would be removing a nice support to add an entry fragger/IGL
2020-07-30 00:23
#132
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Greenland Njaa
rename team to Gambit FFS !!!
2020-07-30 00:02
#134
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South America ZyvvOo
26 yo= young
2020-07-30 00:45
0-19 = Child 20-29 = Young 30-59 = Middle 60-109 = Old 100+ = Methuselahman
2020-07-30 01:11
#138
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South America ZyvvOo
stop reading at 19 child
2020-07-30 04:51
#136
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Brazil hugoooo
I think they are getting ready for the moment sh1ro leaves...
2020-07-30 03:42
#137
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Bangladesh abghunter
youngster with a wife and kid
2020-07-30 04:29
I'm still don't understand why the organization didn't transfer youngsters to the main team.
2020-07-30 17:36
10 men roster with hobbit dosia mou adren and fitch
2020-07-30 19:56
#147
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United States xcalibot
WTF HOBBIT HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2020-07-31 17:41
#148
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United States xcalibot
HOBBIT IS MORE OLD THAN MY GRANDMA WTF HAHAHAHAHA
2020-07-31 17:41
u’re so funny)
2020-07-31 17:57
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