degster: "I really want to play constantly against the best teams in the world"

The rising star believes he can join any team if he continues to improve as a player.

Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov will grind CS:GO as much as he can while waiting for the right offer, the 19-year-old told HLTV.org after Espada made him and Robert "⁠Patsi⁠" Isyanov available for transfer and released the rest of the team last week. The Russian AWPer averaged a 1.25 rating in 2020, but is this enough to convince the top teams, including the ones in his own region, to sign him?

degster is on the market after Espada decided to disband the team

"in my mind, if I grow and show that my level of play is higher than that of the rest, then any team could have a place for me,"degster told HLTV.org. "I understand that all this is conditional, but I believe that I need to continue to work on myself with even more diligence, and then people who want to win will want to play with me."

The 19-year-old had been playing for Espada since May 2019, helping the team to cement a spot inside the top 30, but that was not enough to keep the roster together. degster said that the team had been in regular contact with the management before the disbandment was announced and that the players understood why the organisation pulled the plug on the project.

The Russian AWPer added that he feels ready to make the jump to the top flight, reaffirming the same winning mentality that he had displayed when interviewed for our One for the future article.

"I really want to play constantly against the best teams in the world," he said. "I have already played against them in practice and official games, and some adaptation is necessary, but I am confident that I can do it and I will work even harder for this."

With no official matches on the horizon, it's presumably harder for a player to stay motivated, but degster already has a plan. "I'm going to play FPL and watch all the games from best teams when the season starts," degster said. On Sunday, he helped Sprout to win ESL Meisterschaft Autumn, putting up a series-high 1.34 rating in the nail-biting final against BIG.

Teams should soon be lining up to sign degster, but they will first need to reach an agreement with Espada. Smaller CIS organisations usually demand huge buyouts, but the 19-year-old has assured that Espada will not keep him from joining another team in case an interesting offer arrives. His faith will soon be put to the test as the player break is about to end.

Russia Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Age:
17
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
303
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
428
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Great player.
2021-01-18 13:01
4 replies
#34
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Korea Weeataku
I agree I've been sleeping on him but yesterday's match really showed how good he is. Hopefully a good org picks him up.
2021-01-18 13:17
3 replies
+1
2021-01-18 17:54
for sure, he definitely deserves a chance with a top 15 team or even higher. maybe faze once they sign karrigan and make another change like -kjaerbye .
2021-01-19 00:16
1 reply
#142
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Brazil lucem123
they have a good awper already, mouz would be better
2021-01-19 00:31
#2
NiKo | 
Slovakia Pokz628
great
2021-01-18 13:01
Nice player
2021-01-18 13:01
#4
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Ukraine volod1m1r
he deserves navi junior xd
2021-01-18 13:01
2 replies
Deserves navi ,he is rly good
2021-01-18 16:24
-1
2021-01-19 12:21
GL to him. Hopefully he won't be joining dead teams
2021-01-18 13:02
#6
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United Kingdom Tnk11
Well sign with faze then
2021-01-18 13:02
9 replies
As I understand Faze are going to sign Twistz and Karrigan, no room for degster
2021-01-18 13:07
8 replies
Is twistzz really going to faze?
2021-01-18 13:10
7 replies
just rumors, but seems very logical from my point of view: - Kyjarbye -Olof + Twistzz + Karrigan
2021-01-18 13:16
6 replies
They want a six man roster though.
2021-01-18 15:53
#122
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Europe Cirros_V2
There is no way they will kick kjaerbye
2021-01-18 17:50
4 replies
why?
2021-01-18 17:58
3 replies
didn't they just sign kajerbye
2021-01-18 21:23
2 replies
#138
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Finland McPucci
Did cloud9 just sign woxic? it seems that orgs dont rly care if they bench you they just bench you and thats it.
2021-01-18 21:39
snakjaerbye was also dirt cheap bc he was a free agent and his contract w/ north had expired, plus he hadn’t played for months
2021-01-19 01:32
#7
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Russia feduuusha
Gogogogo abdul gl
2021-01-18 13:03
high rated awper playing in low tier team #100000
2021-01-18 13:03
4 replies
#27
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Ukraine D1mkaS777
He raped BIG(#4) yesterday.
2021-01-18 13:11
3 replies
why he rape them wtf??
2021-01-18 13:48
2 replies
Indeed! Kinda illegal
2021-01-18 14:09
1 reply
#140
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Europe legal2333
+1
2021-01-18 22:45
Snakester
2021-01-18 13:03
#10
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Team Spirit should just better get him , massive improvement over IDISBALANCE who though a better awper than him , but highly inconsistent.
2021-01-18 13:03
2 replies
#97
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Sweden quacke
I think he's already confirmed.
2021-01-18 15:40
1 reply
#105
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CIS Drag0nJ
I hope so, Spirit would be much better with him (I think they would be even able to put up a fight for #1 spot in CIS against NAVI, Gambit, VP). I mean, iDISBALANCE is a great awper...Sadly he is inconsistent af... Maybe iDIS should make step back to rebuild his confidence. I would like to see him in Nemiga cuz speed4k is trash, he would be a huge reinforcement for them.
2021-01-18 15:55
Dagestan's finest
2021-01-18 13:04
5 replies
#46
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Australia csRIOTgo
is he from Dagestan? Then he's the Khabib of CS GO
2021-01-18 13:31
1 reply
LOLOLOLOLOLOOLLOLO
2021-01-18 14:54
Isn't he Azerbaijani?
2021-01-18 14:17
2 replies
Nope, here is a quote from hltv.org/news/30800/one-for-the-future-d.. : "The now 19-year-old promising AWPer would visit internet cafés in Dagestan with his older brother to play Counter-Strike 1.6." Jyo is Azerbaijani
2021-01-18 14:37
1 reply
Oh, I messed up
2021-01-18 15:02
dycha michu degster flusha autimatic
2021-01-18 13:04
11 replies
#26
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Netherlands HeaX16
-michu and prob +sunny thats what i expect cause there was a finnish report of sunny saying they are looking for 2 young guns
2021-01-18 13:11
10 replies
Didn't autimatic want to play awp though?
2021-01-18 13:13
5 replies
#51
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Netherlands HeaX16
i have no idea but: twitter.com/Dychacs/status/1349731672455.. dycha got signed (i think) but by who idk but i wouldnt be surprised if its with the trio of auti flusha and sunny
2021-01-18 13:40
4 replies
I would cum my pants if dycha and degster joined the trio
2021-01-18 13:42
3 replies
#55
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Netherlands HeaX16
ahahaha, i would see it happen, but degster isnt a free agent but a buy-out, so i think if they want degster they need an org
2021-01-18 13:43
2 replies
who would dycha sign to if they didn't have an org
2021-01-18 13:50
1 reply
#81
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Netherlands HeaX16
that new polish roster with two stand ins i forgot the name but idk
2021-01-18 14:46
with sunny there would be too much firepower like in ence
2021-01-18 13:13
3 replies
-ence -firepower pick one
2021-01-18 13:36
2 replies
#52
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Netherlands HeaX16
ence maybe have signed snappi and spinx now so yeah rip
2021-01-18 13:41
ye when they got rid of aleksi and added Miikka "firepower" Kemppi
2021-01-18 13:55
pogster
2021-01-18 13:04
Come to complexity 😎😎
2021-01-18 13:04
4 replies
#22
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
+1 And Poizon to Mouz -BotJ, but, obviously Mouz will announce acoR and Dexter soon, so.
2021-01-18 13:08
3 replies
Do you think mouz has the money for acor? Because I don't think so...
2021-01-18 13:32
2 replies
#64
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
2021-01-18 13:56
#107
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Romania burtiqutz
they had money for Snax, so yeah
2021-01-18 16:02
alex said on his stream that they wanted to sign degster (or deXter lul) but imo coL would be the best option for him
2021-01-18 13:06
1 reply
Not Alex but HenryG said that the first look to IGL was on dexter but he didn't even try to reach out because he had twitter description something about being a father or smth like that.
2021-01-18 13:20
I believe that he is next big star of the CS.
2021-01-18 13:05
#17
RpK | 
France pol44r
-chrisj +degster 😮
2021-01-18 13:05
6 replies
#21
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
No. Mouz will add acoR and Dexter
2021-01-18 13:07
4 replies
#91
RpK | 
France pol44r
degster is free and i know about the move yeah but still
2021-01-18 15:12
3 replies
#104
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
Degster is not free lmao. He is benched. Degster and Patsi are both benched and Espada looks for offers. The other 3 are free agents. liquipedia.net/counterstrike/ESPADA
2021-01-18 15:54
2 replies
#106
RpK | 
France pol44r
i just assumed everyoen was free agent he is not free but definetley cheaper than acor
2021-01-18 15:56
1 reply
#108
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
"he is not free but definetley cheaper than acor" Depends. acoR is hella expensive yes, but Degster is still expensive. He showed that he can play on a English speaking team as well with Sprout the other day. Obviously that was his first English speaking team, but he did great as a standin.
2021-01-18 16:04
degster + dexter nice combination :D
2021-01-18 13:31
So sexy😥
2021-01-18 13:07
#19
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Australia B_Tannen
If this performance continues in tier 1, I’m convinced.
2021-01-18 13:07
hope for the best
2021-01-18 13:10
Damn, 1.25 rating he could be good, don't know him at all
2021-01-18 13:10
noone cars
2021-01-18 13:11
1 reply
#92
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Russia ErleN_
👆 noscener
2021-01-18 15:18
Cool as long as you don’t replace Chris 😭😭😭
2021-01-18 13:12
2 replies
BOTJ LUL
2021-01-18 14:56
1 reply
#96
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Russia Syonamaru
Respect godJ, wtf? 😡
2021-01-18 15:37
#32
ropz | 
Romania sky27
dont join faze or mouse ty
2021-01-18 13:15
1 reply
#90
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Korea ramza72
if he want to against best team in the world he need join navi because navi can destroy that asstralis like 2020
2021-01-18 15:04
mouz need to pick him or acor up
2021-01-18 13:18
3 replies
#50
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Finland Khroni
i just like how karrigan asks for an awper and mouz doesnt bother, suddenly when karrigan is about to leave with no one buying him out they decide to look into acor and dexter all while degster is available feels like karrigan got kinda fucked
2021-01-18 13:38
2 replies
#88
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United Kingdom galaxyv2
you dont think mouz were looking for an awper? the initial plan was to have bymas as a sixth and they were trying to sign an awper, do you really think discussions to sign acor have just started the other day? lol
2021-01-18 14:58
1 reply
#111
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Finland Khroni
Man if they were genuinely considering getting a good awper karrigan would have resigned, ik bymas wasn't supposed to be the 5th Doesn't matter if they started discussion 3 months ago or 3 hours ago they clearly didn't feel it was important enough if its led to them losing a constant top10 igl, especially as the org was the reason woxic got benched and they didn't bother to actually fill the hole his removal left role wise for so long
2021-01-18 16:21
abdul???
2021-01-18 13:24
2 replies
he is from Dagestan
2021-01-18 13:47
1 reply
ty, that makes sense
2021-01-18 13:53
#38
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France Nairelav
Stand in with coL could be a great experience for him, coL need a strong awper and he need to prove himself, it's win-win
2021-01-18 13:27
3 replies
#40
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World Beard43
+129
2021-01-18 13:28
great suggestion
2021-01-18 13:30
I don't think col want to replace poizon, but as a standin for them he could really show his worth without having any pressure.
2021-01-18 13:30
#39
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World Beard43
Sprout vs BIG was the first game I've seen of his, he definitely has some serious talent.
2021-01-18 13:28
He carried sprout against BIG, if his communication is okayish he will have no problem at all to find a T1 team.
2021-01-18 13:29
This guy is a beast.... Hope he find a good team
2021-01-18 13:31
good performance yesterday
2021-01-18 13:35
#54
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Romania Anonym20
great player wish him the best
2021-01-18 13:42
#57
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United Kingdom tank6123
rip Espada Don't stop Abdul!
2021-01-18 13:47
Great player, good performace vs BIG
2021-01-18 13:51
#62
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Poland SebL
He is really good, I'm sure he will find a good team soon. GL.
2021-01-18 13:53
Old nikosports, or what is now sprout, are the best at finding others to carry them xD. I think he will join team spirit. -flamie +degster is unlikely
2021-01-18 14:07
amazing player
2021-01-18 14:11
#68
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Russia RogueDecay
Players like him make CSGO flourish.
2021-01-18 14:13
#69
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Asia Blurblur
Pog
2021-01-18 14:14
bro mouz just targeted you
2021-01-18 14:15
rising star
2021-01-18 14:15
-Grat +degster
2021-01-18 14:18
1 reply
#120
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World Beard43
Would love to see it.
2021-01-18 17:25
- flamie + degster simple to rifle
2021-01-18 14:18
#75
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Asia Blurblur
Lol
2021-01-18 14:20
very good ruski sniper I like him
2021-01-18 14:23
#79
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Ukraine StaR1y
super player! go Cloud9!
2021-01-18 14:39
Who?
2021-01-18 14:46
1 reply
ur papa
2021-01-18 14:55
Good player Hope he finds a t1 team
2021-01-18 14:53
GL
2021-01-18 14:55
I would like to see him in mouz. I mean acoR is good, but still... this might be great gamble which is something mouz is not afraid of (and it pays off so far i would say), their problem is "old guns" like botJ and bottigan, not young rising stars. If dexter and coach can lead them, that would be deadly... Also i really wanna see caster cast match with dexter and degster, thats already good meme right there :D I don't see espada asking huge amount of money as they don't have proper team currently (which is very stupid from them, to release team first, then sell good players :) ).
2021-01-18 15:04
#93
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Russia Syonamaru
GOATster!
2021-01-18 15:34
What a huge potential
2021-01-18 15:34
His first name is Abdul which means he gets my full support
2021-01-18 15:35
DEGSTER: you need to know one thing, excuse me many things ... We do not know who you are. We've never heard of you before You've never won anything. Not only that, you are Russians who make us not know if you are doping or if you are fake news.
2021-01-18 15:46
6 replies
#109
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Belgium SonOfNoah
Stereotypical Danish Racisist
2021-01-18 16:08
4 replies
many russian are doping in sport,,,,and a lot of fake news in russian,,,just ask putin,,,ahhhh sorry if you ask him, he will kill you,,,,THE TRU OF RUSSIAN
2021-01-18 16:14
3 replies
#112
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Belgium SonOfNoah
Dont need to ask anything. Being racist doesnt make u any better than these doping Russians.
2021-01-18 16:22
2 replies
so if you tell the truth that many Russians take doping and that they are afraid of Putin, you finally see what is happening in your world kid, the truth has nothing to do with me ast, I just tell it ,,, and it is not fake news.
2021-01-19 16:05
1 reply
#147
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Belgium SonOfNoah
It implies that talking about one Russian is talking about them all. Its like the same if three of four Danish guys would do doping. With ur logic Denmark is then a doping country?
2021-01-19 20:06
#131
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Russia Syonamaru
nt BetatronKkk
2021-01-18 18:51
#99
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CIS Drag0nJ
-iDISBALANCE +degster ez top 10, Spirit would be better than vp and gambit imo iDISBALANCE is a really good awper but he is inconsistent af, if Spirit wants to improve, they should definitely sign GODster. iDISBALANCE could be a potentially reinforcement in Nemiga instead of bot4k.
2021-01-18 15:49
2 replies
#119
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Canada dennek
yeah idisbalance is bad with rifles and it effects team spirit when they get low loss bonus but degster is sick with any weapon
2021-01-18 16:43
1 reply
+1 his ak is actually insane, could easily be a top rifler too like dupreeh and magisk
2021-01-18 18:12
#100
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Albania Maltin
Why doesn’t Complexity give him a try. There is also mousesports and many other teams
2021-01-18 15:50
Why did everyone start talking sharply about the Degster, when Sh1r0 has been around for a long time and he plays much better with awp.
2021-01-18 15:51
4 replies
sh1ro isn't nearly as flashy or fun to watch
2021-01-18 15:52
#117
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France cedd
Because sh1ro is under expensive contract and degster is benched and looking for new team?
2021-01-18 16:28
2 replies
+1
2021-01-18 18:11
1 reply
+1
2021-01-18 18:19
Join Faze and you will play the top teams
2021-01-18 16:25
#115
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Estonia qoznyyy
-Smaller CIS organisations usually demand huge buyouts- lol always russians
2021-01-18 16:25
#116
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Brazil SecondKS
What is still missing for players like oBo, twistzz, Degster, leaf, Cooper, MarkE, dycha, Michu, calyx, smooya, SHiPZ, jamppi, sergej and d0cc to have an organization right now ?? They're all great names, including.
2021-01-18 16:26
Dagestan Beast
2021-01-18 16:33
is he know english lol
2021-01-18 17:42
3 replies
his english is about as good as s1mple’s, so he’s
2021-01-18 18:10
pretty basic, but yes
2021-01-18 18:21
1 reply
let me teach him guys come onn
2021-01-18 19:22
this guy is blamef 2.0 work ethic wise, he streams literally every day lmao liquid should’ve gotten this guy + karrigan
2021-01-18 18:09
Dycha entry Degster main awp Sunny IGL/second entry Autimatic Lurker/second awp Flusha
2021-01-18 19:05
Navi-b1t +degster
2021-01-18 19:36
Spirit should sign him
2021-01-18 20:26
Whooooooooo?
2021-01-18 21:02
Abdul best
2021-01-18 21:41
#144
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Ukraine vskgthree
Navi Junior :D
2021-01-19 12:20
mashalla Abdul
2021-01-20 10:56
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