Hobbit: "It was hard to hear we are the second team in the world"

Gambit reflect on their IEM Cologne performance, and look forward to their ESL Pro League quarter-final and beyond.

"It was hard to hear we are the second team in the world." Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov says the words with a smile on his face, but there is more than a hint of frustration behind them. Whilst many players and teams would be thrilled to feature at the #2 spot in the HLTV rankings coming out of the player break, Gambit do not count themselves as one of those teams. They have good reason not to.

It would be fair to argue that 2021 has been Gambit's year so far, the Russian squad having secured five trophies and a litany of top-two and top-four placings. Starting in April, they went on a streak of eight events where they finished top-two in every single one.

It came as something of a shock then that their first lan as a team, IEM Cologne, was the first tournament since April where they did not place top-two. After beating MOUZ and NIP they fell 2-1 to G2 in the upper bracket final of their group, a team they had an 8-1 map record against going into the match, sending them to a quarter-final matchup with FaZe. Once again they faltered, losing 2-1 and just barely stealing their own map pick of Overpass in double overtime. This was most definitely a Gambit team not quite performing to the level they had shown so far in 2021.

Hobbit admitted falling in the rankings was a hard pill to swallow

"Our goal was of course to win this tournament." HObbit admitted in a recent interview. Despite the bitter disappointment, they have not let the performance get to their heads.

"We have to be more objective, it was our first LAN, and one year ago if someone said to us 'you are going to play in Cologne and play in the playoffs' we would have said 'yes, we want it!'"

He also emphasised the learning opportunities the event presented the team with: "Everything is not going to come in one day. Next tournament we are going to be better, and we got a lot of experience."

When discussing the reasons for his team's underpeformance, HObbit was in no doubt, identifying two key reasons: "The first reason is inexperience. The second thing is we were really tired, we had a lot of tournaments and it is hard to create something new after this."

The team also seems clear on how they will avoid the latter issue in future. "We accepted every tournament last season [before the player break]. This season we do not have so many tournaments, I think we have four or five big tournaments. Our schedule is better than it was before."

The end of the player break brought with it the beginning of ESL Pro League, a chance to put some of the demons of Cologne to bed. So far Gambit seem on course to do so, having come out of their group in first place and winning four of their five series played.

nafany saw the positives in the loss to NIP

The only blemish was an underwhelming performance against NIP, a throwaway game that had no bearing on their finish in the group, and IGL Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov only sees this loss as a positive: "I can say that this loss brings us some new experience. I believe that we can fix some problems after this loss. This will have a positive effect on us."

They also briefly touched on their map pool, with HObbit quick to praise the team's Vertigo. "In my opinion we have a really strong Vertigo, it's the best map for us. I think we have the best game sense in the world right now on the map, we don't have many tactics, but we know how to rotate in certain situations."

HObbit also emphasised that, outside of their perma-ban Nuke, Gambit are a six map team. "We are practicing every map to be honest, we have six maps in the pool." nafany echoed this sentiment. "We are just trying to play our best, it doesn't matter which map or which tournament."

Looking forward to the playoffs, Gambit are not thrilled to have missed out on the extra practice time that a round of 12 series would have brought according to HObbit. "In my opinion, playing the first games, which we are not going to play, is very important. The tournament practice is the best thing that can happen to you."

"In my opinion, Complexity and Vitality are going to have some advantage. They will already feel the tournament, they will already feel the playoffs, and we need to adapt very fast."

When asked which team they would rather play, nafany felt that the team would be happy with either quarter-final matchup, Vitality or Complexity, but wanted to settle a personal score from their loss to the French squad at IEM Summer. "We don't think Complexity or Vitality matter for us. Both teams are very good, we just want to win. It is only my opinion, but for me, it would be better to play Vitality… I want revenge."

Looking further beyond the tournament, specifically examining their battle with NAVI for the top spot, coach Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov was looking forward to the fight. "I think that Natus Vincere is a really good team, with strong players and structure, and they have everything to be at the top. We have been meeting a lot, and the games have their ups and downs. It is really nice that we have such games, and we are ready for such games in the future."

Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1042
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
743
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
#2
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Poland Neo[T]orius
champion mentality
2021-09-09 15:24
There and back again
2021-09-09 15:24
1 reply
With Bilbo Baggings
2021-09-11 08:13
#4
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Poland Nietoperek
ok
2021-09-09 15:25
goat respect
2021-09-09 15:25
someone tell him that ranking in online era has less meaning
2021-09-09 15:25
24 replies
#9
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Egypt BomberMan_
still 1>2
2021-09-09 15:26
12 replies
but science says 1<2 einstein is wrong???
2021-09-09 16:15
11 replies
#60
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Egypt BomberMan_
wtf1111
2021-09-09 16:36
It's math and not science How could you get this wrong?
2021-09-09 16:36
4 replies
issa joke bro. take it easy
2021-09-09 16:47
3 replies
Issaa is not a joke wtf
2021-09-09 16:59
2 replies
issaa issnt a joke but eternal fire... oooh
2021-09-09 17:27
1 reply
Ooooh
2021-09-09 18:04
he created the math?
2021-09-09 18:25
4 replies
he is the president of math
2021-09-09 18:48
3 replies
u r the resident of circus?
2021-09-09 18:50
2 replies
#146
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Poland m9xddxd
he is not just the resident, he's the entire thing
2021-09-10 03:16
1 reply
Not thing he is entire circus ring
2021-09-10 11:59
+1 HAAHAHA They would never even be in top 10, if all the big events was on LAN... HAHAHA its a fucking joke, we all know the tricks they have online.... No skill on this team 0 IQ and no gameplay, just somehow they make sneaky peeks and wierd ass timings... makes no sense at all
2021-09-09 15:41
9 replies
lol u noobie, hobbit is a major winner
2021-09-09 15:56
2 replies
Of course 1 major winner + 4 onliners = very stable LAN team, yes?
2021-09-09 16:39
1 reply
+1
2021-09-09 19:59
Thats unreasonable mens
2021-09-09 16:00
Yeah they dont have any strats book but all top teams copy them. They stopped at quarter-final, but they don't deserve to be at top10.
2021-09-09 16:45
mfs are still thinking that on lan there never would be teams other than top 10 hltv ranking kkkkkk as this had not happened before. even vitality were irrelevant one year before starladder. from playing with sh1ro on open quals to the top 8 major in one fucking year. never happened guys never. keep watching same teams playing in every tournament. even bnb games were enjoyable than another nip-liquid duel.
2021-09-09 17:01
3 replies
Tf u talking about, shut ur bitch ass up
2021-09-09 19:44
2 replies
flag + flair
2021-09-09 20:03
1 reply
Bye, fukin weirdo
2021-09-10 05:06
+1
2021-09-09 15:47
GOAT
2021-09-09 15:25
2 replies
S1mple
2021-09-09 15:46
1 reply
+1111
2021-09-09 16:42
ez navi - gambit final 2-3 for gambit and top 1 again.
2021-09-09 15:25
1 reply
in that case gambit wont back to top 1 , navi would still have more points
2021-09-09 15:51
#10
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North America oKei
only two teams on the planet wow cs dead
2021-09-09 15:26
god hobbit win this bitch
2021-09-09 15:26
HOBBIT: "IT WAS HARD TO PLAY VS OLOFMEISTER ON LAN"
2021-09-09 15:26
5 replies
GODOLOF
2021-09-09 15:30
true
2021-09-09 15:43
hltv.org/matches/2312393/pgl-major-krako.. yes, yes, Hobbit vs Olof on Lan. Sure.
2021-09-09 16:40
2 replies
check esl cologne 2016 and eleague atlanta 2017 quarterfinals
2021-09-09 16:49
The Hobbit is a very strong player, no doubt about it, but he sounds very cocky right now. PGL Krakow was the tournament of the hobbit's life, olof had dozens of them. They lost to a team they just shouldn't lose. FaZe was in bad shape for a long time and olof was inactive for several months while gambit dominated the scene and it is impossible to imagine a scenario in which gambit would lose faze online. But LAN, as always, put everything in its place.
2021-09-09 17:58
god nafany wins this
2021-09-09 15:26
As a honest s1mple and Navi fan, i have to say that Gambit is still better than my team (Navi).
2021-09-09 15:27
6 replies
#17
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Ukraine alexftw
Online maybe
2021-09-09 15:30
#25
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Brazil arunino
imagine lying from the start of the post
2021-09-09 15:39
#31
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Brazil guidbe
Feels like Gambit is the only team that can beat Navi right now.
2021-09-09 15:45
Online yes. Offline no way
2021-09-09 16:32
2 replies
stockholm will shatter this statement
2021-09-09 17:00
1 reply
2 months is a long time in CS:GO. Let's see what happens in that period. EDIT: Ps go to sleep dude it's like 12 AM rn lmao
2021-09-09 19:36
Hobbit nr1, shame that hes teammates are betas and only capable of online results, but let's hope Hobbit will lead them to victory!
2021-09-09 15:27
7 replies
plastic fan spotted
2021-09-09 17:00
6 replies
??? Wdym
2021-09-09 17:56
5 replies
not real hobbit fan a real hobbit fan would respect gamgods
2021-09-09 17:57
4 replies
Why would I?
2021-09-09 19:37
I mean I like hobbit as a person and respect as a player, but he's team is unreliable and he deserves better. But still, I'm cheering for him to lead those beta gambots to the final where they going to choke on boomičs alfa cock. How is this making me plastic fan? Get your facts together boy.
2021-09-09 19:53
2 replies
#160
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Estonia Kukkel
They lost cause -Supra +Hobbit Bring Supra back, ez 1000 winstreak and good era, many majors.
2021-09-10 12:03
1 reply
they are so far just cuz of +Hobbit, best transfer in csgo history.
2021-09-10 12:04
ez4navi
2021-09-09 15:28
Faze destroyed Gambit mentality axxaxaxaxa
2021-09-09 15:33
1 reply
anyone would be destroyed losnig to a team wityh results worse than a gold nova
2021-09-09 17:00
Gambit will win EPL and be n1 again, shiro tournament mvp with 15+ clutches
2021-09-09 15:38
1 reply
nice try
2021-09-09 23:11
sad
2021-09-09 15:37
#23
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Brazil arunino
EZ4NAVI
2021-09-09 15:39
Na'Vi just better. Sorry Gambit <3
2021-09-09 15:41
LION ONLINE, KITTEN IN LAN
2021-09-09 15:44
2 replies
kittens cuter tho at least gambit won an international tournament since 2019 tho
2021-09-09 17:01
kitten monster in major
2021-09-10 03:31
Ez gamgods (cuz online)
2021-09-09 15:48
1 reply
gamgods will ez win stockholm
2021-09-09 17:02
Well get used to it because now this is the NaVi Era.
2021-09-09 15:48
1 reply
navi 0 major gambit 1 major s1mple can't win major either so ez4lanbit
2021-09-09 17:02
POV: you're upset because you realize you're an onliner.
2021-09-09 15:49
5 replies
ok kid
2021-09-09 17:02
4 replies
haha, i've angered a bandwagoner.
2021-09-10 05:44
3 replies
pgl krakow? also where canada major?
2021-09-10 20:32
2 replies
Jeez the I really hit the nerve, sorry mister bandwagoner! I hope someday you can learn to pick a team not just because they’re winning!
2021-09-11 08:12
1 reply
lmao
2021-09-11 11:01
Never in his life did he imagine that Gambit would reach the top 10 and thanks to online luckily they did and it hurts to be called the second best team in the world LMAO
2021-09-09 15:50
4 replies
Exactly. +1 What a joke
2021-09-09 15:53
generally agree
2021-09-09 15:59
its called ambition and hard working i know its something unseen from hltv virgin no lifer like you
2021-09-09 16:03
+1
2021-09-09 20:12
What a joke. The whole life being irrelevant in CSGO.... Soon they'll be back to their place, when LAN tournaments come back
2021-09-09 15:53
5 replies
back in no.1 where they belong
2021-09-09 17:03
"The whole life being irrelevant in CSGO" This guy is literally a major champion dude
2021-09-09 18:01
3 replies
I mean the others 4. And Hobbit still irrelevant even with major. Adren has a major. Who is adren today and in cs history?
2021-09-09 20:47
2 replies
Citation "The whole life being irrelevant in CSGO" commenting on Hobbit's interview fuck off dude
2021-09-09 20:53
1 reply
Hobbit talking about his team. Still, every1 irrelevant. Dont be sad
2021-09-09 20:55
Relax
2021-09-09 15:53
ahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhaha
2021-09-09 15:53
:D
2021-09-09 15:55
#45
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Europe nikyyy
Lol stfu fucking onliners we saw you on lan getting fucked by Faze and G2. You are lucky theres covid otherwise you wouldnt have gotten top 15 even. What a joke.
2021-09-09 16:00
1 reply
ez4lanbit stockholm win ez
2021-09-09 17:03
#46
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Poland hsal
being second isn't to bad mate
2021-09-09 15:58
Based
2021-09-09 15:59
"It was hard not being able to play valorant, we couldnt make it to top1 even though everyone was on vacation"
2021-09-09 16:02
LOL, never heard this before from any other team Never expected this cause they have been on top only for a short time
2021-09-09 16:06
nt Gambot
2021-09-09 16:15
2 replies
choko fan hahaha 0-5 on epl by the way.
2021-09-09 16:44
1 reply
man go get a life.
2021-09-10 12:01
Good fragger with solid rating. He should teach noob interz how to frag
2021-09-09 16:29
2 replies
he is also very knowledgable of the game and knows 5 crazy fraggers in one team doesnt work
2021-09-09 16:43
Interz is so bad at fragging but is a decent support.
2021-09-10 05:39
Gambit is the most consistent team. You will see it next years
2021-09-09 16:47
EZ FOR MAJOR WIINNER HOBBIT
2021-09-09 16:48
The best player of our region. Proud of him.
2021-09-09 16:48
Stfu onliners
2021-09-09 16:50
1 reply
ez stockholm 4 gambit
2021-09-09 17:04
#76
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Asia flipflop
Overestimation is a bad thing
2021-09-09 16:52
gambit will comeback!
2021-09-09 16:54
#91
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Brazil Elakk
The truth is hard
2021-09-09 17:23
About to be 3rd best after vitality destroy gambit
2021-09-09 17:25
he were deaf it wouldnt have been a problem...
2021-09-09 17:29
#96
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Canada firtlast
second team in the world to do what? play under the gambit org?
2021-09-09 17:42
1 reply
nice amazing funny reported
2021-09-10 03:38
gonna be even harder when out of top 5
2021-09-09 17:43
This man played for Winstrike like a year and half ago,his career was supposed to be dead and now he's upset that his team is 2nd in the world? Damn people get big egos fast
2021-09-09 17:45
1 reply
Well he does have the skill to back it up tho
2021-09-09 17:59
#100
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Finland AliSabid
ez navi
2021-09-09 17:50
If gambit lose GOD DAMN HLTV JINX, every team who has gotten a interview has lost
2021-09-09 17:58
2 replies
HLTV gottem again
2021-09-09 22:58
1 reply
now i hope ence players dont give a interview
2021-09-10 09:10
iT wAs HaRd To HeAr shut up, chump you guys got exposed on LAN can't fucking cope with stage pressure at all
2021-09-09 18:06
#111
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Ukraine d3adLY
wait for #30 at lans...
2021-09-09 18:10
#117
shox | 
France Nooel
tier 2 shit, just wait for lans
2021-09-09 19:29
shut up, you're going to be top 10 team when LAN comes back
2021-09-09 19:30
1 reply
#126
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Belgium BradleyTD
They are top 10 already
2021-09-09 20:17
Can't even beat kyojin and want top 1 spot
2021-09-09 22:30
Okay but don't Throw your Best map from 13 8 scoreline okay? Fucking Over 2,5 maps NEVER HAPPEN FUCK IT
2021-09-09 22:30
2021-09-09 22:30
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2021-09-09 22:30
jinxed :P
2021-09-09 22:32
axaxa nice hltv jinx, first forze, now this
2021-09-09 22:33
It's gonna be ever harder hearing you're number 6 LMAO
2021-09-09 22:33
COPE
2021-09-09 22:55
#139
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Ukraine alexftw
it was hard to hear you are second now it will be easier to here you are even lower no pressure
2021-09-09 23:02
#141
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Canada chanse
LOL, gambit in 2021
2021-09-09 23:36
this aged well
2021-09-09 23:37
#143
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France Loutcho_Q
Hard to hear because u are not
2021-09-09 23:38
No you are not the second team in the world. There have been many teams created before yours actually. There were even teams in cs 1.5, 1.3, that were before you were even born
2021-09-10 01:33
#145
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United States Rayduh
Now not even second hahaha
2021-09-10 02:24
third now
2021-09-10 04:31
#151
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Sweden flippig
Kkkkkk
2021-09-10 05:25
Not even top 5 right now.
2021-09-10 05:37
HAHAHAHHAHA "it's hard to know we don't belong to even top 5" next inc ahahhaah
2021-09-10 12:00
#159
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Estonia Kukkel
but they are taking the Hobbits to Isengard!
2021-09-10 12:01
they will be on the first place soon it's obvious
2021-09-10 13:28
So nafany want a revenge huh?
2021-09-10 15:37
Onliners noobs u think thant u r the best team lmao go play out kids
2021-09-10 17:28
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