sh1ro after winning V4: "This is endlessly important for us"

After securing a trophy and an MVP medal at V4 Future Sports Festival, Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov sat down for a quick chat with HLTV.

It was yet another tournament success here at V4 in a year littered with trophies for Gambit, and no one contributed more to their success than sh1ro.

Not only did the young Russian AWPer post superb statistics in a plethora of categories, he was incredibly impactful throughout the event with his playmaking and clutch ability.

It was another successful event for sh1ro and co.

After the confetti had fallen and the trophy had been raised, sh1ro took a moment to talk with HLTV about the grand final success, his approach to playing on LAN, and goals for the future.

Congratulations on yet another tournament win! Did you expect this grand final series against Entropiq to be so close?

Frankly speaking, I didn’t think that it would be so tough. I suppose that the main reason for it is the lack of experience we have on LAN.

Of course. Was it important then to get this LAN trophy under your belts?

I think that this is endlessly important for us, and this is just the first step on the ladder. I suppose that this win will help us to get stronger in the future.

You personally seem quite comfortable in the LAN environment, is that so?

I just try to avoid the thought that I am playing on LAN. Of course I try to copy my movements and strats from practice, and I implemented that right here at this tournament. Unfortunately in the grand final I didn’t succeed in it, but my team helped me.

sh1ro posted a staggering 13 clutches across as many maps

You seemed to be talking a lot during the games, particularly this final, do you consciously try and take on a leadership role in the team?

It depends you see. There are plenty of times where people just don’t understand what to do, and in these extreme situations I try myself to figure out what to do, that’s why I will take the leadership and try to advise people.

You had an insane number of clutches in this event, 13 in total. Do you or the team try intentionally to put you into these clutch situations?

I’m not preparing for the clutches specifically, it is just situational thing which leads me to this number. Frankly speaking most of them took place during the group stage, where honestly the level of teams were not as high as they could be, but today’s 1v3 clutch on Vertigo where I was 10hp was very tough for me and I was proud of it.

Many people would list you as one of the top players in the world. Do you set any personal goals in that regard, like trying to grab the number one spot in the HLTV top 20 for example?

You see, I’m pretty confident with it, but I suppose there is no way I would be HLTV number one this year. Even five years ago I was dreaming of just getting in the top 20, I hope this year that will be so and I am happy about that. My main goal however is not these personal trophies, it is just winning the Major.

Finally, do you have anything you want to say to your fans?

Just the ordinary thing, thanks a lot for supporting us, I hope that in the future you will continue to support us, and we will do our best to win every tournament. Lastly, hello to my mum! (laughs)

Click here to see his 1v3 clutch on Vertigo.

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sh1ro earns career-third MVP at V4 Future Sports Festival
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Good for him!
2021-11-21 22:36
deserved
2021-11-21 22:36
5 replies
Still no major and grand slam and still 0.61 rating against NaVi on LAN
2021-11-22 01:43
4 replies
I like how you kept having to qualify that statement to get as small a sample size as you could
2021-11-22 05:04
#91
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Norway thojo
tell me you are a navi fan without telling me you are a navi fan
2021-11-22 10:13
2 replies
my flair :)
2021-11-22 10:26
1 reply
your IQ
2021-11-22 23:08
#3
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Russia mshkoda
deserved
2021-11-21 22:37
Got the needed experience. but need much more... gl
2021-11-21 22:38
Tier 3 trophy
2021-11-21 22:38
What he meant: 'this 150k is endlessly important for us'
2021-11-21 22:38
2 replies
Well, he's not talking about the money, but about the LAN expierence, because whole Gambit squad except from Hobbit so far wasn't on many LAN tournaments, so the more expierence they'll get here, the more they can show on upcoming LAN tournaments right?
2021-11-22 07:10
1 reply
#127
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Uzbekistan R_Sick
+1
2021-11-23 06:36
#7
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Russia ToughGuy
top2 2021 for sure
2021-11-21 22:39
20 replies
Yes. But something tells me it will be Zywoo unfortunately & undeservedly
2021-11-21 22:41
11 replies
"Zywoo unfortunately & undeservedly" Delusional
2021-11-21 23:05
9 replies
#39
B1T | 
Russia dteakh
0 achievements ofc undeservedly
2021-11-21 23:30
8 replies
it s team game it s not about archivment brain dead or device top 1 , 5 times, if it was about archivement s1mple would have never been top1 excpet this year , same for zywoo , it s stats first then if close it s archivement
2021-11-21 23:54
3 replies
#49
B1T | 
Russia dteakh
I think you're not smart enough, but that's ok. HLTV does care about achievements even though it shouldn't matter. ZywOo will not even be in TOP 3 this year. Accept it or cope.
2021-11-22 00:21
2 replies
It will be Simple, Niko, Shiro
2021-11-22 08:15
Delusional or baiting
2021-11-22 11:01
Shitty bait try harder
2021-11-22 05:05
3 replies
#99
B1T | 
Russia dteakh
??? he has won nothing this year, hasn't he?
2021-11-22 11:01
2 replies
Kioshima has twice as many major championships as s1mple
2021-11-24 15:12
1 reply
#135
B1T | 
Russia dteakh
kioshima is god no doubt
2021-11-24 16:11
NiKo 2 and Sh1ro 3 would be OK I guess.
2021-11-21 23:11
top1 i think
2021-11-21 23:01
7 replies
In your world maybe, but in this he will not be top1. But nice try. When next year starts you will need change name to "sh1ro_top1_2022" and try again. 😁
2021-11-21 23:05
6 replies
top1 in 2021, 2022 and 2023 i think
2021-11-21 23:17
5 replies
Your brain got error. Need anti-virus.😁
2021-11-22 00:58
You need a login name called 'Delusional_Sh1ro_Fan'
2021-11-22 04:55
2 replies
you cant alt on hltv
2021-11-22 06:39
1 reply
cap.
2021-11-22 10:22
Casual opinions = irrelevant
2021-11-22 08:04
#9
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Germany M0en_
Gambit smurfing tier 2
2021-11-21 22:42
Cs ss
2021-11-21 22:43
goat
2021-11-21 22:43
Franky speaking indeed.
2021-11-21 22:44
#13
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Russia 1hebest!
Russian CS era)
2021-11-21 22:45
14 replies
KKKKKKKKKKK , already forgot about the major or what ?
2021-11-21 22:48
11 replies
Ruski team won the major
2021-11-21 22:52
10 replies
it's Na'Vi era , and besides Na'Vi there is G2 , Vit and Heroic , Gambit fell off horribly when it came to LAN events
2021-11-21 22:53
9 replies
You forgot Astralis
2021-11-21 23:05
2 replies
who ?
2021-11-22 01:36
who ??
2021-11-22 23:09
Gambit reached semi finals in the major. It is LAN. You think this is "fell off horribly"? Vitality felled off in quarters
2021-11-22 08:09
5 replies
because they faced Na'Vi , same happened to Gambit , I'm sure Vitality would have smashed Gambit at the major
2021-11-22 16:52
3 replies
So, your logic: Vita lose to NAVI in quarters - that's ok. Gambit lose to NAVI in semis - fell off horribly.
2021-11-22 16:59
2 replies
they way they lost *
2021-11-22 19:04
Vitality was closer to winning the major than Gambit
2021-11-22 22:05
Same for Heroic tho, Gambit achieved more than them on LAN for sure.
2021-11-22 23:13
#38
B1T | 
Ukraine devitt
+1 russia so good
2021-11-21 23:25
1 reply
ya dzvonyu y SBY
2021-11-22 06:27
It's Hard to accept but he knows he can't be Top1 or even top 2 as Niko posted gargantuan Numbers as well as impact, but he can be top3, depends on how World finals and Iem winter goes
2021-11-21 22:47
3 replies
lmfao he is above niko anyways
2021-11-21 22:53
Niko no chance, no mvps and he is not main awper
2021-11-21 23:06
#70
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Brazil Gunzel
Niko is top 4 under simple shiro and zywoo
2021-11-22 04:42
azaza
2021-11-21 22:57
#20
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Germany Teztyment
sh1ro is and up and coming superstar. No matter what team this kid is on he's instantly going to make them better. What a stud.
2021-11-21 22:56
5 replies
B1t new s1mple B1t > sh0ro
2021-11-21 23:19
1 reply
Hohol KEKW
2021-11-22 09:59
#51
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Brazil Elakk
He has only played for 1 tier wtf are you saying
2021-11-22 00:44
2 replies
Dude they grinded their way from tier 4. Last year they were top 40/top 50 team.
2021-11-22 14:00
1 reply
#122
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Brazil Elakk
he said that he is a superstar on any team but he has only played in gambit I'm not saying they didn't grind and I meant team not tier sorry
2021-11-22 22:16
azaza
2021-11-21 22:57
sh1ro god haters can hide in caves
2021-11-21 22:57
Tf nice tier 2-3 event MVP sh0ro
2021-11-21 22:59
8 replies
#36
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Poland sosiad
all they can do now
2021-11-21 23:20
1 reply
+1
2021-11-22 13:55
170k prize money is quite good, it's other tier 1 teams fault that didn't accept the invite. even if you win blast spring or fall you would get just 50k more than this. Even IEM summer's 1st prize was just 100k where all tier 1 teams participated
2021-11-22 14:06
5 replies
yea the money isn't the problem, it's still funny that even snow sweet snow has more tier 1 teams and more competion and from there u cant win mvp
2021-11-22 15:46
4 replies
then who is it to blame, the production and prize pool of this event was worthy enough to give an Mvp award, its just Tier 1 teams dont want to grind as much as hardworking talents like gambit does
2021-11-22 15:49
3 replies
well you are right, I like to see more teams like OG in this kind of events, sadly they just favoring tier 1 event where they bomb out usually
2021-11-22 16:39
2 replies
OG is a legit Title Contender but they just cant find what they are missing, the same way how Old Navi was before B1t joined in. Navi could just place B1t in a postion and they know he would get aleast 1-2 kills before falling. But same cant be said for OG players even though they all are Talented.
2021-11-22 21:02
1 reply
+1
2021-11-23 10:29
Sh1ro so good this year... Very well deserved top2 for sure
2021-11-21 23:08
7 replies
top1, i think
2021-11-21 23:17
5 replies
Onliner sh0ro GG Go next
2021-11-21 23:20
4 replies
LAN MVP, nt
2021-11-22 00:04
3 replies
#69
ZywOo | 
India CADBS
Against t2 teams check their rankings
2021-11-22 04:20
teams that attended this super amazing lan event: esuba, enterprise, sinners, fiend, big, movistar riders lmao
2021-11-22 06:55
Goat s1mple 1.47 rating major Sh0ro 1.41 rating vs tier 900 Goat s1mple > onliner
2021-11-22 08:00
#62
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Estonia thisba!tes
<3 ZywOo is number one
2021-11-22 02:23
#34
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Ukraine hexswitch
Good job for winning this one, cash is always nice + XP on lan event. The only thing that should be improved is Ax1le's stability. Currently too much depends on him, if he frags team is unstoppable, otherwise Hobbit has to carry by himself alone and it fails sometime. Maybe psychologist can really help here, because Ax1le is strong individually (movement, aim, shooting...) but sometime he just not deliver.
2021-11-21 23:18
2 replies
+100%
2021-11-21 23:33
Not only xp, proving them wrong)
2021-11-22 01:07
Sh1ro is the new s1mple.
2021-11-21 23:44
2 replies
s1mple is the old sh1ro
2021-11-22 00:04
1 reply
Based.
2021-11-22 00:16
#42
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Slovakia Daev0n
Say hello to Sh1ro's mom lads.
2021-11-21 23:45
A humble & honest kid with huge talent, some qualities that the biggest champs possesses, a bright future is ahead of him.
2021-11-21 23:57
Hello mom legend
2021-11-22 00:09
#50
deko | 
Russia ErleN_
deserved
2021-11-22 00:31
The first of many LAN wins for this great group of players! :D
2021-11-22 01:41
1 reply
#59
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Germany Teztyment
#55 For sure.
2021-11-22 02:06
sh1ro the hero, well deserved and congrats to him
2021-11-22 02:04
#58
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Germany Teztyment
#55 For sure.
2021-11-22 02:06
#60
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Very humble interview. ^^ GG sh1ro for a great showing at V4.
2021-11-22 02:09
3 replies
+1, top1 player for sure
2021-11-22 03:05
2 replies
ez bro
2021-11-22 03:07
shiro top 2 2021 dude maybe even top 3 if zywoo decides to steal it with 1 good tour performance like he did in 2020 XD
2021-11-22 06:58
Where is the finals mvp for hobbit
2021-11-22 02:55
Winning a tournament of nobody’s and playing against 50-60 rank is that important?..
2021-11-22 03:24
1 reply
yes it's their first time won lan event :)
2021-11-22 07:02
endlessly free lmao
2021-11-22 03:38
#68
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Hungary szia
You were the heavy favorite to win, so, okay?
2021-11-22 04:13
Nice to see Hobbit smiling :)
2021-11-22 05:08
Gambit era continues!
2021-11-22 05:40
1 reply
...<-----actual content
2021-11-22 07:06
#87
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Switzerland nierg
I thought sh1ro doesnt speak english? I believe he said that in one of the major vlogs. Maybe they did the interview in russian tho.
2021-11-22 08:27
Gambit is a smart team, they are grinding lan experience
2021-11-22 09:15
any LAN victory is good for Gambit, the more they warm up to it the closer they get to online form
2021-11-22 10:29
This is tier 3 event dumbass hltv. Doesn't deserve mvp idiots
2021-11-22 10:31
Congrats on winning a T3 event. Not sure why they even gave an MVP for this
2021-11-22 10:37
#101
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Sweden suriel666
"endlessly important" winning an A-tier tourney with no competition? must feel good MVP for .. _that_ ?
2021-11-22 12:59
7 replies
2021-11-22 14:07
Tier. 1 teams don't like to grind, they focus on big events but yet Gambit reaches further than them
2021-11-22 14:08
4 replies
#107
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Sweden suriel666
yeah it's called "farming low tier". why do you think other top teams didn't take the invite, but Gambit did? They wanted to show they're not "onliners", but it's also not really a feat winning against T2-3 teams in a T3 tournament
2021-11-22 14:26
3 replies
You didn't get my point and I guess you never will. What makes a tier 1 tournament - 1. The prize money, 2. Good Teams - which are lured in by the prize pool and would make it a tier 1 event. Now this event had the good prize money but the teams refused to play here, it could have been good money for them. As mentioned before by me many tier 1 events didn't have this amount prize pool yet played that event. In the end it's the tier 1 team's fault to not attend, whilst Gambit got the exp plus the awesome 170k prize money which certain tier 1 teams Haven't even earned that much this year. In the end I guess it's just your flair that makes you want to see Gambit fail or if they win they just call them farmers/onliners. People like you never want to support up and coming stars.
2021-11-22 14:32
2 replies
#129
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Sweden suriel666
I'm fine with supporting up and coming starts, i even support Gambit from time to time. Point being that this is simply nowhere near a tier1 event, even if it has decent prize money. Them winning it _closely_ against Entro basically without any competition at all is like this tourney was just consisting of a grand final solely. And then when the players winning that gifted event boast about "winning this is endlessly important for us", then it just looks pathetic. It's like you would go play a football match with little kids and win .. yeah, you did great ! gz
2021-11-23 09:00
1 reply
its subjecitve, from our side it may not mean much, but wiinning their 1st lan event after the covid era can mean a whole world to them, also help bolster their lost confidence.
2021-11-23 09:02
showing they can win versus competent teams on lan, that's not good to you?
2021-11-22 15:00
#115
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Finland dvlx
v4 always had a mvp go cry some where else losers
2021-11-22 18:15
1 reply
flair.. it is in fact tier3 event with trash teams. no team from top5 who has respect played this one, except trash farmers GamBOT and BOT sh0r0 onliner
2021-11-22 22:09
the 2nd best player in the world
2021-11-22 19:58
5 replies
maybe 4th best after S1mple, NiKo and Zywoo
2021-11-22 22:09
4 replies
Zywoo and Niko how many MVP and tournament wins in 2021?
2021-11-23 00:57
3 replies
if you will count sh0r0's MVPs like this one, then he has 0 MVPs... as for me MVP for t2-3 tournament without t1 teams is useless and has 0 value
2021-11-23 07:27
if you say MVPs and mean such shit like this V4.. then i have bad news for you. it won't be countalbe since it is tier2 trash event with zero tier1 opposition
2021-11-23 09:52
1 reply
As if Zywoo hasn't been farming MVPs in T2 events in previous years. That's what got him the top-1 over s1mple.
2021-11-24 01:14
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