Qikert: "About the CIS shuffle? I think it's dark and full of secrets"

Aleksei "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev spoke to HLTV.org after Outsiders dismantled Complexity on day two in Antwerp.

Outsiders now hold a 2-1 record at PGL Major Antwerp after securing victory over Complexity in their third round matchup, putting them just one win away from securing a spot in the Legends Stage.

The team started the tournament on shaky footing after almost dropping a substantial lead to MIBR and faltering in a map against ENCE, but managed to recover by claiming a rather one-sided win over Complexity.

qikert hopes that the five-man Outsiders core can stay together

After the match, we caught up with Qikert, who shared some of the struggles the team experienced in their early matches against MIBR and ENCE. He also spoke to the impending CIS shuffle that will likely follow the conclusion of the PGL Major, stating that he wasn't sure if the effects of the changes would be good for the scene as a whole.

Let's start with the match you played against Complexity. The first half was decent, you came back from a deficit and ended up winning it, and then ran away with the score in the second half. How'd it feel from your side?

It was kind of a crazy match because we literally knew what they were doing every time, like in the moment, but we still lost our rounds and it felt really bad during the game because these rounds were against bad economy, and it was really important to close them but we didn't.

Still, we ended the half 8-7, we won the pistol, Jame's clutch was really important as well. Some lucky rounds too, we won a force-buy and won.

Was there something specific about their style that made them so easy to read for you?

I think it was just because of the map. Overpass is just a huge map where you can easily read your opponents, and it's really hard to hide your rotations as Terrorists, even for us, it's really hard to not get read.

Today you came in with this win, but yesterday was kinda shaky, you almost lost to a comeback from MIBR and then got crushed by ENCE 6-16. Walk me through the those matches, why'd you start off well but then end up falling off?

Against MIBR, I think it was our classic Outsiders game, like paid by rounds *laughs*. I think it was just the first game, we did a lot of crucial mistakes, but still it was also a really good game because we were playing like a team. We were always focused, ready to win, and it went good, we just did some mistakes.

Against ENCE, we were leading like 5-4 or 5-5, we had like $10,000 economy each, and somehow we just lost our rounds. It was a lot of clutches, like three or four clutches when we were in advantages, and we didn't close it out. We lost the first half 5-10, won the pistol round, and everything ends when we lost the force round, they did a B rush three times and we got wrecked.

Generally you have a lot of these close matches, the whole 'paid by the round' meme, but usually you're able to close them out. More recently you had some struggles, losing to ENCE here but also at the RMR with some maps you lost that you typically wouldn't. What's going on with those results, is it just the current circumstances with the team or are there some issues going on?

I don't think there are a lot of issues, I think we just didn't find our form yet and it's really hard when you're losing, you're always overthinking about this and you want to get better, better and better, but something is not working. It gets in your head and it's kind of hard to get in shape, get in good form, you just need to win important matches and I think everything is going to be good.

Before this event, there was an interview that came out from YEKINDAR where he said that he was exploring his options, that he might be going elsewhere after this Major. There's rumors of teams breaking apart and there could be a CIS shuffle, what're your thoughts on that happening after the Major?

About the CIS shuffle? I think it's dark and full of secrets. Like, I don't know, in my opinion there's going to be a huge CIS shuffle which the effect on scene, I'm not sure if it's good, but there will be a lot of good new rosters.

YEKINDAR has a lot of impact for this team specifically, so if you're left without him in that shuffle, what would you have to do to fill that gap?

There are two ways. We have to get an experienced player who is learning really fast, gets in the team really fast and progresses really quick.

Or, we're getting a young talent, teaching him, growing him, and I'm taking roles from YEKINDAR if something bad happens for our roster. But I hope everything is going to be good and we'll keep our five.

Is there any team, either in this stage or if you make it to the Legends Stage that will give you more trouble than the rest?

I need to think... actually, every team here except ENCE is not in their best form, they're getting their form like us, game by game, so we're going to see it during matches.

Kazakhstan Aleksei 'Qikert' Golubev
Aleksei 'Qikert' Golubev
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Oops spilling secrets
2022-05-10 20:04
#3
TenZ | 
Russia P0vTr
Yeah just like Hunter said they won't change sth -YEKINDAR confirmed
2022-05-10 20:06
#4
m0NESY | 
Russia Ansi
Qikert 💕💕
2022-05-10 20:06
8/8 ty
2022-05-10 20:07
1 reply
#60
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United States cybonics
godlike HLTV clickbait
2022-05-11 00:40
heyyy Aleksei "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev
2022-05-10 20:08
#7
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United States Virgin Islands qtleaf
copium overdose
2022-05-10 20:08
NaVI will most likely change 2 players, VP will almost disband surely, Entropiq need changes. Spirit, forZe and Cloud9 will stay untouched.
2022-05-10 20:09
31 replies
hopefully Spirit, forZe and C9 will stay unchanged they're on the rise rn
2022-05-10 20:10
3 replies
I can see changes for spirit and forze, especially because some young talent is right now showing what they’re capable of But unless C9 bombs out of the legends stage I don’t see them change players
2022-05-10 20:31
2 replies
They just did
2022-05-17 06:40
nt -hobbit for fixing
2022-05-17 14:49
#22
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Poland f3nce
-elec -boom?
2022-05-10 20:24
24 replies
Yeah. Perfecto has already moved to Ukraine and he's planning to stay there. Elec and Boom got wifes that support Putin and also they don't want to leave Russia (their families)
2022-05-10 20:26
23 replies
#25
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Poland f3nce
pretty sad :( who do you think would fill their spots?
2022-05-10 20:27
10 replies
Yekindar can replace Electronic which is kinda ez predict but with IGL it's almost a dark story since all the best IGL's in CIS are from Russia, so i don't even know. Maybe some Junior player or EC Kyiv.
2022-05-10 20:29
9 replies
Maybe another IGL from Russia is willing to relocate? Jerry or Nickelback come to mind
2022-05-10 20:32
1 reply
I don't really think they want to leave their teams or Russia
2022-05-10 20:37
Navi wanted qikert instead of boom but couldn't get him, its not impossible that they could get qikert to igl. Boom and electronic are the main aggressive riflers in Navi and qikert and yekindar are as well in VP, it wouldn't be a weird outcome
2022-05-10 20:43
6 replies
I'm not sure if qikert ready for full time IGL since in VP he using split calls alongside with Jame who's actually leading the team. They'll need some time then.
2022-05-10 20:46
5 replies
Vp used to swap igl and leadership duties all the time before they settled on Jame, Navi wanted him for a reason ofc they'll need time but honestly? B1t S1mple Qikert Perfecto Yekindar sounds as good as a roster or even better than current Navi even if they need some time to gel
2022-05-10 20:49
4 replies
I mean, yeah, sounds good, but the main thing is: will this actually work? Qikert doesn't have much experience as IGL so i dunno. Maybe this move will happen, maybe it's going to work but you never know.
2022-05-10 20:53
2 replies
When you have a player like S1mple on the team who is the leader, you need somebody who is the igl but not a "leader" if that makes sense. Qikert fits the bill perfectly, he has quite a decent bit of experience making calls even though he isn't the primary Igl atm. Can you name any non russian igl ( who speaks russian) better to replace boom than qikert?
2022-05-10 21:18
1 reply
#54
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Denmark baitpolice
it wouldn't even be the first time that navi/s1mple played in a full team without a solid igl either
2022-05-10 21:28
Downgrade imo, sure we see that electronic's current form is disappointing but what he did at the second half of 2021 and 2018-2020 is far better than yekindar. Although yekindar doesn't have that kind of motivation in VP. Qikert is an average player literally nothing special, big boom does explosive plays quite often on other hand.
2022-05-10 22:41
#27
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Netherlands K1NGBOAZ
boom got divorced right?
2022-05-10 20:29
8 replies
nope it was a bait
2022-05-10 20:31
7 replies
#34
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Netherlands K1NGBOAZ
wtf really? I didnt even know.. why would you troll about getting divorced? :S super cringe
2022-05-10 20:33
6 replies
all CIS community was kinda shocked after they said it was a bait. Cuz we pretty much thought boom will stay in NaVi after he got divorced but then his Instagram post came out...And after that Insta story of his wife where she showed preparation for Victory day in Russia. Then it was pretty much confirmed boom gonna be kicked after the Major.
2022-05-10 20:36
5 replies
#40
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Netherlands K1NGBOAZ
Wow sick man I completely missed this. I really dont understand why you would be trolling the community like this plus your current team aswell..
2022-05-10 20:38
3 replies
maybe he knows something we doesn't know (him getting benched by NaVi)
2022-05-10 20:39
2 replies
#42
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Netherlands K1NGBOAZ
Would be weird tbh because hes their igl. Well we will see how everything will unfold. Thnx for the info!
2022-05-10 20:43
1 reply
don't mention it buddy!
2022-05-10 20:44
#64
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Man that sucks. I fucking love Big Boom, I love seeing him on NaVi. Gonna be hard to fill an IGL role for NaVi without getting a Russian IGL, like you said. Perhaps Fear?
2022-05-11 06:42
Chadfecto moving to save his career vs elec and boom scared to say anything to their wives
2022-05-10 20:33
2 replies
i rather work as toilet cleaner and meet my kids, wife everyday than leaving them to play terrorist murder simulator lmao
2022-05-11 07:00
1 reply
#74
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Poland rakyushi
i rather not
2022-05-16 22:22
Who is entry at Entropiq?
2022-05-11 00:22
1 reply
Forester/Krad
2022-05-13 09:04
Qikert is cute and delicate like a flower
2022-05-10 20:09
1 reply
#16
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Other _n1ght
+1 Cutekert
2022-05-10 20:13
monkaW
2022-05-10 20:09
CIS Shuffle - sounds like a dance, but at the same time it sounds really interesting
2022-05-10 20:10
#13
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Denmark Zorrondo
great insights Qikert
2022-05-10 20:10
#14
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Germany Gabbah
Imagine thinking FaZe is not in Form. How delusional can you be...
2022-05-10 20:11
7 replies
FaZe are in another stage
2022-05-10 20:19
4 replies
#20
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Germany Gabbah
"Is there any team, either in this stage or if you make it to the Legends Stage that will give you more trouble than the rest? I need to think... actually, every team here except ENCE is not in their best form, they're getting their form like us, game by game, so we're going to see it during matches" The question was legitematly about both this and next stage
2022-05-10 20:20
3 replies
Yo le noob, He probably misunderstood it, or he's just bluffing hard.
2022-05-10 20:32
2 replies
#51
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Germany Gabbah
Arent they doing these interviews, if possible in the native language of the player? Like sure maybe he missunderstood, but why the interviewer doesn't ask him to specify I dont understand then.
2022-05-10 21:03
1 reply
Well none of the Interviewers sent by hltv (nohte and LucasAM) speak Russian, so it would be a big hassle to get a translator and do all of the translation work when writing the article, especially given that they have to release it as soon as possible. Additionally, most players are no fans of post match interviews and just wanna get them done as fast as possible. Lastly this was the question that gets asked every interview, the concluding and least important one in the eye of the interviewer.
2022-05-11 11:54
learn english you delusional reader!
2022-05-10 20:45
1 reply
#49
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Germany Gabbah
you okay?
2022-05-10 20:59
#15
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Other _n1ght
Entropiq coming out on top of those shuffles, they'll probably sign mir or maybe they grab yekindar since he played with El1an and Nickelback who knows
2022-05-10 20:12
4 replies
Entropiq is still czech organisation they wont need much or any changes maybe better player will come but not cuz the situation in world
2022-05-11 00:15
#59
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France cedd
from interviews with someone from Spirit, apparently mir is very difficult to work with, and has a very selfish vision of the game and is not open to other visions/working with what other people want to do
2022-05-11 00:37
2 replies
#62
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Other _n1ght
Yeah I heard rumors about his toxicity, allegedly he sometimes doesn't respond to his igl's calls and does what he wants. But those are all rumors
2022-05-11 01:01
1 reply
#63
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France cedd
no, I was thinking of quote from OverDrive: "As for mir, he certainly is very skilled. Individually, he is just fine, and in his best form undoubtedly can be considered a tier-1 player. But mir is probably one of the most difficult teammates in any team. He has his own vision of the game, and if he wants to play like this, he will play like this. If you tell him that it would be better to play differently, he would reply: "Don't tell me anything". It is always very difficult to deal with such players. Everyone tries to adapt to each other, giving up some of their own ideas."
2022-05-11 01:29
#17
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Poland Burgers
The night is dark and full of terrors
2022-05-10 20:13
1 reply
Finally, was looking for this comment
2022-05-11 00:55
#19
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North America minte
What is a man other than a miserable little pile of secrets?
2022-05-10 20:19
nice interview
2022-05-10 20:23
#23
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Ok, but delusional to not even mention faze while talking about teams on form
2022-05-10 20:27
3 replies
taking about challenger stage but ok
2022-05-10 20:29
2 replies
#35
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Don't know what he meant but the question is clearly talking for both "Is there any team, either in this stage or if you make it to the Legends Stage that will give you more trouble than the rest?"
2022-05-10 20:34
1 reply
idk probably not thinking about faze cause theyre not playing against them yet
2022-05-10 20:36
goat qikert
2022-05-10 20:36
#50
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Brazil victorhsl
great questions, great answers. 8/8
2022-05-10 21:01
#53
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North America BoDaddy
He's right about ENCE being the only team in their best form
2022-05-10 21:24
big shuffe inc? :O
2022-05-10 21:43
#65
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Well I just hope that Forze and Spirit don't lose their players in this upcoming shuffle, two young and upcoming squads while CIS already has shit ton of other cracked players to get in teams.
2022-05-11 06:44
Cis should be separate from europe
2022-05-11 12:04
Good way to describe Russia qikert. Dark and secretive. And paranoid
2022-05-11 21:06
Legend!
2022-05-14 11:55
For the night is dark and full of terrors
2022-05-16 10:38
Hobbit matchfixing would explain C9 losing to such a trash team like Faze yesterday.
2022-05-16 14:16
1 reply
what about imperial
2022-05-17 14:49
They have only 2 Russians, when navi having 3, just sell the roaster ffs
2022-05-17 02:33
S1mple b1t yekindar Perfecto qikert = aggression overload. That ceiling is very, very high as long as qikert adapts quick to IGLing.
2022-05-18 11:17
"Dark and full of secrets" Kappa
2022-05-18 12:37
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