n0rb3r7: "Jame has the biggest brain and in the beginning it was kinda hard to understand him"

One of Outsiders' new members, David "⁠n0rb3r7⁠" Danielyan, spoke to HLTV about getting the call up to a tier-one team and coming to grips with their unique playstyle.

At the end of May, Outsiders brought about changes to the team in the wake of the departures of Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis and Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov, bringing in K23 duo Petr "⁠fame⁠" Bolyshev and n0rb3r7 to fill the gaps.

The team didn't waste any time to get busy, attending three tournaments in as many weeks as they plowed through the competition at the ESL Pro League Conference in Jönköping, placed last at the Roobet Cup, and finished runners-up at ESL Challenger Valencia to Movistar Riders.

n0rb3r7 looks to fulfill one of his dreams of playing in the LANXESS Arena

Now playing their fourth and biggest event of the bunch, IEM Cologne, the new lineup around Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali has advanced through the Play-in undefeated, beating Imperial and BIG without too much trouble.

Afterwards, HLTV.org got to speak to n0rb3r7 about his experience getting up to speed with the new team and the increased level of competition, as well as the German event, where the 21-year-old is playing for the very first time.

Can you tell me about what the transition has been like from K23 to Outsiders?

Before I joined Outsiders, they were talking to K23 about fame. They only wanted fame from K23, and maybe after they signed him, they instantly decided to pick me because they said there is nobody who can join them.

You've been playing for quite a while on the tier-two scene, and this is the first time in a long time that you've gotten to play against teams of this level. How has it been to get the call up?

Actually, when they picked up YEKINDAR, before him they were talking to K23 about buying me, but K23 said that it's too much and they didn't let me go. So I was really happy when my coach said that Outsiders want me, so I was like 'wow.' It's really nice because maybe a few years ago I was watching Qikert's playstyle and I said 'I want to play with him.' And right now I'm here, with Outsiders, with Qikert, Jame, and I'm really happy.

What about Qikert did you like?

Maybe in 2018 at the ELEAGUE Major I was cheering for AVANGAR. That's why I said I like the guy and that I want to play with him.

Tell me about the period since you joined the team, how difficult was it to adapt to them and this level?

In the beginning it was really hard because it was too much information in the team. We played a lot of praccs day by day at the bootcamp without days off, and it took maybe one month to get used to Jame as the IGL. After maybe the first LAN it went kinda easy.

Is Jame very different to what you're used to in terms of in-game leading or in general how the team is run?

In general. Jame has the biggest brain, and for me in the beginning it was kinda hard to understand him, but right now it's easy.

Is it the slow playstyle, or why was it hard?

Yes, it's about the slow playstyle and preparation for matches.

You went to the Conference and didn't have any problems going through there, and then went out early at the Roobet Cup, and last week you placed second in Valencia. How happy are you with how things have been going so far?

Of course we wanted to win in Valencia, but something went wrong and we choked on Vertigo, but maybe it's because of the crowd for me, they were cheering for them. I really wanted to win in Valencia, in their home town, but it's okay, it's better to lose in Valencia than at the RMR or here in Cologne. We will fix the mistakes and we will do better.

So far you've been pretty convincing here and advanced to the group stage. What are you looking to achieve here going into the main stage?

In the main stage, of course to go to the playoffs because it has been my dream to play in the LANXESS Arena, since I was 15 maybe, and right now I'm here and I have this chance. We will do our best to go through to playoffs and try to win this.

How good are your chances?

I think we have good chances to go to playoffs. I think we have time to fix some problems that happened in the game versus BIG, and if we fix this in this short time I think we can make it to playoffs.

Who do you see as your biggest competition?

FaZe and NAVI, maybe? And Cloud9, as well.

Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1185
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1072
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Russia Petr 'fame' Bolyshev
Petr 'fame' Bolyshev
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
514
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1252
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1091
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
LMFAO
2022-07-05 23:12
4 replies
5 awp norbert
2022-07-05 23:34
1 reply
why buy 5 awp when jame can save 5 time, biggest brein
2022-07-06 10:01
#87
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Spain sary44
Jame IQ = old Astralis IQ combined B)
2022-07-06 08:21
HAHAHAHQHQH
2022-07-06 09:38
#2
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Kosovo GumGuyHLTV
because he was saving his IQ after most lost rounds
2022-07-05 23:12
3 replies
Gigamove
2022-07-05 23:18
epic strat iq saving
2022-07-06 09:38
jame playing 5d chess whilst everyone playing checkers
2022-07-06 09:55
#3
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North America minte
jame gigabrain
2022-07-05 23:12
jame time baby
2022-07-05 23:12
bro?
2022-07-05 23:12
1 reply
"biggest brain"
2022-07-05 23:12
j(am)esus
2022-07-05 23:12
Big Brain Jame
2022-07-05 23:12
1 reply
BBJ
2022-07-06 23:29
Megamind
2022-07-05 23:13
Jame smart Me smarter
2022-07-05 23:13
lmao hahaha
2022-07-05 23:14
wow smart boi jame
2022-07-05 23:14
jame has too many awps saved in his head, that's why his head is big
2022-07-05 23:14
1 reply
maybe when n0rb3r7 say brain he means green... Jame has big green all time :D
2022-07-05 23:18
gj
2022-07-05 23:15
Talking good of Jame... clever boy this n0rb3r7... he does not want to be the new sanji :D
2022-07-05 23:16
4 replies
#65
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Brazil Shinoky
sanji and Jame had disagreements??
2022-07-06 03:30
3 replies
no sanji was the awp bitch
2022-07-06 03:43
1 reply
Bought awps for Jame, played with pistol/smg and all that just for Jame to get 1-2 exit kills while saving.
2022-07-06 06:56
Go look under sanji's weapon used stats, and you will understand :P 35% ak use as the most used weapon.
2022-07-06 07:12
#17
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United States leeneptune
BRAIN TIME
2022-07-05 23:17
1 reply
I had the same idea
2022-07-06 03:13
#18
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Russia veloxman
yesh
2022-07-05 23:18
#21
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Argentina WaSTe_D
expected from the king of palace
2022-07-05 23:19
#22
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
5Head JAME
2022-07-05 23:23
Off-topic question but what is better - to hold the frustration inside and try not to get tilted or release it when you gets killed or your team lose a round? I was watching Outsiders game against BIG and i dont really like how n0rbert gets frustrated when something goes wrong, he is known for such behaviour btw, today it was on dust 2 when outsiders started losing from 15-6 and there were couple moments on inferno. Look at other members of the team - Jame, Fl1t, qikert and fame always look chill even when they are not doing great, I'm afraid these "bad vibes" can greatly affect the team spirit in future games.
2022-07-05 23:31
6 replies
+1 noticed that as well, miss the cold ass no emotions comeback machine VP
2022-07-05 23:36
I feel both extreme are not really good. Maybe he is too nervous, since he was not really the chosen. He should control more his emotions, but Yekindar was providing the hype and honestly, nobert can fill the gaps for that thing, He is not bad for now on. and honestly that 8-15 round was a shit show. I would react like that after seeing hat. They almost went to overtime because of that round.
2022-07-06 04:23
4 replies
i miss yekindar's hype
2022-07-06 09:56
3 replies
Sure yekindar was the face of this team. Jame is for the meme, but they are still a solid team without yekindar. They probably try to compensate for the loss of this heavy hitter.
2022-07-06 14:00
2 replies
I hope they manage to reinvent themselves successfully
2022-07-06 14:16
1 reply
Yeah. Qikert is a good soldier, f1t can become a star and fame looks very promising. Nober is an agressive rifler. They can become a x factor and try to change the passive state of this team. Everyone is young in this team. So, fame and nober can become solid players.
2022-07-06 14:22
isn't nobert the same guy who was whining about 5 awps in a faceit game or something? :D
2022-07-05 23:26
3 replies
it was a pro match against havu but yes
2022-07-05 23:43
2 replies
LOL. Haha
2022-07-06 00:29
lmao i remember the tweet
2022-07-06 09:57
"Like I am telling you, his brain's literally huuuuuuuuuuuge!"
2022-07-05 23:27
#26
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Brazil setsz
"guys im saving get by"
2022-07-05 23:27
2 replies
#30
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Brazil setsz
art calls: "guys im dead get by"
2022-07-05 23:29
1 reply
LOL!
2022-07-06 11:54
#27
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Germany MTD3
respect to norbert for those kind words
2022-07-05 23:27
1 reply
True. no bs. He did pretty well on those games. They are playing more as a team without yekindar.
2022-07-06 04:17
Jame has the biggest survival instinct*
2022-07-05 23:27
literally me!!!
2022-07-05 23:28
#31
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Trshd
xDDD
2022-07-05 23:31
5Head Jame playing 4D Chess
2022-07-05 23:34
Norb3r7 wants to extend the contract XD
2022-07-05 23:34
Jametimes are all pre planned before game even begins like chess but all pre moves before even first move , Jame 2000 iq player.
2022-07-05 23:36
Jame mastermind
2022-07-05 23:38
biggest brain in history of the brains JAMEJESUS
2022-07-05 23:38
#40
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Sweden skorpan
”they instantly decided to pick me because they said there is nobody who can join them”. Hahaha is this for real? He seems happy about it, maybe it’s just broken english, but he’s literally saying ”they picked me because they couldnt get anyone else”, like wtf? 😅😅
2022-07-05 23:50
7 replies
Russians are quite blunt
2022-07-06 00:03
well he also said they were interested in him before yekindar too
2022-07-06 00:51
i think he meant the ppl vp were interested in were already in teams with contracts, maybe
2022-07-06 09:54
Sometimes a missing word can break the intention behind the sentence, it's possible he meant "they instantly decided to pick me because they said there is nobody (better) who can join them". That's just speculation on my part though :')
2022-07-06 10:37
3 replies
#106
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Sweden skorpan
Most probably something in that direction :) Still ... quite funny ;D
2022-07-06 11:03
2 replies
True lol, honestly that's the biggest problem with not being fluent in a different language (albeit I think his English is fine for the most part). Cases like these are easiest to avoid with translators that can both translate and elaborate on what they mean. Not everyone has the budget of CNN though lol
2022-07-06 12:39
1 reply
#115
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Sweden skorpan
Ye, either that or maybe ask some clarification-questions or even Edit the text a bit before publishing it? To avoid a missunderstanding from the whole community haha
2022-07-06 13:06
#41
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Bosnia and Herzegovina sqmke
BIG BRAIN TIME
2022-07-05 23:53
Its as hard to play with Jame and to Counter 5 AWPs
2022-07-06 00:01
his jehova's cult has new members it seems. they will all take bullet for him.
2022-07-06 00:04
He would have to have a huge brain to explain away saving every single round with a different excuse each time :D
2022-07-06 00:14
1 reply
#107
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Sweden skorpan
Well, as norbert said: Jame is preping soooo much for every game, I guess this is what he meant by that :D
2022-07-06 11:06
#47
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Chad kdorek
Didn't expect that cringe headline in my face when I opened HLTV
2022-07-06 00:27
6 replies
why is it cringe? jame is one of the smartest igls out there
2022-07-06 01:37
5 replies
#58
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Chad kdorek
From "drop me AWP Sanji you play with glock" to "save AWP every T-side round without having any impact", Jame forever revolutionized how Counter:Strike is meant to be played, changing the playbook of every IGL in the world since 2019.
2022-07-06 02:00
4 replies
yes, hes created a whole new playstyle, and we can obviously see that it is pretty smart, reaching some big playoffs and even a major final with it
2022-07-06 02:07
Sure, their playstyle is sometimes boring and is not always effective, but the guy is a real leader and definitely a top10 igl. They have the own style of play and I like when they had some gimmick-strats. Dastan and Jame is a nice duo.
2022-07-06 04:32
? Yekindar said, sanji was doing it on his own. He wanted to create "better" duels with run&gun close contact.
2022-07-06 05:13
1 reply
never knew that, interesting fact
2022-07-06 09:52
Big Brain James
2022-07-06 00:40
hahaha
2022-07-06 01:07
#52
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Faroe Islands mayerbek
Biggest brain lmaooo
2022-07-06 01:07
#53
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Brazil shockDEawp
Jame the big brain🧠🧠🧠
2022-07-06 01:16
A big beautiful brain 🤤🤤🤤🤤
2022-07-06 01:29
Facts
2022-07-06 01:47
FAX
2022-07-06 01:58
#60
Zeus | 
Australia NoLeS
Jame is the greatest IGL of all time
2022-07-06 02:42
#61
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Asia Blurblur
Does he have a big brain or do you have a small brain
2022-07-06 02:45
#63
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Germany aL1337
i hope this is satire
2022-07-06 03:19
#64
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Brazil pcR
BRAIME TIME
2022-07-06 03:26
lets goooo 5 awp n0rb3r7
2022-07-06 03:37
1 reply
hahaha
2022-07-06 09:59
Havu > big confirmed?
2022-07-06 03:58
lol funny interview
2022-07-06 04:09
Nice joke
2022-07-06 04:29
#74
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Russia igotbanned
" Jame has the biggest brain " le python : am i a joke to you
2022-07-06 04:41
Fame and Perfecto learned in kazak CSGO academy(k23)
2022-07-06 06:07
The Jame big brain story gets real propaganda slogan. If he has so a big brain where are the tournament wins?
2022-07-06 06:38
6 replies
Big brain but no aim ...
2022-07-06 06:55
He won Flashpoint 2 and has a second place in a major, far ahead of tabsen in that regard.
2022-07-06 07:27
4 replies
Flashpoint pepega
2022-07-06 09:36
1 reply
roobet lmao
2022-07-06 09:51
#108
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Sweden skorpan
U can't compare LAN with BIG ^^
2022-07-06 11:07
bruh you don't have to destroy German like that hahaha
2022-07-06 11:12
Jame has a frustrating play style, but it works. Virtus Pro was never the best team, but I believe they were ranked Top 5 or 6 for a number of months, always a threat. They did win Flashpoint 2, for what that's worth. Maybe with the right team, and a little more gumption - he could really go far, as he's still young.
2022-07-06 07:05
2 replies
Frustating play style or the 'correct' play style?
2022-07-06 08:49
1 reply
A mix of both. It has flaws. Vp is missing very often timing and opportunities because of this heavy structure. Their gameplan is very often solid and they are always a threat.
2022-07-06 14:17
#85
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India RycerZ
That's bs. I was taught Sperm Whale has biggest brain on this planet.
2022-07-06 07:54
Weird way of saaying he's a baiter
2022-07-06 08:11
I don't know about the biggest brain, but judging from his interviews, Jame is actually a very smart guy with a cute, awkward humor reminiscent of Aubrey Plaza. I hope we'll see him on HLTV confirmed one day, I wonder if those vibes will stay after switching to English, it could be hilarious.
2022-07-06 09:22
1 reply
Ayooo cute? 🧐
2022-07-06 10:42
jame is a definetely top5 awper
2022-07-06 09:50
Jamesus
2022-07-06 09:58
#103
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Kazakhstan nugop
Jame biggest brain - save in 7 of 15 CT rounds xD
2022-07-06 10:10
Galaxy brain
2022-07-06 11:15
1 reply
No wonder they beat BIG, Jame 420iq.
2022-07-06 12:49
Hello! I am learning English! Thank you!
2022-07-06 12:58
1 reply
#118
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Ukraine methazine
Hello. London is the capital of Great Britain.
2022-07-06 14:02
Jame has the biggest in virtus pro confirmed 🤏
2022-07-06 13:10
Qikert and Jame are kinda becoming veterans already, it's crazy to think that it's been 4 years already since AVANGAR appeared at the ELEAGUE Major. I think this team can actually maybe even benefit from the changes they made, YEKINDAR was huge for them but it's been a long time since buster was in good form, and overall the new additions seem to fit well into their style I feel like. I don't know how far they can go here but in the future I would expect this lineup to be a consistent playoff one.
2022-07-06 15:16
Jame is the perfect anime vilan
2022-07-06 15:35
Lmao sucking balls to avoid kick
2022-07-06 15:45
#125
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Europe 90ieskid
BIG BRAIN ENERGY
2022-07-06 16:30
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