Hobbit: "Gambit of 2017 is stronger than the current roster in terms of individual skills"
Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov, the player of Gambit, during a press conference before the start of the ESL Pro League Season 14 playoffs, compared the current version of his team to the one that won the major in 2017. He believes that Gambit from four years ago were stronger in terms of individual skills of separate players, while right now the squad stand out for more coordinated team actions.
The parts quoted are the translation from our Russian website.
The previous Gambit roster was very experienced. Each player had been playing on tier-1 level for 10 years. Zeus had many big tournaments under his belt, and Dosia, mou and AdreN were already veterans back then. Gambit of 2017 is stronger than our current roster in terms of individual skills. Talking about team play, the current squad is stronger here. We are a real team, even though we don't have that much experience.
Khasenov also commented on the changes in his own play after several years. He thinks that the experience gained has made him a more versatile player.
From time to time, I feel like I am a better player than I was in 2017. I used to have more firepower. I could do a lot of rash things and go for a duel. Now it is harder to do, which is a little bit disturbing. For example, back then, I could do badly in some moments, and the experience does not allow me to do the same thing again. On the one hand, this is good, but on the other, it is bad. There is no absolute truth in Counter-Strike. Whoever happens to be a better shooter wins. Overall, I am a more comprehensive and stronger player today than I was in 2017.
It should be reminded that Hobbit played for Gambit from 2016 to 2018, after which he represented HellRaisers and Winstrike. The 27-year-old Kazakh player returned to the team in the summer of 2020.