AdreN, mou and HObbit used to play in one team four years earlier. It was a spontaneous and brief affair, but could they imagine then, Gambit will make them meet again? We decided to bring the guys' memories up to date and to ask them about Esports festival TECHLABS CUP KZ, which they won back in 2012 in the new for that time game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Abay "HObbit" Khassenov: That was kind of a mixed line-up, we played together no more than two weeks, after that tournament AdreN went on to play for the CIS squad, mou and me continued to play together. Then, two months later, I went to the USA, having left the team. I myself knew that we will play together but I couldn't expect that will happen in Gambit. That was a special tournament for me: that was the first tournament, where I was to play on stage, I do remember the delight of all happening there!
Rustem "mou" Telepov: Our team was called DP then. AdreN invited us to play in the championship, that was only one tournament, we played altogether, but I hoped that wasn't a one-off case when we perform together and that we will play with AdreN and HObbit again. Abay and I have known each other for a long time and despite his young age, I was always sure he is one of the best players in Astana. Then TECHLABS CUP KZ tournament was crowded with people. That was the final Esports festival of the year 2012, where a lot of games were presented, there were also technology exhibitions, entertainment, a lot of raffles and contests. I even remember that Russian rapper Loc-Dog popped up to perform at the festival.
Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev: CS:GO then was just gaining popularity, and I was already playing with Dosia, ANGE1, kUcheR and Fox. Someone told me there would be CS tournament with a decent prize fund in Almaty. So I just thought why not assemble a line-up, ready to fight. We played more than one tournament together with mou and keeN in Kazakhstan so we gathered quickly. I also invited my friend, who played CS quite good as for the amateur. We needed one more strike force, Abay. To be honest, I barely remember the tournament. I can hardly recall the match itself. Although I remember quite clearly that after all of it I went to grab a snack in a Korean restaurant and ate a delicious ramen.