Coming out victorious at DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro 2019 boosted AVANGAR up the world rankings all the way to #14. Team’s veteran Bektiyar “fitch” Bahytov talked about their performance in Brazil and other events, as well as adapting to the new map in the rotation.

While the world’s best missed the first ever DreamHack event in Brazil, including the local superstars MIBR, it turned out to be an exciting event. In the opening match alone, AVANGAR were pushed to the limit against North America’s eUnited on Inferno.

In the end, AVANGAR defeated their opponents 25-23 and moved on to face Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe’s INTZ whom they overcame in a laidback manner 16-8 on Mirage.

The real trial was supposed to start in the playoffs, where AVANGAR faced Valiance. In a three map thriller, the CIS-based team overcame Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas and co securing their spot in the grand final.

For a lion’s share of $100,000 dollars, Bektiyar “fitch” Bahytov and his team faced the local favorites FURIA in the final. Even though they were seen as the underdogs, the Brazilian FURIA opened the final with a 16-2 victory on Vertigo. What followed, were two straight wins for AVANGAR, securing them $50,000 US dollars.

But they didn’t have a lot of time to celebrate, as they had to return to Europe, to play at the WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 1 finals, which will take place this weekend in Kiev, Ukraine.

After the Brazilian event, Bektiyar “fitch” Bahytov talked about their preparation, playing on Vertigo, and what’s next for the team.

How do you rate the group stage of WePlay League?

The group stage at Weplay was interesting for me, everyone plays with everyone to enter the playoffs. Fair and a lot of games.

How has your game plan and role distribution changed in the absence of Krizzen?

At the moment, SANJI took on most of the roles of Crizzen, and I took on a small part.

What is your goal in the WePlay League? Who is your main opponent?

The main goal, of course, is winning the tournament. I think HellRaisers is our main opponent.

Many expected to see Team Spirit in the finals. Why, in your opinion, did they fail?

Again, all the matches were BO1, and sometimes your luck runs out, and sometimes it is not the peak. For this reason, there are risks of this kind of thing happening.

At the same time, DreamEaters qualified to LAN. Expected result or not?

DreamEaters may have surprised many, but not me. These guys I know for a long time — I will not say that I watched them strongly, but the tag and the players are very familiar to me. Therefore, their journey was a warning to me that the guys are capable and that we need to be ready for them.

Can you clarify the situation between you, ESL and Winstrike, which recently appeared on Twitter?

Honestly, I did not understand about the match against Winstrike. From what I heard, the organizers of the qualification refused to postpone the match. And what was on Twitter, I did not see.

You recently won a tournament in Rio. What did this victory give you?

Victory at DreamHack Open Rio may have given some confidence on the LAN and more confidence that you can return to the game at any time. Yes, a victory in Brazil is a great feeling and a pleasant vacation, impressions of which are not easy to describe in words.

At DreamHack you had to play Vertigo. What can you say about this map? Do you like it?

Vertigo is very difficult for me. I hope that in time I will be able to adapt to it and I will be able to relate to it better.

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