The 17-year-old Russian quickly became a sensation in the region, but his prowess remains virtually unknown internationally. Since David “n0rb3r7” Danielyan joined Winstrike, the player is hopeful it will change soon.
The young player entered the competitive scene earlier this year after he officially joined the revived dAT Team line-up. The team with five up-and-coming players on the line-up showed a lot of potential from the get-go. Coached by the veteran in the scene, forZe and tp.uSports alum Alexey “OverDrive” Birukov, the young team quickly established their aptitude.
It took them less than two months to win their first title. After defeating Anton “tonyblack” Kolesnikov’s TEAMSWAGYOLO, dAT claimed a trophy in Alienware League Russia.
Good early results and plenty of potential in the roster did not stay unnoticed for long. David “n0rb3r7” Danielyan and his team were invited to join WINSIDE eSports, their first professional team. The players took their five-month contracts on the spot.
But it all went downhill from there.
The next few months brought mixed results for the team. Their best performance came in form of a second place finish at CSGO.NET CIS Derby, where they were defeated by more experienced AVANGAR. Internationally WINSIDE performed even worse, often finishing outside of the Top 30 in the online qualifiers.
But even while his team was struggling to find wins, the 17-year-old n0rb3r7 managed to maintain a respectable 1.13 average rating. Even more impressively, the young Russian has a 63% win rate in clutch situations and 1.12 rating on LAN.
It was only natural that Danielyan would start getting attention from the bigger teams in the region.
When Yegor “markeloff” Markelov’s Flipsid3 Tactics decided it was time to bring in new blood, they turned straight to n0rb3r7. “While I was playing for WINSIDE I had only one offer and it was from Flipsid3,” the player confirmed. “In the end, the two organizations couldn’t come to an agreement and the deal fell through.”
When the North American organization approached WINSIDE management earlier this year the deal couldn’t be made. Whether WINSIDE really didn’t want to part ways with the young talent or were simply looking to get the most out of the offer remains unknown. However, the offers that Flipsid3 received from the Russian organization were deemed “unreasonable”.
n0rb3r7 had to play the rest of his five-month contract under the crumbling WINSIDE banner. However, once the contract was up, a new ray of hope shined on him.
“Once my contract with WINSIDE expired I immediately received three offers. I had to choose between joining Winstrike, Gambit, and forZe,” the player said.
Gambit had their own share of struggles in finding new players to fill their roster after the benching of Abay “Hobbit” Khassenov and Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev. PGL Major Kraków 2017 winners quickly recognized the potential of the young player and tried to snag him before anyone else.
However, it was a newly revamped Winstrike team that captured Danielyan’s attention. “I decided that I want to play with Winstrike because I feel like I will be most comfortable there,” n0rb3r7 said. “I want to show my best and I feel like I will be able to do that here.”
David “n0rb3r7” Danielyan joined a completely rebuilt Winstrike roster, headlined by team captain Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov. With the return of Aurimas “Kvik” Kvakšys and the addition of Georgi “WorldEdit” Yaskin and Jan “wayLander” Rahkonen, Winstrike now has enough experience and firepower to compete for the highest spots.
The team’s first big test comes in three weeks at the Katowice 2019 CIS Minor Championship Closed Qualifier. The road ahead of them is tough, but the goal is simple — get back into the Major.
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