While big organisations have publicly chopped and changed over their roster moves, one group from the CIS region has been quietly building a super team of Kazakh talent. AVANGAR announced on Twitter that Dauren ‘AdreN’ Kystaubayev will be joining their team with immediate effect, in a move that has the potential to catapult them into the top ten and provide the side with the one thing they desperately lacked - top-level experience.
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AVANGAR have been one of the fastest rising teams in the world since their inception in 2017, and like ENCE they seem to have focused on getting a group that works together, rather than the biggest names available to them. The team is currently 60% Kazakh, with their Russian star Jame and Uzbeki talent SANJI completing the lineup, and looks as follows with the addition of Adren.
AVANGAR CSGO roster
Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov
Alexey ‘qikert’ Golubev
Ali ‘Jame’ Djami (IGL)
Sanjar ‘SANJI’ Kuliev
Dauren ‘AdreN’ Kystaubayev
Coach: Dastan ‘dastan’ Akbaev
A force to be reckoned with?
Since winning the major with Gambit, it’s been a difficult time for AdreN, who saw Zeus get the big money move to Na’Vi on the back of Gambit’s success even though most of the credit for the win came Adren’s way. Time and Zeus’s rabid fan base have seen that narrative shift slightly, but when Krakow was still fresh in our minds the majority accepted that Adren was the quiet but crucial factor in a lot of what Gambit did right tactically.
Now he joins a team with an extremely talented in-game leader in Jame, one of the few in world CS who manages to be a star and a shining light for his team to follow at the same time. The fact Jame now has a hand steady enough to help Zeus get to the final of, and win a Major is a massive boon for him, as he can absorb all the knowledge Adren brings with him and rely on an extra voice for mid-round help.
There are still other big names around the AVANGAR could look to add, especially Adren’s former partner-in-crime Abay ‘Hobbit’ Khasenov, who is currently languishing on the bench at HellRaisers after a severe drop in form. Some might say that would be a needless risk, but Hobbit’s undoubted talent and history of working well with Adren could mitigate that, and AVANGAR are proving Kazakhstan is a force in CSGO at least.
Image: AVANGAR Instagram