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Degster Is Ready To Return To Pro Play
- After five months, Abdulkhalik "degster" Gasanov is ready to return to pro play
- Degster has been away from competition since June 2023
- The 22-year-old has yet to unveil which team he will join
Abdulkhalik "degster" Gasanov
On Friday, November 17, Abdulkhalik "degster" Gasanov announced that he is ready to return to pro play. The 22-year-old Counter-Strike player has been away from action since June 2023, when he was benched from OG.
The Russian Counter-Strike pro player is looking for a new team after he decided to end his five-month break from the game. Degster stepped away from Counter-Strike in June 2023, when he got benched and transfer-listed by OG, stating that his absence was necessary.
"I want to join a team that is capable of winning, which has always been my goal. I will do everything to achieve that goal with my next team."
Degster started his CS career in April 2019 with ESPADA, and in January 2021, he joined Team Spirit, where he has spent one year and a half. With Team Spirit, degster made a name for himself as one of the top AWPers in the scene and helped the team reach the semifinals of PGL Major Antwerp 2022.
In June 2022, shortly after reaching the semifinals of the Antwerp Major, degster got benched from the team and in July 2022, he got picked up by OG, with who he has stayed for nearly one year. With OG, degster continued posting solid results, made the semifinals of BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2022 and BLAST Premier: World Final 2022 and won the BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2022.
Unfortunately, success was hard to come by for degster and OG in 2023, as the team hasn't won a single tournament with the Russian AWPer. And after a long dry streak, degster decided to step away from the game and announced his decision in June 2023.
Since then, degster has seen playing in two events, including the BetBoom AUnkere Cup and Buster CS2 League, with Team flamie and HUEC, respectively; however, until Friday, he has not confirmed his intention to officially make a comeback to CS pro play.
Despite OG's struggles, degster was one of the top players on the team, averaging a 1.15 rating during his stint with the team, so his benching was not performance-related. This also suggests that degster won't have a hard time finding a new team, especially considering many squads are currently in the process of changing up their lineups.
It's also possible that degster could look to return to OG, who have not looked good since degster's departure and are also in the process of changing up its roster. OG have already parted ways with Dion "FASHR" Derksen and are reported to wave goodbye to Nemanja "nexa" Isaković, who has been tied with a move back to G2 Esports.
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