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Buster on "I never had synergy with the guys and vice versa. We were playing by the rules"

Former Outsiders ( player Timur "buster" Tulepov revealed why he left the squad, spoke about their loss against Astralis in the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 grand final, and shared the memories of his early career. The interview was conducted in Russian for

It's all great, my vacation is going well. I'm now in Alma-Ata, doing the things I planned but couldn't do before because of the intense training schedule. Also, I'm waiting for other organizations' offers to come back to competitive CS.

Timur "buster" Tulepov

On leaving

I know, they wrote that I'm on vacation. But it wasn't exactly like that. During ESL Pro League S15, I told our coach, dastan, that I'm about to leave no matter what happens. It was similar to DreamHack Leipzig 2020. I called dastan into my hotel room, and we spoke about it. Back then, our CEO Glamazda suggested I take a break to cool down and get back on the lineup later. It somehow refreshed me.

But I was feeling off since the first day anyway. For the second time, I finally decided I couldn't play on this team anymore. I never had synergy with the guys and vice versa. We were playing by the rules. In addition to that, we were competing as a trio for five years. So, many factors were annoying me at this point. There's no one to blame, we had our good and bad moments. It's life. Anyway, I'm thankful to them.

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On his childhood and early career

I've enjoyed video games since early childhood. Since kindergarten, I was playing alone at a LAN cafe, I don't even know why my parents were allowing it. After I got my PC, I was playing MMORPGs (my favorites were Lineage 2 and Perfect World).

I played my first LAN when I was in 4th-5th grade [10-12 years old]. It was a CS 1.6 tournament in my hometown of Pavlodar. I remember a man approached me and asked about my setup, and I couldn't give him a proper answer. It was him who first said that I'm a future esports athlete. Weird coincidence, but he guessed it right. After that, I started to look for tournaments in other cities, and that's how my esports career began.

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Comparison between old and new scenes in Kazakhstan

Just recently, me and my friend Aldiyar were recalling how great it was before: many tournaments in different cities, everyone was involved and knew each other. Everyone was waiting for someone like AdreN to come home to play against him. It was a great time!

But now there are so few LANs for some reason. And if there's one, sometimes even top HLTV Kazakhstani player (w1nt3r, icem4N) sign up for that, and then young players do not want to participate: why bother playing if pros will easily win the event. They don't even try to compete against them. I guess a lot of them think esports equals easy money, but they don't have the fire burning inside them that us "older" players had before.

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Why AVANGAR lost the StarLadder Major grand final against Astralis

Major final was great, this fury of emotions. But nothing will compare with winning it. I'm still going to try doing that. In the future noone will remember our second place, people will only remember the winner. I think we lacked experience and a bit of audacity and cunning game-wise. Astralis were great at the time, they had good preparation. They knew the two maps we would play in the final and focused solely for those. We didn't change anything, so they rolled over us.

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Every VP teammate short resume

AdreN is an older brother, who will help with everything. SANJI — good teammate, YEKINDAR — cheerful guy, Qikert is a good friend, Jame — big boss, and FL1T is like a biggest homie.

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Will FaZe and NAVI continue to dominate the proscene?

I'm not sure about FaZe, they are not that consistent. But NAVI will always be on top, as long as they have such experienced and strong players. Nobody can replace NAVI so far, but FaZe may be replaced by, for example, Cloud9.

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Top-3 players in 2022

S1mple, sh1ro, rain.

Timur "buster" Tulepov

Buster is still listed on VP's inactive roster. He moved to the bench in May 2022, after 2.5 years of playing under the tag and almost five years of competing with its core. The team won numerous tournaments and reached its peak, taking second place at the Berlin Major.

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