HellRaisers is close to signing Abay "Hobbit" Khassenov to replace Vlаdуslаv "bondik" Nеchуроrchuk on its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, according to VPEsports. 

​​Hobbit is close to replacing bondik in HellRaisers' ​CS:GO team, according to a report from VPEsports. Gambit Esports and Hobbit mutually ​agreed to part ways in the form of transferring Hobbit to another CS:GO team. After two years with Gambit Esports, the organization believed Hobbit should gain an opportunity to prove himself with another team. 

He remained with the team until ​StarSeries Season 6 in October, when Gambit Esports and Hobbit began searching for transfer opportunities. Gambit ended the event at 12th place. 

Bondik's contract is apparently ending soon, which is convenient should the team lock down its decision to sign Hobbit.

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