AVANGAR part ways with Imbt
Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov has announced he is parting ways with AVANGAR CS:GO earlier on Monday, March 16, when his two-month contract with the Kazakhstani esports organisation expired.
The departure of the Ukrainian CS:GO coach has surfaced earlier on Monday when AVANGAR made a Twitter post, explaining the situation and thanking lmbt for everything he has done for the team during his rather short stint with the organisation.
"Today we’re announcing lmbt's departure from AVANGAR CS:GO Coach position as his 2-month contract expires," read the announcement.
"As the previously discussed coaching period is over, we’d like to thank Sergey for his passion and commitment to the team and wish all the best in his future endeavours"
Lmbt is a former Counter-Strike professional player and a prominent CS:GO coach, who began his CS career in 2008 when he played for eXplosive. He later played under KerchNET, PiNG and in 2010 became a head coach for forZe's Counter-Strike squad.
In 2013, lmbt transitioned to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a manager at Virtus.pro, Astana Dragons and HellRaisers. In June 2015, lmbt moved back to a coaching position at HellRaisers, where he reunited with his former teammate Amiran "ami" Rekhviashvili, who took over as the team's analyst.
Lmbt remained as a head coach of HellRaisers up until June 16, 2016, when he decided to step down from his position following HellRaisers' disappointing performance at ESL One: Cologne 2016 qualifiers. He spent next month playing under CS:GO stack Selectah and in September 2016 joined mousesports as their head coach, where he remained for most of his career.
As a head coach of mousesports, lmbt won several solid placements in top-tier tournaments. Those included a silver medal at Esports Championship Series Season 4 – Finals and ESL One: Belo Horizonte 2018, top-four placement at ESL Pro League Season 4 – Finals, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018, ESL Pro League Season 8 – Finals, as well as golden medals at ESG Tour Mykonos 2017, Europe Minor Championship – Columbus 2016, StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4, V4 Future Sports Festival – Budapest 2018 and ESL One: New York 2018.
Lmbt once again found himself benched in February 2019, following mousesports' disappointing performance at European Minor and in March 2019 opted to re-join HellRaisers as their head coach, where he remained up until September 2019 when the team's poor results once more ushered his departure from the coaching position.
In a bid to relaunch his career ar CS:GO coach, Imbr joined AVNAGRAR HQ, a young Kazakhstani CS:GO roster, which was formed following the Virtus.pro’s buyout of AVNAGRAR's entire roster. While at the helm of AVANGAR, lmbt failed to see much success on the international stage, however, contributed a lot to the development of the young roster. Since the turn of the year, AVANGAR participated at three stages of CIS Minor Championship – Rio 2020: Open Qualifiers, but failed to make it past Round 16.
In lmbt's announcement of his departure from the team, he thanked AVANGAR for giving him a chance to prove himself as a CS:GO coach, while announcing he will look to continue his career as an analyst on Maincast's Russian broadcast of ESL Pro League Season 11.
"Leaving AVANGAR today after our short deal! That was a pleasure to work with the boyz and org! But it’s time to move on! For now I’ll be working at Russian broadcast EPL analyst desk and search for new opportunities," read lmbt's announcement.
Although nothing is confirmed yet, some speculations suggest lmbt could join Orgless, who are currently looking for a new head coach for their team, as revealed by the team's captain Pujan "FNS" Mehta.
AVNANGAR CS:GO team is now:
Diyar "spellfull" Issakhanov
Makhambet "howl" Nurlybyekuly
Aydos "kade0" Khayrzhan
Alan "hidenway" Dyusembayev
Temirlan "TNDKingg" Nurmagamet