Known for topping the online matchmaking leaderboards, Sabur ‘Sabinater’ Hakimi is now a Halo Professional after joining Ronin.
After a messy breakup with Tyler ‘Spartan’ Ganza, Ronin Esports has announced their newest Halo team member on their official Twitter account ahead of the North American Halo Championship Series Fall Season.
Sabinater is known for being a top-five regular in the online leaderboards for the official HCS Summer Playlist, and placed top-six at Dreamhack Atlanta with amatuer team eRa Eternity.
Here is what Sabinater had to say about his first stint in the Pro League:
How have you risen up in the ranks of Professional Halo so quickly?
“I’ve always wanted to become a professional Halo player since I was a kid. My brother used to be very good at Halo 3 and ever since I’ve watched him play and compete, I wanted to play at that top level. So when I got a bit older and Halo 5 came out, I wanted to play at that pro level. I would get on as often as I can and grind matchmaking when I had no team to play with. When I got #1 on the leaderboards, that’s when I started to get noticed. Some top AM teams wanted to run with me, and a week before Dreamhack ATL, I got an offer from eRa when Cratos approached me. So we had a few days of practice and did pretty well at the event by placing 5th/6th.”
How does it feel to be a part of a Pro League team in Ronin?
“It’s a really great feeling to be apart of this pro team. I’m sure that we’ll all get along with one another and play very well together.”
Where do you see yourself performing with these other three team members?
“I’m confident that this team will perform very well. I’m happy to be a part of this Ronin squad and excited for what’s to come.”
Ronin Team Manager Armen “Lenny” Danielyan was more than excited to pick up this prospect, and had a few moments to answer some questions about his new player:
Why did you and your organization decide to pick up Sabinater?
“We decided to pick up Sabinater because he’s a very dedicated and talented young player. He takes criticism and always wants to improve in order to be the best in the game. We think his play style fits our team perfectly and was exactly what we were lacking last season. Sabinater adds a whole new level to this team with his communication and slaying power.”
For those who don’t know who he is, who is Sabinater?
“Sabinater is only 16-years-old with a lot of passion to improve. Before he got picked up by a team, he played matchmaking with a lot of pro players all the time but never got on an actual set team. When he got a chance, he carried his team to a top-six placement, even though that team didn’t practice.”
At 16-years-old, would you say that the move to pick up Sabinater is a long-term investment on his potential?
“The move to pick up Sabinater is going to defiantly be a long-term investment. I have heard and seen a lot of great things about him, and I can’t wait to see him and the rest of the team start practicing for the upcoming pro league and future events.”