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Gambit Esports
Gambit Esports logo.png
Divisions Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
FIFA 17
League of Legends
Website gambit.gg
Gambit Esports
Sport League of Legends
Founded 2013
Current season 2018 LCL Summer Split
League League of Legends Continental League (LCL)
Team history MTG (2011)
Team Empire (2011)
Moscow Five (2011–2012)
Gambit Gaming (2013–2015)
Gambit.CIS (2016–2017)
Gambit Esports (2018–present)
Based in Moscow, Russia
Head coach Dmitry "Invi" Protasov
The former logo of Gambit Esports, used from 2013 until 2015 while it was under the name Gambit Gaming.

Gambit Esports,[1][2] also known by its former name Gambit Gaming, is a European esports organisation based in the United Kingdom. It was established in January 2013 after the acquisition of the former League of Legends roster of Moscow Five. The team previously had a team competing in the European League of Legends Championship Series. Gambit currently has a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team,[2] a Dota 2 team[3] and a League of Legends team competing in the League of Legends Continental League.[4] The organisation also sponsors a FIFA 17 player, Andrei Timon Gurev.[5]

Rosters[edit]

Counter-Strike:Global Offensive[edit]

Alias Name Join date
Dosia Mikhail Stolyarov 8 January 2016
AdreN Dauren Kystaubayev 8 January 2016
Mou Rustem Telepov 8 January 2016
mir Nikolay Bityukov 27 May 2018
Hobbit Abay Khasenov 12 October 2016

Former[edit]

Alias Name Join date Leave date
wayLander Jan Rahkonen 8 January 2016 18 April 2016
spaze Ivan Obrezhan 19 April 2016 24 September 2016
hooch Dmitry Bogdanov 8 January 2016 2 October 2016
zeus Daniil Teslenko 12 October 2016 9 August 2017
Seized Denis Kostin 6 February 2018 26 May 2018

League of Legends[edit]

ID Name Role
PvPStejos Alexander Glazkov Top
Diamondprox Danil Reshetnikov Jungle
Kira Michael Garmash Mid
Lodik Stanislav Kornelyuk AD Carry
Edward Edward Abgaryan Support

Counter-Strike:Global Offensive[edit]

On 8 January 2016, Gambit acquired a CS:GO roster consisting mostly of former HellRaisers players.[6] The players were Mikhail "Dosia" Stolyarov, Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, Rustem "mou" Telepov, Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov, and Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen. Gambit qualified for MLG Columbus 2016, beating Renegades and Cloud9 in the offline qualifier and later placed 9–12th at the main event. Gambit announced the departure of wayLander on April 18, 2016[7] and officially signed Ivan "spaze" Obrezhan on 19 April 2016.[8] Gambit removed spaze from the active roster on 24 September 2016 and used Emil "kUcheR" Akhundov as a stand-in.[9] Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov was removed from the team on October 2, 2016.[10] Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko and Abay "HObbit" Khasenov joined Gambit on October 12,[11] the latter being a six month loan from the Kazakhstani team Tengri.[12] Gambit won Acer Predator Masters 3 after beating Team Kinguin 3-0 in the finals on 5 November 2016.[13]

On 23 July 2017, Gambit defeated Immortals 2-1 in the grand final of the PGL Major 2017 in Krakow, becoming the first CIS team to win a CS:GO major.[14]

On August 9th, Zeus and Kane stepped down from Gambit to join Natus Vincere. After "ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018" Bektiyar "fitch" Bakhytov left the main team. To replace, a former Na'Vi player and Flipsid3 Denis "seized" Costin was invited, who soon became a full member of the team.

May 27, 2018 the team leaves Denis "seized" Costin, in his place invited player of the team Vega Squadron Nikolay "mir" Bityukov. June 10, 2018 the post of coach leaves Andrew "Andi" Prokhorov. On June 24, the former Flipsid3 Tactics player Andrei "B1ad3" Gorodensky, who was leased from an American organization before the end of September 2018, was invited to the post of trainer.

Notable achievements[edit]

Bold denotes a CS:GO Major

2016[edit]

  • 1st CIS Minor Championship - Columbus 2016[15]
  • 1st Adrenaline Cyber League[16]
  • 1st Acer Predator Masters Season 3[17]
  • 1st DreamHack Winter 2016

2017[edit]

League of Legends[edit]

Formation of Gambit Gaming[edit]

On 10 January 2013, the now-defunct e-Sports organisation Moscow Five released their League of Legends roster; this was in part due to the arrest of their CEO Dmitry Smilianets in July 2015, which left the organisation with a lack of funding for several months.[23] Four days later, on 14 January, it was announced that Gambit Gaming had acquired the former M5 roster.

2013 Pre-Season[edit]

Marking their first appearance in an offline event as Gambit Gaming, in late January 2013, the Russian team would compete in IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice as one of the eight qualified teams. Gambit Gaming would go 1-2 in the group stage, winning against MYM, while losing to Curse Gaming EU and Azubu Blaze. Because of this, the round robin had a tie between MYM, Gambit and Curse Gaming EU, all of whom went 1-2. A time coefficient was used to break the tie, giving Gambit Gaming a spot in the semi-finals. Gambit Gaming, as the underdogs, would defeat Azubu Frost 2-0, then go on to take first place by knocking out Korean powerhouse Azubu Blaze, who they had lost to in the group stage. Gambit Gaming took home $15,000 USD (~11,609 EUR) as well as a direct seed into the IEM World Championship.

2013 Season[edit]

Spring EU LCS[edit]

Having qualified as Moscow Five, Gambit Gaming would compete in the European Season 3 League of Legends Championship Series. Gambit would be a highly respected threat throughout Spring, being one of the most feared teams to play. They would complete the European Spring LCS Split in 2nd place, with a record of 21-7. This ensured their LCS spot for the summer split portion of the league. They would then take second place in the Season 3 EU Spring Playoffs, losing 2-3 to Fnatic in the final.

IEM World Championship & MLG Winter Championship[edit]

Gambit attended the IEM Season VII - World Championship in Hannover, Germany in March. The team dominated their group, going undefeated with a 5-0 score, placing them in the semi-finals. They then faced CJ Entus Frost and lost the set 2-1, knocking Gambit out of the tournament and seeing them finish in 3rd overall.

The Russian team was invited to play in an international exhibition at 2013 MLG Winter Championship, playing first against Americans Team Dignitas, they won 2-0, by constantly pressuring their opponent. Gambit then faced Korean top contender KT Rolster B in the exhibition finals but were unable to beat them and secure 1st place, losing the match 2-1.

LCS All Stars[edit]

In April, Gambit Gaming players Danil "Diamondprox" Reshetnikov, Aleksei "Alex Ich" Ichetovkin, Evgeny "Genja" Andryushin, and Edward "Edward" Abgaryan were publicly voted to represent their respective positions on the Europe LCS All Star team, to compete at All-Star Shanghai 2013 and play against the world's best All Star teams, chosen in the same fashion.[24] However, a rule stating that only 3 members of any team, could be inducted onto the team caused Genja to be replaced as AD Carry by Evil Geniuses' Yellowpete. The team's top lane was sOAZ from Fnatic. The EU LCS first faced off against heavy favorites Korean OGN Champions, and although good early game play from jungler Diamondprox looked promising for the team, the Koreans overtook them in a 2-0 set. Their next opponent was from their sibling league, the North America LCS. Both teams played an explosive two games of up and down fighting, however, NA LCS ended up being the victor, knocking the EU LCS out of the tournament.

Summer EU LCS[edit]

A few days before Summer EU LCS started, long time support player Edward would leave the team, stating "First of all, the main reason of such end is misunderstandings between me and Genja. Despite to the fact that we played together for more than one year we didn't fit to each other. Secondly, I don't like the current atmosphere in the team after few bad results in a row. Due to these factors I have decided to leave the team."

In July GoSu Papper left the team to join Team Curse.[25]

Edward was then replaced by Darker who eventually lost his spot to Voidle, who was then released on November 4.

On August 17, Gambit Gaming would finish the Summer Split tied up for 2nd place, at 15-13, along with Fnatic, Evil Geniuses and Ninjas in Pyjamas. However they managed to secure a 4th-place finish after losing the tie breaker against Evil Geniuses, going on to defeat Ninjas in Pyjamas in the losers bracket then losing again to Evil Geniuses in the deciders match, which granted Gambit Gaming a spot on the Summer Playoffs.

Gambit would then play against Ninjas in Pyjamas in the Summer Playoffs, defeating them 2-0 and advancing to the Semifinals where they would lose 0-2 against Lemondogs, dropping the 3rd Place Match to face Evil Geniuses, in a match that decided the third team that would represent Europe in the Season 3 World Championship. Gambit was victorious and claimed the win over Evil Geniuses, 2-1.[26]

2013 World Championship[edit]

Gambit was placed into a tough group with fellow European rivals Fnatic, North American third seed Team Vulcun, Korean OGN Spring Winners Samsung Galaxy Ozone and Filipino champions Mineski. They earned an undefeated 3-0 their first day of the group stage, looking extremely strong as Europe's third seed. Gambit continued to play solidly throughout the groups, finishing in a tie for 2nd place with Samsung Galaxy Ozone at 5-3. In a close tiebreaker game against the Korean team, Gambit emerged victorious and advanced to the playoffs with fellow European competitor Fnatic.

Gambit faced off against the Korean first seed NaJin Black Sword in the quarterfinals. NaJin Black Sword was called a "dark horse threat" by caster MonteCristo since they had not competed in the previous two months and had recently replaced their starting mid laner, SSONG, with substitute player Nagne. After winning the first game, Gambit succumbed to the Koreans 1-2 in a close match, thus being eliminated from the tournament and taking home seventh place.

2014 Season[edit]

Gambit's first tournament in the new season was the IEM World Championship. The team performed well, but were knocked out in the semifinals by KT Rolster Bullets.

Spring EU LCS[edit]

The Spring Split was a slight disappointment for Gambit. Also, due to visa issues, Darien, Diamondprox, Alex Ich, and Genja were all unable to play in the 6th week of the Spring Season. Zorozero, Hulberto, Nukeduck, and fury III substituted for Top, Jungle, Mid, and ADC respectively. The team only managed a 5th-place finish in the split. This was a fall from Gambit's high standards, but still meant that they had a spot in the Spring Playoffs. The team ended up coming in 5th in the tournament, after losing to Team ROCCAT in the quarterfinals.

Summer EU LCS[edit]

In May Alex Ich left Gambit for Challenger Series team Ninjas in Pyjamas to spend more time with his family.[27] His departure from Gambit ultimately meant that the Summer Split would be worse for the team than the spring split. Gambit struggled throughout, with Darien, Diamondprox and Genja becoming substitutes for periods over the split. The team finished in 7th place, meaning that they would have to fight for their LCS status in the Spring Promotion. With Krislund substituting for Genja, Gambit held on to their place in the LCS, beating SK Gaming Prime in their promotion matchup.

2015 Preseason[edit]

On 5 November 2015, Gambit announced that Cabochard was joining the team as the new top laner, dispelling rumors of a potential return to the team by Alex Ich in the toplane position. Two days later the team announced that Krislund was permanently joining the team as the starting AD carry. At the same time, he switched his ID to P1noy. After these two additions, the starting roster going into the 2015 season was Cabochard, Diamondprox, niQ, P1noy, and EDward.

Gambit was one of the fan-voted teams to IEM Cologne, along with Team Dignitas and Counter Logic Gaming. They won the tournament after beating Counter Logic Gaming in the final. At the start of the 2015 EU LCS Spring Split, Gambit moved into a gaming house in Berlin.

2015 Season[edit]

Due to their 1st-place finish at IEM Cologne, the team were invited to compete at the IEM Season IX - World Championship. After a Round 1 loss against CJ Entus, Gambit Gaming were knocked out of the tournament, losing to Team WE in Round 1 of the losers bracket. Domestically, they finished fourth in the spring LCS round robin and then tied for fifth with Copenhagen Wolves in the playoffs after a quarterfinal loss to Unicorns Of Love. After the playoffs, the team released Leviathan from his position as head coach, citing commitment issues in the latter half of the season.

Gambit Gaming had an unsuccessful Summer Split. After a rocky early start to the season and a combined 0-4 record in the first two weeks, Gambit improved to fifth place after 8 weeks, largely thanks to the coaching of Shaunz. At one point the team had the potential of finishing as high as fourth. However, going into the last week of the split, FORG1VEN received a four-game-long penalty from Riot as the result of toxic behavior in soloqueue. Moopz subbed in as the team's AD carry for the last 2 games of the split. Losing these 2 games, the team finished the regular season in 8th place, meaning that they would be playing in the 2016 Spring Promotion. The team faced mousesports, winning the series and securing their place in the 2016 Spring Season.

Gambit's LCS spot was sold to Team Vitality in December 2015.[28]

Final roster of Gambit Gaming[edit]

Alias Real name Age Role Joined Left Hometown
Cabochard Lucas Simon-Meslet Top
Diamondprox Daniel Reshetnikov (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 25) Jungle 2015-11-16
Betsy Felix Edling (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 25) Mid
FORG1VEN Konstantinos Tzortziou (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 26) May 2015
GoSu Pepper (Edward) Edward Abgaryan (1994-05-01) 1 May 1994 (age 24) Support
ImSoFresh Karim Bbahla (1992-07-29) 29 July 1992 (age 26) Sub/Jungle July 2015

Formation of Gambit.CIS[edit]

On 12 January 2016, Gambit reentered the League of Legends scene after acquiring a spot in the newly formed LCL challenger series. The team branded itself as Gambit.CIS and fielded a new roster consisting of Fomko, LeX, Archie, BloodFenix and FatoNN.

2016 Season[edit]

After playing through the challenger series, Gambit qualified for the promotion tournament, where they defeated Team Differential 3-0 and qualifed for the League of Legends Continental League (LCL). The team then finished 6th in the 2016 LCL Summer Split with a record of 6-8.[29]

2017 Season[edit]

Spring LCL[edit]

For the 2017 LCL Spring Split, Gambit fielded a new roster consisting of FIRees, Diamondprox (who previously played for Gambit Gaming in the EU LCS), zoiren, Nikstar and Xavieles. Gambit finished 6th with a record of 6-8.[29]

Summer LCL[edit]

On 5 June 2017, Gambit announced a new all-star roster, replacing everyone on their previous team except Diamondprox. PvPStejos and Kira joined after leaving M19 (the previous split's 1st place team), Blasting joined after leaving Virtus.pro and Edward rejoined the organisation after leaving Vega Squadron. The team went on to qualify for the 2017 World Championship after finishing 1st in the 2017 LCL Summer Split group stage and playoffs, defeating M19 3-2 in the finals.[30]

World Championship[edit]

Gambit was drawn in Play-in stage Group A with Team WE from China and Lyon Gaming from Latin America North. They was defeated in all matches and not qualified for Play-in stage round 2.

2018 Season[edit]

Spring LCL[edit]

Lodik replaced Blasting as ADC on 8 March 2018. Gambit ended the regular season with 12 wins and 2 losses, securing a playoff spot.[31] In playoffs, Gambit beat Team Just 3-1 in the semifinals and RoX 3-0 in the finals to win the split and qualify for the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI).[32]

MSI[edit]

Gambit was drawn in Play-in stage Group A with Rainbow7 from Latin America North, Kaos Latin Gamers from Latin America South and Ascension Gaming from Thailand of Southeast Asia. Gambit dominated Group A with 5 wins and only 1 loss to Ascension Gaming. This placed Gambit in 1st place in Group A, securing them a spot in the main event qualifiers, where they lost to Taiwan's Flash Wolves 0-3 in round 2.[33]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
ELEAGUE Major 2017
Astralis
PGL Major Kraków 2017 winner
2017
Succeeded by
ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
Cloud9

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