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The Story Of Gambit Esports: From Youngsters To The Best Team In CS:GO

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Gambit Esports is a CIS team that is dominating the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene for over months. But the roster team came out of nowhere compared to the teams such as Team Liquid, Astralis, and even Heroic.

But how such a young and unknown player squad become the best team in the world. From the outside, it may look like a chance of playing on the online era. However, their story has been written for over a year.

Gambit Youngsters To Gambit Esports

After becoming a major winner in PGL Major Kraków 2017 featuring the legendary in-game leader Danylo Ihorovych “Zeus” Teslenko, Gambit Esports starting to fall apart one by one.

Even after the iconic players such as Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev left the roster, the organization wanted to re-build the roster with the additions of Denis “seized” Kostin and Vlаdуslаv “bondik” Nеchуроrchuk, the chemistry wasn’t there for the CIS roster.

Following the devastating results, Gambit Esports decided to put their main roster on hold in late 2019 and benched their whole lineup. In the meantime, Gambit Youngsters were performing decently in the tournaments that were put together in April.

In June, the newest member Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov to the Gambit Youngsters and added veteran player Abay “Hobbit” Khassenov to complete the roster in July 2020.

The roster consists of such talented players Timofey “interz” Yakushin, Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov, and Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov alongside Hobbit and Ax1Le. The organization saw the potential of this roster and promoted them to the main roster in October 2020.

The New Gambit Esports

Adding Hobbit as an experienced player alongside such a talented and young squad made the roster perfect for the CIS organization, and they started to show their true talent immediately.

They won their first tournament against Virtus.pro at LOOT.BET/CS Season 8, and they continued to perform well in the qualifiers. Also, they won such tournaments as Nine to Five #6 and DreamHack Open November 2020.

However, the roster has been playing and practicing together for so long that it would be unfair to think that they couldn’t beat the best teams in the world. In 2021, Gambit Esports started to do so.

At their first high-tier tournament at Intel Extreme Masters XV – World Championship, they managed to beat Virtus.pro, Mousesports, G2 Esports, and many more teams to win the trophy.

Gambit Esports is the best team in the world right now according to hltv.org world rankings.

Two months later, Gambit won the Pinnacle Cup and reached to the finals of ESL Pro League Season 13. Unfortunately, they lost another team who was building from the ashes, Heroic.

However, they managed to beat Heroic in the next tournament, BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2021, as they won their part of the bracket and qualified for the upcoming BLAST event.

Also, Gambit Esports reached out the finals of DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 once again but lost against Natus Vincere. But, they were not ready to stop even after this loss.

After winning EPIC CIS League Spring 2021 against Virtus.pro, Gambit Esports also won IEM Summer 2021 yesterday and showed the whole world that dedication and consistency are playing a key role to become the best team in the world.

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