This article is part of a series aimed at introducing the teams that are going to play at the ELEAGUE Major Boston. To see profiles of other teams, click on the images at the bottom of the article.
The ELEAGUE Major Boston is going to be the first tournament to feature a new structure where the Offline Qualifier is played under the umbrella of the Major instead of it being a separate event. We have discussed all teams participating in the Qualifier and it’s now time to discuss the lucky few to go straight to the Main Event.
Gambit is one of these teams that don’t enter the top level tournaments as often as other teams like SK Gaming, but when they do, they tend to do at least okay. In PGL Major Krakow, the team outdid themselves and finally achieved what their IGL at the time, Daniil “Zeus” Teslenko, has been striving for for years, a Major title.
Even though Zeus left Gambit to go back to Natus Vincere following the Krakow win, Gambit wasn’t a team ruined after that. They brought in Bektiyar “fitch” Bahytov, signed Abay “HObbit” Khassenov properly and went on to reach the Semifinals of DreamHack Masters Malmo.
Gambit is unlikely to win ELEAGUE Major Boston, just as they were unlikely to win Krakow. To get the title, they needed a pretty lucky draw of matchups. They would need that to win this time as well. Still, they may make it into the Playoffs once again, especially if some top teams perform below expectations.
Aside from HObbit and fitch, Gambit is led by Mikhail “Dosia” Stolyarov, Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev and Rustem “mou” Telepov. This is a very solid lineup, limited by the players’ nationalities. If, for example, the players were French or Swedish, they could be playing in much bigger teams.
Dosia and mou, as well as HObbit, are probably the strongest players on the team and can pull off some incredible rounds against the best competition from all around the world. In the end, however, teams like SK Gaming, Astralis and FaZe Clan would win against them more in a 100 map series, which is why we’re not putting Gambit into our list of the teams likeliest to win the whole event.
Gambit has played 96 maps with their current roster in 2017, winning 54 and losing 42. They did it with 9,047 kills to 8,763 deaths and a K/D Ratio of 1.03, which is honestly not something to really write home about.
Their strongest map is Mirage, hands down. They hold a 15-6 record on it and it’s their second most played map. The most played map, Train, is a bit less successful for Gambit, they hold a record of 13-14 on it. Aside from their 5-6 Overpass and 2-4 Cobblestone, Gambit hold winning records on all other maps. This tendency of theirs to focus on few maps could be an exploitable weakness at the Major. Especially with the increased caliber of players they will face at the event compared to their usual fare.
Since their Major victory and the resulting roster changes, Gambit hasn’t won any events except for ROG MASTERS 2017 Grand Finals. They finished in the Top 4 of DreamHack Masters Malmo, in the 5-6th place at ESG Tour Mykonos, 7-8th at EPICENTER 2017, 5-6th at IEM Oakland and 3-4th DreamHack Open Winter 2017.