There is no easy way to say it, but our organization won't be taking part in the upcoming season of LCS Spring 2016. During this off-season we were considering our further development options and in the end had to settle for a sale of our LCS spot. We ended up signing a deal with Team Vitality, who will assume our spot in LCS Spring 2016. Team Vitality is a French eSports organization, very well-known in the european console scene. This will be their first PC team, we would like to wish them luck in their new venture.
After the conclusion of the current competitive cycle one of our main tasks was to make a decision whether or not we want to continue playing with our current roster. On the one hand, we are overall satisfied with performance and commitment to practice of players individually. On the other hand, even in the end of the split our results in certain games resumed to be unsatisfactory. Eventually our head coach and management agreed upon removing Konstantinos "FORG1VEN" Tzortziou from our starting line-up and moving him to a substitute position.
Due to the fact that FORG1VEN has to miss two more LCS games, we decided to field a single AD Carry player for our upcoming match against Mousesports. In our view it is better to commit to a practice with a single player instead of splitting the practice time between the two of them.
In spite of us having three substitute AD Carries, unfortunately, none of them will be able to replace FORG1VEN this week. The Management of Winterfox insisted on P1noy participating in the final NA CS game and thus making him unable to arrive to Berlin on time. Team Imagine denied our request to borrow Steelback altogether, whereas Genja cannot aid us due to personal reasons.
Amaury "Moopz" Minguerche, Pierre "Steelback" Medjaldi and Karim "ImSoFresh" Bbahla join Gambit Gaming as substitutes. In accordance with an LCS ruling, earlier this week each team competing in the LCS had to finalize their starting line-ups as well as substitute players. Each team is allowed to use only these players until the conclusion of the current competitive circuit that includes: the remaining two weeks of LCS, Summer Split playoffs and Worlds.
We are glad to announce that Kévin "Shaunz" Ghanbarzadeh will be joining Gambit Gaming as a Head Coach on a full-time basis. During his time with us we were able to confirm that he is the kind of coach we are looking for. Kévin has a great work attitude, leads our players by example, reinforces good wor environment, plays a crucial role in our strategic in-game development and is even working overtime.
Before we get to Kévin we would like to thank everyone who has applied for a coaching position. We received more than 150 applications from all over the world, including countries like Canada, the US and Australia. Our applicants have very diverse backgrounds, such as teachers, sports psychologists, managers and psychotherapists. We narrowed this list down to a dozen candidates for a further evaluation. They have participated in our scrimmages with a purpose of finding out what kind of feedback and guidance they are able to provide. Based on an input in this process we decided to elect Kévin as our primary candidate due to his high degree of professionalism and game knowledge, as well as his ability to approach players.
Going into the Summer split of LCS our team decided to make a single roster change. Kristoffer "P1noy" Pedersen is relegated to a substitute position, whereas his place on the team will be assumed by Konstantinos "FORG1VENGRE" Tzortziou.
While we are looking for potential candidates for a Head Coach position at Gambit Gaming among our peers in the League of Legends pro gaming community, we would also like to provide a chance for everyone interested to apply.
Lately there have been rumours of our organization acquiring a secondary team to compete in the Challenger Series. Even though it is ultimately not true, we understand why these rumours exist and would like to address them in this statement.
Even though in the beginning of this year we signed Jordan "Leviathan" Thwaites as a Head Coach for both splits in 2015, we decided to terminate his contract after our disappointing performance in the playoffs. The results and more importantly the development of our team over the course of the Spring split are overall unsatisfactory. As of now, we have not found a suitable replacement, therefore finding a new Head Coach is our primary goal during the mid-season. We would like to thank Jordan for his efforts and we wish him luck in his future endeavours. It is valid to note that our loss in playoffs came down to questionable decision making in certain scenarios, as well as individual misplays. Having said that, we have faith in our players' ability to compete with the top European teams and achieve the ultimate goal of qualifying for Season 5 World Championship.
Gambit Gaming's former Top Laner Evgeny "Darien" Mazaev decided to return to his original team after a prolonged break from the competitive scene. Even though The Swag Lord hasn't been playing professionally since July 2014, he has been actively grinding games in SoloQ. A couple of days ago he realized that we cannot replicate our former success without his intervention.
When we recruited Betsy two weeks ago to temporarily replace niQ, we did not expect him to perform the way he did. He got a lot of attention for his performance and an impressive KDA on Ahri against Fnatic, but we did not want to jump to conclusions prematurely. This week we scored two more victories and extended our win streak to seven games, whereas Betsy continued to perform at the highest level. At that point it became apparent that we must at least weigh our options and seriously consider having him on our starting line-up.
Even though Sebastian "niQ" Robak has already returned to our gaming house, our team and management agreed upon not fielding him to our matches against Copenhagen Wolves and Roccat this week. Sebastian hasn't played a single game for the past ten days, therefore we find it more appropriate to provide him an opportunity to regain his shape until he will resume practicing with the rest of our team once we conclude our games during the sixth week of LCS EU Spring. It means that for the second week in a row our starting Mid Laner is going to be Felix "Betsy" Edling.