AdreN, mou and HObbit used to play in one team four years earlier. It was a spontaneous and brief affair, but could they imagine then, Gambit will make them meet again? We decided to bring the guys' memories up to date and to ask them about Esports festival TECHLABS CUP KZ, which they won back in 2012 in the new for that time game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
We're proceeding with the cycle of materials, where we're recalling all the happy and sad moments, our squads were relieving throughout the year. Today we will speak about February 2016, the month, marked by the first important international triumph of CS:GO line-up of Gambit.
All the attention of the whole Esports League of Legends community is drawn to Barcelona, where from 8 to 11 December another championship for the stellar players from the whole world within All-Star is held. Unfortunately, this time the tournament will be held without CIS representatives: last week our team didn't manage to win International Wild Card All-Star and get place in the global tournament. But there was time when almost the whole European team at All-Star consisted of Gambit players, particularly All-Star Shanghai 2013.
From 9 to 12 of June CS:GO pro scene at ESL One Cologne 2016 qualifier first experienced "Swiss-system". As the group stage of the next Major tournament will be held exactly in such a format, let's recall the first successful experience of our team performing under such a system.
Why Esports is so appealing that millions of people have kept an eye on it several years in a row? No doubt that it is not only about observing top level of play, but has a lot to do with pro players' storylines. Uzi, who has twice participated in the Worlds finals but though has never become the champion, invincible Faker, Bjergsen, who was mocked at school but turned out to be one of the most popular gamers in the world. But when it comes to fans from CIS countries the most touching story is all about the story of Moscow Five, five Russian boys whose red star exploded in the universe of League of Legends, having left no one aloof. It has been long time since then, Genja and Darien quitted, Alex Ich found his new home in California, Edward in Vega Squadron, and only Diamond is still with Gambit.
Just a couple of minutes could have prevented Gambit LoL from having one of the most prominent "West vs East" series. Clean sweeps against Azubu Blaze and Frost outshine such small victories, but without them we couldn’t have achieved such a remarkable accomplishment.
To celebrate Diamondprox’s return to Gambit we are launching his individual apparel collection. "Gambit Diamondprox vs inSec T-shirt" is the first item among many. We would like to note that 50% of the profit made on sales of these items will contribute Danil directly.
We went into LCS EU Spring 2014 Playoffs as the fifth best team to face Roccat who finished fourth. In the first game of the series Roccat capitalized on taking two Barons, whereas in the second one they acquired a huge lead early and did not let go of it due to our individual mistakes. It was a convincing victory for the Poles, which meant that we had to face Copenhagen Wolves in the 5th place decider. Last year there was a lot on the line in this match, since the 5th place guaranteed a spot in the Summer Season, whereas the 6th best team had to win over one of the Challenger Series teams to regain their spot in the LCS.
Last year on March 16th Genja won an MVP vote at IEM Katowice 2014. Evgeny had a solid tournament overall, but was most impressive in his last two group stage games against WE and TPA. He accumulated 33 KDA over the course of these two games: 9/0/5 as Varus vs WE and 7/1/12 as Lucian vs TPA. His early game performance on Varus played a crucial role in withstanding WE's early pressure and buying more time for our team to gain a control of this game and to force a 28-minute surrender.
Even though we did not win our second IEM WC in Hanover, we had a solid showing, particularly during the group stage where we went undefeated. Our first game against paiN Gaming was not executed particularly well, but we were ramping us as the day went on.
Two years ago on March 3rd we won over SK Gaming during the 4th week of LCS EU. If you look at this victory in isolation, there is nothing special about it. At that point of time we had never lost to SK on LAN, therefore there was nothing really to celebrate besides scoring an additional point. As it turned out though, that victory allowed us to achieve the second longest win streak in the history of European LCS. The record did not last long as Fnatic broke it 27 days later on March 30th. One year later Alliance managed to replicate our success after an initially underwhelming showing in the beginning of the season.