From domination in European LoL through legendary CS:GO Major victory to world’s best talents in Fortnite.
© - Riot Games Russia, 2019
Our history begins with a star studded League of Legends line-up: Darien, Diamondprox, Alex_Ich, Genja and Edward. Less than a week after our foundation this legendary squad won IEM Global Challenge Katowice. On our way to the title we became the first non-Asian team to eliminate two top squads from South Korea.
In March we finished third at IEM World Championship in Hanover, having dropped only a single match. We finished top 3 twice in LCS Euroleague that was based in Cologne. Our first year concluded with a victory at IEM Cologne.
In March Gambit LoL finished third at IEM World Championship in Katowice. Alexey «Alex_Ich» Ichetovkin left us upon the conclusion of LCS Spring, whereas Evgeny «Darien» Mazaev and Evgeny «Genja» Andryushin retired in summer. They were replaced by players from Europe, therefore for the first time in our history English became our primary language for internal communication instead of Russian.
The loss of crucial players and the change of language did not stop Gambit LoL from winning IEM Cologne two years in a row. This tournament was the fifth IEM event in a row where we finished top 3: this result let our League squad earn an unofficial title «Masters of Intel Extreme Masters».
2015 was a crucial year in the history of our organization — we made a decision to become multigaming. Our first step towards this goal was a launch of Counter-Strike: Global offensive division and recruitment of Dosia, AdreN, mou, hooch and wayLander.
At the end of 2015 Gambit LoL left LCS Euroleague to concentrate efforts on CIS region.
It took Gambit CS:GO only one attempt to qualify for their first Major in Columbus, at the next one in Cologne we finished top 8 and secured «Legend» status.
In October our CS:GO lineup underwent historic changes: AdreN, mou and Dosia were joined by Abay «HObbit» Khassenov and Daniil «Zeus» Teslenko.
2017 was the most successful year in our history.
In the first half of 2017 Gambit CS:GO retained «Legend» status at Major in Atlanta, finished second at cs_summit in Los Angeles and won DreamHack Austin. But the real triumph took place in July: having won PGL Major Krakow, we became the first and to this day the only CIS team that managed to claim this title. One-and-a-half months later we finished third at DreamHack Masters World Championship in Malmö, whereas in December we won ROG Masters. HObbit and AdreN made it to HLTV’s top 20 players of 2017 list. On top of that Abay Khassenov won «Rookie of the year» award at Esports Industry Awards.
In April we launched FIFA division and signed one of the most accomplished Russian players Andrey «Timon» Gurev. During his first year in Gambit Andrey won three national championships and secured multiple top 3 finishes at international events. In August he became the first Russian over the past seven years to qualify to FIFA World Championship, where he finished top 8 in PS4 division. At the end of the year Timon won «Gentleman of the year» award presented by «Komsomolskaya Pravda» newspaper and Department of Sport and Tourism of the City of Moscow.
In Summer we formed the most successful core of players (PvPStejos, Diamondprox, Kira and Edward) in LCL that together with Blasting won LCL Summer and qualified for League of Legends World Championship.
In May we established a Dota 2 division by signing Daxak, Cooman, chshrct, Bignum and ALWAYSWANNAFLY.
In January of 2018 a deal was concluded and as a result our club became a part of an ecosystem of Russian telecommunication company MTS.
2018 was a year when our League of Legends squad dominated the CIS scene. We won two LCL titles, finished first at LCL Open Cup and top 8 at MSI World Championship.
Gambit CS:GO secured bronze medals at DreamHack Masters World Championships in Marseille and New York. Apart from that we finished third at three international tournaments: DreamHack Open Tours, DreamHack Open Summer and IEM Shanghai.
In August we launched Fortnite division and signed Yan «fwexY» Kaur and Patrick «Pate1k» Zakhrachenko.
In 2019 we paid special attention to acquiring up-and-coming talents and decreasing the average age of our players.
Updated Dota 2 line-up with Artsiom «fng» Barshak at the helm secured silver medals at ESL One World Championships in Katowice and Hamburg and a bronze medal at ONE Esports in Singapore. Having finished second at minors in Bucharest and Kyiv and top 8 at Major in Moscow during DPC 2018-19 season we were only one step away from qualifying for the main tournament of the year — The International in Shanghai.
In Spring of 2019 we increased our presence in Fortnite by signing multiple players. Yan «fwexY» Kaur and Mark «letw1k3» Danilov qualified for World Championship in New York and earned $100,000 each there. In August fwexy and letw1k3 won European Fortnite Champion Series 1 Championship, whereas in December letw1k3 finished third at European Winter Royale Championship.
Two Gambit FIFA players faced each other in the final of Moscow Cyber Cup: Artem «Xal» Khalilov overcame Andrey «Timon» Gurev. On top of that Xal won Nickel Cup and Timon secured first place at Russian FIFA Cup.
Gambit LoL secured two bronze medals in LCL and won LCL Open Cup.
In August we launched Apex Legends division by signing Sunset, Artyco and siigN. We had a successful run at our very first LAN in this discipline by making it to the final of a tournament in Krakow.
Gambit Youngsters had their best stretch thus far: over the course of three weeks in July and August we won five online tournaments and 30 maps in a row. At the end of July we were reunited with one of the Krakow Major champions and Gambit Hall of Fame member Abay «Hobbit» Khassenov. Having become a steady top 30 team in the world we got rid of Youngsters tag and this squad became our primary CS:GO line-up. By the end of the year we won five more tournaments and accomplished our main goal this year — became a top 15 team in the world.
Ilya «Toose» Chernyshov won two European Platform Cash Cup tournaments and was the best performing Fortnite player from CIS in the summer. By the end of the year Toose and letw1k3 were the only club mates from our region to qualify for four finals of the largest European events.
Gambit Apex Legends was a top 3 team in Europe by the end of 2020. We were the highest ranked European squad for 18 weeks.
Gambit LoL claimed bronze medals in LCL Spring and LCL Open Cup. Going into the Summer Split we made a decision to rebuild a team around Gambit’s legendary player Danil «Diamondprox» Reshetnikov. We finished second in LCL Summer, only one step away from qualifying for the World Championship in Shanghai. Danil left the team upon the conclusion of the 2020 competitive cycle.
We launched the Valorant division in September. The team managed two win two events and claim bronze medal at the CIS championship.
In March Olzhas «zhasik» Yessentayev won Kazakhstan national FIFA championship, in May this division was closed.
In February we announced a partnership with AS Monaco FC. Our rosters in Fortnite and Dota 2 began playing under AS Monaco Gambit (ASM.GMB) tag.
At the end of February AS Monaco Gambit Dota 2 qualified for Major in Singapore at the first attempt through regional qualifiers.
At the end of February our CS:GO squad won IEM Katowice World Championship, having overcome six top 20 rated teams in the world over the course of the tournament. Team’s sniper Dmitrii «sh1r0» Sokolov won his first MVP award. In April Gambit CS:GO finished second at ESL Pro League XIII. This time Sergey «Ax1Le» Rykhtorov was acknowledged as tournament MVP. On April 12 our organization for the first time in its history became the best in the world in two of the most prestigious rankings by HLTV.org and ESL.
At the beginning of March Gambit Apex won ALGS Winter #4, qualified for ALGS Winter Playoffs and reclaimed the first spot in European leaderboard.
At the end of March Gambit Valorant became the first team in CIS to win VCT Masters. We did it without dropping a single map over the course of the tournament!