With mousesports withdrawing from ROG Masters Gambit came into this tournament as a clear favorite to hoist the championship cup. Anything but a victory would be considered a disappointment.
Gambit managed to top group A by defeating 5Power Club and Splyce, though against the later it came down to the tiebreaker. Nevertheless, it allowed us to skip the quarterfinal stage and advance directly to the semis.
Group stage results:
Gambit [16:2] 5Power @ de_overpass
Gambit [16:13] 5Power @ de_cache
Gambit [16:19] Splyce @ de_mirage
Gambit [16:8] Splyce @ de_nuke
Gambit [16:10] Splyce @ de_mirage
In the semifinal we faced Vega Squadron. "Sharks" upset us on a map of our choice and accumulated an eight round lead on Mirage, but cracked under pressure and allowed us to tie the series and close it out in a more than a convincing fashion on Cache.
Gambit [10:16] Vega @ de_overpass
Gambit [16:12] Vega @ de_mirage
Gambit [16:1] Vega @ de_cache
The Chinese team faced the similar fate - TyLoo was in a position to win two maps, Overpass and Train, but failed capitalize on leads, whereas on Inferno they struggled even to get into double digits.
Gambit [16:14] TyLoo @ de_overpass
Gambit [16:4] TyLoo @ de_inferno
Gambit [19:16] TyLoo @ de_train
1. Gambit - $117,500
2. TyLoo - $58,800
3.-4. Vega Squadron & Grayhound - $21,350
5.-6. 5Power Club & Splyce - $8,000