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Edward
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Background Information
Name: Edward Abgaryan
Country of Birth: Armenia Armenia
Birthday: May 1, 1994 (1994-05-01) (age 23)
Residency: News Label - Europe.png Europe
Previous Residencies: News Label - CIS.png CIS
Competitive
Team: Vega Squadron
Role: Support
Favorite champions:    
Alternate IDs: Edward Carry (NA), GG BenQ Edward, M5 BenQ Gozu, GoSu Pepper oOo, CursED WARD, GMB Gosu Pepper
Nicknames: Thresh Prince of Armenia, The Thresh King
Peak League: DiamondLeague.png Diamond I (NA)
Peak League: ChallengerTier.png Challenger I (EU)
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Team History
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Oct 2011 - Dec 2011
Empirelogo std.png Team Empire
Dec 2011 - Jan 2013
M5logo std.png Moscow Five
Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming
Jun 2013 - Oct 2013
Crslogo std.png Team Curse
Nov 2013 - Nov 2015
GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming
Jan 2016 - Apr 2016
ROCCATlogo std.png Team ROCCAT
May 2016 - Present
Vegalogo std.png Vega Squadron
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Edward "Edward" Abgaryan is the support for Vega Squadron. He was previously known as GoSu Pepper.

Biography

Edward is an Armenian League of Legends player who lives in the city of Omsk, Russia. He lives with his parents and older brother, who happens to be a League of Legends player. [1] He has been playing LoL since the NA Open Beta. He played with against All authority and various Russian teams before meeting Alex Ich, who recruited Edward to his team at the time, Empire. After joining Empire, Edward recruited his friend Diamondprox to the team. He splits his time between LoL and his university studies.

Pre Season 2

He started making headway though in the scene when he joined Team Empire in late 2011, playing Support and using the name GoSu Pepper. The team made a large splash at IEM Season VI Qualifiers by winning it, and thereby being invited to play at IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev But just as much for making a now famed highlight vs SK Gaming, which gave birth to the famous meme and the habit of players shouting "EMPIRE!". [2]

Season 2

Edward, with the rest of Team Empire, was recruited by the organization Moscow Five in December 2011. Their first major appearance would be at the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev on January 19th, 2012. It would be here that Moscow 5 would make a name for themselves internationally, as they had little fame prior to IEM Kiev. At the event, Moscow 5 would show a dominant performance, going undefeated in group stage against Dignitas, against All authority, and Sypher. [3] Taking first by going 3-0 in the group stage, Edward and the team would advance to the playoffs where they would take the series 2-0 against SK Gaming. Moving to the finals, Moscow 5 would defeat North American powerhouse Team SoloMid 2-1, dropping their only game of the tournament against them. [4]

On January 31st, 2012, Edward and company would compete in the online Kings of Europe tournament. Once again showing their strength, they would go undefeated in the group stage, defeating SK Gaming, exGBT, and Team Mistral. [5] Advancing to the playoffs, they would go on to defeat French team Sypher 2-1 in the semifinals. By doing so, Moscow 5 would face off against European favorite Counter Logic Gaming EU in the finals, where they would fall 1-2. [6]

On March 10th, 2012, M5 would attend the IEM Season VI - World Championship in Hanover. Reproducing their results from Kiev, Moscow 5 once again went undefeated in group stage 5-0, beating SK Gaming, Curse Gaming, Team SoloMid, Sypher, and EHome. [7] Edward would play a crucial role as Support, assisting his team and helping continue their winnning streak in the playoff bracket, beating Counter Logic Gaming Prime 2-0 in the semifinals and defeating Dignitas 2-0 in the finals, to take home first place. [8] This tournament would mark a high point in Moscow 5's history, as they were able to come out of the tournament not only victorious, but able to do so while not dropping a single game throughout the entire competition.

His team's next high placing at a major tournament would be at the online Corsair Vengeance Cup. Coming out of the group stage of the tournament 2-1, Moscow 5 had a strong run in the playoffs, defeating Hauteur 8, Intent Gaming, TeamRedbyteItalia, and Meet Your Makers in the first four rounds of the playoff bracket, before falling to aAa 0-2 in the second phase of the winner's bracket, knocking the Russian team down to the loser's bracket. Moscow 5 would face off against Team SoloMid in their first match of the loser's bracket, in which the Russian team would come out victorious 2-1. They then faced and defeated SK Gaming 2-0 in the next round of the loser's bracket, which put them up to face off against aAa once again. This time the team would come out victorious, defeating aAa 2-0, and putting the team up against Counter Logic Gaming EU in the grand finals of the Corsair Vengeance Cup. Unfortunately, Moscow 5 would fall short to CLG.EU 0-2, losing to the team once again in a finals setting, taking home second place. [9]

On June 16, Edward and comrades would attend DreamHack Summer 2012 after taking second in the online qualifiers. Moscow 5 would take second in the group stage, going 2-1, defeating Absolute Legends and Mebdi's Minions, but losing to Counter Logic Gaming EU. Advancing to the semifinals, Moscow 5 would face off against Curse Gaming EU, where the Russian team was able to come out ahead 2-0, advancing them to the grand finals of DreamHack Summer 2012. In the finals, Moscow 5 would play against familiar opponent, Counter Logic Gaming EU, where they would fall 0-2. [10]

Edward and Moscow 5 attended European Challenger Circuit: Poland after qualifying online with a 2-0 victory over CLG.EU, sending them to the loser's bracket. This would mean that the teams would meet again in the group stage, where Moscow 5 took second place, going 2-1 by defeating EloHell and Ocelote World while losing a game to CLG.EU. In the semifinals, Moscow 5 had a strong showing, defeating Curse EU 2-0, achieving a perfect 15-0 score in the second game. In the finals, Moscow 5 would meet their rivals CLG.EU once again. After having a 0-4 record against them in lan events, Edward and his team were able to claim their revenge with a commanding 2-0 victory making them the ECC Poland champions. [11]

As one of the eight European invitees for the Season Two Regional Finals - Cologne, Moscow Five would fly to Germany for a chance to qualify for the Season 2 World Championship. Matched up against the recently formed Polish team EloHell, Moscow Five would take a 2-0 victory to advance to the second round of the playoffs. There, Moscow Five was able to come out victorious against Fnatic in a close 2-1 win, qualifying for the Season 2 World Championship in Los Angeles and advancing to the grand finals of the tournament. Continuing their dominant performance, Edward would help win the finals 2-0 against SK Gaming. [12]

At the Season 2 World Championship in October, Edward and his teammates were considered by many analysts and professionals to be the favorites coming into the event. [13] They were given a bye through the group stage and were selected to face Invictus Gaming in their quarterfinal match. Although iG consistently pressured M5's early game and won the laning phase, the Russian squad was able to overcome their deficits in the midgame and take the series 2-0. Advancing to face the Taipei Assassins in the semifinals, M5 continued their dominant form in the first game of the match and quickly secured game one. However, TPA matched M5's aggression in the next two games and successfully turned the series around. The Taiwanese team took the set 2-1, and Moscow Five was forced to settle for 3rd-4th place and $150,000.

Pre-Season 3

After the Season 2 Championships, Edward's team would attend the European tournament Tales of the Lane from October 27th through November 11th, 2012. They would emerge as first in their group stage 3-1, with wins against Curse EU, Eclypsia and MYM, but losing to the hungry IWantCookie. They were granted seeding directly into the semi-finals due to their placing in the group stages. On November 11th M5 would travel to Paris to compete in the offline portions of the tournament. There they would face an upset from Curse EU, losing 0-2, knocking them into the 3rd place match. They would finish the tournament with a sweep of SK Gaming, taking 3rd and €5,000 in winnings.

On November 22nd, 2012, Moscow 5 had the great opportunity to fly to Shanghai to attend the TGA Winter 2012 event. While not contestants in the tournament itself, the team would look to boost their popularity with the Chinese tour, doing photo ops, fan signings and Mandarin greeting videos[14][15]. M5 also played two show matches against WE and iG, winning against both. They would leave China on November 27th, flying directly to Las Vegas to attend IPL 5.

On Day 1 of the IPL event, Edward and M5 would advance through the group stages by defeating Curse Gaming twice and dropping a game to world champions, Taipei Assassins. They would then face World Elite, who they scrimmed against heavily in Shanghai. However, WE would rout the Russian team 2-0, dropping them to the losers bracket. M5 would then defeat the tournament favorites, Korean powerhouse Azubu Blaze in a close 3 game series. M5 would get a chance to avenge their loss in the Season 2 World Championship against TPA in round 5. Despite Alex Ich amassing an amazing 538 creep score and leading in gold to the very end of the game, M5 would still fall to the Taiwanese team in game 1, and lose again to Stanley on Nidalee in game 2, making it five consecutive loses to TPA. M5 would finish the tournament in 4th place and earn $3,000 in winnings.

On January 10th, 2013, resultant of the arrest of Moscow Five's CEO in July of the previous year, leaving, the entire roster was released from the eSports organization as it went defunct due to lack of funding.[16][17]

Formation of Gambit

Four days later, on January 14th, it was announced that Gambit Gaming had acquired Edward and the rest of the former M5 roster.

Pre-Season 3

Marking their first appearance in an offline event as Gambit Gaming, in late January of 2013, the Russian team would compete in IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice as one of the eight qualified teams. Gambit Gaming would go 1-2 in the group stage, winning against MYM, while losing to Curse Gaming EU as well as Azubu Blaze. Because of this, the round robin had a tie of MYM, Gambit, and Curse Gaming EU, who all went 1-2. A time coefficient was used to break the tie, giving Gambit Gaming a spot in the semi-finals. Edward would help his team, the underdogs, to defeat Azubu Frost 2-0, then go on to take first place by knocking out Frost's brother team, Azubu Blaze who they had lost to in the group stage. Gambit Gaming took home $15,000 USD (~11,609 Euros) as well as a direct seed into IEM World Championship.

Season 3

Spring EU LCS

Having qualified as Moscow Five, Edward and company would compete in the Riot's new professional league for Season 3, the European Season 3 League of Legends Championship Series. Gambit would be a highly respected threat throughout the 10 week Spring league, being one of the most feared teams to play against, with Edward making exciting plays on his notable hook champions,  Thresh and  Blitzcrank. They would complete the European Spring LCS Split in 2nd place, with a record of 21-7. This ensured their LCS spot for the summer split portion of the league. They would then take second place in the Season 3 EU Spring Playoffs, losing 2-3 to Fnatic.

IEM World Championship

Gambit with Edward attended the IEM Season VII - World Championship in Hannover, Germany held in March. The team dominated their group, going an undefeated 5-0, placing them in the semi-finals. They then faced CJ Entus Frost and lost the set 2-1, knocking Gambit out of the tournament, the team finishing in 3rd.

MLG Winter Championship

The Russian players were then invited to play in an international exhibition at 2013 MLG Winter Championship, playing first against American Team Dignitas who they beat 2-0, by constantly pressuring their opponent. Gambit then faced Korean top contender KT Rolster B in the exhibition finals but were unable to secure 1st place, losing 2-1.

LCS All Stars

In April, Edward, with teammates "Alex Ich","Diamondprox" and "Genja" were publicly voted to represent their respective lane positions on the Europe LCS All Star team, to compete at All-Star Shanghai 2013, playing against the world's best All Star teams, chosen in the same fashion. However, due to a rule stating that only 3 members of any given team could be inducted onto the all star team, Genja was replaced as AD Carry by Evil Geniuses' Yellowpete. The team's top lane was sOAZ from Fnatic. The EU LCS first faced off against heavy favorites Korean OGN Champions, and despite good early gameplay from jungler Diamondprox, the Korean team overtook them in a 2-0 set. Their next opponent was their sibling league, the North America LCS. Both teams played an explosive two games of up and down fighting however, NA LCS ended up being the victor, knocking the EU LCS out of the tournament.

Summer NA LCS

A few days before Summer EU LCS started, Edward would leave Gambit Gaming, stating, "First of all, the main reason for such an end, is misunderstandings between me and Genja. Despite the fact that we played together for more than one year, we didn't fit well with each other. Secondly, I don't like the current atmosphere in the team, after a few bad results in a row. Due to these factors I have decided to leave the team." [18] Soon after, it was announced that Edward would be joining North American Team Curse in their starting lineup, to play in the NA LCS for summer, being the first player to participate in both NA and EU LCS. [19]

Despite the acquisition of Edward, Curse had a shaky Summer season, fighting hard to stay in the middle of the pack. They did end the season in a 4th place spot, going into NA LCS Summer Playoffs. They first faced off against Team Dignitas and even though they won their first game in a dominating fashion, they lost the next ones, losing 1-2. They then had to play CLG for the 5th spot decider. Curse was unable to best them in the set, losing 0-2, and were sent to play for their spot in the Season 4 Spring Promotion, though Edward would leave before this.

2014 Season

After his departure from Team Curse, Edward planned to return to the EU LCS. [20] He eventually did so, by rejoining his former team Gambit Gaming on the 7th of November.[21]

Edward made his comeback to Gambit at IEM Cologne. The team did not lose a single game at the tournament, beating Cloud9 in their semifinal matchup and Fnatic in the grand final.

His next tournament back with Gambit Gaming was the IEM World Championship. The team perfomed well, but were knocked out in the semifinals by KT Rolster Bullets.

The Spring Split was a slight disappointment for Gambit. Despite Edward's convincing displays on  Thresh and  Annie, the team only managed a 5th place finish in the split. This was a fall from Gambit's high standards, but still meant that they had a spot in the Spring Playoffs. Edward and the team only ended up coming 5th in the tournament after losing to Team ROCCAT in the quarterfinals.

Alex Ich's departure from Gambit ultimately meant that the Summer Split would be worse for the team than the spring split. Gambit struggled throughout, and the team finished in 7th place, meaning that they would have to fight for their LCS status in the Spring Promotion. Edward and Gambit held on to their place in the LCS, beating SK Gaming Prime in their promotion match-up.

2015 Season

Due to being fan-voted in, Edward and Gambit Gaming took their place at IEM Cologne. They managed to win the tournament after beating Counter Logic Gaming in the final.

Gambit Gaming had a successful Spring Split, finishing 4th in the regular season, partially thanks to Edward's impressive performances on  Thresh and  Morgana in particular. The team's regular season performance meant that they would be playing in the Spring Playoffs. They were beaten 3-1 by Unicorns Of Love in the playoff quarterfinals.

Due to their 1st place finish at IEM Cologne, the team were invited to compete at the IEM Season IX - World Championship. After a Round 1 loss against the CJ Entus, Edward and Gambit Gaming were knocked out of the tournament, losing to Team WE in Round 1 of the losers bracket.

After changing his name back to GoSu Pepper, he and the team had an unsuccessful Summer Split, eventually finishing the regular season in 8th place. This meant that Gambit Gaming would be playing in the 2016 Spring Promotion. GoSu Pepper and the team faced mousesports, winning the series and securing their place in the 2016 Spring Season.

2016 Preseason

GoSu Pepper announced his free agency in November 2015, leaving Gambit for the second time (the first being summer 2013).

Trivia

  • Edward is known for making support  Nunu popular. His Nunu ultimate against SK and other impressive performances strongly contributed to this.
    • The clip above popularized the League term "Empire", in which a  Nunu ults in a bush to do an insane amount of damage to multiple enemies (TheOddOne's Empire)
  • He has a very high opinion of  Sona and even calls her "perfect", due to the damage, ability to heal and utility that she offers.
  • Known for being bad-mannered towards his opponents, but has changed his behavior as of late.
  • His first League of Legends nickname was "Immortalrus"
  • Started playing League of Legends on the NA server.
  •  Thresh became his new favorite support champion when he was released, and Edward was dubbed "The Thresh Prince" for his skill with the champion.
  • Known for his aggressive playstyle and often getting more kills than his carry, earning him the name "Support Carry".
  • Trolled the community about his return to Gambit Gaming after he left Team Curse in early October [22], but then actually returned to Gambit Gaming on 7th of November.
  • Stated the first champion he ever mastered was Janna.
  • Used Amumu and Kennen support in professional matches

Achievements

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
2015
Date Event Result
2015-09-05 2016 EU LCS Spring Promotion Qualified.png Gambit Gaming GambitLogo std.png 3 : 0 Mousesportlogo std.png mousesports

Highlights

Interviews

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

Articles

Player Content

External Links

Gallery

References

  1. Edward interview in2lol.com
  2. League of Legends ~ #03 - Empire's Epic Combo Vs. SK Gaming youtube.com
  3. IEM Kiev 2012 Group Stage Results esl-world.net
  4. IEM Kiev 2012 Playoff Results esl-world.net
  5. Kings of Europe 2012 Group A Results fnatic.com
  6. Kings of Europe 2012 Playoff Results fnatic.com
  7. IEM Hannover 2012 Group Results esl-world.net
  8. IEM Hannover 2012 Playoff Results esl-world.net
  9. Corsair Vengeance Cup 2012 Playoff Results vengeance-cup.corsair.com
  10. Dreamhack 2012 Results tournaments.leaugeoflegends.com
  11. ECC:Poland 2012 Results tournaments.leagueoflegends.com
  12. IEM Gamescom 2012 Results esl.tv
  13. ggChronicle Power Rankings ggchronicle.com
  14. M5.BenQ's World Tour
  15. M5中国表演赛前训练视频:用中文向大家问好
  16. Moscow Five Releases League of Legends Team English moscowfive.ru
  17. Moscow Five Releases League of Legends Team Russian moscowfive.ru
  18. Gambit Gaming Facebook Post facebook.com
  19. Team Curse Adds Edward with teamcurse.net
  20. Edward Facebook Post facebook.com
  21. Interview with Gambit's new support
  22. [1]