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Gambit Gaming
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Team Information
LocationUnited Kingdom

Gambit Gaming is a European Esports organization formed in January 2013 after the acquisition of the previous roster of Moscow Five [1] and is a respected team throughout the world especially in Korea for Gambit Gaming is one of the only Western teams to take games off of Korean teams


Formation of Gambit Gaming

On January 10th, the now-defunct e-Sports organization Moscow Five released their League of Legends roster, due the arrest of Moscow Five's CEO in July of the previous year, which left the organization with a lack of funding.[2][3] Four days later, on January 14th, it was announced that Gambit Gaming had acquired the former M5 roster.[1]

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 and Azubu Blaze. Because of this, the round robin had a tie between 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. Gambit Gaming, as the underdogs, would defeat Azubu Frost 2-0, then go on to take first place by knocking out Korean powerhouse 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 the IEM World Championship.

Season 3

Spring EU LCS

Having qualified as Moscow Five, Gambit Gaming would compete in the European Season 3 League of Legends Championship Series. Gambit would be a highly respected threat throughout Spring, being one of the most feared teams to play. 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 in the final.

IEM World Championship & MLG Winter Championship

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

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

LCS All Stars

In April, Gambit Gaming players Danil "Diamondprox" Reshetnikov, Aleksei "Alex Ich" Ichetovkin, Evgeny "Genja" Andryushin, and Edward "Edward" Abgaryan were publicly voted to represent their respective positions on the Europe LCS All Star team, to compete at All-Star Shanghai 2013 and play against the world's best All Star teams, chosen in the same fashion. However, a rule stating that only 3 members of any team, could be inducted onto the team caused Genja to be 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 although good early game play from jungler Diamondprox looked promising for the team, the Koreans overtook them in a 2-0 set. Their next opponent was from 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 EU LCS

A few days before Summer EU LCS started, long time support player Edward would leave the team, stating "First of all, the main reason of such end is misunderstandings between me and Genja. Despite to the fact that we played together for more than one year we didn't fit to each other. Secondly, I don't like the current atmosphere in the team after few bad results in a row. Due to these factors I have decided to leave the team." [4]

Edward was then replaced by Darker who eventually lost his spot to Voidle, who was then released on November 4th.

On August 17th, Gambit Gaming would finish the Summer Split tied up for 2nd place, at 15-13, along with Fnatic, Evil Geniuses and Ninjas in Pyjamas. However they managed to secure a 4th place finish after losing the tie breaker against Evil Geniuses, going on to defeat Ninjas in Pyjamas in the losers bracket then losing again to Evil Geniuses in the deciders match, which granted Gambit Gaming a spot on the Summer Playoffs.

Gambit would then play against Ninjas in Pyjamas in the Summer Playoffs, defeating them 2-0 and advancing to the Semifinals where they would lose 0-2 against Lemondogs, dropping the 3rd Place Match to face Evil Geniuses, in a match that decided the third team that would represent Europe in the Season 3 World Championship. Gambit was victorious and claimed the win over Evil Geniuses, 2-1.

Season 3 World Championship

Gambit was placed into a tough group with fellow European rivals Fnatic, North American third seed Team Vulcun, Korean OGN Spring Winners Samsung Galaxy Ozone and Filipino champions Mineski. They earned an undefeated 3-0 their first day of the group stage, looking extremely strong as Europe's third seed. Gambit continued to play solidly throughout the groups, finishing in a tie for 2nd place with Samsung Galaxy Ozone at 5-3. In a close tiebreaker game against the Korean team, Gambit emerged victorious and advanced to the playoffs with fellow European competitor Fnatic.

Gambit faced off against the Korean first seed NaJin Black Sword in the quarterfinals. NaJin Black Sword was called a "dark horse threat" by caster MonteCristo since they had not competed in the previous two months and had recently replaced their starting mid laner, SSONG, with substitute player Nagne. After winning the first game, Gambit succumbed to the Koreans 1-2 in a close match, thus being eliminated from the tournament and taking home seventh place.

2014 Season

Gambit's first tournament in the new season was the IEM World Championship. The team perfomed well, but were knocked out in the semifinals by KT Rolster Bullets.

Spring EU LCS

The Spring Split was a slight disappointment for Gambit. Also, due to visa issues, Darien, Diamondprox, Alex Ich, and Genja were unable to play in the 6th week of the Spring Season. Zorozero, Hulberto, Nukeduck, and fury III substituted for Top, Jungle, Mid, and ADC respectively. [5] 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. The team ended up coming in 5th in the tournament, after losing to Team ROCCAT in the quarterfinals.

Summer EU LCS

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, with Darien, Diamondprox and Genja becoming subsitutes for periods over the the split. The team finished in 7th place, meaning that they would have to fight for their LCS status in the Spring Promotion. With Krislund substituting for Genja, Gambit held on to their place in the LCS, beating SK Gaming Prime in their promotion matchup.

2015 Preseason

On November 5th Gambit announced that Cabochard was joining the team as the new top laner,[6] dispelling rumors of a potential return to the team by Alex Ich in the toplane position. Two days later the team announced that Krislund was permanently joining the team as the starting AD carry. At the same time, he switched his ID to P1noy.[7] After these two additions, the starting roster going into the 2015 season was Cabochard, Diamondprox, niQ, P1noy, and EDward.

Gambit was one of the fan-voted teams to IEM Cologne, along with Team Dignitas and Counter Logic Gaming. They won the tournament after beating Counter Logic Gaming in the final. At the start of the 2015 EU LCS Spring Split, Gambit moved into a gaming house in Berlin.[8]

2015 Season

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 CJ Entus, Gambit Gaming were knocked out of the tournament, losing to Team WE in Round 1 of the losers bracket. Domestically, they finished fourth in the spring LCS round robin and then tied for fifth with Copenhagen Wolves in the playoffs after a quarterfinal loss to Unicorns Of Love. After the playoffs, the team released Leviathan from his position as head coach, citing commitment issues in the latter half of the season.[9]

Gambit Gaming had an unsuccessful Summer Split. After a rocky early start to the season and a combined 0-4 record in the first two weeks, Gambit improved to fifth place after 8 weeks, largely thanks to the coaching of Shaunz. At one point the team had the potential of finishing as high as fourth. However, going into the last week of the split, FORG1VEN received a four-game-long penalty from Riot as the result of toxic behavior in soloqueue.[10] Moopz subbed in as the team's AD carry for the last 2 games of the split. Losing these 2 games, the team finished the regular season in 8th place, meaning that they would be playing in the 2016 Spring Promotion. The team faced mousesports, winning the series and securing their place in the 2016 Spring Season.

2016 Preseason

On December 9th, 2015, Gambit Gaming announced that Team Vitality had purchased their 2016 LCS slot and that all remaining members of the team were leaving.[11]



To read about Moscow Five history (December 2011 - January 2013), click here.




Player Roster


Temporary Subs


|Greece FORG1VEN |2015 League Championship Series Europe Summer Week 9 |-

|Poland niQ |2015 League Championship Series Europe Spring Week 5 & 6 |-

|Template:None |2015 Season EU LCS Spring Promotion |-

|Template:None |2014 Season League Championship Series Europe Summer Week 8 & 9 |-

  • loulex, Jungle. Nationality: fr.

|Template:None |2014 Season League Championship Series Europe Summer Week 8 |-

|Russia Darien |rowspan=4|2014 Season League Championship Series Europe Summer Week 5 |-

  • loulex, Jungle. Nationality: fr.

|Russia Diamondprox |-

|Russia Genja |-

|Armenia Edward |-

  • niQ, Mid. Nationality: pl.

|Template:None |2014 Season League Championship Series Europe Summer Week 1 & 2 |-

|Russia Darien |rowspan=4|2014 Season League Championship Series Europe Spring Week 6 |-

|Russia Diamondprox |-

|Russia Alex Ich |-

|Russia Genja |-

|Russia Darker |Season 3 League Championship Series Europe Summer Week 7 |-

|Russia Darien |Season 3 League Championship Series Europe Summer Week 3 |-

|Template:None |DreamHack Summer 2013
Season 3 League Championship Series Europe Summer Week 1 & 2



Player LCS Participation

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  • groove, General Manager. Nationality: ru.

|- |Russia | Moo |Dmitry Sukhanov |Manager/Analyst |ROCCATlogo std.png Team ROCCAT

|- |France | Vae |Romain Chanu |Analyst |VITlogo std.png Team Vitality |- |USA | iVillain |William Hoag |Head Analyst |Template:None |- |Canada | Leviathan |Jordan Thwaites |Head Coach |FFGlogo std.png Frank Fang Gaming |}

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-09-05 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2016 EU LCS Spring Promotion 3 : 0 Mouzlogo std.png mousesports
2015-07-24 LCS logo 25x25.png A88th 2015 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 7 : 11 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2015-04-05 LCS logo 25x25.png A55 - 6th 2015 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 1 : 3 UOLlogo std.png Unicorns Of Love
2015-03-27 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th 2015 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 10 : 8 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2015-03-13 Esltumbnail.png A77 - 8th IEM Season IX - World Championship 0 : 2 Blanklogo std.png Not found $ 2,500
2014-12-21 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Season IX - Cologne 3 : 1 CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming $ 12,500
2014-09-10 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2015 EU LCS Spring Promotion 3 : 1 SK Primelogo std.png SK Gaming Prime
2014-07-31 LCS logo 25x25.png A77th 2014 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 8 : 20 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2014-04-16 LCS logo 25x25.png A55th 2014 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2 : 1 CHWLogo std.png Copenhagen Wolves
2014-04-03 LCS logo 25x25.png A55th 2014 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 14 : 14 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2014-03-15 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VIII - World Championship 0 : 2 KT Alogo std.png KT Rolster Bullets $ 14,000
2013-11-24 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Season VIII - Cologne 2 : 0 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic $ 18,500
2013-09-23 RpPoints.png A55 - 8th Season 3 World Championship 1 : 2 NJBSlogo std.png NaJin Black Sword $ 75,000
2013-08-25 LCS logo 25x25.png A33rd LCS EU Season 3 Summer Playoffs 2 : 1 EGlogo std.png Evil Geniuses $ 15,000
2013-08-17 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th LCS EU Season 3 Summer Regular Season 15 : 13 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2013-04-28 LCS logo 25x25.png A22nd LCS EU Season 3 Spring Playoffs 2 : 3 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic $ 25,000
2013-04-21 LCS logo 25x25.png A22nd LCS EU Season 3 Spring Regular Season 21 : 7 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2013-03-17 MLG-Logo-Small.png A22nd 2013 MLG Winter Championship International Exhibition 1 : 2 KT Blogo std.png KT Rolster B $ 5,000
2013-03-08 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VII - World Championship 1 : 2 CJ Frostlogo std.png CJ Entus Frost $ 13,500
2013-01-20 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice 2 : 0 AZBlogo std.png Azubu Blaze $ 15,500
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-02-26 A11st ESL Major Series Winter 2012 2 : 0 MYMlogo std.png MeetYourMakers € 2,500







Other Content

See Also



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gambit Gaming: New Home For Alex Ich & Co. in2lol.com
  2. Moscow Five Releases League of Legends Team English moscowfive.ru
  3. Moscow Five Releases League of Legends Team Russian moscowfive.ru
  4. Gambit Gaming Facebook Post facebook.com
  5. Report: Gambit Subs Leaked esportsheaven.com
  6. Cabochard joins Gambit
  7. Krislund changes his nickname and joins Gambit
  8. Gambit Got a Gaming House for 2015 LCS Season gambit-gaming.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 Leviathan is released from Gambit gambit-gaming.com
  10. Competitive ruling: Konstantinos ‘FORG1VEN’ Tzortziou lolesports.com
  11. 11.0 11.1 Team Vitality acquires Gambit Gaming's LCS spot gambit-gaming.com
  12. Gambit Gaming Facebook Post facebook.com
  13. Gambit Gaming Facebook Post facebook.com
  14. Gambit Gaming Facebook Post facebook.com
  15. Gambit Gaming Facebook Post
  16. Pre-Season 4 roster changes strike Gambit Gaming gambit-gaming.com
  17. Interview with Gambit's new support player (Russian)(EN subs) youtube.com
  18. Gambit parts ways with Alex Ich gambit-gaming.com
  19. niQ has officially joined Gambit Gaming gambit-gaming.com
  20. Gambit's line-up at LCS Summer Week 8 gambit-gaming.com
  21. Diamond Returns to Gambit's starting lineup gambit-gaming.com
  22. Krislund Replaces Genja at LCS Promotion Tournament gambit-gaming.com
  23. Kubon leaves Gambit Gaming gambit-gaming.com
  24. Cabochard joins Gambit gambit-gaming.com
  25. Krislund changes his nickname and joins Gambit gambit-gaming.com
  26. Leviathan joins Gambit Gaming as a Head Coach gambit-gaming.com
  27. Betsy Joins Gambit Gaming gambit-gaming.com
  28. FORG1VEN joins Gambit http://gambit-gaming.com
  29. Shaunz Joins Gambit on a Full-Time Basis http://gambit-gaming.com
  30. Moopz, Steelback and ImSoFresh join Gambit as subs gambit-gaming.com
  31. Competitive Ruling: Konstantinos ‘FORG1VEN’ Tzortziou lolesports.com
  32. LCS EU Week Nine Roster gambit-gaming.com
  33. P1noy replaces FORG1VEN at The Promotion Tournament gambit-gaming.com
  34. FORG1VEN loses a spot in our starting line-up gambit-gaming.com
  35. Cabochard's Facebook Post facebook.com
  36. GoSu Pepper's Facebook Postfacebook.com
  37. Unicorns Of Love's Facebook Post facebook.com
  38. Gambit Moo's Tweet twitter.com
  39. (Begining:... - GG Benq Diamondprox facebook.com
  40. H2K.lol - IEM Line-up h2k-gaming.eu
  41. Welcome Gambit CIS LoL gambit-gaming.com