|Alternate IDs:||GG Benq Kha Ich (RU), GG BenQ Alex IchZ (NA), GG BenQ Alex Ich, M5 BenQ Alex Ich, Alan Sh0re|
|Birthday:||January 31, 1992|
|Peak League:||Diamond I (NA)|
|Peak League:||Challenger I (EUW)|
|Peak League:||Platinum V (RU)|
|Reddit:||Alex Ich's Reddit Account|
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Alexey "Alex Ich" Ichetovkin is the Mid Laner and team captain of Gambit Gaming.
Alex Ich hails from Kamenka, Russia. Alex has been in the League scene since 2009, playing in the high elo ladders.
Pre Season 2
He started dabbling in playing competitively in 2010, joining various teams, playing briefly for Dimegio Club, who were later acquired by SK Gaming, Liquicity, myRevenge after their main lineup was picked up by Fnatic, and MTG where he met future teammates Darien and Genja. Alex started making headway though in the scene when joining Team Empire as their mid player in October of 2011, who made large splash at IEM Season VI Qualifiers, winning it to be invited to play at IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev but also due to making a now famed highlight vs SK Gaming, which gave birth to the meme and saying of players shouting "EMPIRE!". 
Alex with the rest of Team Empire were recruited by 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.  Taking first by going 3-0 in the group stage, Alex and 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 Team SoloMid. 
On January 31st, 2012, Alex with 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.  Advancing to the playoffs, they would go on to defeat French team Sypher 2-1 in the semifinals. In doing so, Moscow 5 would face off against European favorite Counter Logic Gaming EU in the finals, where they would fall 1-2. 
On March 10th, 2012, Alex Ich 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, defeating SK Gaming, Curse Gaming, Team SoloMid, Sypher, and EHome.  Alex would assist his team to would continue their win 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.  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 were 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 against 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. Alex then faced and defeated SK Gaming 2-0 in the next round of the loser's bracket, which put them up to face against aAa once again. This time the team would come out victorious, defeating aAa 2-0, which put 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. 
On June 16, Alex and comrades would attend DreamHack Summer 2012 after taking second at the online qualifiers. Moscow 5 would take second in 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. At the finals, Moscow 5 would play against familiar opponent, Counter Logic Gaming EU, where they would fall 0-2. 
Alex 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 shall meet again in the group stage, where Moscow 5 took second place going 2-1, defeating EloHell.net and Ocelote World while losing a game to CLG.EU. In the semifinals, Moscow 5 had a strong showing defeating Curse EU 2-0, going with a perfect 15-0 score in the second game. At the finals, Moscow 5 would meet their rivals CLG.EU once again. After having a 0-4 record against them in lan events, Alex with his team were able to claim their revenge with a commanding 2-0 victory making them the ECC Poland champions. 
As one of the eight European invitees for the Season Two Regional Finals - Cologne, Moscow Five would fly out 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, qualifying for the Season 2 World Championship in Los Angeles and advancing to the grand finals of the tournament. Continuing their dominant performance, Alex would help win the finals 2-0 against SK Gaming. 
At the Season 2 World Championship in October, Alex Ich with his teammates were considered by many analysts and professionals to be the favorites coming into the event.  They were was 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.
After the Season 2 Championships, Alex'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, knocking them into the 3rd place match losing 0-2. 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 of the tournament itself, the team would look to boost their popularity with the Chinese tour, doing photo ops, fan signings and Mandarin greeting videos. 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, Alex 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 which 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 revenge their loss in the Season 2 World Championship against in TPA in round 5. Despite Alex 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 at 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 organization with a lack of funding, the League of Legends roster was released from the eSports organization as it went defunct.
Formation of Gambit Gaming
Four days later, on January 14th, it was announced that Gambit Gaming had acquired Alex Ich and the rest of the former M5 roster.
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 though, giving Gambit Gaming a spot in the semi-finals. Alex would help to defeat Azubu Frost as the underdogs 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 takes home $15,000 USD (~11,609 Euros) as well as a direct seed into IEM World Championship.
Spring EU LCS
Having qualified as Moscow Five, Alex 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 to play. They would complete the European Spring LCS Split 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 & MLG Winter Championship
Gambit with Alex Ich 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 and ending the team in 3rd.
The Russian players were then invited to play in an international exhibition at 2013 MLG Winter Championship, playing first against American Team Dignitas, and won 2-0, constantly pressuring the opponent. Gambit 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, Alex Ich, as well with teammates Diamondprox, Genja and Edward were publicly voted to represent their respective lane positions on the Europe LCS All Star team to compete at All-Star Shanghai 2013 to play against the world's best All Star teams chosen in the same fashion. However, a rule stating that only 3 members of a team may be inducted onto the team, Genja was replaced as AD Carry by Evil Geniuses' Yellowpete. The team's top lane was sOAZ from Fnatic. Alex with the rest of the EU all stars first faced off against heavy favorites Korean OGN Champions, and although good early gameplay from jungler Diamondprox, the Korean team overtook them in a 2-0 set. Their next opponent was their sibling rivalry team , 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 Alex Ich with his all stars out of the tournament. In the All Star Skills Competition, Alex bested NA's scarra but lost to China's Misaya in the mid laners 1 v 1 tournament.
Summer EU LCS
- The name "Alex Ich" is derived from his real name, Alexey Ichetovkin.
- Considered Kassadin and Olaf to be his favorite champions in early 2011.
- Was a toplaner and a jungler all the time until Diamondprox and Edward joined Empire the week before IEM Kiev qualification.
- Known for playing certain champions in unconventional lanes, e.g. mid lane Malphite or Tryndamere and a preference for tanky and farm-heavy mages like Mordekaiser, Ryze or Galio.
- With a whopping creep score of 325 in the DreamHack 2012 Qualifier game against Sypher, Alex held the unofficial record for most minions slain in the first 25 minutes of a high level competitive match using Galio, which was broken by Froggen in the Season 2 championship vs SAJ who had 330 minions at the 25 minute mark.
- One of the few married League of Legends professional players. 
- His favorite champion is Ryze. 
- Known for playing unusual midlane champions in competitive play such as AP Master Yi and Zilean.
- As of Febuary 7th, 2013 he became a father. His son is named Dmitry (Not Ryze).
- Known for playing AD assassins such as Kha'Zix and Zed during season 3.
- Platinum (almost Diamond) Starcraft II player.
- Played jungle for team MTG before Irugat, who was the midlaner for that team left MTG due to misscommunication with Alex and other teammates
- Is respected by the Korean community for being able to play well while being married and also for being a hard worker
|2013-11-24||IEM Season VIII - Cologne||Gambit Gaming 2 : 0 Fnatic|
|2013-08-25||LCS Europe Season 3 Summer Playoffs||Gambit Gaming 2 : 1 Evil Geniuses|
|2013-04-28||LCS Europe Season 3 Spring Playoffs||Gambit Gaming 2 : 3 Fnatic|
|2013-03-08||IEM Season VII - World Championship||Gambit Gaming 1 : 2 CJ Entus Frost|
|2013-02-26||ESL Major Series Winter 2012||Gambit Gaming 2 : 0 MeetYourMakers|
|2013-01-20||IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice||Gambit Gaming 2 : 0 Azubu Blaze|
- February - Interview with Alex_Ich with Absolute Legends
- February 6th - LoL : Interview d’Alex_ich (French) with Millenium
- February 12th - Moscow Five team Short Interview with 4Players.de
- March 26th - M5 Alex Ich AMA with Reddit
- March 30th - Alex Ich interview at IEM CeBIT 2012 (video) with Absolute Legends
- April 2nd - Alex Ich interviewed by Elementz at IEM CeBIT 2012 (video) with Absolute Legends
- May 29th - Interview with Alex Ich: "When your enemies are afraid you dictate the rules." with Team Dignitas
- June 17th - DHS12 sjokz meets Alex from Moscow5 (video) with SK Gaming
- July 3rd - in2LOL Interview with Alex Ich! with in2LOL
- July 27th - AL Interview: M5.Alex_Ich and GH.Fluumis with Absolute Legends
- July 29th - Alex_Ich: 'We will just outplay CLG' (video) with Team Acer
- August 1st - Interview on Live On Three Episode 126 (video) with Live On Three
- August 8th - Road to Gamescom: Alexey 'Alex Ich' Ichetovkin with SK Gaming
- August 10th - IEM Pre-Gamescom Interview - Moscow 5's Alex Ich Pre-Gamescom with Intel Extreme Masters
- August 12th - Alex Ich: from Go4LoL to world champions with Moscow Five
- September 2nd - Moscow Five Pro Gamer Alexey 'Alex Ich' Ichetovkin Explains League Of Legends Domination with Forbes
- September 5th - BenQ Channel: M5.Alex_Ich Interview (video) with BenQ Channel
- September 7th - 明星面对面第三期：第一战队M5.ALEX (Chinese) English Translation with Duowan LOL
- October 6th - Alex Ich Interview on Day 2 of the League of Legends Playoffs (video) with Gamespot
- October 6th - World Championships - Pluto Interveiws M5 Alex Ich (video) with Reign of Gaming
- October 6th - Alex Ich on Living E-Sports and Tournament Delay (video) with IPL
- November 20th - M5 Alex Ich, interview exclusive (French) with Millenium
- November 28th - Pro Player Pick: Alex Ich Picks Ryze (video) with Riot Games
- November 29th - IPL 5 Alex Ich M5 Interview (video) with IGN ProLeague
- December 12th - in2LOL Interviews Alex Ich from M5! with in2LOL
- January 19th - RAKAKA Interviews Alex Ich – IEM Katowice (video) with RAKAKA.se
- January 28th - Alex Ich AMA :P with Reddit
- February 13th - LCS Day 2: Gambit Alex Ich (video) with SK Gaming
- March 7th - Interview with Alex_Ich from Gambit Gaming (video) with fragster
- March 8th - Alex Ich and the secret ingredient of success (video) with ESL TV
- March 11th - Alex Ich 'Grilled' - 42 minute in-depth interview with Team Acer
- March 11th - IEM World Championship 2013 - Interview with Alex Ich with eFever
- April 22nd - Interview with Gambit Alex Ich at IEM VII World Championship (Part One) with Gambit Gaming
- April 22nd - Interview with Gambit Alex Ich at IEM VII World Championship (Part Two) with Gambit Gaming
- June 17th - Interview with Gambit Alex Ich @ LCS EU DreamHack (video) with Gambit Gaming
- June 22nd - LCS Москва 2013: интервью с Gambit-Alex_ich (Russian with English Subtitles)(video) with LoLGameRu
- July 20th - Interview with Alex Ich: “[Faker's] skill level is over the edge at the moment” with Cloth5
- August 25th - Alex Ich is one Fearless Hungry Robot (video) with GameSpot
- September 15th - Alex Ich discusses playing Ozone and Ahri vs Ryze (video) with GameSpot
- September 21st - Off the Rift: Chatting with xPeke and Alex Ich with LoL Esports
- September 22nd - Alex Ich talks about Gambits final game of the group stage with GameSpot
- November 18th - Interview with Alex Ich: “I think Jungle is the most important role” with News of Legends
- November 23rd - Interview with Gambit Alex Ich @ IEM Cologne (ru subs @ 25.11)(video) with Gambit eSports
- November 24th - Alex Ich talks about Gambit's day one game at IEM Cologne (video) with onGamers
- December 21st - Battle of the Atlantic: Alex Ich of Gambit Gaming (video) with Leaguepedia
- December 21st - Alex Ich apologizes for post match comments and discusses Gambit's BotA win (video) with onGamers
- February 13th - Alex Ich talks after day 1 of LCS EU Week 5 (video) with onGamers
- March 7th - EU LCS 2014 W8: Interview with Gambit Alex Ich (video) with SK Gaming
- League of Legends ~ #03 - Empire's Epic Combo Vs. SK Gaming youtube.com
- IEM Kiev 2012 Group Stage Results esl-world.net
- IEM Kiev 2012 Playoff Results esl-world.net
- Kings of Europe 2012 Group A Results fnatic.com
- Kings of Europe 2012 Playoff Results fnatic.com
- IEM Hannover 2012 Group Results esl-world.net
- IEM Hannover 2012 Playoff Results esl-world.net
- Corsair Vengeance Cup 2012 Playoff Results vengeance-cup.corsair.com
- Dreamhack 2012 Results tournaments.leaugeoflegends.com
- ECC:Poland 2012 Results tournaments.leagueoflegends.com
- IEM Gamescom 2012 Results esl.tv
- ggChronicle Power Rankings ggchronicle.com
- M5.BenQ's World Tour
- Moscow Five Releases League of Legends Team English moscowfive.ru
- Moscow Five Releases League of Legends Team Russian moscowfive.ru
- Congratulations to Alex Ich on getting married! reddit.com
- Pro Player Pick: Alex Ich Picks Ryze youtube.com
- Alex Ich Facebook Post facebook.com
- Alex Ich Facebook Post facebook.com