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Gambit Gaming
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Team Information
Location: Europe Europe
Number of Players: 9
Team Staffs
Coaches: Kévin "Shaunz" Ghanbarzadeh
Sponsor: Pringles
Social Media Links
Youtube: GambitEsports
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Twitter: GambitEsports
Created: 2013-01-14
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Gambit Gaming is a European Esports organization formed in January 2013 after the acquisition of the previous roster of the legendary 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 leaving 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 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. Gambit Gaming would defeat Azubu Frost as the underdogs 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. As a result of their dominating performance over the two Azubu teams, Gambit would later be called the "Azubu slayers" and the "Korean destroyers".

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 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 ending the tournament in 3rd.

The Russian team was 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, 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 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 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 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 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 released on November 4th.

On August 17th, Gambit Gaming would finish the Summer Split tied up in the 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 and dropping to the 3rd Place Match to face Evil Geniuses in a match that decides the third team that will represent Europe in the Season 3 World Championship. Gambit was victorious and claimed the victory 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.

Season 4

Spring EU LCS

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]

Gambit Gaming finished 5th in the 2014 EU LCS Spring Playoffs after losing 0-2 to Team ROCCAT but then beating Copenhagen Wolves 2-1.

May 3rd, due to personnal issues, Alexey "Alex Ich" Ichetovkin decided to leave. NiQ was announced as a temporary sub and was eventually made the starting mid laner.

Pre Season 6

Gambit Gaming dropped down to promotion/relegation after finishing 8th in the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split. However, on September 5th, 2015, the team managed to reclaim their spot and re-qualified for the 2016 EU LCS after beating mousesports in the Promotion Tournament.


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

Player Roster

ID Name Role
Russia Diamondprox Danil Reshetnikov Jungle
Sweden Betsy Felix Edling Mid

ID Name Role
Belgium ImSoFresh Karim BBahla Jungle
Denmark P1noy Kristoffer Pedersen AD
France Steelback Pierre Medjaldi AD
Belgium Moopz Amaury Minguerche Support

ID Name Role Next Team
Armenia GoSu Pepper Edward Abgaryan Support
France Cabochard Lucas Simon-Meslet Top
Greece FORG1VEN Konstantinos Tzortziou AD
Russia Darien Evgeny Mazaev Top
Russia Genja Evgeny Andryushin AD
Denmark P1noy Kristoffer Pedersen Template:RoleSortNumber AD
Poland niQ Sebastian Robak Template:RoleSortNumber Sub/Mid
HWA Gaming
Poland Kubon Jakub Turewicz Top
Reason Gaming
France loulex Jean-Victor Burgevin Jungle
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Russia Alex Ich Aleksei Ichetovkin Mid
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Estonia Voidle Erih Sommermann Support
Cloud 9 Eclipse


ID Name Position
Russia Moo Dmitry Sukhanov Team Manager and Analyst
Russia groove Konstantin Pikiner General Manager
USA iVillain William Hoag Head Analyst
France Shaunz Kévin Ghanbarzadeh Head Coach
Germany Dan Daniel Luensi Coach

ID Name Position Next Team
Canada Leviathan Jordan Thwaites Head Coach

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-09-05 EU LCS.png I1Q 2016 EU LCS Spring Promo 3 : 0
Q for 2016 EU LCS Spring
2014-07-24 EU LCS.png I18th - Promo 2015 EU LCS Summer Split 7 : 11 Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)
2015-04-05 EU LCS.png A55 - 6th 2015 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 1 : 3
Unicorns of Love
10 CP
2015-03-27 EU LCS.png A44th 2015 EU LCS Spring Split 10 : 8 Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)
2015-03-13 Esltumbnail.png A77 - 8th IEM IX World Championship Katowice 0 : 1
Team WE
$ 2,500

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-12-21 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Cologne 3 : 1
Counter Logic Gaming
$ 12,500
2014-09-10 EU LCS.png I1Q 2015 EU LCS Spring Promotion 3 : 1
SK Gaming Prime
2014-07-31 EU LCS.png A77th 2014 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 9 : 20 Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)
2014-04-17 EU LCS.png A55th 2014 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2 : 1
Copenhagen Wolves
2014-04-03 EU LCS.png A55th 2014 EU LCS Round Robin 14 : 14 Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)
2014-03-15 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VIII - World Championship 0 : 2
KT Rolster Bullets
$ 14,000

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-11-24 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Season VIII - Cologne 2 : 0
$ 18,500
2013-09-23 RpPoints.png A55 - 8th Season 3 World Championship 1 : 2
NaJin Black Sword
$ 75,000
2013-08-25 EU LCS.png A33rd Season 3 EU LCS Summer Playoffs 2 : 1
Evil Geniuses
$ 15,000
2013-08-17 EU LCS.png A44th Season 3 EU LCS Summer Round Robin 15 : 13 Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)
2013-04-28 EU LCS.png A22nd Season 3 EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2 : 3
$ 25,000
2013-04-21 EU LCS.png A22nd Season 3 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 21 : 7 Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)
2013-03-17 MLG-Logo-Small.png A22nd 2013 MLG Winter Championship International Exhibition 1 : 2
KT Rolster B
$ 5,000
2013-03-08 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VII - World Championship 1 : 2
CJ Entus Frost
$ 13,500
2013-01-20 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice 2 : 0
Azubu Blaze
$ 15,500

In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-02-26 A11st ESL Major Series Winter 2012 2 : 0
€ 2,500


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