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- 1 History
- 1.1 Formation of Gambit Gaming
- 1.2 Pre-Season 3
- 1.3 Season 3
- 1.4 2014 Season
- 1.5 2015 Preseason
- 1.6 2015 Season
- 1.7 2016 Preseason
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Player League Participation
- 5 Organization
- 6 Tournaments
- 7 Images
- 8 Media
- 9 See Also
- 10 Links
- 11 References
Gambit Gaming is a European esports organization that was formed in January 2013 after the acquisition of the previous roster of Moscow Five.
Formation of Gambit Gaming
On January 10, 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. Four days later, on January 14, it was announced that Gambit Gaming had acquired 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 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.
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." 
On August 17, 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 Third-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.
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.  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.
On November 5 Gambit announced that Cabochard was joining the team as the new top laner, 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
- January 13, Leviathan joins as Head Coach.
- February 28, Betsy joins as starting midlaner. niQ moves to substitute position.
- April 20, niQ leaves.
- April 22, Leviathan leaves.
- May 13, FORG1VEN joins. P1noy moves to substitute position.
- June 13, Shaunz joins as head coach after a 2-week trial.
- July 15, Moopz, Steeelback, and ImSoFresh join as subs.
- July 21, FORG1VEN is suspended from playing in the LCS for four games starting immediately.
- July 22, Moopz will play AD for Week 9 of the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split.
- August 24, P1noy will replace FORG1VEN for the 2016 EU LCS Spring Promotion.
- October (approx.), Moo leaves managerial role.
- October 13, FORG1VEN moves to substitute and is available for transfer.
- October 25, Cabochard leaves.
- November 13, GoSu Pepper leaves.
- November 18, Steeelback leaves.
- November 19, Moo leaves analyst role.
- December 2, Diamondprox leaves.
- December 8, FORG1VEN leaves.
- December 9, team disbands. Betsy, ImSoFresh, Genja, P1noy, and Moopz leave.
- April (approx.), Moo rejoins as manager.
- May 3, Alex Ich leaves.
- June 4, niQ joins.
- July 8, Darien and Diamondprox become substitute.
- July 15, Diamondprox returns to the starting lineup.
- August 27, Genja steps down and becomes a sub.
- October 31, Kubon leaves.
- November 5, Cabochard joins.
- November 7, Krislund (now P1noy) joins.
- January 14, Gambit Gaming acquires former Moscow Five roster; Alex Ich, Diamondprox, Darien, Genja, and Edward join.
- To read about Moscow Five history (December 2011 - January 2013), click here.
- January 20, 1st place at IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice.
- March 9, 3rd/4th place at IEM Season VII - World Championship.
- April 11, SteelSeries sponsors Gambit Gaming.
- April 28, 2nd place at LCS Europe Season 3 Spring Playoffs.
- June (approx.), Moo joins as analyst.
- June 4, Edward leaves.
- June 26, Darker joins.
- August (approx.), Moo leaves analyst role.
- August 1, Voidle replaces Darker.
- August 25, 3rd Place at the LCS Europe Season 3 Summer Playoffs.
- August 25, Qualifies for the Season 3 World Championship.
- November 4, Voidle is released.
- November 7, Edward rejoins.
- November 24, 1st Place at IEM Season VIII - Cologne.
|Betsy||Felix Edling||Mid Laner||Team ROCCAT||2015-02-28||2015-12-09|
|ImSoFresh||Karim Bbahla||Sub/Jun||Team ROCCAT||2015-07-15||2015-12-09|
|P1noy||Kristoffer Pedersen||Sub/Bot||Copenhagen Wolves||2014-11-07||2015-12-09|
|Moopz||Amaury Minguerche||Sub/Sup||Team Vitality||2015-07-15||2015-12-09|
|Diamondprox||Danil Reshetnikov||Jungler||Unicorns Of Love||2013-01-14||2015-12-02|
|Steeelback||Pierre Medjaldi||Sub/Bot||Unicorns Of Love||2015-07-15||2015-11-18|
|GoSu Pepper||Edward Abgaryan||Support||Team ROCCAT||2013-11-07||2015-11-13|
|Cabochard||Lucas Simon-Meslet||Top Laner||Team Vitality||2014-11-05||2015-10-25|
|niQ||Sebastian Robak||Sub/Mid||HWA Gaming||2014-06-04||2015-04-20|
|Hiiva||Aleksi Kaikkonen||Sub/Sup||Team Nevo||???||???|
|Kubon||Jakub Turewicz||Top Laner||Reason Gaming||2014-07-??||2014-10-31|
|Alex Ich||Aleksei Ichetovkin||Mid Laner||Ninjas in Pyjamas||2013-01-14||2014-05-03|
|Voidle||Erih Sommermann||Support||Cloud9 Eclipse||2013-08-01||2013-11-04|
|GoSu Pepper||Edward Abgaryan||Support||Team Curse||2013-01-14||2013-06-04|
Player League Participation
|groove||Konstantin Pikiner||General Manager||Gambit Esports|
|Shaunz||Kévin Ghanbarzadeh||Head Coach||Team Vitality|
|Vae||Romain Chanu||Analyst||Team Vitality|
|iVillain||William Hoag||Head Analyst||None|
|Leviathan||Jordan Thwaites||Head Coach||Frank Fang Gaming|
|Moo||Dmitry Sukhanov||Manager||Samadder Gaming|
|Moo||Dmitry Sukhanov||Analyst||Gambit Gaming|
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- June 20, Interview with Gambit groove at LCS EU DreamHack (Russian with English subs)(video) with , and on GambitEsports
- June 21, LCS Moscow 2013: interview with Gambit-Groove (Russian with English subs)(video) with , and on LoLGameRu
- December 3, Gambit on PreSeason 5 Changes by , and on Gambit Gaming
- December 9, "We are still one of the strongest teams in Europe": an interview with Konstantin "groove" Pikiner of Gambit Gaming with , and on ESL
- December 30, Thorin's Thoughts - Unraveling the Magic of Moscow Five/Gambit Gaming (LoL) by , and on Thorin
- March 13, Leviathan - "I didn't expect us to lose so many games" (video) with , and on fragbite
- March 18, Gambit Leviathan: "Implementation of Coaches is a Step in the Right Direction" (video) with , and on Gambit Gaming
- March 23, IEM Katowice 2015 - Mini Documentary by Gambit by , and on Gambit Gaming
- May 28, Crimson Age: Gambit Gaming by , and on LoL Esports
- September 7, Gambit - That Fateful Day in Katowice by , and on Gold Per 10
- December 3, Topic of Thorin: Gambit - The Impossible Dream by Thorin on Splyce
- April 18, Gambit's Empire - The lasting impact of Moscow 5 by Ryan Tang on Gamurs
- December 13, Gaming LoL: Soeul's boot camp tour with Blasting by , and on Gambit Gaming
- Gambit Gaming Team Profile on lolesports.com
- Top 5 Gambit Gaming Plays from MLG Dallas 2013
- End of an Era for Russian LoL Royalty - The history of the line-up of Darien, Diamondprox, Alex Ich, Edward and Genja's 19 months playing together by Team Acer
- Moscow 5/Gambit Gaming History by Martin Uggla
- Moscow Five Releases League of Legends Team English moscowfive.ru
- Moscow Five Releases League of Legends Team Russian moscowfive.ru
- Gambit Gaming: New Home For Alex Ich & Co. in2lol.com
- Gambit Gaming Facebook Post facebook.com
- Report: Gambit Subs Leaked esportsheaven.com
- Cabochard joins Gambit
- Krislund changes his nickname and joins Gambit
- Gambit Got a Gaming House for 2015 LCS Season gambit-gaming.com
- Leviathan is released from Gambit gambit-gaming.com
- Competitive ruling: Konstantinos ‘FORG1VEN’ Tzortziou lolesports.com
- Team Vitality acquires Gambit Gaming's LCS spot gambit-gaming.com
- Welcome Gambit CIS LoL gambit-gaming.com
- Leviathan joins Gambit Gaming as a Head Coach gambit-gaming.com
- Betsy Joins Gambit Gaming gambit-gaming.com
- FORG1VEN joins Gambit http://gambit-gaming.com
- Shaunz Joins Gambit on a Full-Time Basis http://gambit-gaming.com
- Moopz, Steelback and ImSoFresh join Gambit as subs gambit-gaming.com
- Competitive Ruling: Konstantinos ‘FORG1VEN’ Tzortziou lolesports.com
- LCS EU Week Nine Roster gambit-gaming.com
- P1noy replaces FORG1VEN at The Promotion Tournament gambit-gaming.com
- FORG1VEN loses a spot in our starting line-up gambit-gaming.com
- Cabochard's Facebook Post facebook.com
- GoSu Pepper's Facebook Postfacebook.com
- Unicorns Of Love's Facebook Post facebook.com
- Moo's Tweet twitter.com
- (Begining:... - GG Benq Diamondprox facebook.com
- H2K.lol - IEM Line-up h2k-gaming.eu
- Gambit parts ways with Alex Ich gambit-gaming.com
- niQ has officially joined Gambit Gaming gambit-gaming.com
- Gambit's line-up at LCS Summer Week 8 gambit-gaming.com
- Diamond Returns to Gambit's starting lineup gambit-gaming.com
- Krislund Replaces Genja at LCS Promotion Tournament gambit-gaming.com
- Kubon leaves Gambit Gaming gambit-gaming.com
- Cabochard joins Gambit gambit-gaming.com
- Krislund changes his nickname and joins Gambit gambit-gaming.com
- Gambit Gaming Facebook Post facebook.com
- Gambit Gaming Facebook Post facebook.com
- Gambit Gaming Facebook Post facebook.com
- Gambit Gaming Facebook Post
- Pre-Season 4 roster changes strike Gambit Gaming gambit-gaming.com
- Interview with Gambit's new support player (Russian)(EN subs) youtube.com