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Moscow 5
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Team Information
Org LocationRussia Russia
Region
CIS
 CIS
Sponsor(s)Teamkill
History
Created (1)2011-12-16
Disbanded (1)2013-01-10
Created (2)2014-08-10
Disbanded (2)2015-05-10
Social Media & Links
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Moscow Five, abbreviated as M5, is a Russian eSports organization.

Founded in 2001, M5 had roots in Counter-Strike 1.6, WarCraft 3, FIFA, and DotA. In December 2011, Moscow Five recruited the players of Team Empire, who had qualified to compete at IEM Kiev.[1] This team went on to be a dominant force in the European League of Legends scene throughout Season 2. Following the July 2012 arrest of Moscow Five CEO Dmitry "ddd1ms" Smelyi, the organization released its League of Legends team in January 2013 due to lack of funding. [2][3]

The organization acquired the roster of Russian Force in August 2014.

History

Acquisition of Team Empire

On December 16, 2011, Moscow 5 began their first League of Legends team by recruiting the roster of Team Empire, picking up Alex Ich, Diamondprox, Genja, GoSu Pepper, and Darien.

Season 2

Moscow Five's first major appearance was at IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev on January 19, 2012. Here, Moscow 5 made their international debut by going undefeated in the group stage against Dignitas, against All authority, and Sypher.[4] Moscow Five advanced to the playoffs and took the first round series 2-0 against SK Gaming. In the finals, Moscow 5 defeated North American favorite and powerhouse Team SoloMid 2-1, dropping their only game of the tournament.[5]

Nine days later, on January 31, 2012, Moscow Five competed in the online Kings of Europe tournament. Once again showing their strength, M5 went undefeated in the group stage, defeating SK Gaming, exGBT, and Team Mistral.[6] Advancing to the playoffs, Moscow Five then defeated French team Sypher 2-1 in the semifinals. From there, M5 advanced to the finals and faced Counter Logic Gaming EU (CLG.EU), where they would fall 1-2 and finish second.[7]

On March 10, 2012, Moscow Five attended the IEM Season VI - World Championship in Hanover. Reproducing their results from Kiev, M5 gave an outstanding performance in the group stage, going 5-0 by defeating SK Gaming, Curse Gaming, Team SoloMid, Sypher, and EHome.[8] M5 continued 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.[9] This tournament marked a high point in Moscow Five's history, as they were able to not only win the tournament, but did so without losing a single game.

Moscow Five's next high placing at a major tournament was at the online Corsair Vengeance Cup. Coming out of the group stage of the tournament 2-1, M5 had a strong run in the playoffs, defeating Hauteur 8, Intent Gaming, TeamRedByteItalia, and MeetYourMakers before falling to against All authority 0-2 and being sent to the loser's bracket. In the loser's bracket, Moscow Five won 2-1 against Team SoloMid and then 2-0 against SK Gaming, setting them up for a rematch against aAa. This time Moscow Five emerged victorious, defeating aAa 2-0 and receiving a spot in the grand finals against Counter Logic Gaming EU. Moscow Five did not continue their earlier success, falling 0-2 and taking home second place.[10]

On June 16, Moscow Five attended DreamHack Summer 2012 after taking second at the online qualifiers. M5 took second in the group stage going 2-1, defeating Absolute Legends and Mebdi's Minions while losing to Counter Logic Gaming EU. Advancing to the semifinals, Moscow 5 faced off against Curse Gaming EU, coming out ahead 2-0 and advancing to the tournament's finals, where the Russian team again played Counter Logic Gaming EU and lost 0-2.[11]

On July 28, 2012, Moscow Five attended European Challenger Circuit: Poland after qualifying online with a 2-0 victory over CLG.EU. This meant that the teams would meet again in the group stage, where Moscow 5 took second place going 2-1 after defeating EloHell.net and Ocelote World (x6) while losing to CLG.EU. In the semifinals, Moscow 5 dominated Curse EU 2-0, including a perfect 15-0 score in the second game. In the finals, Moscow 5 once again met rivals Counter Logic Gaming EU. Despite having a 1-6 record against CLG.EU in previous tournament finals, Moscow 5 were finally able to claim revenge with a commanding 2-0 victory and become the ECC Poland champions.[12]

As one of the eight European invitees to the Season 2 Regional Finals at Cologne, Moscow Five flew 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 took a 2-0 victory to advance to the second round of the playoffs. There, Moscow Five emerged victorious against FnaticRC in a close 2-1, qualifying for the Season 2 World Championship and advancing to the grand finals of the tournament. Continuing their dominant performance, Moscow Five took the finals 2-0 against SK Gaming.[13]

At the Season 2 World Championship in October, Moscow Five was considered by many analysts and professionals to be the favorites coming into the event.[14] As the European champions, 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 USD.

Preseason 3

Moscow Five attended the European tournament Tales of the Lane from October 27 through November 11, 2012. They earned first place in their group stage 3-1, with wins against Curse EU, Eclypsia and MYM and a loss to IWantCookie. Because they finished first in the group stage, Moscow Five was granted seeding directly into the semi-finals.. On November 11 M5 traveled to Paris to compete in the offline portions of the tournament. There M5 was upset by Curse EU 0-2, knocking them into the third place match. Moscow Five completed the tournament with a sweep of SK Gaming, taking third and €5,000 in winnings.

On November 22, 2012, Moscow Five flew to Shanghai to attend the TGA Winter 2012 event. While not contestants of the tournament itself, the team looked to boost their popularity with the Chinese tour, doing photo ops, fan signings and Mandarin greeting videos.[15][16] M5 also played two show matches against WE and iG, winning against both. They departed China on November 27, flying directly to Las Vegas to attend IPL 5.

On Day 1 of the IPL event, Moscow Five advanced through the group stages by defeating Curse Gaming twice and dropping a game to Taipei Assassins. They then faced World Elite, who they had scrimmed heavily against in Shanghai. However, WE routed the Russian team 2-0, dropping them to the losers bracket. M5 then defeated the tournament favorites Azubu Blaze in a close three game series. In the fifth round, M5 got a chance to revenge their loss in the Season 2 World Championship against the Taipei Assassins. Despite Alex Ich amassing 538 creep score and leading in gold to the very end of the game, Moscow Five still fell to the Taiwanese team in game one, and lost again to a strong performance by Stanley on Nidalee in the second game, marking five consecutive loses to TPA. M5 finished the tournament in fourth place and earned $3,000 USD in winnings.

On January 10, 2013, the League of Legends roster was released from the eSports organization due to lack of funding. The previous year's arrest of Moscow Five CEO Dmitry "ddd1ms" Smelyi had left the team without enough money to stay with the organization.[17][18] The team members of Moscow Five, Alex Ich, Darien, Diamondprox, Genja, and GoSu Pepper, went on to join Gambit Gaming soon after.

2014 Season

On August 19, 2014 Moscow Five acquired a new roster: Formerly Russian Force, Stejos, lumberjackk, FlashInTheNight, dayruin and Archie joined the team.[19]

2015 Preseason

Moscow 5 won the IEM Cologne CIS qualifier, defeating Dolphins of Wall Street 2-0 in the finals. However, they were unable to attend the event due to visa issues and so Dolphins of Wall Street attended in their place.[20][21]

Timeline

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011

Player Roster

Moscow 5's 2015 Roster. Left to Right: Stejos, Archie, dayruin, Flashy and Canya
Moscow 5's 2014 Roster. Left to Right: Stejos, Archie, dayruin, Symphony and Flashy
Original Moscow 5 Roster winning IEM Season VI Kiev. Left to Right: Darien, GoSu Pepper, Alex Ich, Genja007 and Diamondprox

Former

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
CIS
Ukraine Stejos Alexander Glazkov 1Top Laner Team Justlogo std.png Team Just 2014-08-192014-08-19 2015-05-102015-05-10
CIS
Russia Canya Alexander Sinjakov 2Jungler Team Justlogo std.png Team Just 2014-08-192014-08-19 2015-05-102015-05-10
CIS
Russia Flashy Yury Shilenkov 3Mid Laner Team Justlogo std.png Team Just 2014-08-192014-08-19 2015-05-102015-05-10
CIS
Russia dayruin Boris Sherbakov 4Bot Laner Team Justlogo std.png Team Just 2014-08-192014-08-19 2015-05-102015-05-10
CIS
Russia Archie Vyacheslav Egorov 5Support Team Justlogo std.png Team Just 2014-08-192014-08-19 2015-05-102015-05-10
CIS
Russia Symphony Aleksey Tyunin 2Sub/Jun Hard Randomlogo std.png Hard Random 2014-08-112014-08-?? 2014-11-112014-11-??
EU
Russia Darien Eugene Mazaev 1Top Laner GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming 2011-12-162011-12-16 2013-01-102013-01-10
EU
Russia Diamondprox Daniel Reshetnikov 2Jungler GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming 2011-12-162011-12-16 2013-01-102013-01-10
EU
Russia Alex Ich Alex Ichetovkin 3Mid Laner GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming 2011-12-162011-12-16 2013-01-102013-01-10
EU
Russia Genja007 Eugene Andryushin 4Bot Laner GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming 2011-12-162011-12-16 2013-01-102013-01-10
EU
Armenia GoSu Pepper Edward Abgaryan 5Support GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming 2011-12-162011-12-16 2013-01-102013-01-10

Organization

Current

ID Name Position
Russia ddd1ms Dmitry Smelyi Owner

Former

ID Name Position Next Team
Russia Rogue LeBeau Darina Lerua Manager
None
Russia Groove Konstantin Pikiner 70Coach GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Moscow Five Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2015-04-12A22₽ 750,000$ 13,998.18€ 13,202.1Sltv logo small.png SLTV StarSeries 2015 Spring Finals1 : 3Hard Randomlogo std.png HR
 Stejos,
 Canya,
 Flashy,
 dayruin,
 Archie
2015-03-29A11Sltv logo small.png SLTV StarSeries 2015 Spring13 - 1Blanklogo std.png RR
 Stejos,
 Canya,
 Flashy,
 dayruin,
 Archie
2015-01-25A22$ 7,500$ 7,500€ 6,692.6Sltv logo small.png SLTV StarSeries Season IV1 : 3RoX (2014 CIS Team)logo std.png RoX
 Stejos,
 Canya,
 Flashy,
 dayruin,
 Archie
2015-01-18A22₽ 30,000₽ 30,000₽ 30,000Unknown Infobox Image - Tournament.png MCS Open Grand Final1 : 2Virtus.prologo std.png VP
 Stejos,
 Canya,
 Flashy,
 dayruin,
 Archie
2014-11-19I1QEsltumbnail.png IEM Season IX - Cologne Qualifiers2 : 0Dolphins of Wall Streetlogo std.png DWS
2014-11-02A44$ 2,500$ 2,500€ 1,996.01Sltv logo small.png SLTV StarSeries Season III1 : 2Dolphins of Wall Streetlogo std.png DWS
 Stejos,
 Symphony,
 Flashy,
 dayruin,
 Archie
2014-09-29A22EpicGear Cup logo small.png EpicGear Cup 220 : 1Kolejny Cioslogo std.png KC
 Stejos,
 Symphony,
 Flashy,
 dayruin,
 Archie
2012-12-27A33 - 44Players.de logo small.png 4Players.de All or Nothing 90 : 2Mymlogo std.png MYM
2012-12-10A11£ 6,000$ 7,740£ 6,000Unknown Infobox Image - Tournament.png The Siege2 : 0Team Curselogo std.png Crs EU
 Darien,
 Diamondprox,
 Alex Ich,
 Genja,
 GoSu Pepper
2012-12-02A44$ 3,000$ 3,000€ 2,310Ipllogo small.png IPL 50 : 2Tpa std.png TPA
 Darien,
 Diamondprox,
 Alex Ich,
 Genja007,
 GoSu Pepper
Total Prize: USD 13,000 • RUB 780,000 • GBP 6,000

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