Gambit Esports Disbands LoL Team | EarlyGame
The legendary organization takes its last bow

Gambit Esports Disbands LoL Team

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Gambit Gaming at IEM Worlds 2014 (Credit: IEM via Epicskillshot YouTube Channel)

After 8 years, several Worlds appearances and success in both the EU LCS and LCL, Gambit Esports is saying goodbye. The organization confirmed in a tweet that they have closed their League of Legends division, released its roster and thanked players, staff and fans for their support.

Gambit Esports, previously known as Gambit Gaming, broke into the League of Legends scene by acquiring the former Moscow 5 roster: Evgeny "Darien" Mazaev, Danil "Diamondprox" Reshetnikov, Alexey "Alex Ich" Ichetovkin, Edward "Edward" Abgaryan and Evgeny "Genja" Andryushin. The squad was widely seen as the strongest team of LoL Season 2 and as great innovators in areas such as counter-jungling and playing around the map. Their aggressive play and victories against many top international teams made Gambit one of the most popular teams in the early EU LCS. Under the Gambit name, the team reached quarterfinals in the season 3 World Championship, won several Intel Extreme Masters tournaments and consistently made playoffs in Europe.

However, consistent visa issues and high expenses led to the team selling its EU LCS spot to Team Vitality prior to the 2016 Spring split. The organization would reemerge as Gambit Esports in the LCL, the Riot circuit for the CIS region. There, the team won several championships and went to Worlds as the CIS representative twice.

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Diamondprox and Edward would return to Gambit and represent the LCL at Worlds (Credit: Riot Games)

Diamondprox, the last member of the original Gambit roster to play for the team, left the organization last fall. Two of the other founding members of the Gambit roster retain a connection to League of Legend: former mid laner Alex Ich is currently working at Riot Games, while support Edward is the head coach of Brazilian team FURIA Esports.


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