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Gambit Esports are in a stasis right now. The team lost their fifth in Dmitriy “dimasick” Matvienko at the end of 2018 after a very short stint, but also Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev and Abay “Hobbit” Khassenov last winter too. The acquisition of Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov from 5balls solved none of Gambit’s problems and the few tournaments they’ve played so far in 2019 have fallen flat. Now, the StarLadder Berlin Major is looming and Gambit’s time to find a good fifth is thinning out.
In-game leader Mikhail “Dosia” Stolyarov, however, prefers to wait. In a Gambit Esports video, showing Dosia’s business outside esports (a car wash investment), the IGL explained why he’s not in such a rush to fill the roster.
“I’d prefer to wait and make the right choice in terms of players, instead of being in a hurry to just pick someone and, consequently, lose time. It’s better to be patient now and invest time afterward to practice and try to show results.”
On paper, this is a good call by Dosia, but in reality it could prove dangerous. Even with a strong-on-paper line-up and experienced coach, Gambit’s showing at the FACEIT Major London was disastrous, winning only one game in the New Challengers Stage. Gambit then finished only top 8 in the CIS Minor for IEM Katowice and missed a Major for the first time in franchise history.
What’s more, the time for the next CIS Minor is approaching as the qualifiers for the Berlin Major are just three months from now. Without a fifth, Gambit can’t even practice reliably, Dosia says, and he personally is just playing to stay in shape.
“At the moment, [I practice] no more than four hours per day. We don’t have team practice. I just maintain my form as to not lost it completely.”
Although Dosia promised that championships will follow, prospects for this are unlikely at the time being. Bar another PGL Krakow miracle, Gambit and Dosia might have to sit out another Major.
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