Ask anyone about the old EU Powerhouse Gambit Gaming and they’ll probably tell you that the team’s legacy died after the organisation left the EU LCS.
Many great memories of Gambit come from the “Moscow 5” era of the team, with the squad enjoying seven top two finishes in their run of Season 2.
Taking an automatic spot in the quarter-finals of the Season 2 World Championships, Gambit would go on to sweep Invictus Gaming to advance to the semi-finals.
Facing Taipei Assassins in the semis would sadly be their last showing, taking the eventual winners to a full three games.
Classed as one of the best teams in the world, joining the holy trinity of European teams with Fnatic and CLG.EU, the team was seemingly on an unstoppable climb to the top.
At the end of Season 2, however, the Moscow 5 organisation released their roster into Gambit’s arms. Season 3 would be the last great showing from the team irrespectively.
After managing to secure the third seed to represent Europe, Gambit had an impressive Worlds showing, taking the second seed out of their group, just behind European rivals, Fnatic and the Korean outfit, Samsung Galaxy Ozone, a powerhouse to be reckoned with at the time.
Gambit would have to battle Najin Black Sword in the quarter finals and the Korean team proved too much for the Russian squad and would leave early.
Gambit’s demise left a hole in both the EU LCS and the CIS region, but after a period in the wilderness, Gambit has slowly started to recover.
The organisation has managed to restore two of its original roster to their currently competing line-up. Their golden-star jungler, Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov and king of support, Edward “Edward” Abgaryan.
Merging these two legends with two of the best players from Albus NoX Luna, the team that shocked the world at the 2016 World Championship, Alexander “PvPStejos” Glazkov and Michael “Kira” Garmash, Gambit poses a genuine threat at the forthcoming international event.
Kira made a name for himself during the regular split, playing 14 unique champions and only suffering a single loss, this is a player who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries on just how wide a champion pool can be.
Ending the summer split with an immaculate record of 13-1 and after a full five games, Gambit Gaming took down M19 (formerly ANX) to win their spot at the 2017 World Championships in China.
Although being somewhat of an unknown entity stepping on to League of Legends’ largest stage, four out of five players have previously competed in Worlds quarter-finals; they’re no strangers to the event.
No matter the opponents, no team should rule out this Russian powerhouse looking to rebuild its former legacy.