Kazakh veteran Dauren ‘AdreN’ Kystaubayev has been in discussions with his former Gambit teammates Abay ‘Hobbit’ Khassenov and Rustem ‘mou’ Telepov about creating a new team, according to multiple sources close to the players.
The three played together under Gambit Esports and won a Major at PGL Krakow 2017 under the leadership of Daniil ‘Zeus’ Teslenko.
If the trio were to reunite once again, a new organization would have to pay a transfer fee to obtain Hobbit and mou who are both benched on HellRaisers and Gambit Esports, respectively.
One source mentioned that the players have no issue with moving to Europe or even North America if necessary. AdreN is the only free agent, who signed with FaZe Clan on a temporary basis from January to May this year.
Gambit Esports announced on May 21st that they would be putting their entire roster on hold until later in the year, with Mikhail ‘Dosia’ Stolyarov, Nikolay ‘mir’ Bityukov, and Dmitriy ‘dimasick’ Matvienko being put on the transfer list.
The remaining player from their lineup, Sergey ‘Ax1Le’ Rykhtorov, was moved to Gambit Youngsters. The future of the organizations’ participation in Counter-Strike is unclear at this time.
While Gambit is seemingly in the midst of a roster overhaul, they aren't the only team doing so as we gear up for the StarLadder Berlin Major in a few months.
NRG Esports have already made a move - replacing Damian 'daps' Steele with Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz - while the likes of Hellraisers and Ninjas in Pyjamas are in prime positions for roster moves in the coming weeks.
Notably, MIBR could also be looking to shake things up a bit after a string of lackluster performances that include losses to both Complexity and North during the ECS Season 7 Finals.