How Gambit went from heroes to zeroes and back again - Dexerto

How Gambit went from heroes to zeroes and back again

Published: 9/Apr/2021 19:30 Updated: 12/Apr/2021 12:18

by Ava Thompson-Powell


Gambit has undoubtedly had a tumultuous time within CSGO’s scene but they’re back on the rise. This is the story of one of CSGO’s ultimate rollercoaster rides.

Back when they were formed, the roster was a mix of unproven rookies and legends that were supposedly past their prime. They had their work cut out for them to prove their worth.

However, running rampant at events like the DreamHack Winter Open back in 2016, they obliterated their competition. This saw them slamdunk the likes of Renegades in a dominating 2-0 Grand Final.

Gambit continued to make a name for themselves throughout the early half of 2017, and in tournaments, they steamrolled the likes of Fnatic and Astralis, making it clear they had no intention of slowing down.


Finally proving themselves to the world, they took home the win at PGL Major Kraków 2017 against Immortals. Then, however, their luck seemed to dry up. Just weeks after crushing the Major, the team started to split up, and the roster plummeted. Spiraling through a slew of unsuccessful roster swaps, by the end of 2018, it was a shadow of its former self.

Continuing this run all the way through until mid-2020, a shift came when previous member, Abay ‘Hobbit’ Khassenov, was signed back to Gambit through their developmental roster. Gambit Youngsters performed that well, they were promoted up to the main team.


In 2021, a storyline we’d seen before began to emerge. At the IEM World Championship, the team came out with a 4-0 playoffs record, also dominating in a 48-18 round score in their victories.

While they didn’t take home the crown at ESL Pro League, there is excitement about Gambit’s potential when things go back LAN. But can they continue to prove their worth or will they falter once more?

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