Gambit Esports broke a lot of hearts on Saturday, February 16, after taking home the crown and the trophy at the Dota 2 Valentine Madness online tournament organized by WePlay!.
Entering the tournament as one of the weaker teams, nobody really thought that Gambit Esports had a fair chance. This is especially true after Ninjas in Pyjamas looked all but set to hoist the trophy. However, by the time these two teams would meet in the Grand Finals for the second time this tournament, Gambit Esports looked like a completely different team — more confident and more aggressive.
Nikita ‘Daxak‘ Kuzmin was particularly impressive for Gambit Esports. He set the tone for the rest of the team right from the very start of the tournament. In total, he would lead the entire tournament in average K/D/A with 8.93 across 18 games. But, in the Grand Finals, he was truly special. Despite his team’s aggressive playstyle, Daxak would die only 4 times throughout the entire series, while posting 26 kills.
By winning the Dota 2 Valentine Madness online tournament, Gambit Esports have won both WePlay! tournaments this season. Gambit Esports also won the Dota 2 Winter Madness online tournament earlier in January.
For their efforts, Gambit Esports will take home $50,000 of the $100,000 prize pool. Meanwhile, the runner-ups, Ninjas in Pyjamas, will go home with $20,000 and a painful lesson.
What’s Next for Gambit Esports?
Despite winning two WePlay! tournaments, Gambit Esports have not had much success in big events. Case in point, they have only qualified for a Major once, which was at the Kuala Lumpur Major, where they bombed out in last place. Although they failed to qualify for the next Major, they had a relatively good showing at the Bucharest Minor, where they finished just second to EHOME, who only dropped a single game the entire tournament.
With that said, Gambit Esports will now look to try and secure their berth for the third Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
It will not come easy, though. Gambit Esports face heavy competition at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor, with both OG and Vici Gaming billed by many as the front-runners to win it all. But, then again, Gambit Esports are no strangers to upsets, and they’ve shown that they are not a team that will be faced when up against top-level competition.
Here’s to hoping that winning the Dota 2 Valentine Madness online tournament was just the start.
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