Gambit Esports sweep OG in the Grand Finals of the WePlay Winter Madness online tournament to collect the $50,000 top prize of the $100,000 prize pool.
The win completes Gambit Esports’ run that saw them go 1-3 during the Group Stages of the online tournament. Having recently welcomed two members to their team, most did not really expect Gambit Esports to make it far, let alone win the tournament. However, on the backs of excellent rotations and clever drafts, Gambit Esports were able to claim their first notable tournament wub in their short two-year history in Dota 2. Meanwhile, as for OG, the loss will give the reigning TI champions a lot to think about in the coming days.
Both Gambit Esports and OG will be flying to Romania for the Bucharest Minor next week.
WePlay Winter Madness Grand Finals Recap
Gambit Esports kicked off the best-of-five series with a Meepo last pick. Set up perfectly to succeed, OG stood no chance as Nikita ‘Daxak‘ Kuzmin took over his lanes, and eventually, the game. The 21-year-old midlaner ended Game 1 with an 8/1/4 scoreline, making his presence felt right from the get go as he helped Gambit Esports walk to an easy 18-minute win. Game 2 was much closer as both teams went tit for tat, with OG slightly getting the upper hand for most of the early goings. However, after winning back-to-back teamfights at the 24-minute and 26-minute mark respectively, Gambit Esports would take the lead and never let go.
Facing elimination, OG decided to switch things up, taking away the tenth pick from Gambit Esports and putting Sébastien ‘7ckngMad‘ Debs on one of his comfort heroes, Beastmaster. But, despite an excellent start from 7ckingMad and the rest of OG, the team just crumbled as the game went past the laning stage.
The win is a good sign for Gambit Esports. Composed of former players from the ferzee five-man stack, the organization decided to take the gamble and benched two of their original members. Now, with Artiom ‘fng‘ Barshack, who is on loan from Team Spirit, as their captain, Gambit Esports are looking better than ever. They look like a team that has a good grasp on on the patch. More importantly, they’re looking like one of the dark horses to win the Bucharest Minor.
Just a few months into the new season, we’ve already seen two online tournaments with sizeable prize pools and notable teams. First, there was the Maincast Autumn Brawl back in October, which had a $80,000 prize pool and featured teams like Virtus.Pro and Team Secret. Now, there’s the WePlay Winter Madness tournament, boasting a $100,000 prize pool and featuring notable teams such as OG and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
With months in between Valve-sanctioned tournaments and big LANs, more and more organizers are seeing the opportunity and are hosting online tournaments more.
Here’s to hoping that the WePlay Winter Madness won’t be the last.
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