- July 24, 2017
After three hard fought days in the Tauron Arena, Krakow, Gambit lifted the trophy – a conclusion that nobody saw coming. Now that our heads have cooled down, Esportsranks brings you a quick Krakow Major recap.
Krakow Major Recap: An Unlikely Winner
If I had told you a month ago that Gambit would walk away with the major title you’d probably respond with no more than a laugh. However, through a series of what can’t be called much more than miracles, the CIS team walk away champions. Whether you credit it to Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko’s leading style or the fragging prowess of any other Gambit member, the CIS squad proved to be worthy winners.
Besting Fnatic, Astralis and Immortals, the road to the trophy wasn’t an easy one for Gambit. However, in the face of adversity they prevailed, proving to the world how deep the CS:GO scene is in terms of win potential. With the win, Gambit take home $500K USD as well as the Krakow Major title, an achievement they won’t soon forget.
Leading the team, Zeus professed his determination for a major more than a year ago in a tweet which seemed far fetched at the time. However, hard work does indeed pay off. Each member of Gambit played upwards of 80 hours in two weeks prior to Krakow.
Krakow Major Recap: Where Are the Favourites?
For Gambit to face Immortals in the final, three favourites had to be dispatched on the way. How did each one fall?
First to depart from the favourites were FaZe. The Europeans went out in appalling fashion. They faltered in the group stages, 0-3. Despite FaZe being a favourite for a top finish, the random nature of the Swiss group stage proved to be the demise of the Europeans.
Although making the quarter finals in convincing fashion, Astralis proved to be too much for the number one team. The failed at the most critical moment. Despite falling early to Astralis, SK can hold their heads high knowing their losses only come at the hands of the best. The same cannot be said of FaZe though.
Although the Danish squad dispatched one of the best team in the world in the quarter finals, the eventual winners of Gambit proved to be too much for Astralis, falling in three close maps. Astralis should be satisfied with this performance, however wondering what could’ve been should they have been able to beat Gambit.
Whether this was just a one-time glimpse of brilliance or a legitimate claim to a favourite status, Gambit have definitely pulled of an upset here. The other teams will definitely have to watch out for them in the upcoming tournaments.
We certainly didn’t expect this kind of outcome in our preview a week ago.
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