Gambit claim three straight maps versus Virtus Pro to win IEM Katowice|Dot Esports
After running the onslaught through both the play-in phase and the lower bracket of their group stage, Gambit Esports won the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice today.
Gambit took on versus Virtus Pro in the best-of-five grand finals in what was a showcase of 2 blistering hot CIS-region groups. Gambit remained in problem early after directly losing their opening map badger Vertigo 16-14. However the previous Youngsters would not be rejected.
After VP took Gambit’s first pick by a slim margin, Gambit came right back and controlled VP on their first map choice of Dust 2 by a 16-6 rating. The usually quiet Gambit lurker Timofey “interz” Yakushin had an outright display with a 25-9 KD along with a handful of clutches and opening choices.
With the series connected 1-1, Gambit had another map choice in Train and didn’t squander their benefit. They routed VP a lot more decisively with a 16-4 rating and denied VP any second-half round for the 2nd straight map. It was the veteran and previous major winner Abay “Hobbit” Khassenov that stepped up for Gambit with 25 eliminates and several enormous clutches.
Eyeing the finish line and still hot from Train, Hobbit came out swinging on Overpass, illuminating for 19 kills on the T-side in just the first half. Gambit held off a late VP resurgence in the second half to declare a third straight map, the series 3-1, and the title.
This is the biggest win for this form of the Gambit lineup given that they were promoted from the academy team back in October, dumping the Youngsters title. It’s the greatest win for the company considering that their not likely significant success over Immortals at PGL Krakow 2017. They declared the $400,000 prize and moved to the top of the BLAST Premier Global Leaderboard.
They will contend in both the Peak Cup and ESL Pro League Season 13 over the next week.