what's sad is that they weren't complete flukes.
Gambit had a big rise up to the Major and were looking like dark horses for semifinalists and afterwards they went to shit after Zeus and Kane left which is out of the rosters control when a vital part of their success leaves.
C9 was in the same situation and looked good afterward but the 2nd place at cs_summit clearly deflated them since they mainly ran on egos and personality with Stew and Tarik powering them with their hype mainly. After the 2nd place you saw them lose momentum and when Stew left instead of finding someone who fit the role they went for an IGL which didn't fit the loose, aimer style they had. On top of that Ska was clearly done with the pro scene as he finally won a Major. If they would've picked up someone like Nifty (even though he didn't wanna AWP or IGL) and gave Tarik or Auti the AWP and have Tarik IGL as well as picking up some lower level NA star they could've done so much better than this mix they have