Gambit defeated Natus Vincere 2-0 (16-6 Cobblestone, 16-12 Overpass) in the upper bracket final of the ECS Season 5 Europe Challenge Cup, earning a spot in ECS.
The match kicked off on Cobblestone, the Ukrainian team's map pick, where they weren't able to get the good CT start, but still ended with a respectable number of six rounds going into the Terrorist side. However, Gambit locked it down on the defensive side, with Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov, Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev and Rustem "mou" Telepov putting up strong performances to close the map quickly, 16-6.
Overpass followed, where Natus Vincere started off much better, grabbing a 7-4 lead as Terrorists despite losing the pistol. However, with Denis "seized" Kostin on the forefront, Gambit recovered and took the lead going into the second half, 8-7.
K - D
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple
44 - 36
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie
43 - 39
Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic
32 - 38
Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward
24 - 38
Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus
21 - 43
With this result, Gambit have, for the first time, qualified for one of the two top online leagues. The squad is currently playing their fourth consecutive ESEA MDL season in hopes of qualifying for ESL Pro League, and have failed in their last four attempts to make ECS, placing third the last two times.
The following teams now have a spot in ECS Season 5: