Gambit promote Youngsters roster

The young squad become the organisation's primary lineup after impressing over the last 18 months.

Gambit have announced that their academy team, called Gambit Youngsters, is now the organisation's primary lineup. The team, who recently added PGL Major Krakow winner Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov, have spent 15 weeks inside the top 30 in the world rankings, peaking at No. 25 in November 2019.

Gambit Youngsters were created in April 2019 following a selection process that took place at a bootcamp and involved current NAVI coach Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy. The roster still holds three-fifths of the original roster and boasts two of the CIS' hottest prospects in Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolovwho was featured in our 'One for the future' series — and Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov.

Gambit Youngsters is now the organisation's main team

The team became Gambit's sole active squad in May 2019 after the organisation suspended their primary lineup, and raised eyebrows later that year after beating ViCi and ex-Epsilon on the way to the MSI MGA Finals title in New York. Since the start of 2020, they have won seven online tournaments and taken the scalps of teams like Natus Vincere, MIBR, forZe and Virtus.pro.

"Ever since Gambit Youngsters was formed, it was supposed to become a mainstay in HLTV.org’s top 30 to get rid of the "Youngsters" tag and become our primary line-up," Gambit CEO Konstantin "⁠groove⁠" Pikiner said in a statement. "We count on this squad to represent Gambit with dignity and the presence of PGL Major Krakow champion Abay "Hobbit" Khassenov will only bolster this historic connection."

Gambit will compete in the next Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament in the CIS region, IEM New York, which will run between October 13 and 25. The team are temporarily being coached by groove, who played for emax and Virtus.pro in CS 1.6, following the 8.75-month ban handed to Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov for abusing the spectator bug.

The Russian team currently feature:

Russia Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov
Russia Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov
Kazakhstan Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov
Russia Timofey "⁠interz⁠" Yakushin
Russia Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov

Russia Konstantin "⁠groove⁠" Pikiner (coach)

Estonia Anton "⁠supra⁠" Tšernobai (transfer listed)

Russia Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov (suspended)

Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
537
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
770
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
474
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.55
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
471
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
Estonia Anton 'supra' Tšernobai
Anton 'supra' Tšernobai
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
385
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Russia Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
457
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.60
Russia Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
Age:
37
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.60
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.83
finally lmao
2020-10-05 17:04
12 replies
ye was about time, only took supra to be listed for transfer
2020-10-05 17:04
new gambit > old gambit
2020-10-05 17:05
7 replies
old gambit 1 major_new gambit 0 major
2020-10-05 17:37
6 replies
major fluke tbh
2020-10-05 21:58
5 replies
why was it a fluke?
2020-10-06 00:41
4 replies
Everybody says its a fluke
2020-10-06 01:07
2 replies
so what? Does it mean that you have to be like them? Try to think on your own, without following opinion of the foolish crowd)
2020-10-06 16:39
#123
CeRq | 
Poland RoDaK
did u at least watch the tournament or you;re just one of these people that repeats stupid shit?
2020-10-06 17:25
#127
L.K.S | 
Other Xeeh
You like that new dragon fruit freeze at taco bell?
2020-10-12 07:37
Hobbit "Youngster" Pick 1.
2020-10-05 17:16
2 replies
so they are not "Youngsters" anymore
2020-10-05 17:31
Well even with Hobbit the average age of the lienup is 21 years and without him its sill 19 years so I think they are youngsters. Also hobbit is only 26
2020-10-05 18:05
#2
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Finland neksu
deserved
2020-10-05 17:04
who
2020-10-05 17:04
Gambit are back!
2020-10-05 17:04
Coach?
2020-10-05 17:04
2 replies
#26
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Serbia LtN))
Russia Konstantin "⁠groove⁠" Pikiner (coach)
2020-10-05 17:08
#27
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United Kingdom Aqishimaaa
"groove", it says so in the article ^^
2020-10-05 17:08
#6
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Other caio17
about time
2020-10-05 17:04
gg
2020-10-05 17:04
Took em way too long
2020-10-05 17:05
Achievement Unlocked!
2020-10-05 17:05
Good. Now kick Hobbit and add Supra back to the roster.
2020-10-05 17:05
8 replies
#18
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Australia Sify
hobbit_2_major?
2020-10-05 17:05
1 reply
Hobbit is garbage. He went from being a very good player to trash so quickly. Supra >>>>>>>>> Hobbit. Krad and Forester is also good options.
2020-10-05 17:14
#54
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Ukraine ksay
but hobbit is calling
2020-10-05 17:34
4 replies
Well, who called before Hobbit joined?
2020-10-05 17:40
3 replies
nafany
2020-10-05 17:47
2 replies
Isn't Nafany still calling?
2020-10-06 01:15
1 reply
I think hobbit is calling atm
2020-10-06 06:52
+1
2020-10-05 21:19
It's about that time
2020-10-05 17:05
#15
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Germany ConAction
about fucking time!
2020-10-05 17:05
gj
2020-10-05 17:05
They can't hold youngsters tag anymore with 26 yo Hobbit LOL
2020-10-05 17:05
1 reply
he looks like 16 so no problem
2020-10-05 17:25
Respect for shoutout to Supra
2020-10-05 17:06
2 replies
+1
2020-10-05 18:25
+1 could get to decent t2 team
2020-10-05 18:39
#20
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Germany I_car
Finally!
2020-10-05 17:06
#21
Lack1 | 
Russia bult0
Deserved
2020-10-05 17:06
Slower then molasses, this should have happened a year ago
2020-10-05 17:07
Ok
2020-10-05 17:07
#24
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France Uexo
that finally makes sense lmao
2020-10-05 17:07
#25
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Serbia LtN))
expected
2020-10-05 17:08
Nice
2020-10-05 17:09
#29
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China MapiaGames
When they was as YOUNGSTERS they was trying hard. NOW! THEY GONNA MATCHFIX!
2020-10-05 17:09
they probably did not want to give them a pay rise lmao
2020-10-05 17:11
gambit elderly now)))
2020-10-05 17:12
nice
2020-10-05 17:12
Bout time
2020-10-05 17:13
wow such pro gamings thats just unrealz wow many pro such wow
2020-10-05 17:14
#35
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Hungary Pitsa31
Are they going to bulld new youngsters team then?
2020-10-05 17:14
#36
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Why cut Supra though
2020-10-05 17:14
2 replies
#71
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France cedd
he couldnt get visa to russia and they want to bootcamp. was mentioned in previous article
2020-10-05 18:00
1 reply
#75
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Ah yes, I forgot. Thanks for the reminder Mr.cedd
2020-10-05 18:04
About time
2020-10-05 17:15
Finally. It's a shame that Supra won't continue playing with them.
2020-10-05 17:19
#41
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United States kami917
Gambit with Supra>gambit with hobbit They were on like a ten match win streak with Supra not too long before he was benched. Did they ever say why they benched him?
2020-10-05 17:19
6 replies
Apparently issues with travel given he is Estonian and the COVID situation going by the article on that
2020-10-05 17:22
5 replies
#66
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United States kami917
Ah unfortunate. I must’ve missed the article. I wouldn’t be willing to transfer him if I’m gambit, considering how good they were with him and that in probably 6 months the circuit will be back to normal.
2020-10-05 17:49
4 replies
#72
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France cedd
yeah they basically said that they couldnt get a visa for him and they want to bootcamp, so he cant make it to boocamp in russia
2020-10-05 18:01
3 replies
#77
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United States kami917
Damn that’s a shitty reason to break up a highly successful team. They were easily the best t2 team with Supra.
2020-10-05 18:05
2 replies
they're very good t2 team rn even without him so...
2020-10-06 16:41
1 reply
#122
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United States kami917
But not as good as they were with him. Like I said they were far and wide the best t2 team with him, now they might be 2nd or 3rd best.
2020-10-06 16:42
Amazing work by the team Congrats
2020-10-05 17:20
PogChamp
2020-10-05 17:22
I haven't read it yet but I hope they got promoted to gambit oldsters because of hobbit's age
2020-10-05 17:24
#47
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Brazil KingDavi
Sh1ro and axile super good players
2020-10-05 17:27
pick sexy dosia then
2020-10-05 17:28
FINALLY took waaay to long mens)))
2020-10-05 17:30
Congratulations guys, this is definitely a confident step in their career. We will see what awaits them next
2020-10-05 17:30
No need to change the name everyone knows they are main lineup
2020-10-05 17:33
wooow graduation
2020-10-05 17:33
#55
N1K3RR | 
Finland sAA_
with hobbot? lmao
2020-10-05 17:36
Rip my boy supra
2020-10-05 17:36
1 reply
+1
2020-10-07 15:44
woohoo botpra kicked
2020-10-05 17:37
Evolving
2020-10-05 17:41
#61
AM | 
Kazakhstan impvac
hobbit <3
2020-10-05 17:43
young no more now we can die in peace
2020-10-05 17:44
#63
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Poland SebL
It was rather obvious that they would do that, it's weird to have academy roster when you don't have a primary lineup. And overall this team has looked pretty good, with small changes I think they could reach TOP 15.
2020-10-05 17:47
months to late but finally
2020-10-05 17:47
this is very nice and the right attitude of the org. congratulations on both the org and the team, these younglings deserve the chance and the spotlight :D
2020-10-05 17:52
About fking time
2020-10-05 17:54
Daddy Hobbit's back :)
2020-10-05 17:55
#73
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France cedd
glad they got pay raise they deserve <3
2020-10-05 18:01
ma bitch aint a hobbit
2020-10-05 18:01
#78
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Canada sad_face
3 of them have "GOD" in a tt nickname wtf XD
2020-10-05 18:08
#79
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Denmark Jonasnhj
They really deserve it. They are really talented and way better than the old main roster was
2020-10-05 18:15
#81
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Brazil enxofre
deserved
2020-10-05 18:22
sh1ro have no twitter
2020-10-05 18:28
Well, finally Gambit thought they deserved a raise, lol.
2020-10-05 18:47
#86
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Russia Syonamaru
Let's go g
2020-10-05 18:55
#87
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China HEIDASHUAi
Deserved
2020-10-05 19:00
gambit made sure that shiro got no twitter so navi cant contact him
2020-10-05 19:03
1 reply
lmao
2020-10-05 19:21
#89
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Lithuania JustSphex
Just as they flex about weeks at TOP30, they fall out to #33 place LUL
2020-10-05 19:08
Sad Supra is benched and H0bbit in :(
2020-10-05 19:16
#91
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Hungary szia
About time
2020-10-05 19:17
buy this team but without hobbit
2020-10-05 19:17
#94
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
Finally!
2020-10-05 19:23
#95
Lack1 | 
Russia bult0
THEY ARE NOW OUT OF TOP-30 KEKW
2020-10-05 19:23
#96
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Hungary Shiron212
Nice!
2020-10-05 19:37
Deserved, promising roster!
2020-10-05 19:43
Gambling eSports
2020-10-05 20:17
Noo
2020-10-05 20:33
shit org, shit players
2020-10-05 20:34
n00bs
2020-10-05 20:35
Lmao xDDDDDD
2020-10-05 20:45
Expected
2020-10-05 20:53
Shiro still has no twitter LOL
2020-10-05 20:54
Okey boys, we are youngster no more
2020-10-05 23:39
legendary gambot
2020-10-06 01:10
#114
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New Zealand SkirmishX
Waiting for X-God return :(
2020-10-06 04:03
Deserved
2020-10-06 06:40
Can they get supra back now and become a good team again please
2020-10-06 10:47
1 reply
Covid won here. :(
2020-10-07 15:45
#119
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CIS sergioff
finally
2020-10-06 14:12
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