Gambit through to IEM Katowice grand final over Spirit

Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov and company stopped a comeback attempt on Inferno to secure a 2-0 victory over Spirit.

Gambit have become the first team confirmed for Sunday’s best-of-five grand final at 15:00 , where they will play the winner of Liquid vs. Virtus.pro, after taking out Spirit in a two map semi-final on Overpass (16-11) and Inferno (16-13).

With this victory Gambit have become the first team to defeat Spirit in a month, breaking an eight match winning streak which included victories over BIG, G2, Heroic and Astralis, and it was none other than Gambit who last beat Spirit in the DreamHack Open January group stage before Nikolay "⁠mir⁠" Bityukov and company would go on to win the tournament.

Gambit, who have made the grand final through the lower bracket after an initial loss to Evil Geniuses in the first round of play set the pace against Spirit on their own pick, Overpass, a map they lost twice in the early stages of the tournament, to Evil Geniuses and Heroic, before going back to winning ways on it against Natus Vincere in the quarter-finals.

Ax1Le topped the scoreboard in the derby with a 1.32 rating

Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov and company won the first four rounds on the attacking side before Spirit were able to put up a winning defense, although Gambit didn't let up, taking an early 8-3 lead. Late in the half Boris "⁠magixx⁠" Vorobiev and Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov, who had low impact in the early rounds, had several multi-kill rounds to bring the half to a closer 6-9 before switching sides.

nafany and Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov locked down the A site in the second pistol round for Gambit to hit double digits, but Spirit struck back in the second round pistol buy with a successful fast play on A. Gambit hit back with a forcebuy of their own in a chaotic start to the second half, settling play and taking a 14-7 lead before another A forcebuy by Spirit that ended with Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov winning a 1vs2 clutch gave the attacking team a lifeline.

Up against map point two rounds later chopper won a 1vs3 to keep his team alive, although Gambit didn't stutter and closed the map 16-11.

Gambit brought out the steamroller on Inferno, going up 4-0 on their rival’s map pick as Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov kept his team cruising ahead with a 1vs3 clutch. It wasn’t until the ninth round that Spirit were able to get into the game, but with sh1ro and Ax1Le firing on all cylinders Gambit kept plowing forward to take a massive 12-3 lead at the half.

Spirit started their defense with a win in the pistol round as degster took down three players with his USP, but a forcebuy play on the A site by Gambit worked out in the attacking team's favor and put Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev and company up against the ropes.

Spirit once again found themselves going up against several map points, although this time around they started to mount a serious comeback attempt, making it all the way to 11-15. Gambit crossed the line in the closing rounds of the map, however, and secured a 16-13 victory to proceed to the IEM Katowice grand final.

Matchpage
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27th February 2021
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Overpass
16
13
Inferno
16
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 36 +2 80.3 1.08
33 - 35 -2 61.5 0.93
36 - 41 -5 63.7 0.92
27 - 40 -13 59.8 0.86
31 - 33 -2 57.8 0.85
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 30 +18 78.7 1.32
37 - 39 -2 85.9 1.18
37 - 32 +5 65.4 1.06
29 - 23 +6 67.1 1.02
33 - 41 -8 72.8 0.99
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
662
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Russia Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
408
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.63
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Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
835
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
599
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
596
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
454
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
844
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
degster oof
2021-02-27 17:28
6 replies
#11
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United States MemeCrea
He threw against Neanderthals
2021-02-27 17:30
5 replies
wtf mens :o
2021-02-27 19:39
4 replies
#83
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United States MemeCrea
they look like cave mens
2021-02-28 04:14
3 replies
Lets not insult them based on their looks, they are great cs players and great guys
2021-02-28 04:34
2 replies
#85
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United States MemeCrea
#1
2021-02-28 04:42
1 reply
Thats not insulting thats a joke
2021-02-28 04:49
#4
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Hungary raffai
Nixe
2021-02-27 17:28
#5
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Hobbit too stronk.
2021-02-27 17:29
#6
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United States MemeCrea
Dexter threw
2021-02-27 17:29
1 reply
#45
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Russia M1shV4T
dexter chillin in 13-16
2021-02-27 18:22
ez
2021-02-27 17:29
ez for god hobbit
2021-02-27 17:29
Expected from major winner Hobbit.
2021-02-27 17:29
#13
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Turkey MrAycan
CIS have so many good individuals Astralis Navi Vitality Individuals are struggling rigth now but liquid can suprise
2021-02-27 17:30
Gambit is on fire, right now. It's insane!
2021-02-27 17:30
EZ for Major winner gambit
2021-02-27 17:31
#16
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United States poL_aris
respect for hobbit
2021-02-27 17:31
Gambit came out in incredible shape. Whatever Spirit were successful with Gambit closed with incredible aim and multifrags. Spirit showed in the end that they can play and win. But not today. WP Gambit.
2021-02-27 17:31
#19
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Chile cristiaan
sh1ro > s2mple
2021-02-27 17:32
#20
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Europe legal2333
GOATBIT
2021-02-27 17:32
GoDegster and Mir didnt play well. Wp my boys Gambit
2021-02-27 17:33
Gambit will win Katowice. Hobbit ez million
2021-02-27 17:33
#23
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Serbia LtN))
worst katowice ever imo
2021-02-27 17:33
9 replies
ofc))))))))))
2021-02-27 17:35
1 reply
#29
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Serbia LtN))
yes))))))))) gratz to gambit btw
2021-02-27 17:39
#26
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Poland grapeeeee
Lol, so much better than year ago. Great match Navi vs Liquid, good Quaters (especially cause gambit beat shit Navi) and now its gonna be nice semi final with liquid vs vp
2021-02-27 17:35
#28
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Brazil wololo10
You spell best wrong bud
2021-02-27 17:37
3 replies
#33
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Serbia LtN))
online event full of random results better than all those great LAN events through more than 10 years??
2021-02-27 17:44
2 replies
#36
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Brazil wololo10
I'm kidding but is nice to see different teams
2021-02-27 17:52
1 reply
#39
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Serbia LtN))
yes but this is a bit too much imo
2021-02-27 17:58
and you worst fan of csgo ever. you dont know about hobbit. hobbit always create gambit so good.
2021-02-27 18:23
1 reply
#53
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Serbia LtN))
thx
2021-02-27 18:33
first tier1 event, first tier1 semifinal and final. And one thing...make it happen
2021-02-27 17:34
Gj hobbit &co
2021-02-27 17:36
gg Dragons.. Gambit were clearly better this match Lets do it spirit !
2021-02-27 17:42
#35
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Kazakhstan k4harman
omg, thats cs made cis first time major winners, nostalgia...
2021-02-27 17:49
“Spirit started their defense with a win in the pistol round as degster took down three players with his USP” It was a cz actually
2021-02-27 17:53
Liquid v VP about to break twitch.... NA still alive boys! CSGO need us!!! =(
2021-02-27 17:59
gambit in poland 2: electric boogalo
2021-02-27 18:00
As expected :)
2021-02-27 18:03
hobbit_almost_2_majors_s1mple_0_majors KEKW
2021-02-27 18:04
4 replies
almost? XD
2021-02-27 18:33
3 replies
well granted he is in the finals but he hasnt won the second one yet but there is a 50-50 chance for it :D
2021-02-27 19:21
2 replies
but this isn't a major xd
2021-02-27 19:31
1 reply
i thought it was but i guess they changed it
2021-02-27 19:34
#44
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Brazil Anarchybr
Expected. Whoever thought Spirit are better than Gambit is delusional. Nice Kato for Spirit tough, gg
2021-02-27 18:05
2 replies
+1 if anyone thinks astralis is better than spirit is delusional as well spirit are way better
2021-02-27 18:33
1 reply
+1 if anyone thinks sprit is better than HWML is delusional as well HWML are way better
2021-02-27 19:31
#46
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Russia M1shV4T
Pogu
2021-02-27 18:22
Rip them((( vo will win final obviously but they almost..:
2021-02-27 18:26
ggs nice gambit
2021-02-27 18:28
pogg
2021-02-27 18:31
#54
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United States PP_Bizon
nice, knew they'd win
2021-02-27 18:41
They lost to a guy named nafany. Not funny...
2021-02-27 18:44
1 reply
nafunny
2021-02-27 19:36
Both teams look really good lately, too bad degster and mir didn't show up more. Maybe next time, degster needs to play more important matches i guess.... that's how it is.
2021-02-27 18:53
To be honest, Gambit is playing weird CS which is unplayable on long-run, they won this and they are in finals deserved. But i think TS > Gambit on long-run. GG both teams, respect to team spirit, it was good run @ IEM Katowice
2021-02-27 18:54
1 reply
Weird conclusion, I think it's vice versa.
2021-02-27 19:36
PogU
2021-02-27 19:27
Gambit stronk
2021-02-27 19:35
#68
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Russia mshkoda
Confident
2021-02-27 20:09
hobbit god
2021-02-27 20:12
#70
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Poland SebL
Gambit is looking insane, they are a TOP 5 team for me. Honestly I'm not surprised that they made the final with how they have been looking, they can win this event. It was a great match, both teams played great, both honestly could go to the final, this could've been the grand final match, but anyway, both teams are great, GL to both.
2021-02-27 20:15
ax1le best cis rifler atm
2021-02-27 20:33
Very good match! I support both of Spirit and Gambit! I hope both of these teams will improve significantly! Very happy to see Hobbit in the grand final! I hope Spirit will continue to become a successful and good team!
2021-02-27 21:10
#78
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Kazakhstan Dosss
wahahagahaga gde vy fany spirit sosnuli 2:0 1) navi 2) VP 3) gambit 99) spirit cis
2021-02-27 21:18
No offence but some of Gambit's players are relatively unknown. "You haven't been active recently and cannot post replies repeatedly within five minutes". Ummm what? I don't troll. I don't post nonsense. I don't spam. I behave like a normal person. No aggression. No attackinfg.No negativity. I do not response to people. What's the deal? :(
2021-02-27 22:05
2 replies
#82
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Russia VelsVivard
It's because you have been inactive for some time and just keep posting it'll go.
2021-02-28 00:47
1 reply
That's true. I have not been active for a really long time. Kstati käk Ty bratan?
2021-03-01 17:46
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