Gambit beat HAVU to win Pinnacle Cup

Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov put on a masterclass to spearhead the Russian side to success in the $100,000 event.

Gambit have secured the Pinnacle Cup title and $80,000 with a 2-1 victory over HAVU in the grand final. The Russian squad dominated the opening Train (16-8) off the back of a standout showing from sh1ro before unexpectedly dropping their map pick of Mirage (10-16), on which they had held a 100% win rate over seven maps in 2021 prior to their encounter with HAVU. Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov rose to the occasion on Overpass (16-7) to provide his team with the extra firepower to secure the victory in the three-map affair.

HAVU entered the grand final brimming with confidence after they ran over their Swiss stage opponents and then dispatched SAW, NIP, and BIG in the playoffs. However, they ended up faltering at the last hurdle against the tournament favourites, who had been directly invited to the quarter-finals and defeated Wisla Krakow and Spirit to set up the clash with the Finnish team.

sh1ro led the way with a 1.61 grand final rating

sh1ro kicked off the grand final with one of his renowned clutches, outmaneuvering his opponents in a 1v2 on the CT pistol of Train. The star AWPer continued his dominance throughout the half as he spearheaded Gambit to a 9-6 lead with a 21-4 K-D and seven multi-kills. After the Russian side came out on the offence with the same intensity to promptly add four to their tally, a team ace got HAVU on the board in the second half as they looked to reduce the deficit, but back-to-back triple kills from Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov propelled Gambit to map point. The Finns could only muster one more round before Train concluded at 16-8.

HAVU responded on Gambit's pick, Mirage, by putting up a commanding defensive display to win ten consecutive rounds on the way to an 11-4 half. Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov and co. found their footing as the two teams swapped sides to string together six rounds and get hot on HAVU’s heels, but the Finns regrouped and hit a higher gear to close out the map 16-10 and level the series.

Gambit had enough after losing their undefeated streak on Mirage and ran rampant on Overpass to redeem themselves. The Russian squad racked up 12 rounds on the CT side off the back of solid performances from the trio of Ax1Le, Hobbit and sh1ro. HAVU attempted to kick-start a comeback by winning the second half pistol, but Gambit hit back to pull further ahead, with a Ax1Le ace helping his team to series point. The Finns held out for three rounds before the inevitable 16th round went in favour of the world's No.3 team, who added another trophy to their cabinet to continue their impressive rise in 2021.

Matchpage
2
1
4th April 2021
16
Train
8
10
Mirage
16
16
Overpass
7
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
71 - 33 +38 99.4 1.61
60 - 48 +12 85.9 1.28
62 - 48 +14 85.1 1.20
45 - 47 -2 75.1 1.10
42 - 47 -5 70.3 0.99
 HAVU K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 55 -7 76.8 0.95
51 - 54 -3 62.6 0.90
45 - 56 -11 69.4 0.86
42 - 60 -18 63.8 0.81
37 - 56 -19 63.5 0.80
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
628
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
625
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
691
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Nice try HAVU! Gambit just too strong!
2021-04-04 15:47
12 replies
GG
2021-04-04 15:51
+1
2021-04-04 15:52
Gg wp
2021-04-04 16:16
GG
2021-04-04 16:21
#40
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Russia WiHuu
+1
2021-04-04 16:33
+1 gg's
2021-04-04 16:34
+1
2021-04-04 16:36
Havu has very good team with very good future
2021-04-04 17:10
#60
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Australia B_Tannen
ez gambit
2021-04-04 17:17
didn't see any chances for HAVU to win this one after what they did with Dignitas but they got a map, nice one tho
2021-04-04 17:24
#69
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Finland OGx
gg
2021-04-04 18:22
#75
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United States Bl1zzardZ
GG
2021-04-04 22:45
nt Havu
2021-04-04 15:47
gg wp
2021-04-04 15:48
#4
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Switzerland x676
ahhahahahahahahaha
2021-04-04 15:48
HAVU well played, good job Gambit
2021-04-04 15:49
gg wp
2021-04-04 15:49
#7
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Jordan Zereeni
gg
2021-04-04 15:50
#8
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Denmark urm@m
TOO EASY THREW MAP 2 FOR CONTENT BUT OTHERWISE IT WAS EASYYYYYYYYYYYY
2021-04-04 15:51
2 replies
#25
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United States GameZ_iwnl
makin their Mirage look weak for the next big event so they can use it as a sleeper pick
2021-04-04 16:09
#38
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Finland justuso33
flag checks out
2021-04-04 16:24
Ez for major winners
2021-04-04 15:51
#11
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Hungary Shiron212
F for HAVU Well played
2021-04-04 15:52
rematch in major final
2021-04-04 15:53
GOD sh1ro
2021-04-04 15:53
gambit two in a row, they take thoseeeeeeeee.
2021-04-04 16:01
5 replies
two in a row?
2021-04-04 16:02
3 replies
Probably tournaments
2021-04-04 16:04
2 replies
but they havent
2021-04-04 16:29
1 reply
Katowice >> this
2021-04-04 17:04
#71
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Finland Lolipowerr
They just lost to cph?
2021-04-04 18:52
#16
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Finland Nollegee
GG wp both teams, Gambit so strong team right now!
2021-04-04 16:02
ez
2021-04-04 16:03
gambit onliners :D:D they will disappear when lans start again...
2021-04-04 16:03
7 replies
Cry is free HAVU rekt by Gambit EASY ENCE rekt by VP easiest 3-15 comeback EVER 4 letters team = BOTS especially if finish
2021-04-04 16:05
5 replies
#26
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United Kingdom Triturn
mens((
2021-04-04 16:09
2 replies
Yes but I said '4 letters TEAM', and I see your flair is FaZe CLAN you're safe mens))
2021-04-04 17:08
1 reply
#63
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United Kingdom Triturn
Ayy
2021-04-04 17:32
MIBR
2021-04-04 16:11
1 reply
exactly my point
2021-04-04 17:06
No they will disappear before that
2021-04-04 16:39
Gambit keeps rekting, keeps winning, lez go!
2021-04-04 16:04
#22
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Russia mshkoda
CIS era
2021-04-04 16:05
expected
2021-04-04 16:05
#Next_s1mple
2021-04-04 16:10
GG
2021-04-04 16:11
#30
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France cedd
good job to gambit, they really working hard. also really funny to see angry bettors throwing conspiracy theories aroundm have fun losing ur money dipshits
2021-04-04 16:16
#32
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
EZ money for Gambit
2021-04-04 16:16
shiro top 1
2021-04-04 16:17
1 reply
*top 2 s1mple top 1 sh2ro top 2 3ywoo top 3 and ofc Dev4ce mir top 5
2021-04-04 16:20
Why is a tier 1 team getting invited to lootbet tier tournaments? Seems unfair for the other tier 2-3 teams
2021-04-04 16:19
7 replies
#37
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Finland Glibsu
Motivates lower teams. Like havu wanted definetly show that they can play against tier 1 teams and they even won 1 map from gambit which might be good confident boost for them
2021-04-04 16:22
#44
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North America joeS
You new to CS? Most T2-T3 teams can show up any day and beat any one of your favorite teams with proper strats and a little bit of luck.
2021-04-04 16:46
there was spirit, nip, big, , gambit so 4 top 10 teams
2021-04-04 16:54
4 replies
They always invite top30 teams into playoffs btw. It wasnt 1 time thing
2021-04-04 17:10
1 reply
I know thats what im saying. So its not like t2-t3 tournament
2021-04-04 17:16
I think it's good to invite some teams that are a bit better, but inviting possibly the strongest team in the world? That's a bit much imo
2021-04-04 17:53
1 reply
Then it wouldve been too easy 80k for havu :D just kidding
2021-04-04 17:53
#45
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Netherlands staticNL
100k$ event? mental
2021-04-04 16:52
14 replies
This events are really suss tho. I wouldnt be surprised if money laundering was happening in order to get the prize money.
2021-04-04 17:11
13 replies
#57
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Netherlands staticNL
pinnacle is a betting platform, so maybe they just want to invest a shit ton into cs, seeing as betting platforms are mostly insanely rich. Better to be a sponsor of a bigger tournament though. not many viewers here
2021-04-04 17:12
1 reply
That is exactly what i find fishy about those tournaments. Its the prize money distribution and how much of bad invsetment it seems. Anyway no proof means its speculation and nothing else.
2021-04-07 20:38
what mafia do u think organizes these tournies
2021-04-04 18:27
10 replies
If i had to guess italian (most of the malta tournaments) Or well to be compeltly honest russian / ukranian extremum as well are kinda shady org so basically same kind of people...
2021-04-07 20:37
9 replies
italian mafia or the sicilian mafia
2021-04-08 18:07
8 replies
thats question or answer?
2021-04-08 18:17
7 replies
ques
2021-04-08 18:32
6 replies
Sicily is part of Italy so either
2021-04-08 18:39
5 replies
they are rivals tho
2021-04-08 18:40
4 replies
Doesnt matter point is that money is most likely shady
2021-04-08 18:41
3 replies
okkay thankks mens
2021-04-08 18:41
2 replies
But nothing can be proven...
2021-04-08 18:42
1 reply
i have insider info classified only dont tell anyone
2021-04-08 18:43
Easy for Gambit, first place in HLTV rankings incoming soon.
2021-04-04 17:14
#62
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United States Gonginator
Let's go Gambit! Keep up the hard work - 2021 is looking to be a great year for you guys :)
2021-04-04 17:27
1 reply
#66
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
+1 I'm excited to see what will happen with Team Gambit in the months to come. :)
2021-04-04 17:48
#64
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Russia Kirillqa89
Sh1roO
2021-04-04 17:47
#65
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
A lot of bettors assume the second map to have been thrown which is rather unorthodox but GG Gambit and Well played also to HAVU for taking a map off them. :D sh1ro went absolutely nuts in that grand-final...
2021-04-04 17:47
2 replies
I honestly don't think Gambit will ever be involved in anything fishy (again??) since they've broken into tier 1 and gained a solid status as a top team. would be a complete waste to throw it all away for some quick cash
2021-04-04 22:49
1 reply
#77
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Yeah, exactly. Just because match-fixing can happen doesn't mean it is going to happen, it must always be treated as a possibility.
2021-04-04 22:57
#72
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Argentina k0digo
GOD SH1RO!
2021-04-04 19:01
Gambit too stronk
2021-04-04 19:40
#74
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Finland vjollila
it was good learning game for boys and more opportunities probably comes sooner or later if they keep strong form
2021-04-04 22:18
I don't even wanna know the profits of the Gambit organization from prize winnings. Is there anyone who are above in CS:GO?
2021-04-05 12:36
2 replies
wtf? Astralis maybe?
2021-04-05 12:41
1 reply
Looks like Astralis were merely 5th last year. Yeah, I overshot, I thought Gambit won so much more since stacking even those lower tier tournaments could make a huge number. It did not.
2021-04-05 12:45
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