Ax1Le shines as Gambit brush aside Astralis in ESL Pro League Play-In

The IEM Katowice champions put in another dominant display to extend their flawless record in the tournament.

Gambit are through to the semi-final stage of ESL Pro League 13 following a two-map victory over Astralis, who will have to fight for survival on Friday against FURIA. The CIS side's sixth straight win of the tournament was decorated by an imperious display from Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov, who put in a 2.27 rating - the second-highest of his career - to power his team to an easy victory on Overpass. Inferno was a tit-for-tat affair for the most part, but uncharacteristic slip-ups late in the second half saw Astralis cede control over to their opponents.

"It was a typical day for Ax1Le, he's killing it every time," Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov said after the match. "I'd like to say thanks to my teammates. I was a bit stressed on Inferno, but nafany's calls were really great. I didn't expect us to win Inferno. I had lost a lot of Inferno games to Astralis. It's hard to play against them on this map."

Ax1Le was the top fragger on both maps

Astralis picked up an early lead on Overpass, but it all fell apart for the Danes from there as Gambit responded immediately on a force-buy and took control of proceedings. The CIS team tore Astralis' defence apart in an 11-4 rout, with Ax1Le leading the charge with 21 frags and a stunning 153 ADR.

The 18-year-old added to his tally with a trio of frags in the following pistol round to fire Gambit further into the lead and pile even more misery on Astralis, who began to put some rounds together once they had money in the bank. Their resistance didn't last long, however, and the red-hot Russians soon laid the game to rest.

The early stages of Inferno belonged to Gambit, who kept Astralis at bay with a tight defence, shutting down any chances of their opponents gaining a foothold in the game. The Danes then enjoyed a spell of dominance and went on an 8-1 run, but their hopes of taking the series to a third map were quashed when they lost two rounds that appeared to be under control (a 5v2 and a 4v2). Gambit built on that momentum, bringing Astralis' economy to a crawl, and locked down the map in quick fashion.

Matchpage
2
0
8th April 2021
16
Overpass
7
16
Inferno
12
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 27 +34 120.0 1.83
39 - 33 +6 81.7 1.23
38 - 30 +8 86.9 1.21
35 - 24 +11 66.3 1.21
26 - 30 -4 55.1 0.96
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
32 - 41 -9 74.6 0.90
34 - 39 -5 69.6 0.85
30 - 39 -9 63.1 0.82
25 - 39 -14 59.8 0.80
23 - 42 -19 55.4 0.66
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
926
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
693
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
wow
2021-04-08 21:40
14 replies
+1
2021-04-08 21:41
120 ADR
2021-04-08 21:45
7 replies
name explains it
2021-04-08 21:51
6 replies
Why isn't your name "jealous_bitch" then?
2021-04-09 02:29
5 replies
LMAO owned! Xopowo
2021-04-09 02:53
#147
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Indonesia lumayan
LMAOOOO
2021-04-09 03:26
Lmao
2021-04-09 11:31
HAHAHAHAHA
2021-04-09 15:47
Much oof
2021-04-09 16:53
#172
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Finland r1CEsT1CK
It’s an online match so yeah gambit will start loosing when LANs come back
2021-04-09 09:30
4 replies
#176
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United States Shr3y
Trueeee
2021-04-09 10:13
#189
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Denmark Bagjo
Silly comment.. Gambit wins cos they are a better team atm..
2021-04-09 12:28
Yeah cuz it;s so much diff for both team that they play online.... Especially Asstralis that can ez get all ppl together. You are either troll or just stupid
2021-04-09 15:50
+1 chromosome comment
2021-04-09 17:30
gambit 2 gud
2021-04-08 21:40
#7
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Georgia Megobari
Expected Xyp9x, lul XD
2021-04-08 21:40
some people really thought Astralis has chances against Gambit, KEKW
2021-04-08 21:40
1 reply
Why wouldnt they? they won 2-0 last time haha
2021-04-09 14:44
Dev3se
2021-04-08 21:40
2 replies
#64
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Russia xtkjdtr01
Oh god u cant even do it right
2021-04-08 22:08
Jerman Spell
2021-04-08 22:24
so nice seeing hobbit on a good team again, he deserves it
2021-04-08 21:40
Astralis learning Gambit playstyle and trends in a match, that still secures at least a sixth place, a potential semi against Heroic and avoiding their nemesis, CoL, is pretty genius Gambit still played very well
2021-04-08 21:41
13 replies
cant wait till they loose against furia :DD
2021-04-08 21:49
9 replies
+1
2021-04-08 21:52
Well, we'll have the answer tomorrow. I think Astralis has Furia figured out, and if they are in a little bit better form than today, they will face Heroic next
2021-04-08 21:54
6 replies
yeah tbh they will probably win. But they need to be better prepared than today
2021-04-08 22:03
4 replies
Ax1Le unbeatable today
2021-04-08 22:09
3 replies
true that. if gambit has sh1ro or Ax1le showing up its insane
2021-04-08 22:21
2 replies
sh1ro is fundamentally less important than either ax1le or Hobbit.
2021-04-08 22:55
1 reply
that is true, but if he is feeling it its insane
2021-04-08 22:58
I hope/think Astralis will crush Furia, excited to see an all-Danish semis
2021-04-09 03:11
+1 imaging how stupid will be astralis fans with their analysis
2021-04-09 09:48
nice excuse xaxaaxa
2021-04-08 22:23
2 replies
"Saving strats for Major" used last time. Have to vary the excuses
2021-04-08 22:58
1 reply
but if Astralis won the game it would be "astralis showing that they are better" ahh the classic
2021-04-08 23:22
axile insane player they need to check him pc
2021-04-08 21:40
5 replies
his*
2021-04-08 23:40
2 replies
#126
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Finland Kujis
him*
2021-04-09 01:39
him*
2021-04-09 02:38
#156
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Europe AlL1n
It's not normally.
2021-04-09 05:40
#164
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Ukraine lancee
And game
2021-04-09 07:31
#14
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Finland H0rnPub
TOOWASHDSTRALIS
2021-04-08 21:41
1 reply
washed comment
2021-04-09 00:26
#15
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Russia mshkoda
Never try to peak sh1ro without flashes) especially one by one And what a game by god Ax1le
2021-04-08 21:41
#16
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United States weaboo
l
2021-04-08 21:41
Xyp9x bottom fragging as usual
2021-04-08 21:41
1 reply
He should be bottomfragging, try playing just a pug and play the b site and on t side buy all the nades for your team before weapons and you will bottomfrag aswell
2021-04-09 07:17
EZ
2021-04-08 21:42
#26
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Italy who_car
Gamb1t > s0mple
2021-04-08 21:43
1 reply
0/8
2021-04-09 20:26
#27
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China HEIDASHUAi
GOD AX1LE
2021-04-08 21:43
#28
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Don't let the scoreline fool you, this was an absolutely fantastic series to watch and if not for Ax1Le, who went absolutely bananas, this series would've been much closer.
2021-04-08 21:43
4 replies
+1 Ax1Le is cracked
2021-04-08 21:48
#127
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Finland Kujis
I doubt it would have been close even if it was 4vs5, Astralis still would have lost 0-2.
2021-04-09 01:40
1 reply
I agree, the result would've most likely been the same but the series would've been much closer if not for Ax1Le constantly knocking them down in droves.
2021-04-09 01:41
+11111
2021-04-09 01:41
#31
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North America joeS
Gambit's story is so awesome, it's proof you can take an academy team, build them up, and make their way to the top. Everyone on the team puts in the work.
2021-04-08 21:44
11 replies
+1
2021-04-08 21:46
#73
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Big +1 here.
2021-04-08 22:18
+3
2021-04-08 22:29
#93
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Russia WiHuu
+1
2021-04-08 22:39
+1
2021-04-08 23:08
Yes but you need extremely talented players to do so
2021-04-09 00:38
2 replies
you dont need actually. you just need an igl like nafany. he is the best player in that team by far.
2021-04-09 00:57
1 reply
You can’t know that
2021-04-09 01:36
+1
2021-04-09 04:03
+1
2021-04-09 06:28
Yeah the second awesome story with gambit
2021-04-09 09:50
Gambit >>> Astralis
2021-04-08 21:46
#37
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Russia mcs#
gj gambit! I was really upset with supra' kick last summer when they ruined their 30+ maps winstreak but rn I must admit - it was a really good decision to bring experienced guy to the roster + thx to hobbit for playing with such passion.
2021-04-08 21:48
Good Job Ax1le Congrats 18y talent nice to see people like him playing cs go
2021-04-08 21:48
#41
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Russia AliasNamer
+34 1.83 Just WOW! I have no words to describe how Gambit are strong right now. Much better than Astralis at prime
2021-04-08 21:49
15 replies
Don’t get ahead of yourself men
2021-04-08 21:51
much better? 0 majors still
2021-04-08 21:53
6 replies
Technically Gambit 1 Major :)
2021-04-08 21:56
3 replies
gambit can win 5 events tier 1 in 1 year but still 0 majors.
2021-04-08 21:56
2 replies
its like navi lmao but with only one tier 1 event
2021-04-08 22:30
1 reply
yea =DD
2021-04-08 22:30
2017 Krakow?
2021-04-08 22:01
1 reply
another roster
2021-04-08 22:04
if not bait you must have mental issues
2021-04-08 21:54
1 reply
Gambit today could easily 32-0 astralis at 2017. Different levels
2021-04-09 05:37
+1 if gambit wins this event they are probably the best csgo team of all time
2021-04-09 02:10
4 replies
+111111111
2021-04-09 05:37
#162
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Finland SunMutsi
Kekw
2021-04-09 06:43
delusional
2021-04-09 12:33
#193
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Brazil Gudrum
🤦‍♂️ Content.
2021-04-09 14:37
Gg, though serie to watch((
2021-04-08 21:51
No big effort were required for Gambit, just a regular working day. Looking forward to a really strong opponent for CIS-gods.
2021-04-08 21:51
Congratz Gambit..I just want to see how they will play on LAN
2021-04-08 21:51
WTF ax1le??
2021-04-08 21:54
Ax1le God
2021-04-08 21:57
gg wp
2021-04-08 22:12
Expected by super tier pros
2021-04-08 22:15
LMAO remember NAVI was almost unbeatable in EPL 12 untiil they lost to Astralis in the final. Gambit could suffer the same fate.....
2021-04-08 22:16
1 reply
If astralis will not lose to Furia 🤭
2021-04-09 05:28
#71
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Russia pochesun
gg Gambit great support and flashes from interz
2021-04-08 22:16
1 reply
Interz underated player
2021-04-09 07:44
#74
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Portugal reymimo
fuck online cs, is there someone that really enjoys this besides CIS teams?
2021-04-08 22:18
7 replies
#76
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Europe Vallon4
Nope. Random fiesta of randomness.
2021-04-08 22:23
1 reply
i guess teamplay now is called randomness okay buddy.
2021-04-08 22:27
me
2021-04-08 22:26
who the hell wouldnt enjoy the small team pushing themselves to their limits and beating all odds? i always enjoy this kind of stuff
2021-04-08 23:54
3 replies
#181
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Portugal reymimo
onliners
2021-04-09 10:51
2 replies
well, k1ck never made it to lan, so maybe they are really goat that just were stuck in online
2021-04-09 18:34
1 reply
#203
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Portugal reymimo
? ur point
2021-04-09 18:55
Ax1Le and Sh1ro top5 of 2021 for sure. and without s0mple hahahahaa
2021-04-08 22:23
Never thought I'd ever Astralis get rekt. Now I wanna see Gambit on LAN
2021-04-08 22:31
What the fuck, funny how everyone's quick to mock Astralis rather than gaze upon the fact that Ax1Le got a 2.27 rating on Overpass.... 2.27!!! Astralis haven't been playing their A-level overall in the Online era. Although it is noteworthy they finished 1st in their group. Respect to Gambit, they have the most talented CS:GO team right now, we'll see how the talent converts to trophies in the future.
2021-04-08 22:33
3 replies
they can improve if s1mple contract will expire, i dont think he wouldnt mind to join them even tho they can add smarter player than interz, he plays stupid so much
2021-04-09 02:06
2 replies
#160
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Russia M31F
this will be the worst acquisition for the team, no one needs this toxic bites except navi
2021-04-09 06:40
1 reply
who said they will bait for him?
2021-04-09 08:57
Russian PRIDE
2021-04-08 22:37
#97
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United States Gonginator
Let's go Gambit!
2021-04-08 22:56
Ax1le this guy only 2 years ago played in an amateur team OMG.
2021-04-08 22:57
1 reply
he was signed by gambit in 2018 wdym?
2021-04-08 23:56
what a performance from Ax1le, made Astralis look like a bunch of random players on faceit or MM
2021-04-08 22:58
Expected,Xyp9x needs to go for good sake!
2021-04-08 23:26
Russian Onliners, nothing new here.
2021-04-08 23:37
5 replies
#175
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Russia Dearboleg
malding swede LUL u got no scene, just enjoy superior russians and danes playing muscles
2021-04-09 09:50
4 replies
Russian cs before the online era - non existent Russian cs during the online era - everyone’s nuts. Don’t even talk before they’re able to prove anything at lan.
2021-04-09 10:25
3 replies
#178
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Russia Dearboleg
u gotta be kiddin. navi is a russian team and they r doing great on lan
2021-04-09 10:26
2 replies
They’re the only good team proven at lan, yes. I’n talking about all the rest. Btw, NaVi isnt even top10 anymore (even them can’t compete with all these online-teams) I hate this online era, fishy things all over.
2021-04-09 10:30
1 reply
#180
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Russia Dearboleg
gambit had no chance to prove themself at lan, they were literally an academy team when last lan happened. vp is a major runner up (not really russian team, but everyone living in russia except sanji and yeki, russian is their native so). TS was a solid t2 team for quite a long and recent roster changes took them to the next lvl
2021-04-09 10:38
cant wait for the cry from CIS fans when online era ends XDDDDDDDDD
2021-04-09 00:08
4 replies
cant wait for those kind of cheating back in europe? youtube.com/watch?v=uY9mff30z9g fair...
2021-04-09 02:29
3 replies
seethe
2021-04-09 02:41
2 replies
who?
2021-04-09 03:40
1 reply
who asked?
2021-04-09 04:25
Yekindar, Ax1le, Elige, and maybe Hunter here are the best riffler in the world right now dont talk about electronic or dupreeh
2021-04-09 01:43
2 replies
1 reply
#161
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Russia M31F
mir best riffler in the world
2021-04-09 06:42
Woah, I'd definitely watch it if it wasn't scheduled for when it was midnight for me and I haven't worked the next day. Gonna watch that juicy second map anyway.
2021-04-09 02:07
#137
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United States Vespurrr
Ax1le best player in 2020
2021-04-09 02:12
Gambit has been rock solid. One of the best things in CS is to see new talents break through and these bois are wrecking house.
2021-04-09 02:35
Gahdamn ax1le
2021-04-09 05:37
#157
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Didnt quite catch the game but honestly, expected. I kept saying over the course of last few days that Astralis needs to pick D2 against Gambit or the veto was always gonna be in their favor. D2 was Astralis` best map this tournament and Gambit barely had 50% win ratio on it in last 3 months compared to every other map yet they went Inferno where they havent looked that great. Maybe Astralis defeats Furia but they are gonna fall to their Danish brethren in the semis, GGs.
2021-04-09 05:44
neagative ratings for each and every player of Astralis I havent seen that one in like forever
2021-04-09 05:52
I said jan 2020 that Gambit would be a top 5, They have been working hard this last year and it's finally paying off
2021-04-09 07:55
#167
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Poland SebL
Ax1Le is looking good. Gambit is looking great, I think when they will work on their strategys a bit more they could be the best team we have ever seen. Astralis is looking pretty good to, but I feel like they lost their chemistry after gla1ve and Xyp9x took a break.
2021-04-09 08:01
Gambit needs to beat only one team and they are surely top1 contender.
2021-04-09 08:05
Gambit too strong
2021-04-09 08:16
#170
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China BAOBAO!
wp
2021-04-09 08:16
Gambit the actually TOP 1, despites VP is doing really great also.
2021-04-09 10:51
Astralis brushed aside.
2021-04-09 11:31
#185
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United States Vespurrr
Unproven onliners
2021-04-09 11:35
expected from the future best team in the world
2021-04-09 11:38
Astralis fans when Astralis wins ''ASTRALIS IS BACK!!!'' Astralis fans when Astralis lose ''THEY LOST ON PURPOSE!!! 4 MAJORS GOATS!!!!'' Astralis loses again, fans ''FUCK ONLINE CS, WAIT UNTIL LANS BACK'' LMAOOOOOOOOOO
2021-04-09 11:41
1 reply
I see more people crying about astralis fans crying ngl. Most fans simply disappear when their team loses
2021-04-09 12:25
#191
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African Union mikecool
Saw both the games last night. Gambit was on fire!
2021-04-09 12:47
#192
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Indonesia Nuryuky
CIS Tier 1 now!!!
2021-04-09 14:35
Wp!!
2021-04-09 15:52
Online era or changes coming soon to Astralis? Still don't understand why they didn't just try Bubzkji more? Especially now when their form is really bad
2021-04-09 18:15
18 y.o beast Ax1le
2021-04-10 11:36
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