Gambit sweep NIP; advance to ESL Pro League S13 grand final

The Russian side is on a 10-series win streak after an impressive performance in the semi-final.

Gambit's 2-0 semi-final win over NIP sees Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov and co. advance to the grand final of ESL Pro League Season 13. Their hot streak in 2021 continues, as after shocking the scene with an IEM Katowice victory and a trophy from the Pinnacle Cup, they are looking to claim another first place finish on Sunday when they face the winner of FURIA - Heroic.

In the semi-final, Gambit was in control for the majority of their opponents' map pick, controlling the economy on Inferno and rolling to a 16-5 win. It looked like Dust2 was going to be even more one-sided (13-2 half), but the Swedes mustered a T-side comeback only to fall short in the final round for a 16-14 result.

In a post-match interview, Gambit's CEO and interim coach Konstantin "⁠groove⁠" Pikiner talked about their preparation for the match and expressed his hopes for another title: "I hope that we won't stop at this result because the guys have a lot of desire, they are very young, but we still have a lot of experience".

Ax1Le topped the board in a dominant Inferno win

NIP started their map pick of Inferno with a 2-0 lead on the offense, but the close nature of the rounds lured Gambit into a third-round force, which they ended up converting. That kicked off a five-round streak during which Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov was leading the way for his team. In the second part of the half, NIP fired back, but only managed sporadic rounds which meant that Gambit kept control of the economy throughout, finishing 11-4 ahead. After switching to CT, NIP lost the force buy wars and subsequently the map without a single full buy on the defense.

On Dust2, NIP had a hard time getting going. Gambit's pistol round win on the T-side turned into a nine-round streak, with sh1ro boasting a 12-1 K-D. Erik "⁠ztr⁠" Gustafsson and Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser ended that negative trend for NIP's first, but the Russian side bounced back in no time, closing out the half 13-2 ahead. Splitting the A bombsite worked out for the Swedes in the second pistol, starting their unlikely comeback. After they chained nine themselves, things looked scary for nafany and co., but they kept their composure and closed it out, 16-14, to take the 2-0 victory.

Matchpage
2
0
10th April 2021
Sweden
16
Inferno
5
16
Dust2
14
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 27 +13 87.9 1.33
53 - 34 +19 91.7 1.33
42 - 31 +11 82.0 1.25
33 - 33 0 81.2 1.13
31 - 32 -1 68.0 1.07
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
37 - 43 -6 85.1 1.11
38 - 41 -3 80.3 1.07
36 - 39 -3 72.5 1.01
26 - 40 -14 66.9 0.87
20 - 39 -19 53.3 0.60
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1148
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
123
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
632
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
629
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Gg, nt by NIP
2021-04-10 18:11
#2
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United States JonBeans
Truly the beginning of a CIS era
2021-04-10 18:10
7 replies
*Gambit
2021-04-10 18:48
Nah the era started long ago.
2021-04-10 19:09
thanks online era you should say
2021-04-10 19:23
4 replies
#50
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Russia razorVJ
Everyone has the same conditions.
2021-04-10 20:59
3 replies
#56
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Indonesia segopecel
Gambit players are young, they can get the most when using peeker advantage
2021-04-11 00:36
classic answer from a russian hltv boi who probably never put a foot in a lan. we will see if you say the same answer when they will shit in their pants in front of a big crowd waiting for them to perform like they did online.
2021-04-11 02:02
1 reply
#66
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Australia vamped
+1 even more pressure now that they are #1 online
2021-04-11 06:17
#3
frozen | 
Poland Gocuu
noice
2021-04-10 18:09
#5
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Argentina WaSTe_D
It was a nice try NiP :'(
2021-04-10 18:09
#6
tarik | 
India XCCUR8
Gambit toooo gud rn
2021-04-10 18:09
1 reply
Gambit officialy the worlds most boring tier 1 team
2021-04-10 20:32
ez
2021-04-10 18:09
#8
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Russia Evil_DaviD1
GG to both teams.
2021-04-10 18:09
not even close
2021-04-10 18:09
#10
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
How did Nafany come second on that board with a tied rating?
2021-04-10 18:10
7 replies
I'm wondering too Higher impact as well
2021-04-10 18:10
3 replies
#15
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Better everything but a tied rating. Just weird, I guess. GG Gambit! :) Well played to both teams.
2021-04-10 18:12
2 replies
+1
2021-04-10 19:02
#69
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United States s3tgang
sh1ro had about a 10ish better rating compared to Nafany, that could be why possibly?
2021-04-11 10:03
its all about kast i guess
2021-04-10 18:16
1 reply
#24
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Yeah, has to be.
2021-04-10 18:22
#38
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Russia M1shV4T
less KAST and less assists
2021-04-10 19:11
#11
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Netherlands staticNL
almost an insane comback by nip
2021-04-10 18:10
#12
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United States PP_Bizon
nice
2021-04-10 18:10
onliners
2021-04-10 18:11
4 replies
#17
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Georgia no_scene
why cry men
2021-04-10 18:15
#40
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Russia M1shV4T
s1mple onliner
2021-04-10 19:13
#57
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Ukraine z3m4
Cry is free man
2021-04-11 00:54
Cry is cheap in Russia
2021-04-11 02:45
#16
ropz | 
India icle
gambit smurfing
2021-04-10 18:14
gambit will remain on the number 1 spot until lan returns
2021-04-10 18:17
#21
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India mmstq
I miss LAN events so bad.
2021-04-10 18:19
1 reply
+1
2021-04-11 02:11
Rip comeback
2021-04-10 18:19
sh1ro and ax1le top 20????
2021-04-10 18:21
3 replies
i think they will be in top 10 this year
2021-04-10 18:25
top 10*
2021-04-10 18:41
top 10 fo sho
2021-04-11 02:46
Where is that "ez4cis" noob
2021-04-10 18:26
1 reply
ez4cis
2021-04-11 02:46
choose your excuse: -online -fluke -cheaters
2021-04-10 18:28
6 replies
I’d combine #1 and #3
2021-04-10 19:08
#47
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Serbia Xajgyk
Prob cheating... so many shady preangles, clearing flanks, here are some examples: Map Inferno: round 18 Axile clearing Hampus on the flank from mid. What info he had to check that? Shiro is holding short anyway, can leave boiler position if he wants cause they have long control, but somehow they “know” there is player flanking. There is a minute left, player could be coming from CS. Map Dust2: pistol round Hobbit T side killing Hampus on a mid push and then shooting invisible enemy on short?!?! He did not see him! Later on Nafany going lower as a last player, has info mid but somehow he adjusted his aim to top mid for flank. They push smokes confidently, you cant flank them, you can not make any play against them... so only to frag better and rush every round if you want to win. Till not so long ago they were nowhere to be found... and now all this CIS scene is overpowered somehow and NAVI is only one struggling. Sorry man, hopefully Im wrong but I have a lot doubt.
2021-04-10 20:28
3 replies
#51
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Russia Danzo
expected from Ch0k0 fan
2021-04-10 21:02
2 replies
#53
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Serbia Xajgyk
Sure hahaha +1 Just because supporting local players or legacy teams doesn’t mean I have no brain or eyes. CIS region is world famous for fair play, anti cheat and anti doping in all sports. Sit down kid and STFU
2021-04-10 21:21
1 reply
#54
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Russia Danzo
cry is free
2021-04-10 21:22
+1
2021-04-11 15:15
#28
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Lithuania Airforlife
Gambit era incoming
2021-04-10 18:37
Right now only OG are able to win over Gambit, two best teams, gg
2021-04-10 18:49
2 replies
#32
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Russia AliasNamer
0/8
2021-04-10 18:54
i respect your opinion but i don't think so
2021-04-10 19:12
NiP really suck at making crazy comebacks and then falling at the last hurdle. D2 was a crazy game regardless.
2021-04-10 19:04
Good run by NiP 3-4th place in the most stacked tournament this year is good! Especially with a new player.
2021-04-10 19:09
1 reply
+1 im impressed, hopefully theyve broken their curse of inconsistent results definitely taking the torch from fnatic now
2021-04-10 19:17
What a unpredictable games. in online era every1 can beat every1.
2021-04-10 19:35
8 replies
#44
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France cedd
what you smoking ? gambit been grinding so hard and looking amazing for like a whole year. same with vp
2021-04-10 19:41
3 replies
Baguette
2021-04-10 21:50
NIP have been doing the same thing. Unfortunately they are too inconsistent.
2021-04-11 04:08
1 reply
trying/making are the diff things
2021-04-11 08:21
#52
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Indonesia dharmasura
yes just like onlinetares and bots in germany
2021-04-10 21:15
3 replies
indonesia CS OMEGALUL.
2021-04-11 09:15
2 replies
#70
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Indonesia dharmasura
? TURKISH KEBAB SELLER said "in online era every1 can beat every1" meanwhile in he is flipping his kebab
2021-04-11 11:10
1 reply
I poping you mama while making kebabs what is wrong about it.
2021-04-11 12:16
#45
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United States weaboo
Bots. Ez4Faze
2021-04-10 19:45
ax1le & sh1ro are fucking good
2021-04-10 20:21
Gambit rekting everyone
2021-04-10 20:36
Too bad NiP has this inconsistency. Nice try though. Keep going, NiP!!
2021-04-11 03:59
#65
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd
Online era is sad top 20 teams being top 5
2021-04-11 05:25
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