Gambit beat Heroic to book BLAST Premier Spring Final spot

The world No.1 team exacted revenge for last week's ESL Pro League final loss.

Gambit booked the last spot in the BLAST Premier Spring Final following a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Heroic in the semi-final stage of the Showdown tournament. It was sweet revenge for the current world No. 1 team, who had lost to the Danes a week ago in dramatic fashion in the ESL Pro League final after a five-map marathon.

Both teams showed a different side today and dominated on each other's map pick. The decider map, Train, went the way of Gambit, who recovered from a 7-0 deficit and put in an outstanding offensive display to win the series and restate their claim as the best team in the world right now.

"We got a lot of experience from Pro League," Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov said after the match. "Today, we are better. We're getting better every day. We're gaining experience from every tournament.

"It's all about our IGL, nafany. As I've said before, he can be the best IGL in the world. He just needs time and experience. In EPL, he was a bit stressed. Our team is still inexperienced."

Gambit through to the BLAST Premier Spring Final

Heroic made a bright start to the series, picking up a 3-0 lead on the T side of Inferno, their map pick, thanks to a pair of Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller clutches. The Danish in-game leader tried his best to rally his troops, but the team's attacking threat waned as the game entered the gun stages: Gambit tightened up and immediately took the upper hand, ending the half with nine rounds to their name after keeping Heroic from stringing rounds together.

Gambit showed no signs of slowing down after the break and further added to their lead after a solid start to their T side. Heroic looked set to claim the first gun round of half until Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov and Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov clutched a 2v4 situation, effectively ending the Danes' slim comeback hopes.

Rasmus "⁠sjuush⁠" Beck opened the action on Vertigo with a quick quad-kill to fire Heroic into the lead on the offence. Gambit managed to respond only six rounds into the game - with Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov then pulling off a 1v2 clutch -, but the rest of the half was dominated by the Danish side, who cut through Gambit's defence with ease, limiting the CIS team to just four rounds in the half.

Gambit kept themselves in the game by picking up the opening three rounds as Terrorists, but their grip on the game was weak. Heroic picked themselves up once they had guns to work with and quickly locked down the map to level the series.

Heroic carried their momentum into Train, where they hopped out to a 7-0 lead on the T side, with René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen and sjuush leading the charge with a combined 20 frags - two-thirds of the team's total. Things were starting to look desperate for Gambit as the half reached its midway point, but then the CIS team finally got into their stride, heading into the break down by just one round after enjoying a spell of dominance.

Heroic came out of the break the livelier of the two teams, but their defence began to crack in the gun rounds. Gambit took control of proceedings and shut down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together - despite strong individual plays from TeSeS and Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali - to run out winners of this keenly-contested map.

"We need to chill a bit and get some days off," Hobbit said. "I already have a headache, we've been playing a lot. We need to relax for two or three days. Yesterday, we were practising and we just didn't want to play. But it's working, that's the main thing. Our coach and our analyst said that we had to play and practice. They're geniuses. That's it."

Matchpage
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Inferno
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Vertigo
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Train
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 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
54 - 56 -2 76.7 1.13
54 - 53 +1 75.3 1.06
46 - 53 -7 72.3 1.03
43 - 53 -10 67.2 0.90
41 - 53 -12 63.7 0.89
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 53 +9 88.5 1.19
59 - 43 +16 79.3 1.19
49 - 43 +6 64.3 1.08
43 - 47 -4 73.4 1.04
49 - 55 -6 72.1 0.96
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
941
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
800
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
646
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
640
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
645
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
642
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
708
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1290
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Austria Brandenburg
Battle of onliners
2021-04-18 23:57
11 replies
expected from G2 fan lol
2021-04-18 23:58
9 replies
nt flair checks out
2021-04-19 00:00
8 replies
0/8 that's GOD HUNDEN to you, sir
2021-04-19 00:01
7 replies
#19
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India bhas1213
Cheating Hundren thank you sir
2021-04-19 00:03
6 replies
GOD sees every action you do, my good sir
2021-04-19 00:15
5 replies
#31
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India bhas1213
just like he did when he cheated he saw everything
2021-04-19 00:16
4 replies
HAHAHA LUL
2021-04-19 00:52
#43
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Indonesia segopecel
+1 gold mine here
2021-04-19 01:07
#48
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Pakistan LoOuU2
kkkkkk You rekt him.
2021-04-19 02:24
Guess that makes him an idol in India? Even tho he only abused a bug and didn't have hacks on pc #Forsaken
2021-04-20 19:39
The world is changing and you still have to move on. While everyone is doing the same thing, you can't blame.
2021-04-19 01:43
WOOO GO GAMBIT
2021-04-18 23:57
So proud of Gambit, at this rate hobbit might get a second major. Happy they're finally getting the respect they deserve. Also, Heroic vs Gambit is an awesome rivalry already, hopefully we get to see it more down the line.
2021-04-18 23:57
3 replies
do it on lan kkkkkk
2021-04-18 23:59
Looool
2021-04-18 23:59
It was a beautiful game.
2021-04-19 01:09
AXXAAXXAXAXA BB AWPEDO FREE FOR GAMBIT
2021-04-18 23:57
#5
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Kazakhstan byltby
Expected
2021-04-18 23:58
dababy said lets goooo
2021-04-18 23:58
not so ez
2021-04-18 23:59
1 reply
Ez4 ax1le and sh1ro
2021-04-19 00:40
NICE! sh1ro hard carry
2021-04-19 00:00
2 replies
Sh1ro top 20 hltv 2021
2021-04-19 00:06
1 reply
ofc ,because of MVP Kato
2021-04-19 12:39
WP to both teams, these match-ups are decided on margins "onliners", these two teams got the best T sides and i don't expect that to change when we get back at lan
2021-04-19 00:00
1 reply
Doesnt matter if you expect or not Its gonna happen anyways
2021-04-19 00:04
Easy for Top One)
2021-04-19 00:02
gg, so happy that gambit found success vs heroic
2021-04-19 00:04
Really proud of my boys. Congratulations and Cadian got stabbed by a knife twice kekw
2021-04-19 00:05
#27
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Europe ShaV
Nice game. Heroic is still strong team, winstreak of 12 playing against teams from top 10 at least. Gambit deserve slot and victory. Era change, Astralis and NaVi already be top 10 but not top 1, its too many new good teams.
2021-04-19 00:06
6 replies
yeah really solid winstreak against: 9z, saw, og, fpx, big, renegades, clown9, voyvoda
2021-04-19 10:50
5 replies
+ Gambit, Furia, Nip, CoL, and OG. Gambit recently lost to Copenhagen flames. Basically every team can upset online... besides BIG.
2021-04-20 19:46
4 replies
i mentioned og so 4 good teams win streak, very remarkably i didnt said anything about gambit and if u interested u can understand why they lost if u have atleast 80iq hltv.org/team/6651/gambit#tab-matchesBox
2021-04-20 23:32
3 replies
As I tried to say; many upsets recently by top 50 teams in this online era. So a 12 win streak, and ESL pro league victory with new roster seems pretty good to me. But that obviously requires a minimum of 80 iq to understand so I'll try to elaborate. Teams u refer to as "solid winstreak" recently won against top 10 teams: - 9z beat vitality - OG beat astralis 2-0 - FPX beat gambit - C9 beat furia You must be either stupid or troll not to acknowledge. EDIT: Flag checks out
2021-04-23 12:13
2 replies
OMG obsessed danish kiddie fan But that obviously requires a minimum of 80 iq to understand so I'll try to elaborate: - 9z beat vitality because vitality is complete garbage - OG beat astralis 2-0 because astralis is complete garbage+they alr disbanded - FPX beat gambit because gambit throw small useless tournament - C9 beat furia but anyway disbanded You must be either stupid or troll not to acknowledge. EDIT: Flag checks out
2021-04-23 14:25
1 reply
Haha mad russian, why so tilted bruh? I see that u know how to copy pasta.... What else do they teach u in school in Russia? 0 iq malding ruskis are the best xD According to you, all teams are crap now? So I guess that's also the only reason gambit has been shining lately - because everyone else is shit?? lol You are a joke Dmitri, get a grip please. EDIT: u seem like a miserable human being
2021-04-24 12:07
#28
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Sweden Zero_Five
GG
2021-04-19 00:12
Sad((
2021-04-19 00:13
3 replies
Your boyfriend is from Denmark?
2021-04-19 00:54
2 replies
Cadian 😳
2021-04-19 08:09
1 reply
Yes
2021-04-19 16:17
sh1ro THE MONSTER KID :) i was all in on Gambit today and at 0-7 I was gonna to close browser but stay :) Im fan of Gambit from this tournament :) also other teams: Vitality (even last fix cant change it), Furia, Spirit and VP :)
2021-04-19 00:18
1 reply
sh1ro missed too much.
2021-04-19 07:41
Congratulations, Gambit. Now it's Gambit's era.
2021-04-19 00:27
#37
Loh | 
CIS iFiKe
WP to both teams
2021-04-19 00:35
#39
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Russia Syonamaru
GG WP
2021-04-19 00:47
#42
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African Union mikecool
Ggz great games
2021-04-19 01:06
Expected from TOP 1 team of the world!
2021-04-19 02:10
#51
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Denmark Bagjo
Super match by both teams. (Again) Great
2021-04-19 06:22
Gambit clearly cheating somehow.
2021-04-19 06:56
2 replies
look how skinny they all are, definitely sitting on speed
2021-04-19 07:59
1 reply
Lol :D
2021-04-19 10:41
Great teams and great game
2021-04-19 09:33
Pay back has been accomplished!
2021-04-19 14:42
Blast channel posted video about CadiaN "clutch king". bb king, go home))
2021-04-19 15:52
#64
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Russia AR4ER
GG Gambit!
2021-04-19 20:51
#65
cadiaN | 
Poland SebL
Gambit still needs more experience, but when they will get it I can only imagine how strong they will be. Heroic is a great team, I considered them the no.1 before this match, I'm surprised they lost it tbh.
2021-04-19 21:41
True Gamers
2021-04-20 09:29
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