Gambit defeat NAVI to claim DreamHack Masters Spring semi-final spot

The world No.1 team conceded Dust2 to Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and co., but took the victory in the CIS derby with strong showings on Overpass and Mirage.

Gambit concluded the group stage of DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 undefeated after claiming a 2-1 win over regional rivals Natus Vincere. The upper-bracket semi-final of Group A went three maps after a strong start from Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov's team on Dust2, but the "Black & Yellow" weren't able to bring the same tenacity on Overpass and Mirage.

In the post-match interview, Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov was full of praise for his opponents: "First of all, I'd like to say big respect to NAVI, they played really well, different from what we expected." Despite a good initial impression, Natus Vincere weren't able to match Gambit's star duo Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov and Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov across the series, who showed up in style.

The team's AWPer posted a spectacular 34K-10D on Mirage, and it was only a late-game comeback and great clutch play that allowed Natus Vincere to make that map competitive. "We sometimes can't close a map when we are winning, it is a mental problem, but we are trying to fix it", Hobbit said about their issues to shut out a 13-4 lead as CT.

With this result, Gambit move on to the semi-finals of the event that take place on Saturday, May 8, while Natus Vincere will be in action in the quarter-finals against FURIA one day earlier.

Hobbit's respectable form in DH Masters continued this series

Gambit got off to a good start on Dust2, 5-1 on the defense, but weren't able to build on it as Natus Vincere picked up the pace on their map pick. Clinical hits saw Boombl4's' team equalize the score at 5-5 before the in-game leader's quad kill turned around a 2v4, securing Natus Vincere the lead at half time. Gambit looked flat after moving on to the offense, never threatening s1mple and co. who ran rampart to claim the map, 16-8.

Following a slow first map, Ax1Le came online on Overpass, inspiring his team to an 8-2 early lead as Terrorists. Natus Vincere found some success with a s1mple - Boombl4 double AWP, but only managed five before switching to the offense. Gambit's second half on Overpass was similar to Natus Vincere's on Dust2 as Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov and co. allowed their opponents just two, closing it out 16-8 with a mixed buy.

A USP-S double from s1mple gave Natus Vincere the upper hand at the start of the decider, Mirage, but Gambit regained control of the half in no time. nafany's ace while clearing out B made the score 4-2 in his team's favor, with the lead extending to 11-4 before the switch. As Gambit secured the CT pistol, it seemed like the game was done and dusted (13-4), but Natus Vincere showed tenacity to stay alive. Late-round situations kept going their way, including a 2v5 from Boombl4 and s1mple. Finally, Gambit managed to stop the comeback at 16-13, with an inspired sh1ro standing out on the final map.

 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 34 +22 73.5 1.26
53 - 50 +3 82.4 1.11
56 - 51 +5 82.7 1.07
50 - 54 -4 70.4 0.97
36 - 43 -7 54.1 0.89
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
66 - 47 +19 87.8 1.32
45 - 56 -11 70.2 0.92
38 - 45 -7 60.8 0.87
40 - 50 -10 55.1 0.84
42 - 54 -12 71.4 0.84
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
948
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
652
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
649
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
715
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1344
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
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2021-05-02 20:30
#2
ropz | 
India icle
gg expected
2021-05-02 20:31
13 replies
AXAXAXAXXA BOOMBL4 DONT PLAY AXAXAXAXAXAXA
2021-05-02 20:33
2 replies
#74
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Europe chespiZ
simple to Gambit
2021-05-03 03:02
1 reply
#76
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Finland dvlx
Why would they downgrade
2021-05-03 04:24
Not too disappointed tbh, NAVI were pretty trash dust CT side but I think they’ll beat Furia and maybe get to the Grand Final if they don’t choke
2021-05-02 20:37
8 replies
The gap between Gambit and Navi is small... pretty sure we will see rematch, but also pretty sure the outcome will be the same. We as viewers would love to watch entertaining game!
2021-05-02 21:03
6 replies
If electronic were performing today its gonna be much much closer than this.
2021-05-02 21:31
4 replies
Electronic underperforming for a while so it's actually predictable that not
2021-05-03 04:59
1 reply
To be honest, on T side, everyone on Navi except elec got much needed impact frags for that scoreline to be close on mirage, B1t with necessary entries, boombl4 with impact frags and his geniuses in mid, Perfecto working together with s1mple in perfect coordination in post plant and his B lurking aswell, the gameplan was good, not the frags, and that 2018 s1mple smoke push made me feel so hyped for every upcoming navi match now on, 10/10 would love being a navi fan since forever
2021-05-03 08:51
hes worsening for almost a year alr what u expect
2021-05-03 07:45
if electronic actually played today it would be 19-15 there, such a big rip and unlucky timing
2021-05-03 08:47
+1 close, exciting games are best and NAVI playing is a bonus
2021-05-02 22:33
I hope so, super entertaining match up
2021-05-03 04:56
expected indeed
2021-05-02 21:34
GGs
2021-05-02 20:31
Them Sh1ro stats aren't very good but still good job in baiting for the win and not stats
2021-05-02 20:31
2 replies
For example, players like ZywOo, s1mple, Yekindar have like 100+ adr almost every game and alot of impact. sh1ro 73.5 adr is very average and maybe his baiting isnt a myth
2021-05-02 22:59
1 reply
he does bait but he does play good he isn't on the same yet as S0mple or ZywHo tho
2021-05-02 23:01
gg!
2021-05-02 20:31
B1ad3 sus
2021-05-02 20:31
1 reply
Yeah,until na.vi get rid off Blade they will continue to suck,...I can't imagine why nobody from Na Vi team,stuff doesnt see that his strats are shit,and they don t work at all.They are loosing against ECO s they are loosing because time is running out...pls Na vi!! FIRE Blade!!! get a real coach...and maybe IGL too...
2021-05-02 21:07
Petition to rename "Jame time" into "Shiro time"
2021-05-02 20:31
1 reply
True
2021-05-02 21:57
NAVI WTF???
2021-05-02 20:31
nt s0mple
2021-05-02 20:32
#10
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Russia pochesun
deserved, Gambit - best team right now
2021-05-02 20:32
4 replies
+1 s1mple fans cant say no, bcs s1mple said they are best too.
2021-05-02 20:42
3 replies
Yeah, but match was still very close, to be honest. First 2 maps are the same for both teams - easy wins. On last map, electronic was on single-digit kills. Imagine if ax1le was bottom-fragging with 8-9 kills. That's the situation in Navi. Navi got ecoed so many times, and still got 13 rounds, 9 on T-side. Gambit is just the best team in the world, hands down. But, it was close.
2021-05-02 21:34
S1mple fans dont denied it, wtf?
2021-05-02 21:35
who can say no?
2021-05-03 07:47
Electronic costed navi this game
2021-05-02 20:32
2 replies
no s1mple costed them this game, the dude only wanted to top frag and not make game winning plays. dude literally hides when it's his turn to clutch or make a play.
2021-05-02 23:02
1 reply
you ok? 0/8 bait
2021-05-03 01:57
s0mple lul
2021-05-02 20:32
1 reply
#28
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Serbia LtN))
Rent free
2021-05-02 20:43
gg
2021-05-02 20:33
its sh0r0 baiting time
2021-05-02 20:33
6 replies
everything checks out
2021-05-02 20:34
5 replies
Hope Dosia find success in Hell Raisers
2021-05-02 20:35
4 replies
He did
2021-05-02 21:25
3 replies
so ez4dosia
2021-05-02 21:26
2 replies
Yeah. Sooo fookin ez for xgod
2021-05-02 21:26
1 reply
xGOD FOUNDING SUCCESS IN HELL RAISERS IS THE 2ND BEST THING IN THE WORLD
2021-05-02 21:27
wp Navi, better luck next time, need to be ready for Furia <3
2021-05-02 20:35
GGWP
2021-05-02 20:36
OK when will s1mple and zywoo announce that they create a 2man roster and go 2v5 and do better than now?
2021-05-02 20:36
#21
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China HEIDASHUAi
GG gambit
2021-05-02 20:37
#22
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Ukraine Korw1n
electronic isn't good anymore at all.. he is definitely not the second best player in NAVI. He used to help Simple to carry the team, but now he is the one who gets carried
2021-05-02 20:37
expected TBH
2021-05-02 20:38
#25
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Ukraine McSwell
Not a tragedy. NaVi are looking slightly better than before, Furia is ok opponent in quaters.
2021-05-02 20:39
EZ for drug addicts
2021-05-02 20:42
#29
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Serbia LtN))
GG
2021-05-02 20:44
34 deaths in 3 maps
2021-05-02 20:44
sh1ro best kid :) d. s1mple on Mirage :) Gambit vs Heroic final
2021-05-02 20:51
Gg to both teams. Expected others to step up other than S1mple in last map but as usual it was one man show from the Undertaker. Gambit are scary RN
2021-05-02 20:51
#33
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Brazil Anarchybr
EZ 1.9 odds on Gambit when they were losing 2-0 on mirage
2021-05-02 20:55
#34
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Brazil Anarchybr
I know that Sh1ro got the best rating ou of this series but Gambit wouldn’t work without nafany and Hobbit. It’s amazing how much space they create for them
2021-05-02 20:57
1 reply
Ax1le is also a cool player
2021-05-02 20:59
Deserved
2021-05-02 20:58
S0mple 1v9 nothing new
2021-05-02 20:59
Dear Mr. Professeur, Isn't "rampart" meant to be "rampant" in this context? Best, a hltv user
2021-05-02 20:59
2 replies
the author of the article also equated the score of the second map to the first one. In the article itself, both maps ended at 16-8 :)
2021-05-02 21:33
1 reply
You're right lol :D
2021-05-02 21:42
#41
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Estonia thisba!tes
#GoGoGambit #BeHeroic Gambit Heroic Brotherhood <3 <3
2021-05-02 21:25
1 reply
I think most are looking forward to the final: Gambit-Heroic :)
2021-05-02 21:30
Predictable. Now it's hard to beat the top 1 team in the world. But the fact that Gambit is constantly losing 1 card is an interesting pattern :)
2021-05-02 21:28
navi won the aim map then real map came and they got completly destroyed expected
2021-05-02 21:28
1 reply
Astralis will also not be easy with Heroic. Navi showed a promising game :)
2021-05-02 21:31
NaVi Fucking bad teamplay, and only play s1mple, not team
2021-05-02 21:32
#53
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Ukraine z3m4
Expected
2021-05-02 21:33
#57
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
Expected
2021-05-02 21:38
s1mple 1v9 as always
2021-05-02 22:23
gg wp
2021-05-02 22:41
S1mple is the MOST overrated player EVER in CS history. That guy ONLY cares about top fragging and nothing else, he doesn't even try to make plays to save the round, absolutely ZERO impact player. The dude literally celebrates a loss if he has the most kills. Someone tell this waterbrain that it's not about who has the most frags.
2021-05-02 22:59
2 replies
-1 this makes no sense, yes he baits navi but saying hes 0 impact is the most delusional thing ive ever read
2021-05-02 23:05
0/8 That is straight up delusional and disrespectful. s1mple does bait for info, but saying he has 0 impact is the next level of hatred. He was the only reason alongside boombl4, why Navi were even winning rounds. Take your spiteful hatred somewhere else.
2021-05-03 09:59
very expected
2021-05-02 23:03
electronic still igl-ing in mirage?
2021-05-02 23:41
its no wonder s1mple is talking about Valorant... this team is so dead
2021-05-02 23:48
I would like to see s1mple in another team but it seems impossible, no matter how many defeats it may be, Navi is the place in the world where s1mple belongs
2021-05-03 00:12
#73
f0rest | 
Ukraine lo0u
Of course it was expected. Braindead people keep thinking B1t would be the solution, when everybody on the planet knows Blad3 needs to go and they need a new IGL. You can keep boombl4 all you want, but he can't IGL, he's not a leader, but he's a still a great player. It's about time for blad3 to fuck off out of this team, because he hasn't done anything to change the way they play in 2 years. NaVi will waste s1mple's prime, that is a fact, because this team is DUMB. They keep insisting on the same mistakes, and how much do you want to bet, they're going to go full MIBR and keep replacing 1 player, thinking that will be the solution? This team pisses me off.
2021-05-03 02:07
3 replies
Relax man and just let them play. s1mple already proved himself he doesn't need 10 majors and 100 mvps, even his hater recognize his talent and skill, just don't like him as a person. He does what's best for his career and life and Na'vi provides that for him. "NaVi will waste s1mple's prime" s1mple's prime was over 2-3 years ago and he's never even got close to that level again and he never will, no one will that year s1mple went the fuck off in 2018 that was his prime the highest level play of any player up until now his prime is way past. Na'vi whole situation is interesting and the lineup actually is dog, look at this lineup wtf? IDK I know this shit lineup will take time and if s1mple can't pop off they have no chance to win but I already gave up on this team they make so many bad moves in game and outside the game.
2021-05-03 03:33
You are idiot who has 0 memory. When B1ad3 came to NAVI they were top3-10 team, with B1ad3 they became stable top1-3 team. For sure now they are struggling, cuz of dumb online era, but they are still top team and B1ad3 DID A LOT OF WORK FOR THIS.
2021-05-03 08:32
1 reply
#90
f0rest | 
Ukraine lo0u
Blad3 is a fraud. Stop blaming the online era, when EVERY FUCKING BODY IS PLAYING THE SAME GAME. Everyone! Every single one of these teams are playing online and that is the normal now. You either adapt to it, or you go fuck yourself, like NaVi is doing. NaVi sucks, Blad3 is garbage and they're all wasting the prime of the greatest player to ever touch the game. Elec's already falling. Now instead of addressing their real issues with the coaching and IGL, they remove one player and add another that will NOT change much. Now where have we seen that type of thing not working? Hmm.. Oh that's right, MIBR did that SAME THING FOR YEARS and it didn't work. I hate people like you, that are blind and know fuck all about what makes a good team. Why the fuck did you think they were always so inconsistent? Did it ever cross your mind that these guys are incredibly talented and can win any game if they all frag out? Yeah, that's how they won in short streaks, but you will never be at the top for too long with that gameplay style, because you can't rely on your frag potential all the time. I'm done arguing with you. NaVi fans like you are a disgrace to the franchise. Keep praising Blad3 who hasn't achieved anything meaningful as a coach, and boombl4, who can't even run an execute to save his life, while not waiting 'till 20s on the clock. This team is doomed and I hope s1mple leaves this year.
2021-05-03 21:25
What's up with electronic? He is in a big slump rn I hope he bounces back soon.
2021-05-03 08:46
Believe Gambit would take down Navi in next derby as well, at this stage Gambit is unbeatable
2021-05-03 09:33
Happy for Hobbit! Nice that he got back to the highest level of cs, and in Gambit at that! Shiro is a monster btw.
2021-05-03 09:43
GG
2021-05-03 12:19
#89
cadiaN | 
Poland SebL
Gambit is insane, it's the start of their era I feel like. NaVi still needs more time with B1T I feel like, they still haven't figured out what's the best way to use him, and that's seenable a lot.
2021-05-03 17:04
GG. If electronic showed up there is a world where NAVI take this.
2021-05-04 08:19
Gambit right now is no.1 team deservedly. Much work and dedication bare fruits, close game though with NaVi. Only time and the return to LAN games can tell if these boys remain on top.
2021-05-06 13:19
GG indeed. NAVI look better than the last time we saw them
2021-05-06 15:03
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