Gambit secure DreamHack Masters Spring grand final spot over G2

The Russian team's dominance continues as they reach their third consecutive big-event title decider.

Gambit have advanced to the DreamHack Masters Spring grand final following a convincing 2-0 victory over G2 (Inferno 16-6, Vertigo 16-9). Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's squad will take on the winner of the second semi-final between Heroic and Natus Vincere in the best-of-five title decider on Sunday.

When asked about his preferred grand final opponent in the post-match interview, nafany admitted Heroic have been a tough nut to crack in their recent encounters in ESL Pro League and BLAST Premier Showdown. "I don't like to play versus Heroic, to be honest," nafany said, laughing. "They prepare really well for us, that's why."

Hobbit stands atop the board with a 1.52 rating and 101.6 ADR

Unlike in the first encounter between the two in the group stage of the tournament, G2 picked Inferno on the back of a solid record on the map in the past two months, but like many others ended up finding themselves a step behind Gambit after a slow start on the offense.

With Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov consistent as ever and Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov in tandem, the Russian side maintained control in the first half on the way to a clean victory on the opener. Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković & co. struggled for momentum and only put together four rounds as Terrorists, and there was little they could do when Hobbit denied them a second pistol round win with a 1v2 clutch.

The action shifted over to Vertigo, where G2 were able to put up a better fight after they didn't let Gambit run away with another strong start featuring a 1v3 clutch from Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov. The first gunrounds went the nexa-led team's way after Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug found consecutive openings on A ramp, and despite Gambit's powerful reply the French-Balkan side stayed in contention going into the second half with six to their name.

Forcebuy battles ensued and that spelled trouble for G2, who couldn't capitalize on their economic advantage and Gambit took over, with sh1ro's last-second 1v3 clutch on A putting one of the final nails in their opponents' coffin before his team closed the series at 16-9, 2-0.

Matchpage
2
0
8th May 2021
Europe
16
Inferno
6
16
Vertigo
9
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
44 - 27 +17 101.6 1.52
38 - 28 +10 70.6 1.20
33 - 31 +2 80.4 1.20
37 - 34 +3 88.2 1.19
33 - 27 +6 73.4 1.14
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 36 +5 91.6 1.15
32 - 40 -8 75.3 0.94
33 - 37 -4 77.2 0.90
25 - 37 -12 57.6 0.86
16 - 36 -20 40.1 0.55
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
654
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
651
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
717
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
887
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
+kennyS pls
2021-05-08 19:10
12 replies
Why tho. With Kenny they would have went out in groups.
2021-05-08 19:12
11 replies
Wrong.
2021-05-08 19:12
9 replies
G2 were significantly worse with KennyS. Not even debatable.
2021-05-08 19:15
7 replies
kenny 1 major Niko 0
2021-05-08 19:18
3 replies
OMG That argument killed it....
2021-05-08 19:31
Envy major win was a fluke, every single player of the team said it ( bootcamp was terrible, there was a lot of tension in the team, kioshima would've been kicked right after the major if they didn't perform like that)
2021-05-08 22:10
1 reply
they've been #2 top team still
2021-05-09 13:08
#40
REZ | 
Sweden zoltes
Niko/Amanek better awpers than kenny lmao
2021-05-08 19:36
2 replies
They are worse but thx to Amanek and Jackz hard working abilities G2 t sides got lot better.
2021-05-08 19:39
Amanek aint convinsing tbh, but kennyS is washed
2021-05-08 19:39
#64
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Europe chespiZ
why Gambit 2stronk
2021-05-08 21:12
+1 totally true
2021-05-08 20:21
gg
2021-05-08 19:10
#3
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United States ReyCuadrado
EZ for daddy Hobbit
2021-05-08 19:10
EZ FOR MAJOR WINNER HOBBIT
2021-05-08 19:10
#5
LNZ | 
Sweden RaaCCooN
ok
2021-05-08 19:11
ez
2021-05-08 19:11
Hope for another Gambit Heroic final lets go
2021-05-08 19:11
11 replies
#17
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Romania Lil_fps
That would be boring tbh
2021-05-08 19:13
10 replies
chances of navi beating heroic are not that big imo
2021-05-08 19:15
4 replies
#24
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Romania Lil_fps
They are not, but my gut feeling says that Navi will win
2021-05-08 19:17
50/50 imo If NaVi comes to this match with as yesterday’s form vs Furia they can run over Heroic as well
2021-05-08 19:19
1 reply
True we need katowice navi today
2021-05-08 19:43
+1
2021-05-08 19:25
#28
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Russia M1shV4T
Why? Two last finals were pretty epic
2021-05-08 19:19
4 replies
#31
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Romania Lil_fps
Yeah, not the final itself, but it's boring to see just 2 teams capable to win everything We need more competition
2021-05-08 19:23
3 replies
#37
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Russia M1shV4T
That's something we felt back in 2018 xd BUT then was only one team, so at least now we can have a decent finals
2021-05-08 19:34
2 replies
#39
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Romania Lil_fps
Yeah it is indeed better than 2018, cologne final ptsd
2021-05-08 19:36
1 reply
#44
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Russia M1shV4T
Yeah, they had chances
2021-05-08 19:40
godbit so ez
2021-05-08 19:11
#9
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Philippines babc333
POG
2021-05-08 19:12
Very easy against 2 tiers lower team
2021-05-08 19:12
7 replies
#26
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United States Herabitix
Gambit are far ahead of everyone and a bit ahead of heroic so its not surprising tbh
2021-05-08 19:17
xddd G2 tier 2.. sure
2021-05-08 19:50
5 replies
Even 3
2021-05-08 19:57
#56
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Russia monemi
You're right, calling them tier 2 is too far, they are tier 3
2021-05-08 20:13
1 reply
tier 1*
2021-05-09 18:24
cant read?
2021-05-09 07:53
1 reply
what?
2021-05-09 18:18
#12
NEO | 
Kazakhstan mbv741
yess
2021-05-08 19:12
#13
Sonic | 
United States xlenZ
BEASTED
2021-05-08 19:12
Another final for Gambit, very nice.
2021-05-08 19:12
#16
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Romania Lil_fps
Jesus christ amanek...
2021-05-08 19:13
#18
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Australia B_Tannen
Well played Gambit. Hopefully the final is close.
2021-05-08 19:13
Gambit too stronk
2021-05-08 19:13
Hobbit GOD!
2021-05-08 19:14
#23
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Switzerland aaron_q
gg , G2 boys don't upset, just gambit now soo strong
2021-05-08 19:17
easiest bet ever
2021-05-08 19:17
#30
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Australia Vespurr
Gambit will disappear when LAN comes back, don't worry G2 boys
2021-05-08 19:19
2 replies
true, i dont wanna see them choke like liquid :D
2021-05-08 19:31
we'll see, lulquit fanboi
2021-05-08 20:41
French scene is so washed up no up and coming talent.
2021-05-08 19:23
3 replies
says Trudeau boy..
2021-05-08 23:09
2 replies
Says no scene boy....
2021-05-08 23:40
1 reply
like if canada has a scene lol
2021-05-09 13:10
SH1RO GOGO
2021-05-08 19:26
#41
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Brazil batcompany
2 maps 15 rounds lol expected tbh
2021-05-08 19:38
gambit definitely gonna have their own era
2021-05-08 19:40
#47
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Poland SebL
Gambit is looking insane, I think we are watching their era atm., they are so incredibly strong. G2 lacks the AWPer hugely, it's seenable a lot.
2021-05-08 19:45
#48
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Russia Kirillqa89
Amanek meat
2021-05-08 19:48
#49
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Brazil hugoooo
Nice how Na'Vi "power past" FURIA on a 2-1 but Gambit "secure spot" over a G2, when in fact they GOT REKT
2021-05-08 19:58
No one can beat Gambit and Heroic right now
2021-05-08 20:01
Nice hacks GamB0T onliners
2021-05-08 20:08
6 replies
Going to be so funny watching this team get destroyed on lan
2021-05-08 20:25
5 replies
+1
2021-05-08 20:55
It's going to be even more funny seeing NA never win another major.
2021-05-08 21:02
1 reply
What does that have to do with what I said? I don't care who wins, just like to see good games.
2021-05-08 21:17
you are all so salty xDdddddd they eill deliver on lan as well
2021-05-09 13:11
1 reply
I actually hope they do. But hobbit has been to plenty of lans before, never played like this.
2021-05-09 18:39
Decent result for G2 getting to the semis. Probably will be in top5 after this event.
2021-05-08 20:12
Ezzzz for daddy Hobbit
2021-05-08 21:07
#66
ropz | 
Estonia Kukkel
Very well played by G2, tought they will go 0-16 both maps, but they got 15 rounds total. Only Heroic can get like max 24 rounds against Gambit in this Universe.
2021-05-08 21:24
1 reply
"Only Heroic can get like max 24 rounds against Gambit in this Universe." what? last finale they met in I remember Heroic taking the title in best of 5 🤔... and Navi will beat Gambit in this final, book it!
2021-05-08 23:41
nice
2021-05-08 22:11
Defeat astralis and then get destroyed like that :(
2021-05-09 00:01
3 replies
Tbh Astralis are not good atm
2021-05-09 01:11
2 replies
Mens(((😢
2021-05-09 01:15
1 reply
have faith my men))
2021-05-10 11:03
g2 didnt even stand a chance against gambit lmao
2021-05-09 02:30
nice game
2021-05-09 02:33
ez Gambit Dosia mou HObbit AdreN GOD Zeus
2021-05-09 04:49
1 reply
bad team fluke major
2021-05-09 08:33
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