Gambit defeat Entropiq 2-0 in Russian grand final to be crowned Funspark ULTI champions

Gambit picked up right where they left off before the winter break, showing great form to win their first event of the year undefeated.

Gambit won the FunSpark ULTI 2021 Finals after taking out Entropiq in the tournament’s best-of-three grand final which pitted the two Russian teams against each other for the second time since the tournament’s start. It was also a replay of last year’s V4 Future Sports Festival grand final, which was played on LAN with Konstantin "⁠groove⁠" Pikiner’s men going on to lift the trophy.

The first time the two teams met in the FunSpark ULTI Finals was in the second upper bracket round after Gambit beat Complexity and Entropiq knocked ECSTATIC down to the lower bracket, with Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov and company winning two out of the three maps played on that ocasion comfortably to remain on the upper bracket.

sh1ro had his first MVP showing of 2022 in Gambit’s championship run

Some of the biggest names in the tournament were the other two teams sent to the lower bracket in the first round, namely Astralis and fnatic, with the Danes taking the Swedes out before being eliminated themselves at the hands of Entropiq whose Aleksei "⁠El1an⁠" Gusev was the deciding factor in the third map with a 1.94 rating and 37 frags in 29 rounds.

Dmitry "⁠hooch⁠" Bogdanov’s men continued through the lower bracket against ECSTATIC and BIG, making it past the Germans in the consolidation final on the same day as the grand final, which they played with only an hour break between matches. Despite the win the consolidation series was no walk in the park, as El1an and company brought the satch back from the brink of elimination on Nuke, turning a 4-11 deficit at the half into a 16-14 victory with a solid CT showing.

groove’s men once again came out on top in a grand final against Entropiq

Gambit hit the ground running in the grand final, taking it to Entropiq on their map pick by wearing down their countrymen early on and securing 9-6 half as Terrorists before stealing a 3vs5 retake in the second pistol round to hit double digits. From there on out it was Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov and company who dominated, securing the map 16-7.

Entropiq didn’t let up despite losing the pistol round as CTs on Dust2, going on a five round streak to make it 5-2 before Gambit were able to fight back, regaining the lead 6-5 in what ended up being a close half that went the way of their rivals, 6-9. Doubles by El1an and Aleksei "⁠NickelBack⁠" Trofimov secured the second pistol round for the attacking team, but once again on the defense Gambit locked the map down 16-12 to claim the title undefeated.

Matchpage
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24th January 2022
16
Mirage
7
16
Dust2
12
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 22 +21 82.4 1.40
40 - 35 +5 85.3 1.17
30 - 27 +3 61.1 1.07
33 - 31 +2 75.0 1.04
27 - 34 -7 68.4 0.94
 Entropiq K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 39 -4 82.5 1.03
29 - 29 0 65.6 1.02
28 - 32 -4 59.7 0.89
26 - 34 -8 59.4 0.81
30 - 39 -9 61.9 0.79

The FunSpark ULTI Finals standings are:

1. Russia Gambit - $150,000 + Funspark ULTI 2022
2. Russia Entropiq - $50,000 + Funspark ULTI 2022
3. Germany BIG - $15,000
4. Denmark ECSTATIC - $15,000
5-6. Denmark Astralis - $5,000
5-6. Russia K23 - $5,000
7-8. United Kingdom fnatic - $5,000
7-8. United States Complexity - $5,000

Russia Aleksei 'El1an' Gusev
Aleksei 'El1an' Gusev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1203
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
Russia Aleksei 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Aleksei 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1294
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1115
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
BIG better than expected
2022-01-24 19:43
3 replies
#68
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United States leeneptune
when they all speak german i think they will automatically be better like shown
2022-01-24 23:53
2 replies
gade speaks german tho
2022-01-26 19:38
1 reply
#81
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United States leeneptune
i dont think as well as faven
2022-01-27 03:49
#2
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Belgium bbi
But can gambit beat copenhagen flames??????
2022-01-24 19:43
1 reply
#53
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Australia thisba!tes
Never. Thanks god Copenhagen Flames wasn't on that tournament
2022-01-24 21:12
#3
f0rest | 
Romania CSm1n
congrats for the first 2022 mvp shiro!
2022-01-24 19:43
gg
2022-01-24 19:43
Typical Gambit. Statpadding in tier 3 tournaments. Good job though
2022-01-24 19:43
5 replies
how is getting early practice and money bad?
2022-01-24 19:45
Yeah. Should have not played anything since they're not Blast partner team! How dare they not to chill and play nothing until next ESL!
2022-01-24 20:43
Come on man, 3 teams from top 10, 6 from top 20. That's tier 1.5 event at minimum.
2022-01-25 00:36
2 replies
Gambit had to play only 1 of the other 2 top 10 teams, and it’s arguable if they’re even top 10. Entropiq are good but I’d say 11-15 worthy good
2022-01-25 03:34
1 reply
Elimination format did not require Gambit to play against all teams. Entropiq is top 10 team, that's a fact whether you think they are worthy or not.
2022-01-25 03:57
Fnatic Astralis Megalol
2022-01-24 19:43
sh1ro > ZywOo
2022-01-24 19:43
1 reply
#58
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Saint Lucia Al4n
good joke
2022-01-24 21:45
#8
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Ukraine ScreoN
EZ4Gambit
2022-01-24 19:44
#9
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Denmark Polakva
ez 4 top-2
2022-01-24 19:44
Someone get these people a fucking Blast partnership pls...
2022-01-24 19:44
10 replies
Is it even possible at this point? They have 12/12 partner teams. Or maybe they can buy slot from someone.
2022-01-24 19:46
7 replies
Idk if it's possible. The whole partner teams shit sucks, but ofc there is no time for a full open circuit for every S tier tournament...
2022-01-24 19:50
5 replies
#29
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Bahrain Ax1yn
Gambit got a lot of BLAST points, It doesn't make sense for them to buy a BLAST partnership when they can easily be invited just because of how many points they have.
2022-01-24 19:52
4 replies
They'll only get invited to Blast Showdowns
2022-01-24 20:42
3 replies
#45
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Bahrain Ax1yn
Yeah, I think so too smart brain from Gambit CEO.
2022-01-24 20:43
So they will miss only 2 events - fall/spring groups.
2022-01-24 21:25
1 reply
so they have the potential to miss out on 2 of the qualifier events for the world final, and potentially points for their hltv ranking as well
2022-01-24 21:35
They could have 16 teams with 4 groups i guess but they're not doing it
2022-01-24 20:42
they'll probably grind their way through blast spring showdown to play in Spring Finals if they get invited. I don't see any reason why Blast wouldn't give it to them.
2022-01-24 20:03
It is good that there are tourneys like that and V4.
2022-01-25 00:24
Congrats Gambit, the first brick in the development of the era in 2022 is laid!!!
2022-01-24 19:44
CIS Era continues for now ggwp. Great games but a bit boring production tho
2022-01-24 19:44
#13
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Philippines H0xfrey
expected
2022-01-24 19:45
congrats that was very EZ
2022-01-24 19:45
#18
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North America b00tleg
tfw complexity put up the best fight against gambit ((((
2022-01-24 19:46
nice achievement Entropiq 🙂 great run @ this tournament !
2022-01-24 19:48
Ez for top 1 shiro
2022-01-24 19:49
irrelevant event
2022-01-24 19:49
Meanwhile NA and British clowns finished last place 🤣🤣🤣
2022-01-24 19:50
#30
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Georgia Megobari
Expected
2022-01-24 19:56
Another year another shiro early year mvp award against tier 3 teams.
2022-01-24 19:56
1 reply
Niko can't even win one MVP against them in 2021?. Big joke #3
2022-01-25 02:47
#32
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Hungary szia
So the #2 team won in this smurfing tournament? Color me surprised. This prize money distribution is also hella stupid
2022-01-24 19:56
Congratz with gold medals and a heavy 150k cheque!
2022-01-24 19:56
Who cars? Tier 3 tournament anyways
2022-01-24 20:01
#36
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Russia mshkoda
Good job Gambit! Nice money nice matches. Entro, BIG nt. Astralis rebuilding. Fnatic also.
2022-01-24 20:05
2 replies
Astralis becoming an mibr
2022-01-24 20:44
1 reply
#82
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United States leeneptune
no chance, they cant go that low... right?
2022-01-27 04:00
Congrats Gambit and sh1ro for mvp. Production was minimalistic but Hugo and Harry made game enjoyable and Mauisnake hosting was hilarious.
2022-01-24 20:06
1 reply
+1 for hugo and harry. Really entertaining duo
2022-01-24 20:33
Congrats GamGods. Navi is the only team Gambit can't win right now. Edit: maybe Vitality
2022-01-24 20:41
#49
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United States Zedsamcat
Congrats
2022-01-24 20:48
congrats that was very EZ
2022-01-24 20:58
Nice
2022-01-24 21:02
Trash team winning against even more trash tier3 teams, typical of onliner kids
2022-01-24 21:03
3 replies
#59
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Saint Lucia Al4n
typical toxic simple dickrider
2022-01-24 21:46
2 replies
tabsen who
2022-01-24 21:58
1 reply
#63
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Saint Lucia Al4n
who is dirty salo?
2022-01-24 22:36
#54
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United States Teztyment
Let's go Gambit
2022-01-24 21:20
#60
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Denmark twinseN
GG Gambit
2022-01-24 21:52
Great tournament, and very high level play by Gambit. Also Entropiq and Ecstatic are gonna be teams to watch out for in 2022 it seems :)
2022-01-24 22:18
man wish it went different but great job !
2022-01-24 22:47
#69
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Canada chanse
sh1ro the best onliner
2022-01-25 00:05
-krad +mir when
2022-01-25 01:53
Expected. Gambit is scary good.
2022-01-25 16:40
Would be nice seeing Gambit perform this good at LAN too, they dominated Online part of 2021 then not so good when they got to the LAN tournaments. Not saying anyone cheating, just abit sad to see.
2022-01-26 09:58
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