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In an interview with Russian news site goodgame, team manager and analyst Dmitry ‘Moo‘ Sukhanov revealed that he has left Gambit Gaming and that the organization is “very likely” to sell their spot in the European LCS.

Here is an excerpt from the interview, translated into English:

 

Good evening everyone. Today I will interview Dmitrii Suhanov, also known as Gambit Moo. Or ex-Gambit Moo. Hello, Dima!

Moo: Hi.

Let’s start from the most important things. Recently there have been a lot of news, and not from the Gambit itself, but from the players’ twitters that they are free agents now. Even you claimed that you are a free agent too, although there hasn’t been any official statement yet about what is happening in the organization. It is obvious that there are some serious changes in the team, some people even consider that Gambit are selling their LCS spot, as many other organizations do now. Have you ever thought about such transformations coming after a rather failed season?

Moo: Well, firstly it’s a common thing that players are claiming themselves as free agents. Not only Gambit, but other players too. It’s just the period after the Worlds when most of the contracts end, as no one signs contracts for a period more than one or two years. So there is that period during which players are free agents if the organization hasn’t offered them auto-resigning. As for a failed season and the selling of a spot, as you remember, last year our results were not so well too. So the talks about selling the spot are not connected with our negative results, it’s just one more factor that led to this. Yes, there are such talks but there are no official statements as it takes a lot of time and Riot needs to check everything. But as far as I know, Gambit is very likely to sell their LCS spot. That’s why I left the team.

So there is no more profit for the team to participate in LCS even if they have a spot? Why did they decide to do this? Don’t they believe that the team can rise once again?

Moo: I don’t think that it is about the expectations from the team and its players; it is more about the organization not ready to pay the expenses that are needed from the LCS team nowadays. Let’s be honest, no one expected Gambit to be the first, and if you are lower that first, then the reward isn’t that big to pay back the money that was spent. In League of Legends, comparing to such games as Dota 2 or CS: GO, the amount of money that you get in tournaments is much less. Also add the fact that LCS teams cannot participate in other tournaments according to Riot’s rules. Yeah, there is an IEM, but the prize money from IEM is twice less that it is in CS:GO tournaments. Also Gambit has never had a lot of sponsors, so it was financed mostly by the organization itself, and it can’t do it anymore.

 

While nothing has been confirmed, it seems the sale is imminent as Moo has already left the team. Formed in 2013 around the legendary Moscow Five roster, Gambit Gaming recently faced near relegation for the second time. Since their entry into the LCS, the team has seen a notable decline in performance after being plagued by visa issues and roster changes. With three of their members already confirmed to be leaving, it may be the end of the Gambit era.

 

NoL reached out to Moo, who said he is planning to stay in eSports, either in the LCS or in a Russian national team.

 

 

 

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After facing a four game suspension that resulted in Gambit playing for their LCS spot in the 2016 Promotion Tournament, Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou has been put up for transfer.

Gambit cited that while individual performance and dedication was satisfactory from all players, that they were unable to successfully approach the game in a way the team could utilize Forg1ven’s skill to the fullest. Consequently, they will remove the AD carry from the starting position and into a substitute role.

Rather than forcing him to stay and warm the bench, the team has opted to allow him to join another team, and is ready to negotiate with interested parties.

 

We are not interested in keeping FORG1VEN on our bench until his contract expires by the end of LCS EU Spring 2016. He has already experienced this unpleasant situation. Besides, we believe that he will be able to fulfil himself in another team. Consequently, we are putting him up for transfer and are ready to negotiate deals with interested parties.

 

While it is unclear where the AD Carry will be headed, he has expressed his interest in the past to travel to North America, or other English speaking regions. NoL will provide futher details as information becomes available.

 

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You guys had a rough split. What were the biggest issues in the team and why did it never fully come together for you?

I would say we had 3 major issues this split. First of all, we started with internet issues and our coach arrived 2nd week in, then we just randomly dropped games versus weaker teams just because random situations would come up and we wouldn’t deal with them properly or like we did in scrims. Finally Forg1ven got banned 2 weeks before the end of the split. I feel like if we dealt properly with those issues we would have at least been in playoffs, and in the shape we were towards the end of the split maybe got a spot to worlds.

 

Looking back, who gave you the hardest time in lane? Have you noticed any weird quirks in any of the top laners?

Hmm I think Reignover plays really well around Huni, so he’s the one that gave me the hardest time in lane probably. And sorry I’ve to keep my secrets on how to beat other toplaners!

 

Who do you feel is the strongest top in Europe?

I would say there is a clear top 3 between Huni, sOAZ and me, with Odoamne being 4th in Europe. I would like to say I’m the best, but you could argue Huni played better last split. I’ll just have to show even more next split. Like a great philosopher once said : “You can either be the best or suck a ****.”

 

With a clean 3-0, how did you feel coming into the promotion series?

We were really confident going into the series. It was really smooth playing with Kris again and we watched how mouz played and prepared properly. I actually feel like if we could have played the last weeks and then playoffs with Forg1ven we would have gone to worlds.

 

What is the team dynamic like in game? How is shotcalling assigned and who is the most vocal?

This split, with the arrival of Shaunz, Diamond had to become the shotcaller of the team and needed to know what to do in a situation given. Things like when to duo roam with Edward and when to control Baron Nashor with 5 pinks, when to give up drake and what to take in exchange for example.

Obviously the other 4 members were giving information, and depending on who’s fed between Forg1ven, Betsy and I, we could adjust the plan during the game.

Let’s say Forg1ven get 5 kills in early, he could just call to split push or 1-3-1 and Diamond would adapt.

 

Why is it that Gambit decided to choose mousesports as their opponent In the promotion tournament?

I dont really think it would have mattered but personaly I just can’t be arsed to play versus Udyr, Twisted Fate or Shaco ;).

 

Expectations of the top lane meta for the World Championship?

Hmm unless there are some big nerfs on 5.18 the hot picks will probably be something around the lines of Darius, Fiora, Gangplank, Olaf, Shen, Ryze with the usual Gnar and lovely Riven/Fizz/Yasuo (for good players only ;).

 

How would you rate the reworked Darius, Fiora, and Garen? Do you think they will see play in competitive games?

The reworked champions are all broken I think, whether it’s Skarner, Mordekaiser, Darius, Garen or Fiora, they all are really good, and few people found ways to counter them yet I believe. Worlds is some time away however so they may fall of. As of right now they would be surely all played in competitive I feel, maybe Garen a bit less than the others.

 

Which teams are you most expecting to perform well at the World Championship? How strong is Europe comparatively and what are their chances?

I think the 3 favorites going into Worlds right now are probably LDG, SKT and EDG.

Not sure about OG and H2K given their groups, but I really do think FNC will perform well and hopefully keep the trophy in Europe.

 

Who do you think are the strongest top laners from other regions?

I really like watching Duke, Smeb and Ssumday.

In NA ZionSpartan is really above the rest. I haven’t been watching enough LPL to properly tell who’s the best there, gonna have a better opinion after Worlds.

 

What are your plans for the offseason? Will you have vacation? Will you continue training?

Right now I’m just spending some time with my family and my friends while trying to setup my stream. I’m still playing soloqueue, and while I’m not I plan to go on getting vacation. I’ll be going to almost every single stage of Worlds, viva Europa!

 

Shoutouts?

Well first of all thanks Tim for the interview, thanks to everyone that believes in me. I’m really confident season 6 will be my time to shine !

 

 

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Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

 

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Touted as one of the best AD carries the west has to offer, I had a chance to talk with Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou about his time on Gambit, the upcoming World Championship, and his competitive future.

 

I’ll jump straight into it. You’re currently serving a 4 game suspension due to negative behavior. What are your thoughts on the ruling?

Whatever I say on this matter won’t change anything even if I obviously am still really furious so what’s done is done.

 

How are you spending your downtime? What are your hobbies besides League?

Whenever I am not in front of a computer for my job I just divulge into social life. Otherwise I am either watching a tv series or playing a different game.

 

You were recently searching for another game to play, with a potential to win money in the future. Does this mean you wish to switch games, or is it just something to do on the side? Are you considering taking a break?

I have changed from CS 1.6 to DotA to League to CS:GO and in the future to HotS or whatever gaming title is really fun and appealing so yes. This doesn’t mean I will go pro because at some point I will have to finish my university studies and fulfill my army obligation so we will find out eventually.

 

Where do you stand on your current goals for competitive LoL? Do you see yourself returning to Gambit next year? If not, where would you want to play if you could play anywhere?

My intention is to play my last upcoming spring split with GMB unless an offer comes for the team which me and the organization find beneficial for both(Which i don’t see happening). I intend to honor my contract.

 

How is playing with Edward? Did you have to make any changes to your playstyle?

It was certainly the most entertaining and fun bot lane partnership I’ve ever had. It was harsh in the start but I really cared about Edward to improve him and through this I would improve too. I think in the end he became a better player, not the best, but significantly he showed progress that he did not with his former AD carries. One of the best personalities I’ve ever encountered. I didn’t have to change playstyle cause of Eddy, mostly cause of how my team operated and how I think I was misused or not prioritized at all so I gave up a lot.

 

If you could play with any support in the world, who would it be?

I don’t care tbh I believe that whoever I play with for a month or a bit more the player will show drastic improvement in at least one or more aspects of the game. Unlimited did, nRated did, Edward did, so I can’t see why this trend wouldn’t continue.

 

Would you ever consider playing in a different region? Where?

Yes. Obviously I want a go to NA at some point. Next worlds I will be 24 years old and I don’t think that is really hopeful. In general. wherever they speak English.

 

What do you think the teams “skill cap” was in terms of potential placing?

I think 4th place was the highest most likely.

 

What are Europe’s chances at worlds? Do you believe Fnatic is a title contender?

I am not following league since I got punished so whatever I say would be wrong and a lie so good luck to the representatives.

 

Which AD Carries were the most difficult to play against in the regular season? Who in your opinion are the top 3 AD carries in Europe? Who do you want to play against the most?

There was no bot lane that would stand out in general either cause of the meta or cause of the inability that exists with European bot lanes for consequent years. The only exception was the H2K bot lane. I think top 2 are Hjarnan and Freeze. No preference since everything seems to be the same over and over.

 

There was a recent overhaul of AP items, and talks have surfaced of AD Carries needing an item overhaul as well. What do you think on the current state of AD carry items and do you think item paths are stale? What would you change to improve the role?

I really wish that at some point AD carries would cease to exist so they fully realize that the role/items are extremely problematic. I prefer the Bloodthirster meta. I am not the one responsible for changing the role there are people that are getting paid to solve this kind of issues so it’s up to them.

It already started to happen kind of with Mordekaiser. I was thinking about it and I don’t get why teams haven’t tried to replace AD Carries with an AP Mage bot lane for example.

 

There has been criticism of your champion pool in the past, notably that you don’t like playing champions like Kalista and Sivir. Is there a truth to this? What is the decision making like behind what champion you will play during the game?

I didn’t play Kalista and I don’t think this was a problem since even if I played I am 101% sure that nothing different would have happened or we wouldn’t get a win just because of ‘that champion’. I was playing Sivir but after 1 week teams that had blue side were banning Sivir against us so nothing I could do there either. It’s rarely up to me to pick a champion. I present my team with the choices we have during a champion select and based on what we trained last week and they decide pretty much what is the most optimal.

 

The promotion tournament is just around the corner and Gambit has chosen Mousesports as their opponent. Why Mousesports?

I guess they are seemningly the weakest team available to pick. Wishing GMB the best since I won’t be able to assist.

 

After watching the final, were there any surprises in the Origen vs. Fnatic Matchup?

I saw the vods. Pretty much expected a 3-1 in favor of fnatic but not 3-2 to be honest.

 

What are your thoughts on either team and their current strength heading into worlds?

Origen could go further if they don’t collapse under pressure or hype. But for most Fnatic is the sure bet.

 

Do you watch/follow other regions?

No not at all.

 

Did you watch the NA Finals? What are your thoughts on NA teams and where they stand comparatively to Europe? How good is Doublelift/Aphromoo?

Since lane phase has pretty much disappeared it is really hard to see combinations to shine but I personally think they will stand up to their responsibility that they will be given by their team.

 

What has been the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in maintaining a career as a pro gamer? What drives you to keep playing?

Riot cause with their rulings or decisions they have created a really big apathy and disappointment inside of me for the game and this ‘career path’. In the past it used to be motivation to show a better quality than my counterparts in my role, now I really don’t know. It doesn’t matter anyway.

 

Will you continue competing in League of Legends? 

We will know after worlds.

 

You’ve been playing quite a bit of Heroes of the Storm. What is your opinion of the game so far and do you expect its eSports scene to grow to be a viable option for players? What attracts you to the game?

I think it’s a fundamentally different game from DotA and League and it will attract people. It’s up to Blizzard to pretty much make it a stable professional gaming title because in some years the other titles will ‘drop’ in popularity. I have no idea how it will do. You can say that HotS is comparable to Season 1 League at the moment.

 

What is your ideal breakfast?

Fast food or cereal.

 


Tim Kimbirk is a journalist for Team SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

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Finishing in 8th place of the 2015 EU LCS Summer split, Gambit Gaming finds themselves facing relegation yet again on September 5th. With star AD Carry Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou still serving the last two games of his suspension, Substitute Kristoffer “P1noy” Pedersen will replace him in the upcoming promotion tournament, where Gambit Gaming will play against Mousesports for their spot in the 2016 EU LCS.

 

 

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Rift pulse is back with another weekly update of the most recent events in LoL esports. With the NA and EU LCS back in full swing, the second half of season 5 has officially gone global.

 

North America

 

  • CLG announced their new coaching staff, with  Chris “Blurred Limes” Ehrenreich stepping in as Head Coach.
  • Ex Nihilo, a new organization, has formed a team consisting of a blend of former LCS players and Challenger players.

 

NA LCS

 

NA

 

 

Europe

 

  •  Gambit Gaming announced that they will have a two-week trial period for Kévin “Shaunz” Ghanbarzadeh in the head coach position.
  • Mike “Wickd” Petersen announced on twitter that his team has signed to Denial eSports.
  • Jesse “Jesiz” Le and Luka “PerkZ” Perković join Gamers2 in their fourth attempt to make the European LCS.
  • Pierre “Steeelback“ Medjaldi has left Fnatic in wake of Rekkles return, joining Odyssey Gaming in their pursuit of qualifying to the the NACS.

 

EU LCS

 

EU

 

 

 

China

 

 

LPL

 

cHINA

 

 

 

 

Korea

 

 

LCK

 

LCK

 

 

 

 

SEA

 

LMS

 

 

LMS

 

Brazil

 

CBLOL

 

CBLOL

 

OCE

 

OPL SUMMER

 

OPL summer

 

 

 

Scene Updates

 

  • The NA LCS Summer Finals will be played in NYC, with the EU finals heading to Stockholm.
  • IEM announced the details of Season 10, with the World Championship once again taking place in Katowice.

 

 

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With the recent return of CandyPanda to SK Gaming, there has been one question on everyone’s mind: Where will Forg1ven go?

Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou, EU LCS MVP and hailed as one of the best players the west has to offer, is set to join Gambit Gaming after stepping down from SK.

Gambit has tried several combinations of players to prepare it’s bot lane for the upcoming Summer Season, including  Mohammed “Jebus” Tohki of Gamers2 and Fnatic AD carry Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi. With veteran support Edward “Edward” Abgaryan at his side, it seems they have settled on Forg1ven to round out their roster.

Known for his work ethic and focus on winning, Gambit may have found what they need to attain some of their former success.  Time will tell.

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Alexey “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin and Alberto “Crumbzz” Rengifo have come together to create a new Challenger team.

Long time veterans of the LoL scene, the two have crossed regions to join forces and compete in North America.


From the official announcement:

Rengifo and Ichetovkin will be joined by Maria “Yuno” Creveling in the support position. Creveling previously played for Team Roar’s bottom lane alongside Shan “Chaox” Huang.

The AD Carry and Top lane positions have yet to be finalized, but the team is currently scrimming with Ritchie “Intense” Ngo (AD Carry) and Oleksii “RF Legendary” Kuziuta (Top lane). Badawi states that the scrims so far have been going great but that the team is still considering all available options and accepting applications.


See the official announcement for complete details as well as a Q&A with team owner Chris Badawi.

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The IEM World Championships will be at CeBIT on March 5th-9th and today the groups were released. There will be no NA teams this year as many of the larger NA organisations chose to travel less and focus more on NA-centric events. The only NA team to qualify was AL, but since that team no longer exists they could not attend. Europe has a much better showing with Gambit Gaming, Evil Geniuses, SK and Fnatic all taking part- while also being the top four teams in the EU LCS. To add to the Euro list; Millennium will attend along with MYM and Anexis from Poland. Korea will have a great showing as both Frost and Blaze, as well as SKT1 and IM, are coming to see if they can put their stamp onto the IEM. One final team is on the list: paiN Gaming from Brazil will be making their international event début and will be the only team to represent America in any form, albeit from the South. The very best of luck to them and all the teams attending CeBIT this year.

 

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View IEM’s announcement and further details: here.

Addendum: You can see a breakdown of all the points earned over the season here. Any absent team that is higher on the list than an attending team will either no longer exist or have chosen not to go.

– Jaszon ‘Lightblind’ Alexander – @Ravus