The League of Legends Championship Series is giving Esports fans a chance to follow pro-LoL teams closer than ever before. For those looking to catch a weekly game or two in season 3 it will be nice to get to know the teams that you’re watching. Here’s a spotlight on one of the teams we’ll be seeing during the series.
M5/ GAMBIT GAMING
Moscow Five was founded in 2001 playing a slew of games such as “DotA” and “Counter Strike” at a professional level. The organization picked up Team Empire comprised of Alex Ich, Diamondprox, Genja, GoSu Pepper, and Darien. During season 2 this “League of Legends” team now known as M5 really began to shine. They took the EU scene by storm and then moved on to impress the world as they won a long list of tournaments including IEM Kiev, IEM Championships Hannover, and ECC Poland. They qualified for the World Playoffs during the Season 2 World Championship however didn’t make it to the finals.
The dynamic team did however earn themselves a salaried position and automatic qualification for the EU division of LCS Season 3. It’s a good thing too because M5 dropped their LoL team sometime between the end of season 2 and the start of season 3. The organization was having financial difficulties after their CEO Dmitry “ddd1ms” Smelyi was arrested in July of 2012.
The talented group did however have just enough time to be picked up by another organization and are now going by the name “Gambit Gaming”. Alex ‘Alex Ich’ Ichetovkin, AP Carry of Gambit Gaming had this to say about the transition in an exclusive statement for in2LoL,
“I am glad, that we have got a new organization that decided to cover all our needs and help us in our goals. And I really like that the tag can be shortened to GG :D”
ID Name Role
Alex Ich Alex Ichetovkin AP
Diamondprox Daniel Reshetnikov Jungle
Genja007 Eugene Andryushin AD
Edward Edward Abgarian Support
Darien Eugene Mazaev Top
-Alex Itch is the only married professional LoL player.
-GoSu Pepper, the teams support, has changed his nickname to Edward, making Gambit Gaming’s roster exactly the same as when they were picked up by M5 as Team Empire and started playing LoL professionally.
-The team is known for playing unconventional champions. Their success with jungle Shyvana and Mundo is what got the champions really integrated into the accepted casual META early in season 2. Alex Ich can be roughly paraphrased for once saying, ‘We play the champions we like and make it work’.
-They have an aggressive playstyle that forces enemy teams to stay on their toes.