CIS squad add veteran support and extend full time member ship to stand-in to complete roster.
CIS squad Gambit Esports is the latest to join into the roster move craze within the region, announcing changes to its roster on the same day multiple other CIS organizations made alterations to their own lineups. The team registered is new roster on the Valve registration page today with two new names, as the squad added Sergey “G” Bragin and Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod to its roster. In order to facilitate those moves, the team is letting go of support player Andriy “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko.
ALWAYSWANNAFLY is a veteran of the CIS region and the Dota 2 scene in general, having been playing professionally since 2011. The Ukrainian player is a two time TI participant and had been with Gambit Esports for the entirety of the season to his point, having joined the organization in May of 2017. With the roster lock period ending in a few days, the free agent still has a small window of opportunity to find another squad to join without incurring a points penalty.
G will be officially taking over the midlane role for the team after having served as a stand-in for the squad since the beginning of 2018. The Rusisan player brings another veteran presence to the squad, having played both Dota 2 since 2011. G also brings some Pro Circuit experience to the squad as well stemming from his appearance at the Perfect World Masters Minor in November as a member of the Vega Squadron lineup.
VANSKOR will be serving as one of the two supports for the new Gambit Esports roster, taking over the position that was previously held by ALWAYSWANNAFLY. VANSKOR is another veteran of the CIS scene, having started playing Dota 2 professionally in 2013 as a member of RoX. VANSKOR had spent the season to this point as a member of Team Empire, but left the team in late December when the squad announced the signing of a replacement player.
For Gambit Esports, the roster moves are significant steps in what the organization is hoping is a path to the top level of the CIS regional hierarchy and the Pro Circuit. The moves give the team talented and experienced players to work with, but the squad is still going to have to work its way up into a competitive position within a crowded region. We’ll see if these moves allow Gambit Esports to make that jump into being a legitimate contender within its home region.
The roster of Gambit Esports following its roster moves:
- Nikita “Daxak” Kuzmin (Carry)
- Sergey “G” Bragin (Mid)
- Eugene “chshrct” Kastrama (Offlane)
- Danylo “Bignum” Shekhovtsov (Support)
- Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod (Support)