The CIS organization is hoping to harness untapped potential in gpk as Gambit Esports takes a chance on a younger talent
In the wake of an unsuccessful run through the TI9 CIS Qualifier, Gambit Esports announced changes to its roster, as it lost both coach Anatoly “boolk” Ivanov and Midlaner Andrey “Afoninje” Afonin. Today, the organization has revealed that it has filled the latter of those roster vacancies, with the team introducing Danil “gpk” Skutin as its new Midlaner. The Russian player is just 18 years old, but has already shown enough potential for Gambit Esports to pick him up for the upcoming 2019-2020 Pro Circuit season.
gpk’s time at the professional level is has not been particularly extensive, with the young Midlaner having only begun his career last year as a member of Marlerino eSports. As a member of that squad, gpk’s experience was largely limited to regional events and open qualifier runs, with Marlerino eSports finding scattered success across those various appearances but failing to attend a major event. In March of 2019, gpk and the rest of Marlerino eSports received a boost in attention and notoriety when its roster was picked up by the Vega Squadron organization. While the team’s overall results remained largely the same, the added notoriety of playing for a larger organization earned gpk some attention, especially as he helped lead Vega Squadron to a 3rd place finish in the TI9 CIS Qualifier. Though he is still essentially unproven outside of the CIS region, Gambit Esports will likely be hoping that the more experienced members of its roster can help nurture and develop gpk’s talent as the squad looks to secure itself a place at the top of the regional hierarchy in the upcoming season.
The roster of Gambit Esports following the addition of gpk:
Nikita “Daxak” Kuzmin (Carry)
Danil “gpk” Skutin (Mid)
Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin (Offlane)
Alexander “Immersion” Hmelevskoy (Support)
Artsiom “fng” Barshack (Support, Captain)
Ivan “Vake_5&3” Karpov (Manager)