Gambit Esports declare the IEM Katowice 2021 trophy after an action-filled collection in opposition to their CIS opposition Virtus.professional. The crew who was often known as ‘Gambit Children’ up till a number of months again has now made a reputation for themselves internationally, on the again of their star participant Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov. They got here all the way in which from the play-ins stage and eradicated groups like G2, Workforce Spirit, and Na’Vi to achieve the grand finals. The CIS derby in opposition to the a lot favored VP was an thrilling affair, the place Gambit walked away with $400,000 USD and the IEM Katowice trophy, however most significantly they proved themselves as top-tier contenders and a crew to be careful for within the upcoming tournaments.
IEM Katowice 2021: Gambit defeats VP within the finals
The very best of 5 grand finals started on Gambit’s decide Vertigo. Abay ‘Hobbit‘ Khasenov’s crew began robust proper out of the gate, however Virtus.professional didn’t let that shake them. VP ended the primary half with a ‘9-6’ lead after some masterful performs by Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis, who has been the breakout star for VP this match.
Within the second half, Gambit began to claw again into the sport and even managed to take the lead, however didn’t hold this benefit until the tip of the map. VP did the reversal for the second time on the map and received by a ‘16-14’ scoreline.
After an in depth match on Vertigo, Gambit stored it tight on Mud 2 with Timofey “interz” Yakushin discovering priceless spherical wins for the aspect in the direction of the tip of the primary half to offer Gambit a cushty ‘9-6’ lead. This was adopted by a flawless second half, the place Gambit enjoying T-side received the remaining 7 rounds in a row to shut the map ‘16-6’.
With the collection equalized at ‘1-1’, the third map was performed on Gambit’s map decide Prepare the place Gambit ran over VP within the first half, taking an ‘11-4’ lead after a spotlight reel T-sided efficiency from Hobbit. In a dominant vogue, Gambit as soon as once more denied VP any rounds within the second half, securing their second map decide ‘16-4’ with yet one more flawless second half.
The final map of the collection came about on VP’s decide Overpass. YEKINDAR and his crew weren’t going to surrender so simply, however regardless of the dedication, Gambit dominated the primary half and secured an ‘11-4’ lead. Virtus.professional took one remaining leap on a comeback try however they have been outclassed by their CIS rivals and denied any probability of taking the collection all the way down to the final map.
This was the primary time within the historical past of CS:GO that 2 groups from the CIS area have been dealing with off in opposition to one another within the grand finals of a tier-one match. Gambit are trying in nice form as they stroll away with $400,000 and etch their names on the celebrated IEM Katowice 2021 trophy.