When Diamondprox crawled back in 2016 Spring, once again failing to make the playoffs. It was a hard time being a Gambit fan. It started to work. LCL finally got a studio, and Gambit went all out in creating a winning formula. Clearly the organization was sick of the mediocrity, as they replaced everyone except Diamondprox. Instead of seeking out undeveloped talent, Gambit convinced some of the best talent in the region to join them. Alexander "PvPStejos" Glazkov, Daniel "Blasting" Kudrin, and Mykhailo "Kira" Harmash—all CIS veterans considered near the best of their positions. Oh, and Edward rejoined too for good measure. With a star-studded lineup and a weakened field in LCL, Gambit were poised to win and they did. They dominated all of the Summer split, and had a close finals to win the playoffs. Gambit was back at the World Championship. Sure they weren’t the team of years ago that threatened to win the whole thing—they didn’t even win a game. But in a world where so many ancient great teams never saw the light of day years later—Gambit still stood. This wasn’t their last hurrah either, this core of players (which faced a few roster changes) brought Gambit an even more impressive year in 2018. They won the Spring playoffs, qualifying for MSI and gave a decently strong performance. They once again won in Summer—qualifying for Worlds and narrowly losing a best-of-five against the Cloud9 team that made the semifinals. After that, though the team wouldn't win another championship, they always stood around the top of the region. Diamondprox and Edward eventually retired, and after a few runs in LCL short of the championship, Gambit announced the dissolution of their League of Legends team. With that, all remnants of the magical team were gone. Of course, that’s not true at all. Even with Gambit completely gone from League of Legends, even with all the players retired, the legacy of the team lives on. We see it in their unprecedented dominant teams try to reach every year, in the way we play the game, and in the culture of esports. Even if the final nail has been struck into the team’s coffin: Gambit lives on.
We stylin for dinner in itaewon with Achilliois and diamond pic.twitter.com/dgTRj724lc— saintvicious (@LolStvicious) May 14, 2016