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Gambit Esports have signed former AVANGAR rifler Dmitry “dimasick” Matvienko, the organization announced Tuesday, having “acquired his contract”. Dimasick’s addition is the first step towards the rebuilding of the new Gambit roster, after the team entered a process of revamp with the start of the fall.

After winning PGL Major Krakow in 2017, Gambit hit a slump and struggled to maintain form. Juggling with who takes the IGL role after the departure of Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko, amid other problems, pushed the team to the lower tiers of the scene and Gambit have been trying to climb back since, though unsuccessfully. The organization finished 9-11th at the ELEAGUE Boston Major and followed it up with an even worse bottom 20-22nd placement at the FACEIT Major London, with very little to show in between.

In search for improving their results, Gambit made multiple roster changes throughout the year. In February, they took Denis “seized” Kostin on trial, only to bench him three months later and finally release him earlier this month with the expiration of his contract. After the disastrous FACEIT Major showing, Gambit also started looking for offers for first Abay” HObbit” Khassenov and later Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev.

Dimasick’s addition as the first new member in the line-up is in preparation for the closed qualifiers for the CIS Minor, starting Nov. 17. Gambit have therefore promised that they will finalize the roster “shortly”.

The CIS Minor itself will take place next year, Jan. 16-20. The top two teams will receive New Challenger seeds for the IEM Katowice Major, happening Feb. 14 to Mar. 3.

Gambit Esports’ current line-up is as follows:

— Mihail “Dosia” Stolyarov
— Nikolay “mir” Bityukov
— Rustem “mou” Telepov
— Dmitry “dimasick” Matvienko

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