Earlier this week Gambit Esports introduced their new line-up for the 2019-2020 season, featuring mainly up and coming players gathered together by the veteran captain Artsiom “fng” Barshack.
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fng is the only member of Gambit to stay with the organization for the new season after the team suffered an image hit during the TI9 regional qualifiers when Andrey “Afoninje” Afonin rage quit during a match at the beginning of the last day of qualifiers. With the team rebuilt from scratch, Gambit got an invite to the GG.Bet Hamburg Invitational, an online tournament with one ticket to the upcoming ESL One Hamburg on the line. The online event was the first official qualifier post TI9, and today Gambit won what can be regarded as the first official grand final of the new season.
A total of eight teams were invited to battle for the one ticket to ESL One Hamburg, among them, the reshuffled Singularity, the Greeks from Ad Finem and the CIS stack Old but Gold, formed towards the end of the previous season with an unchanged roster for the new competitive year. Gambit were the only team to finish the event undefeated through both group stage and the playoffs. In the best-of-three grand finals they fought against Fly to Moon with tenacity, displaying impressive coordination for a team that just formed. Gambit’s 2-0 sends the CIS team to ESL One Hamburg 2019, where they will join Virtus.pro, who are yet to reveal their new roster and TNC Predator.
Seven teams will receive direct invites from ESL One, but so far only two have been announced, the aforementioned VP and TNC. GG.Bet Invitational Hamburg acted like an extra qualifier slot, while four regional qualifiers are to be held at the end of next week, from the 27th to the 29th of September. Unfortunately, South America will not have the opportunity to send a team to the event, but Europe, North America, China, and Southeast Asia will have four teams each fighting for a qualifier ticket in their respective regions.
ESL One Hamburg 2019 is not a part of the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit, but features a prize pool of $300,000. The tournament will take place October 25-27 at the Barclaycard Arena from Hamburg, Germany.