CIS Roster Changes: Gambit, Team Spirit & Espada
Posted 27th December 2018 By: Derpina    460 Views
Esports News – Capping off the 2018 calendar year shuffle, three CIS teams featured roster changes, the most notable of which involves Gambit.
Team Spirit’s announcement focused much on wishing the Belarusian captain of the two previous years, Artsiom “fng” Barshack, luck in the next chapter of his esports career. According to the shared information, despite strong ties within the team, it was a lack of success that urged fng to seek another team that might be able to fulfil his desires after two years of sporting the dragon’s banner.
fng said: “First of all, I want to thank Team Spirit for their contribution to me and to the past compositions in which I played. Nothing but warm memories associated with the work of the organization and all the people involved in it, I have left.”
The former Spirit’s player also added: “I do not like reshuffles as such, so this decision was not easy for me. I really liked to play in this team, because there were a lot of positive moments and only one negative – the lack of results. I felt that this situation reminds me too much of what happened to me in previous roasters. Therefore, I decided that it was worth changing the situation and starting a movement. I do not know what lies ahead of me, but I decided to choose this path. ”
Team Spirit sparred hard but struggled during the new 2018-19 season to find positive results. They have yet to qualify for any of the DPC or major LANs although they were able to grab three titles for smaller online events.
At this time, the gaping hole left by fng is yet to be filled. The lineup remains unclear for the team or if there will be any further changes to the roster.
The bigger surprise for CIS fans would be that Gambit made adjustments of their own, dropping Rinat “KingR” Abdullin and Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod to the inactive status.
Recently, the team locked in their second DPC event of the new season, grabbing a place at the Bucharest Minor after already taking part in the Kuala Lumpur Major and are ready to head to ESL One Katowice 2019–only days apart from each other just earlier this month.
However, Gambit has to pay the price and suffer a 20% reduction in their points earned so far and a penalty for earned points at Bucharest Minor since they qualified with two different players.
The final component is Alexander “Immersion” Hmelevskoy from Espada, a tea, that failed to make a mark this season.