Gambit have secured a place in the EPIC League CIS grand final following a stunning 2-0 win over Akuma, stopping the underdogs’ hot streak at the Regional Major Ranking event after the surprise of the tournament took down the region’s No. 2 and No. 3 teams, Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro, in the first two rounds of the upper bracket.
Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov‘s squad now await their opponent in the title decider, scheduled for Sunday at 19:00 . They will be joined by the winner of the Akuma–Virtus.pro consolidation final, a rematch from the upper bracket semi-final encounter between the two teams.
Hobbit was on fire in the upper bracket final
Having handily taken down Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro on Mirage in the first two rounds of the upper bracket, Akuma decided to pick the map for the third consecutive time into Gambit, but they found the No. 1 side a much tougher challenge.
A pistol round victory was about as much as Dmitriy “SENSEi” Shvorak & co. could muster against the CIS region’s top team, as Abay “Hobbit” Khasenov and Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov spearheaded Gambit‘s dominant performance on the opener to clinch a 16-5 win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three affair.
The favorites didn’t leave much to chance on Overpass. They immediately seized control of the map after getting off to a 5-0 lead and never let go of their advantage despite Akuma finding some footing later in the first half, rallying to another convincing victory to secure the grand final spot without breaking a sweat.