While most of the professional CSGO teams took the time to relax during the game’s winter break, Gambit esports continued to show dominant performances as it played during the holidays.
The top half of this week’s CSGO rankings haven’t changed all that much since the IEM Global Challenge ended last December, but Gambit’s continued presence on the number four list is something that fans should not ignore. At the top of the list, Astralis was probably number one, thanks in part to its win at the IEM Global Challenge. But while Astralis has profited from the combination of getting hot at the right time and the subpar performance of his opponents, Gambit has simply looked unstoppable.
Astralis hold on to CSGO number one as Gambit impresses
Astralis picked up where the team left off this week, as it continued knocking teams who underestimated their historically good roster. During their opening matchup in the BLAST Global Finals, the Danes crushed Evil Geniuses, posting 16-8 and 16-6 map wins after dropping the first 16-14 map to the North American organization.
Even if Astralis somehow drops the ball at BLAST, it’s unlikely that fans will see a lot of movement from the Danish team unless it goes through a complete meltdown. The roster looks like its old self, with its core five players back in sync after a weird 2020, much to the dismay of its critics.
The second and third places behind Astralis are held by Vitality and Natus Vincere. Both finished 2020 on the course to challenge Astralis first, but now it looks like only one team has the potential to do so.
While Na’Vi struggled against Team Liquid at BLAST during their losing matchup, Vitality bashed its own 2-0 matchup against a short-lived Complexity. Unfortunately for fans, Na’Vi persists to be frustratingly inconsistent, Despite the firepower it has placed around the star player Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev.
On a great streak
But just out of the top three, there are more interesting things happening. During CS:GO’s winter break, Gambit was hard at work and managed to settle in at number four, and deservedly so, while teams such as Heroic, Virtus.pro, and BIG skid. The team has shown consistent performances on its road to a 14-2 map record since November 26.
And while it has a young roster, with CSGO Major winner Abay “Hobbit” Khasenov, it also has experience on its side. Hobbit has rebounded from an early 2020 slump since returning to its lineup last October, entering the new year with a standout average rating of 1.20.
Many of the team’s wins were against tier-two opponents, but over the past three months, Gambit has managed an unbelievable 90% win rate. With the numbers put on the scoreboard by its roster, Gambit has nowhere to go but up.
In just a few weeks time, fans will be able to get a close look at Gambit as it is scheduled to play against top teams such as Team Liquid, FNATIC, mouse sports, and other teams during the 2021 IEM Katowice play in stage, which starts on February 16.