Gambit Gaming has won Dreamhack Winter 2016 after earning a solid 2-0 victory against the Renegades.
1st Map, de_Nuke
Gambit started strongly and quickly improved to 4-0 against a passive Renegades team. The Australians only got two rounds on the board even as Gambit broke their opponents’ economy to widen the gap in between to 9-2. Once again, Yaman “yam” Ergenekon’s squad wasn’t able to string more rounds together and got reset. Even with two desperate buys afterwards, Gambit got up to a 12-3.
After the break, Mihail “Dosia” Stolyarov and his team clinched the second pistol round, but a forcebuy win gave Renegades a lifeline. It was exactly what they needed as they won six out of the following seven rounds to get to double digits, though doubles from Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko and Abay “Hobbit” Khasenov secured map point for Gambit.
Justin “jks” Savage’s double in a 2v2 on the lower bombsite delayed the map for two more rounds, but Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev’s triple in the 28th round of the map closed it down at 16-12.
2nd map, de_Cobblestone
Gambit carried their momentum into the second map. Starting on the CT side, three kills from Dosia as well as a 1v1 quickly gave Gambit the pistol round. A double from HObbit and Dosia’s triple in two of the first three gunrounds pushed the CIS side to 4-1, but Renegades quickly equalized the score.
The following round was worth two and Gambit got the better of it, and only lost one more round before the half ended at 10-5 in their favor.
The pistol round and the first gunround also went Gambit’s way comfortably after half time. Even with little to no hope in the match as they were trailing 5-14, the Renegades still managed to get a few gunrounds and anti-ecos.
But ultimately, the Australians couldn’t pick up a comeback as Gambit celebrated tournament victory at 16-10, with the CIS boys picking up the Dreamhack Winter 2016 trophy and $50,000 in prize money.