This Grand Final ain't big enough for both of us

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by Crash_. Source: Gambit

Aaaaaand the winner is OG!

Except, that stands for Obviously Gambit.

You know how we always say OG are really good, right up until the point that they aren't? Yeah, that.

They looked superb all the way to the final of IEM Summer, taking down Vitality, Evil Geniuses (yeah we know) and VP relatively cleanly, with AleksiB getting all the praise he deserves (and plenty that he probably didn't, realistically).

But that's where it ended - the perennial disappointers, disappointed. Gambit washed them away in three in an anti-climactic Grand Final, with Ax1le picking up a +32 scoreline with 95.6 ADR, topping the scoreboard on all three maps. Cracked bloody gamer.

Don't believe us? Feast your eyes on this beauty of a pistol round. The presence of mind to fight the long player and the shot he hits is just delightful, like a moist lemon drizzle cake after a heavy meal. Wonderful stuff.

After a 30 round banger on map one, it looked like it would be a superb final. When OG went 8-2 up on Dust 2, we found ourselves thinking: "Damn, we got a game on here."

We were wrong. Gambit won 14 of the next 17, and 30 of the next 40 to sweep OG under the rug and get over this tournament already. They swatted OG away like a mildly irritating fly, and OG weren't even particularly persistent. They took their punishment like a good g- ...coughs... you heard nothing. Move on already. Geez.

There's always next tournament, Nor- uh, OG. You'll come back stronger.

Final standings:

  • 🇷🇺 Gambit - $100,000
  • 🇪🇺 OG - $42,000
  • 3-4. 🇪🇺 G2 - $20,000
  • 3-4. 🇫🇷  Vitality - $20,000
  • 5-6. 🇺🇸 Evil Geniuses - $10,000
  • 5-6. 🏴‍☠️ - $10,000
  • 7-8. 🇸🇪 NIP - $6,000
  • 7-8. 🇪🇺 Complexity - $6,000
June 13, 2021

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