Gambit Gaming divided over bot lane's future
Gambit Gaming is divided as it decides the future of its bot lane, sources close to the organization and players tell the Daily Dot. Kristoffer “P1noy” Pedersen and Edward "Edward" Abgaryan refuse to play with one another for the upcoming Summer Split and both players have different outlooks for the future of the team.
The remaining team members, Lucas "Cabochard" Simon-Meslet, Danil "Diamondprox" Reshetnikov, and Felix "Betsy" Edling, had a meeting with team management on Tuesday regarding these potential changes, but couldn't reach a final verdict.
Pedersen, however, reportedly wants to share the lane with MeetYourMakers support player Lewis "Noxiak" Felix. Felix has reportedly declined offers to the teams the like of Elements and is currently on trial with GIANTS! Gaming.
This divide comes as no surprise. Tohki was set to join Gambit towards the end of last summer for the 2015 Spring Promotion Tournament. Due to visa issues, however, he wasn't able to travel to the United States for the tournament, making the team choose then-substitute Pedersen.
Gambit stuck with Pedersen after his success in the Promotion Tournament. His official debut as a starter was at IEM Cologne in December 2014, where the team took first place. The Spring Split was bumpy, with the team ending in fifth/sixth place after the EU League Championship Series playoffs. The bottom lane specifically unperformed compared to teammates in other roles.
Tohki is best known for his time with the Spanish organization Gamers2, which picked up his team, Nevo, shortly after they qualified for the European Challenger Series. He's demonstrated that he's a strong AD carry and has been hailed as one of the best non-LCS marksman by many supports, including recently retired Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels.
As for Felix, he joined the doomed MeetYourMakers team halfway through the split. Despite impending auto-relegation, Felix demonstrated how well he could excel against other LCS bot lanes, making him a prime contender for other teams in need of a support.
“We will probably have tryouts for both AD and Support,” Gambit Gaming manager, Dmitry “Moo” Sukhanov told the Daily Dot, “though it’s still possible that we stick to the current bot lane in summer split.”
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