Jebus the frontrunner as Gambit looks to replace P1noy
After a disappointing finish in the European League Championship Series Playoffs, Gambit Gaming is looking at replacing AD carry Kristoffer “P1noy” Pedersen, sources close to the organization tell the Daily Dot.
Who will replace him? Gambit tells the Daily Dot it isn't holding tryouts. But other sources close to the team say support player Edward "Edward" Abgaryan is evaluating players in a trial phase, with the frontrunner being Danish marksman, Mohammad "Jebus" Tokhi, currently a member of EU CS team Gamers2.
News of the potential roster change comes just three days after the team parted ways with head coach Jordan “Leviathan” Thwaites.
Tokhi currently ranks top 50 in Europe West solo queue and has been duo-queueing with Abgaryan nearly every day for the past week and a half.
The team initially took interest in Tohki as a potential replacement for long-time AD Evgeny "Genja" Andryushin last year for the Summer Promotion tournament. The player wasn't able to attend the United States for the tournament, however. So the team decided to stick with their substitute player Pedersen, who at the time went by the alias “Krislund.” Gambit decided to continue playing with Pedersen in the off-season with his official debut as a starter coming at IEM Cologne 2014.
As for Tohki, he recently played throughout the Spring Split with Gamers2. The Spanish organization had acquired the roster for his team, Team Nevo, on Feb. 17 and moved the entire team to Spain. The team qualified for the 2015 Spring Challenger Series Split prior to the acquisition and was considered a favorite to make top three by end of season results.
Unfortunately, results didn't play out as anticipated. Gamers2 took home a disappointing fourth place finish in the EU CS playoffs, losing in a 1-2 defeat vs Reason Gaming. This placement resulted in failure to qualify for the LCS Summer Promotion tournament.
Gambit is not the only organization that's taken interest in the marksman, either. Prior to this split, Unicorns of Love offered Tohki a chance to replace AD carry Pontus "Vardags" Dahlblom in the summer if he underperformed in the spring. ROCCAT also had an eye set on the player. But the team now plans to stick with current AD Paweł "Woolite" Pruski for the next split if it re-qualifies on April 25.
“We are always looking for opportunities of making our roster stronger but team synergy and stable roster are very important as well," Gambit's team manager told the Daily Dot.
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