Diamondprox hails from Saint Petersburg, Russia. He is one of the world's most known junglers, known for his play on such champions as Lee Sin in Season 2, and innovating the popular Season 3 jungle play of Nasus and Volibear. He became known in the high elo ladders of League of Legends end of Season 1 and pre-Season 2.
He started making headway in the scene when he joined Team Empire as their jungler in October of 2011, after being invited by friend Edward. He made a large splash at IEM Season VI Qualifiers, winning it, then being invited to play at IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev The splash was also due to making a now famed highlight vs SK Gaming, which gave birth to the now famous meme and the habit of players shouting "EMPIRE!".
Diamondprox, with the rest of Team Empire, were recruited by organization Moscow Five in December 2011. Their first major appearance would be at the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev on January 19th, 2012. It would be here that Moscow 5 would make a name for themselves internationally, as they had little fame prior to IEM Kiev. At the event, Moscow 5 would show a dominant performance, going undefeated in group stage against Dignitas, against All authority, and Sypher. Taking first by going 3-0 in the group stage, Diamondprox and the team would advance to the playoffs, where they would take the series 2-0 against SK Gaming. Moving to the finals, Moscow 5 defeated North American powerhouse Team SoloMid 2-1, dropping their only game of the tournament.
On January 31st, 2012, Diamondprox and company would compete in the online Kings of Europe tournament. Once again showing their strength, they would go undefeated in the group stage, beating SK Gaming, exGBT, and Team Mistral. Advancing to the playoffs, they defeated French team Sypher 2-1 in the semifinals. By doing so, Moscow 5 would face off against European favorite Counter Logic Gaming EU in the finals, where they would fall 1-2.
On March 10th, 2012, Diamondprox and his teammates would attend the IEM Season VI - World Championship in Hanover. Reproducing their results from Kiev, Moscow 5 once again went undefeated in group stage 5-0, beapting SK Gaming, Curse Gaming, Team SoloMid, Sypher, and EHome. Diamondprox would play a crucial role in the jungle to assist his team and continue their win streak in the playoff bracket, beating Counter Logic Gaming Prime 2-0 in the semifinals and defeating Dignitas 2-0 in the finals to take home first place. This tournament would mark a high point in Moscow 5's history, as they were able to come out of the tournament not only victorious, but were able to do so while not dropping a single game throughout the entire competition.
His team's next high placing at a major tournament would be at the online Corsair Vengeance Cup. Coming out of the group stage of the tournament 2-1, Moscow 5 had a strong run in the playoffs, defeating Hauteur 8, Intent Gaming, TeamRedbyteItalia, and Meet Your Makers in the first four rounds of the playoff bracket, before falling to aAa 0-2 in the second phase of the winner's bracket, knocking the Russian team down to the loser's bracket. Moscow 5 would face off against Team SoloMid in their first match of the loser's bracket, where the Russian team would come out victorious 2-1. Diamondprox and Moscow 5 then faced and defeated SK Gaming 2-0 in the next round of the loser's bracket, which put them up against aAa once again. This time the team would come out victorious, defeating aAa 2-0, which put the team up against Counter Logic Gaming EU in the grand finals of the Corsair Vengeance Cup. Unfortunately, Moscow 5 would fall short to CLG.EU 0-2, losing to the team once again in a finals setting, and taking home second place.
On June 16, Diamondprox and comrades would attend DreamHack Summer 2012 after taking second at the online qualifiers. Moscow 5 would take second in group stage, going 2-1, and defeating Absolute Legends and Mebdi's Minions, but losing to Counter Logic Gaming EU. Advancing to the semifinals, Moscow 5 would face off against Curse Gaming EU, where the Russian team was able to come out ahead 2-0, advancing them to the grand finals. In the finals, Moscow 5 played against familiar opponent, Counter Logic Gaming EU, where they fell 0-2.
Diamond and Moscow 5 attended European Challenger Circuit: Poland after qualifying online with a 2-0 victory over CLG.EU, sending them to the loser's bracket. This would mean that the teams would meet again in the group stage, where Moscow 5 took second place, going 2-1 and defeating EloHell.net and Ocelote World, while losing a game to CLG.EU. In the semifinals, Moscow 5 had a strong showing, defeating Curse EU 2-0, achieving a perfect 15-0 score in the second game. At the finals, Moscow 5 would meet their rivals CLG.EU once again. After having an 0-4 record against them in lan events, Diamondprox with his team were able to claim their revenge with a commanding 2-0 victor,y making them the ECC Poland champions.
As one of the eight European invitees for the Season Two Regional Finals - Cologne, Moscow 5 would fly out to Germany for a chance to qualify for the Season 2 World Championship. Matched up against the recently formed Polish team EloHell, Moscow 5 would take a 2-0 victory to advance to the second round of the playoffs. There, they were able to come out victorious against Fnatic in a close 2-1 match, qualifying for the Season 2 World Championship in Los Angeles and advancing to the grand finals of the tournament. Continuing their dominant performance, Diamondprox would help win the finals 2-0 against SK Gaming.
At the Season 2 World Championship in October, Diamondprox and his teammates were considered by many analysts and professionals to be the favorites coming into the event. They were was given a bye through the group stage and were selected to face Invictus Gaming in their quarterfinal match. Although iG consistently pressured M5's early game and won the laning phase, the Russian squad was able to overcome their deficits in the midgame and take the series 2-0. Advancing to face the Taipei Assassins in the semifinals, M5 continued their dominant form in the first game of the match and quickly secured game one. However, TPA matched M5's aggression in the next two games and successfully turned the series around. The Taiwanese team took the set 2-1, and Moscow 5 was forced to settle for 3rd-4th place and $ 150,000.
After the Season 2 Championships, Diamondprox's team would attend the European tournament Tales of the Lane from October 27th through November 11th, 2012. They would emerge as first in their group stage 3-1, with wins against Curse EU, Eclypsia and MYM, but losing to the hungry IWantCookie. They were granted seeding directly into the semi-finals due to their placing in the group stages. On November 11th M5 would travel to Paris to compete in the offline portions of the tournament. There they would face an upset from Curse EU, loosing 0-2 and knocking them into the 3rd place match. They would finish the tournament with a sweep of SK Gaming, taking 3rd and €5,000 in winnings.
On November 22nd, 2012, Moscow 5 had the great opportunity to fly to Shanghai to attend the TGA Winter 2012 event. While not contestants of the tournament itself, the team would look to boost their popularity with the Chinese tour, doing photo ops, fan signings and Mandarin greeting videos. M5 also played two show matches against WE and iG, winning against both. They would leave China on November 27th, flying directly to Las Vegas to attend IPL 5.
On Day 1 of the IPL event, Diamondprox and M5 would advance through the group stages by defeating Curse Gaming twice and dropping a game to world champions, Taipei Assassins. They would then face World Elite which they scrimmed against heavily in Shanghai. However, WE would rout the Russian team 2-0, dropping them to the losers bracket. M5 would then defeat the tournament favorites, Korean powerhouse Azubu Blaze in a close 3 game series. M5 would get a chance to avenge their loss in the Season 2 World Championship against TPA, in round 5. Despite Alex Ich amassing an amazing 538 creep score and leading in gold to the very end of the game, M5 would still fall to the Taiwanese team in game 1, and lose again to Stanley on Nidalee in game 2, making it five consecutive loses to TPA. M5 finished the tournament in 4th place and earned $3,000 in winnings.
On January 10th, 2013, resultant of the arrest of Moscow Five's CEO in July of the previous year, leaving the organization with a lack of funding, the entire roster was released from the eSports organization as it went defunct.
Four days later, on January 14th, it was announced that Gambit Gaming had acquired Diamondprox and the rest of the former M5 roster.
Marking their first appearance in an offline event as Gambit Gaming, in late January of 2013, the Russian team would compete in IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice as one of the eight qualified teams. Gambit Gaming would go 1-2 in the group stage, winning against MYM, while losing to Curse Gaming EU as well as Azubu Blaze. Because of this, the round robin had a tie between MYM, Gambit, and Curse Gaming EU, who all went 1-2. A time coefficient was used to break the tie, giving Gambit Gaming a spot in the semi-finals. As the underdogs, Diamondprox would help GG defeat Azubu Frost 2-0, then they would go on to take first place by knocking out Frost's brother team, Azubu Blaze who they had lost to in the group stage. Gambit Gaming took home $15,000 USD (~11,609 Euros) as well as a direct seed into the IEM World Championship.
Having qualified as Moscow Five, Diamond and company would compete in the Riot's new professional league for Season 3, the European Season 3 League of Legends Championship Series. Gambit would be a highly respected threat throughout the 10 week Spring league, becomming one of the most feared teams to play against. Diamondprox played a pivotal role for the team in the jungle, with his constant pressure helping to snowball his team's lanes. They would complete the European Spring LCS Split in 2nd place, with a record of 21-7. This ensured their LCS spot for the summer split portion of the league. They would then take second place in the Season 3 EU Spring Playoffs, losing 2-3 to Fnatic.
Gambit, with Diamondprox, attended the IEM Season VII - World Championship in Hannover, Germany held in March. The team dominated their group, going an undefeated 5-0, placing them in the semi-finals. They then faced CJ Entus Frost and lost the set 2-1, knocking Gambit out of the tournament, with a finish in 3rd.
The Russian players were then invited to compete in an international exhibition at 2013 MLG Winter Championship, playing first against Americans Team Dignitas, they won 2-0, by constantly pressuring their opponent. Gambit faced Korean top contender KT Rolster B in the exhibition finals but were unable to secure 1st place, losing 2-1.
In April, Diamondprox with teammates "Alex Ich","Genja" and "Edward" were publicly voted to represent their respective lane positions on the Europe LCS All Star team, to compete at All-Star Shanghai 2013 and play against the world's best All Star teams, chosen in the same fashion. However, a rule stating that only 3 members of any given team could be inducted onto the team, Genja was replaced as AD Carry by Evil Geniuses' Yellowpete. The team's top lane was sOAZ from Fnatic. Diamondprox with the rest of the EU all stars, first faced off against heavy favorites Korean OGN Champions, and despite good early game play from Diamondprox, the Korean team overtook them in a 2-0 set. Their next opponent was their sibling rivalry team , the North America LCS. Both teams played an explosive two games of up and down fighting however, NA LCS ended up being the victor, knocking Diamondprox and the rest of his all stars out of the tournament. In the All Star Skills Competition, Diamondprox bested China's Troll to reach the finals and play against Korea's inSec. In a move that thrilled the crowd, two of the world's most popular junglers, agreed to play their 1 v 1 in a mirror match of Lee Sin who they were both known for. inSec bested Diamondprox in the match up to win the skills tournament for junglers.
A tight Summer Split resulted in a 4th place finish for Diamondprox and the team, meaning they would have a spot in the Summer Playoffs. Gambit finished 3rd after beating Evil Geniuses in the 3rd place match, meaning that they had qualified for the Season 3 World Championship.
Gambit Gaming finished 2nd in their group behind Fnatic, meaning that they would progress to the bracket stage. Diamondprox and the team would go on to be knocked out in the quarterfinals after a hard-fought battle against NaJin Black Sword.
Gambit bounced back from their loss at the World Championship by coming 1st at IEM Cologne. The team did not lose a single game at the tournament, beating Cloud9 in their semifinal matchup and Fnatic in the grand final.
Diamondprox' first tournament with Gambit Gaming in the new season was the IEM World Championship. The team perfomed well, but were knocked out in the semifinals by KT Rolster Bullets.
The Spring Split was a slight disappointment for Gambit. Despite Diamondprox' convincing displays on Kha'Zix and Lee Sin amongst others, the team only managed a 5th place finish in the split. This was a fall from Gambit's high standards, but still meant that they had a spot in the Spring Playoffs. Diamondprox and the team only ended up coming 5th in the tournament after losing to Team ROCCAT in the quarterfinals.
Diamondprox was voted by EU fans to take part in the All-Star Challenge at All-Star Paris 2014 along with Froggen. Diamondprox played on Team Fire during the tournament along with Bjergsen, WeiXiao and others. Team Fire ended up losing to Team Ice as Froggen's 'Super 1v1' win against Team Fire's WeiXiao secured the overall win for Team Ice.
Alex Ich's departure from Gambit ultimately meant that the Summer Split would be worse for the team than the spring split. Gambit struggled throughout, with Diamondprox becoming a subsitute for a week of the split. The team finished in 7th place, meaning that they would have to fight for their LCS status in the Spring Promotion. Diamondprox and Gambit held on to their place in the LCS, beating SK Gaming Prime in their promotion matchup.
Due to being fan-voted in, Diamondprox and Gambit Gaming took their place at IEM Cologne. They managed to win the tournament after beating Counter Logic Gaming in the final.
Gambit Gaming had a successful Spring Split, finishing 4th in the regular season, partially thanks to Diamondprox' impressive performances on Nidalee and Sejuani in particular. The team's regular season performance meant that they would be playing in the Spring Playoffs. They were beaten 3-1 by Unicorns Of Love in the playoff quarterfinals.
Due to their 1st place finish at IEM Cologne, the team were invited to compete at the IEM Season IX - World Championship. After a Round 1 loss against the CJ Entus, Diamondprox and Gambit Gaming were knocked out of the tournament, losing to Team WE in Round 1 of the losers bracket.
Diamondprox and the team had an unsuccessful Summer Split, eventually finishing the regular season in 8th place. This meant that Gambit Gaming would be playing in the 2016 Spring Promotion. Diamondprox and the team faced mousesports, winning the series and securing their place in the 2016 Spring Season.