Apparently, all it took for Gambit Esports‘ Counter-Strike team to earn an invite to an ESL event was winning a Major.
ESL announced Friday that Gambit will attend IEM Oakland in November. It will be the second ESL event Gambit has ever attended and the first since ESL One Cologne in 2016.
Gambit, which recently climbed to the top of the CS:GO world by winning the PGL Krakow Major, has been the subject of an almost comedic drought of invitations to events. With the exception of a handful of DreamHack and StarLadder tournaments, Gambit had never received an invite to a significant LAN event. So Friday’s announcement came with much excitement on social media, evidence first and foremost by Gambit in-game leader Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko.
Us atm pic.twitter.com/nNOY0vAFAG
— Daniil Teslenko (@ZeusCS_GO) August 4, 2017
Fake this didn’t happen. Esl doesn’t invite Gambit.
— rockonrockers (@mrrockonrockers) August 4, 2017
ESL invited Gambit?! pic.twitter.com/j3RECNnBGK
— Tom Riddle (@ilylnf) August 4, 2017
— Adnan Smlatic (@BlackbirdCS) August 4, 2017
Gambit will join the other invited teams FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, SK Gaming, Astralis, Cloud9, and Team Liquid, with one more invite spot left. The remaining four teams will come through regional qualifiers. IEM Oakland will take place Nov. 16-19 at The Oracle Arena.
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