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Gambit adds former G2 assistant coach to League of Legends staff

Gambit signed former G2 coach Sharkz to its League of Legends staff
Gambit added to its coaching staff by bringing on a former G2 Esports assistant coach.

Gambit announced Tuesday the signing of Alexey “Sharkz” Taranda as the strategic coach for its League of Legends team after a two week trial period.

“Sharkz has been helping our roster in its preparation for LCL Summer playoffs for the past two weeks on a trial basis,” the announcement reads. “The team and Gambit’s management remained satisfied with Alexey’s input in our training process, therefore will continue working with him.”

Sharkz is a former League of Legends pro player who transitioned into a coaching role a few years ago. He coached Vega Squadron in the CIS region last year before joining G2 Esports this spring as an assistant coach and eventually returning to Vega Squadron. But that team disbanded this month, making Sharkz a free agent.

During his time as coach, Vega Squadron had a second place finish last summer in the LCL, falling just short of qualifying to worlds behind Albus NoX Luna. But the team struggled upon his return this summer, failing to make it to the playoffs by placing fifth, and deciding to disband, citing the need for a “complete rebuild,” releasing its players and coaching staff.

Gambit, the former European League of Legends Championship Series juggernaut, is in the running for a qualification for the play-in stage of this year’s League of Legends World Championship. Gambit finished the group stage in first place with a record of 13-1 and will face M19 on Sunday in the finals, after defeating Team Just Alpha 3-0 in the semifinals last week.

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