Report: Gambit-2 Adds 9pasha and Daxak to Its Roster


Report: Gambit-2 Adds 9pasha and Daxak to Its Roster

Rakshak Kathuria
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  • CIS team, Gambit-2, which is the secondary roster of AS Monaco Gambit, is reportedly going to make roster changes, retaining only two players - midlaner, Lorenof, and position five player, eine.
  • Ukrainian carry player, Daxak, will be joining the team while CIS players, 9pasha and illusion, are expected to finalize Gambit-2's Dota 2 roster.
  • Gambit-2 recently competed at the CIS 2021 DPC Season 1: Lower Division and finished fourth with four wins and three losses.

Gambit-2, the secondary Dota 2 team of the esports organization, AS Monaco Gambit (formerly Gambit Esports), will undergo roster changes after the conclusion of the CIS 2021 DPC Season 1: Lower Division. According to a report by, Gambit-2 will be retaining only two of the five players from the previous roster - midlaner, Artem "Lorenof" Melnick and position five support player, Albert "eine" Garaev. Ukrainian Carry player, Nikita "Daxak" Kuzmin will be returning to the Gambit Esports organization. Popular CIS offlaner, Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov and support player, Danil "illusion" Grzhevka, will be the final two players of the squad, according to the report. 

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Gambit-2’s New Roster For DPC Season 2 Will Feature 9Pasha and Daxak

The news regarding the CIS team’s roster change comes after they finished in fourth place with four wins and three losses in the CIS 2021 DPC Season 1: Lower Division. 

Gambit-2’s rumored new roster:

  1. Nikita "Daxak" Kuzmin
  2. Artem "Lorenof" Melnick
  3. Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov
  4. Danil "illusion" Grzhevka
  5. Albert "eine" Garaev

Daxak will be replacing xanni, who had joined the team only at the beginning of this DPC season. If 9pasha and illusion join, they will be replacing Blizzy and XSvamp1Re. While Blizzy, similar to xanni, joined the team ahead of the first season of DPC 2021, XSvamp1Re had been a staple player as he had been playing for the squad since Sept 2019. 

Daxak has already played for the Gambit Esports organization in the past, representing them in significant tournaments like the Epicenter Major 2019 and ESL One Katowice 2019.
Image Via Epicenter
Gambit-2 was the organization’s main roster until February 11, 2021 when they were replaced by Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev’s Live to Win team. Live to Win was renamed to AS Monaco Gambit, while the original roster was declared as the secondary roster and renamed to Gambit-2.

Though both of Gambit’s teams are competing in the CIS DPC League and are aiming for a spot in TI10, only one can play at the TI10 regardless of how they perform in the DPC. This is because Valve’s rules prevent two rosters from the same organization from qualifying for The International. These rules were embedded in the DPC system before the 2018-19 DPC and have been in place since then.

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Gambit Esports has not officially confirmed these roster changes at the time of writing this article.

Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.