With the Dota 2 Champions League 2021 getting underway this week, Gambit Esports has confirmed its roster for the event. Sergei “G” Bragin and Igor “iLTW” Filatov have joined the team, while Artem “Lorenof” Melnick, Aleksandr “Immersion” Khmelevskoi and Vasilii “AfterLife” Shishkin having been retained.
The highly anticipated event kicked off with a match between ASM Gambit and Spider Pigz, with Gambit having come out on top 2-1. The org surprised many when announcing the arrival of iLTW, who was recently competed for Team Nigma. The Russian has also played for the likes of Team Spirit, OG and Virtus.Pro during his career to date. iLTW joined Nigma back in April, after the org’s decision to bench mid-laner Aliwi “w33” Omar.
Will iLTW join Gambit on a permanent basis?
For now, iLTW is listed as a stand-in for Gambit, however many have already talked up the chances of the move being made permanent. The 21-year-old failed to live up to expectations at Team Nigma, however he does have a good reputation on heroes Luna and Spectre. iLTW had been signed by Nigma to compete in the Dota Pro Circuit, as well as the WePlay AniMajor and regional qualifiers, following their poor showing at the Singapore Major.
Meanwhile, G last played for Team EXTREMUM, with the mid-lane player holding the record for the greatest number of creep last hits in the same game within Dota 2. The achievement came during The International 2017: CIS Qualifiers, while playing Queen of Pain against Team Empire. G is set to provide support for Gambit, with fans excitedly awaiting to see how 29-year-old performs. The veteran played for Gambit Esports for a month back in February 2018, having also represented Team Spirit and Virtus.Pro.
— Gambit Esports (@GambitEsports) July 19, 2021
Why Gambit has made changes for the 2021 Champions League
It has been a period of change for Gambit, who released Albert “eine” Garaev on July 15, the same day that Kiyalbek “dream” Tayirov was benched. Gambit recently lost to both HellRaisers and Fantastic Five in The International 10 Eastern Europe Qualifier, demonstrating their lack of consistency.