Earlier today Gambit Gaming announced their newest roster for the LCL, and it looks as though the region is about to have a new powerhouse. While the LCL hasn't exactly been a consistent performer on the world stage, it has managed a World's quarterfinal appearance thanks to the efforts of Albus Nox Luna, who were the unexpected fan-favorites of the 2016 World Championship. Such a finish is only trumped by a single Wildcard team in all of League's long competitive history, The Taipei Assassins, whose victory during the second League of Legends World Championship is still the greatest underdog story in the game's history, and likely always will be.
If Gambit is looking to rebuild their brand's former glory, this roster is a good first step, as it congregates much of the LCL's top talent into one line-up. Whether or not it will be able to compete with teams from the major regions remains to be seen, but it certainly will be a force to be reckoned with in future Wildcard tournaments, which are set to become a key feature of every upcoming international event thanks to Riot's new tournament structure that debuted during the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational.
The big headliner for the new team is Danil "Diamondprox" Reshetnikov, a player who's legacy stretches all the way back to the pre-LCS era, where he was the jungler for Moscow5, a team that is often hailed as the best Western team to ever exist. While his recent history has been somewhat less impressive -- he was banished from the EU LCS thanks to new visa restrictions back in 2016 that evicted the entirety of the League's Russian contingent -- he's surrounded with enough talent on this new roster that success is an almost foregone conclusion.
Chief amongst Diamondprox's supporting cast is the former Albus Nox Luna mid laner himself, Michael "Kira" Garmash, who may well be the most hyped player to ever come from the region. During his showing at the 2016 World Championship, he was favorably compared to many of the world's top mid laners and has been peerless in LCL for the entirety of the League's existence.
Kira isn't the only other familiar face on the roster, however, as Gambit's longtime support player, Edward "EDward" Abgaryan will also be making another appearance on this new roster. Additionally, Kira's longtime teammate Aleksandr "PvPStejos" Glazkov will be joining him once more, this time as the team's top laner. The team's final member is Daniel "Blasting" Kudrin, a player who has yet to distinguish himself outside of the LCL, but who is well-known in the league.
Gambit Gaming may once more become a household name for fans of League of Legends esports thanks to this new roster, which has an excellent chance of fighting it's way to the World stage. While they will struggle to reprise the amazing run that Albus Nox Luna enjoyed last split, it's definitely a goal that's within reach for this team. Don't be surprised if they manage to make a splash on the World stage, as there's quite a bit of old talent just waiting to break back into the limelight over in the LCL.