Edward leaves Gambit Esports, enters free agency
Edward “Edward” Abgaryan has left Gambit Esports’ League of Legends squad as of Nov. 7, the team revealed on Twitter. The move marks another turning point in the two parties’ storied collaboration, which started in 2013 and defined an era.
Edward’s tenure in Gambit’s LCL squad was successful as they won three splits in a row in the CIS region. With him in tow, Gambit Esports participated in two World Championship play-ins: in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, they nearly qualified to the main event, but eventual semifinalists Cloud9 dispatched them in a tense 3-2 affair.
The organization has highlighted that the support’s replacement is under contract, but it did not disclose the player’s identity. “This year, Edward proved that he’s one of the best players in his role,” said Gambit’s LoL head coach, Igor “ATRemains” Radkevich. “Nevertheless, the time has come when we require certain adjustments in structuring our team play. I am certain that Edward will be able to prove himself, and he will be a welcome addition to any team within our region.”
Edward was part of Gambit’s history before they joined the LCL in the CIS region. The team was a member of the LCS from 2013 until December 2015, when the organization sold its spot to Team Vitality. During their LCS tenure, Edward left them during the 2013 summer split following work ethic concerns, and played in North America’s Team Curse. He returned to the organization until Dec. 2015, then played on Team ROCCAT before visa issues ended his EU LCS tenure.
The player then joined Vega Squadron in May 2016 and nearly defeated Albus NoX Luna in the LCL summer finals, who went on to reach the World Championship quarterfinals in a stunning feat. However, he moved back to Gambit (now an LCL organization) on June 2017 and was the starting support until his departure.
The player is LCS caliber, and he could garner attention in Europe considering the region’s weakness at the position. The region’s transition into franchising and the ensuing infrastructural changes may help him return to Europe. That is, unless a North American franchise signs him into their roster, or he stays in the LCL.