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The International 2019 (TI9) is one of the largest and most competitive Dota 2 tournaments in the world. The pressure of being in such a competition is very high, and it appears that one player may have finally cracked. In a play that is typically seen in public matches, Gambit Esports players Andrey “Afoninje” Afonin rage quit in a TI9 CIS qualifier match against Winstrike Team.
Gambit Esports struggled on day 1
Gambit was the heavy favorite heading into the closed qualifiers after placing well at the EPICENTER Major and nearly claiming the final direct invite for TI9. That run helped them cement themselves as the top team in their region, but they didn’t play up to that level in the qualifiers. They started out strong by besting both Natus Vincere and Team Spirit, but after that, things got messier and messier.
Starting with a loss to Team Empire, Gambit lost three straight games to teams they had previously beaten before in other events. Both Empire and Winstrike teams blew them out completely. Those three losses almost guaranteed that they would be fighting for their lives heading into the final matches of the group stage. They managed to turn things around and eliminate Nemiga Gaming from the tournament.
Day 1 of the CIS Regional Qualifier had Gambit ending with a 3-1 score. On Day 2, Gambit had the first game of the day versus Winstrike.
Rage quitting against Winstrike on day 2
In the game, Afoninje picked Morphling. The game had initially been going in favor of Gambit. However, the scales tilted towards Winstrike little by little. Still, it was clear that the game was far from over.
The whole Winstrike team was planning to take on the tier three tower in the bottom lane. At the same time, Afoninje was split pushing the top lane. That move forced four of Winstrike’s members to teleport back to base to try and deal with the Morphling threat. Afoninje did what he could to escape, but with Jakiro, Tidehunter, Slark, and Storm Spirit on his tail, he eventually was brought down.
Despite the death, Afoninje still had buyback. In addition, it meant that Winstrike’s plan to push to Gambit’s base was delayed. What happened next, however, came as a surprise to everyone watching. Afoninje typed “Good game, well played” in all chat and then immediately after that disconnected, which was a definite rage quit from his end. This resulted in a win for Team Winstrike.
That run capped an end to Gambit’s season and ruined any momentum that could have been built up even with the loss, and Afoninje will now be disciplined by his team for his actions. After that, Gambit lost the next two games and eventually was eliminated. It is unclear now what this means for Gambit in the long run, but for now, their season is over and they will be watching TI9 from home.
— Gambit Esports (@GambitEsports) July 8, 2019
The organization moved swiftly after that to release an official statement saying that what Afoninje did was both “unsportsmanlike and unacceptable” and announced he is to be subjected to disciplinary actions for the rage quit. They also issued an apology to the community as a whole in general.
This is Chandan Padhi. An avid esports fanatic. Gaming is a passion, writing is a hobby.
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