There are some moments that you know while watching them, will go down in esports history. In the Apex Legends Global Series, TSM’s Eric ‘Snip3down’ Wrona reincarnates in the final round and fights it with only his ax and a dream immediately comes to mind, but this weekend, Konstantin Gambit’s ‘Hardecki’ Kozlov may have just spawned yet another memorable match across the pond.
Anyone who regularly watches EMEA Apex Legends esports will know the names Gambit and Hardecki. Gambit Esports is constantly challenging for tournament titles and has won over $125,000 in earnings to date, and Hardecki has a reputation as one of the most talented players in the game – European or otherwise. So you might not be surprised to learn that one of his Wraith clips is going viral – but just wait until you watch it.
We’ll link the clip below, but first some context: the final round is over and Hardecki’s teammates have long since died. He escaped thanks to Wraith’s tactical abilities, and entered the area by playing a stealthy, strategic game. With six teams left in the game, he took out two members of Outplayed, despite being solo and risking giving up his spot. As the final round began to close, Hardecki was in third place with two full teams between him and the victory. Second place goes to the cards thanks to his skill and placement, but 1v6 is definitely impossible – or as we all think.
As you can clearly see, 1v6 is exactly what happened. But how? We know Hardecki is great, but no player can win from this position, sandwiched between two full teams. So we’ll break it down and explain exactly how it happened.
We’re speeding through Hardecki’s route to third place – while it’s an impressive rat tactic, we see this quite often. But look at his position in the last three games:
He’s the man in the center, with the three members of UNDERRATED to the northeast, on the other side of the hill. Les cités de France is located to the west, using the Mobile Respawn Beacon as a hiding place. LCDF’s JokeeV2 is the player in the north, running to the flanks to get UND corners.
At this point in Hardecki’s VOD, he’s laughing with his teammates. It’s not clear if this is a nervous chuckle “what ridiculous position we are in” or a crazy “I’m going to fuck these idiots”, but he knows the possibility. . However, whenever the southernmost player of the UND, Jake ‘jaazzaz’ Lock, looked around the corner to try to take out the Gambit player, Hardecki tore him apart with perfect hits, shattering his armor. his many times.
Despite a fight between the two, where they exchange armor – causing Hardecki to use his Wraith tactic to disappear for a few seconds, before returning to his original position – Hardecki resisted jaazzaz’s impulse and forcing him back to his teammates to think again. Even though he only had 50HP left, Hardecki survived and jaazzaz retreated.
Meanwhile, LCDF pushes north, possibly due to Jokee’s angle. They knew that a rat was in the south – Julien ‘Lerabinou’ Verrier had shot at Hardecki earlier in the fight. Their logic is likely that doing 3v3 will make them stronger to finish off one remaining player than exposing themselves to trying to kill a single person and getting captured by the entire team. This decision turned the tables and now leaves UND sandwiched between LCDF and the mouse. However, Hardecki is at a low. He fully recovered and saved his time.
As you can see, Hardecki is much safer now. UND was focused on defending the push from the north, and LCDF – due to the fact that all three members were sideways and pushing – didn’t have any angle on Gambit players.
Hardecki plays this great, knowing that his best bet for getting a better position is by hosting a third party in the current fight. He’s not peeking or wasting his limited resources – he’s fully recovered before using Shield Cells because he has no more Battery left.
Les cités de France tried another angle, and Corentin ‘laggeRR’ Sadoun pushed through the heart of the area with Lerabinou following. LaggeRR’s Gibraltar Ultimate forces UND to use the Shield Dome right after he uses his own. However, LCDF was unable to take full advantage of the thrust as Lerabinou had reduced his remaining HP after trading with Jason ‘HTPHarold’ Hebblewhite. Lerabinou had to use his time in the bubble to turn on the Shield Battery instead of using his front foot in teamfights, so despite Jokee’s precise angle and shooting, the team couldn’t take full advantage of Jokee. it. Nothing points to this wrongdoing more clearly than Lerabinou texting his teammates at the time, sounding like, “Putain! Evil! Evil! “Don’t Google Translate that, kids.
LaggeRR’s ill-timed push was just what Hardecki needed to get the win. The skirmish between LCDF and UND went as expected: both teams took heavy losses, and one team came out on top. UNDDERRATED pushed Jokee’s north corner when he was isolated from his team, knocking him out of the match but taking critical damage from his teammates.
Hardecki made it to the top two, but it wasn’t enough. Les cités de France left two players; Lerabinou has an almighty shield but no health, and laggeRR has 75 shield and 100 health. Using the element of surprise and perfect millisecond timing, Hardecki jumps up the hill as soon as UNDERRATED is eliminated, leaving the remaining members of LCDF with no chance to breathe let alone heal.
Then Hardecki hits his Mastiffs and you know the rest. 44 and 66 damage in two pumps will deal with an unsuspecting Lerabinou, but give laggeRR a chance to turn around and fire. Hardecki takes some shield damage, but hits Gibraltar for 72 damage, twice. A spray from his Flatline gets the job done as laggeRR runs for cover.
Hardecki and his Gambit Esports teammates shouted and clapped, and in that moment their excitement was matched by esports fans around the world. This is a moment the team will replay in their heads for years to come and will no doubt be shown over and over again on Playoffs Split 1 as analysts marvel at Hardecki’s accuracy and timing. Mark ‘Onset’ Hatcher described it at this point as “one of the craziest plays we’ve ever seen” and it’s hard to argue with him.
Although there was a healthy portion of luck and a few mistakes that helped Hardecki win, he knew what he needed to do and played the game flawlessly. For example, jumping into the fray a few seconds before would mean taking unnecessary damage, and any time after that would let the LCDF reset, find cover, and possibly heal. Don’t forget that this is the guy who hit the Kraber 8 bullets in a row in this match. Is Hardecki the best player in the EMEA region? Probably. Is this the best play the area has ever seen? Sure.
A miracle that only a true Dovahkiin can accomplish.
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