Zeus
Daniil Teslenko 
Ukraine
Natus Vincere
Back to his roots
August 9, 2017
Natus Vincere has gained a familiar face today after much speculation surrounding Zeus, who will return to the roster, the organization announced.
ANALYSIS
Since departing from the lineup nearly a year ago, Zeus has returned to the black and gold jersey once more. Zeus joined the Gambit Esports roster under a year ago and led the team to two DreamHack Open titles and the most-notable PGL Major Krakow. Zeus explained in a Twitlonger post that the team has internal issues regarding the coach, Kane, and other members of the team, which pushed Zeus and Kane from the active roster. The team will now prepare for the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 6 as well as DreamHack Masters Malmo, which is set to start at the end of August.
Finally wins a Major
July 24, 2017
Zeus' in-game guidance led Gambit Esports to a 2-1 grand finals victory at the PGL Major Krakow, finishing 40/45 KD.
ANALYSIS
After 10 trips to a Major, Zeus has finally managed to win one. He tried for a long time to get there with Natus Vincere, but they were never able to get over the hump with his leadership. After coming to Gambit in the fall of last year, he got his first crack at it during the ELEAGUE Major in January, but they were cut down by Fnatic in the quarterfinals. The PGL Major Krakow was a whole different story, however. Zeus led the team to a 3-0 group stage before only dropping two games during the playoffs to secure this title. He may have bottom fragged for the team in the grand finals, but there was no doubt that his leadership was what got the team over the hump in Poland. Whether they will be able to continue this level of play in the future remains to be seen, but Zeus will no doubt cherish this win for a long time.
Leading to victory in Day 1 over mouz
July 18, 2017
Zeus posted a comfortable 20/17 KD with a win over mousesports at the PGL Major on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Zeus started the game on Inferno with an explosive offensive pistol round getting the entry and the bomb plant on the B-bombsite, however, mouz had a different plan to spoil the surprise. After five rounds were given up early, Zeus came raging back with another B-bombsite entry kill and plant, forcing the opposition to save their weapons and to win their first round for Gambit. During the comeback on the offense, Zeus picked up a double entry kill on the B-bombsite including a post-plant hold in Round 8. He then got a double entry kill on the A-bombsite which led to the score being cut down 5-4. He continued to march his way late in the second half winning Round 13 with a bomb plant on the A-bombsite, including his entry and post-plant hold to win the last round of the half for Gambit, down 8-7. Zeus then had a strong second half picking up a few stragglers and holding off the opposition in Round 22 with a double kill hold on the A-bombsite. A smooth defensive second half led to a 16-10 win, despite only inflicting a 64.5 ADR.
Mastermind in series win over G2
May 2, 2017
Zeus posted a 63/80 KD in a 2-1 series win over G2 on Sunday in the semifinal of DreamHack Open Austin.
ANALYSIS
Zeus led the defense to a quick start on Nuke with a strong economy early with the 4-0 lead. Although Zeus remained in control throughout the first half, G2 came back to equalize the score at 8-7 to go into the half. G2 continued the pressure as Gambit struggled to keep up until Zeus picked up a quad kill to force overtime. However, his overtime heroics came up short of a win to go down in the series 0-1 after a 25-22 Game 1 loss while posting a 31/36 KD and 77.4 ADR. However, Zeus had a dismal Game 2 performance on Train taking a tough loss in the first half to go down 10-5 after they were unable to get the offense to open up the sites or exploit the rotations. But the defense in the second half pounced for eleven rounds to close out Game 2 at a 16-12 scoreline. Thanks to Zeus contributing to a 17/22 KD and 86.6 ADR. Game 3 on Cobblestone came down to a close series as Zeus struggled early, but managed to get his wits together late in the half to take the 8-7 lead into the half. Zeus then switched over to the offense where he came back late to clean up the series for a 2-1 win after taking Cobblestone, earning a 15/22 KD and 62.0 ADR.
Does just enough to give Gambit grand finals win at DreamHack Austin
May 1, 2017
Zeus went 33/35 in Gambit Esports' surprising sweep over Immortals on Sunday in the grand finals of DreamHack Austin.
ANALYSIS
Zeus, despite the Gambit win in Game 1, came up very short in the opening game of this grand finals series. He only managed to pick up 13 kills in the game to put himself at the bottom of his team in the win. He still managed to show up for his team in key moments, though, picking up a 3k in Round 14. That round tied things up and put Gambit on the road to a 16-12 win. He was much better in Game 2, posting a 20/17 KD and an 83.1 ADR. He didn't really need to do a ton with HObbit being on the top of his game, but it was still more than enough to pick up the win for Gambit and give them the DreamHack Austin crown.
Leading to Day 2 win
April 6, 2017
Zeus earned a 20/18 KD on Wednesday in a single-game win over TyLoo in the StarSeries Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Unable to hold off the early pushes from TyLoo, Zeus flared the defense, contributing to a few clutch rounds to get Gambit off their feet and back into competition. Zeus picked up a few double kills and created some early odd-man situations that led to a string of rounds won. TyLoo came back and tied against Gambit twice in the first half but Zeus came out on top 8-7. Zeus led the second half off to a great start, taking up three rounds to get the early lead over TyLoo, but Zeus' quick offense was stopped for three rounds. It took Zeus a while to find a way around the Chinese defense, though he managed to break the tie and send the game to match point where Zeus captured the first win of the tournament 16-13.
Forgettable showing in close loss
April 6, 2017
Zeus posted a paltry 8/20 KD in Gambit's loss to FaZe Clan on Day 3 of the StarSeries Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Zeus had a particularly poor outing against FaZe on Thursday and was a big reason why they were somewhat narrowly edged out. He fell flat on his face coming out the gate, not registering a single kill until Round 6. Even once he did get that kill, it proved to be the only one he had for quite some time; his next kill didn't come until Round 14. While he did post five kills in the second half, three of them came in a single round, when he picked up a 3k in Round 27. By then, FaZe Clan had way too much momentum, so it ended up being all for naught. It was actually a wonder that Gambit were able to keep things even somewhat close in light of the poor performance from Zeus here.
Takes over as team captain
October 12, 2016
Gambit Esports announced Wednesday that Zeus will join the roster and take over as the team's captain.
ANALYSIS
Citing a need for a new captain and in-game leader, Gambit Esports turned to former Natus Vincere leader Zeus, who was let go after the team brought in s1mple. The move could pay dividends for a Gambit Esports roster that has struggled to make much of a dent in the professional scene, finishing in 5th-8th place at ESL One: Cologne and 11-14th place at ELEAGUE Season 1. In a less heralded move, Gambit Esports also announced the addition of H0bbit, who will act as a sub during the ELEAGUE Major in January.
Removed from starting roster of Na'Vi
August 4, 2016
Zeus has been removed from the starting roster following the signing of s1mple, reports Dennis Gonzales of theScore.
ANALYSIS
After being with the team since December of 2009, Zeus was removed from the starting roster of Na'Vi on Thursday. The move came after Na'Vi picked up AWPer s1mple, who had been without a team after leaving Team Liquid in April of this year. After failing to win a Major tournament for what seems like the umpteenth time, manager Eugene "ugin" Erofeev said in a statement that the string of losses really hurt the team's morale. While he made it clear that he was not putting those losses solely on the back of Zeus since they "were winning and losing together," it was nonetheless clear that they are looking to shake things up in an effort to jump start the team into some decent wins. It is unclear at this point what the future has in store for the former Na'Vi stalwart.
Shaky in-game leadership in devastating loss
July 30, 2016
Zeus posted a 28/42 KD in Friday's 0-2 loss to fnatic, eliminating Na'Vi from the ELEAGUE Season 1 playoffs.
ANALYSIS
As a player, Zeus was mostly awful. He had a few good lurks and showed smart game sense around smokes, but he lost a ton of 1-vs-1s, and ran headfirst into punishing crossfire far too often. As Na'Vi's IGL? He was arguably worse. Na'Vi looked incredibly sloppy in what was supposed to be their most comfortable setup -- playing T-side on Cobblestone. Their rushes were predictable and hasty, and their stacks pushed right into fnatic's hands. Fans have to be calling for Zeus's head, as he made almost no effective adjustments.
Poor performance despite team victory in ELEAGUE quarterfinals
July 23, 2016
Zeus defeated C9 in the ELEAGUE quarterfinals and finished the series with a 48/63 KD.
ANALYSIS
Although Na'Vi was able to defeat C9, Zeus had a tough time throughout the entire series. He earned the lowest KD of anyone in the match, which was indicative of his poor performance throughout. He had a decent start to Map 1, earning 10 kills in the first half of Overpass without any standout rounds. As the second half went extremely back and forth, he once again was lackluster. Riding on Edward's success, he only found eight kills which lead to the map being taken to overtime. Although his team dominated and picked up four consecutive round wins to close out the map, he found only a single kill for himself in the final rounds of the victory. He remained on the bottom of the scoreboard during Map 2, having a 5/12 KD after the first half of Dust 2 and finding only eight kills throughout the entire map. His 8/22 scoreline was extremely poor and was the main reason his team was defeated. He stepped it up to earn an even 21/21 KD in his team's victory on Cobblestone to close out the series, but his poor performance rings loudly as his team moves into the semifinals in the coming days.