Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov was born in Saint Peterburg in 2002. In 2018, he made his professional CS:GO stage debut. Ax1Le was given a spot on the squad for 5balls in February, but the team did not do well. So, in June, Ax1Le left the 5balls team and joined the FlipSid3 Tactics team for a trial period where he took the place of markeloff. It was clear that Ax1le's transfer would help the team reach a new level, but soon after, FlipSid3 got disbanded, and Sergey became a free agent again.
He received an invitation to Gambit Esports in November after finishing 7-8th at SuperNova Malta 2018. The player was benched in May this year and had been participating for Gambit Youngsters since June. The lads qualified for WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 2 after winning the CIS Esports Pro Championship and MSI Gaming Arena 2019. The squad also won Nine to Five #1, Nine to Five #2, Nine to Five #4, Eden Arena: Malta Vibes - Week 1, and Eden Arena: Malta Vibes - Week 5 in 2020.
After these notable results, the organization decided to promote Gambit Youngsters to Gambit. The next year started with an impressive success at IEM Katowice, which put the beginning of the recognition of Ax1Le as one of the best CS:GO players on the tier 1 scene. During his period at Gambit, Sergey also won IEM Summer 2021, BLAST Premier Spring Final 2021, and Funspark ULTI 2021 Finals. Furthermore, Ax1Le got MVP for IEM Summer 2021 and ESL Pro League Season 13. The player named his loss to Heroic at EPL S13 Final the toughest one in his career.
In 2022 Gambit's roster was sold to Cloud9, becoming one of the most successful esports transfers ever and Ax1Le gained his third MVP award for IEM Dallas 2022. His favorite map is Overpass, which is also his best map – Ax1Le has a rating of 1.24 on it during his career. Even more, Overpass was played in every event final, where Sergey was awarded MVP.
Ax1Le's price is $1.920.000, while his total CS:GO prize earnings is about $500.000.
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