Key takeaways from the 2017 Copenhagen Games
The young talents and teams discovered during smaller events drive the competitive scene of the future. For this very reason, we have decided to summarize our thoughts on the 2017 Copenhagen Games, a three-day long tournament which concluded last weekend.
The Danish scene thrives
The Danish scene provides some of the most skilled young CS:GO prodigies. Players such as k0nfig, Magisk, valde and niko have all emerged from the lower tiers of the Danish scene and become very impressive players competing at a world-class level.
But if you thought the Danish scene has run out of young prodigies, you haven't been paying attention.
Singularity, a Danish team which came from the BYOC qualifiers won the event (defeating teams such as BIG and Dreamchasers) proves that there is still more to come from the Danish scene. Singularity’s Allan “AnJ” Jensen, North Academy’s Daniel “mertz” Mertz, Frederik, “acoR” Gyldstrand and Nicklas “gade” Gade are all examples we should keep an eye out for in the coming months. They're not the only examples, which is why these smaller events matter so much.
You can’t always have BIG comebacks
BIG was considered a tournament favorite, and their match against Epsilon proved to be among the top match-ups in the event. Coming back from a 9 round deficit on the first map, BIG wrapped up the three-map-series by smashing Epsilon 16:2 on Overpass. What would have happened if BIG didn’t win the first map in Overtime after a stunning comeback?
BIG had the highest pistol-round win rate at the event (64.3%), which is important as winning pistol rounds can suddenly turn a disadvantageous game in your favor. That advantage wasn't enough when the Germans were surprised in the semifinals by Singularity.
Although BIG has shown us a lot of impressive plays this tournament, there is still some things left to iron out — something the team probably knows. This is only the second offline event this roster has attended together, and it will still take some time until they find their sweet spot. In about three weeks from now, we will see BIG at the ESL Meisterschaft Spring playoffs.
Running out of NRG
The quarterfinals exit from the sole North American team at the Copenhagen Games wasn’t exactly a promising sign for the roster. After relatively close group stage games (even dropping one to the Finnish iGame), NRG scraped out a victory against Plantronics (European mix team) before a beatdown from Tricked in the quarterfinals.
Although Brehze and ptr had some impressive games, the rest of the roster had a hard time keeping up. That's especially true of MarkE, the 18-year-old Mexican player who was only able to get 20+ kills on a single map. In their defense, this was the first LAN for this iteration of the roster. There is value in experience they can use to fix their mistakes and return stronger for their next offline event.
After William “draken” Sundin, Epsilon’s young AWP prodigy left the team for the Ninjas in Pyjamas, expectations for the Swedish underdogs plummeted. Understandably so: after their stars were poached by Fnatic (disco doplan) and NiP (draken), most people believed that there is nothing more to come from Epsilon.
Those people had a surprise in store for them.
Almost a year ago, we wrote about five players who had potential to become the next star players of Sweden. The aforementioned players (draken and disco doplan) were on the list, but so was another Epsilon player: Fredrik “REZ” Sterner, the 19-year-old entry fragger. Fredrik was the highest rated player at the event by a large margin, finishing with a rating of 1.43, an ADR of 97.2 and an average of 26 kills spread over seven maps.
His performance is a statement. A statement that he also deserves a place on one of Sweden’s top teams. I honestly believe that Fredrik is the key to Sweden’s crusade to regain the crown.
What does the future hold for LDLC?
Fate had a grim twist for Kévin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans, who allegedly hoped to partake in the great French shuffle between EnVyUs and G2 Esports a few months ago. The plan didn’t come to fruition and Kévin remained in LDLC, reunited with his former teammate Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez.
The team had mixed online results but won maps against teams such as Virtus.pro, FaZe and mousesports, which left some fans optimistic for their chances at Copenhagen. Unfortunately though, they weren’t able to live up to expectations at their first LAN together and dropped out in the groups. The only win they managed to garner was in overtime against North Academy, the same team who later knocked them out of the tournament.
Kévin kept his dedicated attitude and explained to his fans on Twitter that they are aware of what is wrong and will work on fixing it. We improved lately - Kévin writes - but we didn't show it, I feel we will be rewarded soon!
At this level of play, every event could give a team the experience they need to rocket ahead. For some teams, that takes longer than others.
Blaze 'Draulon' Lengyel