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Copenhagen Games 2018: The ones to watch in the ladies tournament

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Just hours away from Copenhagen Games 2018 we're looking into some of the storylines as well as a portion of the best female teams participating in the ladies tournament.
As we're getting closer to Copenhagen Games 2018 we want to take a look at some of the female teams participating in the ladies tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark. We're taking a closer look at the key storylines as well as at the teams waiting to prove themselves at a LAN tournament.

The Best

Carolyn
Carolyn "artStar" Noquez from Team Dignitas.

Team Dignitas

Team Dignitas Female have been growing ever since they joined the organization and in time for Intel Challenge Katowice they were prepared to finally win a tournament for North America.

Kiara "milk" Makua, who replaced Catherine "CAth" Leroux in the roster, raised a lot of question marks before taking part in the LAN event in Poland, but also found a great place in the team and performed well. The Canadian duo, Mounira "GooseBreeder" Dobie and Amanda "rain" Smith, are undoubtedly two of the top five players in the scene and are considered so due to being consistently strong in their roles and contributing a lot to their team.

In the final against Squared Prospect they showed the dominant level they've reached, but can they show it consistently against the other teams who will mainly compete for the Danish title?



RES Gaming

For the first time in two years RES Gaming didn't place first at a female LAN event they attended but this also could just be a one off. We have to remind ourselves how hard it is to constantly improve while you are the best, and no one else is able to compete against you.

It is hard to permanently stay at the top and for that alone RES already should gain massive respect, but now they finally have a competitor and the loss at Intel Challenge should motivate them more than ever.

Their roster is full of players with success and talent and even Anna "Ant1ka" Ananikova, who had an off performance for RES, showed that she still has strength playing on Russian Forces at the WESG World Finals. RES played a lot around confidence, but now they will look to show what they really have got, as they aim to bounce back with a win and prove they have what real champions are made of!



The storyline

The year started off strong when Dignitas proved themselves at Intel Challenge Katowice by beating RES in the semifinals and later brought home the title.

RES dominated the scene for almost two years, but will Dignitas be our new top team or will the longlasting champions bounce back instantly?

The Greatest

Will Darya
Will Darya "dshq" Mishutina and her team get to the final this year as well?

Alpha Republic of Esport

After looking at the first results of last year Alpha Republic of Esport Female are still one of the top contenders on paper, but they couldn't show up at Intel Challenge. An unlucky group result in which they failed to beat RES in a close overtime result on Inferno to go out in the decider left them out of the playoffs in Poland.

At Copenhagen Games they can finally show that they still belong in the top four as it has been looking shaky for them recently, but their new talent Viktoria "tory" Kazieva gives hope with her great first international LAN event for the team, coming out of nowhere.



Singularity

After an unexpected, but deserved, early exit in Poland, Petra "Petra" Stoker is under pressure. After getting kicked out of Dynasty when they made the switch to RES, she picked up the most skilled players available in the scene to form a new team under Singularity. While individually most of them stepped up, they couldn't show what they've got as a team at Intel Challenge.

Stoker as the in-game leader has to show changes for this tournament and prove that her team is more than just a stack of individually strong players. If they are able to play as well as a team, then this roster in my eyes has no limit and could even be a top contender, but first they have to prove that this is possible.



Squared Prospect

Ivelina "HellRose" Danova is known in the scene to be a phenomenal in-game leader. Her team was able to qualify for Intel Challenge Katowice via the second qualifier, just days before the team was formed. With talented, but mostly inexperienced players when it comes to the top of the scene, it wasn't looking like they could get any further in the tournament.

Danova's aggressive and fast forward style with the coordination she brought into the team caught multiple teams off guard. They were able to beat RES in the group stage to finish first and then beat Keyd Stars Female in the semifinals to finish second place out of nowhere.

While this was a crazy run, now teams have had the time to prepare and look into Squared's style to be ready and set for what's coming their way. Now it's time to see how good of a leader Donova actually is.

The Challengers

Will Counter Logic Gaming Red get back on track?
Will Counter Logic Gaming Red get back on track?

Counter Logic Gaming Red

Adding two talents last year and then losing Christine "potter" Chi to RES has shaken up Counter Logic Gaming Red quite a bit.

The three new players are talented and strong, but had problems showing it in Katowice. Staring against some weaker opponents should give them the confidence their talent needs to step it up against the big girls.



Eparadise Angels

Before kicking Kristina "zon1Q" Stevanović the team had been sticking together for a long time. A change was needed as they wanted to get to the top and Meyssa "Missa" Bellouati was brought in, as she has been a clutch player for the French WESG team Lego.

But the team has fallen even deeper into a hole after losing two best-of-threes online against Stevanović's new team, Squared Prospect. This hurts to see as that team didn't even play together for a week before winning against the veterans. Can the team find new strength or is there no hope for them anymore?


Planet Odd, or LGB, are back with a Nordic lineup.
Planet Odd, or LGB, are back with a Nordic lineup.

LGB Esports

The new but old organization LGB is back and this with the two French players out. Matilde "Mattye" Wiik and her two loyal players, Hege "Hedje" Botnen and Lizette "L.K.S" Scheich, have been searching for a soution in this team for a while now, experimenting with different players.

They are back to a Nordic mix with a majority of the players being Swedish. Matilda "Rambolina" Gustavsson performed at a promising level last Copenhagen Games and Nicoline "Nicci" Svensson is one of the biggest upcoming players in the scene. But overall the problem of LGB still seems to be to not having a leader who can get them the victories while having good individual players in their team.



Riot Gaming

This team only has three known names with Martyna "iXoRia" Stróżyńska, who played under Alsen last Copenhagen Games, and the duo Kamila "firingirl" Kopij and Ewelina "Eva" Adamowicz that performed under Paradoks in the offline qualifier for WESG.

While there isn't a lot of detail about this team, the Polish female scene has always had a huge talent pool which caused a lot of upsets against some strong teams. Sadly we haven't seen much of the Polish ladies since there has never been anyone to invest in the teams, and that's why only one Polish team has been sent to events.

The Polish players still are a team to watch out for since they could be one of the big surprises of the competition.


This year Michaela
This year Michaela "mimi" Lintrup will play with a new team in Copenhagen.

Spirifex

Michaela "mimi" Lintrup is back to perform on home turf when she's entering Copenhagen Games with a lineup full of experience and talent.

Kristina "K1KA" Đukić and Esmee "Psycho" Pauw have been hard working players with a lot of talent, who talked around in the scene. While they haven't had the opportunity to really show it in a lot of officials yet, this is their time to shine and show what damage they can put up against some of the bigger names and set a statement.



Tyloo

Being represented by an organization like Tyloo is a huge step to show up internationally. Three of the players on Tyloo Female have been part of LLG Female that surprised at WESG World Finals by beating Those Damn Canadians and making it a three mapper against Russian Forces in the grand final.

With two different players and DongMei "LEO" Fang left out this isn't looking promising though considering that now they have to face actual teams.

I personally think the wonder of the WESG World Finals will be hard to repeat and we might see an early exit from Tyloo, but who knows what preparation the hard-working players from China brought with them to Denmark.

Honorable Mention

Crowns Esports Club are back, but without one of their best players.
Crowns Esports Club are back, but without one of their best players.

Two strong online teams on their proving ground

Crowns Esports Club Female and TSV Oftersheim Esport have been a dominant force when it comes to online Counter-Strike against some of the mid tier teams. With a lot of talented names but also players who have previous experience being on both lineups they could surprise us.



Sadly Crowns are forced to play the tournament with a stand-in as Yağmur "Smurfette" Gündüz didn't get her visa in time to travel to Copenhagen. Since they now miss one of their best players it could hurt them when facing their opponents on LAN.

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