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Winners and losers of Copenhagen Games Ladies 2018 part 1

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In two parts we will highlight the winners and losers of Copenhagen Games Ladies tournament 2018. In the first part we take a closer look at Singularity, Tyloo, RES Gaming and Squared Prospect.
Copenhagen Games has ended and we saw another unexpected victory, but Singularity Female convinced by taking a huge step forward after their early group stage exit at the Intel Challenge 2018. Their individual skill never was questioned but with this tournament, they show how much work they actually put into their game as a team.

This tournament showed how much certain teams evolved and what we have to look at in the future and the article will highlight the winners and losers of the Copenhagen Games CSGO Ladies tournament. Note that this article will take place in two parts, highlighting two winners and two losers in each.

The Winners

Singularity Female

Before coming to the actual topic, let’s not forget to highlight a player who did massive work for Singularity Female. While Alyona "Candy" Kuvaeva was, of course, the leading force in the final against RES Gaming, Petra "Petra" Stoker consistently played exceptionally well throughout the whole playoffs and this was while being the in-game leader of the team.

Showing how on point her game is: Stoker got the second most entries of the tournament, after her teammate Kuvaeva but that with a success rate of 75.5% only giving up 13 entries to enemy teams over 9 maps in total.

Petra "Petra" Stoker claims the Fragbite MVP.

The player made huge steps in the last few years, being the star player of the Dutch lineup Mcon to get into Team Expert with her dominant showings. Unable to beat the best female team in the world back then but showing her talent, she replaced Michaela "mimi" Lintrup to then never actually play an official with them.

After her removal from the then Dynasty roster, she instantly got back on her feet and kept working hard, starting to build her own roster full of individually strong players.

There still were a lot of question marks around players like Madalina "iLLa" Geha, who has been performing well individually before but seemed to miss the edge to become a good team player or Sophia "Kim" Benfakir, who seemed to have had problems performing under pressure. Kuvaeva was inconsistent on LAN before. Stoker and Kelly "kllyVe" Verhaegen were the only ones who had the consistent high tier experience already.

Alyona "Candy" Kuvaeva was, by the numbers, the best player on site.

Intel Challenge Katowice 2018 was an important learning lesson for the lineup but since then they all seemed to focus on their individual mistakes to make out what it takes to become a better team player. The individual skill combined with the simple but strong team play of Singularity lead them to the final in a dominant fashion, only dropping one map in total at Copenhagen Games.

The only question which is left up in the open: Will this roster be able to keep on dominating the scene or was it just a one time peak and they will fall off again?

Tyloo Female

Mentioning Tyloo Female as a winner of this tournament might come as a surprise since it was a worse finish than the WESG World Finals for the core of this lineup.

WESG World Finals saw a lot of mixed teams playing at the tournament and with this LLG Female had a clear advantage which they were able to abuse, additionally with surprising their enemies beating Those Damn Canadians in the semifinals.

Ting "129" Yang have come far since Copenhagen Games 2017.

If we look at the results in the last 12 months though, we can clearly see that Asian CS has never been as successful as over the last two female tournaments.

Ting "129" Yang and Xiao "720" Zhao attended Copenhagen Games 2017 under the organization EHOME. They reached playoffs but got dismantled by London Conspiracy, now known as Alpha Republic of Esport Female, in the round of 16 and they also shared a group with team Athletico Female, who had no international LAN experience at all which made the second place finish in the group not look as convincing. LLG didn't convince at Intel Challenge Katowice either as they finished last in the tournament.

This tournament confirms that the Chinese female scene is on an uprise and that it wasn’t just a one time show on their home ground. After taking a map off Counter Logic Gaming Red in groups and then beating Spirifex Female 2-0, which finished first in their group after beating LGB Esports Female and that was with two new players they added to their roster after WESG and not having that much time to prepare with their new roster.

SinMan "Hazel" Fong once again showed us how good she can be.

Their quarterfinal additionally was against RES Gaming, the second placed team of the tournament and they almost took a map off them finishing Cache 14-16.

We hope to see the Chinese lineup perform more often in future female tournaments as their evolution is a good sign and they should bring a new fresh style to the competition and make some more top teams worry about playing them.

The Losers

RES Gaming

RES Gaming was dominating the CS:GO female scene since the Intel Challenge 2016, not losing any LAN event they attended. Intel Challenge 2018 changed this even if they had a group they should easily finish first.

ARES was a tricky opponent who they were able to overcome in close Best-of-1’s, but they already crumbled against Squared Prospect who completely caught them off-guard and won their Best-of-1 making it only a second place finish in groups for RES and with this they had to face Team Dignitas Female in the semifinals, who were coming to this tournament to win and were able to beat RES, making them finish third place after the roster around Ksenia "vilga" Kluenkova was able to still beat Keyd Stars Female in the decider.

Copenhagen Games was the tournament to show that it only was an one time off. The group stage was easy going for them, as well as facing the mix team XTC in the playoffs. Tyloo could’ve been more of a problem, especially after their showing at the WESG World Finals and they indeed made it close on map two, but it yet again was RES taking the upper hand, denying the third map to be played.

Ksenia
Ksenia "vilga" Kluenkova won the Fragbite Award 2017 for best female player.

The semifinal was looking rather easy for them as well. Eparadise Angels is a roster who never ever was able to get close to winning against RES and just seemed to miss the team play, confidence and individual skill to compete. Eparadise surprised them with a headstart on Train looking unstoppable finishing the half 11-4. RES did their best to fight back but weren’t able to stop the train hitting them. With the first map lost and they had to win the next two maps being down a map against an opponent they never struggled against before. Now it really will show how high their mental fortitude will be. Inferno had it’s back and forths but RES this time was able to compete from the beginning and put Eparadise in heated situations to make them struggle at the end closing it out. The last map was an unspectacular finish as RES made it a quick 16-4.

RES made it to the final and this was their chance to show that losing in Katowice was only a one time thing. That they are still the number one in the world. Team Dignitas lost against CLG Red who in turn, lost against Singularity which was an unexpected opponent to see against them, but in the end it doesn’t matter who they play. It matters that they lift the trophy.

Singularity went into the final with a lot of confidence, beating RES 16-3 on Inferno and it wasn’t looking good for them at all. Mirage was the second map on the board and it had a lot of back and forths but it was looking like it could be a 0-2 loss for the title defenders as the terrorist side saw them struggle against Kuvaeva especially, not finding a way to counter her. Picking up the last two rounds of the first half and then starting it off with six rounds added to their score brought them into the lead for the first time in this Best-of-3. Singularity was able to recover and bring it to 14 rounds but RES Gaming were still able to close it out and it was all up to the decider: Cache.

There were a lot of teams previously which came so close to beating this line up, but never were able to finish it off and it seemed like the fate would be the same for Singularity when RES was getting a major head start leading 7-0, but suddenly Singularity had new fire and did exactly the same as RES did coming back from a major deficit to a 7-7. Zainab "zAAz" Turkie and her teammates were able to at least secure the final round of the half but the momentum still was on Singularity’s side after this comeback. Singularity was able to keep the momentum picking up the pistol round and only allowing RES to get two more rounds to deny another tournament victory.

Is it a new era coming up without RES Gaming on top?
Is it a new era coming up without RES Gaming on top?

With this RES Gaming had lost two Best-of-3’s against different teams, struggled against Squared Prospects in a Best-of-1 which they lost and almost lost against Eparadise Angels, which they normally beat so easily. Does this mean RES Gaming will break now? Is the confidence they built up gone, and with this is there a new era?

There definitely is a new era, which is to be expected but we can’t forget about two important things:
First is that RES Gaming still has a lot of experienced and strong individual players on their roster and with removing Anna "Ant1ka" Ananikova who got forced into a role she didn’t seem to feel comfortable on, and replacing her with a strong support player this roster is on paper looking stronger than ever. Second that it is really hard to stay at the top being so dominant and unbeaten. On the one side you, of course, gain confidence but you don’t really have anyone to match you in the scene to test yourself and improve further when it comes to the CS:GO ladies scene.

Obviously, there are a lot of opportunities to play general tournaments and that is something a lot of teams should always do to keep improving but there needs to be a lot of respect given to RES Gaming to stay at the top for this long. We don’t think it’s over, we think they will come back way stronger in the next tournament and still have a high chance to take the crown back with their new player.

Squared Prospect

Before going into why this roster is in this section after Copenhagen Games 2018, it is important to mention that they still can be very happy with their accomplishments, considering how this roster came together and how players like Vanessa "Nessa" Ahlström also came into the scene out of nowhere.

With that said Squared Prospects was a team to focus on after their Intel Challenge 2018 performance, finishing second place after beating RES Gaming in their group and finishing first place to then get to the final beating Keyd Stars. They had RES Gaming as their toughest opponent but the rest of the teams had their certain weaknesses so their run, while it was a great one also was able to be so great because of the opponents they got matched with first and then also catching their enemy off-guard and surprising them with the fast and coordinated style.

The Swedish player Vanessa "Nessa" Ahlström came from nowhere.

This tournament was their chance to prove that it isn’t only a one time surprise and that they can consistently shine like they did at the Intel Challenge 2018. They were able to finish their group as first place which was expected and they also were able to beat the Polish roster representing Riot Gaming, but they didn’t make it easy offering two close map scores showing their own talent.

It’s understandable that Squared Prospects can struggle against them though as the Polish female scene always had a lot of talented players and it also was a new team who they had to face which is harder to prepare against. Against Singularity, which later on turned out to be the tournament winner, they had a close Best-of-3 for the Intel Challenge 2018 qualifier but this time they didn’t stand a chance. Singularity’s individual strength combined with the new structure they built, Squared was getting overrun.

Julia
Julia "bullet girl" Kurzyńska beat her fellow Poles.

Also looking back at the Intel Challenge finish when they were playing their Best-of-3 in the final showed how far they are away from Dignitas. This shows that there is really a lot to work on for Squared Prospects to get back to an at least top four finish, but the potential and talent is definitely there. If they can find a strong player replacing Kristina "zon1Q" Stevanović in the starting lineup they could once again be top contenders.

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