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Winners and losers of Copenhagen Games Ladies 2018 part 2

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The second part of our article about the winners and losers of Copenhagen Games Ladies 2018 are here. This time around we're highlighting Team Dignitas Female, Counter Logic Gaming Red, Alpha Republic of Esport Female and Eparadise Angels.
In the last part we highlighted Singularity Female, RES Gaming, Tyloo Female and Squared Prospect as well as announced Petra "Petra" Stoker as our MVP of the event.

With so many teams contending for the top this year it was a hard decision to pick out the final teams that we wanted to highlight. When choosing the teams in this part, as well as the last one, we took a closer look at the teams overall performance and the players individual skills.

This time we're taking a closer look at Eparadise Angels, Team Dignitas Female, Counter Logic Gaming Red and the Russian powerhouse Alpha Republic of Esport Female.

Read the first part of the article here.

The Winners

Eparadise Angels

Eparadise Angels was a team full of up and down performances. They reached their peak when they were able to finish top four at ESU Master 2017, but they never were able to come even close to beating te top tier teams on LAN.

They were often beating themselves, making small mistakes which had a huge impact on their games. Not even qualifying for the Intel Challenge 2018 was already a huge step backward for them and the pressure was high to perform but, even though they added Meyssa "Missa" Bellouati in place of Kristina "zon1Q" Stevanović, this is a team who always had a lot of problems which consistently showed and kept them far away from being a top contender.

Marion
Marion "Mar1on" Lopez showed that she's not stuck in old habits.

Copenhagen Games showed a completely reworked gameplay for this team. Their in-game leader Marion "Mar1on" Lopez seemed to have updated the entire game of the team, which was previously really tactically focused and slow, it now seemed to be way more dynamic and the communication side showed a lot of improvement as well. With all the improved leading this team showed up and it felt like the whole team's confidence had risen to new heights and their star player Ana "ANa" Dumbravă performed especially well.

Eparadise really showed the huge progress they have been making when they faced Alpha Republic of Esport Female and RES Gaming. If you take a look at the head to head prior to the event Eparadise have never been able to even get to double digits against these two teams on LAN, not standing a chance at all.

Ana
Ana "ANa" Dumbravă kept on the good work.

Eparadise was able to beat ARES 2-0 in two close maps and afterward had to face RES. In a close series, they were able to take Train after a dominant half as terrorists. On Inferno the pressure was really on them but they put up a strong fight and it was back and forth. When the game came close to the end it showed that the gameplay wasn't perfect yet, as their game got more uncoordinated again and RES abused this to tie maps. The last map was a complete stomp by RES Gaming after the confidence and focus they gained thanks to the win on Inferno.

Overall Eparadise Angels game still has to face smaller adjustments and improvements but how they step up their game in order to be able to compete with RES and ARES is immense and they now really have to be feared by every single team in the competition as they now don't only play for a high placement. This team plays to reach first place.

Counter Logic Gaming Red

Counter Logic Gaming Red as an organization haven't been able to show up since Intel Challenge 2017 with their top four placement. Overall the roster seemed to be on a downward spiral. They brought promising talent into the lineup with Emma "Emy" Choe and Jennifer "refinneJ" Le but couldn't contest at ESU Masters 2017.

A long break of female tournaments, as ESWC didn't host a tournament last year, gave them time to train, but RES Gaming picked up Christine "potter" Chi, however just three weeks before the North American WESG qualifier started she left them to find a new player. Lily "ProMise9k" Chen was the player they decided to replace Chi with. She was able to prove herself on LAN events during 2017 under silhouette so she already had experience in the scene. Picking her up also restructured the whole team with Diane "di^" Tran becoming the main AWPer and Benita "bENITA" Novshadian taking over the leadership.

Not qualifying for WESG after losing out to the Canadian mix of Mounira "GooseBreeder" Dobie was a big hit but without a lot of preparation, this still was a respectable second place finish. Intel Challenge 2018 was the tournament in which they had to at least show a life sign but a last-place finish didn't give much hope for this roster.

Emma
Emma "Emy" Choe seemed to have found her place in the team.

It was uncertain if they actually would be sent to Copenhagen Games following the public participant's list but they signed up late to still book their tickets. They had a tricky group including Tyloo Female whose core had just finished second at the WESG World Finals 2017 and seemed to have a huge uptrend but were able to beat them to get to first place, but that was in close fashion, playing all three maps in the best-of-three series.

LGB Esports Female was their first opponent in the playoffs. A close victory on Cache, the best map of LGB, already made them look like the winners and they confirmed it by sweeping them on Train. After Team Dignitas Female won Intel Challenge Katowice and CLG Red ended up last-place the later were the clear underdogs going into this match. The Quarterfinals were the real deal as they were able to face their North American rival.

Diane
Diane "di^" Tran was a beast throughout the whole tournament.

It was shocking to see how they walked over them only allowing Dignitas to pick up 10 rounds in total on two maps, but CLG Red finally was able to show a sign of life, to say the least. At this point, they made themselves one of the favorites of the tournament. A lot of credit has to go to Tran, who was a rock, only dying 12 times over the two maps played and getting a total of 56 kills in 42 rounds having the best performance in her career. Overwhelmed by the firepower and improved team play of Singularity Female, CLG Red didn't stand a chance in the semifinals.

Overall the team can be extremely happy with their results. A top four finish at Copenhagen Games 2018, after their bad results before showing a constant downwards trend by losing against the tournament winner and beating their rival Dignitas easily to take over the North American crown. If they stick together and evolve even further they can become the greatest again in the future.

They definitely have already proven that giving new talent a chance is worth a shot to become one of the best. Switching roles has also done good things for them as Tran had her best event of her career as the new AWPer and is now also reaching for the crown of being the best AWPer in the scene.

The Losers

Team Dignitas Female

This year could've been Team Dignitas Female's year to win and dominate the scene and they set their aim high. With Mounira "GooseBreeder" Dobie and Amanda "rain" Smith the lineup has such a strong Canadian duo which the focus often is on as they consistently perform so well and step up while all the other players perform strongly as well and their new addition to the roster, Kiara "milk" Makua also able to prove herself.

Kiara
Kiara "milk" Makua got a chance to prove herself.

The support this team gets from the 76ers, able to use their facilities and coaches showed that they could finally push them over the finishing line at Intel Challenge Katowice 2018 and they were able to beat RES Gaming in the semifinals and that was in a quite dominant fashion on the last two maps. Beating Squared Prospect then just was a formality for them and a new champion was born and expected to contest the crown they just earned and keep it in a grand final against RES at Copenhagen Games.

Starting their playoff match against TSV Oftersheim Esport, who were just missing the experience to compete at such a high level, was a rather fast win for them. Next up was their North American rival CLG Red. Dignitas were the clear favorite, not only because of beating them being the ones who already secured their title but also because CLG Red was looking extremely weak in their matches and tournaments. Three players never really played at the top in the female scene. Lily "ProMise9k" Chen just added, Emma "Emy" Choe and Jennifer "refinneJ" Le already performing but placing 6th out of eight teams at ESU Masters. They ended up second in the North American WESG qualifier and last in Poland.

Mounira
Mounira "GooseBreeder" Dobie and her team got completely stunned by CLG Red.

They may have been the underdogs, but they completely stunned Dignitas in their match in Denmark. Confindence, talent and the new game plan which got created after Christine "potter" Chi left made Dignitas struggle and they were never able to find the answer being completely stunned by CLG Red and especially Diane "di^" Tran's peak performance making them lose without standing a chance at all.

Alpha Republic of Esport Female

Alpha Republic of Esport Female was peaking at Copenhagen Games 2017 where they were able to run over Dignitas and with this get to the finals against Team Secret, now known as RES Gaming. At ESU Masters 2017 they were able to finish second place yet again to prove that they are the second best female team at the moment. After this, there wasn't a lot of noise around the team and a lot of opportunities missed to prove they are still at that level.

Not getting invited to Girl Gamer Festival, despite their high level of play and not getting all the way to the female finals of Cross Border Esports. They also failed to make it to the WESG Europe offline qualifiers after losing against Russian Forces led by Ksenia "vilga" Kluenkova who ended up winning the whole tournament.

The newcomer Viktoria
Viktoria "tory" Kazieva has the potential to become a star player.

For the Intel Challenge Katowice 2018 they had a new player added to their roster who came out of nowhere: Viktoria "tory" Kazieva. They were thrown into a group together with RES Gaming but the other two teams shouldn't have been a problem to beat. Their first match was against their nemesis RES and they lost it in a close fashion but a second place was still on the paper. Shockingly Squared Prospect were able to beat RES and with that forcing ARES to once again face them in the decider.

On the upside, their new talent showed an insanely strong performance and Kazieva definitely has to be followed because she has the potential to become a star player.

Copenhagen Games finally was the stage where there shouldn't be any surprises. An easy group stage finish as first wasn't a problem for them but they already showed that they still struggle against WASDWASDwtfcantmove losing map one and then needing to come back from a 4-11 deficit on Overpass showing a really strong terrorist side. Being close to a top 16 finish only, they were able to close it out on Nuke and their next opponent was an on-paper easy one for them because they never had a problem with Eparadise Angels on LAN in the past.

Can Darya
Can Darya "dshq" Mishutina find a new star to join the team?

ARES definitely put up a strong fight but so did Eparadise who evolved their whole gameplay and got a lot of confidence for themselves and ARES needed to give up the win to Eparadise after losing both maps 14-16.

With this ARES has a lot to work on and prove. Their newcomer looks like an upgrade but the other teams evolved rapidly looking at the likes of Eparadise, Dignitas and Singularity. ARES in comparison didn't show that their game improved a lot. They have the skill, potential and motivation to get a top-four finish again, but will they be able to catch up with the others once more?

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