Getting into 2018 there was an undoubtedly number 1 in the scene, who has been dominating it for almost 2 years, winning every tournament since the Intel Challenge Katowice 2016.
Of course, I am talking about Beşiktaş Esports
. It is hard to stay at the top for this long and while they always showed a bit of crumbling, they overcame every opponent they faced.
All this changed at the end of February. Team Dignitas Female
was able to eliminate the former RES Gaming squad from the tournament in the semi-finals, who previously already gave up a group stage match against Squared Prospects.
In the end, Dignitas was able to crown themselves as the winner of the Intel Challenge Katowice 2018 by beating Squared Prospects dominantly in the finals.
Coming into Copenhagen Games 2018 Dignitas was looking to repeat what they did in Katowice, but the tournament showed us plenty of crazy results and one of those was Team Dignitas falling flat against their NA rival Counter Logic Gaming Red
That came as a huge surprise, because not only has Dignitas dominated their previous event, CLG Red who was attending the exact same event finished in last place at it.
Singularity beat CLG Red in the semi-finals and with this ended their hopes of winning the tournament.
On the other side of the bracket, we saw Eparadise Angels
being able to beat Alpha Republic of Esport Female
for the first time on LAN ever, after being unable to get past them at previous events.
This wasn’t where it ended as Eparadise kept on rocking the first map of the second semi-final against none other than RES. In the end they weren’t able to close it out and we had our final between RES Gaming and Singularity.
Despite Singularity reaching the final, there still was doubt. CLG Red was the one beating Team Dignitas and then couldn’t show up against Singularity.
Singularity also had an unsuccessful group stage run and while they had individual strength in the roster, they were lacking a good bit of experience.
Thanks to a stellar performance of Alyona "Candy" Kuvaeva
and a lot of discipline in the whole team, Singularity was able to deny another event victory for RES Gaming. Petra "Petra" Stoker
, who formed this team after being removed from RES, without playing any official game with them reached her aim to be in the best female team and showed that hard worked indeed pays off.