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 "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
. 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" 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
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
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
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 "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
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 "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
, 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.