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
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
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 "vilga" Kluenkova won the Fragbite Award 2017 for best female player.
The semifinal was looking rather easy for them as well.
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?
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.
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
, 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 "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.