The fiery Danes: Copenhagen Flames

Get to know the teams at the Major.

Another Major debutant, the stable Danish organization is still the epitome of development and one of the most important teams for the local scene. For now, however, Copenhagen Flames come to Stockholm shortly after their superb performance in the group stage at IEM Fall Europe, and will try and throw haymakers in what might become their last showing of this roster under the fiery banner.

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Copenhagen Flames required a spot in playoffs, if they really wanted to make it to the Major, despite being the underdog in nearly all of the games they have played. However the Danes survived a meeting with Overpass against AURA, beat BIG, mousesports, FunPlus Phoenix and G2 Esports, therefore sweeping the group and advancing to the final eight. An absurd comeback by Team Vitality on Vertigo stopped the Danes in the upper bracket, Movistar Riders posted an upset dropping them even lower, but two overtime victories over Fiend got the job done, sending Copenhagen Flames to PGL Major Stockholm 2021.

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Now this is the team with a lot of technicalities in the map pool, which might work out its wonders during the first two rounds in the Swiss system. The Danes play Ancient every time it is there, they enjoy their Nuke, Vertigo and Overpass, while barely touching the likes of Dust2, Inferno or even Mirage. It remains to be seen how it goes for them this time, but this is not a squad to be intimidated by anyone in the draft.

The key to their success in Stockholm is going to be “roeJ”. While they shared the time with “HooXi” during the late MAD Lions stints, “roeJ” was on that iteration of “lions”, which was contesting the best teams in the world and being a real threat in the tournaments. It is a Major debut for all of the players and the opening match against the reigning champions from Astralis is no easy task by any means. “Zyphon” is probably going to like his chances in that one, considering that he went from Astralis Talent to the Major in less than half a year.

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A 34:1 long shot, Copenhagen Flames are not considered as a playoffs team, but they have everything to advance through the Swiss systems, if not both of them. A lot of maps to choose from in the drafts, a lot of talent on display before the inevitable moves to the bigger teams and a lot of European opponents - the same as the ones the Danes have taken to the brink during their IEM Fall Europe campaign.