PGL Major Copenhagen Preview

PGL Major Copenhagen Preview

PGL Major Copenhagen starts this weekend, and a lot of world-class teams are eagerly waiting to prove themselves in front of the whole CS2 community.

Numerous fans are expected to tune in, largely because this is the first Major in the history of the new Counter-Strike game. Another reason is that some very exciting teams and players are competing for a prize pool of $1.25 million.

From Danil “donk” Kryshkovets to Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, there will be plenty of talented individuals to follow.

Dates, Locations, and Format

The Copenhagen Major will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, between March 17 – 31. As usual, it will be played in three stages.

The first stage is called the Opening Stage. It consists of 16 teams and only eight of them will advance to the Elimination Stage. The Swiss System Format will be used. The second stage is identical to the first.

In the third stage, called the Playoffs Stage, three teams will compete in a fairly big arena, in front of thousands of screaming fans. This will be the most exciting part of the tournament and it will only feature seven matches. All of them are best-of-three series. If you only care about this part, you can watch it between March 28 – 31.

However, it would be a mistake to skip the first two stages. They will no doubt be very exciting.

Participants and Favorites

Here are the 24 teams that will compete in PGL Major Copenhagen:

  • FaZe Clan
  • MOUZ
  • Team Vitality
  • Team Spirit
  • Complexity Gaming
  • G2 Esports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Cloud9
  • Eternal Fire
  • ENCE
  • Apeks
  • 9Pandas
  • SAW
  • FURIA Esports
  • The MongolZ
  • Imperial Esports
  • paiN Gaming
  • Lynn Vision Gaming
  • KOI
  • Legacy

Normally, you’d be tempted to give most of these teams no chance of qualifying for the playoffs. But we’ve seen so many upsets in recent months that it’s hard to be confident about your predictions.

In theory, most of the top eight teams on this list should advance to the playoffs. But we could easily see multiple underdogs stealing their spots. There are so many great teams that have yet to make a name for themselves! If you watch matches regularly, you probably know how many unusual results we’ve had just in March alone.

The main battle for the title will likely take place between Team Spirit, Team Vitality, and G2 Esports. FaZe, Na’Vi, and MOUZ are also very strong at the moment.

Header image credit: PGL

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William Westerlund

William is an author, editor, and an avid gamer with over 10.000 hours in CS:GO (Counter-Strike 2). He also enjoys playing Rust, Dota 2, and TF2 but never became a top 1% player in any of those games.