CPH Games 2016 viewer's guide

Copenhagen Games 2016 is less than a day away, and, here, we assembled all the information you need including the schedule, the talent list, the attending teams and more.

Last year in the Øksnehallen exhibition centre, Virtus.pro were crowned champions and took home €14,000. This year, in the capital of Denmark, more than 60 teams will be playing for their share of the €30,000 prize pool, with the champions taking home €17,000.

Different from the last edition, Copenhagen Games 2016's main tournament will feature 16 teams as opposed to last year's 32. Eight invited teams will face the top eight teams coming from the on-site qualifiers.

dignitas will go into the tournament as the highest ranked team 

Sixty teams split into groups of four will try to finish in the top two of their groups and then advance to the playoff stage, where they will have to win two best-of-three series in order to qualify. Due to a knockout format, losing a playoff series will mean exiting the tournament. The full list of teams and the groups of the qualifier can be found here.

Dignitas are the highest ranked team, according to our rankings, that will attend the tournament. YP were one of the invited teams, but they experienced visa issues and had to be replaced by RCTIC. The complete list of invited teams can be found below:

Denmark Dignitas Denmark SK Finland ENCE  Bulgaria E-frag.net
Germany ALTERNATE aTTaX  Slovakia HellRaisers  Finland RCTIC Denmark CPH Wolves

The main tournament will start with 16 teams split into groups of four, in which the matches will be best-of-one. Winners and the runner ups from the GSL groups will advance to the single elimination playoffs. These matches will be played as best-of-threes except the grand final which will have a best-of-five format. The four stages of the tournament look as follows:

  • Qualifier - GSL - Groupstage - BO1 - (Open quals. with 60 teams)
  • Qualifier - Playoffs – Single elimination – BO3 – (Top 8 teams qualify for the main tournament)
  • Main Tournament - GSL - Groupstage - BO1 (8 invited teams and 8 qualified)
  • Main Tournament - Playoffs - Single elimination - BO3

The casters that will be on duty in Copenhagen comprise:

Finland Joona "natu" Leppänen
Norway Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl
Denmark Niels "rizc" Topp

Below you can find the full schedule for the event:

Thursday, March 24
12:00 Qualifier GSL groups start BO1
17:00 First round of qualifier playoffs BO3
21:00 Second round of qualifier playoffs BO3
Friday, March 25
10:00 Main tournament GSL groups start BO1
17:00 First two quarter-finals BO3
21:00 Last two quarter-finals BO3

Saturday, March 26
12:00 Semi-final #1 BO3
15:00 Semi-final #2 BO3
20:00 Grand final BO5

Here is the prize distribution for Copenhagen Games 2016:

1. - €17,000
2. - €8,000
3. - €3,500
4. - €1,500

Be sure to follow @HLTVorg on Twitter for news from this event and more. You can tune into Copenhagen Games' Twitch channel to watch the games. 

Follow HLTV.org writer BenjaCS on twitter.

Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
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Norway Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
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2016-03-23 17:21
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Andorra nalnozleoj 
sad that there's no NA in this event, would be soooo easy :)
2016-03-23 17:36
- brazil teams (which are apparently NA) dig > na
2016-03-23 17:45
I can't wait to watch dig at Columbus o wait
2016-03-23 19:42
nothing is easy for na
2016-03-23 18:03
Estonia swag420weed 
You mean tier 3-4 NA teams? :D Can't even name NA amateur teams...
2016-03-23 18:39
lol even the tier 5 teams at this event would stop best NA team haha
2016-03-23 19:39
Uk scene? O wait...
2016-03-24 13:23
NA scene? LOL 4Head EleGiggle
2016-03-24 18:54
Tbh, there isn't even a uk scene. So why are you talking? Why are you even on this site?
2016-03-25 04:08
so? you mad? i would be if i was from NA, stop shittalking when ur scene is trash too LOL delusional burger
2016-03-25 04:48
My scene is trash? At least I don't have to pretend to be EU to act like I have a scene. Last I checked, NA is in the major, what about your scene? Oh that's right.... No team from uk scene could beat any pro team in NA scene. We can actually compete with EU, unlike you. Delusional crumpet.
2016-03-25 13:27
lol delusional mad burger who can't accept his scene is complete trash. at least i can admit UK scene is shit, but burgers need to argue and argue about who NA isn't bad when its fucking trash compared to mediocre EU teams. you just sit there and be delusional like a good murican. 0 braincells to be found
2016-03-25 23:42
My scene isn't the greatest, but at least I have a scene. Zero brain cells? Learn how to spell "American", teapot.
2016-03-26 04:14
ez for what? only liquid and c9 could have beaten these teams here. others are complete shit. (not counting brazilian teams as na)
2016-03-25 01:10
rip (((((
2016-03-23 17:20
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Sweden yayer 
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deez nuts
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NEO | 
Poland Verbaaa 
nice :D
2016-03-23 17:20
Spain BrunoSB 
2016-03-23 17:20
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ez ence
2016-03-23 17:21
Brazil mth^ 
2016-03-23 17:20
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2016-03-23 17:20
my guide: watch dignitas cheat on lan and ez win
2016-03-23 17:20
yeah it's a nicely sized lan for k0nfig to use some external magic.
2016-03-23 17:37
2016-03-23 17:20
rizc... really now? cba watching no thanks
2016-03-23 17:21
Denmark rizc 
I'm observing - not casting :-)
2016-03-23 17:42
It's a shame CPH Games hasn't been keeping with the times lately with the prize pools, a lot of memories come from them. Well to look at the bright side, it gives opportunities to young talents ;)
2016-03-23 17:25
[*] CPH Games
2016-03-23 17:44
I think we have enough big tournaments and too few of these. I hope they keep this level and bring in new people
2016-03-23 19:01
why cant they fkin get Metuz now we have to listen to natu and vendetta wtf like are you serious its unwhatchable and one of the best catsers doe not get hired fak this
2016-03-23 17:28
I don't mind natu, but definitely agree Metuz should be there
2016-03-23 17:46
2016-03-23 17:31
vendetta and natu, boy oh boy christmas sure has come early.
2016-03-23 17:34
Israel BingoBango 
I appreciate the irony
2016-03-23 17:56
Turkey naberpanpa 
1. - €17,000 + samsung s7 2. - €8,000 3. - €3,500 4. - €1,500
2016-03-23 17:34
Denmark Piv0 
why no big names at CPH Games`?
2016-03-23 17:37
CPH Games is not tier 1 event anymore
2016-03-23 17:43
Denmark Piv0 
but still xD those team are just a random LAN event not even tourny :D
2016-03-23 17:44
because of the major
2016-03-23 18:24
Major only a few days after final
2016-03-23 19:27
no big money, no big names still a decent tournament, i think
2016-03-24 14:06
Welcome back rizc!
2016-03-23 17:41
Denmark Notallama 
Niels Topp what an awesome name lol
2016-03-23 17:43
f0rest | 
Sweden godname 
go helblinde:)
2016-03-23 17:43
+heff+creed are good:) gl
2016-03-23 18:22
any uk teams attending? a shame that it overlaps with insomnia
2016-03-23 17:43
I saw some one the complete list.
2016-03-24 00:16
The pickles
2016-03-24 00:17
ah shucks! would be a mix team :P
2016-03-24 01:28
Finland Hunajaperse 
ez natu
2016-03-23 18:23
Turkey OdinA 
Gl HF Space Soldiers :) Xantares on lan? Seriously??
2016-03-23 19:11
rctic to win :-----DDD
2016-03-23 19:13
Russia razorVJ 
Epic prize pool kek.
2016-03-23 19:24
go ence ))
2016-03-23 19:35
Vendetta - that is pretty okay, can appreciate that. Natu - FUCK, WHY? PLEASE NO!
2016-03-23 19:36
Poland Redrumowy 
natu caster - i'm not watching that shit
2016-03-23 19:38
The talent isn't even that great, yet another thing to make the event less enjoyable.
2016-03-23 19:50
Oh thank the gods! I was afraid natosaphix would cast.
2016-03-23 21:25
Ez E-Frag
2016-03-23 22:05
60 teams ?
2016-03-23 23:57
Germany Herp 
any coverage about the byoc?
2016-03-24 01:08
Shame it's natu casting, he is just terrible
2016-03-24 04:52
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f0rest | 
Sweden godname 
n1 with rizc again comeback;)
2016-03-24 12:09
CIS chlenixon 
expect strong showing from HR
2016-03-24 16:31
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