CPH Games: 5 players to watch out for

With Copenhagen Games about to start, we take a look at five players who will be at the BYOC qualifier that you should keep an eye out for.

The Danish event will begin with a 76-team BYOC qualifier to determine the final eight sides reaching the main tournament, which will have over $54,000 on offer.

It will be one hectic day, so we have selected five players that you should look out for during the BYOC qualifier: 

Buğra "Calyx" Arkın, 18 (Space Academy)
The Turkish youngster 

Turkey Buğra "Calyx" Arkın, 18 (Space Academy)

2017 Rating: 1.18

 

The Turkish player is one of the most exciting rising stars in Europe, and his impressive talent saw him secure a move to his country's strongest team, Space Soldiers, in February, after establishing himself as a key member for ex-DarkPassage.

With the new player on the roster, Space Soldiers played out a thrilling series against Virtus.pro in the ECS promotion stage and won the first season of Binary Dragons csgopolygon. It is too soon to say just how far the Turkish team can go, but the future looks bright for them, now that Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş has a fragging partner that can be just as impactful as him.

Calyx has travelled to Copenhagen to play for Space Soldiers' academy team, who also feature Emre "e1" Biçer, a former member of the organisation's main squad. And while Space Academy's prospects do not look particularly bright, it will certainly be interesting to see how Calyx will perform when given more freedom to manoeuvre across the map.

Brazil Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe, 22 (Red Reserve)

2017 Rating: 1.36

kNgV- is anything but a newcomer in the Counter-Strike scene. After all, he has been competing at a top level since 2009, plying his trade for prestigious teams like semXorah, GamerHouse, g3x and Keyd Stars. But the last few months have shown that the 22-year-old may finally be reaching his peak.

Unlike the majority of the Brazilian top teams, who have chosen North America as the place to be, Red Reserve have uprooted to Europe, more specifically the Swedish city of Gothenburg, where Orbit (the name under which the team played before the organisation merged with Red Reserve) had a gaming house. 

One could argue that Red Reserve are still trying to find their way in the European scene, but their results have been less than encouraging, with the team bowing out of Hellcase Cup #2 and Binary Dragons csgopolygon Season 1 in the group stage. A first-placed finish at Legend Series #1 was of little solace to the Brazilians, who could not get an invite to Copenhagen Games' main tournament. 

After finishing the 2016 WCA finals with a 1.18 Rating despite his team winning just one out of four best-of-two matches, kNgV- has maintained a high level of performance in 2017, destroying every opponent his team have come across. There is a lot of expectation surrounding kNgV- going into Copenhagen Games. Let's just hope that the rest of team show up and they can get through to the main tournament to face some of the bigger sides in attendance.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač, 21 (Binary Dragons)

2017 Rating: 1.19

It is safe to say that talent runs in huNter-'s family, the 21-year-old being the cousin of FaZe star Nikola "NiKo" Kovač. huNter- is a late bloomer in the scene, with his first competitive match on record dating back to May 2015, but he is already turning a few heads in Europe.

His team, Binary Dragons, is one of the strongest in the Balkans, winning regional events such as the VitalBet Balkan Pro League Finals and Let's Play Spring. Earlier this month, the team placed first in the European Master Series, which also featured teams like WASD and Manatee.

A group stage exit in Binary Dragon's own league, following heavy defeats at the hands of Space Soldiers and Red Reserve, gave the team a reality check. Qualifying for Copenhagen Games' main tournament would be a considerable boost for Binary Dragons and for huNter-, who is out to prove that there is not just one star in the Kovač family.

Slovakia David "frozen" Čerňanský, 14 (eXtatus)

2017 Rating: 1.17

frozen is widely considered one of the most promising young talents in central Europe, reaching the prestigious FACEIT Pro League when he was still 13. Unfortunately for him, age can also be a hindrance, as the team's disqualification from the IEM Katowice qualifiers for fielding an underage player recently showed.

With no such worries on their minds now, eXtatus will be looking to make amends after cutting a frustrating figure at last year's Copenhagen Games event, where they were eliminated in the BYOC qualifier's Round of 32 by a Danish WinOut team featuring Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen.

eXtatus enter Copenhagen Games boosted by the news that are now a fully professional team - the first one in Czech Republic with such status. With better conditions come bigger expectations, and the spotlight will definitely be on frozen, the team's top performing player by a sizable margin. 

Denmark Daniel "mertz" Mertz, 18 (North Academy)

2017 Rating: 1.13

mertz burst onto the scene in late 2015 with Eastern Vikings, but it was only in 2016 that people really started noticing him as he represented far more storied teams, such as Alpha Gaming and Copenhagen Wolves. At the start of the year, he got his first real taste of international Counter-Strike as his then team, eFuture, were invited to play at China Cup. 

In Shijiazhuang, eFuture were sent packing in the groups following defeats against Fnatic Academy and 5Power, now known as UYA. For mertz, there were positives to take from his Chinese experience as he put in an above average event Rating of 1.0.

Now playing for North Academy, a new project led by Frederik "LOMME" Nielsen and by former mTw ingame leader Alexander "ave" Holdtmertz has a team where his talent can be properly nurtured. After finishing his last five tournaments with above average ratings, the 18-year-old is brimming with confidence, and he will be crucial to his new team's hopes of reaching the main tournament.

Denmark Frederik 'LOMME' Nielsen
Frederik 'LOMME' Nielsen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
623
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1052
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
983
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
633
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
767
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Denmark Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Denmark Alexander 'ave' Holdt
Alexander 'ave' Holdt
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.74
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.03
DPR:
0.13
APR:
0.03
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1153
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Turkey Emre 'e1' Biçer
Emre 'e1' Biçer
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
137
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.17
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
766
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
negev 2000$ wtf
2017-04-13 02:46
Calyx top 1
2017-04-13 02:46
ez for calyx. sorry for the reply
2017-04-13 15:15
#10
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Germany GeoRg___J 
yes
2017-04-13 02:46
GL hunter
2017-04-13 02:46
ez
2017-04-13 02:46
#4
World fns1 
yes
2017-04-13 02:46
ez
2017-04-13 02:46
gj
2017-04-13 02:46
ez 4 mertz
2017-04-13 02:46
#14
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Brunei br0ks 
gl
2017-04-13 02:46
#16
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Australia penguinzonpot 
frozen with the pedo face
2017-04-13 02:46
the kid is 14, wtf are you talking about
2017-04-13 11:11
ez for 17 year old frozen
2017-04-13 02:47
he is 13 years old
2017-04-13 02:48
14 lol
2017-04-13 03:15
kNg > all
2017-04-13 02:48
#80
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Canada SummerClassic 
Frozen>kNg
2017-04-13 15:27
Lol
2017-04-13 02:49
#24
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United States Calipso1527 
Calyx Space Academy?
2017-04-13 02:51
#42
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Turkey AdwigomweN 
Stand in
2017-04-13 03:43
#47
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United States Calipso1527 
ty
2017-04-13 05:09
ez for kng
2017-04-13 02:50
#27
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Bahrain CRY_A_RIVER 
KNG the best brazilian awp ez
2017-04-13 02:54
#28
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Russia ro3x 
ez for calyx
2017-04-13 02:58
#32
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Brazil XEMBAO 
god kng
2017-04-13 03:04
Ez4kNg, don't know why calyx is playing in academy team but ok
2017-04-13 03:07
guess one of the players from the academy team couldnt go? he's played w them online before
2017-04-13 03:09
Should not be allowed, he's too good AMD Will destroy those tier 5 eu teams
2017-04-13 03:41
yeah lol it's kind of unfair, just smurfing xd
2017-04-13 03:42
space sent him for improving himself
2017-04-13 10:06
#37
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United Kingdom Peath 
Maybe I should have read the article before saying "Calyx Space Academy?" Good job me. Come on me it's like half 2 in the morning, cut yourself some slack. I probably should.
2017-04-13 03:26
#38
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Argentina goncho 
kNg is a GOD
2017-04-13 03:35
#39
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Let's go BRAZIL ZIL ZIL ZIL ZIL! Let's go KNG! u can do it buddy! we smart, we loyal ,we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-04-13 03:41
kkkkkkkkkk
2017-04-13 05:43
#43
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Brazil hugoooo 
kNg beating fnatic on lan, DreamHack Bucharest 2012 (last relevant 1.6 lan ever): youtu.be/qb-KLR19Xpo?t=125
2017-04-13 04:01
where is toree?
2017-04-13 04:08
and the young promising talent SAASTIS??
2017-04-13 06:56
Mertz top1 hltv inc
2017-04-13 04:42
#50
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Brazil jvecs 
KNGOD > FALLEN
2017-04-13 06:59
what ave coach noob team? just go to astralis
2017-04-13 07:57
mertz on lan LUL
2017-04-13 08:22
#54
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African Union ArisA 
Glad this wasn't a danish based list :)
2017-04-13 09:02
Calyx on LAN.Prove yourself bro gl :)
2017-04-13 09:08
calyx ez for turkish x god
2017-04-13 09:36
calyx isnt from space academy. he is space soldier retards
2017-04-13 10:01
it doesnt matter, he is playing for academy team
2017-04-13 10:04
ez4mertzz
2017-04-13 10:01
I thought calyx was just an FPL god, didn't know he was even in a team haha
2017-04-13 10:38
#71
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World Quaresmania 
expected from UK hltv user.
2017-04-13 13:44
Not really... After watching CS for 10 years you get a little bored and don't follow so closely.
2017-04-13 13:52
#63
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Brazil Collee 
kNg is a beast Who cares about an onliner like Calyx lol, hope he faces kNg to get crushed
2017-04-13 11:23
#64
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Norway Crush<3 
Cromen...?!
2017-04-13 12:28
#66
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Serbia ZAG0R 
GL hunter !
2017-04-13 12:50
u forget juliano
2017-04-13 13:36
#68
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
5 players to watch out for dukiii stfn cly smn emilio
2017-04-13 13:40
5 players to watch out for Frozen Frozen Frozen Frozen Frozen
2017-04-13 15:28
NiKo ez, oh wait...
2017-04-13 13:43
Great article! makes the comp more interesting thank you!
2017-04-13 13:44
#72
NAF | 
Germany al1na 
id fucking look out for them if there was a stream anywhere, the endless delay doesnt help either shit event
2017-04-13 13:46
hunter's niko brother xd
2017-04-13 13:52
#75
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Germany Cedrew 
you just have to watch 4 all Big Player
2017-04-13 15:05
god Frozen ! Cmon extatus
2017-04-13 15:07
Cromen???
2017-04-13 15:08
#79
Grim | 
Finland schurmn 
is shit
2017-04-13 15:16
better than everyone on this list
2017-04-14 12:08
ez calyx
2017-04-13 15:59
#83
Aleksib | 
Egypt Tywin 
WHO? WHO? WHO? WHO? AND WHO? I hope these guys prove themselves this tournaments and play in majors some time after.
2017-04-13 16:00
#85
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Belarus bys3lw0w 
ez4FroZen
2017-04-13 16:18
kNg the brazilian fallen.
2017-04-13 16:23
I don't think u can look more slav than huNter xD
2017-04-13 20:27
#91
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Australia Australis 
6th should be Exus the saviour of polish scene
2017-04-13 20:43
when cadian is not even on the top 5 list of a tier 5 lan you know he gone far down
2017-04-13 21:33
fuck these players, freddieb will rek the whole tournament
2017-04-14 02:17
Frozen
2017-04-14 09:27
#100
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Sweden klvmeister 
only 2 players to watch for KNG and Frozen.
2017-04-14 10:41
#102
ketchup | 
Belgium fRe2k 
3/5 already out XD
2017-04-14 13:31
No natosaphix ?? LUL
2017-04-14 13:42
relevant for like 1 day in 2015 on mtw with magisk lul
2017-04-16 05:23
lol only 2 are in CPH
2017-04-14 14:37
#107
mopoz | 
Spain AlexseN 
ez for 14yo
2017-04-14 20:43
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