Copenhagen Flames beat Spirit Academy to win BLAST Rising 2021

The new-look Danish team triumphed in their first event together.

Copenhagen Flames have won the 24-team BLAST Rising event with a 2-1 victory over Spirit Academy in the grand final. The Danes impressed in the playoffs after undergoing a roster rebuild prior to the start of the single-elimination bracket, which saw Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen, Rasmus "⁠HooXi⁠" Nielsen and Rasmus "⁠Zyphon⁠" Nordfoss added to the roster. With minimal practice time, the Danish side defeated Tricked, LDLC and Young Ninjas on the way to the grand final.

Spirit Academy proved many doubters wrong by making it to the title decider following a sluggish start to the competition. Robert "⁠Patsi⁠" Isyanov & co. ended the group stage with a 1-2 record and subsequently had to progress through the Play-in to keep their tournament hopes alive. Once a playoff spot was assured, the team stepped up to a whole new level, with convincing best-of-three wins over Galaxy Racer, MAD Lions and DBL PONEY setting up a clash with Copenhagen Flames.

CPH Flames win their first event as a five

The series opened on Mirage, where the two teams could barely be separated in the first half as they both enjoyed periods of success. However, Spirit Academy hit a higher gear once they swapped to the CT side. The CIS squad comprehensively shut down the attacking Danes for eight rounds straight to secure the map 16-7, with Alexey "⁠znx⁠" Zlotkovskiy leading the charge with a 1.51 rating.

Spirit Academy carried over the momentum to Overpass for an 8-4 start, but the Copenhagen Flames trio of Nico "⁠nicoodoz⁠" Tamjidi, roeJ and HooXi stamped their authority on the map and took control of proceedings to secure their pick 16-10 and force a decider.

With the wind now firmly in their sails, the Danish squad powered past their opponents with little resistance. A comfortable 9-6 defensive half was built on once on the offence, with Copenhagen Flames briskly wrapping up the map 16-7 to take the series 2-1.

7
Mirage
16
16
Overpass
10
16
Nuke
7
 Copenhagen Flames K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 41 +22 84.5 1.40
54 - 49 +5 95.8 1.30
57 - 48 +9 74.4 1.09
46 - 47 -1 65.6 1.00
41 - 50 -9 60.7 0.90
 Spirit Academy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
54 - 48 +6 72.1 1.04
49 - 52 -3 79.9 1.00
32 - 32 0 69.6 0.96
45 - 56 -11 74.2 0.95
41 - 54 -13 63.9 0.90
12 - 19 -7 78.3 0.84

The final standings for BLAST Rising 2021 looks as follows:

1. Denmark Copenhagen Flames - $15,000
2. CIS Spirit Academy - $10,000
3. Sweden Young Ninjas - $5,000
4. France DBL PONEY
5-8. France LDLC
5-8. Europe MAD Lions
5-8. Bulgaria SKADE
5-8. Sweden Apeks
9-16. Europe Nordavind
9-16. Ukraine NAVI Junior
9-16. Belgium EC Brugge
9-16. Sweden Galaxy Racer
9-16. Poland AGO
9-16. Hungary Budapest Five
9-16. Denmark Tricked
9-16. Europe GORILLAZ
17-18. Turkey Sangal
17-18. Romania Nexus
19-24. Europe Finest
19-24. Czech Republic SINNERS
19-24. Portugal OFFSET
19-24. Germany ALTERNATE aTTaX
19-24. Denmark Astralis Talent
19-24. United Kingdom UMX

Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
510
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
Russia Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
343
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
341
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
Belarus Alexey 'znx' Zlotkovskiy
Alexey 'znx' Zlotkovskiy
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
36
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.59
Denmark Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
431
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Rasmus 'Zyphon' Nordfoss
Rasmus 'Zyphon' Nordfoss
Age:
17
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
51
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.69
congratz Copenhagen Flames!
2021-05-23 23:29
3 replies
#5
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Germany SimplyBasit
Ferrari?
2021-05-23 23:28
2 replies
CPH 1 week - 1 champion NIP, G2 4 years - 0 champion
2021-05-24 08:32
1 reply
#25
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Indonesia lukerey
Endpoint 10+ local champion. Against gold nova mix. Pog
2021-05-24 11:13
#3
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United States MemeCrea
nice
2021-05-23 23:28
Ez 4 roej
2021-05-23 23:29
#7
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Asia Drag0nJ
nt, Spirit Academy
2021-05-23 23:29
Nicoodoz good
2021-05-23 23:30
ahhahaahhahahaha
2021-05-23 23:31
#10
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Germany MTD3
didnt watch but deserved as spirit beat dbl. gg mates hopefully you get out of t3
2021-05-23 23:31
1 reply
They will, they have players that have been close at tier 1 cs and played at DHM, EPL and FP1/2
2021-05-23 23:35
nt spirit
2021-05-23 23:34
Young Ninjas <3
2021-05-23 23:38
#14
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Poland SebL
This new CPH Flames roster looks insane and it's their first tournament, I'm wondering how far can they go with that. I didn't hear much about most of Spirit Academy players, so making the final is a huge achievement aswell, GJ guys.
2021-05-24 00:01
Every time HLTV posts recaps of events and includes pictures of the players from lans I always get excited I missed the news about a lan... even though I know why the post them.
2021-05-24 00:08
#16
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United States Rayduh
Wow, what an important tournament pulled off by Copenhagen Flames
2021-05-24 00:17
1 reply
Yeah it's much more important to see Liquid rekt everybody in the majorlike tournament 'cs_summit 8', where they dismantled the top3 team Extra salt... Oh wait
2021-05-24 03:40
GG Copenhagen Flames ! nicodooz & jabbi beasts
2021-05-24 00:18
Seems Nicoodoz and Zyphon will be the next in line to get into into tier 1 team.
2021-05-24 00:57
1 reply
Zyphon needs a lot of work, Nico are doing amazing
2021-05-24 11:55
Nice job after changing so much stuff recently
2021-05-24 01:09
#20
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Finland AliSabid
Gz!
2021-05-24 02:09
#22
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Hungary szia
pretty unexpected. gj ggwp to them
2021-05-24 04:20
Sick upset. Well done, interesting to see how far they can go
2021-05-24 11:08
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