After some crazy moves in the last couple of days, Copenhagen Flames has created a new CS GO roster with the additions of former Heroic support Johannes “b0RUP” Borup, ex Fnatic Rising AWP main Iulian “regali” Harjău, former ECSTATIC in-game leader Thomas “birdfromsky” Due Frederiksen, ex Sprout member Rasmus “raalz” Steensborg, and former Flames member Thomas “TMB” Bundsbæk.
Raalz, Birdfromsky, and TMB all have previous experience at the in-game leader role, but Birdfromsky will be the one taking the reins of leading this almost entire Danish roster, with the only exception of the Romanian native regali. The two older more experienced players in birdfromsky and raalz, 28 and 27 years old respectively, will look to provide mentorship and leadership for the younger trio. The head coach in charge of the group will be Benjamin “cube” Stabell.
Copenhagen Flames unfortunately have been without an official CS GO roster since the PGL Antwerp Major. At the previous Major, the former roster which included: Jakob “Jabbi” Nygaard, Nico “nicoodoz” Tamjidi, Fredrik “roeJ” Jørgensen, Rasmus “HooXi” Nielsen, and Rasmus “Zyphon” Nordfoss managed to reach the playoffs spot in the Champions Stage, grabbing $35K for a prize pool and a 5th-8th place finish on the tournament.
The Copenhagen Flames team has been looking to transfer the entire roster to another organization since mid-2021, however, instead, it had to sell the players separately one by one. Complexity was first reported to be interested in adding the entire roster under their brand, but the deal ultimately was not completed. RoeJ and nicoodoz later joined Fnatic, jabbi finished in Heroic, and HooXi signed with G2 esports.
Via Copenhagen Flames statement:
“Since our two Major participation we have considered how to continue from here,” “A key factor was whether or not we wanted to be in contention straight away to qualify for the next Major this year – by signing an established lineup – or if we wanted to build a squad ourselves with more long-term potential. We settled on the latter as we wanted to make some changes to the setup around the team as well as introduce a more holistic approach where the players and staff could grow and develop our how-to’s and principles together.”
On top of signing an entirely new player roster, Copenhagen Flames will look to improve its training facilities, adding employers to areas like performance, data, and health according to the announcement they made recently. The organization expects to be one of the best in the world of esports in this environment and develop a system where players will improve every day in a consistent manner.
Copenhagen Flames hopes its new team will be able to put up a decent performance in the second half of the split and achieve HLTV’s top 30 world rankings “as soon as possible”. The new roster is set to play in the European Regional Major Ranking qualifiers in what seems to be a highly competitive environment, which will begin on August 15th, so make sure to stay tuned in as we’ll be sharing our esports picks during the event!