Nations Elite Esports Cup Regional Breakdown: The Nordics
The Nations Elite Esports Cup Qualifiers are just around a corner and we believe you should know a little something something about the teams competing in the event. While we love each region equally and wish them the best, we do have to start somewhere. That’s why we’re going with the cold Nordics first and making our way South.
Scandinavia deserves to be called the overall strongest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive region in the world. We don’t know if it’s the cold weather making the players stay inside and play CS:GO or the Viking DNA coming out to help the players stand against the strongest challengers over and over again, but the region’s overall strength cannot be disputed.
Let’s start with Sweden. Aside from GODSENT, which was invited to the event, you have Red Reserve and Crowns to look forwards to.
Red Reserve has recently signed the roster of Japaleno, which is built around the twin duo of Fredrik “FREDDyFROG” Gustafsson and Joakim “Relaxa” Gustafsson, as well as Daniel “djL” Narancic and Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen. Red Reserve chose to have Linus “Bååten” Andersson to round out the roster. It will be interesting to see whether the twins have any uncanny teamwork abilities both in the Qualifiers and, hopefully, the main event itself.
The second Swedish team, Crowns, has been more stable roster-wise. They have kept the same five players for more than half a year, an achievement in the quickly changing world of esports. They will be fielding Mattias “bENNY” Rosback, Joachim “darti” Fornstedt, Rasmus “Zitte” Gustafsson, Samuel “decent” Oldenburg, and Simon “downie” Storm, with the team’s veteran coach, Samuel “Zyppe” Martinsson holding the roster together.
Norway is a bit less CS:GO-crazy than Sweden but they should still put up a fight in our events. The team we would like to highlight from this region are is BX3 Esports Club.
BX3 Esports Club has Håkon “Hallzerk” Fjærli, Jasmeet “RoSeY” Gill, Jon “ztk” Erik Øygarden, Haakon “Radifaction” Tholo, and Erik “truth” Hansen Dyrnes make up BX3’s roster. While RoSeY is old by esports standards at 25, Hallzerk is on the complete opposite of the spectrum at 17. They might not take the CS:GO world by storm just yet, the roster has young talent to spare with a steadying presence of a veteran in RoSeY. We expect great things in the future for BX3 Esports Club.
The people from Finland have many Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams worth talking about but we would like to discuss two of them in this post.
The first is HAVU. Jere “Sergej” Salo is one of the team’s leaders at a mind-blowing age of 15. They also have Otto “ottoNd” Sihvo, Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen, Jesse “KHRN” Grandell, and Mikko “xartE” Välimaa acting as Captain. So far, ottoNd seems to be playing on the team on a trial basis. If the player doesn’t work out, HAVU still has Taneli “diSTURBED” Veikkola ready to step in as backup, as long as the team’s coach, Toni “toNppa” Luhtapuro things it necessary.
The second team we would like to talk about is iGame. They feature Timi “aslak” Verkkoperä, Juho “juho” Lampinen, Sami “xseveN” Laasanen, Kimmo “BASiC” Fagerholm, and Eetu “sAw” Saha. After ottoNd left the team to join HAVU, they were left with a hole in their roster. aslak is trialing to fill it out at the moment. Hopefully, the team’s coach, Slaava “twist” Räsänen is happy with aslak’s performance. We have a feeling he could be because the Trial was the best performer in iGames recent match against ALTERNATE aTTaX.
Aside from Sweden, Denmark has one of the strongest CS:GO traditions in the world. It would definitely be one of several countries to come up in the conversation about the strongest CS:GO countries in the world. Astralis and North are in the top 5 of the strongest CS:GO teams in the world for a reason.
There are two teams from this country we would like to talk about: Tricked Esport and Fragsters.
Tricked Esport has been experiencing some turmoil in recent months. In July, they signed the Singularity roster. Recently, they’ve benched one of their players, Ismail “refrezh” Ali, bringing in Simon “Snedker” Snedker. Their coach, Kenni “wezx” Holmberg, also left the team to focus on his studies.
Currently, Tricked Esports runs the roster of Peter “Inzta” Kragelund as Captain, Mads “Console” Skovby, Lucas “Lukki” Pilheden, Thomas “Ryxxo” Nielsen, and Snedker.
The other team, Fragsters, has been a bit more stable for the past couple of months, following Dennis “sycrone” Nielsen moving to the North Academy team. Sycrone was replaced on a trial basis by Lucas “Bubski” Andersen. He joined the roster of brothers Martin “stavn” Lund and Jacob “dragoNfly” Lund, as well as Nicolai “torben iorden” Amorim and Magnus “Frøslev” Frøslev, with Kenneth “DKN” Goldy coaching the team.
Before we go…
Damn, that’s a lot of teams. That’s the beauty of the idea the Nations Elite Esports Cup stands for. Our ultimate ambition is to elevate as many teams as possible. If there ever comes a time when a friend says to you: “Hey, that’s the team that played in the NEE Cup, right? Do you remember that 1v3? It was wicked,” our mission will be accomplished. Only you can help us achieve it by watching the awesome teams discussed in this article and others, both from the Nordics and other regions, compete in our Qualifiers and the Main Event.