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Imperial have their last dance at the Major as CPH Flames secure final playoff spot

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Copenhagen Flames finally banished the demons of the previous Major by securing their spot in the playoffs, besting the Brazilian legends of Imperial 16-2 on Inferno and 22-18 on Vertigo.

Imperial captured the hearts of many this Major with their impressive performances, showing real poise under pressure and they nearly took the Danes to a third map in this series. Copenhagen Flames were likely the better team, but needed to wrestle with their nerves to take the final map over the line, something Nico “⁠nicoodoz⁠” Tamjidi referenced in his post-match interview.

Copenhagen Flames triumphed in a nail-biting Vertigo

The series began with Inferno, the pick of Imperial, with Copenhagen Flames on CT. The Danes started brightly, winning the pistol and converting it into a dominant CT half; Rasmus “⁠Zyphon⁠” Nordfoss was a menace over at A, and the varied setups from the Flames left Imperial struggling to find an answer. The Brazilians did manage to pick up a couple of rounds, entirely off the back of Vinicius “⁠VINI⁠” Figueiredo cracking open bombsites, but it was only good enough for an abysmal 2-13 half.

A pistol win for Copenhagen Flames put the result beyond doubt and the Danes duly closed the map out with zero fuss, the final score 16-2.

Next up was Vertigo, and once again Copenhagen Flames found themselves benefiting from a strong start, this time on the T side. A pistol win was converted by the Danes, and although Imperial did manage to battle their way to a few rounds early, it was never comfortable for the Brazilians, and slowly but surely Flames began to build a lead. Ultimately Imperial let too many 5v4 situations get away from them to win the half, but a late streak did net them a 6-9 score going into the second period.

A pistol win and follow-up round gave Imperial a way back into the game, and despite a string of three in reply from the Copenhagen Flames the Brazilians managed take control of the game, grinding their way all the way back to 13-13 by finally capitalising on their opening kills. The final throes of the map were a brawl, both teams digging deep to find unlikely round wins, the score ending 15-15 to go into overtime.

Overtime displayed both Copenhagen Flames prowess Vertigo, as well as their tendency to struggle in high pressure situations; after getting themselves to a 3-1 lead in the first OT period, they choked away two match points, one in a favoured 4v3 situation. The Danes made no mistake in the second period of OT, however, taking four rounds on the bounce to secure a 22-18 victory and the final spot in the playoffs.

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