April 02, 2024

Navi are Crowned Champions at the First-Ever CS2 Copenhagen Major

In the grand final of the first-ever Counter-Strike 2 Major in Copenhagen, Denmark, NAVI defeated FaZe Clan by a score of 2-1.

This triumph marks NAVI's ascent as the first-ever CS2 world champion, boosting their storied legacy with yet another prestigious title. Notably, NAVI had previously emerged as champions in the CS:GO Stockholm Major in 2021. The grand final served as a rematch of the Antwerp Major, where both FaZe and NAVI contended for the championship in 2022, with FaZe emerging victorious on that occasion and cementing the epic rivalry between the two teams.

PGL Copenhagen Major

The final match of the Copenhagen Major Grand Finals proved to be an intense and captivating spectacle, despite its deviation from the traditional best-of-five format. NAVI claimed victory on the opening map, Ancient, with a score of 13-9. While the first match remained closely contested, NAVI's tactical prowess seemed to catch FaZe off guard, preventing them from establishing a consistent foothold.

The following map, Mirage, favored NAVI's strategic preferences; however, FaZe are not amateurs, and if someone can turn a CS2 match around, it’s them. The FaZe Clan stars surged ahead with a commanding 10-2 lead in the first half. FaZe's dominance continued as they secured a decisive 13-2 victory, forcing a climactic showdown tie-breaker on Inferno.

As the final match of the series began, NAVI swiftly seized control in the final map, securing an early pistol round victory and getting a huge confidence boost as they reached a 9-3 lead in the first half. With an insurmountable advantage, NAVI ultimately triumphed with a resounding 13-3 victory, cementing their status as the first-ever CS2 world champions.

NAVI Counter-Strike 2 Copenhagen Major

In addition to the prestigious title, NAVI claimed the lion's share of the $500,000 prize pool, while FaZe secured $170,000 for their commendable runner-up finish. Despite the comparatively modest prize pool, teams benefited from a revenue boost generated by in-game sticker sales, with each team receiving a share of the proceeds.

The first PGL CS2 Major was packed to the brim with surprises and unexpected outcomes, defying all expectations.

While FaZe entered the competition as the top-ranked team, NAVI defied the odds with their impressive performance. Notably, Team Spirit and Mouz, considered strong contenders, faltered in the quarterfinals and top eight, respectively.

The first PGL CS2 Major was packed to the brim with surprises and unexpected outcomes, defying all expectations. While FaZe entered the competition as the top-ranked team, NAVI defied the odds with their impressive performance. Notably, Team Spirit and Mouz, considered strong contenders, faltered in the quarterfinals and top eight, respectively.

Tournament organizer PGL announced ambitious plans for the future of CS2, with intentions to host at least 11 events in 2025 and 2026. This expansion proves that new organizations can take over and bring us huge CS2 competitive tournaments, as opposed to the franchised CS leagues that held this monopoly in the past. The success of the CS2’s first Major signals a return to a more inclusive and diverse competitive landscape.

As the PGL announced:

“This initiative not only introduces a breath of fresh air into the competitive scene but also aligns with PGL's vision of fostering a more inclusive and varied esports ecosystem.”

This event marks the first of many milestones for the Counter-Strike 2 community.

 

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