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9Pandas is the final EU team to qualify for the Copenhagen Major

Eleven teams from Europe will attend the Copenhagen Major.

9Pandas have secured the final slot from the European RMR for the Copenhagen Major. The Russian team went through two stages of the competition in the EU RMR decider to secure an invite to the Major. 

9Pandas qualify for the Copenhagen Major

The PGL Copenhagen Major is the first Counter-Strike 2 Major. The tournament has an extensive RMR process which serves as qualifiers for the tournament. After two sets of RMR events, aptly named, RMR A and RMR B, there was an EU RMR decider to decide which team would receive the final invite. 

Six teams took part in the EU RMR decider - three from each of the original RMR events. Stage 1 saw the teams play in a single-elimination bracket. The winning teams advanced to Stage 2. 

In Stage 1, GamerLegion, Guild Eagles and 9Pandas advanced to the next stage. 9Pandas had a particularly impressive performance after a 2-0 victory over Astralis. The Danish roster, one infamous for controlling the Counter-Strike esports would not qualify for the Copenhagen Major, in what came as a massive shock to the community.

In Stage 2, 9Pandas advanced directly to Round 2 thanks to their superior Bucholz score. The match against GamerLegion saw both teams going to overtime on Overpasss. GamerLegion won the map with a 16-14 score. 

However, 9Panads had a very impressive first half on both Ancient and Nuke, limiting GamerLegion to 8 and 11 rounds on the two maps. Glowiing was the best player on the server, with 85 kills across the three maps. The young player had a +37 KDA highlighting his contribution throughout the series. 

With this victory, 9Pandas have secured the final EU slot for the Copenhagen Major. The Counter-Strike 2 Copenhagen Major will take place from March 17 to 31st with 24 teams. The tournament has a $1.25 million prize pool and will be the first-ever Counter-Strike 2 Major.