Singularity's debut event with Shakezullah didn't go as planned
Singularity's run in the BYOC portion of Copenhagen Games 2019 has come to an end following a loss to Söderberg & Partners, a Danish mix-team composed primarily of ex-Fragsters members.
The loss sees Singularity sent packing from the event in 5-8th place, whereas a win in the quarterfinal matchup would have advanced the team to the main event. A bootcamp with their new in-game leader Alan "Shakezullah" Hardman proved to not be enough as the team managed two best-of-three series victories before being eliminated.
Curiously, all three series that Singularity played included Vertigo, the most recent addition to the competitive map pool. Singularity chose the map as their pick in their first round of 32 matchup against Nova, picking up a 2-0 series victory by dominating on Overpass 13-2 in the first half before closing out the map 16-9. Vertigo initially resulted in a closer back-and-forth, with Singularity taking a narrow 8-7 lead at the half before grabbing a second 16-9 victory to close out the series.
A similar scenario occured in the round of 16 as Singularity went up against FASTLOSE, with Vertigo being picked by the Danish-Swedish mix as the first map. A narrow 16-14 win on Vertigo initially granted FASTLOSE the lead in the series, but a quick reply with another 13-2 half on Overpass allowed for Singularity to even the score at 1-1. FASTLOSE put Singularity on the back foot to start the deciding map of Mirage, managing an 8-1 lead before Singularity rallied back, granting their opponents just three additional rounds to take Mirage 16-11.
Singularity's final match at the event was in the quarterfinals, with everything on the line as a win would advance the squad to the eight-team main event, and a loss would send them home. A rough CT start for Singularity on Söderberg & Partners' pick of Nuke saw the American team garner only eight rounds, to which they added an additional trio at the start of the second half. Söderberg & Partners strung together eight rounds of their own to attain match point, but Singularity managed to push the map to overtime, where they narrowly edged out the map 19-17.
Söderberg & Partners replied back on Singularity's pick of Mirage, taking five uncontested rounds before Singularity got on the board with one of their own. Although they managed to keep themselves competitive at the end of the half as they trailed by a single round, Singularity quickly found themselves shutout as Söderberg & Partners' CT-side proved to be superior, with the Danes taking a 16-12 map victory to force the deciding map of Vertigo.
It was here that Singularity's situation turned grim, with the two teams evenly splitting the first six rounds for a 3-3 scoreline. Singularity quickly found themselves picked apart by Jacob "dragonfly" Lund, with the American team managing just one additional round in the half as Söderberg & Partners mustered an 11-4 T-side half. Singularity kept themselves in the map following the side swap, managing a string of six rounds, but Söderberg & Partners replied with a five-round streak of their own to close out the map 16-10 and take the series for themselves.
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With the loss, Singularity have been eliminated from Copenhagen Games, and will return home as they prepare for their matchup against Luminosity on April 25th for ECS Season 7 Week 3.