Elisa Invitational Fall 2021 – Playoffs Stage Viewer’s Guide

Elisa Invitational Fall 2021 – Playoffs Stage is set to begin on the 11th of October! Here’s how you can catch up with all the content for the Elisa Invitational.

  • Where: Online
  • When: 11.10. – 15.10.2021
  • Teams: 12
  • Prize Pool: $100 000


Playoffs Stage

  • Single-Elimination Bracket with 4 rounds of play: Opening Matches, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, and Grand Final
  • 12 teams in total; 8 teams in the Opening Matches from Main Swiss, 4 teams invited straight to the Quarter Finals


  • GAMBIT – Invited to Quarter-Finals
  • BIG – Invited to Quarter-Finals
  • ENCE – Invited to Quarter-Finals
  • FNATIC – Invited to Quarter-Finals
  • Copenhagen Flames – Qualified from Main Swiss
  • SKADE – Qualified from Main Swiss
  • DBL PONEY – Qualified from Main Swiss
  • HAVU – Qualified from Main Swiss
  • X-KOM AGO – Qualified from Main Swiss
  • FIEND – Qualified from Main Swiss
  • Lyngby Vikings– Qualified from Main Swiss
  • FINEST – Qualified from Main Swiss


11.10. MONDAY – Opening Matches

  • Opening Match 17:30 CEST – DBL Poney vs. HAVU BO3
  • Opening Match 20:30 CEST – x-kom AGO vs. Lyngby Vikings BO3

12.10. TUESDAY – Opening Matches

  • Opening Match 17:30 CEST – CPH Flames vs. Finest BO3
  • Opening Match 20:30 CEST – SKADE vs. Fiend BO3

13.10. WEDNESDAY – Quarter-Finals

  • Quarter-Final 17:30 CEST – Gambit vs. DBL Poney/HAVU Winner BO3
  • Quarter-Final 20:30 CEST – BIG vs. SKADE/Fiend Winner BO3

14.10. THURSDAY – Quarter-Finals

  • Quarter-Final 17:30 CEST – ENCE vs. x-kom AGO/Lyngby Vikings Winner BO3
  • Quarter-Final 20:30 CEST – FNATIC vs. CPH Flames/Finest Winner BO3

15.10. FRIDAY – Semi-Finals, and Grand Final

  • Semi Final #1 13:00 CEST – TBD BO3
  • Semi Final #2 16:00 CEST- TBD BO3
  • Grand Final ~20:00 CEST – TBD BO3 (1-hour break between 2nd semi-final and final)

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  • Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz
  • Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch
  • Florian “syrsoN” Rische
  • Nicklas “gade” Gade
  • Nils “k1to” Gruhne
  • Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić (coach)

Current form

The ever-so-consistent BIG has been hovering around the Top-10 spot all year long. Even after one of their stars “XANTARES” leaving the team and “gade” replacing him, the results have still looked promising. BIG’s great preparation and solid team play make them always tough to play against.

Player to watch

The in-game leader and star of the team “tabseN” is what BIG is. He’s played in the team for almost 5 years with numerous different results. He’s taken steps back, allowing his teammates to shine and now he’s taking some space again and fragging out since that is what’s needed from him. Need a big play? TabseN will deliver.

What would winning take?

BIG is definitely coming in as one of the favorites of the tournament. Winning will take more from the other four players excluding tabseN. If BIG has enough time to prepare for their opponents, they can beat anyone.

Elisa Invitational Fall 2021 moves to second phase on next Monday. Find schedules and teams here!

Main Swiss starts on next Monday 13th as eight Regional Swiss teams have proven themselves after intense battles. Now they meet the invite teams and on next four weeks only top 8 will advance to last phase of the tournament – Elisa Invitational Playoffs.


Here is the Main Swiss teams: 

  • 777 Esports
  • Apeks
  • CPH Flames
  • DBL Poney
  • Dignitas
  • Fiend
  • Finest
  • Galaxy Racer
  • HAVU
  • KOVA
  • Lyngby Vikings
  • Sinners
  • X-com AGO
  • Young Ninjas

16 teams battle in the Main Swiss (September 13th to October 7th)


Don’t miss the Main Swiss Schedule! Schedule will be updated weekly as the tournament proceeds forward.

Round 1 13.9. – 16.9.2021

Opening round
13.9.2021 10.00 CEST
CPH Flames vs. KOVA
Opening round
13.9.2021 13.00 CEST
DBL Poney vs. 777 Esports
Opening round
14.9.2021 10.00 CEST
Dignitas vs. Galaxy Racer
Opening round
14.9.2021 13.00 CEST
SKADE vs. Apeks
Opening round
15.9.2021 10.00 CEST
HAVU vs. Finest
Opening round
15.9.2021 13.00 CEST
Sinners vs. GORILLAZ
Opening round
16.9.2021 10.00 CEST
Fiend vs. Lyngby Vikings
Opening round
16.9.2021 13.00 CEST
x-kom AGO vs. Young Ninjas
Week 37

Round 2 20.9. – 23.9.2021

High match
20.9.2021 17.00 CEST
High match
20.9.2021 20.00 CEST
CPH Flames vs. HAVU
Low match
21.9.2021 17.00 CEST
Lyngby Vikings vs. 777 Esports
High match
21.9.2021 20.00 CEST
x-kom AGO vs. Dignitas
High match
22.9.2021 17.00 CEST
DBL Poney vs. Fiend
Low match
22.9.2021 20.00 CEST
Sinners vs. Apeks
Low match
23.9.2021 17.00 CEST
Finest vs. KOVA
Low match
23.9.2021 20.00 CEST
Galaxy Racer vs. Young Ninjas
Week 38

Round 3 27.9. – 30.9.2021

Mid match
27.9.2021 17.00 CEST
HAVU vs. Apeks
High match
27.9.2021 20.00 CEST
SKADE vs. DBL Poney
High match
28.9.2021 17.00 CEST
x-kom AGO vs. CPH Flames
Mid match
28.9.2021 20.00 CEST
Dignitas vs. Young Ninjas
Mid match
29.9.2021 10.00 CEST
Finest vs. Lyngby Vikings
Mid match
29.9.2021 13.00 CEST
Fiend vs. GORILLAZ
Elimination match
30.9.2021 10.00 CEST
Galaxy Racer vs. 777 Esports
Elimination match
30.9.2021 13.00 CEST
Sinners vs. KOVA
Week 39

Round 4 4.10. – 6.10.2021

Elimination match
5.10.2021 10.00 CEST
Dignitas VIE vs. KOVA
High match
5.10.2021 13.00 CEST
x-kom AGO vs. GORILLAZ
High match
5.10.2021 16.00 CEST
DBL Poney vs. Young Ninjas
High match
6.10.2021 10.00 CEST
HAVU vs. Lyngby Vikings
Elimination match
6.10.2021 13.00 CEST
Fiend vs. Apeks
Elimination match
6.10.2021 16.00 CEST
Galaxy Racer vs. Finest
Week 40

Round 5 7.10.2021

Elimination match
7.10.2021 13.00 CEST
Lyngby Vikings vs. KOVA
Elimination match
7.10.2021 16.00 CEST
Fiend vs. Young Ninjas
Elimination match
7.10.2021 19.00 CEST
Finest vs. GORILLAZ
Week 40


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The Fall season kick-off

The regional Swiss Stage of the Elisa Invitational Fall 2021 is starting on Monday, the 16th of August. The Fall edition is packed with quality teams consisting of the Nordic qualifiers teams and the invited teams. In the Fall season, the teams will be competing for the coveted $100,000 prize pool where the winner will take home $50 000!

The Regional Swiss stage will run through September 9th with 8 of the 16 teams making it through the Main Swiss Stage. The competition will run weekly Monday to Thursday in classic Best-of-3 fashion.

Let’s take a closer look at the teams and their chances of moving forward in this competitive environment where nothing can be taken for granted.

“The should-be-sure-to-be-top-8”

Lyngby Vikings

Lyngby Viking is one of the highest ranked teams of this stage. They had a disappointing end to Elisa Invitational Summer 2021 going 0-3 in the group stage. This being said, the Vikings’ floor of performance is so high that they definitely should be in the top eight.


Apeks got an interesting addition in June when AcilioN joined the team as their new in-game-leader. The Dane won the million dollar Flashpoint 1 tournament just over a year ago and is expected to bring that winning touch to the team. 

777 Esports

The surprise of the last season is coming back. The team had clearly put in a lot of time into the game in the Summer Invitational which we also heard from their winners’ interviews from Haris “H4RR3” Hadzic. He has also been the shining light in “Triple 7” posting an impressive 1.15 rating. Will lightning strike twice in the same place though?


Finest is building something great, at least that’s what they’re hoping for. Most of the team has just come together all over Europe, Israel, Poland, Estonia and Bulgaria. This roster is one of the most exciting in this stage of the tournament. To mention one, the Isreali player Guy “anarkez” Trachtman has been hyped up for some time. We’ve heard other Israeli players talk about him as the next big thing. If Finest can find synergy, they’ll bulldoze their way to the top eight.

Young Ninjas

The Young Ninjas have deservedly gotten a lot of exposure during the year with a couple of their players, Erik “ztr” Gustafsson and Linus “LNZ” Holtäng, getting the chance to showcase their skill in the main roster of NIP., LNZ still playing in the world-class roster. This academy team has already reached rank #45 in the world and they are one of the more dangerous teams at this stage.

“The Dark Horses”

Galaxy Racer

This Swedish roster has sported some decent results lately. They’ve managed to win a respectable 58% of their matches over the past 3 months. Galaxy Racer has been consistent but their playoff hopes aren’t written in the stars.


If there’s one thing you can say about GORILLAZ it’s that you can’t call them boring. This team that has yet to reveal their teased organization has showcased disappointing results in their first few months. In Elisa Invitational Summer 2021 they didn’t manage to qualify from the Regional stage onto the Main Swiss stage. They have experienced stars in the team but can they finally start to make it work?


AaB entered the summer break with a really strong performance in the Danish POWER Ligaen Season 17 where they topped the tournament beating Tricked and MASONIC. The trajectory is going upwards – maybe even to the top eight?


Like their countrymen from Lyngby Vikings, Tricked had a disappointing ending to the Summer season going 0-3, losing to Young Ninjas, AGF and DBL Poney. They also lost their star awper Philip “Lucky” Ewald to Astralis. A top eight spot doesn’t seem self-evident anymore.

“The Underdogs”


A rare sighting in the CS:GO scene can be found here, and Icelandinc team. DUSTY is a very young squad with an average age of 20.7. 


This Finnish squad has seemingly plateaued in the world rankings and they’re looking to make a change to that. Adding a new IGL in Jussi “Airax” Airaksinen hasn’t been a miracle cure but the team’s highs have always been impressive. It’s just a matter of finding a way to reach that high more consistently. 

SAW Youngsters

The Portugese organization’s academy team is coming into the tournament as one of the team’s we know the least about. The Academy team was announced just August 6th – how much time will they have had to prepage is the biggest question.


Making it through the closed qualifier looked at times easy for hREDS. Since adding the awper Topi “LYNXi” Kauppi, the team’s level of performance has risen. The roles make sense but still these Finns are in tough company. Making it to the playoffs would be a surprise.


Coming in hot from the Swedish closed qualifiers is X-Gamer. The line-up has a wide distribution of ages ranging from 16 to 25. It will be hard to see them beating some of the bigger names in this stage. 

Oilers Esports

Oilers Esports made it through the Norweigan qualifier narrowly beating Apeks Rebels 16-14 in the decider map of the Final. Everything will have to go perfectly for the Oilers to reach the next stage of the tournament.


Coming in as the fourth Danish team, MASONIC managed to push their way through the Danish qualifier. Jonas “Queenix” Dideriksen put on a great show in the final ensuring their team’s victory. 

Where to follow:

Elisa Invitational Fall 2021 Regional Swiss starts on August 16th.
From 16 Regional Swiss teams only 8 will continue to the Main Swiss stage. 

Welcome back from summer break!
After Open and Closed Qualification matches last week, we’ve now the rest of the Regional Swiss teams ready to rock on August 16th. 

From these 16 teams the top 8 will advance to the next phase of the tournament, Main Swiss, where first invite teams are already waiting to battle and only best 8 of Main Swiss stage will get into Elisa Invitational Fall 2021 Playoffs. 


Here are the Regional Swiss Teams:

  • 777 Esports
  • AaB
  • Apeks
  • Dusty
  • Finest
  • Galaxy Racer
  • hREDS
  • KOVA
  • Lyngby Vikings
  • Oilers Esports
  • SAW Youngsters
  • Tricked
  • X-Gamer
  • Young Ninjas

16 teams battle in the Regional Swiss (August 16th to October 9th).


Don’t miss the Regional Swiss Schedule! Schedule will be updated weekly as the tournament proceeds forward.

Round 1  16.8. – 19.8.2021

Opening Round
16.8.2021 17.00 CEST
Young Ninjas vs. X-Gamer
Opening Round
16.8.2021 20.00 CEST
Tricked vs. AaB
Opening Round
17.8.2021 17.00 CEST
777 Esports vs. Oilers
Opening Round
17.8.2021 20.00 CEST
Finest vs. DUSTY
Opening Round
18.8.2021 17.00 CEST
Galaxy Racer vs. SAW Youngsters
Opening Round
18.8.2021 20.00 CEST
Lyngby Vikings vs. MASONIC
Opening Round
19.8.2021 17.00 CEST
Opening Round
19.8.2021 20.00 CEST
Apeks vs. hREDS
Week 33

Round 2  23.8. – 26.8.2021

Low Match
23.8.2021 17.00 CEST
AaB vs. X-Gamer
Low Match
23.8.2021 20.00 CEST
DUSTY vs. Oilers
Low Match
24.8.2021 17.00 CEST
SAW Youngsters vs. hREDS
High Match
24.8.2021 20.00 CEST
Lyngby Vikings vs. KOVA
High Match
25.8.2021 17.00 CEST
777 Esports vs. Finest
Low Match
25.8.2021 20.00 CEST
High Match
26.8.2021 17.00 CEST
Young Ninjas vs. Tricked
High Match
26.8.2021 20.00 CEST
Apeks vs. Galaxy Racer
Week 34

Round 3  30.8. – 2.9.2021

Low Match
30.8.2021 17.00 CEST
Mid Match
30.8.2021 20.00 CEST
Apeks vs. Oilers
Mid Match
31.8.2021 17.00 CEST
KOVA vs. AaB
Mid Match
31.8.2021 20.00 CEST
Tricked vs. GORILLAZ
Mid Match
1.9.2021 17.00 CEST
777 Esports vs. SAW Youngsters
High Match
1.9.2021 20.00 CEST
Lyngby Vikings vs. Galaxy Racer
High Match
2.9.2021 17.00 CEST
Young Ninjas vs. Finest
Low Match
2.9.2021 20.00 CEST
DUSTY vs. X-Gamer
Week 35

Round 4  6.9. – 8.9.2021

High Match
6.9.2021 17.00 CEST
Young Ninjas vs. KOVA
Low Match
6.9.2021 20.00 CEST
GORILLAZ vs. X-Gamer
High Match
7.9.2021 17.00 CEST
Lyngby Vikings vs. Tricked
Low Match
7.9.2021 20.00 CEST
SAW Youngsters vs. Oilers
Low Match
8.9.2021 17.00 CEST
High Match
8.9.2021 20.00 CEST
777 Esports vs. Apeks
Week 36

Round 5  9.9.2021

Elimination Match
9.9.2021 14.00 CEST
Elimination Match
9.9.2021 17.00 CEST
Apeks vs. Tricked
Elimination Match
9.9.2021 20.00 CEST
Young Ninjas vs. SAW Youngsters
Week 36


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