The PGL Major Antwerp is well and truly underway after concluding the Challengers Stage, in which eight of the 16 teams made it through to the Legends Stage of the tournament.
Will FaZe find their organization’s first-ever Major Trophy?
This time we’ll be going through the eight teams who qualified directly as Legends thanks to their impressive performances in their region’s RMR ahead of the Legends stage, which begins on Saturday.
– The best team in the world
– Dominant start into 2022 with ropz
– Clear favorites on the way to the Major
After an exceptional run of form to kick off 2022, FaZe enters the PGL Major as the highest ranked team in the world and also the undeniable heavy favorite. Having taken home the trophy at both IEM Katowice and ESL Pro League so far, they definitely want to repeat that success on the biggest stage of them all.
In their first games at the Major, they have topped the world rankings for the past five weeks after dethroning Natus Vincere and ending the 37-week reign of the Russia-Ukraine side. Earlier this year, the team signed Robin “ropz” Kool, who has already secured an ESL Pro League MVP award. Riding that wave of momentum and notable individual accomplishments, it’s almost certain that FaZe will make it to the playoffs and plead for a run for the title.
– They want to defend their major title
– Disappointing ESL Pro League finish
– Dethroned by FaZe as the world’s #1 team
Reigning Major champion Natus Vincere, who won the organization’s first-ever Major trophy at last year’s iteration of the Valve-sanctioned competition in a historic unbeaten run, finds himself in a bit of a bind as 2022 kicks off. aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev’s squad hasn’t quite found the groove they had in the second half of 2021 as they took home gold in almost every tournament they played in.
The team lost their #1 ranking after finishing 3rd-4th at IEM Katowice and a disappointing 5th-8th place finish in the EPL where FaZe both claimed victory. Despite his early dip, Natus Vincere is still one of the tournament favorites and you can never rule out s1mple and the rest of his team, especially when the stakes are this high.
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– Former Gambit list transferred to Cloud9
– Lost just 4 of 18 games in 2022, two of them against FaZe
– Among the favorites to reach the playoffs
After over a year’s absence from the competitive scene, Cloud9 returns by signing the five-man roster led by Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov, who last played under the neutral banner during his RMR campaign.
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In the month leading up to the PGL Major, the Russian-dominated squad stormed through the Europe Regional Major Rankings B with a perfect record to secure straight-through qualification for the Legends stage. Now they’re enjoying organizational support again, accompanied by their post-RMR momentum and an all-around consistent 2022, Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov and co will no doubt aim to repeat their impressive performances at last year’s Stockholm Major where they finished 3rd-4th overall.
– Flawless run at the RMR
– Strong team chemistry and results
– Extremely high win rates on four maps
Unlike most teams competing at the Major, Heroic has had the same lineup for over a year, led by their in-game leader Casper “cadiaN” moller They finished the RMR undefeated, with a reverse sweep win over Natus Vincere earning them a spot on the Legends Stage, which was the highlight of their campaign.
Heroic finished 3rd-4th at the Major in Stockholm. Place
Heroic has also done remarkably well on Overpass, Nuke, Inferno, and Vertigo over the past three months, posting win rates of 83% and up. A large map pool will certainly do wonders for the team’s confidence heading into Legend Stage games as they aim for another strong Major finish.
– Dark horses coming into Major?
– Good form in recent tournaments
– yuurih and KSCERATO go ahead
FURIA enters the Major as America’s highest-ranked team and ranks seventh in the world. The Brazilian side has had exceptional results in recent tournaments, finishing 3rd-4th at the ESL Pro League and a flawless 3-0 record at the Americas RMR.
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In addition to their impressive results as a team, outstanding players Yuri “yuurih” Santos and Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato consistently delivers match after match, both with team high ratings of 1.19, giving the Brazilians an advantage over their opponents. Behind her recent success and solid individual performance, FURIA should not be taken lightly.
– Device still out of order
– Rejuvenated after Brollan signature
– AWPing situation a big question mark
NIP begins its Major campaign in the Legends stage after a strong 3-1 record at the RMR. However, it is worth noting that Star AWPer Nicolai “device” Reedtz is still on a break, along with his Dane Patrick “es3day” Hansen recently took over sniper duty.
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Despite the uncertainty surrounding their AWPing role, the team as a whole has enjoyed a resurgence that led to Major following the addition of former Fnatic shooter Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin on the starting grid. If the RMR is anything, then you should definitely expect NIP to remain competitive against everyone.
– Serious excitement potential
– Positive win rate on five maps
– In search of a perfect RMR run
Copenhagen Flames took first place at the RMR
One of the teams to keep an eye on heading into the Legends stage are the Copenhagen Flames, who recently showed the world what they’re capable of after topping their RMR event by defeating Sprout, Sinners and notably defeated NIP without dropping a card.
In their 2-0 match against Hampus “hampus” Poser and Company is a taste of what’s to come, then Copenhagen Flames could definitely prove to be a challenge for even the likes of FaZe and Natus Vincere. While they’re not exactly playoff favorites, their dynamic playstyle might be enough to shock everyone at the Major.
– Last team to defeat FaZe
– Gob b recently signed on as a coach
– Not a single card was discarded at the RMR
Germany squad BIG are the lowest ranked team to qualify as Legends, but have proven their ability to go toe-to-toe with even the best in the world. John “tabseN” The Wodarz crew denied FaZe a flawless RMR by sweeping their 2-0 pool streak and earning their place on the Legends stage.
Just weeks before their first series at the Major, BIG also announced that their former player Fatih “gob b” Dayik will return to the German organization as a coach which will no doubt increase their chances of success with his experienced leadership. Will the signing prove to be a turning point for the Germans?