PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR A is almost complete with a tiebreaker match between forZe and NAVI taking place as this article is being written, which will determine the final qualifier for the Legends stage of Antwerp. To refresh your memory, NAVI disappointed the fans after their loss to Heroic the previous day.
Qualifiers are not over though with RMR B commencing tomorrow, which will determine the low, mid and high match groups between the invited and the qualified teams. They will battle it out to prove themselves worthy for the upcoming PGL Major.
Let’s take a look at the schedule and betting odds.
Round 1 Matches Schedule & Betting odds
PGL has finally released the schedule for the second European RMR event. From April 21 to 24, sixteen teams will compete for eight spots in PGL Major Antwerp 2022.
Below are the current predictions for the upcoming matches. Teams that are highlighted in bold have the odds in favour. You can click on the dates to take yourself directly to the detailed match page, and watch the matches as they play out live.
- G2 Esports vs. Anonymo Esports (April 21, 2022 - 11:00 CEST) 1.10 vs. 6.00
- Entropiq vs. Bad News Eagles (April 21, 2022 - 11:00 CEST) 1.42 vs. 2.60
- Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Endpoint (April 21, 2022 - 12:15 CEST) 1.22 vs. 3.80
- HEET vs. SINNERS Esports (April 21, 2022 - 12:15 CEST) 1.55 vs. 2.30
- Players vs. Sangal Esports (April 21, 2022 - 13:30 CEST) 1.08 vs. 6.60
- Astralis vs. ASG (April 21, 2022 - 13:30 CEST) 1.22 vs. 3.80
- Copenhagen Flames vs. Sprout (April 21, 2022 - 14:45 CEST) 1.35 vs. 3.00
- ENCE vs. Team Spirit (April 21, 2022 - 14:45 CEST) 3.00 vs.1.35
What to watch?
There is a reason why there are two groups and this one is named B, and it’s not because there are too many teams in the first place (32 to be exact). The teams participating here, as compared to their peers in Group A, are less accomplished than the others, thus the seeding is fairer.
It is not unreasonable to think that this group is somewhat of a ‘loser’s bracket’ and it definitely is way more fun for the underdogs here.
Regardless, the names you’ll be seeing here are no joke namely, NiP, G2, Players (ex-Gambit), etc.
Many people favour the seven teams who qualified for this tournament last year based on their performance at the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 event. Here's how they stack up against one another based on their previous performance:
2nd – G2 Esports
3rd – Players (former Gambit)
5-8th – Ninjas in Pyjamas
9-11th – Entropiq and Copenhagen Flames
12-14th – Astralis
15-16th – ENCE
The top three heavy hitters aren’t surprising everyone. But not all new faces and rising stars are on this list, and they may just tip the tide of the competition:
HEET for example coming right after ENCE in the seeds are to be watched closely. They faced up against B8, an Ukrainian team ranked 101 worldwide, in the quarter-finals. B8 were not to be underestimated on the second day of play, since they had previously overcome Illuminar, Finest, and, most crucially, K23 prior to the qualifying series.
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B8 even stole HEET's Vertigo map selection 16-11, but as Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro and company made a comeback on Ancient, the Frenchmen came out strong in the decider, Nuke, winning 16-7 to qualify for the RMR.