PGL Major Antwerp, the first CS:GO major of 2022, has begun and teams are currently battling for a spot in the Legends in the Challengers stage. Twenty-four teams from across the world will fight for the $1,000,000 USD prize pool and the title of the Major winners.
The Major is taking us to Belgium this time. The event includes 24 of the finest teams across the globe, who qualified through Regional Major Ranking (RMR) competitions. It’s important to note that no team, not even NAVI, the top team in 2021 and the defending Major winners, was guaranteed a seat at the Antwerp Major.
Here’s everything you need to know about the last day of the PGL Antwerp, the Challengers stage.
PGL Major Antwerp 2022 Challengers Stage Results Overview
Only 11 teams left after yesterday’s matches, with the bottom 5 being eliminated, and out of 11 only 8 of them getting the chance to qualify to Legends Stage. Let’s take a fresh look at the current standings after the high and low matches of yesterday.
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Schedule & betting odds
Below are the current predictions for the upcoming matches. Teams that are highlighted in bold have the odds in their 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.
Round 5 Matches
- Astralis VS. Team Liquid (May 12, 2022 - 12:00 CEST) 1.52 vs. 2.35
- BNE VS. MIBR (May 12, 2022 - 15:45 CEST) 1.78 vs. 1.95
- forZe VS. Imperial Esports (May 12, 2022 - 19:30 CEST) 1.42 vs. 2.70
Recap & Last Day overview
Renegades and 9z are out of action after their losses against IHC and Liquid respectively, and so are Eternal Fire, IHC and Complexity gaming after their losses to MIBR, Imperial and Liquid.
As we predicted in our article yesterday, ENCE, Outsiders and Team Spirit successfully fought their way out of the Challengers Stage and earned their places in the upcoming Legends Stage.
Outsiders fought a hard won game against Forze, and managed to turn the tides in the second round. It was not the ex Virtus.pro roster’s lack of skill but Forze’s diligence that made the game such a hard fought victory for Outsiders. Last match of the stage will be played between Forze and Imperial and we are pretty confident that the Russians of Forze will win against their Brazilian counterparts and make it to Legends Stage.
Liquid vs. Astralis matchup looks like it could go either way but regarding the performance of Astralis throughout, coach trace of Astralis and his team are favoured to win if Team Liquid don’t give their all, and a bit more.
BNE versus MIBR is round 5's highlight. BNE was unlucky to face the top dog ENCE in Round 4’s high matches and were easily dominated by the rising stars. On the other hand, MIBR seemed toe-to-toe with their Turkish opponents Eternal Fire at first but managed to easily beat them in the second round after EF’s collapse of morale. This could go either way as the Brazilian MIBR will give their all to stay in the tournament, and BNE will be psychologically pressured to preserve their place after their unlucky encounter with the best. This may easily cost them the psychological battle early on.