Movistar Riders qualify for PGL Major, NIP through to IEM Fall grand final

Movistar Riders have become the first Spanish squad to qualify for a Major.

Movistar Riders, one of three underdogs alongside Copenhagen Flames and Fiend that made the IEM Fall playoffs, have now punched their ticket for PGL Major Stockholm, becoming the first Spanish lineup to achieve the feat.

They did so by beating Copenhagen Flames in the 5-8th place decider bracket, where the Danes will have one last chance at securing their own spot to the event in Stockholm.

Fiend will have their own chance at qualifying when they go up against G2, who already have a berth in the Major but are playing to secure a spot straight into the Legends stage, while FaZe are relying on former teammate Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač and his squad to win at least one match in the 5-8th place decider to secure their spot in the Major.

Movistar Riders will play Counter-Strike’s most prestigious tournament

Vitality came out guns blazing on Nuke, taking NIP aback on their own map pick with a massive showing on the CT side as in-game leader Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire spearheaded his team’s efforts in an expeditious map that ended 16-5.

NIP, whose Legend spot at the Major was already locked in, nevertheless took it to Vitality on Overpass, winning the CT side 9-6 before keeping Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon and company down and running away to close the map out 16-9.

The Frenchmen, who are currently fighting for a spot in the Legends stage with Astralis and G2, weren’t able to regain traction on Inferno, the decider map, where they were blown out of the water by the Swedes, who have been showing fantastic form ahead of the Major on home soil.

Sweden
Matchpage
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9th October 2021
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Nuke
16
16
Overpass
9
16
Inferno
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 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 39 +23 93.4 1.39
55 - 39 +16 96.5 1.36
52 - 40 +12 84.4 1.30
37 - 39 -2 71.0 1.08
34 - 45 -11 62.5 0.87
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 45 +13 93.6 1.21
37 - 47 -10 79.2 1.03
44 - 51 -7 68.9 0.88
32 - 48 -16 63.7 0.86
31 - 50 -19 51.9 0.65

Movistar Riders made a strong case on their map pick of Vertigo, holding nothing back on the attacking and taking a 7-0 lead, but Copenhagen Flames came alive to win six in a row in a 6-9 half. The Danes then snowballed on the attack early on and hit match point with two chances to close things out as Jakob "⁠jabbi⁠" Nygaard came online for his team. But in a final push, Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet and company pushed their map pick to overtime before locking in a 1-0 lead in the series.

Copenhagen Flames then won a second round forcebuy on Ancient to get a head start on their pick, but Movistar Riders stabilized on the defense to build up an economy and an 11-4 lead with big plays by David "⁠dav1g⁠" Granado Bermudo and Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia on the B site.

After taking the second pistol round Galder "⁠bladE⁠" Barcena’s men were on the path to qualification as they didn't take long to hit match point with plenty of room for error, although they gave up just three rounds to win the map, match, and secure a spot at the Major.

 Movistar Riders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 30 +32 88.1 1.51
44 - 37 +7 83.4 1.24
37 - 30 +7 64.0 1.19
46 - 40 +6 87.1 1.14
30 - 45 -15 68.0 0.86
 Copenhagen Flames K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
44 - 45 -1 87.8 1.19
41 - 41 0 69.0 1.00
37 - 46 -9 72.0 0.87
30 - 46 -16 71.4 0.82
29 - 41 -12 50.5 0.75
Denmark Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
572
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1903
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Spain David 'dav1g' Granado Bermudo
David 'dav1g' Granado Bermudo
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
146
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.67
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1867
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Spain Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
181
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1510
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
#2
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United States Zedsamcat
nice
2021-10-09 20:12
1 reply
+1 very nice indeed, Jonathan E. should take a day off from the forums to celebrate it
2021-10-09 20:56
Niceee deserved Movistar!
2021-10-09 20:12
#5
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Romania Horia_Sima
nice, the stickers will be sick
2021-10-09 20:12
3 replies
Cph flames would've been sooo much better though
2021-10-09 20:45
2 replies
+1
2021-10-09 20:49
#97
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Latvia emzijs
they will qualify anyways
2021-10-09 21:34
#6
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United Kingdom novaseer
nicely played NIP and Movistar! Can't wait to see the Major, everyone's looking really in form rn!
2021-10-09 20:12
We did itttt finallyyyyy
2021-10-09 20:12
W
2021-10-09 20:12
And people were claiming vitality is on the level or better than navi get real
2021-10-09 20:12
7 replies
NiP is a great contender, but sometimes they literally disappear
2021-10-09 20:15
3 replies
Haven't really disappeared since device managed to get over the breakup. But I agree generally speaking. If nip had a solid 5th like Brollan or dupreeh they'd be a top 5 team consistently maybe even top 3
2021-10-09 20:27
Same can be said for vitality
2021-10-09 20:27
1 reply
#122
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Argentina blatxer
and navi, b1t literally disappears against CIS teams, but he's young so it's kinda expected
2021-10-09 23:08
#60
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France pol44r
they were in the finals and it went down to the 30th round and navi won because perfecto liked his shift key , tf u on about
2021-10-09 20:35
1 reply
S1mple also massively underperformed. Also that's only one match since bit has joined vitality played against navi. Also navi has been performing better against other teams than vitality against other teams. Also they have a better map pool. Also Also Also Also etc
2021-10-09 20:38
They are! but NiP is just better than both
2021-10-09 23:02
Lets gooooooooo
2021-10-09 20:12
Congratz amigos
2021-10-09 20:13
Deserved, WP guys
2021-10-09 20:13
#16
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Georgia Megobari
SunPayus, poggers
2021-10-09 20:14
GodpaYus
2021-10-09 20:15
Sunpayus is next GOAT
2021-10-09 20:15
6 replies
Dude almost did a Cadian to qualify for the major
2021-10-09 20:16
5 replies
One thing is how good Movistar have been playing on LAN and second one is Spanish Casting ... I could listen/watch them cast Movistar games for ages even tho i dont understand a word they are saying :D <3 That sunpayus clutch on Vertigo for on 15-15 was something else and reactions was priceless as well
2021-10-09 20:19
4 replies
X9nium and Muit0z have been so good, but I dont really know if the will cast in the major but I do hope they will
2021-10-09 20:35
3 replies
¿No castea pituherranz? Not a big fan of muitoz, i used to like him way more back then.
2021-10-09 21:48
2 replies
depende del partido, van rotando.
2021-10-09 22:40
1 reply
No sé, muito sometimes looks forced, bitu es un crack, la verdad. Veré más streams de esl_es para probar a ver.
2021-10-10 03:39
so ez sunpayus
2021-10-09 20:16
#26
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Sweden flippig
gz
2021-10-09 20:16
1 reply
Pitu casted yesterday against NIP, they swap depending on who casts what. Puedo entender that you dont like Muito, but today he was like any orher spaniard, lots of proud and happinness
2021-10-09 22:37
Gratz to both. First time with a spanish player at a major?
2021-10-09 20:17
13 replies
nah mixwell was on majors before
2021-10-09 20:18
2 replies
Ah true, forgot he exists^^
2021-10-09 20:19
#35
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Spain G3CK0
And lowel
2021-10-09 20:19
Mixwell, loWel, Alex, mopoz, SunPayus, DeathZz, dav1g, Plopski
2021-10-09 20:54
9 replies
why are you mentioning the 5 that just qualified for the first time, as the question was? and when was the swedish player plopski at a major?
2021-10-09 20:56
8 replies
I am giving you extra information, the whole list up until PGL Stockholm, and Nicolas Gonzalez Zamora is half Spanish and half swedish fyi.
2021-10-09 20:57
7 replies
but i asked if this is the first time that a spanish player qualified with movistar qualifying, so dont need to mention those 5? Plopski still plays under swedish flag and hasn't played a major yet
2021-10-09 20:58
6 replies
#87
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Andorra I_live_in
Plopski played berlin 2019
2021-10-09 21:05
3 replies
why doesn't it show on his profile then, like it does with everybody else that has played majors? :S
2021-10-09 21:06
just checked berlin 2019, Nip still had forest and gtr then, no plopski
2021-10-09 21:07
1 reply
#96
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Andorra I_live_in
Yes ur right
2021-10-09 21:33
First time full spanish roster is at a major. Movistar Riders as a team and the players at the roster have never been to the major neither, Only Spanish players at majors recently have been Mixwell (Optic in 2016-2017) and loWel (both 2017 majors)
2021-10-09 22:49
1 reply
Yea i got that from #80 but thanks for your answer :)
2021-10-10 08:16
lets GOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
2021-10-09 20:17
#31
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Spain BlaNcoW
VAMOOOSSSSSS NICEEEEEE
2021-10-09 20:18
#33
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Greece RedWinter
Congrats spain
2021-10-09 20:18
happy 4 MR, finaly kinda
2021-10-09 20:20
good day for spanish friend, plopski is mix spanish too if im not wrong
2021-10-09 20:24
4 replies
Nicolás Gónzalez Zamora XD
2021-10-09 20:26
1 reply
#75
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Estonia Shoyo
His name screams spanish
2021-10-09 20:46
he is half swedish and half spanish
2021-10-09 20:53
#112
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Spain Pedrolu
His father is from the Canary Islands if i'm not mistaken :)
2021-10-09 22:36
I'm crying? Yep, I'm crying.
2021-10-09 20:25
2 replies
Congrats bros :')
2021-10-09 20:33
#102
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Hungary Gulaash
:D
2021-10-09 21:51
Congrats Riders! Sunpayus played like a beast.
2021-10-09 20:27
#49
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Spain Hulio17
VAMOOOOOOOS im fucking crying!!!
2021-10-09 20:28
Deserved!
2021-10-09 20:28
Imagine nip with dupreeh or brollan instead of lnz. Easy top 5 consistently maybe top 3
2021-10-09 20:29
#54
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Argentina EsnuP
Congrats Riders and Spain! Deserved hermanos!!
2021-10-09 20:30
#55
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Spain N1NEk
Lets fucking Goooo!!!! We are in major!!!!!!
2021-10-09 20:31
#56
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Europe Eknex
MOPITOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZ!
2021-10-09 20:31
awesome result, i hope they do well !
2021-10-09 20:35
LETS GO RIDERS!!!!
2021-10-09 20:36
#67
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Argentina p1nguinit0
Congratz for Spain. Sunpayus is god VAMOS
2021-10-09 20:38
#77
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Spain R1G3L
EZ for Spain!!!!!!
2021-10-09 20:51
Cool, we just need CPH to win Fiend and nice teams on Major
2021-10-09 20:52
#88
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Andorra I_live_in
Where is the guy called "Riders_cannot_into_major"?
2021-10-09 21:06
1 reply
#126
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Hungary Shiron212
xaxaxa
2021-10-09 23:15
Congrats
2021-10-09 21:09
LET'S GO RIDERS
2021-10-09 21:20
movistar so much better than with smooya, rip fnatic lol
2021-10-09 21:20
3 replies
no 5 spaniard beter
2021-10-09 22:54
2 replies
lol, thats what I said
2021-10-09 23:14
1 reply
oh sorry i misread i tot movistar rider was better with smooya hehe
2021-10-09 23:17
#94
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Argentina ArgCs
Congratulations Spain
2021-10-09 21:30
#98
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Portugal zmc
Lindo hermanos!! Rooting for you!!
2021-10-09 21:41
#101
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Hungary Gulaash
GJ SPAIN This is your first time on a Major, or i don't remember someone?
2021-10-09 21:50
1 reply
mixwell maybe?
2021-10-10 01:33
let's go hermanos! sunpayus > smooooya
2021-10-09 21:53
Congrats Movistar!
2021-10-09 21:57
Vamos Spain Enjoy the sticker!
2021-10-09 22:01
#108
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Brazil Anarchybr
Congrats Spanish friends! That’s actually great! VAMOOOS!!!
2021-10-09 22:12
SO FUCKING EASY NIP IS BEST
2021-10-09 22:13
yeees!!! finally
2021-10-09 22:38
finally riders good job
2021-10-09 22:54
#119
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Argentina ReacC
nice my cellphone company did it!!
2021-10-09 22:59
Nice to see the first non toxic thread at hltv.org! :D Guess I'm not the only one glad for moviestar riders! :)
2021-10-09 23:05
lets goooooooooo! im so happy, mopoz and alex deserve it so much, many years of hard work in tier3
2021-10-09 23:14
#125
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Hungary Shiron212
Spain stronk! Congrats ^^
2021-10-09 23:14
NiP WIN MAJOR
2021-10-10 01:42
#132
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Portugal w1nter23
Congrats hermanos. Rooting for you in the major. Very well deserved.
2021-10-10 01:52
#136
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Spain 7VultuR
it's been a long way for Movistar riders, I'm so proud of this country's best team
2021-10-10 11:04
#139
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Poland SebL
Wow, really happy for Spain. There is still a lot of stuff to work on but seems like finally there is Spanish team that is somewhat decent. Huge success, GGs. I still don't understand how this NIP team managed to destroy Vitality and how did they manage to make the grand final but I'm happy, device deserves it, other players also. GGs.
2021-10-10 18:17
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