PGL Major Stockholm Challengers Stage first-round matchups drawn

An all-Danish clash will start the tournament, followed shortly by a match between BIG and Virtus.pro.

The initial matchups for the first Swiss stage of PGL Major Stockholm have been unveiled by the tournament organizer. A game between Astralis and Copenhagen Flames will start the action on the main stream while FaZe and Spirit face off on the secondary one. However, the most interesting initial match is expected to be the one between Virtus.pro and BIG as the teams ranked 12th and 13th in the world cross paths early.

BIG have drawn a strong opponent (Photo: Philipp Neubauer / BIG)

Heroic and MOUZ are expected to start the tournament with victories as they face massive underdogs in TYLOO and Sharks, with Movistar Riders hoping to do the same as they were drawn against Oceanic representatives Renegades.

To draw the matchups, teams were seeded based on the results of the RMR cycle. Teams were first sorted within stages (Legends, Challengers, Contenders) and then ordered by rank within those stages. This means, for example, that the #1 team from NA is seeded ahead of the #2 team from NA or any other region.

Then, ties between teams (eg. EU #1 and NA #1) were resolved using "Strength of Region" which is based on the number of teams invited to the Major, followed by Legends spots per region. This results in NA having a higher "Strength of Region" at this event than CIS, as both regions have five invited teams but NA has three Legends spots compared to two for CIS. After that, ties are resolved randomly.

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PGL Major Stockholm schedule announced

The full list of initial PGL Major Stockholm Challengers Stage Day 1 matchups follows below:

10:00 Denmark Astralis vs. Denmark Copenhagen Flames
10:00 Europe FaZe vs. Russia Spirit
11:15 Europe ENCE vs. Brazil GODSENT
11:15 Russia Entropiq vs. Brazil paiN
12:30 Germany BIG vs. CIS Virtus.pro
12:30 Spain Movistar Riders vs. Australia Renegades
13:45 Denmark Heroic vs. China TYLOO
13:45 Europe MOUZ vs. Brazil Sharks

The Challengers Stage features 16 teams competing in a Swiss format, where three wins advance the team to the next stage, and three losses eliminate it. Squads will initially square off in BO1s, but BO3 will be used for promotion and elimination matches. Eight teams will advance to the Legends stage, where the likes of Natus Vincere, NIP, and Liquid will join them for another Swiss stage.

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EZ for Heroic.
2021-10-18 20:35
25 replies
#19
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Finland dvlx
it's lan btw
2021-10-18 20:36
11 replies
imagine online major LUL
2021-10-18 20:42
7 replies
Rigged matchup for godsent
2021-10-18 21:36
6 replies
godsent is so fucked lmao
2021-10-18 23:02
3 replies
#135
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Brazil Fusk4
00plans fan detected
2021-10-19 00:16
2 replies
what? lmao. go check my comments on o PANO's match pages instead of talking shit lmao
2021-10-21 21:31
1 reply
#211
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Brazil Fusk4
using valid arguments in hltv? what did you expect?
2021-10-22 03:59
for godsent? they'r gonna lose don't you think? ence > godsent realistically
2021-10-18 23:31
1 reply
#136
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Brazil Fusk4
yeah, but i still think an upset is possible
2021-10-19 00:16
haha +1
2021-10-18 21:16
it's not lan idiot
2021-10-19 02:49
+1
2021-10-19 05:13
POGISTAN EZ
2021-10-18 22:10
rip heroic in LAN xDDDDDD
2021-10-19 00:18
RiP
2021-10-19 04:41
if you like cheaters, yeah
2021-10-19 05:48
bla bla bla
2021-10-19 12:12
#186
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Russia zhban001
+1
2021-10-19 13:35
those hours are fucking joke, are they trying to make major with the least viewers? 4-8 for NA and 10-14 for EU, what about sleep, school, work???????
2021-10-19 18:02
5 replies
from 13 to 16:45 its ok dude)
2021-10-19 18:50
3 replies
for some russians far on east and still 13 to 16 45 is not ok, dont you have life?
2021-10-19 19:12
2 replies
#204
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Poland zdun
no))
2021-10-19 20:08
nah im dead
2021-10-19 21:00
Yo le noob, You realise the second-round matches will be played on the same day huh??
2021-10-20 17:20
+1
2021-10-26 13:09
sick matches coming up!
2021-10-18 20:35
#4
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Serbia GODKipato
finally
2021-10-18 20:35
#5
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Poland Amirek
hype! #ez4ence
2021-10-18 20:35
EZ4ENCE
2021-10-18 20:35
BIG vs VP is always a fun match
2021-10-18 20:35
2 replies
not a fun should be big cause vp know they gonna lose sanji
2021-10-19 18:51
1 reply
VP has known for a long time already and have shown no difference
2021-10-19 18:59
#9
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Canada tanners1424
#eZaF
2021-10-18 20:35
EZ4ENCE
2021-10-18 20:36
pog
2021-10-18 20:36
Ez4EG oh wait they’re legends
2021-10-18 20:36
3 replies
hahaha i'm still surprised every time I realize that
2021-10-18 20:57
EG are paycheck stealers at this point :D
2021-10-18 21:05
1 reply
will be stickers money stealers
2021-10-19 18:53
#13
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Poland sznycel901
HYPE
2021-10-18 20:36
#14
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Netherlands Sem0733
Mouz - Sharks, BO1, Mirage... Yeah, nah, I'm not confident at all.
2021-10-18 20:36
2 replies
it will be a good game bro don't worry, the better team will win and we'll see this on the day of the match
2021-10-19 02:52
Mouz in BO1's is always sketchy af.
2021-10-19 21:06
#15
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United States Bearthorne
Very Epic
2021-10-18 20:36
12:30 on a weekday noooo :((( im sorry BIG i will miss your match :(
2021-10-18 20:36
6 replies
I have the week off, but otherwise I would be in a similar situation. Now I just have to not sleep in :) Still gotta wonder - why the early start on the day. It is even worse for those in the US.
2021-10-18 23:24
2 replies
#143
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Peru tosta
because there will be two rounds played on day 1, this is the first round
2021-10-19 00:51
1 reply
AH, I missed that. Thank you. Then it makes sense.
2021-10-19 00:59
#188
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Germany X5ander
can you go to the toilette for a hour? Then you can watch it there.
2021-10-19 13:48
2 replies
I wish...
2021-10-26 13:05
1 reply
#214
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Germany X5ander
good luck finding a toilette, the match will start in a few minutes, I AM SO HYPED
2021-10-26 13:14
04:00 Denmark Astralis < Denmark Copenhagen Flames 04:00 Europe FaZe > Russia Spirit 05:15 Europe ENCE < Brazil GODSENT 05:15 Russia Entropiq > Brazil paiN 06:30 Germany BIG < CIS Virtus.pro 06:30 Spain Movistar Riders > Australia Renegades 07:45 Denmark Heroic > China TYLOO 07:45 Europe MOUZ > Brazil Sharks screencap it
2021-10-18 20:36
11 replies
+1 except tyloo gonna win
2021-10-18 20:39
1 reply
anyone else i would bet on them but heroic to me are favoured to take it all.
2021-10-18 20:40
FIrst match for PST is literally at 1 am, and since im CST it's 3 AM :) All of the matches are done by the time I wake up, xd
2021-10-18 21:19
4 replies
All of the matches are done by the time I return to home from work.
2021-10-19 00:31
2 replies
#157
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Cyprus Swishh_
omfg same except its my uni that makes me miss them, 11am-3pm fk!
2021-10-19 01:58
same for me :(
2021-10-19 10:22
#208
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Spain FrankHL
Second round games are gonna be played afterwards so you still can see some good CS action
2021-10-20 20:16
#191
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Finland ThaMuse
Otherwise I agree, but Astralis, ENCE and BIG are gonna win
2021-10-19 15:49
3 replies
Astralis will crash out in groups, I guarantee it man. Im thinking Godsent dark horse and BIG I respect but its not looked too good latley, hopefully they prove me wrong.
2021-10-19 15:53
2 replies
#193
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Finland ThaMuse
We'll see next week!
2021-10-19 15:54
1 reply
pog
2021-10-19 15:58
Astralis x CPH hard
2021-10-18 20:36
3 replies
F cph I was hoping both of this teams passed, lets see
2021-10-18 21:48
2 replies
CPH Is good team, this match will be insane
2021-10-18 21:51
CPH is a lan team tbh, they got so good on iem fall and it was a lan event so they have a chance here
2021-10-19 02:54
FANTASY PLS :)
2021-10-18 20:37
#21
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South America ncrs2k
let's go baby sharks
2021-10-18 20:37
Heroic 3-0 any BR 0-3
2021-10-18 20:37
what a time choosed. Patetic
2021-10-18 20:37
OMG I CANT BELIEVE THIS MAJOR IS REAL
2021-10-18 20:37
#26
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Brazil legitinho
WTF 5AM-6AM matches
2021-10-18 20:38
2 replies
6razil
2021-10-18 21:06
1 reply
#115
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Brazil legitinho
uhhh...
2021-10-18 22:30
#27
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CIS elefiveS
ez4CIS
2021-10-18 20:38
#28
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United States dexzzz
LETS GO BEST GAME EVER
2021-10-18 20:38
Fuck.........
2021-10-18 20:39
#31
ropz | 
Mongolia An7r
Go Mouz!
2021-10-18 20:39
this is sick
2021-10-18 20:39
Unlucko
2021-10-18 20:39
#35
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Luxembourg TheBudi34
heroic lucky cheaters on lan they wont make play offs
2021-10-18 20:40
#37
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Japan JadzStar
Cheaters heroic with easy matchup What a surprise
2021-10-18 20:40
#38
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Peru no_pine
Heroic vs Tyloo is such an unfair matchup :( but it's nobodies fault gl to Tyloo though
2021-10-18 20:41
1 reply
It's not trust, heroic going to lose the best of 1.
2021-10-18 20:42
free wins for teams against NA (brazil)
2021-10-18 20:41
2 replies
still mad about the rmr?
2021-10-19 02:55
1 reply
yes. i am not extra salt manager btw
2021-10-19 08:41
#40
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Hungary szia
valve, enable the addicted and release stickers already also ez big
2021-10-18 20:41
so who is 0-3? Godsent, Tyloo, Pain or Sharks?
2021-10-18 20:42
3 replies
I would do Sharks and Tylul
2021-10-18 20:44
2 replies
probably sharks
2021-10-18 20:44
1 reply
yeah but tyloo is ranked the lowest and Asian scene is practically a no scene.
2021-10-18 20:45
Easy for the boys, 16-0 for renegods
2021-10-18 20:42
#45
ropz | 
Sweden hxm__
Don’t they realise people have like ? Lifes? 10am to 13:45pm?
2021-10-18 20:43
1 reply
Tbh players participating in this event wouldn't wait for viewers to be free they got a life too, we got a crowd event for that.
2021-10-18 21:14
#46
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Sweden sn1pie
My prediction: astralis > flames, ence > godsent, vp > BIG, Heroic > tyloo, FaZe > spirit, entropiq > pain, renegades > movistar, MOUZ > sharks
2021-10-18 20:44
#48
dycha | 
Poland Hypuu
Astralis FaZe ENCE pain BIG Movistar Riders Heroic mouz
2021-10-18 20:44
#50
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Poland xMBTx
ezTyloo on LAN against Cheatroic
2021-10-18 20:44
1 reply
+1
2021-10-19 02:00
Astralis FaZe ENCE Entropiq VP Renegades Heroic mouz
2021-10-18 20:45
between 4am and 7:45am? ill be asleep, oh well. Is this what they expect for the major too? this early?
2021-10-18 20:46
2 replies
#57
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Greece RedWinter
yeah idk why they're so early lmao. They start at 10:00 CEST, most people will be at work/uni at that time.
2021-10-18 20:47
#64
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Czech Republic PaYaB
swiss round 2 is right after that, check the schedule of the last major
2021-10-18 20:56
so many free wins but BIG has to play vs VP wat?
2021-10-18 20:49
1 reply
Exactly bruh
2021-10-18 21:08
#60
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France MIK120
stickers where
2021-10-18 20:50
#62
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Andorra Lacerta
Very EZ Heroic and Mousesports GO
2021-10-18 20:52
#63
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Brazil Largato
Why so early mens, early even for Sweden as it seems Bad planning
2021-10-18 20:53
why so early, ik i'm NA but matches are over by the time I wake up, usually i can at least watch 1-2 matches at like 9-10 AM
2021-10-18 20:56
8 replies
Good thing stewie is in legend kek
2021-10-18 20:57
2 replies
wont legend be same schedule also, i forgot that day 1 has 2 bo1s on the same day so they go till like 1:00 my time and then there are bo3s on the next days
2021-10-18 20:59
1 reply
Hopefully not, that'd be lame
2021-10-18 21:00
bro, same shit was at eleague 2 times
2021-10-18 21:06
1 reply
nah eleague was way later
2021-10-18 21:28
They're gonna be doing Rounds 1 & 2 in the same day, that's why it starts so early
2021-10-19 01:33
2 replies
i realized in #74 but ty
2021-10-19 01:50
1 reply
Sorry I've been at work all day so I'm just scrolling through don't mind me hahaha
2021-10-19 01:54
#68
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Singapore 2200DPI
I feel Heroic < Tyloo, but i dont know why
2021-10-18 20:56
4 replies
Mb cuz bo1?
2021-10-18 21:11
3 replies
And cuz is LAN
2021-10-18 23:30
2 replies
nt prodka
2021-10-18 23:31
1 reply
read my name it checks out
2021-10-19 13:36
Whack ass time Tf so early?
2021-10-18 20:57
Astralis vs Copenhagen Flames - Astralis Faze vs Spirit - Spirit Ence vs GODSENT - Ence Entropiq vs paiN - Entropiq BIG vs Virtus.Pro - Virtus.Pro Movistar Riders vs Renegades - Renegades Heroic vs TYLOO - Heroic MOUZ vs Sharks - MOUZ Ez
2021-10-18 20:57
lets gooo mens
2021-10-18 20:57
its BO1 or 3?
2021-10-18 21:01
1 reply
Bo1
2021-10-19 06:47
Vp vs big faze vs spirit and then we have a match movistar vs renegades .....
2021-10-18 21:05
Astralis Spirit Ence Entropiq Virtus pro Renegades Heroic Mouz
2021-10-18 21:09
Astralis 16-10 FaZe 16-8 GODSENT 19-17 Entropiq 16-13 BIG 19-16 Movistar Riders 16-12 Cheaters 16-7 MOUZ 16-13
2021-10-18 21:11
#89
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Finland AliSabid
Lets goo
2021-10-18 21:12
#90
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Ireland reyno0o
NA benefiting again with a higher "Strength of Region" than CIS - kind of ridiculous. Will definitely be the last major for a while with that kind of benefit for NA, it has to be changed
2021-10-18 21:13
LETS GOOO
2021-10-18 21:14
Astralis FaZe Ence Entropiq Virtus Pro Renegades Heroic Mouz
2021-10-18 21:15
Give stickers
2021-10-18 21:17
Epic, all of the matches will be done before I even wake up, literally.. The first matches are at 3 AM for me LOL Anyway.. my predictions: Astralis Team Spirit ENCE Entropiq Virtus.pro Movistar Riders Heroic mousesports
2021-10-18 21:18
VP beat BUG and rest teams from the left
2021-10-18 21:19
1 reply
Are VP gonna fluke to finals again mens))
2021-10-18 22:11
Not only Heroic not getting banned they are getting the easiest match up?
2021-10-18 21:22
1 reply
#107
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Georgia Bochora12
1+
2021-10-18 21:26
#106
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Georgia Bochora12
why is heroic always getting easy match ups? like i was expecting something like tyloo vs sharks but nah just put them on t1 team right away im so mad
2021-10-18 21:25
#111
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Ukraine VoidWave
hype
2021-10-18 21:49
#116
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Russia ToughGuy
NA better seedings than CIS xd
2021-10-18 22:35
Astralis > Copenhagen Flames FaZe < Spirit ENCE < GODSENT Entropiq > paiN BIG < Virtus.pro Movistar Riders < Renegades Heroic > TYLOO MOUZ > Sharks
2021-10-18 22:48
3 replies
It's LAN bro, Heroic will get destroyed
2021-10-18 22:55
1 reply
not against TYLUL
2021-10-18 23:06
Ence movistar and faze are real strong on LAN
2021-10-19 06:30
SYRSON POG
2021-10-18 22:55
OMEGAKEKW
2021-10-18 22:59
#123
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Brazil GUSTAVOKK
EZ Godsent
2021-10-18 23:10
What is this schedule.. even people from sca, where the event is, will not be able to watch.
2021-10-18 23:16
Holy shit, riders vs renegades is going to be crazy, I can feel it
2021-10-18 23:28
#130
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Brazil Exfm
Stickers when??????
2021-10-18 23:49
Gib stickers plox
2021-10-19 00:08
1 reply
+1 volvo pls
2021-10-19 00:08
very nice
2021-10-19 00:08
Lets goooooo!
2021-10-19 00:31
0 iq matches, they just dont want any NA viewership at all, how little it may be
2021-10-19 00:39
8 replies
legit east coast is starting at what, 4 am? are you kidding me that matches start at like, midnight for people in west coast?
2021-10-19 00:50
6 replies
yep 1 am, and i live in california so pgl fuck u shitter TO
2021-10-19 00:54
5 replies
Well the 2nd matches will be later in the day so you will be able to watch them. Its impossible to have it in the perfect time for every timezone
2021-10-19 01:00
4 replies
not sure how 1 am pst is even a good timezone for anyone when thats fucking 8 am in the morning. should be like 2 hrs later
2021-10-19 01:04
3 replies
Its at 10 am in stockholm and the second games will be like 6 hours later which will allow north americans to watch them
2021-10-19 01:15
And if they were 2 hours later some close games could fuck up the whole thing and send it past midnight for the last games. So seems like they have thought about possible delays
2021-10-19 01:20
1 reply
There's pros and cons everywhere, they just went with what was best for everybody (and unfortunately, because timezones are a thing, not all parties can be pleased - with NA-west coast and Asia(I'll include OCE) getting the short end of the stick -> because I imagine the last couple matches will end well past midnight for people in Asia/OCE) Here's hoping that we don't get a Krakow incident on day1 again with tons of hours in delays...
2021-10-19 02:06
#184
SPUNJ | 
Europe Pts
I'd much rather have matches starting at midnight than 10 am Gonna have to wake up early for this :( But that's just my personal problem i know
2021-10-19 12:30
VP vs BIG has to be match of the day
2021-10-19 00:49
Hoping mouz and faze qualify to legends stage.
2021-10-19 01:05
4am? fuck me lol
2021-10-19 01:19
Watch heroic lose this LUL
2021-10-19 01:24
1 reply
+1
2021-10-19 02:01
What day is day 1?
2021-10-19 01:52
1 reply
#209
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Spain FrankHL
Oct 26
2021-10-20 20:25
Didn't expect such an excellent time for us Siberians, it starts at 5 pm and finishes at about 8:45 pm and then the round 2 starts. Thank PGL once again
2021-10-19 02:32
Faze vs Spirit
2021-10-19 06:10
#173
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Europe skelteR
Good luck
2021-10-19 07:03
EZ TSPIRIT CHAMP! TORONTOTOKYO BEAST
2021-10-19 07:25
1 reply
EZ GAME
2021-10-19 15:21
nice
2021-10-19 07:58
Just realized that top 4 teams in challengers have danish IGL. Interesting. :)
2021-10-19 09:41
ez4ence
2021-10-19 09:45
#180
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Morocco Schizo97
I missed the Swiss system
2021-10-19 10:22
#183
SPUNJ | 
Europe Pts
Lol so ez for Copenhagen Flames Literally the easiest opponent for 1st game
2021-10-19 12:29
WTF 12:15 finnish time? On tuesday??
2021-10-19 13:23
Astralis vs CPF is the best matchup.
2021-10-19 15:41
will be though for astralis but gl:)
2021-10-19 17:20
ez diamond coin
2021-10-19 18:59
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