PGL Major Stockholm Challengers Stage first-round matchups drawn
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.
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.
The full list of initial PGL Major Stockholm Challengers Stage Day 1 matchups follows below:
10:00 Astralis vs. Copenhagen Flames
10:00 FaZe vs. Spirit
11:15 ENCE vs. GODSENT
11:15 Entropiq vs. paiN
12:30 BIG vs. Virtus.pro
12:30 Movistar Riders vs. Renegades
13:45 Heroic vs. TYLOO
13:45 MOUZ vs. 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.