80 players to choose from in PGL Major Challengers stage Fantasy

The first Fantasy game for the upcoming PGL Major Stockholm is now live, and here's an exemplar lineup you can use for inspiration.

The first Major to take place in over two years, the PGL Major in Stockholm, is kicking off in a week with the first stage, and with it comes the first of three Fantasy games HLTV.org will run for the $2 million event.

A total of 80 players are on offer in the Challengers stage game, hailing from the teams who managed to clinch either a Challenger or Contender status in the Regional Major Ranking, starting with fifth-ranked Heroic and ending with 64th-ranked TYLOO, who will be making their first appearance outside of Asia in over a year and a half.

rain returns to Stockholm on the back of a superb IEM Fall performance

There are plenty of ways you can approach this game given the vast variety of players to choose from, but one way that might just be the most sensible is prioritizing experience and going with at least most of the players you know won't crumble under the pressure of the biggest tournament in over two years.

Of course, as always it's also a good idea to pick from the teams you believe will do well, and in light of that we have picked out an exemplar lineup that you can use for inspiration for your PGL Major Stockholm Challengers stage Fantasy team:

Norway Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard (HS Machine)
Denmark Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif (Leader)
Denmark Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth (Support)
Germany Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz (Multi Fragger)
Poland Olek "⁠hades⁠" Miskiewicz (Main AWP)

Not many players on the list are more experienced than rain, Magisk, and Xyp9x, who will return to Stockholm on the back of inspired performances at IEM Fall (the Norwegian especially) but still remain relatively cheap compared to some of the younger, more risky picks.

tabseN is simply a solid choice from BIG as a team that should have a good chance to qualify for the next stage, while hades, albeit more on the risky side, could be the X factor that will elevate your team if he finds that little bit of consistency he has been missing to become a top-tier AWPer.

Of course, that is just a suggestion and a rough outline you can use as a starting point. You can do whatever you like in your own Fantasy team and find the combination you think could bring you to the top and earn you one of the glove skins on offer in the official HLTV x BitSkins league:

1. Driver Gloves | Rezan the Red (Field-Tested)
2. Broken Fang Gloves | Needle Point (Field-Tested)
3. Specialist Gloves | Buckshot (Field-Tested)

Don't forget that there are also seasonal points to play for for anyone who gets at least a top-70% finish in the official league, counting towards the Fall Season, which will award the top player a whopping $10,000 grand prize at the end of December.

Poland Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
457
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1799
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1495
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1311
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1826
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
zywoo is the best of them
2021-10-19 19:46
4 replies
+1 ZyUwU
2021-10-19 19:47
1 reply
I have never seen that, "ZyUwU" may now be my favourite meme name for a player.
2021-10-19 20:01
#75
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United States 3manu3l
EZ4XIWU And TYLOO
2021-10-19 20:30
#78
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Poland kruky
He's not playing challengers stage bruh
2021-10-19 20:59
ez zywoo
2021-10-19 19:46
3 replies
#95
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Korea yokol
show match legend it would be better if it was played between players spawn heaton get_right potti markeloff edward zeus dsn walle vb....
2021-10-19 23:57
2 replies
+ worldedit
2021-10-21 14:52
#105
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Korea yokol
+11111111111111111111111111
2021-10-21 16:15
#3
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South Africa ZNDC
wow
2021-10-19 19:46
pog
2021-10-19 19:46
#6
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China HEIDASHUAi
Poggers
2021-10-19 19:47
#7
novel | 
North America minte
ez 4 tyloo
2021-10-19 19:47
2 replies
#98
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Indonesia lumayan
too ez 4 tyloo bro
2021-10-20 05:59
ez
2021-10-20 10:10
#8
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Finland hermion
it's 80 players no?
2021-10-19 19:48
13 replies
24x5 I guess
2021-10-19 19:48
4 replies
#14
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Finland hermion
16 teams in challenger stage
2021-10-19 19:49
24x5 = 120 BRUH MOMENT
2021-10-19 19:56
2 replies
Yes, the title said '120 players' but has been changed
2021-10-19 19:57
1 reply
Yes yes
2021-10-19 20:09
Yeah, I can't count apparently.
2021-10-19 19:48
7 replies
LUL
2021-10-19 19:49
#16
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Finland hermion
ahahah it happens
2021-10-19 19:49
We were in peace
2021-10-19 19:50
#22
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South Africa ZNDC
lul math lit vaabs here
2021-10-19 19:51
Lol haha
2021-10-19 19:54
ahahahah
2021-10-19 19:56
lmao
2021-10-19 20:00
Finally?
2021-10-19 19:48
#10
Jame | 
Poland Tikdem
pog
2021-10-19 19:48
#12
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Czech Republic forseti12
letsgoo
2021-10-19 19:48
HLTV Release the new stickers!
2021-10-19 19:50
3 replies
Tonight bro
2021-10-19 19:56
2 replies
thx for info!
2021-10-21 10:54
1 reply
I thought volvo did updates on Tuesday but its valve after all
2021-10-21 15:55
120 first now 80?
2021-10-19 19:50
5 replies
#27
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Finland epeape15
Striker can't count apparently
2021-10-19 19:54
4 replies
Can confirm
2021-10-19 19:59
3 replies
Fill in blanks 1,2_,4_5
2021-10-19 20:27
2 replies
#90
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Peru tosta
B
2021-10-19 22:08
1 reply
No it’s orange
2021-10-19 23:12
#19
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North America go1x1n00b
stickers when? pickem when?
2021-10-19 19:50
4 replies
#24
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China HEIDASHUAi
Today or tomorrow
2021-10-19 19:53
2 replies
I am waiting stickers
2021-10-19 20:13
1 reply
#88
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China HEIDASHUAi
Same
2021-10-19 21:56
#99
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Indonesia lumayan
dont trust heidashuai, scammer
2021-10-20 05:59
Another tip- FalleN- IGL/Stathunter
2021-10-19 19:51
#23
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United States Benchy_boy
wan't this 120 players like a min ago
2021-10-19 19:52
1 reply
#29
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Finland epeape15
2021-10-19 19:55
#26
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United Kingdom ulan
wheres aleksib?
2021-10-19 19:54
1 reply
home
2021-10-19 19:56
Skins on major? Real money prizes return when? Kato 2020 had 150$ for 1st place
2021-10-19 19:55
3 replies
kato 2020 wasnt a major
2021-10-19 19:57
2 replies
Yes And it had money prize pool But major has fucking skins,main event in 2 years Yes,all 3 are gloves but still
2021-10-19 20:01
1 reply
ok
2021-10-19 20:01
#30
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Poland zdun
What's wrong with tyloo players prices? i wouldnt take them for 50k
2021-10-19 19:56
2 replies
Farming in Asian scene so they all have high ratings.
2021-10-19 19:57
Stats are the only relevant thing. Which means you should only take CIS and EU players
2021-10-19 19:59
#40
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Macau Lacerta
Teses , Dupreeh , Stavn , Doto , Rain
2021-10-19 19:59
#42
 | 
Poland sznycel901
nice
2021-10-19 20:00
#46
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Hungary szia
dont car, where stickers
2021-10-19 20:01
2 replies
#56
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Brazil setsz
hltv isnt valve bro
2021-10-19 20:08
1 reply
#60
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Hungary szia
i know, dont car, where stickers?
2021-10-19 20:10
#47
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United States Rayduh
Easy for me
2021-10-19 20:02
Lol Yekindar and Syrson 205 and 206k but some of the Aussies 215+?
2021-10-19 20:03
astralis players are so cheap!
2021-10-19 20:06
4 replies
4 time major winners are cheap... the disrespect
2021-10-19 20:06
3 replies
good for us making a fantasy ;)
2021-10-19 20:07
2 replies
i h8 choosing ast players cuz i feel like i jinx them but luko :)
2021-10-19 20:08
1 reply
it does feel like that when watching the games) but not in fantasy) its just easy points! i will even do it for my major medal! (if they add it)
2021-10-19 20:10
ok
2021-10-19 20:06
bymas, magisk, gla1ve, broky, twistzzz ez af
2021-10-19 20:06
#53
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Brazil setsz
astralis player as a leader nah
2021-10-19 20:07
5 replies
???? 4 time majornwinrnrs
2021-10-19 20:09
4 replies
#58
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Brazil setsz
2 years ago
2021-10-19 20:09
3 replies
only major gameplay weve seen is from 2 yrs ago, and they r goat majoe players
2021-10-19 20:16
1 reply
#70
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Brazil setsz
lets see
2021-10-19 20:24
im with the american dude... astralis will deff pass
2021-10-19 21:24
Sunpayus supremacy
2021-10-19 20:11
Me, ur mom, ur sister, ur girlfriend and ur aunt - Dreamteam
2021-10-19 20:13
#65
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Poland kaspr02
go hades go hades
2021-10-19 20:14
s1mple
2021-10-19 20:15
2 replies
Navi is in the legends this is about challengers
2021-10-19 20:25
dumb
2021-10-19 20:28
#68
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Finland Hei456
Your pricing system is incredibly stupid. Some tier3 chinese players shouldn't cost so much just because they have good stats
2021-10-19 20:19
4 replies
who cares even if they were cheap they would give you - 100 points
2021-10-19 20:27
3 replies
#76
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Finland Hei456
No but you could take a risk and buy a star player from movistar riders for example. Now people have no other choice than buy all their players from same few teams bc it makes no sense to pay the same amount of cash for device and roej
2021-10-19 20:46
play the "worst team wins" league, actually harder
2021-10-19 21:07
1 reply
#91
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Peru tosta
i actually won that once lol hltv.org/fantasy/226/league/111366/team/.. ez negative stat farm 4 bulgarian matchfixers
2021-10-19 22:10
#69
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Slovakia Daev0n
Wow thanks hltv for narrowing it down.
2021-10-19 20:22
LMAO magisk and xyp9x in 2021? Classic hltv bias
2021-10-19 20:46
i went for glaive - yekindar - magisk - cadian - stavn
2021-10-19 21:08
#81
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United States mstang
Why can't we play fantasy from the mobile app?
2021-10-19 21:08
#82
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Brazil Isaacmaia1
Magisk - Xypex - Stavn - Dumau - Taco (noob).
2021-10-19 21:19
lol. faze astralis ence big. HLTV has its favorites...
2021-10-19 21:23
dayum the predraft in live draft leagues is gonna be a pain. just did one and it took 5 mins to make something even slightly sensible
2021-10-19 21:25
ez4raiinje
2021-10-19 21:34
cadiaN (Main AWP) - refrezh (Multi Fragger) - YEKINDAR (Entry) - qikert (Leader) - rain (HS)
2021-10-19 21:55
2021-10-19 22:04
Xyp9x - gla1ve - ropz - cadiaN - rain
2021-10-19 22:22
#93
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Brazil MrLucas
yeah this pricing system is pretty bad, there is no room for risky picks since the underdogs are overpriced because of their stats, I wish I could pick a star player from the top teams and then get a someone like lato or zevy to compensate, but because of their nonsense pricing I cant, and nobody will pick them
2021-10-19 22:31
s1mple /closed
2021-10-20 01:48
Norway Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard (HS Machine) Denmark Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif (Leader) Denmark Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth (Support) Germany Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz (Multi Fragger) Poland Olek "⁠hades⁠" Miskiewicz (Main AWP) Kekw 😀😃😄😆😂🤣
2021-10-20 03:42
HS machine= b1t easily
2021-10-20 10:09
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