paiN outlast Sharks; march on in Stockholm

The lowest-ranked team of the event couldn't capitalize on six match points and ended up eliminated from the PGL Stockholm Major Challengers Stage.

In an all-Brazilian matchup between two teams tied with an 0-2 record, paiN came out on top after a long and messy BO3 series. Sharks edged out their pick Vertigo after a second-half comeback and overtime, while paiN did the same on Ancient where their opponents failed to capitalize on a 15-9 advantage. On the decider, Nuke, paiN looked miles ahead and swept their countrymen to stay alive in Stockholm.

paiN lost their two previous games at the event in close fashion, going down to 16-14 against both Virtus.pro and Renegades. After eliminating Sharks who previously fell to MOUZ and TYLOO, paiN have a chance to reach the top 16 of the Major — but need to win two more BO3s to do so.

paiN survive Sharks and keep the Legends Stage dream alive

A solid CT side for paiN got the team going on Vertigo, reaching a 12-6 lead shortly after the switch. An ineffective offensive half followed as Sharks' Romeu "⁠zevy⁠" Rocco destroyed them on the AWP. He picked up 31 kills as his team reached overtime and closed out their pick 19-16.

On Ancient, a notoriously CT-sided map, paiN earned six rounds on the offense, but losing a force buy early in the second half set up Sharks' relentless T-side. Jhonatan "⁠jnt⁠" Silva's team was 15-9 up but failed to capitalize on the six match points they had as the game descended into chao. Rafael "⁠saffee⁠" Costa and Rodrigo "⁠biguzera⁠" Bittencourt inspired an unexpected comeback and helped paiN stay alive with 22-20 final score on the map.

After two tightly contested maps, paiN ran over Sharks on Nuke. saffee picked off the encroaching Terrorists all across the map to establish an 11-4 CT side which paiN closed out with a flawless offense, 16-4.

Matchpage
2
1
27th October 2021
16
Vertigo
19
22
Ancient
20
16
Nuke
4
 paiN K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
75 - 49 +26 73.0 1.27
70 - 62 +8 80.1 1.16
68 - 55 +13 72.5 1.09
67 - 68 -1 81.9 1.06
53 - 67 -14 66.2 0.91
 Sharks K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
70 - 73 -3 89.2 1.11
63 - 64 -1 72.2 1.03
57 - 66 -9 62.3 0.94
51 - 63 -12 60.5 0.89
57 - 69 -12 63.3 0.86

This is how the results look after the second day of the Challengers Stage has been concluded:

Brazil Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
261
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.60
Brazil Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
579
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.63
Brazil Romeu 'zevy' Rocco
Romeu 'zevy' Rocco
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
165
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
Brazil Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt
Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
447
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
cool
2021-10-27 20:38
2 replies
please no more brazilian teams at the major except FURIA
2021-10-27 20:39
1 reply
I think it's ok if NA had 2 legend slots but 3 are definitely too much.
2021-10-27 20:53
Bra71l very bad
2021-10-27 20:39
4 replies
Malta inexistent CS.
2021-10-27 21:22
3 replies
+1
2021-10-27 22:50
do you really think he is from malta?
2021-10-28 00:52
#44
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Czech Republic imotfhere
weirdchamp when brazil has like 70x times more people and is 100x times more bigger dont try to defend this t5 cs bro
2021-10-28 17:30
#3
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Croatia Esketite
Thank mr pain
2021-10-27 20:39
1 reply
#10
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United Kingdom Hxxz
Not the hero we wanted, but the hero we needed
2021-10-27 20:40
#4
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North America Krulcifer
Sharks really fumbled on Ancient
2021-10-27 20:39
#5
arT | 
Brazil logzera
now its safe for saffee
2021-10-27 20:39
expected
2021-10-27 20:39
#8
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United States frankay47
paiN gave me heart attack am suing
2021-10-27 20:39
lets go pain fck sharks and pancc
2021-10-27 20:40
2 replies
spancc
2021-10-27 20:50
1 reply
pedocc
2021-10-27 20:51
#11
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Brazil Anarchybr
Saffee so good. Someone saves him pls
2021-10-27 20:40
Sharks is pure garbage
2021-10-27 20:41
#13
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United States Bruhandon
Pickems have been saved!
2021-10-27 20:41
1 reply
#40
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Australia CaZeR01
+1
2021-10-28 02:35
#14
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Chile 1cristiaan
pickem saved
2021-10-27 20:42
Thanks mr pain
2021-10-27 20:43
Thank you for saving my pick'ems Pain. Always liked saffee but I was to see them stop choking and then school sharks on Nuke
2021-10-27 20:45
Fuck off pain
2021-10-27 20:48
the piockems shall remain
2021-10-27 20:52
i actually deranked just from watching this game probably the worst cs ive seen at a major
2021-10-27 20:53
3 replies
I challenge you to watch saffee’s pov on ancient and keep up with the same opinion, i mean, with x-ray and radar it’s too easy to judge, especially when Ancient
2021-10-28 06:46
2 replies
i'm not saying they all play bad cs, they just did a lot of stupid shit on both sides no doubt saffee is a talented player but this BO3 was a catastrophe all around
2021-10-28 08:23
1 reply
I also think they made tons of mistake on that OT, but after choking a 15-9 lead and playing your first LAN tournament ever and it being the major must be hard to keep calm
2021-10-28 17:15
#23
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Asia flipflop
Sharks can blame noone but only themselves... what a pathetic choke on ancient.
2021-10-27 20:54
Who are Astralis facing tomorrow and who after that when they win?
2021-10-27 20:55
saffeeeeee safeeeeeeeee
2021-10-27 21:10
0-3 pick em saved
2021-10-27 21:16
#27
ropz | 
Brazil oBraga
Nice jog buys, thanx for saving my pick'em. Also fuck sharks and fuck Pancc stupid child molester
2021-10-27 21:18
Not heard of any of these players
2021-10-27 21:20
8/9 for pickems so far (astralis trashstralis, should have gone entropiq)
2021-10-27 21:37
pain saved my ass for pickems
2021-10-27 23:58
YESSSSS, 0-3 PICK IN THE BAG
2021-10-27 23:59
#34
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Tunisia Sk1zo10
0-3 pick em saved
2021-10-28 00:00
#35
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Finland pate1
Thanks pain for saving my pickems
2021-10-28 00:19
Lol i chose tyloo as 0-3 team but actually they beat this brazilian noobs
2021-10-28 00:38
#38
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Brazil isbetter
We can only win against ourselves
2021-10-28 01:03
Damn Sharks really suck in every way, had 15-9 on the second map and offered their bottoms for service, so many obvious 0-3 would be screwed.. Not so interesting anymore, but let's see what the second stage brings
2021-10-28 02:14
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