Starting rosters, subs, and coaches locked in for PGL Major Antwerp
Lineups for the PGL Major Antwerp have been finalized on Tuesday, six days before the prestigious tournament kicks off. The five players a team qualified with from the RMR were automatically submitted as their active lineup for the Major, but teams were free to make adjustments to their coach and substitute, as well as combine the two roles within one person.
Little has changed compared to the rosters that were unveiled a month ago, with Philip "Lucky" Ewald missing out on Astralis' team sheet and academy player Fessor taking his spot being the most glaring difference.
MIBR have made an adjustment too, no longer listing Breno "brnz4n" Poletto as a substitute and swapping coaches. Strategic coach Renato "nak" Nakano who stood behind the team at the RMR conceded the spot to new head coach Bruno "BIT" Fukuda Lima, who was officially unveiled at the start of April.
Fatih "gob b" Dayik shows up on BIG's sheet as the team's coach after making his return to CS:GO on Sunday, and will be participating in his first Major since IEM Katowice 2019 when he was still an active player for the German lineup.
While the rest remained the same compared to the RMR lineups, it is worth noting that Nicolai "device" Reedtz and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer are still listed as subs for Ninjas in Pyjamas and FaZe, respectively, while Natus Vincere continue putting down Daniil "headtr1ck" Valitov as their sixth man.
Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye is noted as the substitute for Heroic, François "AMANEK" Delaunay remains G2's go-to in case of emergency, while Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen, who has been working as broadcast talent since parting ways with Astralis in January of 2022, remains listed for Vitality.
The third wave of coaching bug bans that is expected to come out in the days leading up to the Major seemingly had little effect on the team lineups, as most of the teams stuck to the tacticians they had behind them during the Major-qualifying event. For example, Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu who was implicated in the coaching bug scandal by Jaxon in April remains listed as Imperial's coach.