Vitality claim Legends Stage spot, Renegades eliminated

Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's squad overcome forZe to secure the 3-0 record and progress out of the Challengers Stage.

Vitality become the first team from the Challengers Stage to advance to the Legends stage after reverse-sweeping Russian opponents forZe in their spot-deciding series, dropping Nuke 12-16, winning Dust2 16-9, and taking the decider Mirage, 16-12.

Meanwhile, in the battle of the 0-2 pool sqauds, Oceania's only representatives Renegades bow out of the PGL Major after falling to IHC in back-to-back maps in a rematch from the Asia RMR final.

Vitality are through to the Legends Stage after a successful reverse sweep

Nuke kicked off the series between Vitality and forZe, where the latter started their opponents' map pick brilliantly, constantly locking apEX's side out of both sites and securing ramp control as the defenders en route to a convincing 7-1 lead.

Vitality were able to score their second round on the board in the ninth, which forZe immediately answered back to courtesy of a 2vs4 clutch from Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov and Aleksandr "⁠KENSI⁠" Gurkin. The latter part of the first half was a more competitive affair between both teams, as Vitality started to find their footing and inch closer to forZe's lead, trailing their Russian opponents 6-9 after 15 rounds.

The second half opened with a successful pistol for Vitality, along with the following round to bring forZe's advantage to just one. Jerry's crew then began pulling away from their French-Danish opponents, winning four rounds in a row which spelled troubles for Vitality's team economy.

zorte was the MVP on Nuke behind his server-high 24 kills

Despite the weapon disadvantage, some remarkable pistol shots from the Danish duo of Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif and Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen allowed their team to convert the full-eco in the 22nd round and shift the momentum in their favor. Vitality looked like they were on the brink of a comeback, however forZe did just enough to maintain their advantage and close out Nuke 16-12, and secure a 1-0 series lead.

Dust2 was a completely different story from Nuke, with the roles of both teams having been reversed as Vitality found themselves with all the momentum and confidence in the world, completely dominating the match on their CT side. Almost no attacks forZe attempted worked in the Russians' favor, as Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut and company boasted a commanding 13-2 advantage at the switch.

Staring down almost inevitable defeat, forZe came out of the side swap firing on all cylinders, breathing new life into the game as the Russians put a seven round streak together to lessen Vitality's lead to five. Their sudden reawakening also came with exceptional fragging output from KENSI, who bounced back from his silent first half performance. Extremely close rounds ensued, but in the end it was Vitality who put the finishing touches on their impressive opening half to take Dust2 for themselves and force a decider on Mirage.

apEX's impact on his team was on full display throughout the series

Mirage was the deciding map of the series to determine whether Vitality or forZe would lock in their place at the Legends stage of the Major. Jerry's squad found themselves in the lead after a six round spree saw them convert a 0-3 deficit to a 6-3 score in their favor. The French-Danish side went on a six round winning streak of their own to close out the first half, as the scoreline read 9-6 in Vitality's favor.

Neither or the two teams wanted to back down, as the game resumed which saw both Vitality and forZe playing the most tightly-contested rounds of the series so far, exchanging both kills and scoring runs. The game drew level once again at 10-10, which sparked a crucial four round spree for Vitality, with each win bringing them closer and closer to a Legends spot. forZe threw everything they had at apEX's men throughout the whole map, but eventually Vitality put the series to rest after securing the hard-fought victory on Mirage, 16-12.

Matchpage
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1
10th May 2022
12
Nuke
16
16
Dust2
9
16
Mirage
12
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
60 - 44 +16 73.5 1.25
62 - 51 +11 90.6 1.19
51 - 51 0 66.0 1.01
54 - 56 -2 79.7 1.01
48 - 52 -4 63.3 0.90
 forZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 53 +3 79.7 1.11
57 - 55 +2 74.9 1.03
54 - 53 +1 71.0 0.98
43 - 59 -16 62.8 0.84
44 - 55 -11 58.4 0.82

IHC entered their elimination series against Renegades in the driver's seat, as the Mongolian side wasted no time in asserting their dominance in the early stages of the game, taking a swift 8-3 lead off the back of Tengis "⁠sk0R⁠" Batjargal and Garidmagnai "⁠bLitz⁠" Byambasuren's excellent fragging. Renegades saw a late resurgence in the first half, as they closed the gap to a mere one round deficit by halftime.

Coming out of the break, IHC wasted absolutely no time as the defenders by winning seven out of the first eight rounds, including the pistol, to secure a 15th on the board. The Mongolian lineup consistently shut down any attacks that Renegades launched, and while their Australian opponents gave their best effort to extend the game, bringing the scoreline to 10-15, it was too little too late as bLitz's squad brought their map pick Inferno to a close, 16-10.

Both Renegades and IHC put their firepower on full display, as Dust2 saw a 5-5 score after the first ten rounds with Alistair "⁠aliStair⁠" Johnston and bLitz being the biggest contributors for their teams early on. IHC were able to gain a slight advantage over their Australian opponents to end the first period, amassing a 9-6 lead at the half. The second half opened similarly to the first as IHC and Renegades were deadlocked once again 22 rounds into the map, with the scoreline reading 11-11. Fighting for their tournament lives, both teams put up a valiant effort however it was the Mongolians who ultimately took the map and series, keeping their Major campaign alive.

 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 36 -1 63.4 0.99
38 - 40 -2 74.6 0.98
27 - 37 -10 72.6 0.84
26 - 38 -12 60.0 0.81
26 - 38 -12 55.6 0.77
 IHC K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
53 - 28 +25 96.7 1.52
39 - 32 +7 79.8 1.18
35 - 31 +4 72.1 1.04
31 - 34 -3 74.2 1.03
30 - 28 +2 60.9 0.91

The Challengers stage standings are as follows:

Group Challengers Stage
3W - 0L
2W - 0L
0W - 2L
0W - 3L
Mongolia Garidmagnai 'bLitz' Byambasuren
Garidmagnai 'bLitz' Byambasuren
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
179
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.70
Australia Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Russia Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
481
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1533
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1908
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1366
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Mongolia Tengis 'sk0R' Batjargal
Tengis 'sk0R' Batjargal
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
279
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.61
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1958
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
nice
2022-05-10 18:28
3 replies
#3
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Singapore kmslol
ez 4 maldpex
2022-05-10 18:28
2 replies
3-0 and 0-3 picks secured, nice
2022-05-10 18:30
ez for maldplex and zyw00 ... misuuuta my man <3
2022-05-10 18:55
Zywoo back to his normal self I see
2022-05-10 18:28
3 replies
bottom?
2022-05-10 18:32
2 replies
litterally top rated player of the match
2022-05-10 18:53
My brother in Christ he bottomfragged last map and still has 1.25 rating across the series
2022-05-10 19:02
ez
2022-05-10 18:28
#5
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Nice))
2022-05-10 18:28
Vitality and renegades saved my pickems
2022-05-10 18:28
3 replies
Me too, can’t believe I thought an NA team would actually win
2022-05-10 19:15
2 replies
My idiot self picked col and liquid to go through. I should picked forze instead of col, I didn't realize how well forze have been playing lately. I still have faith liquid can still qualify.
2022-05-10 20:27
1 reply
I want them to, but NA has been maximum disappointment recently. I’m guessing 2-3
2022-05-10 21:28
Pog
2022-05-10 18:29
rip 3-0 Forze pick, thanks Mongols for my 0-3 pick of Renegates🌺
2022-05-10 18:29
rip 3-0 and 0-3 picks (( but lets fking goooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
2022-05-10 18:30
2 replies
Shouldnt have doubted godpreeh + goatwoo on 3-0
2022-05-10 21:06
1 reply
true dat
2022-05-10 21:10
#11
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United States berto94
Renegades worst team ever
2022-05-10 18:31
#13
 | 
France Uexo
LETS GO VITALITY #VforVictory (even tho my 3-0 forZe pick is fucked)
2022-05-10 18:33
#14
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Belgium perc30
god apex
2022-05-10 18:33
expected
2022-05-10 18:35
botality win??? omgggg
2022-05-10 18:36
3 replies
#17
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Other joemamaz
They won against the ruski bots
2022-05-10 18:38
2 replies
yeah very sad :(((
2022-05-10 18:42
1 reply
#21
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Other joemamaz
I watched first map, not even thinking it wasn't a Bo1, then i had to go do some stuff, in order to now see it was a B03 and vitality won XD
2022-05-10 18:43
EZZ
2022-05-10 18:40
Botpex as usual
2022-05-10 18:40
#22
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Russia illius12
Renegades please - Hatz, Liazz, INS +Malta +Jks +AZR
2022-05-10 18:46
Apex's insane deagle if you missed it: youtu.be/RCSSS7a0_38
2022-05-10 18:47
1 reply
#28
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Damn that was insane, to do this on that scoreline...
2022-05-10 18:57
MY BOYS! LETS GOOOO!
2022-05-10 18:50
ty 0_3
2022-05-10 18:51
#30
 | 
Portugal dracø
Deserved. Hope forze bounces back in the next game
2022-05-10 19:04
#31
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North America soduk_db
No jks no win unfortunately!
2022-05-10 19:07
#33
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United States GiantDays
i added vitality as 3-0 so i could add more qualifying teams even tho i thought vitality would be 3-1 i was wrong
2022-05-10 19:16
AU mens((
2022-05-10 19:43
GJ forze, nice match
2022-05-10 20:04
puts 3 picture on eu match then literally 0 picture on ihc rene match lmao kinda racisto idk ...
2022-05-10 21:05
4 replies
#40
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Estonia Chaostic
Making us look at Australian people would be a war crime
2022-05-10 21:23
#41
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France d0py
who care about some tier9 cs
2022-05-10 21:23
#43
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Germany LANDWHALE
You shouldn't talk about things being allegedly racist when you're a fan of thorin
2022-05-10 22:41
for me it was: first pic is just pic that would show on twitter + the length and detail the vitality - forze match had would make long blocks of text annoying my brother in christ sorry for no ihc-renegades pictures! but i am also asian so i can assure you definitely not racist to fellow asian teams have a nice day
2022-05-11 05:03
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