Bad News Eagles fly past MIBR to qualify for the Legends Stage

The Eagles' fairy tale will continue into the next stage of the Major.

Bad News Eagles have secured a spot in the Legends Stage of the PGL Major Antwerp after defeating MIBR 2-1. The Kosovars went into the 2-2 match after wins over Eternal Fire and Imperial and were able to take their last match home after three fast-paced maps.

Meanwhile, Adriano "⁠WOOD7⁠" Cerato's squad has been eliminated after suffering their third defeat in the Challengers Stage. The Brazilians were just one step away from reaching the last 16 of the Major following victories over 9z and Eternal Fire in the Swiss stage, but losses to Outsiders and Astralis forced them to take on the 2-2 match.

Bad News Eagles stay alive after an up-and-down first stage

The series started on MIBR's pick of Nuke, but Bad News Eagles were the ones to strike first thanks to a fantastic quad-kill from Rigon "⁠rigoN⁠" Gashi from ramp, gifting the pistol round to the Kosovars. That was precisely the exciting play that the Eagles needed to build their momentum, locking out the Brazilians from the nuclear plant for eight consecutive rounds. From there, MIBR were only able to grab a few sporadic rounds to salvage a 4-11 scoreline before halftime.

Moving to the defensive side proved a lot more beneficial for MIBR as they took the pistol round before going on a massive streak of round victories. Bruno "⁠BIT⁠" Fukuda Lima's squad strung together seven rounds in a row to steal the lead with a 13-12 score. Matheus "⁠Tuurtle⁠" Anhaia, Marcelo "⁠chelo⁠" Cespedes, and Jhonatan "⁠JOTA⁠" Willian came alive in the second half, shutting down the Eagles' aggression and helping their squad come out on top, completing the comeback to close the map 16-13

Moving onto Ancient, Bad News Eagles kicked off the second map with a hyper-aggressive T side, rushing bombsites and taking every available aim duel. The Brazilians were not able to keep up and quickly conceded a seven-round deficit to the Kosovars and was only made better by a couple of rounds found in the closing stages of the 5-10 half. Swapping sides changed nothing and the game remained as chaotic as ever, but Sener "⁠SENER1⁠" Mahmuti, was able to thrive in the fast-paced environment. Bad News Eagles only conceded three on their way to secure their map pick 16-8.

The decider on Vertigo between MIBR and Bad News Eagles also devolved into a fast-paced brawl, with both teams exchanging the first four rounds in a series of force buy skirmishes. The Kosovar squad eventually took the upper hand and kept the advantage throughout the whole half, but the Brazilians were never that far behind. Dionis "⁠sinnopsyy⁠" Budeci played an incredible CT side and was the difference-maker for this squad, dropping 19 frags during the 9-6 half.

A pistol round conversion gave MIBR a new lifeline, tying up the game to a 9-9 scoreline. Unfortunately for them, they would not keep up after Kosovar rifles were brought up, conceding five in a row as rigoN and Flatron "⁠juanflatroo⁠" Halimi continued to find impact round after round. Bad News Eagles closed the game on the offense with a 16-10 scoreline, taking the series 2-1 and advancing to the next stage.

 Bad News Eagles K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
75 - 58 +17 96.1 1.41
61 - 60 +1 89.8 1.10
50 - 45 +5 67.7 1.08
47 - 45 +2 61.2 1.02
51 - 50 +1 65.5 0.94
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 56 +8 85.2 1.18
53 - 60 -7 81.2 1.05
54 - 61 -7 78.5 0.96
48 - 52 -4 71.3 0.92
39 - 56 -17 49.5 0.87

Ahead of the last match, the standings look as follows:

Group Challengers Stage
3W - 0L
2W - 2L
2W - 3L
0W - 3L
Kosovo Sener 'SENER1' Mahmuti
Sener 'SENER1' Mahmuti
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
345
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.67
Switzerland Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
348
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.74
Brazil Jhonatan 'JOTA' Willian
Jhonatan 'JOTA' Willian
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
395
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
880
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Kosovo Dionis 'sinnopsyy' Budeci
Dionis 'sinnopsyy' Budeci
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
615
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
Brazil Adriano 'WOOD7' Cerato
Adriano 'WOOD7' Cerato
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
547
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.63
Brazil Matheus 'Tuurtle' Anhaia
Matheus 'Tuurtle' Anhaia
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
715
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Kosovo Flatron 'juanflatroo' Halimi
Flatron 'juanflatroo' Halimi
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
540
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.73
what a match, ty mibr for the hype and goodluck BnE!
2022-05-12 18:25
14 replies
#45
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Yugoslavia Acceb
lmao imagine being Blink and Secret rn seeing thier players making major money
2022-05-12 18:35
12 replies
#50
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina bjtBIH
bad money , but proud on bne
2022-05-12 18:40
9 replies
#58
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Sweden Madrigals1
its quite a lot actually
2022-05-12 18:49
8 replies
#72
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Brazil _FaZeUP
omg MIBR got robbed
2022-05-12 19:09
2 replies
#83
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Albania Albanboss
lol how !!!
2022-05-12 19:42
1 reply
from money
2022-05-12 21:34
#81
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina bjtBIH
9-16 position gets only 8750$, or i am wrong ? But it's actually very good for them to be on Major Legends stage , gl bro
2022-05-12 19:40
4 replies
#89
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Brazil spectro2k
The money comes from the signature stickers and org logo.
2022-05-12 20:18
3 replies
They get sticker money and also get prize money for top 16. They're separate.
2022-05-12 20:41
2 replies
#94
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Brazil spectro2k
I know, but the prize money is way smaller then the sticker money
2022-05-12 20:53
1 reply
oh okay. I understand now
2022-05-12 21:17
#52
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Sweden 1gloss
BLINK rolling in their grave right now
2022-05-12 18:41
not sure about secret they have enough money thst they dont need to care about csgo
2022-05-12 19:05
#71
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Russia slstune
2022-05-12 19:08
#2
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Russia S1naRk
gratz
2022-05-12 18:25
#3
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El Salvador h3xagram
KOSOVO OP
2022-05-12 18:25
#4
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Europe lemxa99
BNE <3
2022-05-12 18:25
#5
BnTeT | 
Indonesia Crysta
LETS GOO
2022-05-12 18:25
#6
EliGE | 
United States Jono13
LETS GO
2022-05-12 18:25
#7
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Turkey OdunKafaYT
RESPECT
2022-05-12 18:25
#8
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United States FPSguy06
BNEZ
2022-05-12 18:26
L
2022-05-12 18:26
#10
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Croatia dinnkksss
so fcking happy to see this guys go through, LETS GO ALBANIAN BROTHERS
2022-05-12 18:26
2 replies
#67
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Kosovo Maltin
Thank you. Estonians best and most educated people
2022-05-12 19:04
1 reply
#86
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Croatia dinnkksss
respect for u and ur country brother <3
2022-05-12 19:47
#11
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Kosovo riari69
KOSOVO IS KOSOVO
2022-05-12 18:26
lets go bne
2022-05-12 18:26
Deserved. Now onto the legends stage
2022-05-12 18:26
csgo esport scene is single-handedly keeping esports relevant lol, stories like this is the reason why! let's go BNE!
2022-05-12 18:26
HAJDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE KS AL KS AL
2022-05-12 18:27
god job bne!
2022-05-12 18:27
#17
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Europe N_o_m_a_k
THAT WAS AWESOME
2022-05-12 18:27
LETSFUXKINGO GOOOOOOOOOOO
2022-05-12 18:27
#19
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Europe Icecoldnew
gz BNE!!! great game.
2022-05-12 18:27
#20
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Finland Tearsofjoy
YES!! GZ BNE
2022-05-12 18:28
jota left liverpool for this???
2022-05-12 18:28
1 reply
#100
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Brazil spectro2k
Mibr lost so he could go back to training so he doesn't miss the UCL final, lol
2022-05-12 22:14
2 ez
2022-05-12 18:28
#24
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Kosovo pIMpMyAiM
LAN CAFES > 1ST TIME EVER MAJOR > STRAIGHT INTO LEGENDS STAGE. FEAR THE EAGLES BRO, FEAR THE ALBANIAN EAGLES !!! #ez4BNE #ez4RepublicOfKosovo
2022-05-12 18:28
2 replies
<3
2022-05-12 18:50
#87
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United States DarkFX
BNE through to the major and Astralis is out!!! LOL HERE WE GO EAGLES HERE WE GO!!!!! I love this team!
2022-05-12 19:57
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOO SWISS CS REPRESENT
2022-05-12 18:28
"eagles fly past" nice englando, I love word play like this :D
2022-05-12 18:28
2 replies
sorry for my bad england. i selled my wife for internet connectiun
2022-05-12 18:31
1 reply
Damn))) internet cafe practice for your like these BNE boys used to do
2022-05-12 18:32
Lets go kosovo brothers
2022-05-12 18:29
#28
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Turkey ZyLeee
Albanian brothers faliminderit for taking our revenge! Good for this toxic team especially for Chelo!
2022-05-12 18:29
#29
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Canada Femtal
a win for Kosovo today :)
2022-05-12 18:30
Ez4BNE
2022-05-12 18:31
niceeeeee
2022-05-12 18:31
0-3
2022-05-12 18:31
2 replies
#90
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina bjtBIH
0-3 , but they are on major , where are u ?
2022-05-12 20:31
1 reply
your flair + hunter + maden (dual citizenship)
2022-05-12 21:31
ez 0-3 in legends stage
2022-05-12 18:32
3 replies
Who cares at least they got there and thats awesome
2022-05-12 20:41
2 replies
i care cuz pick ems xd
2022-05-12 21:26
1 reply
Id rather lose my pickems 1st round and have all underdogs crash the top8 tbh
2022-05-12 23:08
KOSOVO STRONG!
2022-05-12 18:32
NT MIBR + Respect for Kosovo
2022-05-12 18:32
Fairy tale story of the year.
2022-05-12 18:32
1 reply
Definitely a good motivation story for everyone to never stop believing <3 bNE, i wish with all my heart they can continue to the next stage
2022-05-12 23:45
poggers
2022-05-12 18:32
#41
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Albania Albanboss
OMG i Never saw in my life more toxic guy in my life disgusting , not that I I support BNE but man come one what kind o human culture nationality they represent just made me to thro up
2022-05-12 18:33
#42
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Indonesia nouser
LETS GO BNEEEEE
2022-05-12 18:33
#43
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Philippines sijibats
LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2022-05-12 18:33
#44
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United Kingdom hants
if these guys don't get signed after the major it's a crime
2022-05-12 18:34
#46
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Georgia Megobari
Kosovo, poggers, gratz to you, huge win and an important achievement for your country!
2022-05-12 18:35
Chelo Scream and lose
2022-05-12 18:36
2 replies
#73
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Turkey goKO_
F*ck celo
2022-05-12 19:10
#101
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Germany tilted_up
I REALLY never say the word but watching him 'screaming' was SO CRINGE!
2022-05-12 23:04
rigoN gold stickers are gonna be so expensive now 😭
2022-05-12 18:37
#49
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Qatar olaolakaka
happy for them but cant deny that their seeding was very lucky
2022-05-12 18:39
1 reply
#69
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Kosovo Maltin
Although that is true to some extent, they also showed good games against super strong teams such NIP and Ence. That means they are quite good actually
2022-05-12 19:07
happy for bne
2022-05-12 18:40
#53
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Brazil FERRAZZZ
I really enjoyed the match and all the hype from both teams. That's the spirit!! Respect
2022-05-12 18:42
LETSGOOOOO KOSOVO CS BEST CS that game was fun to watch
2022-05-12 18:44
#55
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Switzerland Ohjeez
EZ for RigoN. Swiss pride
2022-05-12 18:44
2 replies
#64
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Switzerland Tyrsk
HOP SWISS WOOO !!!!
2022-05-12 18:57
1 reply
#110
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Switzerland Ohjeez
Hopp schwiz haha
2022-05-13 18:58
#56
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Romania SkipLD
Happy for them . Imagine that they still don't get signed
2022-05-12 18:45
1 reply
#88
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United States DarkFX
Astralis should drop their whole team and sign BNE.
2022-05-12 20:04
#57
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Ukraine ALLAHTARES
HUEHUE BRASIL NABS
2022-05-12 18:48
#60
boltz | 
Brazil xxAxx
NT Mibr, but go go Kosovo team. EG disband + sing BNE
2022-05-12 18:51
I am really happy for these guys. This just shows that all that crying about no support and what not is just bullshit, wink NA wink. They had a dream, they had skill, they put in a lot of work and had a bit of luck. And now they are legends... everyone can do it.
2022-05-12 18:54
GG
2022-05-12 18:55
#63
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Albania KuqBaba
3-0 in legends stage..............bNE
2022-05-12 18:55
#65
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Italy Skye620
Fuck it. I'm supporting BNE to win major!
2022-05-12 18:57
#66
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North America soduk_db
I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea, fly like an eagle let my spirit carry me I want to fly like an eagle, til I'm free, fly through the revolution..
2022-05-12 19:00
#70
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Switzerland Tyrsk
Today BNE qualified and I know politics & governments can get in the way of enjoying CS, let's just come together and appreciate it guys. As a swiss, we have both Serbs and Albanians here supporting BNE thanks to rigoN, Balkans together boys! <3 RS <3 AL <3 RS <3 AL <3 RS <3 AL <3 RS <3 AL <3 RS <3 AL <3 !
2022-05-12 19:07
Fucking awesome to see this team
2022-05-12 19:13
#76
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Kosovo rillone97
wohooooooo LFG
2022-05-12 19:28
If you a Shqipe from Diaspora please sacrifice a couple of days from work to go and support them live, mark my words when I say this, you will be the 6th player if you go out there to cheer up for them!
2022-05-12 19:30
#78
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Kosovo Paxtt
EZ
2022-05-12 19:31
#79
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Albania erionn
BNE <3
2022-05-12 19:34
Sad for MIBR, but happy for Kosovo - good luck next stage and huge congrats!!!
2022-05-12 19:37
Deserved for them. I don't know why but this team brings me the vibes of old LGB again.
2022-05-12 19:40
#91
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Germany M1n1M3
great news for bad news im really happy, see them often in gouldys yt vids or on twitch but never expected they go from faceit to major...insane
2022-05-12 20:37
#99
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Kosovo Kush9
Deserved victory of BNE! The whole country is behind you guys! Thank you for the emotions and the beautiful game. The dream continues and the future is ours! Its Just satisfying to see serbs cheering for our team from the republic of kosovo because they dont have their own haha #Nato #USA
2022-05-12 22:08
Incredible to see Juan Sinop and Rigon transform from FPL stars on twitch to major contenders.
2022-05-12 23:55
Switzerland Pride
2022-05-13 00:01
Nice brothers and Şener, GOOO!
2022-05-13 00:46
So happy for bne, 5 guys representing a whole country here, furthermore they got the chance to prove themselves and make some money even orgless. Hope they get signed soon. All love for the underdogs
2022-05-13 01:53
#109
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Turkey shadjeh
... and the story has ended here.
2022-05-13 15:16
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