Bulletpoints: PGL Major Antwerp Legends

Let's take a look at the eight teams who qualified as Legends ahead of the upcoming second stage of the Major.

The PGL Major Antwerp is well and truly underway following the conclusion of the Challengers Stage, which saw eight out of the 16 teams make it through to the Legends Stage of the tournament.

Will FaZe find their organization's first-ever Major trophy?

This time around, we will be going over the eight teams that directly qualified as Legends thanks to their impressive performances at their regions' RMR ahead of the Legends stage set to begin on Saturday.

Europe FaZe (#1)

- World's best team
- Dominant start to 2022 with ropz
- Clear-cut favorites heading into the Major

Following an exceptional run of form to kick off 2022, FaZe enter the PGL Major as the world's highest-ranked team, and the undeniable heavy favorites as well. Having taken home the trophy at both IEM Katowice and ESL Pro League so far, they're definitely looking to replicate that same success on the grandest stage of them all.

Coming into their first set of matches at the Major, they've sat atop the world rankings for the last five weeks after dethroning Natus Vincere and ending the Russian-Ukrainian side's 37-week reign. Early this year, the team signed Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool to the starting roster, who has already bagged himself an MVP award at ESL Pro League. Riding this wave of momentum and notable individual performances, it is almost certain that FaZe will make it through to the playoffs and make a case for a run at the title.

Ukraine Natus Vincere (#2)

- Looking to defend their Major title
- Disappointing ESL Pro League finish
- Dethroned by FaZe as the world's No. 1 team

The reigning Major champions Natus Vincere, who claimed the organization's first-ever Major trophy at last year's iteration of the Valve-sanctioned competition in a historic undefeated run, have found themselves in a bit of a pickle to start 2022. Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev's squad haven't quite found the groove they had in the latter part of 2021, where they took home the gold in nearly every tournament they participated in.

The team lost their No. 1 ranking after finishing 3rd-4th at IEM Katowice, and a disappointing 5th-8th place EPL exit, both of which FaZe claimed victory at. Despite their early slump, Natus Vincere are still one of the tournament favorites and you can never count out s1mple and the rest of his team, especially when the stakes are this high.

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Russia Cloud9 (#4)

- Former Gambit roster that transferred to Cloud9
- Lost only 4 out of 18 matches in 2022, two of which to FaZe
- Among favorites to reach the playoffs

After over a year of absence in the competitive scene, Cloud9 make a return by signing the five-man roster led by Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov, who most recently played under the neutral Players banner during their RMR campaign.

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In the month before the PGL Major, the majority Russian side breezed through the Europe Regional Major Rankings B with a perfect record to ensure direct qualification for the Legends stage. Now enjoying organizational support once again, accompanied by their momentum following the RMR and an all-around consistent 2022, Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov and company will undoubtedly aim to replicate their impressive performances at last year's Stockholm Major, where they placed 3rd-4th overall.

Denmark Heroic (#5)

- Flawless run at the RMR
- Strong team chemistry and results
- Extremely high win rates across four maps

Unlike most teams competing at the Major, Heroic have fielded the same lineup for over a year, spearheaded by their in-game leader Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller. They finished the RMR undefeated, with a reverse sweep victory over Natus Vincere granting them a Legends Stage spot being the highlight of their campaign.

Heroic placed 3rd-4th at the Major in Stockholm

Heroic have also performed remarkably well on Overpass, Nuke, Inferno, and Vertigo in the last three months, garnering win rates of 83% and above. A wide map pool will certainly do wonders for the team's confidence heading into their matches in the Legends Stage, as they aim for another strong Major finish.

Brazil FURIA (#7)

- Dark horses coming into Major?
- Good run of form in recent tournaments
- yuurih and KSCERATO leading the way

FURIA come into the Major as the Americas' highest-ranked team, sitting at seventh in the world rankings. The Brazilian side have delivered exceptional results at recent tournaments, picking up a 3rd-4th place finish at ESL Pro League and a pristine 3-0 record at the Americas RMR.

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On top of their convincing results as a team, standout players Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos and Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato constantly deliver match after match, both putting up team-high ratings of 1.19, giving the Brazilians the edge over their opponents. Behind their recent success and solid individual output, FURIA should not be taken lightly.

Sweden NIP (#8)

- device still out of action
- Rejuvenated following Brollan signing
- AWPing situation a big question mark

NIP begin their Major campaign in the Legends stage following a strong 3-1 record at the RMR. It'll be worth noting, however, that star AWPer Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz is still on a hiatus, with fellow Dane Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen having recently picked up the sniping duties for the time being.

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Despite uncertainty regarding their AWPing role, the team as a whole have experienced a resurgence leading up to the Major after the addition of former fnatic rifler Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin to the starting lineup. If the RMR is anything to go by, then one should definitely expect NIP to stay competitive against anyone.

Denmark Copenhagen Flames (#14)

- Serious upset potential
- Positive winrate on five maps
- Looking to build off of perfect RMR run

Copenhagen Flames finished first at the RMR

One of the teams to watch heading into the Legends stage are Copenhagen Flames, who recently showed the world what they're capable of after topping their RMR event by defeating Sprout, SINNERS, and remarkably NIP without dropping a map.

If their 2-0 match against Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser and company is a taste of what's yet to come, then Copenhagen Flames could definitely prove to be a challenge to even the likes of FaZe and Natus Vincere. While they're not exactly favorites to make it to the playoffs, their dynamic playstyle might just be enough to shock everyone at the Major.

Germany BIG (#15)

- Last team to defeat FaZe
- Recently signed gob b as coach
- Not a single map dropped at the RMR

The German squad BIG are the lowest-ranked team qualified as Legends, yet have proven their capacity to go toe-to-toe with even the world's best. Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz's crew denied FaZe a flawless RMR by sweeping their 2-0 pool series and earning their Legends stage berth.

Just weeks before their first series at the Major, BIG also announced that their former player Fatih "⁠gob b⁠" Dayik will be returning to the German organization as a coach, which will undoubtedly boost their chances of success through his veteran leadership. Will the signing prove to be a game-changer for the Germans?

Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1906
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
967
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1291
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1347
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
34
Team:
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1793
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
982
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.58
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
847
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1443
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1532
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
#4
 | 
North America drac0zGOD
IMPERIAL WILL WIN THE MAJOR
2022-05-13 16:56
1 reply
Nice try traitor.
2022-05-13 19:44
#6
 | 
Sweden Elda_ANKA
GONINJAS
2022-05-13 16:59
#7
SolEk | 
Germany aL1337
BIG WILL WIN THE MAJOR
2022-05-13 17:00
2 replies
JAWOLL
2022-05-13 17:03
1 reply
#21
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Switzerland nierg
SO IST DAS
2022-05-13 17:43
Final: C9 vs FaZe
2022-05-13 17:00
2 replies
and c9 win because international team never wins major in cs:go
2022-05-13 17:02
1 reply
#16
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Pakistan LoOuU2
there`s always a first time for everything
2022-05-13 17:09
Big fluke RMR run, 1-3 incoming
2022-05-13 17:06
2 replies
for who
2022-05-13 19:38
1 reply
for BUG clan
2022-05-13 19:57
Bulletpoint: Imperial will go to playoffs.
2022-05-13 17:04
5 replies
#18
ropz | 
India psn46
0/8
2022-05-13 17:17
0/3 wins
2022-05-13 18:36
#54
 | 
Kosovo N4rc0
Don't sleep on BNE they are unpredictable
2022-05-13 22:24
2 replies
#56
 | 
North Macedonia MungosE
BNE will crush Imperial
2022-05-13 23:30
1 reply
That aged like milk
2022-05-16 05:29
Bulletpoint: Imperial free 0-3 PICKEM
2022-05-13 17:06
2 replies
LIQUID FREE 0-3 I BET MY HOUSE
2022-05-13 18:38
1 reply
+1 mens listen to the truth
2022-05-14 10:22
#17
 | 
Denmark Rubix__
easy faze to win major
2022-05-13 17:13
1 reply
-1
2022-05-13 18:40
Vamos NaVi
2022-05-13 17:31
#22
 | 
Europe tete4761
Evrerybody is sleeping on how good Vitality are
2022-05-13 17:44
6 replies
#23
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Germany LANDWHALE
I agree, wouldn't surprise me if they make quarters or semis at least
2022-05-13 17:48
#27
 | 
United States GobyCS
Eh. I like their chemistry but it really depends on Zywoo.
2022-05-13 18:30
#43
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Russia mcs#
Well, they were kinda bad during RMR and during challengers won only teams which didnt make it to the major (coL, ast and close match vs forze). I think they're overrated more than underrated now.
2022-05-13 19:33
3 replies
#53
 | 
Europe tete4761
Bad during RMR? They lost to FaZe (16-14) because they chocked and to NaVi (16-13 16-13) when again they chocked on the second map. So they only dropped very closed games against top 1 and 2 hltv.
2022-05-13 21:15
2 replies
#55
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Russia mcs#
Still, I cant see them as a real contenders for the trophy.
2022-05-13 23:03
#64
 | 
Russia mcs#
told u... sad perfomance today
2022-05-14 19:05
Stopped reading at Faze: undeniable HEAVY favourites.
2022-05-13 17:59
I hope Vitality shows up. ^^
2022-05-13 18:00
#33
 | 
Europe Khanan
I don’t think FaZe are heavy favorites. If Navi can play at 100% again, which is very possible, they will stomp FaZe. Navi 2021 is easily stronger than FaZe. Let’s see how this article will age, hopefully like milk.
2022-05-13 18:39
8 replies
Navi is a dead team dude
2022-05-13 18:51
5 replies
I am pretty sure because of the war in Ukraine Navi could not focus 100% on the game. Also they mostly trained individually with mostly just few days bootcamp. Plus Navi got eliminated by Faze who won EPL. The other side of playoff bracket was dead. Also for RMR Navi did not have much time to practice since it was just after EPL. Now, with at least 2 weeks of time between the RMR A and Major Legend stage, hopefully they found time to practice a lot. If they did, then they are scary like previous Major. Let's see their performance during Legend stage
2022-05-13 19:13
1 reply
Electronic will probably leave after the major, I am not confident in Navi right now
2022-05-13 20:19
#58
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Europe Khanan
Last year showed that “dead teams” are very strong, so this doesn’t help you at all. And then you’re just asstalking with zero proof for your words
2022-05-14 04:16
2 replies
don’t cry when navi crash out in the groupstage
2022-05-14 12:03
1 reply
#63
 | 
Europe Khanan
Delusional Andy, 0/8
2022-05-14 13:09
Yup
2022-05-13 19:13
+1 ezz for navi
2022-05-13 19:30
#38
 | 
Brazil Lumiere_OF
ez 4 imperial
2022-05-13 19:13
#40
 | 
Brazil MrLucas
EZ4FURIA
2022-05-13 19:23
Heroic Will win this major
2022-05-13 19:28
#44
 | 
Russia mcs#
hope for c9 vs heroic final
2022-05-13 19:34
#45
 | 
Kosovo L1ndi
Eagles will upset the upseters💪
2022-05-13 19:40
#49
 | 
Croatia dinnkksss
expect imo big to perform good also as c9 and nip/furia to underperform
2022-05-13 20:10
Ez 4 BIG
2022-05-13 20:50
#52
 | 
Brazil jmario
Ez 4 Furia
2022-05-13 20:55
Na`Vi's major!
2022-05-14 00:40
Fúria will bring major home
2022-05-14 04:51
no fuck given to G2 :(
2022-05-14 06:22
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