Heroic take down Liquid, CPH Flames outlast BNE to start off Legends Stage

The first two matches of the PGL Major Antwerp top 16 stage have been played out.

Heroic have made the first step towards qualifying for the playoffs with a solid 16-11 victory over Liquid, whose French import Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon has a terrible start to the match, going 1-14 K-D on the offensive side of Vertigo.

On the B stream, Copenhagen Flames and Bad News Eagles has a barn burner of a game — the underdog side had the lead for the majority of the match, but CT side fumbles allowed the Danish side to pick up the victory by the smallest of margins.

Heroic avoid a first-match stumble

Heroic started their first game at the Major on fire, sprinting to a 6-0 lead on Vertigo which was inspired by René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen. Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski and Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic combined to get Liquid's first and the momentum switched quickly, a 2v5 won by Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm and NAF led to a tied scoreline at 6-6.

Bringing out more early aggression worked for Heroic to get back into the lead before the swap, with Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund's pistol clutch pushing them closer to victory (12-6). Liquid chained four near-flawless rounds to get to double digits, but TeSeS came alive again with opening kills and multikill rounds to secure the win for his team, 16-11.

Matchpage
16
11
14th May 2022
16
Vertigo
11
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
27 - 17 +10 108.9 1.51
20 - 13 +7 87.2 1.26
20 - 15 +5 77.9 1.12
18 - 17 +1 76.9 1.08
14 - 16 -2 54.8 0.91
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
25 - 19 +6 88.0 1.36
21 - 17 +4 96.5 1.30
13 - 19 -6 54.4 0.79
11 - 21 -10 54.9 0.64
8 - 23 -15 50.1 0.42

Flexing their form from the Challengers Stage, Bad News Eagles were hot to trot on the T side of Ancient, bagging a 4-0 early lead. Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen went big to get his team back on track, but the two rounds the Danes won were followed up by a loss to a low buy and a fumbled 3v5, letting the Kosovar team get back into it (7-2).

Copenhagen Flames got up to six rounds before the swap and made it a 6-round streak on the offense thanks to Jakob "⁠jabbi⁠" Nygaard's 1v3 in the pistol, seizeing control of the game for the first time. Another low-buy win from Bad News Eagles stopped their momentum, making the game neck-in-neck for the final few rounds. At 14-14, Copenhagen Flames pulled off an amazing late-round fake to get B for free, leaving Bad News Eagles with a low-buy to fight for overtime. Despite getting two openings, the Kosovar team failed to close out the 5v3 as jabbi's double sealed the deal, 16-14.

 Copenhagen Flames K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
32 - 21 +11 117.2 1.63
27 - 19 +8 88.4 1.46
26 - 19 +7 96.2 1.44
16 - 24 -8 56.5 0.87
19 - 19 0 56.2 0.86
 Bad News Eagles K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
22 - 20 +2 73.1 1.08
27 - 26 +1 90.4 1.05
20 - 25 -5 70.4 0.99
18 - 26 -8 80.3 0.89
13 - 23 -10 61.7 0.75
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1077
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
801
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
756
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1553
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
2009
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
EU #1
2022-05-14 13:15
3 replies
#10
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Korea Piano
NA teams > International teams
2022-05-14 13:18
1 reply
#23
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Norway JakkeJ
Which NA team? Liquid is international.
2022-05-14 14:52
#15
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Romania ali_nah
HUGE WIN HOOX1 THEY GOING 3 0
2022-05-14 13:29
#2
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Europe TheNexusAce
BNE Robbed
2022-05-14 13:15
3 replies
Nah, they threw hard last 2 rounds
2022-05-14 14:38
2 replies
penultimate round trying to retake with 2 seconds left was gold nova moment
2022-05-14 14:49
1 reply
Yep, i still cant see any reason why that was the case. And also last round was 5v3 and rigon decided to push, at 3v3 another guy jumped out of smoke trying to deny the plant, i get that there were 12 sec left but what were the odds noone is gonna see a guy coming out of a smoke 1st
2022-05-14 17:27
#3
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Europe Putin69
shoxie:(
2022-05-14 13:15
sad to see shox this washed as a fan
2022-05-14 13:16
#5
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Latvia UnfriendlyV
BNE Are breaking my heart... so many throw rounds... BANKS, PLEASE HOOK THEM UP WITH A COACH!
2022-05-14 13:16
3 replies
Wtf they are legends and the coach is supergreaat. Just chill they are not even expecting to qualify. If they do that would still be great though. Right now their goal was accomplished. Next major they will be on FIRE
2022-05-14 14:53
2 replies
just watch last 3 rounds
2022-05-14 15:02
#28
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Kosovo w3stsid3
Their goal was accomplished when they won that last RMR match tbh. Lal of this is just bonus for them (and us fans ofc)
2022-05-14 18:20
#6
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Other Quagmire_
BNE 0-3 against the real dawgs
2022-05-14 13:16
#7
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Antigua and Barbuda Obuz8
Heroic best team in the world rn
2022-05-14 13:17
#8
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Germany Nyiks
flames :)
2022-05-14 13:17
lets go falmes
2022-05-14 13:17
nitro insane
2022-05-14 13:18
#12
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Russia mshkoda
-shox +duplicated nitro
2022-05-14 13:21
BNE back to pinnacle cup
2022-05-14 13:21
cryisfree for BNE fans
2022-05-14 13:25
1 reply
#29
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Kosovo w3stsid3
No org, first major for EACH of them.. no experience, still new team, making LEGENDS STAGE on their first run. There is really zero reason to cry about this imo. They could go 3 x 0-16 and I wouldn't even care. They've done a lot more than expected
2022-05-14 18:24
shox=xyp9x
2022-05-14 13:37
nice try nitr0 :(
2022-05-14 13:41
Nt 4 balkan brothers
2022-05-14 14:36
my man did so much :( not enough for this time
2022-05-14 14:46
lulquid is a wasted spot, goin 0-3
2022-05-14 14:50
#25
RUSH | 
Germany rs6a
shox so washed lmao send him to EG for rush, maybe he can carry liquid
2022-05-14 14:59
liquid played pretty well despite playing a 3v5 the whole game
2022-05-14 18:39
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