Another Swiss Stage has concluded, leaving us with yet more shots of the highs and lows only Major Counter-Strike can provide. Captured as ever by HLTV.org's photographers Radosław "MAKKU" Makuch and Josip "brcho" Brtan, take a look at the most memorable moments of the four day group stage.
So, without further ado, let's get underway.
There was the return of a familiar face, and a familiar organisation
Storylines were shattered
Spirit qualified without losing a match, while the team they defeated in the 2-0 matchup, Copenhagen Flames, eventually joined them after slamming the fairytale run of Imperial shut.
Spirit's former 6th man, Patsi, is the breakout player of the Major so far
Like in Stockholm, Copenhagen Flames were one win away from playoffs on day two, before losing in their first attempt
But there was no disappointment this time — Flames will be in the Palace.
And the first teams were eliminated
There was no fairytale run for Bad News Eagles this time
Whilst Liquid could not recover from 0-2 for a second time
BIG's losses to Natus Vincere, FURIA, and Vitality meant they could not continue their strong form from the RMR
Outsiders fell short of playoffs in what might be YEKINDAR's last ever appearance for the side
All these surprise packages — it will be the first Major playoffs for 18 of the 40 players who will compete in the Sportpaleis — meant the elimination of some big names: Cloud9, G2, and Vitality all failed to progress.
New jerseys didn't offer Cloud9 any luck
Vitality began the group stage slowly, but looked to be recovering...
As did the other team built to topple Natus Vincere, G2
But it wasn't to be...
Vitality's former coach Rémy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam and his G2 side, too, will not be in the playoffs.
The (maybe not?) last dance
The final big narrative of the Legends was Imperial, who rolled back the years to put themselves in touching distance of the playoffs by defeating Bad News Eagles and Cloud9...
The Professor knows who you put 0-3 in your pickems
... before falling at the final hurdle of Copenhagen Flames.
Most of the big names, though, would make it through
Natus Vincere are still in the running to go back to back
The favourites, FaZe, recovered from a day one loss to ENCE to make it through
ENCE continue to impress
NIP only lost to Natus Vincere en route to playoffs
FURIA are still in contention for Brazil's first Major since 2016
But it wasn't an easy path — they needed to defeat G2
on day four to qualify
On the back of yet another standout performance from stavn, Heroic, too, are still fighting
Check out the full galleries for the first four days: