Photos: Best shots from the Legends Stage

High stakes, even higher emotions.

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

Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller took a certain retweet personally

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:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
France Rémy 'XTQZZZ' Quoniam
Rémy 'XTQZZZ' Quoniam
Age:
33
Team:
#1
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Brazil MIBR_IS_BAD
nice
2022-05-19 10:05
#2
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Korea ARMY!
AWOOOOOGA
2022-05-19 10:06
#3
ropz | 
India psn46
NIP will beat FaZe today. sad.
2022-05-19 10:07
6 replies
#16
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Sweden morotN
Happy
2022-05-19 10:54
Delusional
2022-05-19 12:21
#30
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Ukraine Xe0m
cope
2022-05-19 12:32
#31
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United States DarkFX
Why do you think this?
2022-05-19 12:40
1 reply
No way. Karrigan will pick vertigo and win 2-0 :D
2022-05-19 15:55
NOICE
2022-05-19 10:10
gob b smiling is so cute.
2022-05-19 10:11
#7
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Romania Coxmin
The fer photo tho..
2022-05-19 10:12
3 replies
Feels bad mennns 😔
2022-05-19 10:25
#40
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Pakistan LoOuU2
he really tried, it was nice seeing Fer and whole of Imperial back in a top event again. Hope they can continue!
2022-05-19 13:48
sad :c
2022-05-19 16:45
nice
2022-05-19 10:21
Oh god what a ride it's been. Wish imperial would qualified. Olof and device would be playing but still one hell of a major.
2022-05-19 10:21
Major without a crowd is lame.
2022-05-19 10:26
3 replies
There will be a crowd for the last 7 matches though.
2022-05-19 10:34
#32
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United States DarkFX
Wtf, no crowd today?
2022-05-19 12:40
1 reply
#12 says otherwise. Hope he is right.
2022-05-19 12:57
Nice
2022-05-19 10:42
#14
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Russia Trueteller
some of these photos are pretty bad, sometimes need to change objective to get sharper image when you photo whole team guys use zoomed lens only when photo single player or two players , tip for photographer
2022-05-19 10:48
2 replies
it’s intentional lol, nothing bad about the photos
2022-05-19 11:01
#21
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United States Virgin Islands Mykolkaa
It’s very obviously intentional
2022-05-19 11:49
#15
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Poland Astoner55
I have a weird feeling in my tummy that NiP will beat FaZe today
2022-05-19 10:51
3 replies
#24
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Sweden dogtown
same even though I have 400$ combo bet with faze kek, but do i trust NiP, not really, estag needs to have his rare god tier performance and brollan is a choker :)
2022-05-19 12:18
2 replies
#25
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Poland Astoner55
Everything can happen I guess, I'm just happy to watch good CS today :D
2022-05-19 12:20
1 reply
#27
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Sweden dogtown
Ropz been quiet the whole tourny so I just hoping he wakes up now ^_^
2022-05-19 12:21
siiick
2022-05-19 11:10
Nice, really like this format where you're giving more context to the photos.
2022-05-19 11:18
1 reply
+1
2022-05-19 18:09
#20
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Denmark Rubix__
Rubix is happy Nip qualified
2022-05-19 11:23
if nip win today, they will be champion
2022-05-19 12:02
#23
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Sweden dogtown
where's photos of g2 losing, only photos worth showing.
2022-05-19 12:17
That blurred Jabbi photo LOL
2022-05-19 12:52
navi :)
2022-05-19 13:09
FERGOD NÃO PARA DE RUSHARRR
2022-05-19 13:17
No VITA NO G2 :'( RIP #PGL Belgium !
2022-05-19 13:28
#39
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France HippzZ
Apex <3
2022-05-19 13:29
I have to say, those are really great pictures, thanks a lot :) They are really transferring the vibe of the moment quite expertly.
2022-05-19 14:51
#42
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Chile esanchez47
NICEU
2022-05-19 15:39
#45
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Russia illius12
Fer.... So sad
2022-05-19 16:10
Fer is GOAT, Brazil is lucky to have him. Valiant effort by Imperial 👏
2022-05-19 16:50
#49
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Brazil miguelo
imperial best
2022-05-19 19:32
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