Europe and Asia RMR groups revealed

The opening matchups for both events were also announced.

ESL has announced the groups, seeding, and opening matchups for the upcoming IEM Road to Rio Europe and Asia RMRs. The unveiling of the groups comes after the fourth and final Europe open qualifier and Asia's four closed qualifiers concluded on August 28.

In Europe, the 32 teams have been split into two groups of 16, with each offering eight spots for the varioius stages of the upcoming IEM Major Rio. As for Asia, the four teams present will be battling for just two places that will reward IEM Major Rio Challenger Stage berths.

The groups for the Americas RMR will be unveiled when the two remaining North American open qualifiers conclude on September 5.

FaZe have been seeded into RMR A alongside the likes of Ninjas in Pyjamas and G2

The two groups for the Europe RMR were seeded based on the performance at PGL Major Antwerp and the four online qualifiers.

Group A features three of the top five teams in the world, with world No. 2 and reigning champions FaZe being the top seed. Group B, meanwhile, boasts the best team in the world in Natus Vincere, with No. 5 and No. 7 ranked MOUZ and Vitality not far behind.

The two Europe RMR groups will take place in the Mediterranean island-nation of Malta from October 4-9, with a total of eight spots available for IEM Major Rio, and a further eight for the Challengers Stage.

The groups for the IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR are:

The following opening matchups for the IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR will get started on October 4 at 11:00 :

Europe RMR A

Europe FaZe vs. Europe GamerLegion
Russia Spirit vs. Russia 1WIN
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Denmark Astralis
Europe G2 vs. Denmark ECSTATIC
Russia Cloud9 vs. Ukraine B8
Kosovo Bad News Eagles vs. Turkey Eternal Fire
Russia forZe vs. Denmark Sprout
Europe fnatic vs. Russia Aurora

Europe RMR B

Ukraine Natus Vincere vs. Europe Benched Heroes
Europe ENCE vs. France HEET
Denmark Heroic vs. Portugal SAW
Europe Vitality vs. Europe FANTASY
Germany BIG vs. Europe Sangal
Russia Outsiders vs. Europe Monte
France Falcons vs. Russia K23
Europe MOUZ vs. Europe OG

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The IEM Road to Rio Asia RMR will be held in Melbourne, Australia from October 7-9, and offer two places in the IEM Major Rio Challengers Stage. Like Europe, the teams have been seeded based on their performance in their respective closed qualifiers.

The opening matches for IEM Road to Rio Asia RMR are:

Mongolia IHC vs. Israel JiJieHao International
Australia Grayhound vs. China Rare Atom


Visit our dedicated coverage hub to stay updated with all the news related to the IEM Rio Major 2022.

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#1
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United States Zedsamcat
EZ4SMOOYA
2022-08-29 19:07
2 replies
smooya vs s1mple in a pro match will be sick
2022-08-30 00:43
Group A stacked
2022-08-30 05:26
ez 4 Rare atom and Grayhound
2022-08-29 19:07
1 reply
lol
2022-08-30 13:41
Ez 4 Astralis
2022-08-29 19:07
#4
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Portugal Cospar
GO SAW!
2022-08-29 19:08
1 reply
Lets go
2022-08-30 02:31
ok
2022-08-29 19:08
faze vs gl, navi vs bh, sprout vs forze, banger matches
2022-08-29 19:10
Lmao Smooya vs. S1mple, should be fun
2022-08-29 19:10
3 replies
totally kekew
2022-08-29 20:27
#76
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Kyrgyzstan roflinka
absolutely lulw
2022-08-30 04:32
1 reply
rofl
2022-08-30 16:16
EZ 4 (NOT GRAYHOUND)
2022-08-29 19:10
you can remove the team list on the rmr event pages now mr. hltv
2022-08-29 19:13
Good Luck SAW!
2022-08-29 19:13
#12
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United States cybonics
NEED MORE ASIAN SLOTS!!!
2022-08-29 19:13
6 replies
No needed
2022-08-29 19:19
1 reply
#75
HooXi | 
Asia ke1fu
Need more slot or all ppl switch to valulrant because it is more region balance
2022-08-30 03:44
#41
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United States MrNorwood
+1
2022-08-29 19:48
#50
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India MrP!ng
Not needed
2022-08-29 20:12
#87
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Turkey misfrko
Not needed
2022-08-30 13:55
#95
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China Aria923
That would be nice but Asian CS just doesnt deserve more places
2022-08-31 10:21
Navi v smooya ez for FPL god smooya
2022-08-29 19:17
Benched vs NAVI KEK
2022-08-29 19:17
group A looking stacked
2022-08-29 19:19
3 replies
#27
ropz | 
Germany lor3nz
i think they are more balanced than last time
2022-08-29 19:30
1 reply
No much of a standard honestly, last rmr was criminal
2022-08-29 20:11
When I first looked at it, I thought so too. But after further look they seem quite well balanced.
2022-08-30 02:13
4 teams only in the entirety of Asia + Oceania xdddd valve is a joke
2022-08-29 19:20
6 replies
valve should merge their RMR with NA/SA and that way more slots potentially...
2022-08-29 21:52
1 reply
#88
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Turkey misfrko
Agree, SA+Oceania and NA+Asia may be a good option.
2022-08-30 14:01
#67
jks | 
Australia flynnly
Especially when theres so many good asian teams right now. Plus theres like 2-3 good oce teams. Sucks.
2022-08-30 00:35
1 reply
+1
2022-08-30 11:48
#93
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Netherlands JUNG13
And one of them is a troll mix 2russians & 3 Israelis, TECHNICALLY Asian team cuz Israel can be Europe, Africa or Asia, whatever they choose to
2022-08-30 20:40
1 reply
Yeah the MENA region is just full of region abusers
2022-08-30 20:43
#20
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Russia Sun_R1see
Of course, we won't see a balance. What a surprise
2022-08-29 19:20
7 replies
It is kinda balanced mate
2022-08-29 19:45
6 replies
#45
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Russia Sun_R1see
absolutely not
2022-08-29 20:00
5 replies
Dont worry to much mate it is NaVi we talking about :)
2022-08-29 20:01
4 replies
#53
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Russia Sun_R1see
It's not even so much about Navi (besides fighting for a slot in legends), how much about the level of the teams that came out of A against the background of those who did not pass from B.
2022-08-29 20:17
3 replies
Yeah its 40/60
2022-08-29 20:49
2 replies
#58
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Turkey Asphrix
yeah but A has more Legends slots, so it’s balanced i think
2022-08-29 21:07
1 reply
#84
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Czech Republic PaYaB
not for the tier2 teams, it's worse for them
2022-08-30 13:27
#21
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United States Phanji
Ez 4 Smooya
2022-08-29 19:21
Grayhound wtf, where did that come from
2022-08-29 19:28
1 reply
#42
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United States MrNorwood
The whole team page is setup too, weird. Edit: Looks like the team is using the old Grayhound Twitter now.
2022-08-29 20:04
#26
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Poland coniasty
grayhound lol
2022-08-29 19:29
Hard4BIG
2022-08-29 19:34
#30
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France Gloomyz
Group A is basically CIS RMR
2022-08-29 19:38
#31
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Turkey emr111
#GONINJAS
2022-08-29 19:43
Nice! Ez start for NiP!
2022-08-29 19:43
#33
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Turkey emr111
#NAVINATION
2022-08-29 19:43
#34
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Turkey emr111
#FOREF
2022-08-29 19:43
#35
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Turkey emr111
#VAMOUZ
2022-08-29 19:43
#36
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Turkey emr111
#FAZEUP
2022-08-29 19:44
#37
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Turkey emr111
#VFORVICTORY
2022-08-29 19:44
2 replies
Reported
2022-08-29 19:45
1 reply
#48
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Turkey emr111
y:(
2022-08-29 20:09
#40
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France Khmzbg
Damn group B looks brutal
2022-08-29 19:47
1 reply
No way. There is only one team out of top 6 in group B vs 4 in group A.
2022-08-30 02:21
Easy for Aurora
2022-08-29 19:58
Smooya is about to get outclassed by the GOAT.
2022-08-29 20:07
Interesting groups. Navi will have easy time in group B, but others will have bloody battle over the other slots In group A there is more room for all the favorites to make through, but the legend slots are more uncertain.
2022-08-29 20:13
Astralis out in groups KEKW
2022-08-29 20:24
#57
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Smooya vs Simple would be poggers. Also Order finished now ? Grayhound picked the team ?
2022-08-29 21:00
Imagine being a random israeli faceit stack and getting a free trip to Australia. Nice.
2022-08-29 21:09
#60
JK | 
Asia flipflop
Order is sold I guess... they're looking for buyers, so not surprising. Welcome back Grayhound...
2022-08-29 21:15
My sofa predictions Group A: Faze, Spirit, NIP, G2, Cloud9 = 99% qualification. Astralis, Forze, Fnatic = good chances. Hard for others, maybe Spout or new Ecstatic can surprise. Group B: Navi, Ence, Heroic, Vitality, OG = 99% qualification. Big, Outsiders, Mouz=good chances. Hard for others. Maybe SAW, HEET, k23 can surprise.
2022-08-29 21:47
1 reply
#63
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Slovakia GloryMole
Sprout will definitely make it
2022-08-29 22:40
Smooya vs s1mple 🔥
2022-08-29 23:07
Interesting stuff, GL to all teams 🙂
2022-08-29 23:30
EZ4SAW
2022-08-30 00:13
Grayhound back?
2022-08-30 01:06
Yet again BNE, gl brothers
2022-08-30 01:16
Smooya > s1mple ez
2022-08-30 02:14
all french team on group B RIP
2022-08-30 07:26
#79
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India Noobd1an
Greyhound?
2022-08-30 07:27
#80
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France brunky
ty esl to fuck up french scene putting 3teams in the same group..
2022-08-30 08:37
2 replies
FR scene doesnt need that help its already fucked
2022-08-30 09:43
1 reply
#96
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France brunky
stop fake flaging before talking. fkn dog
2022-08-31 14:31
#85
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Czech Republic PaYaB
MOUZ vs OG was the opening game last time around as well..
2022-08-30 13:29
#89
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Belgium Soldierce
So many russian teams :o
2022-08-30 14:01
#90
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Kosovo riphy
LET'S GO BNE♥
2022-08-30 14:02
Potential s1mple vs ayken lol
2022-08-30 16:28
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