Cloud9 advance to Legends Stage with victory over GamerLegion

The Russian side has secured a crucial victory after two close map wins over GamerLegion.

An elimination or progression game saw Cloud9 and GamerLegion clash, one team starting 0-2 and the other 2-0 in the Challengers Stage. With everything to play for Cloud9 were able to win and progress to the Legends stage.

For these two teams, their journey here could not be more contrasting. GamerLegion can consider their result an overperformance, as they were an underdog who had subverted expectations just by making the Major. Cloud9, on the other hand, came in as favorites, ranked fourth in HLTV's IEM Rio Major power rankings before the event, and just squeezed through the Challengers stage after a slow start in Rio.

With two close maps wins, Cloud9 advance to the Legends stage

Coming into this match Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov was the highest-rated player at the event, he proved why in the very first round of Overpass with three kills as Cloud9 won the pistol round. The momentum didn't last long however as GamerLegion brought themselves back into the game on the CT side. Through some big kills on the AWP from Frederik "⁠acoR⁠" Gyldstrand, and a beautifully executed play from Nicolas "⁠Keoz⁠" Dgus on Monster, GamerLegion were able to take complete control of the first half and their lead up to 11-4.

Now down big coming into the second half the weight fell on Timofey "⁠interz⁠" Yakushin shoulders as he found himself in a 1v1 in the pistol round which GamerLegion won. Despite the pistol round loss, Cloud9 claimed their force-buy and on the next round interz was once again put in a clutch position, but this time he closed it out. The Russians were able to use the momentum to get back into the game on their CT side, converting eight rounds in a row. On their CT side Cloud9 looked more like themselves, as they were able to pull back rounds even after losing a man advantage or losing sites. In the end, the game got extremely close but Cloud9 got the win, 16-13.

Mirage started similarly to Overpass, with CT-sided dominance. but this time it was Cloud9 who took the early lead. For the second map in a row, it would be interz put into an important clutch position and again he would come out on top, but after GamerLegion's resurgance, Cloud9 would only finish the half 8-7 up.

Cloud9 started off their CT-side determined not to get swept in the series, taking the first two rounds off their opponents. They took advantage of their economic boost and grabbed an 11-9 lead off the back of an impressive fragging display from Mihai "⁠iM⁠" Ivan. The lead would not remain there for long however as the game became tied at 12-12. The competitive game continued with each round going down to the wire as there was barely a thing to separate the two teams. In the dying embers of the second map, it was sh1ro, with the help of a flying one-tap from Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov, who was able to give Cloud9 the 16-13 victory.

 GamerLegion K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 38 0 67.0 1.01
35 - 36 -1 70.8 0.99
40 - 43 -3 73.3 0.99
33 - 40 -7 69.8 0.95
31 - 44 -13 58.2 0.82
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
46 - 32 +14 78.9 1.32
45 - 38 +7 90.2 1.19
40 - 38 +2 85.7 1.11
33 - 30 +3 58.3 1.10
36 - 39 -3 64.1 0.92
Group Challengers Stage
3W - 1L
3W - 2L
2W - 2L
2W - 3L
0W - 3L
Romania Mihai 'iM' Ivan
Mihai 'iM' Ivan
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
806
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
918
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Denmark Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1095
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
991
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Belgium Nicolas 'Keoz' Dgus
Nicolas 'Keoz' Dgus
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
Russia Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
901
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.58
#1
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Brazil Craynior
0 - 3 legends ez free pick
2022-11-03 22:12
3 replies
FR, Imperial almost died for this
2022-11-03 22:38
1 reply
Then imperial Shouldn't have gone 0-2 in the first place.
2022-11-03 22:43
Still salty that Imperial sucks?
2022-11-04 20:02
sh1ro carried this team im so happy for cloud9, but so sad for gamerlegion rip acor
2022-11-03 22:12
#3
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Romania FaZe_NBK
Tyloo, 2019 Katowice, Challengers stage. Entropiq, 2021 Stockholm, Legends stage. Forze, 2022 Antwerp, Challengers stage. GamerLegion, 2022 Rio, Challengers stage. Welcome to the club "From 2-0 to 2-3", lol.
2022-11-03 22:12
12 replies
Ouuuuuchhhhh
2022-11-03 22:13
Cloud9, Welcome back to the club "From 0-2 to 3-2"
2022-11-03 22:20
6 replies
Who else is there?
2022-11-03 22:22
5 replies
#24
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Old Major winning C9 at Boston Major Who else idk
2022-11-03 22:27
1 reply
ASTRALIS I think
2022-11-03 23:34
#25
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
But that was in the legend stage
2022-11-03 22:28
100T did it once. they looked like dogshit then turned it around
2022-11-03 22:49
#41
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Ukraine VoidWave
Vitality stockholm major legends stage
2022-11-03 23:29
#26
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Asia primoknows
Acor saying on Twitter: "F*ck your Pick' ems!" after winning 2-0. Where are you now, Acor?
2022-11-03 22:30
3 replies
#38
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Poland BAN_ANIME
i mean - pickems still destroyed, it doesn't matter he didn't qualify for legends
2022-11-03 23:14
1 reply
#47
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Asia primoknows
What are you saying? All of the favored teams to go to Legends are there besides OG.
2022-11-04 00:41
it still ruined my pickems...
2022-11-04 00:33
#4
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Lithuania Zemajts
cool
2022-11-03 22:12
Flying ax1le, check.
2022-11-03 22:12
1 reply
#10
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United Kingdom timmlondon
you so smart, arent u?
2022-11-03 22:18
where did greyhound go?
2022-11-03 22:12
#8
b1t | 
India Mr_UNX
WP GamerLegion such a great run at this major
2022-11-03 22:13
#9
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CIS darkness_
Illegal one-tap
2022-11-03 22:17
sh1ro best player in the world after zywoo right now
2022-11-03 22:19
1 reply
+1
2022-11-04 11:05
Tough. The real event starts now for C9.. hard struggle definitely improvement is needed otherwise it‘s quick elimination.. and changes need to be done
2022-11-03 22:19
#13
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Nice to see C9 recover but unluko for GL . C9 haven't looked their usual in this tourney but still managed to regain their composure and make it happen . Shrio has been a beast . Game against BNE was GL's best opportunity to advance , matches were to get tougher from there . But still the young squad did well in the short time. Hopefully they stay together till Paris . Acor redemption arc is on going
2022-11-03 22:21
5 replies
Cloud9 definitely worked on their comebacks, but against lesser opposition. This‘ won‘t work at the real stage
2022-11-03 22:21
2 replies
#29
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Pakistan LoOuU2
yea they are starting their games with massive round disadvantage and it might be too much to make the comebacks happen against better opposition , they werent able to do it successfully against Fnatic either.
2022-11-03 22:32
1 reply
because nobody played that map except of sh1ro now they would easily beat fnatic
2022-11-03 23:28
Yep, but they'll definitely be dark horses next week. I don't think the top 3 seeds that will play their first BO1 against c9 or Vita are happy at all...
2022-11-03 22:21
1 reply
#30
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i agree , sure both VItality and C9 have looked pretty vulnerable in the first stage but teams and players of these caliber can pop up and regain their form at any time
2022-11-03 22:33
dirty ax1le
2022-11-03 22:22
Lets go! GG
2022-11-03 22:22
So sad for siuhy but just the bo3 really verify who deserves the spot.
2022-11-03 22:24
#AlgaC9
2022-11-03 22:25
congrats, but with such gameplay my point remains hltv.org/news/34830/iem-rio-major-profil..
2022-11-03 22:27
#27
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
AlgaC9
2022-11-03 22:30
PICK'EMS SAVED!
2022-11-03 22:30
#33
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Russia mshkoda
lesgo!
2022-11-03 22:48
They might be not in the best form but you can't call them onliners after multiple comebacks and overtime wins. Good recovery after being aced on Overpass.
2022-11-03 22:51
1 reply
Anyone who still calls them onliners is a clown tbh
2022-11-04 01:13
#36
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United States ryan!nacs
good for sh1ro
2022-11-03 22:52
no mention of hobbit???
2022-11-03 23:05
Wtf was that ax1le mid air one tap? Insane!
2022-11-03 23:18
acor might be the worst T side awper in CS
2022-11-03 23:43
1 reply
jun1or has joined the server
2022-11-03 23:53
Expected, gj C9 Not bad showing from GL tho, pretty good result considering they don't have that much experience
2022-11-04 00:07
ALGA CLOUD9!!!
2022-11-04 20:10
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