The Challengers Stage of the PGL Antwerp Major 2022 concluded yesterday, with 3 teams making the cut to the legends stage on the final day. Team Liquid, Bad News Eagles and Imperial esports all won out their final games to go 3-2 and advance to the top 16 of 2022’s first CSGO Major.
With the conclusion of the first stage, we now have the full list of all the teams in the top 16 of PGL Antwerp. They are:
- FaZe Clan
- Natus Vincere
- G2 esports
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Team Vitality
- Team Liquid
- Copenhagen Flames
- Team Spirit
- Bad News Eagles
The Legends Stage of PGL Antwerp will start on Saturday, May 14th. Much like the Challengers stage, the Legends stage will follow the Swiss format and teams will play Bo1s first, and only qualification/elimination matches will be Bo3s. The top 8 teams from the Legends Stage will advance to the playoffs, which will take place at the Antwerps Sportpaleis from 19th May – 22nd May.
All the teams that made it to the playoffs at PGL Stockholm are in contention for another shot at a CSGO major, albeit some with different rosters. Natus Vincere will be looking to defend their crown after their win at PGL Stockholm, but 2022 has been less than ideal for them as they have been unable to win any tournaments this year, losing to G2 at IEM Katowice 2022 and then to FaZe Clan at ESL Pro League S15.
The road will not be easy as Natus Vincere faces G2, their opponents from the final of PGL Stockholm, in the first game of the Legends Stage. FaZe too face ENCE, in a repeat of ESL Pro League S15 final while Cloud9 face Outsiders in a CIS powerhouse clash.
The initial matchups for PGL Antwerp Major Legends Stage are as follows:
|1||Heroic vs Team Liquid||15:30|
|2||Copenhagen Flames vs Bad News Eagles||15:30|
|3||Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Team Vitality||16:45|
|4||Cloud9 vs Outsiders||16:45|
|5||FaZe vs ENCE||18:00|
|6||FURIA vs Team Spirit||18:00|
|7||Natus Vincere vs G2||19:15|
|8||BIG vs Imperial||19:15|