G2 Esports and Astralis were upset by GamerLegion and forZe, respectively. This is the first time in over five years that both teams will not be competing in a CSGO Major.
Both Astralis and G2 Esports lost in the RMR Road to Rio 2022 Europe competition on October 7 and were eliminated from Major qualifying.
G2 lost to Cloud9, 1win, and GamersLegion to miss CSGO Major qualifying at the RMR. During the best-of-one portion of the competition, Astralis was eliminated by both Ninjas in Pyjamas and Bad New Eagles. This was prior to their series setback at the hands of the Russian squad.
Both teams are mainstays at the CS:GO Major tournament series, with G2 Esports having qualified for every Major since it began in 2015, a total of 11 times. Since its debut in 2016, Astralis has not been absent from a single CS: GO Major tournament until now.
With four victories over the course of the previous six years, the Danish organization has established itself as the esports’ most successful Major squad.
G2 and Astralis to miss out on IEM: Rio Major
The most recent Major tournament that G2 Esports competed in was the PGL Major Antwerp 2022, where they finished in the top 11 of the event. A second-place result at IEM Katowice is the team’s best showing this year.
When compared to other bands, Astralis have not had the best year. The Danish team finished in the top 20 at the Antwerp Major tournament.
Astralis, a four-time major winner, did not qualify for the Major. Astralis hasn’t made every major since 2017 after losing a best-of-three series versus ForZe. The following is a rundown of how these games turned out and what it implies for the future of these teams.
Due to the fact that both teams failed to qualify for the major, it is possible that roster adjustments will be made. Changes are less likely to occur now that G2 has recently added HooXi and has had some success at the ESL Pro League Season 16 tournament.
Despite this, the team that Astralis fields have been struggling with a run of poor performance for the better part of two years. The fact that this is the first Major that the Astralis organization has missed suggests that there will likely be upcoming adjustments.
Even though FaZe Clan, NIP, and Sprout have already qualified for the Legends Stage of the RMR Road to Rio, the competition is still going on. There are only three spaces available for teams competing in the qualifying to compete in order to make it to the CSGO Major.