The Legends Stage of PGL Antwerp Major has come to a conclusion, giving us 8 teams that will compete for the biggest trophy in Professional CSGO.
The 8 remaining teams have qualified to the Champions stage, and will compete in a single elimination playoff bracket starting 19th May 2022 at the Antwerp Sportpaleis in Belgium in front of a crowd of 18,000 spectators.
The 8 teams will battle it out for a prize pool of $1 million, the lion’s share of which $500,000 will go to the winning team. The prize pool for CSGO Majors had been upped from $250,000 to 1 million USD in 2016, at the MLG Columbus Major.
Since then all Majors have had a prize pool of $1 million, barring PGL Stockholm Major 2021 which had a prize pool of $2 million as it was the first CSGO Major in 2 years.
TOP 8 TEAMS AT PGL ANTWERP MAJOR 2022
The Legends stage ended with some upsets, with Cloud9 being the most notable of them.
After signing Gambit’s roster to return to CSGO after more than year, Cloud9 looked set for a deep run but a mismanaged map veto vs FaZe Clan, followed by a shock loss to Fallen’s Imperial saw them eliminated with 1-3 record in the legends stage.
Last year’s Major runner ups, G2 esports also failed to make it to the playoffs with their new roster as they fell to FURIA in the last game.
A tough road in the Legends stage saw them face NaVi and Heroic on their way, followed by Outsiders. They went out with a 2-3 score and will miss the top 8.
ZywOo, the 2nd best player of 2021 as per HLTV, will also not be present at the Champions Stage as Team Vitality lost to Heroic in a must win series, which saw the Danes progress ahead of the French-Danish mix.
The biggest surprise came from CIS side Team Spirit. They revamped their roster at the start of 2022 by adding Patsi and s1ren from their academy team.
They were the last team to qualify for the Major through the European RMR B and made their way to the Legends stage with ease. They shocked everyone by going 3-0 in the legends stage and were the first one to qualify for the playoffs, alongside reigning champions Natus Vincere.
LIST OF TEAMS QUALIFIED FOR PGL ANTWERP MAJOR QUARTER FINALS
- Team Spirit – 3-0
- Natus Vincere – 3-0
- ENCE – 3-1
- Ninjas in Pyjamas – 3-1
- FaZe Clan – 3-1
- Heroic – 3-2
- FURIA – 3-2
- Copenhagen Flames – 3-2