Earlier today, FaZe clan became the first grand finalist in the PGL Antwerp Major 2022 after taking down team Spirit in quite an unusual manner, directly with a knife kill to win it all. Even though FaZe clan finished off the series with a win, this entire series hasn’t been easy by any means. At the very last minute of the game, Finn “Karrigan” Andersan closed out the win in the most exciting way possible, by getting a knife kill on Abdul “Degster” Ganasov, to win twenty three to twenty five.
It’s day 2 of the PGL Major Antwerp 2022 and we already have three teams that secured a spot in the legends stage. Yesterday we had a bunch of interesting results, G2 Esports and Team Vitality were the first two teams to advance into the next stage. On the other hand, Renegades and 9z team were the first two teams that got eliminated from the event.
As the first major of the year unfolds, we’ve seen some favorite teams completely stomp their enemies, while others have actually struggled to secure seemingly easy wins. On the opening day of the event, we saw Europe dismantle North America as G2 Esports and Team Vitality claimed the two first victories in the EU vs NA matchups.
North America’s hopes got crushed by their European counterparts as the opening day didn’t go well at all for them. It’s obvious to say that Europe has always been on top when it comes to the overall EU vs NA record, but it’s always exciting to see these two regions fight it out on the international stage.
The first CS:GO major of the year is about to kick off and we can’t be more excited about that! During the first day of the major, we will have two EU vs NA matches, teams like Renegades will play on the international stage after many months, there’s so much stuff happening that it might be a bit overwhelming.
We had both semifinals unfold on the same day and both series were incredibly one-sided. Godsent vs Furia Esports was the first matchup of the day and Furia wanted to finish this series quickly as they stormed the first game. Godsent had the first map pick and decided to go for Overpass, which they regretted quickly.
While PGL Major Antwerp 2022 comes closer and closer, we can still enjoy some good CSGO at the BLAST Premier Spring European Showdown tournament. A couple of days ago we got to watch ENCE take down Copenhagen Flames in a close series, while Heroic was doing the same against Team NKT. Both teams got themselves into the first semi-finals of the tournament, the other being Astralis vs Ninjas in Pyjamas, which we are still waiting to watch.
The last time these two teams faced each other was back in the Pinnacle Cup III back in March and the Flames came up on top quite convincingly. A month ago Copenhagen Flames took down the Finnish squad 2-0 and the Flames went on to achieve a winning streak of 5 matches. It’s safe to say that the Danish team was coming into this series quite comfortably because of their recent performance and qualification to the PGL Major Antwerp 2022 Legends Stage.
On April 24 North American organization Cloud9 signed a new roster consisting of ex-Gambit Esports players. Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov, Dmitriy “sh1ro” Sokolov, Timofey “interz” Yakushin, Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov, and Abai “HObbit” Hasenov played under the team name “Players” in the PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR B qualifiers and will debut as Cloud9 in the PGL Major Antwerp Legends Stage which begins on May 14.
The PGL Major Antwerp is the first Counter-Strike Global Offensive major of the year and will be held in the Antwerps Sportpaleis on May 9 – 22. It features the very best 24 teams in the entire world that had to play through the different qualifiers held in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia-Pacific regions. Just like in previous years, the PGL Major Antwerp will feature the Challengers, Legends, and Champions stage. Let’s see which are some of the teams that will be participating and let’s check out how the different stages work.