IEM Rio Major 2022 Challengers Stage
Team GamerLegion vs FURIA Esports
Format: BO303.10.2022 00:00
October 31-November 13 will mark the second major CS:GO event of the 2022 competition season. Twenty-four teams have been selected through the regional RMR qualifiers – eight will begin their journey with the Legends stage and another sixteen will embark on the journey with the Challengers stage. The winner of the IEM Rio Major 2022 will receive $500,000, BLAST ranking points, and invites to ESL Katowice 2023 and BLAST Premier: World Final.
The tournament will be held in two stages. The first is the Challengers Stage where sixteen teams will compete for the right to play in the Legends stage, with only eight of the participating teams qualifying for it. The Challengers Stage matches are played in a Swiss system (each team plays for points until they have three wins or three losses). The knockout or elimination matches will be BO3, the rest will be BO1.
Team GamerLegion and FURIA Esports will play their match in the Challengers stage. In the BO3 series, they will determine the winner of the meeting. Which team will advance to the Legends stage?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Team GamerLegion: luck running out
- Current HLTV ranking: #25;
- Changes over the last three months: +26;
- Best map: Inferno – 100% in 3 maps;
- Worst map: Nuke – 42,9% in 7 maps.
The Swedish organization is a strong representative of the tier-2 scene. But the old roster was not ready to show stable results and enter the top flight. Therefore, the organization presented a new roster for the beginning of the RMR qualifiers, which looked very strong on paper. But they didn't play together right away. They could only make it to RMR the fourth time. But with each match the guys got used to each other, gained confidence, and strengthened tactically. And in the tournament they were able to show their full strength, and even in the decisive match for the exit, sensationally failed to let G2 play in the major.
The squad continued to surprise in Rio as well – they managed to get one victory against Team Vitality. But Team GamerLegion was unable to ensure their passage to the next stage of the major, losing to Bad News Eagles for nothing. In the BO3 series, none of the team's players achieved a positive HLTV ranking and Kill/Deaths score, while their opponent was better at implementing bomb strategies and firepower.
On the first game day, many teams were feeling their game, which Team GamerLegion was able to take advantage of. In a series of two to two victories, however, the odds against the top teams were slimmer.
FURIA Esports: the only home team
- Current HLTV ranking: #10;
- Changes over the last three months:–;
- Best map: Ancient – 100% in 3 maps;
- Worst map: Inferno – 33 % in 3 maps.
The Brazilian five-man roster failed to qualify for the Challengers due to an unexpected loss to Evil Geniuses in the American RMR qualifiers. Because of that, FURIA Esports began playing in front of their home crowd a little earlier than they had planned. In October, the team did not play in any outside tournaments and was preparing hard for the IEM Rio Major 2022.
At the beginning of the tournament, KSCERATO is once again peerless. The Brazilian riffler again showed phenomenal play, finishing the first game day with 1.46. His match against 00 Nation was very special as Kaike dominated his compatriots, racking up 32 shots while only letting himself get killed 10 times. Statistically, the Brazilian is guaranteed to do just under one kill per round and deal 98 damage. However, these numbers came from the massacre of the coldzera team.
FURIA Esports achieved an important victory over OG, leaving one more margin for error in the Legends Stage matches. They are now the only team representing Brazil, and fans will be eager to support the crowd favorites. FURIA Esports ranks third in total win rate in the rounds (55.4%), second in execution of 5x4 situations (82.4%), in faceoffs more often making first kills and securing its advantage. The combination of factors suggests that this confrontation will be the last for the Brazilians in the Challengers.
Expert Betting Tips
The obvious favorite in this encounter is the Brazilian team. They play at the level of the best Challengers, and there is no reason for their game to break down overnight in a particular encounter. Given that Team GamerLegion lost 0-2 to Bad News Eagles in the first BO3, that scenario is likely to be repeated here as well. The odds on Correct Score 0-2 is 2.62 at Bet365. It can also be assumed that the series will not reach the third map. The odds for this outcome are 1.78 at 1xbet & 1.70 at Betway.