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Everything you need to know about the PGL Major Antwerp

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Here is everything you need to know about the PGL Major Antwerp. This article is inspired by this post on Reddit. Go upvote it!

Name: PGL Major Antwerp 2022
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Venue: Antwerps Sportpaleis
Date: 9/5-22/5 - 2022

Format:

Challenger Stage: 16 teams in Swiss Group Format. Eight teams advance to the Legends Stage. All elimination or advancement matches are Bo3, and all other matches are Bo1.

Legends Stage: Eight teams from Challenger Stage face eight already qualified teams in another Swiss Group. Eight teams advance to the knockout phase. All elimination or advancement matches are Bo3, and all other matches are Bo1.

Champions Stage: Eight teams compete in the single-elimination bracket. All matches are Bo3.

Prize Pool:

1st: $500,000
2nd: $150,000
3rd-4th: $70,000
5-8th: $35,000

Teams in Challenger Stage:

ENCE, G2, forZe, Astralis, Team Vitality, MIBR, Imperial Esports, Bad News Eagles, Eternal Fire, Team Spirit, Outsiders, Complexity Gaming, IHC Esports, Renegades, Team Liquid, 9z Team

Teams in Legends Stage:

Heroic, Copenhagen Flames, BIG, Cloud9, FURIA, FaZe, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere

Countries represented:

1. Denmark: 20 players


1. Russia: 20 players


3. Brazil: 15 players


4. USA: 6 players


5. France: 5 players


5. Germany: 5 players


5. Mongolia: 5 players


5. Turkey: 5 players


9. Australia: 4 players


9. Kosovo: 4 players


9. Sweden: 4 players


12. Canada: 3 players


12. Kazakhstan: 3 players


13. Argentina: 2 players


13. Bosnia: 2 players


13. Latvia: 2 players


13. Poland: 2 players


13. Ukraine: 2 players


13. Uruguay: 2 players


20. Chile: 1 player


20. Estonia: 1 player


20. Finland: 1 player


20. Israel: 1 player


20. Montenegro: 1 player


20. New Zealand: 1 player


20. Norway: 1 player


20. South Africa: 1 player


20. Switzerland: 1 player

Trivia:

shox, dupreeh, olofmeister, device, and Xyp9x are the only five players to have attended all previous 16 Majors. Unless device or olofmeister is substituted in at the PGL Major Antwerp, we will be down to three players on that list.

39 players will make their Major debut at Antwerpen.

Two players hold a 100% win record at a Major. fnx (2) and B1T (1).

Most Majors won: Astralis - 4 titles
Most Major finals: Ninjas in Pyjamas - 5 times
Most Major appearances: NAVI - 16 times

Antwerp is the 12th city to host a Major. Jönköping (2), Katowice (3), Cologne (3), Cluj-Napoca, Columbus, Atlanta, Krakow, Boston, London, Berlin, and Stockholm have hosted the event before.

Mirage is the only map that has been played at all Majors.

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