IEM Rio will be the second CS:GO Major of 2022 and the first-ever Major tournament to be held in Brazil. The Challenger Stage of the Major will kick off on October 31, with the Grand final of the event set to be played on November 13. Once the Legends Stage kicks off, a total of 16 teams will be competing for the lion’s share of the $1.250.000 prize pool, with the winner walking away with a Major trophy and $500.000.
Challengers Stage: Oct 31st – Nov 3rd
Legends Stage: Nov 5th – 8th
Champions Stage: Nov 10th – 13th
Nemanja “nexa” Isakovic
Adam “NEOFRAG” Zouhar
Shahar “flameZ” Shushan
Abdul “degster” Gasanov
Maciej “F1KU” Miklas
Qualified as: Challengers
Last Major: Not qualified
Odds of winning IEM Rio Major: 16.5-17
OG Esports entered the world of Counter-Strike in December 2019 with a newly organized roster featuring ISSAA, Aleksib, valde, NBK, and mantuu. Since then, OG’s roster has changed, with the current active players being nexa, flameZ, degster, F1KU, and NEOFRAG. Since 2019, OG haven’t qualified for a CS:GO Major even once, which means that the IEM Rio Major 2022 will be the first-ever CS:GO Major for the organization.
As nexa’s troops struggled at the ESL Challenger Melbourne where they lost to the Chinese squad from Wings Up, CS:GO fans had some doubts regarding their form heading into the IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR. However, OG immediately erased any concerns about their chances of competing in the Major, as they went on to play much better in Malta, defeating Illuminar, Falcons, and Outsiders to book a ticket for the Major in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Is fair to say that the OG squad has found solid ground and the potential is definitely there, which means that their CS:GO fans will probably be expecting good results from them, especially in the Challengers Stage. The odds of surviving the Challengers Stage are high for OG, but what happens from there will depend on a lot of factors.
Pley.gg prediction: 9-11th
World Ranking: #15
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