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2022 PGL Antwerp Main Quarterfinals Previews And Predictions


May 20, 2022

With the Challengers and Legends levels of the Main within the rearview window, the wait is over, and the PGL Antwerp Main Quarterfinals are right here.

There are solely eight groups left within the competitors with out too many surprises. The primary spherical of the playoffs will begin on Thursday, Might nineteenth, at 16:30 CET. Antwerps Sportpaleis will host the followers who cheer for his or her groups by the only elimination bracket. Most groups remaining gained’t shock individuals, an inventory that features the present primary FaZe and the reigning champions NAVI. Three rosters will play their first Main quarters: ENCE, Copenhagen Flames, and Spirit. This can be a super achievement for Spirit as the present quantity 23 staff joined the match as Contenders.

As the beginning nears, the hype across the Antwerp Main solely will get higher. Earlier than tunning into the stream to catch one of the best gamers competing for the trophy, make sure that to learn our breakdowns for every sequence and check out our predictions.

NIP – FaZe (Might 19, 16:30 CET)

The primary recreation on the block is a must-watch for everybody, because it options two prime 10 groups that each handed the Legends stage with a 3-1 rating. Sadly for the Ninjas, their star participant Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz remains to be not with the roster. Dev1ce went inactive within the final month of 2021 due to private causes associated to psychological well being, and the group has but to provide any info on his return. Nonetheless, Ludvig ‘Brollan’ Brolin who’s making an attempt to make up for his absence has been placing up numbers through the occasion. The AWP-ing duties, however, have been left to Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen who hasn’t had his finest displaying through the Legends stage. Whereas NIP had a terrific displaying towards good groups like VIT, C9, and FURIA, they weren’t capable of go toe to toe with the match favourite NAVI, which doesn’t bode properly for his or her upcoming matchup.

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That is primarily because of the truth their opponent FaZe is coming from two straight match wins at IEM Katowice and ESL Professional League Season 15, convincing wins at that. FaZe carries a lineup filled with each expertise and expertise below the management of Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen. Whereas they’d a sluggish begin, they have been capable of decide up steam by to the Legends stage. FaZe is trying to get themselves to the ultimate and hopefully not repeat the catastrophe of the 2018 Boston Main. One excellent news for that’s the new lineup of Cloud9 is out of competition.

Prediction: NIP 1 – 2 FaZe

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Spirit – FURIA (Might 19, 20:00 CET)

In case you are in search of an underdog to assist through the quarters, CIS has your again. The Russians, who have been solely Contenders, impressed everybody through the Challenger stage, the place they solely dropped a sequence towards G2. Nonetheless, the massive shock was the Legends sequence, the place they went 3-0, dropping just one map towards Copenhagen Flames. Their efficiency is just made extra spectacular because the three groups they beat throughout this stage (FURIA, Flames, and Heroic) all made the quarters. And by the truth that they’re the youngest staff within the Main with a mean of 20.7 years outdated. The staff is led by Leonid ‘chopper’ Vishnyakov, who is not a stranger to underdog surprises from his stint at Vega Squadron. However they are going to principally depend on Robert ‘Patsi’ Isyanov, who boasted a powerful 1.50 score by the Legends stage.

FURIA, however, got here into the Main as extra of a darkish horse slightly than an underdog. However their efficiency hasn’t put in essentially the most confidence of their followers. That they had a shaky Legends stage and needed to battle tooth and nail towards G2 for a 2-1 victory of their final recreation. The staff has been on an upward trajectory after the pickup of Rafael ‘saffee’ Costa from paiN Gaming at the beginning of the yr, however they could not handle to hold it to the Main but. Their most important benefit over Spirit is the expertise of gamers like KSCERATO, yuurih, and arT. FURIA, previously, tended to battle towards interregional opponents, and the in-form Spirit can pose them a major hazard.

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Prediction: Spirit 1 – 2 FURIA


ENCE – Copenhagen Flames (Might 20, 16:30 CET)

Copenhagen Flames has been some of the thrilling groups to comply with within the latest years of Counter-Strike, which makes the speculations that gamers wish to sail brighter seas after the Main extra dangerous information. They’re now trying to get one final shot, albeit they’re already in a greater place in comparison with the Stockholm Main. Their street into the playoffs was on no account simple, nevertheless. They misplaced their first two Bo3s and needed to face a crimson scorching Imperial of their final one. Fortuitously for the Danes, they have been capable of overcome the legends of the Brazillian scene, primarily because of Rasmus ‘Zyphon’ Nordfoss. The sequence’ favorites ENCE is trying to return to the glory days of their Finnish roster. They’re the present quantity 3 coming into the sport with a string of excellent outcomes, together with a first-place at BLAST Premier: Spring European Showdown 2022.

Regardless of the promising outcomes, ENCE lacks expertise in the case of Main quarters. For 4 of their gamers, that is the primary time in entrance of a crowd, not to mention a Main. They should have a look at the expertise IGL Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer for steering on this one. The excellent news for viewers, and perhaps dangerous ones for ENCE, is that we have seen these groups play through the Legends stage. Flames got here on prime in that recreation with not an excessive amount of hassle, although it was a Bo1. Nonetheless, the expertise ENCE has can spell an early finish for Copenhagen Flames’ obvious final tourney.

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Predictions: ENCE 2 – 1 Copenhagen Flames

Natus Vincere – Heroic (Might 20, 20:00 CET)

Final however undoubtedly not least, perhaps essentially the most hype recreation of the quarters sees Heroic going through the reigning champs. Earlier than taking part in within the RMR tournaments, Heroic had a six-game shedding streak towards the CIS representatives. Mixed with their dangerous file towards NAVI, Heroic hadn’t had one of the best Legends stage. They have been getting ready to elimination towards Vitality and needed to claw their option to the quarters. Whereas all members of the squad are carrying their weight, they should get a very good efficiency from Martin ‘stavn’ Lund in the event that they count on to win this one.
On the opposite aspect, NAVI is again to reclaim the throne.

The champs had a 3-0 Legends stage, however they needed to go to 3 maps towards NIP and extra time towards G2, which does not scream simple video games. The Ukrainian staff did not have one of the best begin to 2022, not seeing finals but in any tourney this yr. In fact, everybody’s minds are on the battle in Ukraine and the way forward for the group has been within the air. Nonetheless, the expertise on this roster is plain, and when all else fails, they nonetheless have the best participant ever to play the sport: Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev.

Predictions: NAVI 2 – 0 Heroic

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