The meeting of the winners of the starting rounds of the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 Challengers Stage has come to an end, as a result of which FaZe Clan and Copenhagen Flames advanced to the Legends stage. In turn, Virtus.pro and Heroic went to the "2-1" bracket, where tomorrow, October 28, they will compete for three tickets to the next stage of the championship.
FaZe Clan - Virtus.pro
The meeting began on the Mirage map, which became the choice of the Virtus.pro team. However, FaZe Clan quickly seized the initiative, not allowing the opponent's attack to breathe. Nevertheless, closer to the side switching, the CIS team pulled themselves together in order to reduce the gap to a comfortable three rounds. The beginning of the second half was again marked by the dominance of FaZe Clan players, who won the starting series of rounds. However, here Virtus.pro leveled the economy and went to take round after round, at some point even coming out ahead. And yet FaZe Clan managed to carry out several successful attacks in the end to break the opponent on his own choice - 16:14.
The battle on the Ancient map took place only in the first half, and FaZe Clan immediately began to gain momentum, showing an exemplary attack, backed up by an excellent knowledge of the map. As a result, the first half ended with a score of 9: 6 in favor of the European team, leaving VP with only ghostly chances to win back. However, after the change of sides, the team from the CIS finally surrendered, failing to come up with a strategy for the attack. As a result, FaZe Clan very easily dealt with the opponent at its own pick, having issued the third victory at the Challengers stage - 16: 6.
Heroic - Copenhagen Flames
The side event kicked off on Vertigo, the Copenhagen Flames' choice. But if in the first half Heroic still made attempts to fight, in their attack cadiaN and the company did not come up with anything against the opponent's defense. As a result, Copenhagen Flames easily took their own pick and took a sensational lead in the series - 16: 7.
Next, the teams ended up on Nuke, where Heroic players felt like the hosts. And if in the first half there was a relatively equal struggle, then in defense Heroic finally seized the initiative, having managed to equalize the score in this series - 16:11.
The desider of the match was Overpass, which started with a huge advantage in favor of Heroic. However, before the changeover, Copenhagen Flames managed to level the situation, playing back up to five rounds. In the second half, roeJ and the company continued to bend their line, having managed not only to catch up with their compatriots, but also to snatch the victory altogether - 16:12.[break]matches_EyZwFOLBs[break]
PGL Major Stockholm 2021 runs from October 26 to November 7 in Sweden. 24 teams are competing for a prize pool of $ 2,000,000, as well as BLAST Premier and ESL Pro Tour points. The championship playoffs will take place at the Avicii Arena with spectators, while the early stages of the championship are played in a studio format.