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PGL Major Antwerp Challenger Stage Highlights

The PGL Major Antwerp festivities have gotten underway this week. However, before we crown a champion we start in the Challenger Stage. Unsurprising to most, G2 Esports and Team Vitality broke out ahead with convincing 3-0 finishes in their opening week of the Challenger Stage. However, that doesn’t mean that the former’s road to the Legends Stage was all that clean. 

Here is what you need to know going into the next phase of the PGL Major. 

Team Spirit vs G2 Esports

G2 Esports is not only a fan favourite but pound for pound, they are among the best teams in the world, so to see such an experienced team nearly falter to Team Spirit is slightly concerning. The match began business as usual on Dust2 with G2 leading the half 11-3 with a dominant CT side. However, Spirit would answer in kind with their own string of CT sided dominance. Nemanja ‘huNter-‘ Kovač lept out for G2 with an impressive showcase, racking up 30 kills, a +8 kill to death spread, 85.2 average damage done per round (ADR) and a 1.22 HLTV.org rating. However, Spirit had its own champion that put the world on notice. Boris ‘magixx’ Vorobiev ended the narrow match with 27 kills of his own, a +4 spread, 82.5 ADR and a 1.14 HLTV.org rating. The Russian underdogs should not be slept on as they approach their round 4 opponents of Astralis. G2 on the other hand needs to find their wits as they walk into the fire that is the Legends Stage. The only other team to join them has had quite a walk in the park.

Team Vitality vs Complexity 

In such an explosive game, ending a map deathless is a rare occurrence in Counter-Strike. However for French superstar Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut it was just another day in the office. In Vitality’s throttling of Complexity 16-1, the whole team performed up to and even surpassed expectations. However, it would be ZywOo to end the Inferno with 11 kills, 0 deaths, 100% KAST, and a 1.58 HLTV.org rating. For Complexity, they pair off with their North American rivals in Team Liquid as both teams face elimination. As for Team Vitality, as long as they stay the course and keep their form they should be considered in the conversation looking ahead towards the Champions Stage. 

Imperial Esports vs Team Liquid

And yes, you’ve read that right, Team Liquid is staring down the barrel of being eliminated from the major partly because of an upset loss to Brazil’s Imperial Esports. They say revenge is sweet, and that had to be refreshing for Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo as he squared off against his former team in emphatic fashion with a 16-10 win on Inferno. Across the board from Fernando ‘fer’ Alvarenga to Ricardo ‘boltz’ Prass, Imperial performed extremely well across the board. However, it was fer to lead the team statistically. Collecting 27 kills, a +15 kill to death ratio, a shocking 110.2 ADR, 92.3 KAST, and a staggering 1.78 HLTV.org rating. That said, both teams are in the same boat. Both Team Liquid and Imperial Esports sit with two losses each with TL running headlong into Complexity Gaming in Round 4 while Imperial faces IHC Esports. 

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