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G2 Esports and Team Vitality won their Round 3 High matches on Tuesday to qualify for the Legends Stage at PGL Major Antwerp 2022 in Belgium.
Vitality beat forZe 2-1 while G2 beat ENCE, also 2-1. ENCE and forZE will compete in Wednesday’s Round 4 High matches as the Challengers stage continues.
On Wednesday, Team Spirit, Bad News Eagles (BNE), Astralis and Outsiders also qualified for the High matches. They all won their best Mid Tuesday matches.
In both Low matches, IHC Esports defeated Renegades 2-0 and Team Liquid toppled 9z Team 2-0 to play another day. Renegades and 9z have been eliminated.
The opening major stage features 16 teams competing for eight spots in the legends stage. Using the Swiss system format, the eight teams that won in Round 1 advanced to the “High” matches in Round 2 and the eight that lost advanced to the “Low” matches in Round 2. All matches are best-of-ones, except for elimination and advancement matches, which are best-of-three.
On Tuesday, Vitality was expected to rally forZe after dropping the top card, Nuke, 16-12. Vitality took Dust II 16-9 then Mirage 16-12. Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut of France powered Vitality with 60 eliminations and a plus differential of 16 eliminations. Denmark’s Emil “Magisk” Reif led Vitality with 62 kills on a plus-11 KD differential.
G2 opened with a 16-7 win over Dust II before dropping Ancient to ENCE in overtime, 19-16. G2 advanced with a 16-9 victory over Mirage. Nikola “NiKo” Kovac of Bosnia and Herzegovina has collected 72 wins on a plus-23 KD differential. Israeli Lotan “Spinx” Giladi had 63 kills and a plus-7 differential for ENCE.
In the middle matches, Spirit beat Eternal Fire 16-11 on Dust II, BNE beat Imperial Esports 16-12 on Vertigo, Astralis edged MIBR 16-13 on Overpass, and Outsiders beat Complexity Gaming 16-9 on Overpass.
The winners of Wednesday’s three Round 4 High matches will advance to the Legends stage, and the losers of the three Round 4 Low matches will be eliminated from the major. After the Challengers Stage ends on Thursday, the Legends Stage will take place from May 14-17 in the same format to determine which eight teams earn spots in the Champions Stage.
The Challengers stage continues on Wednesday with six Round 4 matches:
–Astralis vs. Team Spirit (High)
–forZe against Outsiders (high)
–ENCE vs. BNE (high)
–Imperial Esports vs. IHC Esports (weak)
–Complexity vs Team Liquid (Low)
–MIBR against Eternal Fire (weak)
–Field level media