Copenhagen Flames and Players Qualify for PGL Antwerp Major 2022
Two of the three 'Legend Status' spots have been secured.
The second day of the European RMR B (Regional Major Rankings B) concluded with Players (Gambit Esports) and Copenhagen Flames (CPHF) qualifying through to the PGL Antwerp Major 2022. Both the teams have directly qualified for the 'New Legends Stage' following victory over Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP) respectively, earning two of the three available 'Legend Status' spots in the process.
On the other hand, the journey for both Sangal and Sprout came to an end in this LAN qualifiers after facing defeats against ASG and Endpoint respectively.
12 teams are still in contention for the six spots that are still up for grabs at the Antwerp Major - one legend spot, four challenger spots, and one contender spot. The European RMR is far from over.
European RMR B: Copenhagen Flames and Players qualify for the PGL Antwerp Major 2022
The first two teams from the European RMR B have made their way through to the Antwerp Major, as CPHF swept NIP in two consecutive games while Players had to tussle it out with Astralis on the deciding map.
Players put on a good show against Astralis in the qualifying match as the two teams won each others map picks before playing the decider. Players won on Ancient with a '16-13' scoreline, taking an early advantage by beating the Danes on their map pick.
Astralis fought back on Dust 2, delivering a '16-12' blow to the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) lineup and taking the series down to the last map on Inferno. The first half was very competitive as the two teams exchanged rounds back and forth, but in the second half Players completely shut down the Danish offence by playing a near-perfect CT-side.
NIP despite its best efforts was not able to stop the CPHF juggernaut, as the Danish esports organization qualified for the PGL Antwerp Major 2022 without dropping a single map.
CPHF faced a good resistance from NIP on their map pick Vertigo with the game going into overtime before CPHF was able to close it with a '19-17' scoreline. The next game on Overpass was more one-sided as NIP struggled to find its footing in the equalizer, losing by a '16-10' scoreline.
With six more slots up for grabs and 12 teams still in contention, a lot of action still remains to be witnessed in the European RMR B. It will be interesting to see which six teams are able to qualify ahead while the rest shall face elimination.