Imperial Esports Qualifies For IEM Rio Major 2022


CS:GO Community Reacts to Imperial Esports Claiming Last Rio Major Slot

It was a riveting journey towards the end...

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Imperial Esports won four consecutive do-or-die matches to qualify for the IEM Rio Major 2022.
Imperial Esports managed to clinch the last available slot for the Rio Major after defeating Complexity in a thrilling series.
Here is how some of the CS:GO players, talents, organizations, and personalities reacted to Imperial Esports qualifying for the Major.

Imperial Esports, the fan-favorite CS:GO team for the upcoming IEM Rio Major 2022, barely made it through by clinching the last available spot for the tournament.

The team started off really well making quick work of Isurus in its opening match but fell against 9z Team and 00 Nation in consecutive matches to face an elimination threat from the tournament.

However, the team was determined to compete in front of the home crowd as it won four do-or-die matches in a row to seal itself a ticket to Rio de Janeiro where it will be facing Team Vitality in the opening match of the challengers stage.

The entire CS:GO community was ecstatic at finding out that Imperial Esports had made it through, keenly following the thrilling build up to the team's qualification through the American RMR.

CS:GO players, talents, community react to Imperial Esports qualifying for the IEM Rio Major 2022

The majority of the CS:GO community wanted Imperial Esports to be part of the IEM Rio Major 2022, without which the tournament would certainly feel empty. Thankfully, the team was able to dig deep and pull through a tough comeback, the final game against Complexity on Nuke being a real nail-biter.

Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev

The GOAT of CS:GO, s1mple, was amongst the first to comment about Imperial qualifying for the Rio Major. He called the hustle presented by the Brazilian team "hot heart", while also expressing that the first-ever CS:GO Major to take place in Brazil would not have felt the same without Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, Lincoln "fnx" Lau, Marcelo "coldzera" David, and Epitácio "TACO" de Melo.

Finn "karrigan" Andersen

The captain of FaZe Clan, karrigan, expressed similar sentiments by stating that a CS:GO Major in Brazil would not be the same without Imperial Esports competing in it, "Happy that they qualified".

Marcelo "coldzera" David

Former Major winning teammate, coldzera, congratulated Imperial Esports on making it through after having beaten them earlier in the American RMR, "See you in Rio!"


The organizer of the IEM Rio Major 2022 could not hold itself back and celebrated the fact that the legendary Brazilian players, who were a part of the former Luminosity Gaming and SK Gaming Major,winning lineups, would be competing with their respective teams.

ESL celebrates Imperial Esports qualifying for Rio Major

Epitácio "TACO" de Melo

Having qualified for the Major himself along with 00 Nation, TACO was equally excited about Imperial Esports also managing to grab itself a slot in the tournament, "We are Brazilians and we never give up!"

FaZe Clan

The North American organization shared an image as all the CS:GO players on their active roster came together to create a truly wholesome moment.

FaZe Clan CS:GO players come together to congratulate Imperial Esports


Another organization from North America, Cloud9, having qualified for the IEM Rio Major 2022 as well, congratulated Imperial Esports for having secured the final slot for itself.

Imperial Esports did well to come back into the American RMR, cementing its position in the Challengers Stage where it will be going up against Vitality. It will be interesting to see how deep it is able to go in this tournament considering the insane amount of support it shall be getting from the live audience.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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