IEM Rio Major 2022: Initial Seeding and Challengers Stage Opening Matchups
Here is the setup for the upcoming Major tournament.
All the four qualifier tournaments for the IEM RIo Major 2022 have concluded with 24 teams locked in for the main tournament, segregated into three equal parts between Contenders, Challengers, and Legends.
16 teams have made their way through the two European RMR tournaments, six teams through the American RMR tournament, and two teams from the Asia-Pacific RMR tournament.
The biggest celebration came on the last day of the American RMR tournament when Imperial Esports managed to claim the very last slot for the Rio Major after winning four consecutive do-or-die matches.
With the teams set in place, the tournament organizers have released the initial seeding for the Challengers Stage along with information about the opening matchups.
IEM Rio Major 2022: Initial Seedings of CS:GO Teams
Each team that has qualified for the Rio Major has been assigned a specific seeding in accordance with the official Major rulebook set by Valve. Based on these seedings, the initial matchups for all stages of the tournament are decided - Challengers Stage, Legends Stage, Champions Stage.
All teams are assigned a seeding prior to the event based on the earlier results of their region's representatives from previous Major CS:GO tournaments. For the Rio Major, the final ranking of various teams from their respective regions will be taken into consideration.
Based on this, the complete initial seeding order for all teams across different stages of the tournament is as follows,
Bad News Eagles
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Seedings for the next eight teams will be determined on the basis of their results from the Challengers Stage.
IEM Rio Major 2022: Challengers Stage Opening Matchups
On the basis of the initial seedings mentioned above the opening matches of the Challengers Stage have been set accordingly for the Rio Major. The top-seeded team takes on its bottom-seed counterpart, for eg. the team with fourth initial seeding will be matched against the team with the thirteenth initial seeding.
This method will be used to determine the matchups for the first two rounds across both Challengers Stage and Legends Stage.
OG vs Grayhound
Vitality vs Imperial
Evil Geniuses vs IHC Esports
Cloud9 vs Fnatic
BIG vs FURIA
Bad News Eagles vs 00NATION
MOUZ vs Outsiders
9z vs GamerLegion
The IEM Rio Major 2022 is all set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 31st October to 13th November, featuring the second highest prize pool for a CS:GO Major - $1,250,000 USD.