Shubh | 7. October 2022

EG and Liquid secure IEM Rio Major Spot

The two North American heavyweights, Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses are the first Americas RMR teams to advance to the Major. Both teams will compete today to secure a single Legends spot at the Rio Major, with the loser moving on to the Challengers stage of the Major.

With a perfect 3-0 record, Liquid and Evil Geniuses advanced through the North American RMR, securing their spots in the Rio Major. EG decimated Nouns, FURIA, and 9z to guarantee at least a top-two finish at the RMR and a place at RIO Major. Liquid, on the other hand, defeated Team oNe Esports and MIBR before defeating Complexity in the third round to lock in their place in the 1st Place Match of North American RMR.

Team Liquid and EG, the two North American CS:GO powerhouse, will square off in a blazing hot CS:GO clash, with the winner moving on to the Legends Stage at the IEM Road to Rio 2022. There are still four spaces up for grabs In the Americas RMR. Of those, three will go to the teams who finish with a 3-1 record, while the remaining spot will go to the team that triumphs in the match for sixth place.

EG smash 9z to clinch a spot at IEM Rio Major

With Jadan “HexT” Postma putting on an outstanding performance at Overpass, EG got the best of the three series off to the perfect start and went on to a comfortable 16-5 triumph. In order to spice things up and advance the best of three series to the decider, 9z staged a spectacular comeback on their chosen map, Dust2, defeating the CS:GO titans 16-11.

HexT and Vincent “⁠Brehze⁠” Cayonte put on an outstanding performance at the Mirage, stepping up to the plate when the team needed them most. The duo completely controlled the 9z defense across the entire map, leaving no room for comeback attempts. As the duo continued to flourish, Evil Geniuses finished the map with a 16-13 score to win the series and a spot in the IEM Rio Major.

Liquid through to IEM Rio Major over Complexity Gaming

Liquid dominated the first map of the series, demolishing the opponents in 11 straight rounds to close the first half with an 11-3 scoreline. Complexity made a late comeback and edged closer, but they were unable to prevent Liquid from ending Inferno with a 16-9 victory.

Complexity came out swinging in the second half of Overpass after a lackluster first half, winning brilliantly 16-14 to tie the series at 1-1. In the decisive map, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski stepped up for Liquid, scoring 23 kills to overwhelm Complexity’s defense and propel Liquid past the finish line in the best-of-three thriller.

Header: ESL Gaming