IEM Rio European RMR – all qualified teams

The four European open qualifiers for IEM Rio Major 2022 are over, with 20 CS:GO teams advancing to the... Radu M. | 28. August 2022

The four European open qualifiers for IEM Rio Major 2022 are over, with 20 CS:GO teams advancing to the two independent European regional qualifiers. These RMRs will decide which teams go to the Major and what status will be attributed to each of them.

Obviously, everyone wants to have the Legend status, because that would mean fewer matches and fewer risks of getting eliminated. The top seven teams from European and one from American RMRs will start in the second stage, known as The Legends Stage. Everyone else will start in phase one or The Challengers Phase.

Who qualified for European RMRs?

The number of participants per open qualifier was somewhere around 650. This means that each of the qualified teams had to win a lot of consecutive best-of-one matches to advance to the next qualification stage.

In particular, Astralis were close to failing and needed four open qualifiers to finally secure their spot. Other great teams, such as Movistar Riders, failed to do so, despite their excellent results in 2022.

Here are the winners of the four open qualifiers for Europe:

  • Sprout
  • Team Falcons
  • MOUZ
  • Aurora Gaming
  • OG
  • Fnatic
  • K23
  • forZe
  • Monte
  • Eternal Fire
  • Sangal Esports
  • B8
  • SAW
  • Astralis
  • HEET
  • 1win
  • BenchedHeroes
  • Team GamerLegion


Overall, most of the teams that were expected to qualify managed to do so. However, we don’t know yet who will be sent to European RMR A and who will go to European RMR B.

The first of these RMRs will probably be harder but the rewards are better: four Legend tickets, two Challenger tickets, and two Contender tickets. The second RMR only offers three Legend Status tickets, but it still offers eight Major tickets in total.

This means that 16 European and CIS teams will play at the IEM Rio Major, which is scheduled to take place between October 31 – November 13.

So far, the first European RMR (A) seems to feature slightly weaker teams than the second one:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Spirit
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • G2 Esports
  • Cloud9
  • Bad News Eagles

The second RMR (B) features these competitors:

  • Natus Vincere
  • ENCE
  • Heroic
  • Team Vitality
  • BIG
  • Outsiders

In both cases, 10 more teams will join them in the battle for the eight Major spots. Given the fact that 50% of participants will qualify, it’s almost guaranteed that the likes of Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan will not miss the tournament.

But the same cannot be said about the strong teams that have underperformed this year, such as G2 Esports. These competitors will need to prove themselves if they want to go to Brazil.

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