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Game info BIG x 9z Team


BIG and 9z Team compete this Wednesday, November 2, in Swiss round 4 of the IEM Rio Major 2022 Challengers Stage. After beating the modest Grayhound team in their last match, the BIG Germans are still steadfast in their search for a spot on the Legends Stage. On the other hand, 9z Team continues to be the big surprise of the tournament and has just won another great organization. As a round that will classify the winner for the next phase, Swiss Round 4 2-1 (2 wins and 1 loss) will be played in the MD3 format (best of three maps). The match is scheduled to take place at 14:00 UTC.


How the IEM Rio Major 2022 works


In principle, the IEM Rio Major 2022 is a competition that will bring together all the best teams in the world in search of the most coveted title in CS:GO (Counter Strike Global Offensive), the Major. The tournament will start at the Challengers Stage. In this stage, the games take place in the Swiss format. That is, the winners face each other, and the losers also face each other. In the next stage, called Legends Stage, the Challengers Stage qualifiers join the 8 Legends teams of the competition, which were the teams that passed with the best placement in the RMR.


Finally, the last phase is called the Champions Stage, which works like a knockout. The eight best teams face each other until the tournament's grand champion is defined. All games in this phase will be in MD3 (best of three maps). The prize pool for the IEM Rio Major 2022 is US$1.250.000, which will be distributed to the best place: first place will receive US$500.000, second place will take home US$170.000, third and fourth will with a prize pool of $80.000 each.



At first, the BIG Team appears in this match after winning Swiss round 3 of the IEM Rio Major 2022 Challengers Stage against Grayhound. Before analyzing the last round of the Germans, it is worth remembering how they played in Swiss round 2. Facing the Bad News Eagles in dust2, they opened an excellent advantage being on the counter-terrorist side, winning the first half by 11×4. However, they didn't imagine facing an even more solid defensive side, where they couldn't win any more rounds and ended up defeated by 11×16.


In the last match, they faced the Grayhound Australians on the dust2 map and confirmed their favoritism. In the first half, they played an average first half and were even on the good side of the map. They opened only three points of advantage (9×6). However, they played a perfect offensive side in the second and decisive half, not losing more rounds in the dispute and closing in 16×6.


9z Team

On the other hand, the 9z Team appears in this clash after winning Swiss round 3 of the IEM Rio Major 2022 Challengers Stage against Evil Geniuses. Before analyzing the last round of the South Americans, it is worth remembering how they performed in Swiss round 2. Playing against Imperial on the mirage map, they started on the counter-terrorist side and managed to open an enormous advantage (13×2), practically guaranteeing victory at the start of the duel. In the second half, they had difficulties closing the match, suffering from the pressure of the opposing crowd, but managed to finish 16×11 on aggregate.


In the last match, they faced the North Americans of Evil Geniuses on the nuke map and surprised their opponents. In the first half, they ended up losing by 5×10 being on the terrorist side of the nuke. In the second half, they continued to be inferior to their opponents, having three match points against them (12×15); however, once again showing great resilience, they turned the fight around and ended their second consecutive victory by 19×17 on aggregate.

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