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Game info Spirit x Bad News Eagles


Spirit and Bad News Eagles will compete this Saturday, November 5, in Swiss round 1 of the IEM Rio Major 2022 Legends Stage. After a great campaign in the European RMR, Spirit got a direct spot for this stage of the tournament. On the other hand, the Bad News Eagles Kosovo organization managed to advance from the Challengers Stage with three wins and no losses. As it is not considered a knockout or qualifying round, Swiss Round 1 is played in MD1 (best of a map) format. The match is scheduled to take place at 14:00 UTC.


How 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 phase, 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 Spirit team appeared in this confrontation after reaching the classification with a good performance in the IEM Road to Rio 2022 Europe RMR A, where they managed to advance with four wins and only one loss. Before analyzing the Russian organization's campaign in the European RMR, it is worth highlighting the team's intentions at the Legends Stage. As much as they rarely compete in the main competitions of the scenario, the team usually surprises in Major level competitions, so it should seek a possible classification for the Champions Stage.


They managed to advance in their IEM Road to Rio 2022 Europe RMR A campaign with four wins and one loss. Along the way, they started beating their 1WIN compatriots. In the second round, they lost to Sprout and had to apply a great miracle to reach the spot on the Legends Stage. They packed an incredible back-to-back streak of results and beat GamerLegion, Bad News Eagles, and Cloud9, respectively.


Bad News Eagles

On the other hand, the Bad News Eagles team appears in this clash after reaching the classification with an excellent performance in the Challengers Stage, where they managed to advance with three wins and no losses. Before we analyze the Kosovo organization's campaign in the first stage, it is worth saying what the intentions are for the Legends Stage. Even though they are, in theory, the team with the most negligible chances of qualifying for the Champions Stage, it is clear that after an impeccable performance at the beginning of the tournament, the players will give their all to achieve a possible advance to the playoffs.


In their campaign through the Challengers Stage, they managed to advance with three wins and no losses. In the first round, they started running over the Brazilians from 00Nation by 16×3. After that, they had difficulties triumphing against the Germans of BIG in dust2, but they won the second victory by 16×11. Finally, they secured the classification after winning the last and third consecutive game against GamerLegion by two maps to zero.

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