Having a look on the RMR and what the outcomes imply for the upcoming Main
There was loads of CSGO motion internationally over the past 5 days as a part of the Highway to Rio Regional Main Rankings — a prelude to the Intel Excessive Masters Rio Main. As is common for a event of this magnitude, there have been loads of surprises, upsets, stomps and Additional time romps.
A complete of 24 groups certified for the Main from 4 totally different RMRs, with 16 groups from Europe, 6 from the Americas, and two from the Asia-Pacific areas. In case you haven’t been following the video games, that is the right probability so that you can meet up with the matches and their outcomes, and in case you’re wanting ahead to the Main, you’ll have a greater thought of how the groups are shaping up.
European RMR A
The alphabetically senior of the 2 European RMRs had arguably the best share of surprises and upsets. Two groups that will usually have been anticipated to succeed in the Legends if not the Championship Stage of the Main — Astralis and G2 — had been knocked out. Moreover, there have been a number of shock additions to each the Challenger and Legend levels.
The groups qualifying out of this group had been FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Sprout, Workforce Spirit, Cloud9, Dangerous Information Eagles, Workforce GamerLegion and Fnatic. The primary 4 can be coming into the Legends Stage (Spirit by means of having reached the semifinals of the final Main), whereas the remainder must make their manner up via the Challengers Stage.
Regardless of going via a whopping 7 Overtimes, FaZe topped the group with three straight wins in opposition to GamerLegion, Fnatic, and Sprout. They appear to be a shadow of their former Main-winning selves, however nonetheless confirmed flashes of the brilliance and resilience that put them on the high of the world rankings.
In the meantime, NIP had the very same outcomes, however they couldn’t take the highest spot resulting from an inferior Buchholz Rating. They beat regional neighbors Astralis with ease, thrashed Dangerous Information Eagles, and edged out ESL Professional League 16 semifinalists Cloud9 in a detailed 3-map affair. Of their three opponents, solely Astralis did not qualify.
Sprout had been an actual shock in third. Granted, they confronted what most individuals would take into account a comparatively simple draw, however they gave FaZe an actual run for his or her cash, so nobody can be taking them flippantly on the Main. They beat forZe, Spirit, and B8 to ebook their spot.
Workforce Spirit and Cloud9 had been tied in fourth place, however the conflict between CIS gamers was surprisingly received by Spirit who beat 1win, GL, and BNE and solely misplaced to Sprout. C9, in the meantime, took out B8, G2, and 1win, however misplaced to NIP.
BNE, GL, and Fnatic had been the final 3 groups to qualify, each doing so with a 3-2 scoreline. BNE carried out admirably as they beat Everlasting Fireplace, Astralis, and forZe, shedding to a dominant NIP and resurgent Spirit. GL misplaced to FaZe and Spirit, however received in opposition to Aurora Gaming earlier than surprising the world by knocking G2 out of the event — continuing to cement their Main slot by dashing B8’s hopes. Lastly, Fnatic nearly squeezed in after triumphing over Aurora, EF, and 1win, albeit struggling losses to FaZe and B8 enroute.
European RMR B
The one surprises supplied by the second European RMR got here in the way in which of slight modifications within the anticipated order of issues — all of the groups everybody anticipated to make it via nonetheless did so. Actually, not a single group from the underside 8 beat one from the highest half of the desk. The one group that some individuals might have favored to make it in that didn’t was Workforce Falcons, which confirmed some promise however fell quick when the going bought powerful.
From this group, Natus Vincere, ENCE, Spirit, and Heroic can be coming into the Legends Stage, with the final one being helped on by their leads to the earlier Main. In the meantime, OG, Workforce Vitality, BIG, MOUZ, and Outsiders will enter the event as Challengers.
Regardless of a comparatively poor exhibiting at EPL16, Na’ Vi, to utterly nobody’s shock, breezed via 3-0 with wins in opposition to Illuminar, MOUZ, and Outsiders, two of whom had been within the playoffs of the current Professional League with them.
ENCE had an much more horrible Professional League than Na’ Vi, however made up with a straight run into the Legends stage, beating HEET, Falcons, and BIG in fashion. They are going to be a facet to look at on the Main.
Heroic would have been upset to solely have made fourth place within the RMR, however their earlier outcomes propelled them into Legend standing anyway. To be truthful, they solely dropped one map in a Bo1 in opposition to Outsiders, successful in opposition to SAW, Sangal Esports, and BIG.
OG have not too long ago skilled a resurgence with the addition of two new gamers, and though one might argue that they had been fortunate to get the opponents they did, they did nonetheless defeat Outsiders aside from Illuminar and Falcons.
Vitality had been the final group to have a 3-1 scoreline, surprisingly shedding to BIG however beating FANTASY, Monte, and MOUZ. That being mentioned, they haven’t regarded in almost pretty much as good kind as they had been through the early levels of the final massive event.
BIG, MOUZ, and Outsiders, who all scraped via, did so below very totally different circumstances. BIG slayed the enormous that’s Vitality, however misplaced video games to ENCE and Heroic and dropped a map to K23. MOUZ, alternatively, beat solely OG out of all of the groups they confronted that certified, with their different victims being K23 and Sangal. Lastly, Outsiders had been wanting good with wins over Monte and Heroic, however misplaced to Na’ Vi and OG earlier than clear sweeping Falcons to make sure qualification.
With just one slot within the Legends stage, the American RMR was all the time going to be a scramble between a number of groups. Ultimately, it went to essentially the most deserving facet, though not with out some battle. There have been a few extraordinarily disappointing outcomes, nonetheless. The primary of those was the failure of Complexity Gaming, who would have fancied their possibilities after a robust run at EPL16. The 1-3 crashing out of MIBR is the opposite mishap, though to be truthful, not many would have had excessive hopes for them.
Of the six groups who certified from the area, EG topped the charts by means of the Buchholz Rating, however had been equalled by way of factors by Liquid. They had been adopted by 9z, 00 Nation, and FURIA, with Imperial taking the ultimate spot via tiebreakers regardless of ending decrease than Complexity on the desk.
EG are experiencing one thing of a revival in current occasions, and though they did not qualify to the playoffs of EPL16, they however performed properly on the toe finish of the event. In addition they fought tooth and nail with Liquid for the highest spot — opposite to what the 2-0 scoreline may recommend — with their arch rivals taking it by means of 4 Overtimes in complete. They beat nouns, FURIA, and 9z to succeed in the highest spot.
Liquid beat oNe Esports earlier than taking out MIBR and Complexity, solely dropping a map to COL in a hard-fought match. As talked about earlier than, they then proceeded to succeed in Legend standing by taking out EG. Following within the wake of their heartbreaking loss within the closing of EPL16, this may carry them some much-needed hope.
9z, 00 Nation, and FURIA all put up respectable performances, with 00Nation taking losses from 9z and the opposite two from EG. Beating 00 Nation, Imperial, and ATK, 9z confirmed some actual mettle to make it via, however 00 Nation’s run via Isurus, Imperial, and COL was additionally commendable. FURIA can be upset upon lacking out on the next seed although, as they solely misplaced to EG by the barest of margins and dominated Infinity, O Plano, and paiN Gaming.
The Asia-Pacific RMR could be very totally different from the others in that it solely options 4 groups in a Double Elimination Bracket system. After TYLOO missed out on this Main’s RMR, it was between Mongolian facet IHC Esports, Center Jap Qualifier winner JijieHao Worldwide, Chinese language facet Uncommon Atom, and Australian group Grayhound Gaming.
Each IHC and Grayhound certified for the Main, with Chinese language-sponsored Center Jap facet JiJieHao, which has three Israeli and two Russian gamers, coming fruitlessly in third. Uncommon Atom, sadly, couldn’t win a single match.
IHC’s run was removed from simple, although, as they had been taken to their limits by JiJieHao within the first map and Grayhound even took them to an Additional time on the second map between the 2. In the meantime, the Australian outfit proceeded to take out JiJieHao within the Decrease Bracket to verify their qualification.
With all 24 groups set, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than the Main begins. Control our web site for prediction articles, group and participant analyses and CS:GO betting suggestions over the weeks main as much as the event.