Dot Esports’ official PGL Stockholm Major power rankings

CS:GO gamers, groups, and followers have waited over two years for the return of the Main, an important match within the scene. The celebrated competitors is again after a number of Regional Main Rating (RMR) occasions that determined the 24 squads that may play in Stockholm, Sweden, within the second Main organized by PGL.

To compensate groups for the Majors that didn’t occur on account of the coronavirus pandemic, Valve has raised the stakes. The PGL Stockholm Main may have a $2 million prize pool up for grabs.

The competitors will run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 7 with three totally different levels, and the playoffs will happen within the Avicii Area in entrance of a stay viewers. It’ll be the primary premier CS:GO match performed with an viewers after the coronavirus pandemic began, and there couldn’t be a greater event for it.

Listed here are our energy rankings for every crew attending the PGL Stockholm Main.


TYLOO have traditionally been the very best CS:GO crew in Asia they usually had been the utter favorites to take the one Main spot out there for the area. Although the all-Chinese language roster does nicely at a home degree, the final time they competed in opposition to groups from one other continent was at ESL Professional League Europe season 11, which occurred in March and April 2020. TYLOO completed in final place on that event, and it’s exhausting to think about them doing higher in opposition to among the finest groups on the earth.

23) Sharks

Sharks shocked nearly everybody after they beat MIBR on the IEM Fall South America decrease bracket remaining to qualify for the Main. Their opponents spent the vast majority of the ten months of the yr working towards and taking part in in Europe and had been anticipated to dominate within the regional qualifier. Sharks have been top-of-the-line groups in Brazil, particularly after the addition of Romeu “zevy” Rocco in February 2021, and positively have the intention wanted to compete in opposition to European and CIS squads. They may most definitely really feel the shortage of expertise abroad and a few tactical facets of the sport, nevertheless, and Sharks will probably wrestle to win matches within the Challengers Stage.

22) paiN Gaming

Of the groups listed on the backside of our energy rankings, we imagine paiN are the one who can upset some greater groups. They’ve firepower in Rafael “saffee” Costa, who might be the very best Brazilian AWPer for the time being, and within the rifler Rodrigo “biguzera” Bittencourt. They spent the vast majority of the yr taking part in in opposition to the groups in North America and followers will get to see how nicely paiN fare in opposition to the remainder of the world. It’s most definitely that they’ll upset one crew or one other, slightly than qualify for the Legends Stage.

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21) Evil Geniuses

Sure, one of many eight groups with Legends standing is on the backside of our energy rankings. EG have gone by way of a tough time in 2021, having misplaced Ethan Arnold, one among their stars, to VALORANT in February. With out him, the crew had mediocre campaigns in each editions of ESL Professional League and at IEM Cologne, the place they didn’t even make it into the primary occasion. They aren’t in form however took one of many Legends spots because of the Main coefficient that also charges North America greater than the area might deserve. The whole lot that went flawed this yr must all of a sudden begin working and gamers like Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte and Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov must return to their prime kind, however that doesn’t look potential for the match.

20) Renegades

The coronavirus pandemic was a serious setback for the Australian boys, who stopped collaborating in a lot of the premier tournaments due to the journey restrictions. All they needed to do for more often than not was attend native tournaments, wherein they dominated. Issues began going again to regular in 2021, and Renegades attended worldwide occasions. They confirmed promise at IEM Cologne in July, the place they certified for the primary occasion and took a map from Na’Vi, who ended up lifting the trophy. The Australians are up for a troublesome process once more, but it surely’s not unimaginable for them to outlive the Challengers stage and go additional within the competitors.

19) Movistar Riders

Movistar Riders have undoubtedly been stunning as of late. The group made main adjustments throughout the summer season participant break and moved away from a world crew to assemble an all-Spanish roster. Raúl “DeathZz” Jordán, David “dav1g” Granado Bermudo, and particularly the AWPer Alvaro “SunPayus” Garcia induced a virtually speedy affect by serving to the crew end fifth at IEM Fall Europe and qualify for the Main, regardless that Movistar Riders had zero RMR factors previous to the occasion. They appear to have the expertise to combat in opposition to prime opponents, however the query is that if they’ll repeat these optimistic outcomes on a a lot greater stage.

18) Entropiq

Entropiq changing into a strong crew in spite of everything the issues they confronted earlier this yr is sort of spectacular. The Russian squad unilaterally terminated their contracts with Winstrike in March resulting from breaches of contractual obligations and noticed a take care of one other group fall by way of previous to becoming a member of Entropiq. Although the crew was plagued with points unrelated with CS:GO, they pulled by way of and carved a spot within the ESL Professional League season 14, which served to achieve expertise in opposition to among the finest groups on the earth, similar to NiP, Liquid, and Gambit. They most not too long ago defeated Virtus Professional, one of many area’s higher-ranked groups, at IEM Fall CIS. The Russians have the firepower and will safe a spot within the Legend stage if they’ve ready nicely for the Main.

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Former SK Gaming and MIBR gamers Epitácio “TACO” de Melo and João “felps” Vasconcellos took a step again of their careers earlier this yr. They stopped taking part in with among the most well-known gamers in Brazil to kind a crew with three proficient kids in Bruno “latto” Rebelatto, Bruno “b4rtiN” Câmara, and Eduardo “dumau” Wolkmer below the GODSENT banner. The crew performed a number of tournaments in Europe for expertise and up to now weeks grew right into a strong squad, having most notably completed as runners-up at IEM Fall North America to qualify for the Main. Plainly TACO and felps are growing the subsequent technology of Brazilian gamers and the PGL Stockholm Main might be the beginning of a good looking story in the event that they fare nicely in opposition to European and CIS groups.

16) Copenhagen Flames

Some groups’ development to the Main got here as surprises, and Copenhagen Flames had been one among them. The Danish facet was a second-tier roster for many of 2021. To play at IEM Fall Europe, they first wanted to undergo the closed qualifier. The crew later shocked many Europeans by reaching the playoffs at the price of BIG and MOUZ. The crew barely made it to the Main because of their spectacular talent and a little bit of luck. Enjoying at this yr’s most essential occasion is a hit in itself, and we wouldn’t count on them to go any additional. 

15) Crew Spirit

Whereas expectations for Na’Vi, Gambit, and VP are excessive, their two CIS brothers, Crew Spirit and Entropiq, are right here to current themselves to the world. In relation to the previous, the crew have already proven they’re able to pulling off an upset right here and there. Nonetheless, these had been principally singular circumstances. Now it’s time for Spirit to come back out of the shadow of the CIS’ massive three, with names like mir and degster absolutely prepared primarily based on their latest numbers. They bought a 1.20 and 1.15 ranking up to now three months, respectively. Nonetheless, the squad as an entire have failed to search out stability, which is required at a match of this significance. Even when their gamers shine and put up a star-like efficiency, it won’t be sufficient to go evenly in opposition to the world’s prime groups.

14) BIG

If the match was held a yr in the past, BIG would stand among the many favorites to win the competitors. The gamers of the German group have gotten worse since dropping XANTARES, nevertheless, and fell within the rankings consequently. The crew attended nearly each main match as of late however served as a background character on all of them. This time, it’s trying like historical past will repeat itself. But, the Germans proved final yr they’ll persistently beat the world’s finest, and doing so once more remains to be potential, particularly if gamers like tabseN and syrsoN present up of their finest kind in Sweden. 

13) MOUZ

The European roster didn’t make it to the highest eight at IEM Fall Europe, ESL Professional League season 14, or IEM Cologne 2021. MOUZ will begin their journey on the PGL Stockholm Main within the Challengers stage, and advancing to the Legends stage is the one expectation we’ve with ropz’s crew. However with gamers of Estonian’s or frozen’s caliber, aiming excessive is the one factor it’s best to go for. It’s inside MOUZ’s grasp to reclaim their title as one of many world’s finest groups, and there received’t be a greater place to point out it than the Main.

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12) Virtus Professional

It’s robust to search out success in a area stuffed with top-tier groups similar to CIS in 2021. With Gambit and Natus Vincere proper subsequent to them, it’s unsurprising that Virtus Professional haven’t received many trophies this yr. Their probabilities of discovering success are even slimmer with a last-minute swap to FL1T at the price of Sanji. Nonetheless, Virtus Professional have proven all through 2021 that they’re aggressive, persistently preventing for the highest spots in probably the most prestigious match. They’ve proved that making an upset is nicely inside their attain, and pulling one in Sweden can be simply one other day within the workplace for them.

11) FaZe Clan

This roster is stacked with veteran names similar to olofmeister, karrigan, and rain. The expertise below FaZe Clan’s belt is immeasurable, with presumably no different crew on the Stockholm Main being that well-qualified. But, the squad failed at IEM Fall Europe by lacking out on playoffs. Then again, they superior to the BLAST Premier Fall finals and completed prime 4 at IEM Cologne 2021.

With this yr’s Main being an offline match, wherein gamers similar to karrigan and olofmeister excel probably the most, FaZe can attain the highest ranks. Them ending up as a middle-of-the-pack crew wouldn’t shock many followers, although.


FURIA take the No. 10 seed in our energy rankings, making themselves the highest-noted Brazilian squad in it—and deservedly so. Nobody may take a map off them throughout the North American IEM Fall 2021, the place FURIA claimed first place in model. But they didn’t impress the worldwide audiences in the previous couple of tournaments, like within the final season of the EPL, in order that they’re not the highest-ranked NA crew on our record. However, their spectacular kind and expertise undoubtedly will probably be their ace within the gap.


ENCE are coming in sizzling into the PGL Stockholm Main. The crew’s efficiency has been nothing in need of strong these days. They claimed second place at IEM Fall 2021: Europe, put up a satisfying combat at ESL Professional League season 14—the place they made it to the highest eight—and certified for the IEM Winter 2021. Because the addition of Polish sniper hades, the crew has been enhancing with each occasion, slowly making ready themselves to combat for the mantle of the very best worldwide roster in Europe. That’s why we count on ENCE to as soon as once more show their value, however they might stumble and fall with the Main being the largest stage but for a lot of of their gamers.

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8) G2 Esports

G2 are one other crew that look nice on paper and needs to be greater on this record, however they only can’t discover consistency. The NiKo period began very slowly, with the group taking a very long time to search out their footing, however the crew ultimately improved after bringing JACKZ again into the roster. They’d a strong string of occasions throughout the summer season, ending with a grand finals run at IEM Cologne on LAN, however appeared lifeless a month later in an 0-5 exhibiting at ESL Professional League.

Their showings earlier than Stockholm shouldn’t be that a lot trigger for alarm. Professional League was all best-of-ones, they usually didn’t have to go all out at IEM Fall to get their Legends standing. Stockholm would be the setting the place G2 lastly solutions the query of whether or not they’re an elite crew.

7) Crew Liquid

Behind Astralis, Crew Liquid have probably the most mixed Main victories on the roster (three between FalleN and Stewie) and are the one different crew with a number of Main successful gamers on the lineup. Whereas this alone doesn’t put them right into a class together with Na’Vi, Vitality, or Gambit, it may be a consider separating them from different groups which were preventing for consistency this yr. It’s been some time since any crew has performed in entrance of a giant crowd, and among the gamers collaborating have by no means even executed it. A wise crew with expertise and expertise will do finest on this surroundings, and that’s what Liquid is.

6) Heroic

No crew has had fairly the expertise that Heroic have had these previous two years. Throughout the 2020 on-line period, they had been broadly thought of the very best crew on the earth—and had the outcomes to show it. Then in 2021, they made a stunning roster swap, received ESL Professional League season 14 by way of maybe the best CS:GO play ever, then bought caught up in a multi-leveled controversy involving their coach, sharing strats, and dishonest allegations. Their solely troubles got here at IEM occasions, which suggests they fell out of the Legends stage and into Challengers. They’re nonetheless an important crew that’s confirmed to be able to pulling off performs that may solely be described as heroic.

5) Crew Vitality

The thought of saving the very best for final is an apt description for Crew Vitality. To finish 2020, they went on a blistering run that cemented ZywOo’s player-of-the-year marketing campaign, however they bought off to a dismal begin in 2021. Even after quite a few roster tweaks, the complete first half of this yr was brutal, with no placings above seventh throughout six straight occasions. However similar to in 2020, issues have improved close to the yr’s finish, with three straight top-three finishes at ESL Professional League season 14, BLAST Premier Fall, and IEM Fall. Their IEM Fall efficiency was even adequate to snag a Legends spot for Stockholm. ZywOo appears to be again to his celebrity degree, and the brand new additions in misutaaa and Kyojin are trying higher and higher.

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4) Astralis

The four-time Main winners and three-time reigning champions discover themselves in a really unfamiliar setting. Astralis aren’t the clear-cut favorites. They’re beginning within the New Challengers Stage and are with out their star AWPer at a Main for the primary time. However even contemplating all this, followers can count on them to achieve the New Legends Stage and the playoffs. Exterior of their new younger AWPer in Fortunate, that is nonetheless the identical championship roster that performs its finest on the largest stage.

3) Gambit

In late 2020, the Gambit Kids had their coaching wheels eliminated and had been all promoted as much as the Gambit foremost roster. The group of under-21’s had not too long ago been supplemented with their sole veteran presence, PGL Krakow winner Hobbit. With greater expectations heading into 2021, the crew went above and past with a breakout yr and a set of main victories, together with IEM Katowice and two totally different CIS RMR occasions. Their best opponent could be their regional counterparts in Na’Vi, but when they’ll shake off s1mple, the Main trophy is vast open for them.

2) Ninjas in Pyjamas

After slowly parting methods with the legendary roster that introduced them a lot success, NiP spent the previous few years cultivating younger expertise earlier than locking them down with prolonged contracts. Happy with the inspiration they constructed, NiP introduced in one other legend nonetheless in his peak this yr, four-time Main-winning AWPer dev1ce. A blinding debut at Flashpoint Three and a powerful first-place end at IEM Fall have NiP sitting atop the EU RMR rankings heading into Stockholm. The dev1ce acquisition turned NiP from a promising youth motion to real title contenders, and Stockholm might be the location of NiP’s first Main win since 2014.

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1) Natus Vincere

The one crew in the complete subject to obtain a unanimous rating from all three of our writers, Na’Vi is the favourite heading into PGL Stockholm. After simply narrowly dropping participant of the yr from HLTV the previous two years, s1mple has been locked in for all of 2021. But it surely’s not simply the s1mple present. Your entire squad have been clicking and have been the very best performing crew throughout main worldwide competitions this yr. Having rookie B1T be part of the group and immediately produce appears like a bonus, with the 18-year-old in a position to relieve a bit of little bit of strain off the remainder of the crew. There’s no higher time than now than for one among CS:GO’s GOAT candidates to lastly declare that elusive Main trophy. | Dot Esports’ official PGL Stockholm Main energy rankings


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