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Outsiders, Heroic reach finals at Intel Extreme Masters Rio Major

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Players from around the globe participate in the Call of Duty League Pro-Am Classic esports tournament, livestreamed on YouTube, at Belong Gaming Arena in Columbus on May 6, 2022.

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Credit: Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK

Heroic rallied past FURIA Esports, and Outsiders also posted a victory Saturday to make it to the grand final of the Intel Extreme Masters Rio Major in Rio de Janeiro.

Outsiders will play Heroic on Sunday in the championship match.

But it almost wasn’t to be for Heroic. FURIA opened with a 16-6 win on Inferno and then won 10 straight rounds to force overtime on Ancient. However, Heroic eventually took Ancient 19-17 and then rolled on Nuke 16-5 to advance to Sunday.

Martin “stavn” Lund led all the Danish-squad with 66 kills and a plus-15 kills-to-deaths differential. Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato paced the all-Brazilian side FURIA with 68 kills and a plus-23 K-D differential.

Outsiders opened with a 16-10 win on Ancient before MOUZ responded with a 16-14 win on Overpass. Outsiders then cruised to a 16-7 win on Inferno to clinch the match and advance. Russian Dzhami “Jame” Ali led Outsiders with 65 kills and a plus-30 differential.

The $1.25 million Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event began with 24 teams — 16 from Europe, six from the Americas and two from Asia-Pacific. Eight teams were seeded straight into the second round, called the Legends Stage. The other 16 teams competed in the Challengers Stage for the final eight berths in the Legends Stage

The Challenge Stage and the Legends Stage used the Swiss system, in which teams are reseeded after each round, with winners facing off in “high” matches the following round, and losers advancing to “low” matches. Early rounds consisted of a single map, while all elimination and advancement matches were best-of-three.

The winning team will earn $500,000, 4,000 BLAST Premier ranking points and automatic berths in the BLAST Premier World Final, scheduled for Dec. 14-18 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2023, set for Jan. 31-Feb. 12 in Poland.

Intel Extreme Masters XVII Rio Major prize pool:

1. $500,000, 4,000 BLAST Premier points
2. $170,000, 2,000 BLAST Premier points
3-4. $80,000, 1,250 BLAST Premier points — MOUZ, FURIA Esports
5-8. $45,000, 375 BLAST Premier points — Cloud9, Fnatic, Team Spirit, Natus Vincere
9-11. $20,000 — Team Liquid, BIG, ENCE
12-14. $20,000 — Sprout, Team Vitality, Bad News Eagles
15-16. $20,000 — FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas
17-19. $10,000 — 9z Team, Team GamerLegion, OG
20-22. $10,000 — Evil Geniuses, Grayhound Gaming, IHC Esports
23-24. $10,000 — Imperial Esports, 00 Nation

–Field Level Media