In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of speculation about where and when the first CS:GO Counter Strike Major tournament will take place in 2022. Now we know. The first major highlight of the season will be played in Belgium in May – the PGL Major in Antwerp. The format is a bit different from the past Major events. It will be played in a new format. But it is clear that the best CS:GO teams in the world will be represented in Belgium.
Facts and figures of the PGL Major in Antwerp
The Counter Strike pros will be visiting Belgium from May 9 to 22. The Major tournament will be played in the new PGL format. It consists of three stages, specifically:
New Challengers Stage from May 9 to May 12, 2022.
New Legends Stage from 14.5. to 17.5.2022
New Champions Stage from 19 to 22.5.2022
In the first two rounds, the Swiss and Buchholz systems will be used. The teams will be divided into three stages: contenders, challengers and legends. The features earned in the first matches will be carried over so that a certain equality of opportunity is maintained at all times.
The New Champions Stage will be played in single-elimination mode.
All matches will be broadcast in 4K. Spectators are not allowed in Antwerp until the final Champions Round.
The participating teams
It is not yet clear which eSport gangs will be participating in the first PGL Major 2022. Currently, the qualification rounds have started. A total of 24 teams will qualify. It is quite certain that the CS:GO Counter Strike Legends will come to Antwerp. We think of industry icons like Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Gambit and Heroic among others.
PGL Major as a tournament worth millions
Of course, the PGL CS:GO Major is once again about big money. The prize pool is set at one million dollars. The winning team alone will go home with half a million dollars. Furthermore, 1,800 Pro Tour points, 4,000 BLAST Premier points and the qualification for the BLAST Premier World Final are at stake in Antwerp.
Belgium: A stronghold for Counter Strike
The PGL is visiting Belgium for the first time ever. The tournament in Antwerp is a Premier, but no real surprise. Belgium is considered a Counter Strike stronghold. “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring fans and players together for another CSGO Major. Belgium has an impressive Counter Strike fan base and many legendary players born there. We are ready to provide an incredible experience for the fans in the arena and the passionate spectators at home,” said Silviu Stroie, CEO of PGL in an official tournament announcement.
eSports betting for the PGL Major
The Belgian eSports tournament will naturally be high on bookmakers’ minds. The organizers have made sure that due to the rules, very even games are to be expected. Conversely, this means that you can count on above-average betting odds for almost all result probabilities at your eSports bookmaker. As a true eSports betting fan, you should already mark the days in May in your calendar.
As soon as the field of participants is completely fixed, the bookmakers will offer corresponding outright betting odds on the overall victory of the PGL Major in Antwerp. At this point it is worth taking a look back. The last Major tournament was played in Stockholm in October. In the Swedish capital, the prize pool was even filled with two million dollars. The victory bonus of one million dollars was taken home by the eSport gang Natus Vincere. Can the team directly follow up with the next, spectacular victory in Belgium?