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OG Decimates Grayhound on Opening Day, While BIG Comes Back Against FURIA

Degster Starts Amazingly for OG

OG started off strong on Inferno, but the momentum behind their 4-1 lead stalled after an extended technical pause. One of OG’s players, AWPer Abdulkhalik “degster” Gasanov, was continuously getting disconnected from the server, even after his entire setup was replaced.

ESL apparently replaced degster’s PC three different times before finally resolving the issue after almost an hour of delay. Thankfully for OG and their fans, they picked up right where they left off. Degster appeared unaffected by the delays at all, taking aggressive mid angles with the AWP and dismissing the Grayhound attack time and time again. He even picked up the AK and put on a dazzling display in Pit.

OG Decimates Grayhound on Opening Day, While BIG Comes Back Against FURIA
OG Decimates Grayhound on Opening Day, While BIG Comes Back Against FURIA

This has been a long time coming for OG, who are coming up on three years competing in CS:GO and are just now reaching their first Major in Rio. The team has fielded some incredible talent over the years, including famed IGL Aleksib and French legend NBK. But after the 2020 break, they missed out on both PGL Majors.

Degster, who only joined the team from Spirit in July, had a relatively quiet showing at the RMR leading into Rio. The duo of himself and Shahar “flameZ” Shushan are off to a hot start in the Challengers Stage already but will certainly face tougher competition as they creep closer to qualifying for the Legends Stage at OG’s first Major.

BIG Shut Down Brazilian Fans at Rio

Florian "syrsoN" Rische, player for BIG
Florian “syrsoN” Rische, player for BIG

The Brazilian crowd isn’t having a great time so far at the IEM CS GO Rio Major 2022, especially after their favorites were shut down in unthinkable fashion today.

FURIA, the strongest Brazilian squad at the Major, allowed BIG to claw back from a 15-8 scoreline on Vertigo in the first round of the Challengers Stage at the IEM CS GO Rio Major 2022. The German team kept their head held high and, in the span of a few rounds, changed arguably the loudest CS GO crowd to date into a library by taking down the home-crowd favorites.

In the first half, FURIA were taking a lot of aggressive fights on the CT side, often starting fights in deep positions, completely catching BIG off guard. That approach allowed them to jump out to a 12-3 lead.

The second half also started brilliantly for FURIA since their star, KSCERATO, put the Brazilian crowd into enormous joy after claiming the second pistol round with a one-vs-three clutch. BIG didn’t give up, though, and started slowly taking some rounds, making the scoreline 15-8 at some point.

FURIA needed just one round to close out the series, but BIG’s defense quickly became impenetrable and the Germans started playing with more confidence after every round win, basically dominating in the last few rounds of regulation.

In overtime, FURIA managed to secure just a single round after a smart offensive round on the B side. Unfortunately for the home-crowd fans, BIG didn’t let go of the momentum they’d built and closed the map out with a 19-16 scoreline.

The IEM Rio Major is just getting started, so make sure to stay tuned as we’ll be sharing our esports picks with you! Don’t forget to bet on esports at BetUS Sportsbook & Casino. We’ve plenty of CSGO odds for you to consider.

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