PGL Stockholm Major kicked off today with the first two rounds of the Challengers Stage. After over 16 matches played, we’ve assembled a list of the top 5 plays from Day 1 of PGL Stockholm showing some of the best multi-kills, clutches, and AWP kill sets.
PGL Stockholm Major kicked off today with the first two rounds of the Challengers Stage. We saw Astralis getting destroyed by Entropiq and Copenhagen Flames, Heroic were pushed to the limit by Tyloo and Movistar Riders took the Aussies in Renegades down. After over 16 matches played, we've assembled a list of the top 5 plays from Day 1 of PGL Stockholm showing some of the best multi-kills, clutches, and AWP kill sets.
Hardzao are you kidding me?
In one of the closest games of the day, Virtus.Pro took on paiN Gaming. The game was Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev's debut with the CIS roster and while Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis may have had the most kills on the map, Wesley 'hardzao' Lopes' 1v4 clutch took the cake. In the 28th round, paiN Gaming was down 13-14 and got themselves into a 2v4 situation with only Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho and Hardzao left alive.
As Hardzao held the A site, PKL's apartments lurk got found out quickly. Hardzao was left in a 1v4 to stop VP from reaching match point. The Brazillian rifler was backed into the safe plant corner and but still came out on top, shutting down VP's attempt for the retake. Unfortunately for him, paiN went on to lose the next round to VP's force buy and lost the round soon after.
Twistzz channels his inner Broky to win the game
The Canadian rifle star put up a stellar 4k B site defense to close the map out 16-11. Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken may not be an AWPer but with an insane aim and a high skill ceiling, he is no slouch on the big green. This clip is a repeat of Broky's famous Overpass 4k B hold which was also against Spirit, back at IEM Cologne.
Karrigan's ACE carries Faze to Match Point
In-Game Leaders are generally not the biggest source of kills in the game, instead, focusing on setting their teammates up for success. But what happens when your IGL decides to top-frag? In one of the opening games of the major, FaZe Clan's veteran IGL Finn 'karrigan' Andersen decided to take the game into his own hands.
While Faze had been in the lead throughout the game, at 14 they lost two rounds back to back. That's when Karrigan decided to take the team to Match Point himself. The Danish IGL rolled back the years into his CS1.6 star self to pull off an amazing ace against Spirit's B execute, even getting the first two kills while blinded.
The Karrigan train keeps going on
Karrigan didn't cool off completely after the first game. In the Round 2 Games, Faze faced off against ENCE, an international roster that has been consistently showing strong tactics and skill. But their skill was no match to Faze clan with Karrigan once again ending up at the top of the scoreboard with 28 kills. The long hold between Håvard 'rain' Nygaard and Karrigan was unbreakable and led to ENCE's downfall.
Felps ACE Clutch
João 'felps' Vasconcellos was once touted as the final piece to make SK Gaming work again. But surprisingly, despite multiple stints with that core, he was never able to perform to the fullest under Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo. Now in 2021, working with Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo in Godsent, Felps is still showing why he is once of Brazil's best.
Sportsmanship lives on
Sometimes the best clips aren't even on the server. After a year and a half of Online Events, PGL Stockholm saw the first handshake between opponents since 1st March 2020. After their win over the Danes, Entropiq went to Astralis' Bootcamp room to shake hands and say GGWP. This had to get a special mention in the Top 5 Plays from PGL Stockholm Day 1.