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CS:GO Rio Major 2022 Group Legends Stage Pick’em & Betting Preview (November 5-8)

Iem Rio Major 2022

Less than a week into the IEM Rio Major 2022, the CS:GO world has already seen some significant upsets unfold. With the Challengers Stage of the tournament completed, eight teams have already been eliminated from the event. Another eight teams have moved to the Legends Stage of the IEM Rio Major 2022.

IEM Rio Major 2022: Date & Venue

Event: The Intel Extreme Masters Season XVII; Rio Major 2022 Legends Stage
Venue:  Rio Centro Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazi
Date: Saturday, 5 November to Tuesday, 8 November

With the next four days of play seeing these eight winners come up against the eight legends that automatically qualified for the Legends Stage of this Major, there is plenty of excellent CS:GO action to come. We preview the bookies’ favorites in the Legends Stage IEM Major Rio 2022 odds, as well as looking at how teams made it this far and what picks to make in the Legends Stage Pick’Em competition.

For anyone eager to bet on CS:GO Rio 2022, read on to see who our experts think the winner will be.

Overall IEM Major Rio 2022 Odds to Win the Tournament

IEM Rio Major 2022 Legends Team List

Before looking at the next four days of play and the Legends Stage of this tournament, in particular, let’s zoom out and look at what the bookies are saying about the IEM Major Rio 2022 overall. Here are who bookmakers think will not only make the Champions Stage but go all the way and win the whole event:

  • Natus Vincere to Win the Tournament @ 4.75 (7/2)
  • FaZe Clan to Win the Tournament @ 5.00 (4/1)
  • Team Vitality to Win the Tournament @ 7.50 (13/2)
  • Cloud9, Heroic, and Team Liquid to Win the Tournament @ 9.00 (8/1)

Heading into the Legends Stage of the IEM Major Rio 2022, there are three key favorites in the bookmakers’ odds to win the tournament regarding betting on Esports. The top two are both legends, Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan, while the third is a challenger, Team Vitality, who qualified this week.

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Recapping the Challengers Stage of IEM Rio Major 2022

The week’s play in Brazil has already served up some upsets to participants in this tournament. After four days of furious CS:GO play, the following eight teams have qualified from the Challengers Stage of this Major:

  1. MOUZ (3-0)
  2. Bad News Eagles (3-0)
  3. Outsiders (3-1)
  4. BIG (3-1)
  5. FURIA Esports (3-1)
  6. Fnatic (3-2)
  7. Team Vitality (3-2)
  8. Cloud9 (3-2)

The big surprise in this week’s action has been OG not qualifying.

Coming in third at the bookies to move through to the Legends Stage and paying 1.36 (4/11), the fact that OG lost three matches and will not be moving through is a big upset. Even the top two teams in the bookmaker’s odds, Team Vitality and Cloud9, only narrowly qualified with records of 3-2 in seventh and eighth position.

Big performers for the week were Bad News Eagles, who were not even in the top eight teams expected to qualify this week, and yet they placed second, clean sweeping 3-0 in their matches.

For a more detailed look at the Challengers Stage of the IEM Major Rio 2022, check out our RIO Major 2022 betting guide.

Betting Tips for CS:GO Major Legends Stage 2022

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s play, sixteen teams vie for eight places in the Champions Stage of the tournament.

Here are the eight teams that are best placed to move through:

  • Natus Vincere
  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Vitality
  • Cloud9
  • Heroic
  • Team Liquid
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas

These sides hold players with the highest HLTV ranking and are the best ESL Major bets to make. However, there is a dark horse candidate that could make for good betting as well. Thus, Brazilian bookmakers will surely lower the odds for FURIA, as the Brazilian squad will receive 100% support from the local crowd.

Cloud9 and Team Vitality are in shaky conditions now. They both weren’t convincing enough during the first stage. They struggled when they faced opponents with flawless teamplay and couldn’t compete against them. Being at the edge of failure, they coped with the teams that weren’t among the favorites. It makes us think they will sink into the tougher stage, although some of the favorites can also struggle.

A lot will depend on the opening game of Legends Stage, and the draw was tough for both Vitality and Cloud9. The first face NAVI in the GOATs battle ZywOo vs. S1mple, while the second should pass reigning champions – Faze. The odds for these CS:GO matches favor Natus Vincere (1.5 – 2.4) and Faze Clan (1.6 – 2.15), which promises a challenging road for Cloud9 and Team Vitality. Looks like a good parlay for opening Legends games.

IEM Rio Major 2022 Betting Bonus for Legends Stage

Bad News Eagles to Win the Tournament Outright @ 51.00 (50/1)

No one expected the Bad News Eagles to still be around this deep into the tournament. So, it’s time to bet on heavy underdogs until the odds are so high.

And yet, they are one of two teams to navigate the Challengers Stage unbeaten, convincingly beating 00 Nation, OG, and Gamer Legion. While they will come up against much tougher opposition in the Legends and Champions Stage of this event if they make it so far, right now, they are the form team.

They’ve defied the odds so far; can they do it again? If they do, a bet on Bad News Eagles to win in Rio is paying a crucial 51.00 (50/1).

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2022 Rio Major Pick’Em Predictions

One fantastic aspect of this Major is that CS:GO fans can participate in the Pick’Em prediction challenge through their Rio 2022 Viewer Passes.

All that’s required is to guess seven teams that will move from the Legends Stage to the Champions Stage, as well as one team that will go 3-0 and another that will end 0-3. Get five of these predictions correct, and fans can win great prizes, such as a diamond coin.

Our Pick’Em Legends Rio 2022 Major Picks

  • Ninjas in Pijamas to go 3-0
  • Sprout to lose 0-3
  • NAVI, FaZe Clan, MOUZ, Heroic, Team Liquid, FURIA, and Outsiders to advance

Pickem for Legends Stage at Rio Major 2022

Whether you plan to watch the live stream of the IEM Rio Major 2022 or catch up on all the action after work each day, there will be some excellent matchups occurring over the next week. Tune in tomorrow to see the Legends Stage opening games, and watch if your team makes the Champions Stage and your Pick’Em predictions come true.

Content Writer

Bren is our resident Kiwi, and has been playing or watching sports down under in New Zealand for the better part of three decades. With 12+ years experience as a professional writer, Bren loves to dive deep into all things sport to bring the best betting analysis and predictions here at BetZillion.

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