IEM Rio Major 2022 Grand Finals: Outsiders crowned champions in front of 18,000 Brazilian CS:GO fans – The IEM Rio Major 2022 Grand Final was an event full of excitement. Although the event was exciting from the very first day, there were nail-biting CS:GO matches witnessed by fans almost every day.
The tournament kicked off in Rio de Janeiro on October 31, with the final being held on November 13. Teams gave their all for a larger share in the $1.25 million USD prize pool in front of an exhilarating crowd of Brazilian fans.
In the semifinals between MOUZ and Outsiders, it was Outsiders that won despite the brave efforts put forth by MOUZ. In the other semifinal between Heroic and FURIA, Heroic made a comeback after losing the first map, eventually beating the crowd favorites FURIA.
The finals between Outsiders and Heroic turned out to be a one-sided clean sweep. Let us see the highlights of the finals below.
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“Outsiders” is a Russian tag that was created by Virtus.pro for its CS:GO team. The organization decided to go with this neutral name tag as a move to distance itself from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They met up against the Danish team Heroic in the grand finals of IEM Rio Major 2022. is from Denmark. It was a best-of-three-match series in which the teams had to play on Mirage, Overpass, and Inferno maps.
The series never went to the last map as Outsiders won two consecutive maps on Mirage and Overpass with a score of 16 – 12 and 16 – 5. This clean sweep allowed them to lift the IEM Rio Major cup in front of the attending 18,000 Brazilian CS:GO fans. More than 1.1 million people tuned in to watch the Grand Finals live online between Outsiders and Heroic.
FL1T from Outsiders single-handedly killed 52, fame’s kills were 44. We even saw some clutch gameplay moments from their IGL Jame. As the winners, Outsiders walked away with a whopping $500,000 USD prize money.
As the runner-up, Heroic received $170,000 USD as prize money. Following them were MOUZ and FURIA in the 3rd-4th category.
The crowning of Outsiders as champions marked the conclusion of the IEM Rio Majors 2022. See you soon with more exciting Global Offensive events like this. Till then stay tuned with us, for news related to esports. Comment down your exciting moments in IEM Rio Major 2022.