Paris Major: Day 4 – last day of Challengers Stage Paris Major: Day 4 – last day of Challengers Stage

12. May 2023 by Andrew Williams

The fourth day of the Paris Major is over and here are the results for you! It was also the last day of the Challengers Stage and two teams went full throttle once again. Especially GamerLegion and Liquid went above and beyond and showed once again that they should not be underestimated.

Tomorrow we continue with the Legends Stage, where teams like NaVi, Heroic and Vitality are waiting.

GamerLegion can prevail

The last matchday of the Challengers Stage started with the first decisive match between GamerLegion and FORZE. The European team managed to make an impressive comeback after a 0-2 start in the Swiss Stage. Kamil “siuhy” Szkaradek’s team had lost to Complexity and TheMongolz to open the tournament and was written off by many, but then they managed to knock out three of the Top 16 teams and qualify for the Legends Stage – MOUZ, OG and FORZE.

The fact that GamerLegion pulled it off is kind of poetic after they previously failed to convert a 2-0 start at the IEM Rio Challengers Stage and were eliminated 3-2 early. Liquid and GamerLegion came back from a 0-2 deficit to qualify 3-2 for the Legends Stage.

Liquid recovers

Liquid and GamerLegion qualified for the Legends Stage with 3:2 after being down 0:2. Even though they didn’t have quite as strong opponents, Liquid made the same journey from a 0-2 start to the Challengers Stage. The North American team started the event full of confidence after a productive bootcamp, but then lost to Apeks and FORZE and narrowly defeated Fluxo in their first elimination match. After that, however, they looked like a newly formed team in their wins against Complexity and Grayhound, overcoming both opponents with ease.

Monte’s roller coaster ride

Monte had an up and down ride through the Challengers Stage as they took a close loss to FaZe and beat Fluxo on Day 1 before slipping into the Elimination Round for not facing FORZE. Mohammad “BOROS” Malhas, Sergiy “DemQQ” Demchenko, and Volodymyr “Woro2k” Veletniuk finally performed better and defeated TheMongolz in the fourth round. Yesterday they finally won the Series against paiN, which qualified them for the Legends Stage.

Monte’s chances didn’t look good at first when they lost their 15-map Anubis streak to the Brazilians at the start of the Series, but they quickly put all doubts to rest by going all-out on Nuke’s CT side and getting a quick 16-1 win.

Monte takes the win

The decider was played on Mirage. There, it was mostly Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev who took over the IGL role in time for Woro2k’s major, allowing Monte to secure the win. The former NAVI stand-in impressed both on an individual level and with some pinpoint late calls and plays on Mirage’s CT side, allowing him to take his team to the next stage of the Major.

The tournament takes a break today before resuming tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. with the Legends Stage. Then NaVi will play against GamerLegion and 9INE against Liquid. As always, you can follow the matches on our two Twitch channels fragster_de_cs and Fragster_de and you really shouldn’t miss it!