Max in action.  The 9z Team player was one of the figures in the defeat against the Brazilian MIBR.

9z Team started with one double shift with negative balance on his way in CS:GO Antwerp Major, which will be played until May 22 in that city of Belgium. In the first term it fell against the Finnish team of ENCE and then before MIBR from Brazil. With these results, he will have to win or win this Tuesday against the Americans from TeamLiquid.

The match, which is part of the so-called Challengers Stage, was left for the last turn of the third round of crosses. As both teams are 0-2, the loser will be one of the first eliminated from the tournament, while the winner will continue to live in the tournament that takes place in Belgium.

The purple team arrived hopeful to the duel against the Brazilians despite the resounding defeat in the first match on Monday in the Major, the video game world cup Counter-Strike: Global Offensive who will deliver a succulent bag of 1 million dollars in prizes for the participants.

Without the Brazilian Rafael “zakk” Mestre in the technical direction, provisionally suspended by the ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission)the quintet made up of the Argentines Luca “Luken” Nadotti (25 years old) and Martín “Rox” Molina (19), the Uruguayans Franco “Dgt” García Cabrera (20) and Maximiliano “Max” González (22) and the Chilean David “Dav1d” Tapia Maldonado (21) could not demonstrate the level that led him to qualify for the PGL Major Antwerp 2022: Americas RMR.

With good performances from Max and Dav1d, 9z Team took the game to round 29 of the Overpass map with concrete chances of victory, but a series of errors when planting the bomb left them without a chance in a score that ended in favor of MIBR for 16-14.


Max in action. The 9z Team player was one of the figures in the defeat against the Brazilian MIBR.

“We lost a map that we couldn’t lose, we need to put in a major head reset for tomorrow. Thanks to those who always support, tomorrow continues,” tweeted Max.

In the first place, those in purple suffered a tough defeat in favor of the Finnish team from ENCE -top 3 in the world ranking- that culminated with a 16-7 on the Mirage map. The European quintet showed its supremacy and the good moment that led it to stay last weekend with the BLAST Premier Spring European Showdown 2022.

The confrontation against Team Liquid, without margin for error

Now, 9z Team needs to beat the renowned American team of nitr0, EliGE, oSee, NAF (Canada) and shox (France) in a series to the best of three games, in a situation no room for error as it happened in the PGL Major Antwerp 2022: Américas RMR when they qualified for the Major.

There, the first day they had lost against MIBR and Evil Geniuses. With no chances other than victory, Frankkaster’s team won the best of 3 series against Bad News Bears, 00 Nation and São Caetano. Not only that, but they chained the tiebreakers against Evil Geniuses and the definition against paiN Gaming to achieve a historical classification that was celebrated in the City of Buenos Aires with the Obelisk dyed purple.

9Z Team dyed the Obelisk purple with their triumph on the international Counter Strike: Global Offensive scene.

9Z Team dyed the Obelisk purple with their triumph on the international Counter Strike: Global Offensive scene.

The last matchup against Team Liquid dates back to October 2021, when they were defeated in the first round of the Blast Premier Fall Showdown 2021 playoffs (16-3 Nuke, 16-6 Inferno).

In case of getting a win against Team Liquid, 9z Team must then string together two more victories to dream of qualifying for the select group Legends Stage where the best will fight for the title of champion. The loser, meanwhile, will be eliminated from the competition.

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