IEM Rio Major 2022 Challengers Stage Day 1 – Predictions

Published: Oct 31, 2022 - Last Updated: Apr 8, 2024

The highly anticipated IEM Rio Major 2022 finally kicks off with the Challengers Stage after the qualifiers. The first day of the tournament will feature 10 matches, all of which will be played as best-of-one. Here are the highlights and predictions for the day.

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Bad News Eagles vs 00NATION

Predictions: Bad News Eagles to win

Odds: 1.86

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When: October 31, 2022 – 17:15 CEST

Brazil’s favorite team will take on the Bad News Eagles for the first time in a Major in their home country. This long-awaited meeting is not expected to be easy for the hosts. 

Bad News Eagles has caught everyone’s attention with their success without being under any organization, and they have played at a high level while doing so. With the comfort and courage of being an underdog team, they don’t have much to lose. On the other hand, the situation is a bit different for 00NATION. The fans of the region are expecting a serious success from them and this extra responsibility can be a disadvantage, especially in BO1 matches.

OG vs Grayhound

Predictions: OG to win

CS:GO Odds: 1.2

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When: October 31, 2022 – 17:15 CEST

Entering the scene in 2019, European club OG finally realized the dream of making it to the Major they have been chasing for years. The team’s most valuable players in terms of scoring contribution, degster and flameZ, played a huge role in helping their team break into the top 15 teams in the World Rankings and then qualify for the Major. It will be crucial for them to continue this performance in this big tournament.

IEM RIO Major 2022 Challengers Stage Day 1 - Predictions

Australia is not among the leading regions in the CS:GO scene. However, despite this, Grayhound has managed to carve out a place for themselves in the competition. Building on what they have achieved in the past, the organization has now qualified for another Major. They have a more experienced roster than their competitors, but the lack of local competition is holding them back.


CS PredictionsFURIA to win

Odds: 1.53

CS:GO Betting Site: Odds provided by GG.BET

When: October 31, 2022 – 18:30 CEST

BIG and FURIA will battle it out in what is expected to be the closest match of the day. After a long time of struggling to pull out wins in important matches, BIG has finally become a more stable team. This is thanks to the arrival of their legendary player gob b in a coaching position.

The year 2022 is not going badly for the Brazilian representative. After a good start to the season, they qualified for the Major, even though their performance has been on the decline lately. The star of the team, KSCERATO’s 1.31 Rating performance in the last 3 months is one of the winning conditions for them.

Evil Geniuses vs IHC

CS:GO Predictions: Evil Geniuses to win

Odds: 1.3

CS:GO Betting Site: Odds provided by GG.BET

When: October 31, 2022 – 18:30 CEST

Evil Geniuses will enter the big tournament with a recent turnaround. After going too long without a win in important matches, there has been a bit of a turnaround within the team. They still have a lot to fix and are not among the top teams in the tournament, but they are the absolute favorites against IHC.

The Mongolia-based team has a very young and inexperienced roster. Just qualifying for IEM RIO Major 2022 is a big deal for teams from that region. The arrows are pointing towards Evil Geniuses, although there is a chance they could pull off a surprise.

Luke Warr

Since: April 6, 2022

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