The 16th Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship, PGL Stockholm 2021, is entering the final stage of the event on 4 November. Held at the Avicii Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, the championship welcomed 24 qualifying teams to the grand stage on 26 October and will run through 7 November. Valiant challengers fell and fearless legends rose up over the last week of hair-raising CS:GO action. The world’s 24 best CS:GO teams are down to eight — but only one will emerge victorious.
The winners will bag $1,000,000, 1,800 ESL Pro Tour points, 4,000 BLAST Premier points and a seed to the BLAST Premier 2021 World Final. Let’s bring you up to speed and set you up for a fantastic round of betting in the upcoming Grand Final!
PGL STOCKHOLM 2021 — NEW CHALLENGERS AND NEW LEGENDS OVERVIEW
Following the success of PGL Krakow, Stockholm 2021 is hosted by the same Romanian event organiser, studio and video production company PGL. It is the first Major following an extended break due to the COVID-19 pandemic and features a massive prize pool of $2,000,000 with thousands of EPT and BLAST Premier points up for grabs. There are three stages in the Major: New Challengers, New Legends and New Champions, with a total of 24 teams invited based on Regional Major Rankings.
The New Challengers and New Legends stages are now behind us — they were played in a 16-team Swiss format, where the teams competed for one of the top eight positions. The bottom eight teams were eliminated in each stage, sending the following teams forward to the New Champions stage:
PGL STOCKHOLM 2021 — NEW CHAMPIONS
The New Champions stage kicks off at 16:30 CET (GMT+1) on 4 November and will run through to 7 November. The Grand Final will take place on the last day, at 20:00 CET.
NEW CHAMPIONS FORMAT
- Teams were seeded based on their Swiss and Buchholz scores. The latter is a score based on the opposition’s performance.
- Single-elimination bracket.
- All matches are Bo3.
CS:GO — PGL STOCKHOLM 2021 BETTING
➤ The New Champions stage is packed with CS:GO’s top talent — you’re definitely in for narrow victories and jaw-dropping action. We can’t say which teams will make it to the Grand Final but, if Natus Vincere and Gambit continue their stellar streak, odds are we’ll see these CS:GO giants in the semi-finals. While FURIA and Team Vitality are facing an uphill battle against the CIS powerhouses, we believe NiP and VP can still blast through to the semi-finals despite the threat posed by their formidable opposition.
G2 had an excellent run in New Legends, ending the stage 3-0, but NiP are known to pull themselves up from the trenches when the crowds least expect it. The more experienced Heroic also stand as the favourites in their quarter-finals matchup against Virtus.pro, but VP’s acquisition of YEKINDAR in 2020 has really turned things around for the team, who continue to leave their fans amazed and proud after every competition.
Head to our Sportsbook to make the most of the latest Stockholm 2021 betting markets and bomb-tastic CS:GO odds on the ongoing play-offs. Don’t forget to check back in before the big day — we’ll have a fresh set of odds and markets right in time for what will undoubtedly be a spectacular PGL Stockholm 2021 finale.
The first match of the quarter-finals will see EPL S13 winners Heroic, at 5/9 (1.55) to win, go up against 2021 IEM World Championship runners up Virtus.pro, who are at 13/9 (2.45) to stand their ground and take the match.
At 20:00 CET (GMT+1), Europeans G2 Esports will attempt to down Ninjas in Pyjamas at 6/7 (1.85) to win. On the other side of the map, the Swedes are looking to tap into some of that NiP magic and bring that victory home at 1/1 (2.00) to win.
On 5 November, the action is picking up again with a 16:00 CET match between THE team to beat, Gambit, and FURIA. Gambit are entering the fray at a solid 2/7 (1.28) to grab the semi-finals spot, and FURIA stand at 11/4 (3.75) to turn the tides of combat and secure the win.
The last semi-finals seed will be up for grabs at 20:00 CET the same day, when Frenchmen Team Vitality, at 27/10 (3.70) to win, will attempt to eliminate UA legends Natus Vincere, who enter the fray at 2/7 (1.28) to place yet another victory under their belts.
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*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.