From 0-2 to the Major

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Illustration by NovaH. Source: PGL / Stefan Petrescu

In the history of CS:GO, there has been exactly one country in South America that has been considered a powerhouse: Brazil.

After this week, there might be a second.

9z, an organization out of Argentina which also has players from Uruguay and Chile, became the final squad to qualify for the major out of the Americas and the first Argentinian core to accomplish that feat.

9z, currently ranked 45th in the world, not only qualified but did so with the most improbable run imaginable. They went 0-2 in their first two games, where they were unlucky enough to face off against MIBR and EG, before winning five straight BO3s.

They eliminated Bad News Bears, 00NATION, Sao Caetano, Evil Geniuses, and paiN en route to their major spot and it was easy to see from their celebration just how much it meant to all five players.

dgt had the event of his life, boasting a ridiculous 1.31 average and +96 kda while teammate Luken had a 1.19 average and all five players had their moments; max in particular helped to secure the qualification with back-to-back multikills to get their 18th and 19th rounds on dust2 against paiN.

In an interview with dust2 after the win, max, who is also the team’s IGL, took a moment to thank the fans for their support. “I love you all. Thank you for your support in the bad moments because that is the difference so celebrate together now and get ready for the Major.”

April 17, 2022

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