Astralis have missed out on qualifying for the Legends Stage of the PGL Major in Antwerp. The team finished their Challengers stage with a 2-3 record.

In a shock to some, record title holders Astralis have failed to qualify for the Legends stage of the Antwerp Major. It is the first time since their formation in January 2016 that they’ve been knocked out this early from a Major.

They have picked up four of the nine major titles available in that period, making their early exit in Belgium all the more shocking.

They ended the qualifying round with a record of 2-3, losing their matches to Liquid, Spirit, and Vitality.

The Major, held in Antwerp, Belgium, is hosted by PGL Esports. The Challengers stage finished on Thursday.

The Challengers stage is the initial round of the unique tournament format of a CS:GO Major. It sees 16 teams compete for eight spots in the next round via a Swiss system.

The eight teams to progress through the Challengers stage are:

G2 Esports
Team Vitality
ENCE
Team Spirit
Outsiders
Imperial Esports
Bad News Eagles
Team Liquid

The eight teams that they will meet in the Legends stage are the teams that made it through to the Champions stage of the Major in Stockholm.

Those eight teams are:

Heroic
Copenhagen Flames
FUIRA
FaZe Clan
NaVi
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Cloud9
BIG

The next phase of the tournament will begin on Saturday (May 14). FaZe Clan are the current favourites to take the title.

FaZe are the odds on favourite for the win, with Natus Vincere just behind them. The team that does come away with the victory in Antwerp will walk home with a fantastic $500,000 purse.


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