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TYLOO becomes first team to qualify for IEM Winter

IEM Winter is almost two months away. But despite the CS:GO tournament being so far off, some teams are starting to claim their spots in it. 

TYLOO is the first squad to do so. They triumphed at the Asian qualifier today, guaranteeing a spot in the event.

Only four squads took part in the qualifier, with Team NKT and Wings Up Gaming receiving direct invites. The Black Company and TYLOO advanced through the open qualifier. But no team found a way to beat the experienced Chinese roster. 

TYLOO dominantly secured a place in the finals, which they won 2-0. Team NKT, TYLOO’s opponent in the grand finals, only managed to claim 16 rounds in total over the course of Overpass and Vertigo.

IEM Winter could be TYLOO’s first event since ESL Pro League season 11 in March 2020 in which they travel to Europe for an international tournament. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be since the Chinese squad has yet to play an IEM Fall 2021: Asia qualifier. If they win that or perform better than ViCi, TYLOO will get to book their flights to Sweden for the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, which starts on Oct. 23. 

IEM Winter is aiming to host 16 teams from across the globe from Dec. 2 to 12. Eleven of them will receive direct invites, while five will earn their spots through regional qualifiers. 

PGL Stockholm Major talent lineup revealed

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PGL has unveiled the broadcast team that will bring fans the action at the Stockholm Major, the first CS:GO Major in over two years.

Fans will see a lot of familiar faces, including some people who haven’t been working at CS:GO events too much lately. Richard Lewis will be the host of a Valve-sponsored event for the first time since the ELEAGUE Boston Major in January 2018. Daniel “ddk” Kapadia, who’s been more involved in VALORANT tournaments, will be casting CS:GO for the first time since cs_summit 7 in January. Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett, who recently worked as a sideline reporter in ESL Pro League season 14, will also be one of the tournament’s casters.

Duncan “Thorin” Shields, Janko “YNk” Paunović, Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez, and Sudhen “Bleh” Wahengbam will be the analysts working with Lewis on the desk. The casting team features Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill and Alex “Machine” Richardson, Anders Blume and Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat, plus James Bardolph and Jason “moses” O’Toole. Bardolph has historically been ddk’s partner, so it’s likely that moses will be paired with Sadokist.

There will be a total of three in-game observers responsible for bringing the best of the PGL Stockholm Major to the fans: Jake “Jak3y” Elton, Efren Chuong, and Ryan “ItsRandall” Randall.

The PGL Stockholm Major will see 24 teams battle for their share of the $2 million prize pool and will run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 7. The playoffs will take place over the last four days of the event and will be played in the Avicii Arena.

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