GamerLegion, Monte and Team Liquid each won their respective Round 5 matches on Thursday in the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023: Challengers Stage in France.
GamerLegion and Team Liquid recorded sweeps over FORZE and Grayhound Gaming, respectively, while Monte posted a 2-1 victory over paiN Gaming. The wins fueled GamerLegion, Team Liquid and Monte into the Legends Stage of the tournament, which begins Saturday.
GamerLegion notched a 16-12 win on Overpass and 16-13 victory on Inferno, while Liquid secured 16-9 triumphs on both Anubis and Inferno. Monte overcame a 16-10 setback on Anubis by posting a 16-1 win on Nuke and 16-10 victory on Mirage.
The $1.25 million BLAST.tv Paris Major is running from May 8-21, with 24 teams playing offline in Paris. The champion will earn not only a $500,000 payday and 3,500 BLAST Premier points, but also automatic qualification into both IEM Cologne 2023 and the BLAST Premier World Final.
The Challengers Stage is using the Swiss System format, where after the opening match teams are divided into “high” and “low” matches. Elimination and advancement matches are best-of-three, and all other matches are best-of-one. The top eight teams advance to the Legends Stage, while the bottom eight are eliminated.
After the Legends Stage, which will also employ the Swiss System with 16 teams, the Champions Stage will be a single-elimination bracket with all matches best-of-three. The final is scheduled for May 21.
–Field Level Media