The IEM Rio Main 2022 noticed a collection of upsets resulting in a darkish horse victory for Outsiders that most individuals positively didn’t see coming. Alongside the celebrity and riches, the Main champions have now certified for the BLAST Premier World Remaining, with the chance to take dwelling one other $500,000 place for first place.
The Outsiders roster, previously often called Virtus Professional, received their proper to attend this event, however there have been some circumstances that might’ve prevented them from attending.
BLAST welcomed Outsiders to the event with the one requirement being that they compete “beneath their impartial title and id.”
Outsiders initially performed beneath the Virtus Professional banner. Because of the Russian and Ukrainian battle, a number of event organizers allowed squads to attend their occasions beneath the proviso that they take away ties to their former group if there was any connection between them and the Russian authorities.
Virtus Professional, equally to Gambit, had ties to the oligarch. The squad has since performed as Outsiders for the final 14 occasions, together with qualifiers.
On Sept. 17, Aram Karamanukyan turned the CEO of the previous oligarch-tied esports group. Nonetheless, Blast appears to be holding sturdy in its stance.
The World Remaining takes place on Wednesday, Dec, 14 in Abu Dhabi and showcases a number of heavy hitters combating for that first-place prize, together with FaZe, Vitality, and NAVI.
Outsiders have received Rio’s $500,000 prize and already etched its title into Counter-Strike’s corridor of fame—now the squad has a shot at doubling the cash.