hooch: "Astralis, ENCE, Heroic are the obvious favorites of the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 Challengers Stage"
Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov, a coach of Entropiq, in an interview with Cybersport.ru called Astralis, ENCE and Heroic the strongest participants of the initial Challengers Stage at PGL Major Stockholm 2021. At the same time, the Russian specialist added that best-one-one matches and the prestigious status of the Major create the right conditions for several unexpected results.
From an ethical point of view, it is not very nice to say that there are some teams that we will definitely defeat. There are no "more comfortable" options. Yeah, at this stage no team is weak, since any squad is able to beat others on a good day, given a best-of-one format. There are no comfortable or uncomfortable opponents and no obvious leaders. Everyone knows that Astralis, ENCE, Heroic are obvious favorites. But, again, I repeat, everything will be different at the tournament, because best-of-one matches and Majors themselves are usually generous with surprises.
Bogdanov also noted that his team does not have specific goals for the upcoming event. According to him, the roster wants to see what they are capable of in the conditions of a LAN event and also advance to the playoffs.
There are no specific goals. I mean, we set goals for ourselves, and our goal is to make it to the Legends Stage, feel the atmosphere of the Major, show to the whole world what we can do, and do well at the LAN by advancing to the next stage. And then we'll see.
Entropiq will start the competition in the upcoming Major with a match against BIG, which will take place on October 26. Out of the sixteen Challengers Stage participants, eight strongest teams will get a spot in the Legends Stage.