FalleN: "For every Brazilian player, the Major in Rio is the moment to peak"
In the OG's Monkey Business podcast, Imperial's in-game leader Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo shared his expectations for IEM Rio 2022 Major, which will be held in his home country in the fall. According to the esports athlete, all Brazilian players must reach the peak of their form by the time the home Major kicks off.
I think they (organizers) could easily fill a stadium with 75,000 people to watch the Major if they wanted. But of course, they didn't think about that last year, and maybe it's not so easy to pull an event like that. But I can guarantee you a 75,000 people event in Brazil for CS would be completely doable, which is insane. I don't think any other country could do it this way. I think this is going to be the best Major ever. For every Brazilian player, this is the moment to peak, this is where you have to play, this is where you have to be. You got to find a way to be there. It's not going to be easy, but it's the dream coming true to all Brazilians, to be able to play in front of a Brazilian crowd like that.
FalleN also noted with regret that due to the poor state of the Brazilian CS:GO professional scene, there is a risk that no local team will play in front of a home audience.
The Brazilian current state of CS is not on its highest, which makes it even harder. I think there is a chance that if teams don't develop better in the next months, we might actually have no team playing on the stage in Brazil. You have to go to the top 8 to actually play in front of the crowd. If we don't have a top 8 Brazilian team, that would be a shame.
IEM Rio 2022 will take place from October 31 to November 13. 24 participating teams will be determined based on the results of RMR events, qualifiers for which will be held from August 15 to September 5.