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Based on their results in 2021, the assumption that shipping w7m will do much in 2022 may seem ludicrous. Most expected them to be in a relegation battle again, but the team had other plans.
After picking up Joao “jv92” Vitor and Gabriel “volpz” Fernandes, the team changed. The perfect start to the season lasted all the way through the first round, with the team only losing to INTZ in the final game of the division.
Not only did the team become the first to win eight games in a row, but they also set a record for the most points in a single event — 24. Despite winning twice against Team Liquid at the Copa Elite Six, w7m esports dominated the region. Hope for Charlotte.
Unfortunately, the May Major was flagged for visa issues for all Brazilian teams except Team Liquid, which prevented w7m’s shipment from entering the country. When they finally got to play, it was not from the venue itself, but from Mexico City.
Despite playing with massive lag, W7m esports defeated G2 Esports twice and DarkZero Esports once – becoming the only team to win the finals in the tournament. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for them to make it to the finals and they were knocked out of the Major against international opposition.
Stage 2 was a little worse for w7m but enough to separate the second-best split on the Brazilian team this time by 22 points. So far, the overall standings in Brazil show a 14-point gap between them and second-placed team Liquid. On top of that, the w7m sending total round difference is +59, almost six times higher than liquid.
In Brazil, Diego “Caize” Zanello is leading the entry stats at 18-7 (+11) while posting an extraordinary SiegeGG rating of 1.41, making him the best player in the arena.
Meanwhile, Glidson “GDNN1” Nunes rounded out the podium with 12 plants to his name, the second-most in any region behind Seth “Super” Hoffman’s 13 at this stage.
With all this in mind, w7m should be one of the favorites for the tournament despite their lack of experience at the international level. Their pace is great, the results are there, and this might be the best team of the season in individual stats.
On top of that, w7m have a lot of experience in BO3 games for the Latham Copa Elite Six in stages 1 and 2. But that experience is a loss despite their dominance in the BR6 season. Excluding matches against Mexican and South American teams, w7m lost four of their seven BO3 games against Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pajamas and Faze Clan.
In terms of maps, w7m’s strength seems to be on the chalet. The Brazilians have played seven times at this stage, winning five and losing two. This comes after they failed to win once in their three attempts in Stage 1.
Their most banned map is Skyscraper, which w7m has banned a total of 30 times this season. Another team that refused to play was Karta Bank, although they played twice in the Copa Elite Six – the first attempt was a loss to Ninjas in Pajamas and the second was a win against FURIA Esports.
In Berlin, w7m Shipping will face Oxygen Sports, Wolves Sports and Gamemin Gladiators in their group. The squad looks incredibly stacked, with the European and Brazilian champions meeting in the same group, while Oxygen and Gimin Gladiators are the fastest emerging dark horses from the first team to secure a spot at the Berlin Major.
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