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CS:GO eSports Structure & Format
- Valve-sponsored tournaments, or Majors. These feature the world’s best teams, and prize pools often in excess of $1 million. The Intel Extreme Masters: Rio Major was the most recent of these, and saw the Russia-based Outsiders take home the title
- S-tier tournaments, earlier known as Premium tournaments. These are sponsored not by Valve but by well-established third-party organizers such as Blast, Intel, or Roobet, and are considered just as prestigious as the Majors. The standard of play at these events is as high as the Valve Majors, and they too feature the world’s best teams competing among huge prize pools usually over $250k
- A-tier tournaments, which offer good prize pools as well usually in the range of $100k to $250k. These also include the CS:GO Minor Championship and Regional Major Ranking events, which act as qualifiers for the Majors or S-tier events
- B-tier tournaments, like the ESL Challenger League, which were introduced recently in 2021. These are usually conducted as smaller LAN events, or larger online events featuring top tier 2 teams
- C-tier tournaments, formerly known as Minors, conducted on a much smaller scale. They’re the lowest ranked events, usually played online and don’t involve the participation of any top teams. The Beyond Invitational Winter 2022 was a recent C-tier event
- Show matches or friendlies, for instance the Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen 2022. These exhibition matches are one-off events without any stakes, usually featuring notable teams or players
Qualification For CS:GO Tournaments
- A system called the Regional Major Rankings (RMRs) determines a specific number of teams from each region
- Teams must first compete at a series of open or closed qualifiers, depending on the region and will be allotted into their RMR groups
- There are three regions represented at the RMRs - Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. Each of these has a different number of seeds allotted to them at the majors, with sixteen set aside for Europe, twelve in total for North and South America, and four for Asia.
- The Majors are divided into three stages, the Challengers Stage, the Legends Stage, and the Champions Stage. The top eight teams from the RMRs will qualify as Legends, the next eight make it as Challengers, and the bottom eight as Contenders.
- Each stage is conducted in a 16-team Swiss format, and narrows down its group from 16 to eight.
- The Champions stage is effectively the playoffs, and the top eight teams contest in a single-elimination knockout bracket to determine the winner.
- The BLAST Premier, which is broken up into the Spring Groups and Spring Finals, followed by the Fall Groups and Fall Finals, and finally the Blast World Finals at the end of the year
- The ESL Pro League, which is generally split into two seasons a year
- The Intel Extreme Masters tournaments, which are offline events organized around twice a year
Best CS:GO Teams
- Astralis holds the record for most Major titles with four so far, the first being ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017 followed by three three back-to-back titles at the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019, FACEIT Major: London 2018, and IEM Katowice Major 2019.
- Fnatic possesses three Major titles, winning the first ever DreamHack Winter 2013. They also won back-to-back ESL One Major titles in 2015, first at Cologne and then Katowice.
- Outsiders, formerly known as Virtus.Pro, have won two Majors in their history. The first was the ESL Major Series One Katowice 2014, and most recently the IEM Rio Major 2022.
- Faze Clan, PGL Major Antwerp 2022
- Natus Vincere, PGL Major Stockholm 2021
- Cloud9, who became the only North American team to ever win a Major when they secured the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
- Gambit Esports, PGL Major Kraków 2017
- SK Gaming, ESL One: Cologne 2016
- Luminosity Gaming, MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016
- Team EnvyUs, DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015
- Team LDLC, DreamHack Winter 2014
- Ninjas in Pyjamas, ESL One: Cologne 2014
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) FAQs
What is esports?
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