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The CS:GO Regional Minor Championships are about to begin, with our first event taking place this weekend!

Join MLG as they host the CS:GO Regional Minor Championship: Americas, where one team will take home the lion’s share of the $50,000 prize pool and earn a seat at the LAN Qualifier for the next CS:GO Major.

Matches begin Friday January 15th at 4:45pm EST, and continue Saturday and Sunday at 9:45am EST.

All matches will be streamed live on Twitch and MLG.tv. In addition, the playoffs (Sunday) will be streamed live in-client to all CS:GO fans in the region.

Which up-and-coming team will rise to the top? Join us this weekend and find out!


CS:GO attracts the most highly-skilled professional gamers across the globe, and new competitors are emerging every day.

In January we will hold four Regional Minor Championships, which are opportunities for regions to continue to develop world-class talent. The events will spotlight players who have not recently gained exposure by participating in a CS:GO Major Championship.

Each will feature high-quality production, with the event’s playoffs streamed live in-client to regional viewers. In addition to a $50,000 prize pool, the winning team of each Regional Minor Championship will be invited to participate in the offline qualifier for MLG Columbus 2016.

Regions:
CIS, hosted by StarLadder
Europe, hosted by PGL
Asia, hosted by ESL
Americas, hosted by MLG

Teams are eligible to participate provided the majority of their players are citizens of a country in their respective region, and none of their players were Legends or Challengers in the previous CS:GO Major Championship.

Join us in January as we showcase rising stars in the CS:GO scene and take our first steps toward the Major Championship in Columbus!


2021 CS:GO Regional Major Rankings

To ensure that the 2021 Fall Major features the top teams in the world, we will require that current RMR Legends, Challengers, and Contenders demonstrate that they are still in top form.

All teams participating in the next Major will earn their invites through regional rankings, which will be updated based on their performance in upcoming Regional Major Ranking competitions.

Teams competing in an RMR series will receive Major Ranking points based on their placement. The 2021 RMR competitions in all regions will have the following point distribution:

2021 Event Point Distribution
Place2020 StandingsRMR 1RMR 2 (Optional)RMR 3
1600160020002500
2600150018752344
3600140017502188
4600130016252031
5600120015001875
6600110013751719
7600100012501563
860090011251406
930080010001250
103007008751094
11300600750938
12300500625781
13300400500625
14300300375469
15300200250313
16300100125156
17-24100

Major Invitations

24 teams will be invited to the Major from six different regions based on their Regional Major Ranking.

In total, there are 8 Legend, 8 Challenger, and 8 Contender invitations available.

Each region will be allocated invites to the next Major based on that region’s performance in the preceding Major. Based on the results of the 2019 Berlin Major, the invitations for each region are as follows:

2021 Fall Major Invitation Distribution

November Stockholm Invitation Distribution
EURCISNASAASOC
Legends323000
Challengers611000
Contenders221111
Total Invitations1155111

[UPDATED] Note that the invitations available to each region will be finalized once the first RMR events begin. They are subject to change, depending on where the 2020 Challengers and Legends choose to begin their path.

FAQ

Q. Will there be Minors for the next Major?

A. There will be no Minors ahead of the next Major. Regional Major Rankings will be used to determine all 24 invitations. There will not be a separate path for teams to qualify.

Q. What determines what region a team competes in?

A. Given the circumstances, teams’ regions are determined by their current location.

Q. What happens if a team changes region?

A. Regional Major Rankings only represents a team’s performance relative to other teams in the region. Therefore, any region change by a team will result in a reset of the team’s Major Ranking points.

Q. Can a team change their roster before the event? [UPDATED]

A. When submitting a roster for an RMR event, teams can change up to two members of their prior roster at a cost of 20% of the team’s points, per player. Replacing three or more players between events will result in a points reset.

E.g., if a team registers for the summer RMR competition with 3/5 of their May roster, their RMR points will be reduced by 40%.

Q. Does a team lose points if they make a roster change between RMR events (or the Major), but end up submitting the same roster as before? [NEW]

A. No. Teams only lose points if they submit a roster for an RMR event that is different from the preceding RMR event.

Q. Can a team change their roster during an event? [UPDATED]

A. Yes. Teams can register a reserve player for each event. Between matches, and subject to tournament rules, the team can sub the reserve player in at a cost of 20% penalty to points earned at the event, and can sub the reserve player out for the original player at no additional cost.

Each time the team chooses to sub a reserve player in, they incur an additional 20% penalty to points earned at the event.

E.g., a team that fields a reserve player will receive 80% of the points earned at the event. If the original player returns to the lineup during the event, they will incur no further penalty for that event. They can choose to field the reserve player again later in the event, however they would incur an additional 20% penalty (i.e., they would earn 64% of the points for the event).

Q. If a team changes their roster during an event, what is the roster that earns them points?

A. Substitutions during an event do not affect the roster.

E.g., a team wants to make their substitute a permanent member of their roster. They would lose 20% of their earned points at the current event, and an additional 20% of their total points when they register for the next event with an updated roster.

Q. When does a team get invited to an RMR event (or Major)? [UPDATED]

A. After a team submits their roster, their points are evaluated. After all teams register, invitations are sent to the top teams by RMR.

Q. What happens if an invited team declines an invitation?

A. If a team declines an invitation to an RMR event or the Major, the next-highest ranked team by RMR receives their invitation.

Q. Who earns points at an RMR event?

A. Only the top N teams will earn points, where N is the number of teams invited by RMR.

E.g., an event that invites top 4 teams by RMR and 12 teams by other means will only generate RMR points for top 4 places. An event that invites all 16 teams by RMR will generate RMR points for all 16 places.

Q. How many points do teams earn if they tie for a position?

A. If teams tie for a position, they receive the average points available for those positions.

E.g., if the first RMR event does not tie-break 3rd and 4th places, both teams get 1350 RMR points.

Q. Who is allowed in the players’ rooms and on the game server during an online match? [NEW]

A. The players, exclusively. Coaches, staff, and others should not be present or in communication with players from the start of a map until it is concluded.


CS:GO Regional Major Rankings

To ensure that the upcoming Major features the top teams in the world, we will require that current Legends and Challengers demonstrate that they are still in top form.

All teams participating in the next Major will earn their invites through regional rankings, which will be updated based on their performance in upcoming Regional Major Ranking competitions.

Teams competing in an RMR series will receive Major Ranking points based on their placement. The 2020 RMR competitions in all regions will have the following point distribution:

2020 Event Point Distribution
PlaceBerlin 2019RMR 1 (May)RMR 2 (Summer)RMR 3 (Fall)
1800160020002500
2600150018752344
3600140017502188
4600130016252031
5600120015001875
6600110013751719
7600100012501563
860090011251406
930080010001250
103007008751094
11300600750938
12300500625781
13300400500625
14300300375469
15300200250313
16300100125156

Major Invitations

24 teams will be invited to the Major from six different regions based on their Regional Major Ranking.

In total, there are 8 Legend, 8 Challenger, and 8 Contender invitations available.

Each region will be allocated invites to the Major based on that region’s performance in the preceding Major. Based on the results of the 2019 Berlin Major, the invitations for each region are as follows:

November 2020 Rio Invitation Distribution

November Rio Invitation Distribution
EURCISNASAASOC
Legends323*000
Challengers
(formerly Returning Challengers)
611000
Contenders
(formerly New Challengers)
221111
Total Invitations1155111

*Teams currently unable to travel to their native region are invited to defend their invitations in the region where they are currently situated.

FAQ

Q. Will there be Minors for the November Rio Major?

A. There will be no Minors ahead of the November Rio Major. Regional Major Rankings will be used to determine all 24 teams participating in the November Rio Major. There will not be a separate path for teams to qualify.

Q. What happens to teams who were invited to the May Minors?

A. For the first Regional Major Ranking series in May, teams qualified for the May Minors (and/or qualifiers for those Minors) will be invited to participate in their respective region’s competition. For later RMR competitions, participants will be invited based on their regional ranking, with additional slots available to teams determined by qualifiers.

Q. What happens to the Minor prize pool?

A. Valve will sponsor the May and Fall Regional Major Ranking series. Each of those events will feature a prize pool of $255,000, divided across each region based on the number of Legends and Challengers invitations available for that region. The minimum prize pool in a region will be $10,000.

Q. What determines what region a team competes in?

A. Given the circumstances, teams’ regions are determined by their current location.

Q. What happens if a team changes region?

A. Regional Major Rankings only represents a team’s performance relative to other teams in the region. Therefore, any region change by a team will result in a reset of the team’s Major Ranking points.

Q. Can a team change their roster before the event? [UPDATED]

A. Prior to each RMR event, teams can change up to two members of their roster at a cost of 20% of the team’s points, per player. Replacing three or more players between events will result in a points reset.

E.g., if a team registers for the summer RMR competition with 3/5 of their May roster, their RMR points will be reduced by 40%.

Q. Can a team change their roster during an event? [NEW]

A. Yes, at any time a team can make a one-time substitution of their registered coach for a player at a cost of 20% penalty to points earned at the event.

In the case of online portions of a competition the substitution is reversible, however each time a coach is swapped in or out the team suffers a compounding 20% penalty to points earned at the event.

E.g., a team that fields a coach will receive 80% of the points earned at the event. If the original player returns to the lineup during the event, they will receive 80% of the remaining points (64%) for that event.

Q. If a team changes their roster during an event, what is the roster that earns them points? [NEW]

A. Substitutions during an event do not affect the roster.

E.g., a team wants to make their substitute a permanent member of their roster. They would lose 20% of their earned points at the current event, and an additional 20% of their total points when they register for the next event with an updated roster.

Q. When does a team get invited to an RMR event (or Major)? [NEW]

A. After a team registers their roster of five players and one optional coach, their points are evaluated. After all teams register, invitations are sent to the top teams by RMR.

Q. What happens if an invited team declines an invitation? [NEW]

A. If a team declines an invitation to an RMR event or the Major, the next-highest ranked team by RMR receives their invitation.

Q. Who earns points at an RMR event? [NEW]

A. In May, since all teams arrived through the normal Major qualification process, all teams will earn RMR. For other RMR events, only the top N teams will earn points, where N is the number of teams invited by RMR.

E.g., an event that invites top 4 teams by RMR and 12 teams by other means will only generate RMR points for top 4 places. An event that invites all 16 teams by RMR will generate RMR points for all 16 places.

Q. How many points do teams earn if they tie for a position? [NEW]

A. If teams tie for a position, they receive the average points available for those positions.

E.g., if a summer event does not tie-break 3rd and 4th places, both teams get 1687.5 RMR points.



The final chance for teams to qualify for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major begins on January 16th when the CIS and EU Minors begin. The top two teams from the European, CIS, Americas, and Asian Minors will qualify for the New Challengers stage of the IEM Katowice Major.

Following the Minors, the four teams that place third in their respective brackets will compete head to head in a last chance play-in match where the two winners will advance to the New Challengers stage. Watch the matches live on ESL’s pair of Twitch channels, here and here.

The full Minors schedule can be found below:

CIS: January 16th – 20th
EU: January 16th – 20th
Americas: January 22nd – 26th
Asia: January 22nd – 26th
Minor Play-in: January 27th

Detailed information on the Minors, including format adjustments and Play-in matches, can be found on IEM’s blog.

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