The Road to the November Rio Major
Update 4/17/2020: Regional Major Ranking has been updated, visit this page for up to date information: Regional Major Ranking.
Update 4/8/2020: The invites have been updated to reflect C0ntact’s return to the EU.
The Rio Major will take place in November and, as the only Major of 2020, the prize pool will be $2,000,000.
It will have been more than a year since the last Major. To ensure that the Rio Major features the top teams in the world, we will require that current Legends and Challengers demonstrate that they are still in top form. Due to the difficulty in travel for the foreseeable future, we’re going to do that regionally.
Regional Major Rankings
All teams participating in the November Rio 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. We will have more details on the point distribution once we have a final list of the Major Ranking competitions between now and the Rio Major.
The first RMR series will be in May, and we intend to have one more RMR series in the Fall. Additionally, if tournament organizers are interested in modifying their previously planned 2020 events to be RMR competitions, they should reach out to us.
For us to consider an event for Major ranking, it must invite the top RMR teams in the region and hold qualifiers for the remainder. The event can be of any format, any prize pool, any duration, and either online, LAN, or a combination of the two.
November Rio Invitations
24 teams will be invited to the November Rio 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 Rio Invitation Distribution|
(formerly Returning Challengers)
(formerly New Challengers)
*Teams currently unable to travel to their native region are invited to defend their invitations in the region where they are currently situated.
The 2020 May RMR Series
The first series of these RMR competitions will be in May and will be hosted by ESL. All teams that would have been invited to the May Rio Major or the May Rio Minors will be invited to compete for position in their region. Current Legends and Challengers will start with some Regional Major Ranking points.
Q. How are the Regional Major Rankings calculated?
Q. Will there be Minors for the November Rio Major?
Q. What happens to teams who were invited to the May Minors?
Q. What happens to the Minor prize pool?
Q. What determines what region a team competes in?
Q. What happens if a team changes region?
Q. Can a team change their roster?