Valve has announced a change in format for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Majors. The game publisher has adjusted the number of teams making their way from qualifiers while dropping two teams from the challenger stage.
According to the post, the two teams that find themselves winless (0-3) in the upcoming London Legends Stage will no longer be automatically qualified for the Challenger stage and will instead have to re-qualify through the Minors for Katowice 2019. In order to fill the two vacant spots, the regional Minors will provide an opportunity for third-place teams to compete in a playoff bracket with the top two landing a spot at the Major.
This will certainly alter the importance of claiming at least one win at the upcoming FACEIT Major in London. Had this alteration already been in effect, Virtus.pro and North would have had to compete in their regions Minor qualifier circuit. If the same fate befalls them again, neither will have a guaranteed seat in Katowice.
Changes to Challengers and Legends invites for Katowice 2019. Details in today's blog post: https://t.co/VAfiqr1AUt
— CS:GO (@csgo_dev) August 28, 2018
You can read the full post from Valve below:
“In just over a week the next CS:GO Major Championship will get under way! At the opening Challengers Stage (September 5-9), we’ll watch the top two teams from each region (Americas, Asia, CIS, and Europe) battle the bottom eight teams from last Major’s Legends Stage.
However, next time we will not extend an invitation to every bottom eight team from the Legends Stage. The two teams who finish 0-3 in the London Legends Stage will need to qualify through the Minors for Katowice 2019.
And so, two teams will make an early exit from the Major Championship circuit. To replace them, two additional teams will qualify from the regional Minors: the third-place teams from each region will take part in a brief playoff, with the top two advancing to the main event.
(In other words, two regions will send an extra team to Katowice)
Which teams will live to fight another day and which two will get sent back to the drawing board? Join us in London and find out!”