CS:GO: Surprise rule change for StarLadder Berlin Major confirms MIBR roster - Dexerto

CS:GO: Surprise rule change for StarLadder Berlin Major confirms MIBR roster

Published: 18/Jul/2019 14:28 Updated: 18/Jul/2019 14:43

by Joe O'Brien


A last-minute change has been made to the roster rules for the StarLadder Berlin CS:GO Major that will allow Made in Brazil to resolve their roster issues.

According to a report by HLTV, a rule change was made on Wednesday, July 17 that will allow teams to field their coaches as a stand-in even if the situation is not an emergency.

MIBR were left in an awkward position ahead of the Major after star player Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David requested to leave the team and was moved to the bench following a disastrous performance by the team at ESL One Cologne.

Though coldzera apparently offered to play with the team for their upcoming events, MIBR preferred to field coach Wilton ‘zews’ Prado in his stead until they can find a permanent replacement. Zews competed for the team at BLAST Los Angeles, and is due to do so for IEM Chicago on July 18-21.

The roster rules for the Major, however, originally stated that a coach could only step in for a player in a case that StarLadder deemed an emergency, such as a visa or health issue. Mais Esports reported that StarLadder did not consider MIBR’s situation an emergency, casting uncertainty over the team’s options for the event.

ESL / Turtle Entertainmentcoldzera has been moved to the MIBR bench after requesting to leave the team.

Following the update to the rules, however, teams will now be able to swap their coach in as a player even if the situation is not an emergency, with the only catch now being that such a swap cannot be reversed – the coach will have to play out the remainder of the tournament as a starting member of the line-up, while the substituted player cannot return.

According to the report by HLTV, StarLadder admitted in an email that the emergency roster transfer rule was “unnecessary and unhealthy” and had “created a lot of chaos”.

MIBR will undoubtedly be pleased to have the situation resolved, although they still face a Major with a stand-in rather than a complete starting line-up.


Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson


CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

Rio Major logo
The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.