Valve reportedly introducing ranking system for CS:GO Major invitations - Dexerto

Valve reportedly introducing ranking system for CS:GO Major invitations

Published: 17/Jan/2020 11:01

by Joe O'Brien


Valve have announced a significant change to the invitation system for the Fall 2020 CS:GO Major, moving away from automatic invites in favor of a ranking system.

According to a report by HLTV, Valve have informed tournament organizers that they are changing the means by which teams will receive direct invites for the second Major of the year.

Historically, teams have been able to guarantee their position at the next Major based on their placing at the previous one. The top eight teams secured ‘Legends’ status and an invitation directly to the Legends stage of the next Major, while the following six teams secured ‘Returning Challengers’ status and automatic invites to the Challengers stage. The remaining spots were open to qualifiers through the Minor system.

For the second Major of 2020, it seems Valve are looking to replace this system with a ‘Major ranking’ which will determine which teams receive invites to the Major. Points in the ranking system will be distributed to teams based on their performance at the ESL One Rio Major in May 2020, and two other events leading into the second Major of the year, which is set to take place November 2-15.

Astralis enter the arena at StarLadder Berlin CS:GO Major
Teams will no longer automatically qualify for the next Major based on their placement at the previous Major alone.

The top eight teams in this ranking system will then be granted Legends status, while the next eight teams will receive Challenger status for the November Major. The final eight spots will be available through the existing Minor system.

Details of which tournament organizer will be running the second Major of the year, or where it will be held, have not yet been revealed, although Valve have already stipulated that the event must take place on November 2-15.

Valve have also reportedly informed tournament organizers that they are taking proposals for the two additional events between the Majors that will count towards the Major ranking, with the following criteria:

  • The event will be between July and September.
  • The event will result in a LAN portion with a minimum of 8 teams. The portion of the event preceding the LAN competition can be online or LAN.
  • The event will include a minimum of 24 teams, of which 16 slots are available to teams by Major ranking, and 8 are selected by a process of the TO’s choosing.
  • The event results will differentiate between the top 16 performing teams and the remaining teams.
  • Initial seeding for the event will be done by Major ranking.
  • Valve will match up to $250k in prize money.

HLTV also report that Valve highlighted that they will not be placing any constraints on the size, location, or format of these events, with the primary purpose being to identify the teams which will qualify for the Major.


Exclusive interview: GeT RiGhT announces Twitch switch from CSGO

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 15:03

by Lauren Bergin


Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund has announced his departure from professional Counter-Strike, as he moves to Twitch streaming full-time. 

2021 has just got started and Sweden are already stealing the show. Just days after PGL announced the Stockholm Major, GeT_RiGhT has decided to call time on his legendary competitive career.

During an exclusive interview with Dexerto, the 30-year-old discusses the career highs and lows, his battle with Crohn’s disease and what the future holds for the Swedish titan.

GeT_RiGhT interview

GeT_RiGhT & f0rest: End of an era

f0rest and GeT_RiGhT hugging
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Counter-Strike’s dynamic duo is no more.

The Swede has a CS legacy like no other, but an integral part of those wins and losses was his partnership with countryman Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg. The two share a long list of tournament wins together, including the coveted Major.

The two Counter-Strike behemoths have played together for over a decade, and it’s clear that the end of this partnership is one of the most emotional aspects of GeT_RiGhT’s retirement.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but at the same time, it’s been a beautiful ride.” Alesund goes on to describe their partnership as “the biggest highlight” of his career.

CSGO & Crohn’s: A battle worth fighting

Adela Sznajder for ESL
GeT_RiGhT’s battle with Crohn’s is a perplexing one.

It may shock a lot of people, but GeT RiGhT describes living with the disease as being “one of the best things that ever happened” to him, as well as one of the worst ones.

He describes his lifelong battle with the stomach pain that accompanies the illness, but goes on to explain that he’s thankful, as the official diagnosis brought with it a sense of both physical and mental relief.

In terms of playing CS, however, he describes it as “horrible.” The associated pain, alongside weight and blood loss meant that focusing on the game became a trial all in its own. After asking himself whether it was worth risking his health, his response shows a mixed bag of emotions. “Yes and no really,” he admitted, as the pro player life and its fandom are always worth it, but the two day bedridden recovery period certainly has left a scar.

GeT_RiGhT: Twitch streaming & beyond

YouTube: GeT_RiGhT
What’s next for GeT_RiGhT? We can’t wait to find out.

It’s important to note that the Swedish legend will not be leaving CS. He sees the game as home, explaining: “I grew up in the scene and I’ll do anything it takes to help it grow.”

While he admits he can’t go into exact details about his future plans, he sees Twitch and content creation as a “competition on another level,” as he explores a plethora of games such as League of Legends and Warzone with more creative freedom.

GeT_RiGhT explored his excitement for Valorant, but clarified that he’s “not going to become a professional Valorant player.” With that said, he does believe that the game “has huge potential to overtake CS:GO” at some point in down the line.

Throughout this entire interview, you get a sense that the Valorant pro (sorry Chris, we had to) is in the best place he’s ever been. We’ll be excited to see where his streaming career takes him, whether it’s Riot’s Future Earth or otherwise. So keep an eye out, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!