Following the development of COVID-19, there will only be one major in 2020.
The CS:GO ESL One Rio Major has been rescheduled - but importantly, not cancelled - for the 19th-22nd November, instead of May.
Fears of the Major being entirely cancelled have been alleviated, but of course the COVID-19 situation has caused major disruption in the CSGO esports scene and the Major is no exception. Those who have tickets for the finals in May will be eligible to enter the Jeunesse Arena in November, with no worries.
The prize pool from the May Major will be added directly to the November Major, meaning that the overall prize pool for the top teams in Rio will be a hefty $2m. That makes this Major even bigger, and even more important, than any other in history - purely financially. It also means that the second Major of the year will be cancelled.
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Hopefully teams will be playing LAN CS again by then, and we won’t have a situation where we can only watch and play online CS until November, but the coronavirus situation is one that we are helpless to fix and until it is, we can only postpone and play online.
Ulrich Schulze of ESL had this to say on the matter: "Our decision is an extremely tough one, but health and safety have to take absolute priority.
"Given the very difficult circumstances for live events, we still wanted to give the Brazilian fans the CS:GO Major they deserve.”
The lack of a second Major and the biggest prize pool in CS history should make this Major one of the most exciting tournaments of all time. Astralis will be vying to defend their throne, but their shaky start to 2020 and the fact that everything could be up in the air by November make picking a winner this early a fool’s game.
Joining them will be NaVi, Liquid, EG, 100T, Vitality, VP and ENCE in the Legends stage, with G2, mouz, FaZe, c0ntact, North and MiBR in the Challengers stage, with the Minor winners making the full allocation. All of the named teams will be forced to keep 3/5 of the original roster which got them there last time - 14 months previous - or give up their spot entirely.
Further updates will be provided via ESL’s official lines, including information for the Minor teams on what the move means for them.
Image via ESL.