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September 27, 2020

ESL One Rio Major Canceled; Disqualified Teams to Lose RMR Points

ESL One Rio Major Canceled; Disqualified Teams to Lose RMR Points

Valve has canceled the ESL One Rio Major that was scheduled to take place in November 2020. The game developer has also announced punishments for teams that have abused the coaching bug. All disqualified teams will have their RMR points reset with immediate effect. This decision affects MIBR and Hard Legion for now, but more teams could join the list. 

We’re not going to ask players and fans to risk their health in order to attend a Major while the pandemic still poses a threat to travelers. Therefore, we have made the painful decision to cancel the November Major.

Earlier this year, Valve postponed the ESL one Rio Major. The global pandemic and the accompanying travel restrictions made it near impossible for teams to travel to Brazil for the CS:GO Major. The CS:GO Major moved to November with an increased prize pool and a unique qualification format. Teams had to earn RMR points through various third-party events throughout the year. 

Unfortunately, the global health situation has only worsened with time. The possibility of organizing a large-scale gathering at Rio seems unlikely and as such Valve has taken the ‘painful’ decision of canceling the CS:GO Major. 

What About Future CS:GO Majors?

Valve is also non-committal on future CS:GO Majors. The first CS:GO Major of 2021 was to take place from May 10 to May 23 with a million-dollar prize pool. The latest announcement says Valve is holding off on organizing CS:GO Majors till the global situation improves.

First, we’re going to hold off on scheduling Majors until, at a minimum, Regional Major Ranking (RMR) LAN events are safe to hold around the world. Until then, we expect to continue to hold online RMR events to keep track of the best teams in each region.

 The RMR events will still continue allowing teams and fans top tier CS:GO action. 

Coaching

Finally, Valve talks about teams and coaches that have been exploiting the coaching bug. There has been an exploit in CS:GO wherein team coaches can hold a static camera angle on any part of the map. This allows them a complete vision of the particular area including the enemy’s movement and positioning. Several coaches have admitted to using this bug, some as far back as 2018. The bug exists since 2016 and recent investigations by Michal Slowinski and Steve have found evidence of coaches from tier 1 teams abusing the bug to gain an unfair advantage. 

Michal did the work for free initially and did not ask for or expect a payment, but we are of course going to compensate him for his work and have talked to him about it already. – Ulrich Schulze.

Any team that was disqualified for abusing the bug will have their RMR points reset. For now, this decision affects Hard Legion and MIBR. There is a chance of other team coach names coming up in these investigations.

As for taking action against individual coaches, we’re going to wait until we get a complete picture of the extent of the bug abuse and the punishments handed down by third parties. Regardless of those penalties, mid-match coaching will always be a tempting opportunity for some teams to violate the integrity of the match. So we may also consider limitations to coaching.

Valve has also promised further action on individual coaches, including limitations on mid-match coaching. 

DreamHack recently announced a new $250,000 online CS:GO tournament in December. 

Published at Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:04:28 +0000

DreamHack Announces Masters Winter with $250,000 Prize Pool

DreamHack has announced its Winter Masters CS:GO tournament with a $250,000 prize pool. The tournament has already announced six CS:GO teams that have received a direct invite. Na’Vi, G2, Astralis, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid and Complexity are confirmed to participate in this tournament.

 

ESL and DreamHack have had to cancel or change the format for most of their tournaments due to the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. ESL recently moved its marquee Cologne event online as the global situation continues to worsen with a record number of new cases per day. The ESL One Rio Major is set to take place in November, although Brazil has been one of the worst-affected countries in the world. 

DreamHack Masters Winter Will Feature Regional Events

DreamHack Masters Winter will take place from November 30 to December 6, 2020. The tournament will comprise several regional online events and will have separate matches for Europe, North America, Oceania and Asia.

 

Here are the details of each DH Masters Winter region.

 

Europe

 

  • Prize Pool: $150,000.

  • Group Stage Nov 30 – Dec 3.

  • 2 groups of 8 teams in BO3 double elimination.

  • Top 4 teams of each group will advance to playoffs.

  • Playoffs Dec 4 – Dec 6.

  • Playoffs played in BO3 single elimination, while the final is BO5.

 

North America

 

  • Prize Pool: $70,000.

  • Group Stage Nov 30 – Dec 4.

  • 2 groups of 4 teams in BO3 double elimination.

  • Top 2 teams of each group will advance to playoffs.

  • Playoffs Dec 5 – Dec 6.

  • Playoffs played in BO3 single elimination, while the final is BO5.

 

Oceania

 

  • Prize Pool: $15,000.

  • Playoffs Dec 1 – Dec 6.

  • 1 group of 4 teams in BO3 double elimination.

  • BO5 finals with a 1-0 advantage to the team coming from the upper-bracket.

 

Asia

 

  • Prize Pool: $15,000.

  • Playoffs Dec 1 – Dec 6.

  • 1 group of 4 teams in BO3 double elimination.

  • BO5 finals with a 1-0 advantage to the team coming from the upper-bracket.

 

While there will be thirty-two teams spread across the four regions, DreamHack has already announced six participating teams.

 

Teams that will take part in DreamHack Masters Winter are:

  • Astralis.

  • G2 Esports.

  • Natus Vincere.

  • Complexity.

  • Evil Geniuses.

  • Team Liquid.

All of us at DreamHack are proud to show the world of esports continues to grow and move forward, even as we continue adapting and finding solutions for this new normal. – Michael Van Driel, Chief Product Officer at DreamHack.

Stay tuned to EBT for the latest Esports news and updates. 

Published at Wed, 09 Sep 2020 20:36:18 +0000

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