Valve have sent an email to the main event organizers, expressing their plans to revamp the current invites system for major CS:GO tournaments by introducing a ranking system. The first event affected by the changes will be the second major of 2020.
The participants of the Fall Major will be determined based on the results of three events, including the major ESL One: Rio 2020 and two currently undetermined events . The two events are not known yet, and can be either pre-existing or new. They should be held between July and September and follow a set of requirements, including the necessity of 24 participating teams. Valve will co-sponsor the events, providing up to $250,000 in prize money. Based on this ranking, eight best teams will receive a Legends status, while the teams placed 9th-16th will be invited as Challengers. The other participants will be determined through the existing minor system.
Currently participants of majors are determined at previous majors. For example, eight best teams of StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 will participate in the Legends stage of ESL One: Rio 2020, while the teams placed 9th-14th will take part in the tournament’s Challengers Stage. The new system somewhat reminds the structure of the Dota 2 scene, where the participants of the official events – united under the Dota Pro Circuit tag – are determined exclusively based on qualification points, which can be earned by playing at DPC tournaments and regional qualifiers.