The Ultimate Guide to the Counter Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship 2021

The Ultimate Guide to the Counter Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship 2021

With the continuation of live esports events as the global pandemic begins to settle, Valve’s Counter Strike: Global Offensive will be hosting its CS:GO Major Championships, known to many simply as the ‘Majors’. The tournament Major about to begin on Tuesday October 26th, 2021 is called “PGL Major Stockholm 2021” as it is organized by PGL Esports. The event will last until the 7th of November and be split into three ‘stages’ for the invited teams to compete in. The third and final stage will take place at Avicii Arena where the winning team will take home $1,000,000 USD. The second-place team will split $300,000 USD, 3rd and 4th will each get $140,000 USD. The teams finishing between 5th and 8th place will each win $70,000 USD, the teams finishing from 9th to 16th will each win $17,500 and the last eight teams will not win any prize pool money. Furthermore, the placing teams will not only win prize pool money, but they will also receive Tournament Circuit Points. 1st place will receive 1800 Pro Tour points, 4000 BLAST Premier points, and automatically qualify for the 2021 BLAST Premier World Final event. 2nd place will receive 1400 Pro Tour points and 2000 BLAST Premier points. 3rd and 4th will each win 1100 Pro Tour points and 1250 BLAST Premier Points. The 5th and 6th place finishers will each receive 700 Pro Tour points and 500 BLAST Premier points. 7th and 8th place will receive 700 Pro Tour points and 250 BLAST Premier points with the rest of the teams not receiving any BLAST Premier points. 9th to 11th place teams will each win 330 Pro Tour points, 12th to 14th will receive 200 Pro Tour points, 15th and 16th will each receive 105 Pro Tour points, 17th to 19th will receive 60 Pro Tour points, 20th to 22nd will receive 20 Pro Tour points, and finally, 23rd and 24th will not receive any Pro Tour points.

Tournament Stages

The first stage is “The New Challengers Stage” which was formerly known as the “Offline Qualifier” where 16 teams will compete for eight available spots in the next stage. The 16 teams this stage is composed of contain the previous Major’s top six teams and the “Minors’ Champions” which are the top two teams from each regional “Minor Championship” and the top two teams among the 3rd place Minor teams that qualified to the next Major “New Challengers Stage.” This stage will take place from October 26th to October 29th where elimination and advancing matches are best-of-three format, and the rest are best-of-one. In this stage, the bottom eight teams will be eliminated and the top eight will proceed to the next stage called “The New Legends Stage.”

This stage runs from October 30th to November 2nd featuring the same format as “Thew New Challengers Stage.” There will be a 16 team Swiss System Format, elimination and advancement matches are best-of-three format, all other matches are best-of-one, and for Round 3 to 5, the Buchholz system is used to seed matches. This will decide the top eight teams that proceed to The New Champions Stage and the eight teams that will be eliminated during this stage.

The final stage, “The New Champions Stage” will run from the 4th of November to the 7th. This weekend stage will be composed of a single-elimination bracket with all matches being best-of-three.

Teams

Before discussing the teams competing in this event, let’s first discuss how they got here. Qualifying teams will fit under on of the following categories that will establish their qualification for the Majors:

  1. The Legends
  2. The Previous Major’s Fallen
  3. The Minor’s Champions

“The Legends” are the top eight teams from the previous Majors that automatically qualify to the next Major’s “New Legends Stage” as “The Current Legends.”

“The Previous Major’s Fallen” are the top six teams from the previous Major’s “New Legends Stage” that automatically qualify to the next Major’s “New Challengers Stage.”

“The Minors’ Champions” are the top two teams from each regional “Minor Championship” and the top two teams among the 3rd place Minor teams that qualify via “New Challengers Stage.”

The teams that have qualified as “The Legends” are Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality, G2 Esports, FURIA Esports, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Natus Vincere, and Gambit Esports. Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality, and G2 Esports all qualified via their European Major Rankings. FURIA Esports, Team Liquid, and Evil Geniuses qualified via their North American Major Rankings. Finally, Natus Vincere and Gambit Esports qualified via their CIS Major Rankings.

The teams that qualified as “The Challengers” for PGL Major Stockholm 2021 are Astralis, ENCE, BIG, Movistar Riders, Heroic, MOUZ, paiN Gaming, and Team Spirit. These teams fall under “The Previous Major’s Fallen” as Astralis, ENCE, BIG, Movistar Riders, Heroic, and MOUZ qualify to the “New Challengers Stage” via their European Major Rankings. Finally, paiN Gaming qualifies from their North American Major Rankings, and Team Spirit via their CIS Major Rankings.

The last eight teams that qualified for the “New Challengers Stage” are Copenhagen Flames, FaZe Clan, GODSENT, Entropiq, Virtus.pro, Sharks Esports, TYLOO, and Renegades. For their placement in their respective regions “Minor Championship”, Copenhagen Flames and FaZe Clan qualify from Europe, GODSENT qualifies from North America, Entropiq and Virtus.pro qualify from CIS, Sharks Esports qualify from South America, TYLOO qualify from Asia, and Renegades qualify from Oceania.

Qualifying for BLAST Premier World Final 2021

With the year about to close, teams are in hot pursuit for the position in the BLAST Premier World Final 2021 with only three other spots being left up for grabs. Aside from the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 event, the last event for these teams that haven’t qualified for the BLAST Premier World Final 2021 will be the Fall Final starting in late November. However, some of the teams participating in this Major having already qualified for the BLAST Premier World Final. Heroic, Natus Vincere, Gambit Esports, and G2 Esports have all already qualified for the BLAST Premier World Final 2021. Heroic qualified by winning ESL Pro League S13, Natus Vincere qualified by winning ESL Pro League S14, and Gambit Esports qualified via winning Spring Finals. Finally, G2 Esports are currently qualified for the BLAST Premier World Final 2021 with their consistently successful performance throughout the year racking them up enough points to qualify through their Global Leaderboard Ranking. However, depending on the end results of this PGL Major Stockholm 2021, G2 Esports could easily qualify via the PGL Major Stockholm winner and not in the top spot on the Global Leaderboard. Either way, they would still qualify for the BLAST Premier World Final once all the events have concluded, but G2 could be seeded much higher if they win this event.

The Importance of PGL Major Stockholm 2021

Obviously, any team at the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 event has a chance to win, but let’s investigate which teams could gather enough points from this event to also top the Global Leaderboard with G2 Esports and qualify to the BLAST Premier World Final 2021 event. The team closest to G2 Esports in points is Ninjas in Pyjamas, who are behind by just under 2000 points. As shown in the table below, Ninjas in Pyjamas cannot surpass G2 Esports in claiming the top position on the Global Leaderboard to qualify if they finish in second place at this event. In finishing second, G2 Esports will still be ahead by 12.5 points! Thus, if Ninjas in Pyjamas do not win this event, they can qualify in a higher seeding if G2 Esports win the event and Ninjas in Pyjamas retain their position as the next top of the Global Leaderboard. Aside from Ninjas in Pyjamas, the next closest team on the Global leaderboard is Team Vitality with 4150 points and Team Liquid closely behind with 3962.5 points. The interesting difference between Team Vitality, Team Liquid, and Ninjas in Pyjamas, is that only the teams’ top six performances at events of the year will sum towards their total points used to determine their Global Leaderboard ranking and Team Vitality and Team Liquid both do not have six events where they gathered points yet, whereas Ninjas in Pyjamas do. This means that the points Ninjas in Pyjamas gather from this event will only count if they are greater than their 6th best performance of the year (150 points). For Team Vitality and Team Liquid, any points gathered will be immediately added to their total points and contribute towards their ranking on the Global Leaderboard.

Ranking

Team

Total Points

Best Performance

2nd Best

3rd Best

4th Best

5th Best

Worst Performance

Qualified?

1

Gambit

12900

4000

3200

2400

1500

1400

400

Yes

2

NAVI

11600

3200

2800

2000

1600

1600

400

Yes

3

G2

6550

1600

1500

1500

750

600

600

Yes

4

Heroic

6000

2800

1500

875

625

200

0

Yes

5

NIP

4687.5

1600

1000

875

800

262.5

150

No

6

Vitality

4150

1600

1400

750

400

0

0

No

7

Liquid

3962.5

1500

1000

600

600

262.5

0

No

Overall, it’s an incredibly tight race towards the end of the year as teams attempt to find any points, they can qualify for the BLAST Premier World Final 2021, but first, they must perform against the best teams in the world at the PGL Major Stockholm 2021. This event will surely lead to some dramatic moments for both players and fans and will definitely be an event to remember!

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