Starting from ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018, Valve announced a new overall tournament format, which brought in the Offline Qualifier as a part of the Major Championship. This new format increased the number of teams at the Major Championships from 16 to 24 and re-named each stage of the tournament.
The New Challengers Stage (formerly the Major Offline Qualifier)
16 Teams (The Previous Major's Fallen & The Minors' Champions) fight for 8 open spots at the The New Legends Stage.
The New Legends Stage (formerly the Group Stage)
16 Teams (The New Challengers & The Current Legends) fight for the 8 spots at the The New Champions Stage and to become The New Legends.
The New Champions Stage (formerly the Playoffs)
8 Teams (The New Legends) fight to become the Major Champion.