The inaugural Major in CS:GO was secured by fnatic in surprise fashion as they defeated heavy favorites, the famous 87-0 NIP, 2-1 in the final. Star AWPer JW led the way for his team.Go to event page
Virtus.Pro stormed so convincingly to victory on home soil that this Major performance earned them the nickname "Virtus.Plow", with NIP taking yet another silver medal.Go to event page
Finally NIP won the Major their dominance of early CS:GO history so richly deserved, with their entry fragger Friberg picking up the MVP nod for his impact throughout the tournament.Go to event page
LDLC grabbed a Major victory that was overshadowed by the infamous 'olofboost' incident that occurred in their quarterfinal with fnatic; such was the backlash from the incident that instead of accepting the proposed replay, fnatic forfeited the game.Go to event page
A replay of the first Major final saw fnatic again emerge triumphant in the all-Swedish derby, earning the organization its second Major trophy. This would mark NIP's fifth and last appearance in a Major final.Go to event page
fnatic emerged victorious in a battle with French titans Envy, marking history by being the first team in CS:GO to win back-to-back Majors. The crowning achievement of what would come to be known as the 'fnatic era'.Go to event page
Frenchmen Envy took the title in Romania, with the same core of players that won DreamHack Winter 2014, beating a NAVI side who were appearing in their first Major final.Go to event page
The Columbus Major was the first to feature a $1M dollar prize pool, the first to take place outside of Europe, and the first to be won by a non-European team; the Brazilians of LG would bring the Major trophy home to South-America.Go to event page
The Brazilian squad that won Columbus picked up their second Major in Cologne, this time under the SK banner. coldzera was again the standout for his team, earning his second Major MVP.Go to event page
The Danes of Astralis secured their first Major title in Atlanta, besting the very same Virtus.Pro who won the Katowice Major in 2014 after a memorable comeback on Train.Go to event page
Krakow bore witness to the greatest underdog run in CS:GO Major history, as world number 15 Gambit secured the Major title under the leadership of NAVI legend Zeus.Go to event page
Cloud9 won North America's first Major in dramatic fashion, coming back from a 11-15 deficit on the final map to beat FaZe in overtime in front of a packed and raucous home crowd.Go to event page
Astralis picked up their second Major title in London after a dominant run in the bracket stage. The Danes had a flawless 6-0 map score in playoffs and beat NAVI in the final to lift the trophy.Go to event page
Astralis became only the second team to win three majors and two back-to-back with victory in Katowice, ending the fairy-tale run of underdog Finns ENCE to do so.Go to event page
History was made at this Major as Astralis became the only team to win four Majors and three back-to-back, once again beating surprise finalists to seal it, this time in the form of the CIS squad AVANGAR.Go to event page
After three second-place finishes, NAVI finally secured a Major title on the wings of an incredible MVP performance from s1mple. The CIS team made history as the first one to win a Major without dropping a single map.Go to event page
The PGL Antwerp Major will bring Majors back to the customary $1,000,000 prize pool, the same purse Counter-Strike Majors have had since the first Major of 2016, MLG Major Columbus, which raised the bar from the previous $250,000 prize pools that the first seven Majors from 2013 to 2015 had disbursed. The only exception since the million-dollar hike was introduced in 2016 was PGL Major Stockholm in 2021, which had $2,000,000 on the line, amassing its own pot as well as that from the canceled ESL One Rio Major, which was scheduled for 2020 but called off during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
The PGL Antwerp Major will be a top-heavy affair, with the winners taking a lion’s share of $500,000, half of the prize pool, but reaching the Major is still lucrative business for organizations as money is collected from the purchase of in-game items such as team stickers, which Valve then distributes. One big change made to stickers was decided at PGL Major Stockholm, as player signatures, which were typically minted for all players competing at a given Major since their introduction in 2013, were reduced to only those players who reached the playoffs.
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CS:GO Majors are the biggest Counter-Strike event on the calendar. They have been hosted since 2013 by various tournament organizers, and backed by game developer Valve.
DreamHack Winter 2013, the first Major since the release of Global Offensive, was won by fnatic who upset favorites NIP in the grand final. The, at the time, staggering $250,000 prize pool was supported by the community through the purchase of keys for the esports skin case, while those that watched Major matches live were rewarded by drops such as the prized Cobblestone Souvenir Package.
In the early years, three Majors were held during a year, with each of them being played out within less than a week. From 2016 onwards, only two Majors are hosted each year, but the prize pool was increased to $1,000,000 and the events were continually expanded to accommodate for more extensive formats.
MLG Columbus was the first Major to be held outside of Europe and the first one won by a non-European team, Luminosity Gaming, while Cloud9 secure North America their first and only Major trophy at ELEAGUE Boston in 2018. Teams such as Virtus.pro, LDLC, and Gambit won Majors over the years, but fnatic with three victories and Astralis with four stand out as the most successful Major teams of all times.
The latest Counter-Strike World Championship was PGL Stockholm, taking place in Sweden in October-November of 2021. At the first Major held in over two years, Natus Vincere secured the title with a flawless performance, not dropping a single map.