The biggest change in the online portion is the introduction of BO3 matches in the Closed Qualifier, the last stage preceding the Minors.
FACEIT, the host of the upcoming CS:GO Major, have released an outline of the qualifying process for the prestigious tournament that will be held in London at the end of September.
The road to London will, of course, start with Open Qualifiers which will be held for nine different regions. Europe, CIS and North America will all feature four open qualifiers, with eight teams advancing to the closed stage, where eight more invited ones will join them.
The remaining six regions, which include the likes of South America, Oceania, and China, will have Open Qualifiers leading directly to their respective Minor Championships.
The Open Qualifiers will take place between May 14 and June 17, with up to 1024 teams able to compete in the single-elimination bracket. The exact dates for the individual qualifiers and signups are available here.
You can find the outline of the Open Qualifiers for different regions below:
|Europe||4x Quals||8 teams to EU Closed Qual.|
|CIS||4x Quals||8 teams to CIS Closed Qual.|
|N. America||4x Quals||8 teams to NA Closed Qual.|
|S. America||2x Quals||2 teams to the Minor|
|India + SEA||1x Quals||2 teams to the Minor|
|East Asia||1x Quals||1 team to the Minor|
|ME. Asia||1x Quals||1 team to the Minor|
|Oceania||1x Quals||1 team to the Minor|
|China||1x Quals||1 team to the Minor|
In total, the following number of teams will be found through the Open Qualifiers, while the rest is expected to be filled through invites:
|Europe||8 teams||EU Closed Qualifier|
|CIS||8 teams||CIS Closed Qualifier|
|N. America||8 teams||NA Closed Qualifier|
|S. America||2 teams||Americas Minor|
|Asia||6 teams||Asia Minor|
As outlined in the table above, South America and Asia won't feature Closed Qualifiers, they will only be used three regions: Europe, CIS, and North America. All three tournaments will use the same format, the Swiss system with all matches being played as BO3, and will feature 16 teams—eight qualified and eight invited ones.
The only difference to note is that the North American Closed Qualifier will only have six teams advancing to the Minor, with the last two spots being filled through the South American Open qualifier.
The Closed Qualifiers will be held as follows:
|1-3 June||22-24 June||29 June - 1 July|
|Swiss BO3||Swiss BO3||Swiss BO3|
|8 qual. + 8 inv. teams||8 qual. + 8 inv. teams||8 qual. + 8 inv. teams|
|Top 8 to CIS Minor||Top 6 to Am. Minor||Top 8 to EU Minor|
Details about the Minors and the Challengers, Legends, and Champions stage have not yet been released, but will be announced on FACEIT Major's tournament info hub. Tickets for the live event, which will be held in the SSE Arena in London, are available for purchase here.