Video: Pros weigh up importance of Majors vs. Intel Grand Slam

The Intel Grand Slam is a marker of how dominant a team can be in a given period, and the prize pool is an immense $1,000,000 — but how important is it compared to winning a Major? We spoke to some professional players at IEM Cologne to find out.

Winning a Major has always been lauded as the crowning achievement in the books of every CS:GO player, a dream that starts from their careers' infancies and remains with them until retirement or fulfillment. For the majority of our game's lifespan, no tournament has quite reached the individual acclaim that taking home a Major title brings — although nowadays, IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne often occupy the step just below.

In 2017, an achievement that could rival that of winning a Major finally emerged as ESL and Intel announced the Grand Slam, a $1,000,000 prize that would be awarded to teams that could win four out of ten $200,000 ESL or DreamHack events. The title also went hand in hand with marking when a team was completely dominating the scene, something that was proven by the first three winners — Astralis, Liquid, and Natus Vincere.

rain says winning Majors is more important than taking home the Intel Grand Slam

Ahead of season 4, a new ruleset was announced, making the achievement marginally more difficult to attain, but not by a substantial amount. Ever since, the race for the season 4 crown has been on, with FaZe currently sitting on three wins as they look to secure the $1,000,000 prize at ESL Pro League Season 16 or the IEM Rio Major later this year.

Although the European combine already took home their first Major crown at PGL Major Antwerp, Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard still gave the Valve-sponsored event the edge over the Grand Slam, stating that the Intel title was "something that comes if you're good enough" whereas the Major is a "special feeling." To see what other pros thought, including the likes of Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke, Robert "⁠Patsi⁠" Isyanov, David "⁠frozen⁠" Čerňanský, Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan, check out the video above, or head on over to our YouTube channel for other interviews, episodes of HLTV Confirmed, news recaps, and more.

Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1562
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1218
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1008
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
Russia Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
516
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
ez major #forEF
2022-07-31 18:01
2 replies
Evet
2022-08-01 04:48
1 reply
ja
2022-08-01 09:47
#2
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United States SWiFTzZzZz
Tough for liquid fans
2022-07-31 18:01
4 replies
Haha for real…. I. Can’t even remember the last time liquid won something. But I’m pretty sure they won some esl title in the past two years. Lol two years, that’s hard to think about hahaha
2022-07-31 18:28
3 replies
g2 💀
2022-07-31 19:04
better than g2 who has won NOTHING
2022-07-31 22:19
1 reply
Im not a fan of them, so
2022-08-01 00:28
#3
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India gXser
Major more important /closed
2022-07-31 18:02
13 replies
#6
jks | 
New Zealand Melting
Major more significant for players but grand slam definitely harder to achieve
2022-07-31 18:06
3 replies
major is like the champions league where the slightest mistake may knock you out ,the glam slam is like the prem where u have to stay in the race til the bell rings
2022-08-01 02:30
1 reply
u said all the truth
2022-08-01 14:50
+1
2022-08-01 02:56
#18
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
+1
2022-07-31 18:25
Nah, I guarantee you these pros care more about the money. Winning 4 of these tournaments with 200k apiece on top is a lot of cash.
2022-07-31 18:37
5 replies
There was some ropz interview where he was talking about how well paid most of these pros are that winning a tournament is just a decent bonus.
2022-07-31 19:31
1 reply
that was on the estonian interview. he said, that winning a big tourney is only a bonus as they already earn a lot.
2022-07-31 21:41
yeah NA cares about the money, that's why you've got no scene.
2022-07-31 20:54
2 replies
I find people who have always had money say stuff like this.
2022-07-31 20:56
1 reply
Some article I read suggested that 75k/year is peak happiness in western countries. I bet most athletes/esportsmen don't care about the money past a certain point
2022-08-01 09:04
+1
2022-07-31 20:15
#67
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Europe Vallon5(1)
+1
2022-07-31 21:24
Vitality please wake up ;)
2022-07-31 18:05
Thanks pros, us plebs appreciate your excellent unique opinions of this importantest topic. What would the society do without these beautiful and smart individuals who play pc for money
2022-07-31 18:08
13 replies
#19
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
Why are you on hltv? lmao
2022-07-31 18:26
1 reply
because it's free
2022-07-31 19:36
You realize.. it’s hltv staff that come up with these retarded questions right.. Not the pros themselves lol But I agree… Why the fuck are you here.
2022-07-31 18:31
1 reply
#122
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United States RyoGTO
hahahaha
2022-08-02 10:22
So beautiful. So intelligent. Such insightful, valid opinion. Are you the next Socrates? Your philosophical insights are incredible. But also, why are you on HLTV?
2022-07-31 19:38
6 replies
how's your reading comprehension? #42
2022-07-31 19:38
5 replies
Good enough to know that forgetting to capitalize that H makes you seem pretty silly. You know what's also free? Stupidity.
2022-07-31 19:48
4 replies
oh my god I cringed twice reading that. what's your favourite character in peaky blinders?
2022-07-31 21:05
2 replies
#82
NAF | 
Canada Femtal
Tommy is by far the best character in the show.
2022-07-31 22:31
Are you feeling ok???
2022-07-31 23:25
... Whatever.
2022-07-31 23:25
#68
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Europe Vallon5(1)
+1 lmao
2022-07-31 21:25
#121
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United States RyoGTO
it would crumble.
2022-08-02 10:19
#7
Zeus | 
Australia NoLeS
IGS rarer
2022-07-31 18:06
#8
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Latvia laiziolas
FAZE UP #1
2022-07-31 18:07
Major as a dream but Intel grand slam is harder than major (winning one imp tournament)
2022-07-31 18:08
1 reply
#13
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Netherlands Tijmuhn
This^
2022-07-31 18:15
Idk about you boys but I find Alex from Movistar Riders very attractives mens. So am I 🌈?
2022-07-31 18:12
10 replies
no
2022-07-31 18:14
1 reply
Thank you mens, now I am more confident about my sexuality.
2022-07-31 18:15
yes
2022-07-31 19:16
Not the place to ask that question, believe me.
2022-07-31 21:00
4 replies
it is actually the right place to ask these kinds of questions my mens, as you can see I got different answers from smart hltv users
2022-07-31 21:57
3 replies
Ok
2022-07-31 22:11
2 replies
Also india flag without navi flair is just weird to me.
2022-08-01 00:30
1 reply
Nah, there are some of us FaZe fans
2022-08-01 07:56
gade owns alex
2022-08-01 02:56
Not necessarily, but it's okay either way :)
2022-08-01 08:10
#11
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
Only ESL shills like grandslam.
2022-07-31 18:13
this is a real BLASTPremier moment
2022-07-31 18:15
well said by Rain, expected
2022-07-31 18:23
in major you get 400k or something here you get full 1mil $
2022-07-31 18:25
7 replies
I think they should move from two majors a year to one single one. First place takes a mill. Like with Stockholm, but that was due to Covid… A major needs more money… a way bigger purpose to those true3 teams that actually qualify. Would mean much much more and their ahit would be worth more. We deserve a 2mill major
2022-07-31 18:34
1 reply
I agree that one major a year would make it far more important, although I don't think anyone watches any of the big tourneys for the prize money (as mauisnake said on twitter a few weeks ago) and I agree this reason is on the bottom of my list
2022-08-01 13:28
4 replies
hmm nice any other good Song like Coldplay vibes?
2022-07-31 18:47
3 replies
how about this? youtube.com/watch?v=2X_2IdybTV0 wouldn't say it's exactly coldplay vibes but..
2022-07-31 18:49
Fake flagger or you indian ruski?
2022-07-31 21:02
1 reply
50 kat overacting ka
2022-08-01 04:28
#25
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Portugal samotzz
old school legends saying major shitty new players like patsi and alex saying grand slam all said so
2022-07-31 18:41
1 reply
#30
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
this
2022-07-31 18:54
i feel like the grand slam is objectively more difficult to achieve but the major is certainly more respected
2022-07-31 18:42
1 reply
#112
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
grandslam is not respected at all. liquid won a grandslam but current faze clan already greater than that liquid even if they don't win any more events.
2022-08-01 09:37
#29
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Ukraine d3adLY
how major is more important? igs is much harder to get, so its more important
2022-07-31 18:52
14 replies
#31
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
because no one gives a shit if you win or don't win a grandslam. nobody is crying about guardian or niko or zywoo not winning a grandslam.
2022-07-31 18:59
12 replies
#33
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Ukraine d3adLY
everyone is crying about it lol
2022-07-31 19:13
11 replies
#35
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
guardian and niko is litterally known for choking in major finals
2022-07-31 19:15
2 replies
same for s1mple
2022-07-31 19:37
#49
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Ukraine d3adLY
its just few finals, guardian was good overall and niko is good overall
2022-07-31 19:57
Nope, idgaf GuardiaN never won an IGS, the Major is the one that hurts.
2022-07-31 19:23
7 replies
#51
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Ukraine d3adLY
it hurts cuz they lost 15-11
2022-07-31 20:00
6 replies
Choked 15-11*
2022-07-31 21:02
5 replies
#65
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Ukraine d3adLY
that was just luck by fluke team
2022-07-31 21:23
4 replies
Bs. Every team who've won major were better than every other team in that specific month. Fluke or not, a win is a win.
2022-07-31 21:24
3 replies
#69
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Ukraine d3adLY
fluke win isnt win gambit and c9 didnt deserve their majors
2022-07-31 21:26
2 replies
Both did bro. All you can do is to bark about whether it was a fluke. History and facts won't change that those teams DID win the major. Even if for a month, they WERE the best team in the world.
2022-07-31 21:30
1 reply
#73
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Ukraine d3adLY
btw they werent best teams at these majors lol
2022-07-31 21:41
I think the timeline of its introduction to the scene is very important. Major were so hyped during the time of its introduction in the CS esports and helped CS establish a lot in the eSports scene. Grand slam was introduced so late when the scene had already established and Majors were so hype and most prestigious events already that no one really gave shit about grand slam (atleast not more than the major)
2022-08-01 05:44
anyone can win a major on a good day to win the grandslam you need to be unquestionably the best team in the world that year
2022-07-31 19:14
1 reply
You don't win major on a good day lmao. You need to be consistent af throughout the entire tournament. But yeah IGS is harder to achieve
2022-07-31 21:03
Gladly NaVi has both.
2022-07-31 19:32
3 replies
#52
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India SKS_1337
wait do they have a igs?
2022-07-31 20:11
2 replies
yes they won everything last year
2022-08-01 07:10
1 reply
#118
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India SKS_1337
damn idk how i forgot that. my memory's been whack lately
2022-08-01 15:25
Grand Slam, you can fluke a major but never a Grand Slam, got to be consistently the best
2022-07-31 19:35
4 replies
Here before faze wins igs and people say it's a fluke
2022-07-31 21:04
#85
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France StickyRice
True. And it's even less unlikely to fluke a Major when the final is a BO3, not a BO5.
2022-07-31 23:04
2 replies
#119
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India SKS_1337
you've swapped bo3 and bo5. read your text again and edit <3
2022-08-01 15:25
1 reply
No i did not swap anything. It's less unlikely to fluke a final when you only have to win 2 maps (aka BO3) than when you have to win 3 maps (aka BO5) Major final should be BO5, not BO3, to make it almost certain than the better team wins the most important (or what should be the most important tourney) tourney of the year.
2022-08-01 15:27
Rain gets it, but that you've people that thinks otherwise just shows how little love CS gets from Valve. We're always gonna be GabeN unwanted child and he's just forced to put up with us, CS Majors would be a lot bigger if Valve puts a little effort into it and it's not just about the prize money.
2022-07-31 19:36
The issue with the prestige is you could win a grand slam at something like IEM Dallas, which just sounds extremely unimpressive. You could be Liquid and never win a Major, but win a Grand Slam, and no one would consider it that important. The main thing about (current) Majors is they will always have the largest mix of top teams. They're simply the biggest tournament, competition-wise, that you can win. It's not really about the money. People consider FaZe's major just as big an achievement as Navi's, despite it being half the money won.
2022-07-31 19:48
#47
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Oceania xJ7
lol so the pgl majors dont count because they werent done by esl
2022-07-31 19:48
Major probably feels better to win as it revolves around a specific place and storylines if that makes sense, and thus more memorable, but a grand slam is a bigger achievement for sure.
2022-07-31 19:58
feel like it would make sense to ask a couple players that have won both
2022-07-31 20:28
1 reply
ESL crew hinting at the future by asking Rain. ESL tournies are staged confirmed?
2022-07-31 21:05
EZ for Leviatan
2022-07-31 20:40
2 replies
Who
2022-08-01 07:45
1 reply
Lol
2022-08-06 04:25
nice picture of 🌧️ 😍
2022-07-31 21:27
1. Major is organized by Game Developer 2. Major gives items in the fricking game they're playing - and in game trophy 3. Major gives continous cuts of profits from sticker capsules to attending teams, meaning it actually helps the scene grow and not die.
2022-07-31 21:29
1 reply
+1 Chad mentality
2022-07-31 22:20
#75
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Brazil davidzor
Intel Grand Slam would not beat the feeling of winning* a major, it isn't even a debate.
2022-07-31 21:43
1 reply
So cloud9 and liquid best
2022-08-01 07:38
delusional major >
2022-07-31 21:52
g2 wishes they have a major... they have spent $12.5m on players and still can't win ANYTHING... not even a tier 2 tourny by ROOBET lol.
2022-07-31 22:20
1 reply
#102
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Germany who|cars
trust da procezz these academy player need 5-6 years to step up
2022-08-01 06:53
#83
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Croatia nAmeless69
Best would be to win both on the same tournament But ofc it has to be ESL
2022-07-31 22:49
#84
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France StickyRice
Major isn't even the best tourney of the year. Major should should have mandatory BO5 final and BO3 3rd place decider on the final day if you are claiming « we're the most important tourney of the year »
2022-07-31 23:03
#86
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Aruba defoliant
Major - more prestigious, Grand Slam - harder.
2022-07-31 23:17
After niko leaves Faze and Karrigan returns to faze they become amazing what a coincidence.
2022-08-01 00:01
both overated. all tier 1 tourneys are equal imo
2022-08-01 00:29
Igs is miles harder to achieve but it simply doesn't have the prestige (nor will it ever) that any Major has. With the Major you have a ton of things to look forward to such as stickers, pick'ems, souvenirs, etc. They are well established as the 'ultimate' tournaments in csgo and the audience gets to feel engaged with it. Meanwhile, the igs, while fantastic to earn and an achievement that should be respected for its difficulty, sinply doesn't have that same connection to the audience nor could it ever unless valve favoured ESL over other TOs. Doesn't help that it kind of came late to be established, so not many people even know about it
2022-08-01 05:55
Major is the highest achievement for player but IGS is harder to get win a Major = left a legacy in form of Valve's products win IGS = well respected in CSGO scene as an era/history
2022-08-01 06:04
IGS is best
2022-08-01 06:21
We call such weak article and claims Sommerloch / summerhole... One thing is marketing and the other thing a real tournament. Grand slam is even below a 100€ cup.
2022-08-01 07:12
1 reply
It is better, thats why GOAT Liquid won it fastest
2022-08-01 07:31
#109
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Brazil Maujubudo
The Major is the real deal. In the other tournaments teams can come from invitations and partnerships, but the Major is an actual global tournament where everyone can compete. The Grand Slam is a consolidation of the most dominant team at prestige level in that season
2022-08-01 08:04
#114
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Latvia laiziolas
Broky is rich now :(
2022-08-01 10:47
Champion major pin > IGS
2022-08-01 11:18
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