Road to IEM Rio Major is set to begin*

Hundreds of teams will compete in their respective regions' qualifiers for a shot at advancing to the Regional Major Rankings, and ultimately IEM Rio in November.


Update 18:35 : As a result of Copenhagen Flames vacating their RMR spot, there has been a change from the original team list for the Europe 1 and Europe 2 RMR groups, with Cloud9, G2, and Bad News Eagles making their way to EU 1, swapping places with BIG, Heroic, and Outsiders who are now in the second EU RMR group.


The open qualifiers for seven regions namely Europe, North America, South America, Oceania, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Rest of Asia are fast approaching, with a mix of teams all fighting for the same goal — making it through to the Regional Major Ranking events taking place in October and eventually to November's IEM Rio Major.

Each region will have a different number of slots at the RMR up for grabs, with Europe offering the most for teams coming from the open qualifiers at 20, South America handing out seven spots, North America granting six, and each of the four remaining regions giving out one each.

The first round of qualifiers will start next week on August 15 for every region and will run until early September when the final North American open qualifiers will be taking place.

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IEM Rio Major qualifier details announced; registration open

It's worth noting that there have been a few changes to the qualifier schedule since ESL's original announcement, with the second Europe open qualifier being moved to August 20-22 due to a timetable collision with another tournament organizer, and the second Oceania qualifier shifted to August 22-23.

The Regional Major Rankings will determine the teams from each region, namely Europe 1, Europe 2, the Americas, and Asia, that will advance to IEM Rio. Both European RMRs will see eight teams each make it through to the Major in Brazil, six from the Americas and two from Asia for a grand total of 24 teams.

The Road to Rio is about to begin

The top 16 teams at the PGL Major Antwerp have all received direct invites to their regions' RMRs, with majority of the squads coming from Europe such as the last Major's grand finalists FaZe and Natus Vincere, along with those who reached the Legends stage in the likes of Imperial and Bad News Eagles. The only exception to this list are Copenhagen Flames, who have let go of nearly all their players from the Antwerp Major thus forfeiting their automatic spot at the RMR.

Perhaps the biggest omission from the aforementioned list are four-time Major winners Astralis, who missed out on the top 16 at the Valve-sanctioned competition for the first time in the organization's history in Antwerp. Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's crew will now have to go through the European qualifiers to secure their spot at the RMR.


ESL Rio Major coverage hub


Another notable team that have to go through their region's open qualifiers are Movistar Riders, with the Spaniards looking to improve on their disappointing Antwerp Major open qualifier run where they failed to reach the RMR altogether, this time with a number of strong results against the world's strongest teams to their name.

A number of distinguished teams will have to go through the qualifier stages featuring new rosters from those they fielded at the Antwerp Major RMRs, such as Evil Geniuses, Complexity, MIBR, and OG, with IEM Cologne quarter-finalists MOUZ also required to go through their region's qualifier. Due to Asia having no direct invitees, some of the region's most accomplished teams in TYLOO and ORDER will also need to fight for their RMR spot.

The team distribution for each region's RMRs are as follows:


United States Liquid
North AmericaSouth America Qualifier x13
Asia
Asia Middle East Closed Qualifier
Asia Central Asia Closed Qualifier

Oceania Oceania Closed Qualifier
Asia Rest of Asia Closed Qualifier

Teams that make it through the Regional Major Rankings will compete as either Legends, Challengers, or Contenders in the IEM Rio Major depending on where they placed. Those who qualify as Legends will receive an automatic Legends stage berth, while the Challengers and Contenders will face off against one another in the Challengers stage of the competition.

In Europe 1, the top four teams of the RMR will qualify as Legends, 5-6th place as Challengers, and the last two teams as Contenders. Meanwhile, Europe 2 will see only the top three teams move on as Legends, with 4-7th qualifying as Challengers, and the eighth placed team as Contenders.

As for the Americas RMR, only the first-placed team will qualify as Legends with places 2-3rd advancing as Challengers, and 4-6th as Contenders. Finally, the Asia RMRs will only see two out of four teams advance, both as Contenders.

For sign-ups, rules, and more information about qualifiers visit the ESL website.

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Nice, this upcoming major could be the best ever.
2022-08-07 15:08
10 replies
#23
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Brazil flytw4tp
G2 gonna win this major periodt
2022-08-07 15:19
8 replies
+1
2022-08-07 15:20
1 reply
Ez for my stack
2022-08-07 16:25
not even hopium... copium
2022-08-07 15:50
never lol
2022-08-07 16:38
1 reply
step 1 is is to get free legends spot. Let's just wait and see what happens. Although I am sure navi will get it first.
2022-08-07 16:48
#82
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India MrP!ng
My condolences in advanced for g2 fans
2022-08-07 18:10
+1 all in on g2!
2022-08-07 18:44
not with hooxi
2022-08-07 21:14
#100
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Yugoslavia Acceb
Africa screwed again
2022-08-07 20:06
#2
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Australia poppyxox
HYPE
2022-08-07 15:07
1 reply
#146
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Germany PheXepH
+1
2022-08-08 17:06
LETS GO BOYS
2022-08-07 15:07
:3
2022-08-07 15:07
#5
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Hong Kong Naffer^
why only 4 place for asia :(
2022-08-07 15:08
19 replies
should be less tbh
2022-08-07 15:17
5 replies
Yup it's bad for the competition. There should be bigger regional funding for less competitive regions to increase competition.
2022-08-07 15:25
3 replies
Not sure this makes much sense to me. There's also less space for new teams to emerge there if there's less opportunity for them to play on the big stage. What would the funding go towards?
2022-08-07 16:18
1 reply
+1 Not cool
2022-08-07 21:01
It's not money that's the problem. It's a lack of good competition to practice against.
2022-08-07 22:31
The major is not an esl or blast final, its an independent international event. Every team should have a chance to qualify outside a ranking based on closed circuit.
2022-08-07 16:59
They suck None of the Asian teams made legends
2022-08-07 15:19
12 replies
i think u r new to cs
2022-08-07 15:44
11 replies
I am talking about the last 2 majors And also I dont see any of them in top20
2022-08-07 15:49
9 replies
#46
hx | 
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ze)
That's not the point. 2 apac spots is fine but there should be 8 teams at least fighting it out so more teams have lan opportunities to prove themselves
2022-08-07 15:52
7 replies
+1
2022-08-07 15:53
+1
2022-08-07 15:53
#52
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Hong Kong Naffer^
+1 thank you
2022-08-07 16:06
Someone with brain also here +1
2022-08-07 19:16
Well this Major there are atleast closed quals, I think that's enough.
2022-08-07 19:35
+1
2022-08-07 21:06
There is literally a qualifier. It's not invite only. Want representation and exposure? Cast the games(top end of the qualifier). Cast it with vods if you like. I doubt there would be licensing issues that far down the chain. If no one watches at least 2 things happen. You see why there are only 2 slots 4 teams(skill) You understand the return on investment
2022-08-08 00:19
ok, tyloo and ihc were exact top20 last major :)
2022-08-07 15:52
you must be the one new to cs , asia did nothing ever , renagades got lucky few times in the past and made it top 8 at 2-3 majors and thats it
2022-08-07 16:14
#6
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Netherlands daboiii
Hooxi Goat
2022-08-07 15:08
#7
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Pakistan LoOuU2
EZ 5TH MAJOR FOR XYP AND GLAIVE BAITF MVP
2022-08-07 15:08
hypeee
2022-08-07 15:08
#9
Maniac | 
Switzerland Xsara
esea server for the open qualifier, hopefully it goes well
2022-08-07 15:09
#10
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Romania PROXY_v2
I really hope Sprout and GamerLegion manage to qualify. Best of luck to every team! :)
2022-08-07 15:09
2020 Pog
2022-08-07 15:10
#FaZeUp
2022-08-07 15:11
#13
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Egypt BomberMan_
Amazing cant wait to see teams go through the online qualifier meat grinder
2022-08-07 15:11
1 reply
#127
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India Noobd1an
Always exciting to watch
2022-08-08 03:19
#14
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Italy Karimk03
How hard Is the group of vita? xD
2022-08-07 15:11
asia predictions China: RA OCE: Order RoA: IHC Middle east: whoever flies over to middle east idk
2022-08-07 15:12
11 replies
#19
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Australia boblao
middle east qualifer such a waste should become like a last chance qualifer for the whole Asia, all regions
2022-08-07 15:16
1 reply
+1, but also there should be at least 8 teams for the asian RMR anyway so it shouldnt matter as much
2022-08-07 15:18
why china became central asia?
2022-08-07 15:45
1 reply
rulebook says that qualifier also includes hong kong, taiwan and macau so i guess thats why
2022-08-07 16:13
#83
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Nepal Ekadeshcs
Watch how some teams will play on different qualifiers. China has 4 good teams Tyloo RA Lynn Vision and Wings Up and 1 spot for the rmr. At this point can't even blame them just FUCK VALVE.
2022-08-07 18:19
#125
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El Salvador Bredalow
Middle east: Nasr or aqueus (however you spell it) Middle east got robbed for their chance last major as suddenly oce and asian teams were allowed to join.
2022-08-08 00:51
5 replies
Because they were in Europe for Pro League and couldn't play the Aus/China qualifiers.
2022-08-08 04:36
4 replies
#133
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El Salvador Bredalow
Then join the europe rmr
2022-08-08 05:31
3 replies
Can't, that's for EU player teams. The only way you can play in the region's RMR is if the majority of your players are from there.
2022-08-08 10:09
2 replies
#142
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El Salvador Bredalow
majority of your players arent from the middle east either + it was their choice to play pro league
2022-08-08 13:33
1 reply
Middle East is an Asia qualifier, which is the region AU falls in. Valve said you can play at any of the qualifiers for your region, but only one of them. Don't like it? Go complain at Valve. They are the ones who made the rules.
2022-08-08 14:11
Maybe 1win can handle open quals
2022-08-07 15:13
Group B way harder but only 3 Legends spots. Valve at its best
2022-08-07 15:14
7 replies
Does Valve seed the groups?
2022-08-07 15:20
2 replies
I believe so, I think it is based off where they finished in the last major.
2022-08-07 16:10
1 reply
Yeah, then it kinda makes sense tho. I think it's fine this way, makes it rewarding to fight for good placements in majors too.
2022-08-07 23:06
0/8
2022-08-07 15:23
you have to have negative IQ there is no way you make such poor conclusions , its divided based on last major placement 1,3,5,7 in one group 2,4,6 in other , etc...
2022-08-07 16:16
Group 1 contains 4 Antwerp playoff teams, group 2 only 3 Not Valves fault the higher ranked teams couldn't make it past groups Besides noone knows how a lot of these teams will perform after the roster shuffles so you can't say which group will be harder in the end
2022-08-07 16:37
1 reply
Fair point
2022-08-07 16:38
too lazy to read the whole thing when it begins in EU/CIS?
2022-08-07 15:16
1 reply
15.8.
2022-08-07 19:39
#21
HooXi | 
Romania wadd
Europe 2 damn
2022-08-07 15:17
Ezz for navi
2022-08-07 15:19
Putting a team together called MeaT BoyZ if interested. We are sponsored by Taco Bell and tubesocks
2022-08-07 15:25
EZ FOR EF
2022-08-07 15:27
Bro what is the second Europe group compared to the first one
2022-08-07 15:30
#33
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Russia Sun_R1see
again group 1 trash, group 2 fire
2022-08-07 15:32
G2 Navi in same group PauseChamp
2022-08-07 15:34
OG playing in open qualifier lul, i hope they make it to rmr
2022-08-07 15:34
Africa qualifier when?
2022-08-07 15:34
3 replies
+Antarctica
2022-08-07 17:23
1 reply
+1 the 1-2k people living there year round need to be represented
2022-08-07 18:02
I think they are a part of the Middle East Asia qualifier.
2022-08-08 04:38
I have doubts about the quality of this major. Stockholm and Antwerp were both really good, and Brazilian crowd often creates drama that kills the mood at events, so Rio seems set up to fail, quality-wise at least, compared to the previous two. I'm looking forward to the major after Rio though, hopefully it will be at a better location.
2022-08-07 15:41
4 replies
#67
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Other KittyVN
at least it isnt pgl again
2022-08-07 16:42
3 replies
Quality wise? Lmao! PGL does not go well with quality.
2022-08-07 21:13
1 reply
#115
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Other KittyVN
yeah thats why i said at least it isnt pgl
2022-08-07 21:50
Not counting the various Cologne and Katowice majors, the last two were probably the best majors ever. PGL doesn't always produce quality, but for the majors they definitely did. But then, to me, the most important parts are the matches themselves, then production, then matchups/storylines, and only then talent, everything else isn't so important. Maybe you judge differently.
2022-08-08 09:28
hope the iem stickers are better than the last time
2022-08-07 15:42
1 reply
#64
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Mongolia de_ancient
They were very unique though.
2022-08-07 16:37
Yeah so for those attending I wish everyone safe traveling I would suggest not to wonder too far from the west and south zones and make sure to check out all the malls Barra being one of the best IMO.
2022-08-07 15:47
#40
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Ok but faze wins this
2022-08-07 15:44
#43
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
HYPE HYPE
2022-08-07 15:47
Nice and all, but what the heck is that Europe 2??? NaVi, ENCE, G2, Vitality and C9?
2022-08-07 15:56
4 replies
I know Valve doesn't care about Hltv rankings but to have 5 teams out of top 8 in group B and only one in group A?!
2022-08-07 16:18
3 replies
#71
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Brazil drydden
It's based on last major standings bro
2022-08-07 17:10
2 replies
Does change the fact that it's clearly unbalanced now
2022-08-07 23:09
1 reply
If they are good enough they won't have any problems with contenders stage anyway.
2022-08-08 04:40
#51
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Poland Berbe123
9INE Lets go
2022-08-07 16:03
1 reply
9ine stickers on printstream.. sick
2022-08-08 06:19
LETS GO IMPERIAL
2022-08-07 16:20
IMPERIAL 0-3
2022-08-07 16:21
#62
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Indonesia LosD
Europe 2 so stacked for marketing
2022-08-07 16:27
Major baby!
2022-08-07 16:57
#73
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Brazil siphas
Complexity on Legends stage mark my words
2022-08-07 17:24
#74
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Brazil Amassado
Major Américas teams Imperial Liquid 00nation Fúria Mibr 9z Col Eg Fluxo Pain Strife O plano Atk Gain G Case Corinthians
2022-08-07 17:33
3 replies
#75
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Brazil Amassado
6 that Will be in major Furia Liquid Imperial 00 nation 9z Mibr
2022-08-07 17:36
2 replies
#78
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Brazil siphas
It will be fun as hell if Imperial doesn’t make it, and that’s quite possible
2022-08-07 17:56
1 reply
#80
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Brazil Amassado
I can't think that possibilty,Trust in fallen,they are going to major i'm sure
2022-08-07 18:01
Is it just me that's super excited for this major, this one seems like its gonna be something special
2022-08-07 17:51
This is going to be so fun! I just started playing counter strike.
2022-08-07 17:53
Just skip everything and save money instead. It's very clear EYEBALLERS gonna win it and give Flusha his major MVP already.
2022-08-07 17:58
Of course faze get the east group
2022-08-07 18:26
I can’t get over how shitty these Europe groups are… such garbage
2022-08-07 18:28
Am I tripping or did the groups just change?!?!?!?
2022-08-07 18:29
1 reply
no it's real
2022-08-07 18:38
#87
try | 
Argentina Aleeee
esl, iem and co, should start putting the word MAJOR on their major tournaments, so people can identify them easier
2022-08-07 18:34
#90
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France Dunne_V1
Could Fnatic have gotten CHPF spot in RMR if they signed Zyphon or Hooxi? If yes then they are stupid because now they have to make open qualifiers which might be a long shot for them
2022-08-07 18:47
8 replies
Big made it in through open qualifiers though they are a more stable and also online team than fnatic
2022-08-07 19:12
3 replies
#101
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France brunky
fnatic is trash now and give 'em money in stickers is a fluke.
2022-08-07 20:12
2 replies
I read your flair and hope for the best for heet
2022-08-07 20:13
1 reply
#104
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France brunky
me too man... me too... hope the jackz addition will come to a real step up... but who knows
2022-08-07 20:19
No
2022-08-08 06:17
2 replies
#138
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France Dunne_V1
Why not? They would’ve retained three of the last 5 members of that roster which would allow them to get their spot. Or did the rules change?
2022-08-08 11:12
1 reply
Im not sure about rules maybe fnatic would get 3 cph players and could play rmr directly . I remember when ef wanted to take sangal's spot in esea premier league they said ef had to play with 2 sangal player at min 3 match as i remember.
2022-08-08 11:53
No
2022-08-08 18:18
brazils prepare to stab some europoors !!!! knife out !!!
2022-08-07 19:14
1 reply
+1
2022-08-07 23:10
hype, hope to see a brazilian team make it far
2022-08-07 19:16
damn RMR already? time flies
2022-08-07 19:22
1 reply
Izi 4 leviatan
2022-08-08 04:12
Another important event, another set of qualifiers being played on ESEA time for ayben & co. to ruin these qualifiers
2022-08-07 19:42
#99
vsm | 
Brazil tlszin
Lets fkin go NAVI
2022-08-07 19:46
NiP magic!
2022-08-07 20:13
2 replies
#113
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Sweden ooze_
Yea, we need some magic about right now.
2022-08-07 21:36
1 reply
<3
2022-08-09 20:40
South America Open Qualifiers and Americas RMR will be lit. BR teams are going to give their blood and soul for a spot.
2022-08-07 20:32
Spirit got this
2022-08-07 21:01
Ez for navi
2022-08-07 21:05
So hyped for this major, cant wait
2022-08-07 21:21
100% going to be Faze VS NAVI again.
2022-08-07 21:40
1 reply
wouldn't say 100%, maybe like 70%... G2 and Vitality could upset, NiP have occasional strong days, etc really depends on sdy's integration within navi, if he can adapt well like b1t and perfecto, otherwise there's a big chance navi don't make it
2022-08-07 22:19
will there ever be balanced groups?
2022-08-07 22:27
There's so many bureaucracies going on brazilian CS, managers working only for trade deals. There's not a single team trying to be top contenders. Brazilians teams will exit groups pretty quickly. All worries goes for mainstream media. Even experienced players, all they are working for is connections to business. There's no a slightly desire to be champions.
2022-08-07 23:58
1 reply
Brazil needs a 'panela' again like LG/SK... It's no use having 5+ good/competitive teams, but no excellent team...
2022-08-07 23:59
prediction: navi, faze, liquid (copium), and spirit make the semis and navi v faze grand finals again where navi wins
2022-08-08 01:23
Let's go Team Spirit!
2022-08-08 04:36
god junior will post hltv 2.5 rating and carry CoL to 2nd NA major
2022-08-08 12:47
#141
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Latvia laiziolas
I think G2 will rekt Faze in first their machup
2022-08-08 13:20
G2 ez major win🥺
2022-08-08 16:40
Astralis not qualified lmao
2022-08-08 16:39
Asia cucked again SADGE
2022-08-09 02:27
Proud of BAD NEWS EAGLES! They are a dope team for where they came from, a LAN CAFE.
2022-08-10 23:42
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