BLAST announce Paris Major qualifiers

BLAST have announced the format and dates of the qualifying process for the upcoming Regional Major Ranking tournaments ahead of the BLAST.tv Paris Major.

The qualifying process starts with open and closed qualifiers in mid-to-late February, and the RMR tournaments themselves will take place on April 3-12.

Teams who reached the Legends Stage of the IEM Rio Major will be directly invited to their respective RMRs — 14 out of 32 teams in Europe and 2 out of 16 teams in the Americas. The remainder will come from the closed qualifiers, which have been introduced as part of changes to the qualifying process ahead of this Major cycle.

IEM Rio Major Legends Stage teams received direct invites to their respective RMRs

This cycle will be the first to use the recently launched Valve Regional Standings, a special ranking which will determine half of the invites to the closed qualifiers (16 in Europe, 8 in South America, 8 in North America, and 4 in each of Asia, Oceania, China, and the Middle East). The other half will come from open qualifiers.

The current Valve Regional Standings as of January 17 can be found below, but the closed qualifier invites will be sent based on the standings on February 12:

Europe
Americas
Asia

BLAST has released a video explaining the entire process, from open qualifiers to the Major itself:

Below you can find all the basic information for each region, how many Major spots it has, when the qualifiers take place, and who the invited teams will be:


Europe

A total of 17 teams will qualify from the European RMRs for the Paris Major, the top seven of which will start the Major from the Legends Stage. Europe is the only region where the RMRs will be split into two tournaments, each boasting 16 teams.

- Open qualifier: February 13-14
- Closed qualifier A: February 15-19
- Closed qualifier B: February 15-19

- RMR: April 3-12 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Teams directly invited to RMRs (distribution is based on the last Major Ranking, as per Valve's rulebook):

+ 18 teams from closed qualifiers


Americas

In the 16-team Americas RMR, five teams will qualify for the Paris Major, one of which will start the Major from the Legends Stage.

- South America open qualifier: February 21-22
- South America closed qualifier: February 23-26

- North America open qualifier: February 21-22
- North America closed qualifier: February 23-26

- RMR: April 3-12 (Monterrey, Mexico)

Teams directly invited to RMR:

+ 7 teams from South America closed qualifier
+ 7 teams from North America closed qualifier


Asia

Asia by default has two spots at the Paris Major, as neither of their representatives made it past the Challengers Stage last time around at the IEM Rio Major.

- Asia open qualifier: February 15-16
- Asia closed qualifier: February 17-19

- Oceania open qualifier: February 15-16
- Oceania closed qualifier: February 17-19

- China open qualifier: February 15-16
- China closed qualifier: February 17-19

- Middle East open qualifier: February 22-23
- Middle East closed qualifier: February 24-26

- RMR: April 3-12 (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

Each closed qualifier holds two spots at the Asia RMR, which has been expanded from four teams to eight for the upcoming cycle.

pog
2023-01-21 17:44
2 replies
#58
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Turkey veyron99
noice
2023-01-21 19:19
#74
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Yugoslavia Acceb
AFRICA where
2023-01-22 00:24
Nice
2023-01-21 17:44
LEZGOOOO VITALITY FTW
2023-01-21 17:45
Frince
2023-01-21 17:45
Ez for Ence
2023-01-21 17:45
#7
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India ga7axy
G2 pls
2023-01-21 17:46
LETS GOZERFQSDFSQD
2023-01-21 17:46
#9
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South America Neshie
Great
2023-01-21 17:46
#10
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Poland Recruitn1
LETS GO VITA #VFORVICTORY
2023-01-21 17:47
Where is G2 ?
2023-01-21 17:47
2 replies
has to qualify from open qualifier
2023-01-21 18:02
1 reply
Gona be hard
2023-01-22 11:16
these regional standings lmao Copenhagen flames at #12 Cloud9 at #14
2023-01-21 17:48
5 replies
because it's based on the prize pool that each team won and cph flames farmed the last 5 $50k tournaments
2023-01-21 17:51
4 replies
valve is a bit stupid yes
2023-01-21 17:52
it literally does not matter as this isn't a power ranking, but a ranking solely made to give closed qualifier invites
2023-01-21 20:06
#91
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India MihirX27
It also factors in the competition. How was the competition at the last 5 events for both teams? Was it better for CPH compared to C9?
2023-01-23 10:27
1 reply
this is literally why cph is placed higher? because it's only based on the prizepool they won
2023-01-23 15:24
let's go fnatic and c9!
2023-01-21 17:49
Worst qualifier system CS has seen
2023-01-21 17:51
2 replies
+1
2023-01-21 18:00
+1
2023-01-21 18:38
Easy for boomerdemons
2023-01-21 17:51
nice changes, valve had to step in because of rio major low viewer numbers after furia got eliminated
2023-01-21 17:51
NIP MAJOR WINNER
2023-01-21 17:55
If Astralis and G2 doesn’t qualify, next major you pay for the slot
2023-01-21 17:56
3 replies
#31
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Argentina Aleeee
hahahha dont be surprised if they end up with some partner shit system
2023-01-21 18:05
#52
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
Hope they fail
2023-01-21 18:59
#92
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Kosovo K0N1G_
Its gonna be hard for them telling you and bNE might end up going 3-0 and quaify.you ay be suprised bc of the teams we have in A tournament but were the most powerful(was last major together with NA'VI) ct sides so if were on CT its gonna be easy and also our new coach is DEVILWALK hes one of the greatest coaches not just bc he knows how to manage good but he also has 2 major wins.
2023-01-23 14:10
Ok
2023-01-21 17:57
#24
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France Evalion
Shame, major becoming a closed circuit soon.
2023-01-21 17:57
Only one open qualifier is the dumbest move ever
2023-01-21 18:02
#30
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Worst major Inc, blast can't organise an event with more than 8 teams
2023-01-21 18:04
Looks like monte young ninjas in closed quas with g2 loool and only one open qualifier ?? This shit gotta and gonna be 2 or 3
2023-01-21 18:08
1 reply
young ninjas won't be able to compete anyways.
2023-01-22 11:45
#33
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Serbia Ruffus
Astralis,g2 no but BNE yes lul
2023-01-21 18:12
6 replies
they will be in closedQ those are from TOP16 at latest major, git gud
2023-01-21 18:17
BNE actually played in rio unlike astralis or g2
2023-01-21 18:31
Where is Serbia CS? HAHAHAHA
2023-01-25 21:57
3 replies
#95
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Serbia Ruffus
lmao where is italy, btw, ination,CR4ZY, pratizan, nexa, niko, hunter
2023-01-25 22:02
2 replies
Lmao partizan tier 8 team gj. again where is Serbia team??? Niko and hunter are so proud serbians that they have Bosnian flag lmaaao. Serbia=russians=gypsies in Europe
2023-01-25 22:15
1 reply
#97
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Serbia Ruffus
Complexes are bursting right? Partisan tier 8? I wouldn't agree, they beat sprout (19 teams in the world), falcons, tricked and were side by side with EF (who play EPL) As for Hunter and Niko, they are Serbs, the reason they have the Bosnian flag is because they were born in Republika Srpska (a region in Bosnia where Serbs live) and have Bosnian passports. They are also Orthodox and live in Serbia. The Legija is Serbian and has a German flag on the HLTV.
2023-01-25 22:51
Blast hosts major -> RMR turns into a semi-closed circuit coincidence? I think not
2023-01-21 18:20
Only one open qualifier? used to be 4, not cool
2023-01-21 18:22
5 replies
#51
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United States Phamous3k
Rio from a viewership standpoint was lackluster. Guaranteeing some big named orgs in a closed qualifier helps out. Now, it hurts the competitive integrity but, they’re running a business. Sticker sales, viewer pass etc. Is what it is
2023-01-21 18:58
4 replies
They still could have made it run it through 4 open qualifiers (4 teams each) instead of 1 with 16 teams going through. that's just moronic, and they had the whole of january to host additional open quals
2023-01-22 11:47
1 reply
#85
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United States Phamous3k
They could have but, they decided to focus on closed quals to guarantee some big names.
2023-01-22 16:42
Both G2 and Astralis were eliminated in RMR. Not sure how inviting them to Closed qualifier (one stage earlier) would guarantee that they make it to major.
2023-01-22 18:00
1 reply
#89
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United States Phamous3k
Big orgs. With big fanbases lol. This a business guys. They just giving them a better chance.
2023-01-22 23:26
#38
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Latvia SigMale
Most scripted major incoming
2023-01-21 18:24
#40
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Chile 1cristiaan
LETS GO LIQUID
2023-01-21 18:28
#41
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Russia mshkoda
only one open quali? hm
2023-01-21 18:29
Lets go riders!!
2023-01-21 18:34
Ok, but if we remove from european ranking all the teams that are invited to rmr, teams from much further places will get an invite to closed qualifier, even top30 team will get an invite, if I'm correct. It's not precisely shown in the video.
2023-01-21 18:36
People said that last year the system was bad and it actually was So now they decided to make it even worse XDDD 1 open qual for EU XDDDDD
2023-01-21 18:45
#48
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United States Phamous3k
Europe vs the World lol.
2023-01-21 18:46
#50
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Turkey Joper
Let's GOOO Liquid! EZ MAJOR WINNER
2023-01-21 18:56
only 1 open qualifier?
2023-01-21 19:02
#54
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Poland BAN_ANIME
Only one open qual????? LMAO
2023-01-21 19:03
only one open qualifier? SUCH A SHAME
2023-01-21 19:05
not a fan but I completely get the reason why they did it since rio was such a shitshow with all the randomness
2023-01-21 19:19
1 reply
How would qualifier for qualifier fix any of unpredicted outcomes that happened at later stages of the major?
2023-01-22 18:04
vamo 9z
2023-01-21 19:26
#60
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Poland Kobel_
If there's only one open quali, it should be BO3 all the way through. Just span it over a few days. No excuses
2023-01-21 19:31
nice
2023-01-21 19:55
group B strong
2023-01-21 20:20
a blast tournament that is not pay to play, it could actually be good
2023-01-21 20:57
1 open qualifier is a joke
2023-01-21 22:53
#75
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Ukraine IAFNN
if you are wondering which teams will get invite to closed qual to europe rmr by now it is: G2 OG Copenhagen Flames Astralis saw Apeks GamerLegion 500 1WIN HAVU Monte Permitta HEET Endpoint forZe 9INE
2023-01-22 00:33
1 reply
I don’t belive this
2023-01-22 11:22
#79
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Romania Nickname90
worst system ever
2023-01-22 11:33
4 replies
According to XTQZZZ, it is Valve who decided on this format and wanted to reinforce it for the Rio major but they were not ready yet
2023-01-22 12:38
3 replies
#83
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Romania Nickname90
but how would that work with only 1 open qual?, many good teams won't play at the major just because of this system.
2023-01-22 12:49
2 replies
valve doesn't care as long as it brings them more money
2023-01-22 12:50
There won't be any team from top 30 (possibly 40) in open qualifier as they will be invited to RMR or closed qualifier. None of 'good' teams will be in open qualifier.
2023-01-22 18:08
#90
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Scotland tr@c
8 team Asian rmr, nice
2023-01-23 07:48
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