BLAST add second RMR open qualifier for Americas & Europe; shift Americas qualifier dates

The tournament organizer made changes after they were met with criticism for the previous qualifying structure.

BLAST has announced that there will be an additional open qualifier held in each of North America, South America, and Europe for the Paris Major Regional Major Ranking closed qualifiers. Additionally, the schedule for some events has been adjusted, with the Americas qualifiers being moved up by a week, and the closed qualifiers in all three regions being shortened by a day.

Previously, each region had just one open qualifier awarding all of the closed qualifier spots, leaving teams with absolutely no window for error and just one chance to make the Major through a brutal single-elimination, best-of-one bracket.

BLAST came under fire for the single open qualifier structure as teams pointed towards a number of factors that could jeopardize their qualifying efforts, including the possibility of sickness, having a single off-day in form, and running into cheaters.

The change means that two open qualifiers will now play out over three days. Teams who advance to the closed qualifier will play for seeding on day two, allowing those eliminated from the first open qualifier to take part in the second without an overlap. The open qualifiers in Europe are now scheduled for February 13-14 and 14-15, respectively.

North America and South America have also received additional open qualifiers, and have had the dates for all qualifiers shifted forward by one week — likely in response to scheduling clashes with ESL Pro League Season 17. The new dates are February 14-15 and 15-16 for the open qualifiers, and February 17-19 for the closed qualifier.

The new dates and schedule can be found below:


- Open qualifier #1: February 13-14
- Open qualifier #2: February 14-15
- Closed qualifier A: February 16-19
- Closed qualifier B: February 16-19

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


- South America open qualifier #1: February 14-15
- South America open qualifier #2: February 15-16
- South America closed qualifier: February 17-19

- North America open qualifier #1: February 14-15
- North America open qualifier #2: February 15-16
- North America closed qualifier: February 17-19

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

Chile The_Sandman
2023-01-25 22:24
NA #1
2023-01-25 22:24
Russia mshkoda
reasonable, only one qualy with bo1 roulette is weirdo
2023-01-25 22:25
5 replies
Ukraine Kellso
2023-01-25 22:37
France FrOsTyy_
with only 1 qualifier you can lose your spot at the major just because of one internet issue or if u're sick. It's a bit problematic
2023-01-25 22:51
3 replies
tbh 1 day between first and second qualifier isn't likely to help much in case of sickness
2023-01-25 23:18
or even cheaters
2023-01-25 23:36
Poland bot_taz
idk man, device would disagree
2023-01-26 02:25
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Canada Bak2BED
good news for the players, 1 qual can easily be missed due to unforeseen circumstances
2023-01-25 22:26
2023-01-25 22:28
2023-01-25 22:38
2023-01-25 22:39
United Kingdom tomtom94
Does that mean they will be playing the bracket from round of 1024 or above down to round of 8 in just a single day for the first qualifier? That seems like a SLOG.
2023-01-25 22:39
2 replies
Yeah that seems odd, why not start the first open qual. one day earlier so there's some off time?
2023-01-25 22:46
1 reply
Spain moorakami
Because BLAST obviously doesn't have a clue about how to make a proper tournament. The show is good, but their system is always fucked up. If Valve didn't force their own system for the Majors I'm sure BLAST would have invented some crazy shit again with BO1 groups and fucking last chance gaunlets or whatever.
2023-01-26 07:03
rmr during carnaval lol
2023-01-25 22:43
2 replies
Open quals during valentine's day omegalul
2023-01-25 22:45
1 reply
true, i first though that valentine's day for you guys was on 12th (in brazil it is in june)
2023-01-25 23:11
2023-01-25 22:45
challenger mode 🤮
2023-01-25 23:13
Poland rxdzuu
why not during weekend...
2023-01-25 23:19
1 reply
It's just an rmr
2023-01-26 00:15
Spain Wiricardo
blast W
2023-01-26 00:11
United States Zedsamcat
Blast isn't good for doing this cause THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE. Blast isn't the hero, it's us for voicing our displeasure with this in.
2023-01-26 01:09
1 reply
Argentina Aleeee
at least they changed it, its not that bad after all
2023-01-26 03:40
I hope the trophy will be more unique for the major
2023-01-26 02:53
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North America kommi
why gamersclub for na no one here i know uses it
2023-01-26 04:19
Will G2 & Astralis get invited to Closed qualifiers or they have to play Open qualifiers ?
2023-01-26 05:22
1 reply
G2 probably invite since they play katowice but astralis will probably have to go through open quals
2023-01-26 07:45
Blast <3
2023-01-26 07:08
Brazil FreeSpeech
Love this
2023-01-26 07:37
Thailand Saenchai
2023-01-26 17:05
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