Valve Regional Ranking list locked ahead of RMR closed qualifier invites
The tentative list of teams that will participate in the regional closed qualifiers for the BLAST.tv Paris Major RMR events is now available.
Valve has updated their Regional Rankings following the conclusion of IEM Katowice, and the tentative list of teams who should receive invites to compete in the BLAST.tv Paris Regional Major Ranking closed qualifiers can now be analyzed.
The final list remains subject to change by Valve and BLAST, as well as based on a handful of other factors. Tweaks to individual rosters, organizations with multiple teams, and whether certain teams choose to compete in the North American or South American qualifiers can all still affect the final outcome, but the majority of teams listed below can now be sure of their attendance in their region's qualifiers.
As a brief refresher of the format, teams who made it to the Legends Stage of the IEM Rio Major have received direct invites to their respective RMR events. Additional teams competing at those RMRs will be determined through regional closed qualifiers, with Europe having two closed qualifiers with 16 teams each, North America and South America each getting a qualifier with 16 teams each, and Asia, China, Oceania, and the Middle East each getting one, eight-team qualifier.
Half of the teams in each closed qualifier are determined by Valve's Regional Ranking, while the other half earn their spots through the upcoming open qualifiers. As such, the final update to Valve's ranking is crucial as a number of teams now know whether they can avoid the open qualification stage entirely.
The tentative list of teams who should receive invites to their respective regional closed qualifier (in order of seeding, left to right) can be found below:
Note: Invited teams in Europe will be split evenly based on seeding between RMR Closed Qualifier A and RMR Closed Qualifier B.
Notes: MIBR, paiN, and TeamOne can choose to compete in the SA qualifier instead. In case they choose to change regions, Strife, Detonate, and timbermen are next in line.
EG Black and EG White have been left off the list as the organization would not be allowed to field multiple rosters.
Note: O PLANO, ARCTIC, and Corinthians would fall off the list, in that order, if one of the Brazilian teams in North America chose to compete in South America instead.
Note: Nixuh has since disbanded, and may forfeit their spot. Bravado has changed a majority of their roster and may forfeit their spot.