The great competition of Counter-Striway returns: Global Offensive with the celebration of the IEM Major de Río de Janeiro . A very special edition that travels to Brazil to definitively restore order. The Carioca city was expected to house the tournament in 2020. However, the beginning of the pandemic forced to cancel such a celebration. Debt paid by Valve and ESL that gives an even more special touch to a tournament than few incentives need to get attention. There will even be Spanish representation with a newly arrived Sundays, although Movistar Riders has not had the same fate.

All teams classified to the IEM Major de Río

If something works, they don’t have to touch it. The format of the Counter-Strike Major: Global Offensive takes a long time without transforming and the same tonic of the last editions will continue. The first evidence is in the participants, which will be 24 teams divided into three different categories .

Legends: The eight best classified teams begin to play the tournament since their second Swiss format phase. Additionally, they will not face each other in the first round.
Applicants : They enter the competition from their first phase. His only advantage is that they will have a theoretically favorable confrontation in the first of their matches.
Contests : They enter the competition in the first phase and will play their first game against one of the applicants.

teams classified as legends

teams classified as applicants


teams classified as contestants

Format of the IEM Major de Rio de Janeiro 2022

Any fan of Counter-Strike competitions: Global Offensive knows about the rules of the Major , but we will remember them for newcomers or those who still find it complicated. There are a total of three rounds. The first two are disputed in Swiss format.

Swiss 1 : Consents (8) and applicants (8) play progress to the second round. Only half of the teams are classified.

Swiss 2 : The classified (8) and the legends (8) play the qualifiers.
Qualifiers : The classified of the Swiss 2 (8) dispute a simple eliminator frame that begins in the quarterfinals

Explaining the Swiss format

For the least accustomed, the Swiss format can be a problem. However, its operation is simple. A group of 16 teams is created, and the first confrontation is raffled depending on the category (legend, aspiring or contender) of the clubs. After playing the first day, a new raffle is held to determine the second confrontation. The difference is that, from the second game onwards, only sets that accumulate the same result can be measured . The teams that win three games are classified, and those who lose three are eliminated.

  • The first matches are played at the best of a map
  • The matches in which the classification or elimination is played are played at the best of three maps

Qualifying phase

This phase has no complication. The eight classicized teams of the Swiss 2 face each other in simple elimination box that begins in the quarterfinals . All matches are played to the best of three maps.

Depending on the final classification of each of the phases, the following Awards will be assigned. Keep in mind that both teams and players earn additional money based on sales of their stickers in the game.

Blast points : classifying points corresponding to Premier events

Calendar: Dates and schedule of the Rio Major

Swiss 1 : From October 31 to November 3 from 3:00 p.m.
Swiss 2 : November 5 to 8 (time to be determined)
quarterfinals : November 10 and 11 (time to be determined)
Semifinals : November 12 (time to be determined)
Final : November 13 (time to be determined)

The next parties of the Rio IEM will be the following…

Where to see the IEM Major de Río?

To see the Major in Spanish we can go to the canal of ESL Spain and Darfur it in its live broadcast.