IEM Katowice 2019: Changes to CSGO Major qualifying system

Valve, the publishers of CSGO, has restructured the qualifying system for the IEM Katowice Major in 2019.

The current format the sees top two teams from each of the four regions (Americas, CIS, Asia and Europe) enter the Challengers Stage, where they face the bottom eight teams from the previous Major's Legends Stage.

That will be the case in the build-up for the the FACEIT Major in London in September.

However, the structure will change ahead of IEM Katowice in February 2019, with Valve awarding an extra qualifying place for two regions.

The extra spots must come from somewhere, and it will be the worst teams from the Legends in London that miss out. For the first time, the two teams that finish winless at 0-3 will need to qualify through Minors, where they would previously be assured a spot in the next Major's Challengers stage.

A blog post on the official CSGO site said: "The two teams who finish 0-3 in the London Legends Stage will need to qualify through the Minors for Katowice 2019.

"And so, two teams will make an early exit from the Major Championship circuit. To replace them, two additional teams will qualify from the regional Minors: the third-place teams from each region will take part in a brief playoff, with the top two advancing to the main event."

Current format for FACEIT Major

The FACEIT Major London 2018 Challenger Stage runs from September 5th to 9th, with eight teams proceeding to join eight teams in Legends Stage from September 12th to 16th.

The top eight from the Legends Stage take part in the Champions Stage from September 20th to 23rd.