CS:GO Major Championships

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CS:GO Major Championships (casually called "Majors") are tournaments with a prize pool of $1,000,000 (previously $250,000) sponsored by Valve introduced in 2013, with recent editions including special in-game features.

Earlier versions of Counter-Strike also had Majors, but they were not supported by Valve.

Tournament Stages[edit]

Starting from ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018, Valve announced a new overall tournament format, which brought in the Offline Qualifier as a part of the Major Championship. This new format increased the number of teams at the Major Championships from 16 to 24 and re-named each stage of the tournament.

The New Challengers Stage (formerly the Major Offline Qualifier)
16 Teams (The Previous Major's Fallen & The Minors' Champions) fight for 8 open spots at the The New Legends Stage.
The New Legends Stage (formerly the Group Stage)
16 Teams (The New Challengers & The Current Legends) fight for the 8 spots at the The New Champions Stage and to become The New Legends.
The New Champions Stage (formerly the Playoffs)
8 Teams (The New Legends) fight to become the Major Champion.

Teams[edit]

At the Majors, team earn certain titles based on how far they make it into the major and where they came from.

The Legends: The top eight teams from every Major gain "Legend" status, and are automatically qualified to the next Major's New Legends Stage as The Current Legends.
The New Challengers: The top eight teams from the New Challengers Stage gain Challenger status at the current Major and proceed to face off The Current Legends.
The Previous Major's Fallen: The bottom eight teams from the previous Major's New Legends Stage gain this status and are automatically qualified to the next Major's New Challengers Stage.
The Minors' Champions: The top 2 teams from each regional Minor Championship who have qualified to the next Major's New Challengers Stage.

In-Game Items & Features[edit]

Stickers are included in newer Valve sponsored Major Championships. There are both player autograph and team stickers. A portion of the money made from those stickers goes to the players and teams.
Pick'em is an in-game challenge where fans can buy stickers of teams and pick who will advance past certain stages or who will win certain matches. At some Majors, fans could purchase player autograph stickers and play a Fantasy Game where they would predict who would get the best statistic in a certain category, such as Pistol kills.
Souvenir Cases are offers exclusive map based † cases offered by Valve. These cases are dropped to random people watching live Majors games, the case drop is decided by the map currently being played †. You can get a case by watching the game either on Twitch.TV or CS:GO's GOTV. However, during MLG Columbus you could also get drops by watching MLG.TV.

† Map based cases first appeared for ESL One: Cologne 2014

List of CS:GO Major Championships[edit]

G & S   Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Sep 1 - 23, 2018
$1,000,000
24 teams
United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
  TBD
  TBD
Jan 12 - 28, 2018
$1,000,000
23 teams
USA Atlanta, USA
USA Boston, USA
  C9
  FaZe
Jul 16 - 23, 2017
$1,000,000
16 teams
Poland Kraków, Poland
  Gambit
  IMT
Jan 22 - 29, 2017
$1,000,000
16 teams
USA Atlanta, United States
  VP
Jul 5 - 10, 2016
$1,000,000
16 teams
Germany Cologne, Germany
  SK
  Liquid
Mar 29 - Apr 3, 2016
$1,000,000
16 teams
USA Columbus, United States
  LG
  Na`Vi
Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2015
$250,000
16 teams
Romania Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  Envy
  Na`Vi
Aug 20 - 23, 2015
$250,000
16 teams
Germany Cologne, Germany
  Fnatic
  Envy
Mar 12 - 15, 2015
$250,000
16 teams
Poland Katowice, Poland
  Fnatic
  NiP
Nov 27 - 29, 2014
$250,000
16 teams
Sweden Jönköping, Sweden
  LDLC
  NiP
Aug 14 - 17, 2014
$250,000
16 teams
Germany Cologne, Germany
  NiP
  Fnatic
Mar 13 - 16, 2014
$250,000
16 teams
Poland Katowice, Poland
  VP
  NiP
Nov 28 - 30, 2013
$250,000
16 teams
Sweden Jönköping, Sweden
  Fnatic
  NiP


Selected Statistics[edit]

Organization medal table[edit]

Team Total
3 1 2 6
1 4 1 6
1 1 5 7
1 1 1 3
1 0 2 3
1 0 2 3
1 0 1 2
1 0 0 1
1 0 0 1
1 0 0 1
0 2 2 4
0 1 1 2
0 1 0 1
0 1 0 1
0 0 2 2
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1

Country medal table[edit]

Team Total
4 6 5 15
2 1 3 6
2 1 2 5
1 3 3 7
1 2 2 5
1 1 5 7
1 1 5 7
1 1 2 4
1 0 0 1
0 3 1 4
0 1 1 2
0 1 1 2
0 1 0 1
0 0 2 2
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1

HLTV MVP of Each Major[edit]

Major Player Team
DH Winter 2013 Sweden JW
ESL Katowice 2014 Poland pashaBiceps
ESL Cologne 2014 Sweden friberg
DH Winter 2014 France Happy
ESL Katowice 2015 Sweden olofmeister
ESL Cologne 2015 Sweden flusha
DH Cluj‑Napoca 2015 France kennyS
MLG Columbus 2016 Brazil coldzera
ESL Cologne 2016 Brazil coldzera
EL Atlanta 2017 Denmark Kjaerbye
PGL Kraków 2017 Kazakhstan AdreN
EL Boston 2018 USA tarik

Titles won per Player[edit]

Player Team(s)
Sweden flusha 3
Sweden JW 3
Sweden pronax 3
Sweden olofmeister 2
Sweden KRiMZ 2
France Happy 2
France NBK 2
France kioShiMa 2
Brazil FalleN 2
Brazil fer 2
Brazil coldzera 2
Brazil fnx 2
Brazil TACO 2
Sweden Devilwalk 1
Sweden znajder 1
Poland TaZ 1
Poland NEO 1
Poland pashaBiceps 1
Poland Snax 1
Poland byali 1
Player Team(s)
Sweden f0rest 1
Sweden GeT_RiGhT 1
Sweden Xizt 1
Sweden friberg 1
Sweden Fifflaren 1
France shox 1
France SmithZz 1
France kennyS 1
France apEX 1
Denmark device 1
Denmark dupreeh 1
Denmark Xyp9x 1
Denmark Kjaerbye 1
Denmark gla1ve 1
Kazakhstan AdreN 1
Kazakhstan mou 1
Kazakhstan HObbit 1
Russia Dosia 1
Ukraine Zeus 1
USA Skadoodle 1
USA Stewie2K 1
USA autimatic 1
USA RUSH 1
USA tarik 1

Players That Have Attended All Majors[edit]

Player \ Event DreamHack Winter 2013 ESL Major Series One: Katowice 2014 ESL One: Cologne 2014 DreamHack Winter 2014 ESL One: Katowice 2015 ESL One: Cologne 2015 DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016 ESL One: Cologne 2016 ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017 PGL Major Kraków 2017 ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
Sweden flusha
Sweden JW
Sweden olofmeister
Sweden KRIMZ
Poland TaZ
Poland NEO
Poland pashaBiceps
Poland Snax
Poland byali
Denmark device
Denmark dupreeh
Denmark Xyp9x
Denmark cajunb
Russia seized
Ukraine Zeus
Ukraine markeloff
France shox
France NBK-

Legends Across The Majors[edit]

DreamHack Winter 2013 ESL Major Series One: Katowice 2014 ESL One: Cologne 2014 DreamHack Winter 2014 ESL One: Katowice 2015 ESL One: Cologne 2015 DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016 ESL One: Cologne 2016 ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017 PGL Major Kraków 2017 ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018

Participants by nation[edit]

Country DreamHack Winter 2013 ESL Major Series One: Katowice 2014 ESL One: Cologne 2014 DreamHack Winter 2014 ESL One: Katowice 2015 ESL One: Cologne 2015 DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016 ESL One: Cologne 2016 ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017 PGL Major Kraków 2017 ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 Total
Sweden Sweden 20 15 10 15 9 11 11 11 10 10 5 6 133
Denmark Denmark 17 16 10 15 5 5 10 6 11 12 11 11 129
France France 12 12 12 5 8 8 8 8 10 10 6 11 110
USA USA 8 8 6 7 7 8 13 16 9 6 4 12 104
Poland Poland 5 5 5 10 5 10 10 5 5 5 6 6 77
Ukraine Ukraine 5 5 7 6 7 5 5 7 5 7 6 7 72
Russia Russia 4 3 6 3 6 4 4 5 6 5 9 14 69
Brazil Brazil - - - - 5 5 5 5 5 4 10 7 46
Germany Germany - 2 - 9 5 4 3 3 3 2 6 7 44
Canada Canada 2 2 4 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 1 2 29
Australia Australia - 5 5 - 5 10 - - - - - 3 28
Norway Norway 2 - 5 - 5 1 2 2 3 2 1 1 24
Finland Finland - - - - 6 1 1 1 1 2 4 3 17
Belgium Belgium 2 2 2 - 1 2 2 2 1 1 - 1 16
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 1 1 1 - 1 - - 2 2 3 3 8 22
Slovakia Slovakia - 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina 1 - - - - - 1 1 2 1 1 1 10
Netherlands Netherlands - 1 - - - 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Switzerland Switzerland 1 1 1 - 1 1 - - - - - - 5
India India - - 5 - - - - - - - - - 5
South Africa South Africa - - - 5 - - - - - - - - 5
Portugal Portugal - - - - - 1 1 1 1 1 - - 5
Spain Spain - - - - - - - - 1 2 1 - 4
Serbia Serbia - 1 - - - - - - - - 1 1 3
Estonia Estonia - - - - - - - - - - 2 1 3
Greece Greece - - - 1 - - - - - - - - 1
Hungary Hungary - - - - - - - - - 1 - - 1
Czech Republic Czech Republic - - - - - - - - - - 1 1 2
Turkey Turkey - - - - - - - - - - - 5 5
China China - - - - - - - - - - - 4 4
Lithuania Lithuania - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1
Malaysia Malaysia - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1

Team participation[edit]

INV Directly invited to the tournament
LGD Legend status
CHL Challenger status
Q Qualified
- Didn't participate
Participation spreadsheet by team
Team DreamHack Winter 2013 ESL Major Series One: Katowice 2014 ESL One: Cologne 2014 DreamHack Winter 2014 ESL One: Katowice 2015 ESL One: Cologne 2015 DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016 ESL One: Cologne 2016 ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017 PGL Major Kraków 2017 ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 FACEIT Major: London 2018 Total
INV LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD 13
Q LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD - - - - 9
Q - - - - - - - LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD 6
Q - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Q - Q Q - - - - - - - - - 3
Q - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Q Q Q LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD CHL LGD 13
INV - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
INV LGD - - - - - - - - - - - 2
INV - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
INV Q - - - - - - - - - - - 2
INV INV Q Q - - - - - - - - - 4
Q LGD - - Q - - - - - - - - 3
Q - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Q - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Q Q - - - - - - - - - - - 2
- LGD Q - Q Q Q - - - - - - 5
- LGD LGD LGD - - Q - Q - - - - 5
- LGD LGD Q - - - - - - - - - 3
- LGD LGD Q LGD - - - - Q - - - 5
- INV Q - Q - - - - - - - - 3
- Q LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD CHL 12
- Q - - Q - - - - - - - - 2
- Q - - - LGD Q Q Q Q Q CHL LGD 9
- - LGD LGD Q Q Q Q - - Q CHL LGD 9
- - Q - - - - - - - - - - 1
- - Q - - - - - - - - - - 1
- - Q - - - - - - - - - - 1
- - Q - - - - - - - - - - 1
- - - Q - - - - - - - - - 1
- - - Q LGD - - - - - Q - - 3
- - - Q - - - - - - - - - 1
- - - LGD - - - - - - - - - 1
- - - LGD - - - - - - - - - 1
- - - Q Q Q Q Q Q LGD Q CHL - 9
- - - - LGD LGD LGD - - - - - - 3
- - - - LGD LGD LGD LGD Q Q - Q - 7
- - - - Q Q Q Q LGD - - - - 5
- - - - Q - - - - - - - - 1
- - - - - LGD LGD LGD - - - - - 3
- - - - - Q - - - - - - - 1
- - - - - Q - - - - - - - 1
- - - - - Q - - - - - - - 1
- - - - - Q - - - - - Q - 2
- - - - - - LGD Q Q Q Q CHL LGD 7
- - - - - - Q Q LGD LGD - Q CHL 6
- - - - - - Q - - - - - - 1
- - - - - - - LGD LGD LGD LGD LGD CHL 6
- - - - - - - LGD Q Q LGD CHL LGD 6
- - - - - - - Q - - - - - 1
- - - - - - - Q Q LGD LGD LGD CHL 6
- - - - - - - - Q Q - - - 2
- - - - - - - - - Q - - - 1
- - - - - - - - - Q LGD LGD CHL 4
- - - - - - - - - - Q LGD CHL 3
- - - - - - - - - - Q - - 1
- - - - - - - - - - Q CHL CHL 3
- - - - - - - - - - - CHL - 1
- - - - - - - - - - - Q CHL 2
- - - - - - - - - - - Q - 1
- - - - - - - - - - - Q - 1
- - - - - - - - - - - Q LGD 2
- - - - - - - - - - - Q - 1