The open qualification process for the IEM Rio Major 2022 will kick off on August 15, with teams from China, the Middle East, Oceania, and the Rest of Asia able to sign up.
The qualification process for Valve’s 18th Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will follow the same structure as the PGL Antwerp Major. Each sub-region in Asia-Pacific (China, Middle East, Oceania, and Rest of Asia) will feature two open qualifiers where participants will battle it out in a best-of-one, single-elimination bracket, with the exception of the best-of-three decider match, for four closed qualifier spots.
From there, the closed qualifier will reward the winner with a spot in the APAC RMR event to fight for two spots in the Challengers stage of the Rio Major.
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- 2 x open qualifiers & 1 x closed qualifier
- 2 teams from open qualifiers advance to closed
- Open qualifiers utilize a best-of-one, single-elimination bracket
- Closed qualifier feature 4 teams in a best-of-three, double-elimination.
- 1 team advances to the Asia RMR
As the competition will be played on the ESEA platform, free ESEA Premium membership will be provided automatically for the duration of the qualifier for those who are not Premium/Insider at the time of the event. Premium will be added an hour before the event is set to start
The first open qualifier, which will start on August 15-16, has seen some notable names registered, including IHC Esports, Invictus Gaming, D13 Esports, Carpe Diem, Team NKT, and more. Teams can still sign up for it until August 15.
Below are the dates and registration links for the upcoming qualifiers:
|IEM Rio 2022 – Open Qualifier #1||August 15-16|
Rest of Asia
|IEM Rio 2022 – Open Qualifier #2||August 20-21|
Rest of Asia
|IEM Rio 2022 – Closed Qualifier||August 27-28|
|IEM Rio 2022 – APAC RMR||October 4-9|
More information can be found here on the ESL Gaming website.