PGL Esports has actually revealed that they will be hosting the first Counter-Strike major in two years, when they host PGL Stockholm from October 23rd to November 7th of 2021.

The occasion will include, for the very first time, a $2 million prize pool, and will be the first major broadcast in 4K 60 fps. The present strategy is likewise to host a live crowd inside Ericsson Globe for the centerpiece portion of the competition, however will only do so if “all security conditions to hold live competitions [in Sweden] are fulfilled by that time.” This will be the third-ever major where PGL has been involved; they belonged of DreamHack Cluj-Napoca in 2015, and hosted PGL Krakow in 2017.

The last significant to occur was the StarLadder Major in Berlin, which ended in September of 2019 when Astralis beat AVANGAR in the grand finals to declare their third straight significant title, and their 4th total. The major was supposed to head to Brazil for the very first time in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic initially postponed the ESL Rio major before out right cancelling it.

As for PGL Stockholm, teams will no longer certify solely based upon how they completed at the previous significant. Teams will be divided into 3 groups: Legends, Challengers, and Competitors. The Oppositions and the Contenders will duke it out for the 8 staying spots in the primary event not already taken by the Legends. Spots in each group are dispersed by area and figured out by a group’s rank in that region, or their Regional Major Ranking. In Europe for instance, the top three groups in EU would acquire Legends status, # 4-# 9 would be Oppositions, and # 10-11 would be Competitors.

In a subsequent statement from Valve confirming the status of the PGL major, the CS: GO developers confirmed that the PGL Stockholm significant will use the Regional Major Ranking system to identify its 24 teams. In addition, they verified that there will be at least one offline RMR occasion for each region previous to the major.