PGL Antwerp Major 2022: American RMR Qualification Rules Changed

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PGL Updates Qualification Rules for Antwerp Major 2022: American RMR

The tournament organizer listens to the CS:GO community.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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PGL has changed a few qualification rules regarding the Swiss format being implemented for the American RMR.
This comes within 24 hours of FURIA's CEO and founder, Jaime Padua, highlighting how the Buchholz system will negatively affect the American RMR.
However, the community is still requesting the organizers for further changes to the current system

The PGL Major Antwerp 2022: American RMR (Regional Major Rankings) tournament is scheduled to take place from 11th to 15th April on LAN at the PGL Studio in Bucharest, Romania.

While the community is excited to witness the clash between some of the best CS:GO teams from North and South America in a LAN setup, they were concerned about certain consequences that could arise due to the Buchholz system being used by the tournament organizers.

Though the issue was being discussed between community members, it got pushed into the limelight following a series of tweets by the founder and CEO of FURIA Esports, Jaime Pádua, who spoke about the issue in great detail while also suggesting a viable solution.

Within 24 hours of the issue being highlighted, PGL has come forward with an update on its ruling for the Swiss format being followed by American RMR.

PGL updates Swiss Format rules for PGL Major Antwerp 2022: American RMR

Yesterday on 6th April, FURIA's CEO and founder had highlighted how the Buchholz system being followed for the American RMR could create problems for the participating teams.

As there is only one 'Legend Status' spot for the American RMR and two teams that will be ending with a '3-0' scoreline, it could lead to some problems as the Buchholz system offers more points to teams that beat better competitors.

This could lead to an unfair judgement, so Jaime Pádua suggested that an extra best-of-three tie breaker should be implemented for all teams that end with a '3-0', '3-1', and '3-2' scorelines.

Statement by CEO and Founder of FURIA Esports

Statement by CEO and Founder of FURIA Esports

Within 24 hours, PGL has listened to this solution and implemented it as it is for teams that will be ending with a '3-2' scoreline. In total, two decider matches will be played on 15th April for determining which teams qualify for the Antwerp Major.

However, the solution seems to be implemented only for the teams that end with a '3-2' scoreline, the first three teams qualifying will continue to be decided using the Buchholz system.

This decision has the community divided as it seems to be a partial resolution of the problem at hand. It remains to be seen if any further changes will be made by PGL or not.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.