Where to Watch the CS2 Major

How and where to watch the cs2 major

CS2 Major is an exceptional tournament that offers around $1 million in prize money and features the best 24 teams in the world. They last for several weeks and take place just twice a year. 

Some of the greatest matches and plays in the history of CS2 happened at Majors, so you should watch these CS2 events if you’re an esports fan who loves first-person shooter games.

CS:GO Major

How CS2 Majors Work

CS2 Majors don’t follow the usual format, which includes a group stage followed by playoffs. Instead, they comprise three stages: The Challengers Stage, The Legends Stage, and The Champions Stage. A few years ago, these stages had slightly different names: the New Challengers, the New Legends, and the New Champions. 

The 24 competitors are divided into three groups of eight: Contenders, Challengers, and Legends. The first two groups start the CS2 tournament in The Challengers Stage, while the third group starts in The Legends Stage.

The competitive format used for the first two stages is the Swiss System. This means that teams get eliminated when they’ve accumulated three defeats and are qualified when they’ve accumulated three victories. Each round consists of matches played between opponents with identical records.

Advancement and elimination matches use the Bo3 format. Every other match is Bo1. Half of the 16 participants advanced to the second stage, which is identical to the first.

The third stage of a Major consists of a single-elimination bracket, and it includes just eight teams. Every match is Bo3.

Majors generally take place over 2-3 weeks. The exact duration depends on the organizer. Some TOs like to have compact events, while others prefer to take more time and avoid 16-hour days full of matches.

Related: PGL Major Copenhagen Participants

Next CS2 Major

CS:GO Major

The upcoming CS2 Major is called IEM Rio Major and will take place over a period of 2 weeks, between October 31st – November 13th. It will be held in Brazil, in front of a huge crowd. The tickets were sold in just one hour.

The prize pool of this tournament is $1,250,000. That’s a huge amount of money; every team will receive at least $10,000. The top eight teams will receive more than the rest ($45,000+), and the Major champion will get $500,000.

At the previous Major, PGL Antwerp, the winners were FaZe Clan while the runner-ups were Natus Vincere. This time, the big favorites are these two teams plus several others: Team Vitality, G2 Esports, and Cloud9. Of course, all of these teams will need to qualify first.

Related: Valve is considering proposals for CS2 Majors in 2025 and 2026

Where to Watch CS2 Majors

If you want to watch a CS2 Major, you must follow the Twitch and YouTube channels of the companies that organize such tournaments. The most important ones are ESL, PGL, and BLAST. 

All these companies have Twitch channels you can find via a simple search. If you follow them, you will discover all of their ongoing events. Just follow CS2’s Liquipedia page to learn about upcoming events.

1. When is the first CS2 major?

The first CS2 Major already happened in March 2024 (PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen 2024).

2. When is the next CS2 major?

The next CS2 Major already happened in 2024. It was the PGL Major Copenhagen 2024, held March 17-31.

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William is an author, editor, and an avid gamer with over 10.000 hours in CS:GO (Counter-Strike 2). He also enjoys playing Rust, Dota 2, and TF2 but never became a top 1% player in any of those games.