As many have already noted, the Americas have done worse at this major than in Stockholm and Antwerp, placing only two teams in the top 16, meaning they get one less major spot at the next major. As 14 of the top 16 teams in the major are now European, they get an extra major berth for Paris, which has huge ramifications for how the EU RMR plays out, as they now award 17 major berths ( 14 for the top 16 + the 3 they are granted by default)
According to Valve’s updated Major Supplemental Rulebook for the Stockholm Major, if a region has 9 or more invites, you split the teams “in as few groups as necessary so that each has a maximum of 8 invitations”.
Since you obviously can’t split 17 into two groups with a maximum of 8 in each, you need to go up to three groups with a 6/6/5 major invite split. As stated in the rules, the appropriate format for “5 to 8 invitations: 16 Swiss teams”, which means that we will have EU RMR A, B and C with 16 teams each.
Therefore, the EU RMR Open Qualifiers for Paris will distribute 34 (!) RMR Invitations instead of the 19 invitations seen for the Rio RMR. While getting to the RMR will be much easier for teams like Astralis, G2, OG and others who now need to qualify for the RMR, the path from it to the major will be much more difficult with less difficulty. invitations – teams in the group with only 5 major spots are more or less eliminated on their 2nd loss instead of their 3rd loss. The groups will have 5, 5 and 4 of the EU teams currently living in the Rio Major respectively, meaning there will likely be a major shake-up of teams heading to the Major, with many more big organizations likely to join. to be left on the sidelines for Paris.
TL; DR: A lot more teams at the EU RMR for Paris, a lot more punishing to qualify for the real major.
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