An update from Valve to the CS:GO Regional Major Rankings system may have significant implications for the Stockholm tournament set on November
Valve announced two critical changes in the post on the official Counter-Strike blog. First of all, the Regional Major Rankings points have been reset for 2021. However, this does not apply to all the teams, which is where it gets tricky:
- RMR points are reset for 2021, however the 2020 RMR Legends will start with 600, Challengers with 300, and contenders with 100 points.
- Teams can now specify a substitute player (any player who is not registered to participate or substitute for another team) that is separate from their coach.
- A team incurs a penalty when they substitute out a player in an event, but there is no penalty when that player is brought back in.
- During online matches only players are allowed in the room and on the server. Neither coaches nor any other team staff will be allowed in the room, on the server, or to otherwise communicate with the team during an online match.
Teams that were sitting in one of their region’s Legends spots will start with 600 points. The teams rated Challengers will start with 300, while the Contenders will start with 100 points. The reset is likely so that the more competitive teams at the moment will end up in Stockholm, and to account for all the transfers that took place in 2020. Teams will be able to specify a substitute but will still be penalized when they sub out a player.
Coaches prohibited in matches
“During online matches only, players are allowed in the room and on the server. Neither coaches nor any other team staff will be allowed in the room, on the server, or to otherwise communicate with the team during an online match.”
In the vein of competitive games, Valve has added another set of rule. This ruling prevents any coach from aiding his team during any online match, from here on, coaches are only allowed in LAn games. This rule largely stems from a online match scandal happening some time ago that Valve directly adresses as well. Overall, it is a fair move, albeit slightly controversial.
Coaches who infringes this rule will be banned from Valve majors. The number of Majors they would be banned is dependent on the extent of their involvement, severe cases may lead to a lifetime ban.