The ESL One: Rio Major 2020 was supposed to be the 16th Valve-sponsored Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship and the first Major of 2020. The major was originally scheduled to take place from May 11th to 24th but was postponed to the Autumn Major dates on March 23rd due to the rapidly increasing spread of COVID-19 in Brazil. The event was cancelled on September 9th. The tournament featured a $2,000,000 USD prize pool as a result of the cancellation of the second 2020 Major.
The vast majority of the teams competing in ESL One: Road to Rio were the ones that had either secured spots at the Rio Major after finishing top-14 at the StarLadder Major or had qualified for the Minors via the closed qualifiers. Considering the event being cancelled, ESL decided to organize an online competition for each of the major CSGO regions which includes Europe, North America and CIS.
The CIS tournament ran from April 30 until May 17 and had a prize pool of $50 000 up for grabs. The top four finishing teams included:
1st – Spirit ($15 000)
2nd – Winstrike ($10 000)
3rd – Hard Legion ($6000)
4th – Virtus. Pro ($5000)
The European tournament ran from April 22 until May 17 and had a prize pool of $115 000 up for grabs. The top four finishing teams included:
1st – Astralis ($33 000)
2nd – G2 eSports ($21 500)
3rd – FaZe Clan ($14 000)
4th – Vitality ($10 000)
The European tournament ran from April 22 until May 10 and had a prize pool of $60 000 up for grabs. The top four finishing teams included:
1st – Gen.G ($18 000)
2nd – FURIA ($13 000)
3rd – Cloud 9 ($8 000)
4th – Liquid ($6000)
Each tournament featured a group stage with best of three matches, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the playoff stage. The quarter and semi-final matches were also best of three affairs with the grand final of each tournament played in a more lengthy, best of five format (with a 1 map advantage for the group topping teams).
One can only hope that we’ll get to see these teams in action on LAN again soon as the COVID-19 pandemic has really put a restriction on the ability to host LAN events throughout the year.