Copenhagen Major Americas RMR: Schedule, Format, and Favorites

The first Counter-Strike 2 Major is just around the corner, and sixteen teams from North and South America will... Owen | 27. February 2024

The first Counter-Strike 2 Major is just around the corner, and sixteen teams from North and South America will battle for five slots for qualification. Here’s everything you need to know about the Americas RMR. 

Americas RMR Schedule And Format

The Americas RMR is much shorter than the European iteration, which lasted over two weeks. Instead, this RMR will only run for four days, from the 1st to the 4th of March. The tournament will follow a LAN format, with the sixteen participants gathering in Monterrey, Mexico. 

Like every other RMR, the tournament will follow the Swiss System Format. However, there are a few significant differences from the European RMR that ended two weeks ago. 

The first difference is the amount of available slots. The European RMR sent eight teams from each RMR group to the Major. In the Americas RMR’s case, only five teams from one RMR group will show up in Copenhagen. 

In Europe, teams that go 3-0, 3-1, or 3-2 will qualify for the Major, as winning three matches in the Swiss Stage automatically makes a team eligible to advance. However, due to the lack of slots, only teams that go 3-0 or 3-1 in the Americas qualifier will have their stickers in the game. 

Aside from the contrast of slots, the rest of the rules follow the same format:

  • All matches, excluding elimination/advancement, are in Best of 1 format
  • All elimination or advancement matches are in Best of 3 format
  • The Buchholz System will be used to seed matches from Round 3 to 4

Following these rules, if a team loses their opening match, putting them at a 0-1 standing, the team’s next match is already an elimination match. Participants only have room to mess up once, making the Americas qualifier much scarier than Europe’s.

Americas RMR Participants

Here are the sixteen teams that will battle for the limited slots at the PGL Copenhagen Major.

  • Complexity Gaming
  • MIBR
  • M80
  • paiN Gaming
  • RED Canids
  • Imperial Esports
  • Nouns Esports
  • Elevate
  • BOSS
  • Legacy
  • Wildcard Gaming
  • Team Liquid
  • NRG

Teams To Watch

With the unforgiving room for error, we can expect to see a bunch of upsets. Here are the favorites of the RMR and Dark Horses that can potentially steal a Major spot.

Who Are The Favorites?

Complexity – The Complexity roster has made multiple deep runs in S-Tier LAN tournaments, and the entire roster is filled with veterans in the Counter-Strike scene. The thought of EliGE missing a Major has never crossed my mind. 

FURIA – With FalleN on the helm, FURIA is, on paper, the strongest South American roster right now. Though they have shown struggles in international competitions, they should have played enough scrims to figure out the teams in the competition.

Team Liquid – The new Team Liquid roster has yet to prove itself as a top competitor globally and has shown some struggles in domestic competition. Still, it’s hard to imagine that these high-profile players on the roster would be eliminated in the Americas RMR. 

MIBR – The Made in Brazil roster has the players and potential to surpass FURIA as the best Brazilian team. Though the team consists mostly of young players, these youngsters have Tier 1 experience, which most competitors in the Americas RMR lack. 

M80 – The North American organization has finally invested in Counter-Strike and has built a very respectable roster led by experienced in-game leader dephh. M80 has defeated Team Liquid in official matches twice and should not be taken lightly. 

Who Are The Dark Horses?

Nouns – The Nouns roster fields very solid players, including junior, who has been considered one of the best AWPers in North America. Though the players lack the experience, they certainly have the skills to deal some damage at the RMR.

NRG – One of the largest esports organizations in the world, NRG, has also made an entrance to Counter-Strike. The team includes very familiar faces, including oSee, Brehze, and daps. Though the roster sounds really good on paper, the team has not been performing to expectations. With enough time to prepare, it’s time for NRG to prove their worth.

Wildcard Gaming – Renowned in-game leader stanislaw is back with a new set of young talent. The Wildcard Gaming squad has performed exceptionally well in recent North American competition and is a very underrated team, in my opinion.

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