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After an explosive fourth Major title win from Denmark’s Astralis in September 2019, CS:GO fans have been wondering when the next Major will be.
They usually wouldn’t have to wait as long, but due to Valve’s newly-adopted schedule and the global COVID-19 pandemic, the next Major won’t be until 2021. This leaves over a year of downtime before Astralis can once again attempt to defend their title.
The first Major tournament of the year was meant to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May, but it’s been postponed until a later date. “We’re not going to ask players and fans to risk their health in order to attend a Major while the pandemic still poses a threat to travelers,” Valve said in September. As a result, for the first time since the CS:GO competitive circuit began in 2013, there will no majors this year.
Once the COVID-19 crisis has simmered down and everyday life is back to normal, CS:GO Majors will run on a biannual schedule.
The first major of 2021 was meant to kick off on May 10, but Valve took the difficult decision to cancel the event. Instead, the next major will kick off on Oct. 25 with a possible play-in event on Oct. 23 to 24.
This article will be updated when further information about the next Major is revealed.