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Season 8 CS:GO Playoff Details, s9 Moveups/Movedowns, & Roster Lock

The Season 8 Playoffs are approaching quickly, so it's time to release the information that everyone's been asking for. Here are the most important playoff details for players and teams who might be in a position to qualify for the Season 8 post-season:

- All playoff brackets (except Professional Division) will be released on Friday, October 23rd
- Playoff seeds in the Main, Intermediate, Amateur and FREE divisions will be determined based on the final Season 8 Regular Season standings using our proprietary CPI ranking system
- All unfinished Regular Season & Makeup Matches must be completed by Thursday, October 22nd at 11:59 PM ET. Any matches completed after this date will NOT count towards the Season 8 Playoff seeds

Professional Division (North America & Europe):
- the top 3 teams from each conference + 2 previous qualified teams (Virtus.Pro & Na'Vi) will qualify for Season 8 Professional Division Playoffs (November 6-8) at the MLG.tv Arena in Columbus, Ohio
- format: GSL style group play (bo3 with 2 groups of 4 teams) followed by a 4 team single elimination (bo3) bracket with a bo5 grand finals
- movedowns: the bottom 4 teams in each conference will be relegated to the Season 9 Professional Placement Tournament, all others will retain their spots in the division

NOTE: There are only a small number of Spectator Passes still available for the CEVO / MLG CS:GO Season 8 Pro League Finals (November 6-8, 2015), click here to purchase yours today. 

Professional Division Ranking & Tiebreakers:

  1. Regular Season standings will be determined using each team’s points at the end of the Regular Season.
  2. Regular Season standings ties will be broken using Head-to-Head games winning percentage (Regular Season games won vs. tied teams / Regular season games played vs. tied teams).
  3. If Head-to-Head games winning percentage can’t break a tie, Head-to-Head rounds winning percentage (Regular Season rounds won vs. tied teams / Regular Season rounds played vs. tied teams) will be used to break the tie.
  4. If Head-to-Head rounds winning percentage can’t break a tie, overall rounds winning percentage (Regular season rounds won / Regular Season rounds played) will be used to break the tie.
  5. If there is a tie involving more than two teams and one of the above tiebreakers resolves the tie for a team(s), but leaves at least two teams tied, the tie(s) that remains will be broken by starting over with the Head to Head games winning percentage tiebreaker.
  6. If overall rounds winning percentage can’t break a tie, a Round Robin of overtime matches will be scheduled to break the tie.  The order of matches will be determined randomly by CEVO.  Each team will ban 1 map and then the map that will be used for the Round Robin of overtime matches will be chosen randomly, from the 4 that remain, by the client.  The order of bans will be determined randomly by CEVO.  After each team has played all other tied teams in an overtime match, “Regular Season ranking & tiebreakers” #1-5 will be used to break the tie using only the results of the overtime matches.  If there is still a tie that can’t be broken by the aforementioned tiebreakers an additional Round Robin of overtime matches will be scheduled using a different, randomly chosen, map from the 4 that weren’t banned.
  7. The higher number will win all of the aforementioned tiebreakers.

Main Division (North America & Europe):
- the top 16 teams from each conference will qualify for the Season 8 Main Division Playoffs
- format: double elimination bracket (bo3 matches w/ map veto)
- moveups: top 8 Main Division playoff teams will be invited to participate in the Season 9 Professional Placement Tournament
- movedowns: teams with less than a .500 regular season winning percentage will be moved down to the Season 9 Intermediate division
Intermediate Division (North America & Europe):
- the top 32 teams from each conference will qualify for the Season 8 Intermediate Division Playoffs
- format: double elimination bracket (bo1 matches w/ map veto)
- moveups: all Season 8 Intermediate Playoff teams will be invited to the Season 9 Main division
Amateur Division (North America & Europe):
- the top 64 teams for North America and the top 16 teams for Europe will qualify for the Season 8 Amateur Division Playoffs
- format: double elimination bracket (bo1 matches w/ map veto)
- moveups: the top 3 Amateur Playoff teams will be invited to the Season 9 Main division and all other Amateur Playoff teams will be automatically moved up to the Season 9 Intermediate division
FREE Division (North America & Europe):
- the top 32 teams in each conference will qualify for the FREE Division Playoffs
- format: double elimination bracket (bo1 matches w/ pre-determined maps)
- all FREE Playoff teams will be automatically moved up to the Season 9 Amateur division

Season 8 Permanent Roster Lock Information
This is a quick reminder that team rosters for all Season 8 will lock permanently on Saturday, October 10th at 11:59 PM CDT. After this date, there will be ABSOLUTELY NO roster changes permitted for any team, for any reason, for the remainder of the event.  With that said, we recommend that teams have backup players available and on team rosters in case of any unexpected absences that may arise to prevent unnecessary forfeit losses.

We enforce the permanent roster lock at the end of each season to prevent teams from stacking up on the talent from other teams that will not qualifiy for the playoffs and to encourage teams to remain together for the entire event. Additionally, team captains should take note of CEVO's prize claim policy outlined below and make final roster adjustments accordingly. Again, team rosters will remain open from now until Saturday, October 10th at 11:59 PM CDT.

Prize Claim Instructions
ALL roster members from each winning team must follow the instructions below to be eligible for payment. Players may begin sending in their earnings forms as soon as the final match in their specific event (ie. CS:GO Season 8) has been completed.
 
Every single player on the roster will receive an equal share of the team's prize money, regardless of whether or not they participated in any matches, and only players who have submitted their earnings forms within 30 days of the conclusion of the event will be paid out. 

Players who wish to forfeit their share of the money to the rest of their team can do so during the prize claim process. All prize claims will be processed within 60 days. To submit your winnings request or forfeit your prize, please use the following instructions.

How to claim a prize:
1) Sign in to your account on CEVO.com
2) Click on “My Teams” under the “MY CEVO” tab
3) Fill out the CEVO Prize Claim Form for each prize that you’d like to claim
4) Fill out and upload the applicable tax form (if claiming over $600 in a given year)
5) Click the “Claim Prize” button

How to forfeit a prize:
1) Sign in to your account on CEVO.com
2) Click on “My Teams” under the “MY CEVO” tab
3) Find the prize that you would like to forfeit
4) Use the “Forfeit Prize” dropdown menu to select the user that you would like to send your prize to

NOTE: All prize claim requests will be processed by CEVO staff within 30 days of submission.

If you have any questions about the prize claim process, feel free to contact us at http://cevo.com/support.

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About CEVO:
CEVO is a global eSports company built around North America’s largest competitive online PC gaming league. Founded in December of 2004 with the intention to transform competitive online gaming into a professional sport, CEVO has been hosting both free and pay-to-play tournaments across a variety of AAA titles for almost 10 years. Through CEVO-TV we are also engaged in online broadcasting and other digital media. Additionally, CEVO offers event management, marketing, development, and design solutions for clients looking to get involved in the business of eSports. For more information visit cevo.com.

About Major League Gaming (MLG):
MLG is the leader in eSports delivering premium gaming content to viewers through its streaming platform - MLG.tv and promoting eSports globally through premier competition. MLG.tv is one of the fastest growing broadcast networks worldwide reaching 20 million highly-engaged fans each month via web, mobile, connected TVs, gaming consoles and social media. MLG pioneered the eSports industry as the longest-running competitive gaming league in North America and through Gamebattles, the largest cross platform online gaming tournament system with 9 million registered users. For more information: MLG.tv.

About Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:
CS:GO is the latest installment in the Counter-Strike series. Since it was launched in August of 1999, Counter-Strike has become one the most played online games of all time, and the series has sold over 25 million copies. In the past year, CS:GO’s player numbers have increased by more than 250%, and over $3.5 mil have been paid to community content creators making and selling new items and levels for the games.

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Comments

If we make playoffs in free division, next season can we move up to IM instead of AM? Could we pay the difference and get the move up?
If we make playoffs in free division, next season can we move up to IM instead of AM? Could we pay the difference and get the move up?

Posted Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 1:52 AM GMT
[quote="LJE"]If we make playoffs in free division, next season can we move up to IM instead of AM? Could we pay the difference and get the move up?[/quote] If Intermediate still has open sign ups yes, however there is no announcement if this is the case yet.
LJE said:If we make playoffs in free division, next season can we move up to IM instead of AM? Could we pay the difference and get the move up?


If Intermediate still has open sign ups yes, however there is no announcement if this is the case yet.

Adam Spangler / Retired (March 2011 - April 2017)

Posted Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 2:23 AM GMT
For free are the top 32 from west, central, and east making the playoffs respectively? or is it just the top 32 in general?
For free are the top 32 from west, central, and east making the playoffs respectively? or is it just the top 32 in general?

ur not my dad

Posted Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 7:45 PM GMT
Are the current rankings something to base it off at the moment or is it likely to change in our favor after all matches are completed. For example, in Cevo-A we are 4-3 and ranked 150. Is it possible after the mirage match to be ranked at 64 or lower?
Are the current rankings something to base it off at the moment or is it likely to change in our favor after all matches are completed. For example, in Cevo-A we are 4-3 and ranked 150. Is it possible after the mirage match to be ranked at 64 or lower?

Posted Thursday, October 8th, 2015 3:39 AM GMT
[quote="DrowsyGenie"]Are the current rankings something to base it off at the moment or is it likely to change in our favor after all matches are completed. For example, in Cevo-A we are 4-3 and ranked 150. Is it possible after the mirage match to be ranked at 64 or lower?[/quote] Kinda curious how this works also
DrowsyGenie said:Are the current rankings something to base it off at the moment or is it likely to change in our favor after all matches are completed. For example, in Cevo-A we are 4-3 and ranked 150. Is it possible after the mirage match to be ranked at 64 or lower?


Kinda curious how this works also

Posted Thursday, October 8th, 2015 4:46 AM GMT
IF you are on a team that is in the regular season do you have to be paid to scrim? And if they make playoffs/next division which point do you have to be paid to not be locked out of the roster eligibility ?
IF you are on a team that is in the regular season do you have to be paid to scrim? And if they make playoffs/next division which point do you have to be paid to not be locked out of the roster eligibility ?

Posted Friday, October 9th, 2015 11:55 PM GMT
Saturday, October 11th at 11:59 PM CDT. wuut Saturday is the 10th sunday is 11th which is it pick one please :o
Saturday, October 11th at 11:59 PM CDT.
wuut

Saturday is the 10th
sunday is 11th

which is it pick one please :o

hi. i b subpar

Posted Sunday, October 11th, 2015 1:42 AM GMT
agreed with this guy today is october 11th and we cant add people to roster please unlock ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
agreed with this guy today is october 11th and we cant add people to roster please unlock ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I Play CSGO

Posted Sunday, October 11th, 2015 7:17 PM GMT
admin in ts told me it was Sunday night lol
admin in ts told me it was Sunday night lol

hi. i b subpar

Posted Monday, October 12th, 2015 1:52 AM GMT
Any idea yet on when S9 will start?
Any idea yet on when S9 will start?

Those who do not understand true pain can never understand true peace.

Posted Friday, October 16th, 2015 8:57 PM GMT
does CPI change after all teams are locked? or is it always updating?
does CPI change after all teams are locked? or is it always updating?

build the wall MAKE AMERICA GREAT!!!!

Posted Monday, October 19th, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
Hi, sorry for the sorta dumb question, but being tight on money, if we move up from Free Division to the Amateur Division, do we still have to pay the $5.99 (or whatever it is) to play? Or is it like a free move-up, somewhat like a prize for being skilled in your previous division? Thanks in advance.
Hi, sorry for the sorta dumb question, but being tight on money, if we move up from Free Division to the Amateur Division, do we still have to pay the $5.99 (or whatever it is) to play? Or is it like a free move-up, somewhat like a prize for being skilled in your previous division? Thanks in advance.

-- mdalmia

Posted Monday, October 19th, 2015 10:11 PM GMT
yes you must pay....
yes you must pay....

no pit stops while you kick rocks you never did blend in with the big shots

Posted Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 3:28 PM GMT