The main purpose of the regional standings is to decide which teams are invited to the later stages of the official CS: GO Majors.
Valve has revealed its new regional standings ranking system, and there are some obvious issues from the get-go. The main purpose of the regional standings is to decide which teams are invited to the later stages of the official CS: GO Majors. Unknowingly the new model they are using creates a huge divide between Tier 1 CS:GO and the rest.This is problematic, as it creates a closed system almost from the inception of the model.If you need more information about Methodology Problems With Valve’s New CS:GO Ranking System then read carefully and don;t forget to share with your friends.
Valve claims that the new model will capture results from “meaningful matches at third-party events throughout the year”. As part of a better model, this may be fine. However, Valve’s model would use prize money and opposition prize money as key ranking components, as well as head-to-head results.This is problematic, as it creates a closed system almost from the inception of the model. Huge teams like G2 and FaZe have inherited high rankings that will automatically invite them to the later stages of the Blast Paris Major in 2023.
The ultimate objective is to “reduce the burden on key participants and streamline the key qualification process”. This route removes the element of predictability that makes competitive CS:GO great. It was disappointing to see G2 miss out on the Rio Major but it was a reminder of the ruthlessness of CS:GO. If you are not in form, you are going home. Under the new ranking system, this would not have happened and G2 would have had an automatic invite to the major.
Organizations like BLAST and ESL also have partner teams that they invite to every event, meaning that these teams have an inherent advantage in qualifying for majors. Their wins and head-to-head records will always be against higher ranked teams in major competitions. This creates a self-fulfilling cycle that makes it difficult for smaller teams to break through, ruining the open circuit of competitive CS:GO.
A team can win a tournament such as the Champion of Champions Tour (CCT), although victory means little if the team only beats teams such as HAVU and BlueJay to win. Meanwhile, NAVI and FaZe could meet in the first round of either tournament and could affect the rankings more because of their past successes on the server.Valve’s full methodology for their ranking was publicly released.