Valve has introduced a new ruleset for the Road to the November Rio Major which includes changes to current teams in the Legends and Challengers categories. Unlike previous Majors, "all teams participating in the November Rio Major will earn their invites through regional rankings, which will be updated based on their performance in upcoming Regional Major Ranking competitions."
As of now, teams will be ranked and invited to Rio Major based on their rankings at two RMR tournaments. The first will be hosted by ESL during the month of May. The second will be set for Fall with no specific tournament chosen, and Valve has also stated if tournament organizers are interested in modifying their panned events to fit RMR requirements, they should contact Valve immediately.
Valve Releases Updated 'Road to Rio Major' Ruleset
Invitations will remain roughly the same with 24 teams from six different regions receiving invites based on the new Regional Major Ranking. The new point system will be explained once the final set of RMR events are announced.
The regional invites will be based on the last Major: the 2019 Berlin Major.
The Oceanic Region will receive one invite in the Contenders section, bringing the total to 24.
For the upcoming ESL RMR, every team invited to the May Rio Major or the May Rio Minors will be invited to compete. Since it's such a long period of time before the actual Major, Valve has changed the roster lock rules.
Teams can change up to two members of their roster before a RMR event at the cost of 20% of the team's point, per player. They will have to abide by the RMR's rules when it comes to when their roster is locked for the tournament.