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Welcome to the Season 4 CSGO Playoffs!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

We're pleased to announce that the Season 4 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Playoffs will begin on Wednesday, April 30th. We'll be releasing the Playoff brackets for each division on Friday, April 25th after the scores of all remaining makeup matches have been reported. With that said, any teams with pending matches must have their scores reported by 11:59 PM CDT on Thursday, April 24th. Matches that have not been reported as completed by this date, will risk being reported as double forfeit losses.

A few quick notes on some postseason rule changes that you may not be familar with...

  • The regular season standings are determined using CEVO's proprietary CPI ranking system. You can read more about the CPI HERE.
  • For the most part, the match scheduling process will remain the same as the regular season, but match extensions beyond the deadline date listed on the brackets will not be permitted.
  • During the postseason, teams will have 2 hours from the time the match score is reported to file an official dispute. Disputes will no longer be accepted after the 2 hour window has expired.
  • All matches will be set with a default time of 8 PM CDT, but teams are encouraged to work together to find a time that works for both teams.

From all of us at CEVO, we sincerely hope you had a good time participating in our event and we'd like to wish the best of luck to all of the teams who will be participating in the s4 Playoffs, and to those of you who didn't make the cut this season, we look forward to seeing you again next season and/or in any of our off-season tournaments.

Playoff Details & Season 5 Moveup Criteria:

The final Season 4 prize pool is $7,170.00. Huge thanks goes out to everyone who made a donation as we were able to add $420.00 to our base prize pool of $6,750. You can view the full list of donations HERE.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION ($4,911.00)
1st (60%) - $2,946.60
2nd (27%) - $1,325.97
3rd (13%) - $638.43

Brackets: Released on Friday, April 25th

- the top 8 regular season teams will compete in a (bo3) double elimination bracket
- playoff matches will be played twice per week on monday & thursday
- teams who do not qualify for the s4 Professional Playoffs will be invited to participate in the s5 Professional placement tournament 

MAIN DIVISION ($1,671.25)
1st (60%) - $1,002.75
2nd (27%) - $451.24
3rd (13%) - $217.26

Brackets: Released on Friday, April 25th

- the top 16 regular season teams will compete in a (bo3) double elimination bracket
- playoff matches will be played twice per week on sunday & wednesday
- top 8 teams (Playoffs) will be invited to participate in the s5 Professional placement tournament
- teams with less than a .500 winning percentage will be moved down to the s5 Intermediate division

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION ($568.50)
1st (100%) - $568.50

Brackets: Released on Friday, April 25th

- the top 16 regular season teams will compete in a (bo3) double elimination bracket
- playoff matches will be played twice per week on monday & thursday
- 1st place team (Playoffs) will be invited to participate in the s5 Professional placement tournament
- all s4 Intermediate Playoff teams will be invited to the s5 Main divison

OPEN DIVISION ($284.25)
1st (100%) - $284.25 

Brackets: Released on Friday, April 25th

- the top 96 regular season teams will compete in a (bo1) double elimination bracket
- playoff matches will be played twice per week on monday & thursday
- top 8 teams (playoffs) will be invited to the s5 Main division
- all s4 Open Playoff teams will be invited to the s5 Intermediate division

PERMANENT ROSTER LOCK INFORMATION:
This is a quick reminder that as of Friday, April 11th at 11:59 PM CDT all team rosters in each skill division were permanently locked. During the Playoffs there will be ABSOLUTELY NO roster changes permitted for any team, for any reason.

We enforce the permanent roster lock towards the end of each season to prevent teams from stacking up on the talent from teams that did not qualifiy for the playoffs and to encourage teams to remain together for duration of the season. 

PRIZE CLAIM POLICY:
All roster members from each winning team must download, complete, and return a CEVO Earnings Form to accounting@cevo.com to be eligible for payment. Completed forms will only be accepted via email and players may begin sending in their earnings forms as soon as they have secured a position in the playoff brackets that guarantees a prize.  

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 their final match will be paid out. Players who wish to forfeit their share of the money to the rest of their team can email accounting@cevo.com to make a request. All prize claims will be processed by CEVO within 60 days of the final match in the event. 

Season 5 Team Registration
We've been getting plenty of questions about when our next season will open for registration and while its too early to announce many of our Season 5 details, teams can expect team registration to open sometime around late May/early June.

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Comments

Maps!
Maps!

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 11:27 AM GMT
We'll have the Playoff map order listed on the brackets when they're released on April 25th, but the pool of maps will remain the same as the regular season. Thanks, CEVO|Pipher
We'll have the Playoff map order listed on the brackets when they're released on April 25th, but the pool of maps will remain the same as the regular season.

Thanks,
CEVO|Pipher

Chris Pipher / VP, Operations / CEVO, Inc.

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 12:38 PM GMT
So it's now the top 96 open teams nationally as opposed to the previous news article that said 64? Just double check that this isn't a typo.
So it's now the top 96 open teams nationally as opposed to the previous news article that said 64? Just double check that this isn't a typo.

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 2:52 PM GMT
@wiLZ, we heard from a lot of our teams that they wanted the Open division Playoffs to be larger, so we've expanded from 64 to 96 teams. The top 32 teams will receive a BYE in the first round as a reward for their regular season performance. Thanks, CEVO|Pipher
@wiLZ, we heard from a lot of our teams that they wanted the Open division Playoffs to be larger, so we've expanded from 64 to 96 teams. The top 32 teams will receive a BYE in the first round as a reward for their regular season performance.

Thanks,
CEVO|Pipher

Chris Pipher / VP, Operations / CEVO, Inc.

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 3:18 PM GMT
This is amazing, thanks for the updates!
This is amazing, thanks for the updates!

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 3:55 PM GMT
Top 18 teams should receive a BYE as they all went 7-1 or better.
Top 18 teams should receive a BYE as they all went 7-1 or better.

Herp Derp

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 12:02 AM GMT
I agree with @kovaxe. Least should be top 20 teams if your gonna add a bunch more to the playoffs.
I agree with @kovaxe. Least should be top 20 teams if your gonna add a bunch more to the playoffs.

"Keeping the Peace"

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 10:52 AM GMT
you guys have to understand that the BYE is due to the number of teams and the bracket size. The reason for the BYE is to be able to balance the bracket. So in a 96 team Bracket 16 teams have to have a bye not 18.
you guys have to understand that the BYE is due to the number of teams and the bracket size. The reason for the BYE is to be able to balance the bracket. So in a 96 team Bracket 16 teams have to have a bye not 18.

d3aG

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
[quote="EnVsn| Awns"]This is amazing, thanks for the updates![/quote] You're Cute <3
EnVsn| Awns said:This is amazing, thanks for the updates!

You're Cute <3

The ESEA Network Is Currently Unavailable.

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014 2:15 AM GMT
[quote="kovAXE"]Top 18 teams should receive a BYE as they all went 7-1 or better. [/quote] agreed.
kovAXE said:Top 18 teams should receive a BYE as they all went 7-1 or better.
agreed.

Posted Friday, April 25th, 2014 7:49 PM GMT
where is teh bracket? its already 11 cst.
where is teh bracket? its already 11 cst.

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 4:04 AM GMT
bo3 even for round 1? what the hellllllll
bo3 even for round 1? what the hellllllll

The only one who can beat me is me

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 4:41 AM GMT
Why did you change it fom mon and wednesday to mon/thursday? did you expect ppl NOT to already adjust their schedule? make changes so late. this is..
Why did you change it fom mon and wednesday to mon/thursday? did you expect ppl NOT to already adjust their schedule?

make changes so late. this is..

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 1:44 PM GMT
when will central playoff brackets be released?
when will central playoff brackets be released?

hay der

Posted Monday, April 28th, 2014 4:37 AM GMT
says "top 8 teams (playoffs) will be invited to the s5 Main division" for open... but my team is in IM preseason?
says "top 8 teams (playoffs) will be invited to the s5 Main division" for open... but my team is in IM preseason?

Posted Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
finsihed top 6 to say the least..
finsihed top 6 to say the least..

Posted Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 11:44 PM GMT
I was wondering about this too. There's three teams left in the open playoffs.. and we're still in it. Shouldn't that mean we're in Main next season? It says we're in Intermediate Preseason.
I was wondering about this too. There's three teams left in the open playoffs.. and we're still in it. Shouldn't that mean we're in Main next season?
It says we're in Intermediate Preseason.

Posted Monday, June 16th, 2014 7:46 PM GMT
Hi L0cker, The Open ===> Main moveups are happening later this afternoon, don't worry we didn't forget about you :) We were just waiting for the top 8 teams to become clear, as they weren't when we did the Open ===> Intermediate moveups. Thanks, CEVO|Pipher
Hi L0cker,

The Open ===> Main moveups are happening later this afternoon, don't worry we didn't forget about you :) We were just waiting for the top 8 teams to become clear, as they weren't when we did the Open ===> Intermediate moveups.

Thanks,
CEVO|Pipher

Chris Pipher / VP, Operations / CEVO, Inc.

Posted Monday, June 16th, 2014 7:55 PM GMT