The first Major will be held in Europe in November and will include directly invited teams and qualified teams. Rosters must be locked in by September 5th to be eligible for direct invitations or regional qualifier invitations and will be issued on October 5th. Open qualifiers will be held starting October 6 and Regional Qualifiers will be held starting October 10. Further details on the qualifiers dates, team registration and invitations, and roster locks for the first Major has been provided by Valve.
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Valve has confirmed the expectation of the first Major being held in Europe. No official location or date has been disclosed yet and ticket information will be forthcoming.
Direct invitations to the Major and the Regional Qualifiers will be announced on October 5th. Open Qualifiers will take place from October 6-9. Unlike for TI5, the two winning teams from each of the various regions will not participate in the main event. Instead, the teams will advance to participate in Regional Qualifiers. The Regional Qualifiers will take place October 10-13.
Any team may participate in the Open Qualifiers, and two teams from each region will be among those invited to participate in the Regional Qualifiers. The Regional Qualifiers will then determine several of the teams to be invited to battle at the Major.
Teams need to be registered with an official roster by September 5th in order to receive either an invite to the first Major or the Regional Qualifer. Any changes made after September 5th 12:00AM PDT will result in loss of invite.
Registration for Teams
To be considered for an invitation, all teams must first register at the website. Teams will have the option to register both active members and substitutes.
Registering a team
All teams will need to sign up to eligible for an invitation. The roster that is created through this process is the one that will be considered official by Valve. The registration form will allow the manager to invite the team members and manage the team roster.
Invitations to a team
Players will be able to accept, decline and view their invitations to teams as either a primary member or substitute. Once a player has accepted a Team Invitation, they become part of the official roster and changes, such as leaving and removal, can not be made until after the first Major.
Invitations may neither be issued nor accepted after Saturday September 5th 12:00AM PDT.
Players and fans are able to search for a team to obtain a list of registered players. All rosters are made public as soon as a player accepts the invitation.
Valve has provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the roster lock, roster invitations and the impact on the invitation to participate in the first Major.
HOW DOES A PLAYER BECOME LOCKED TO A TEAM?
First, the administrator of a team issues either Primary Member invites or Substitute invites to players. Then these players can review their invites and choose to accept one of them. Once they’ve done so, the player is a confirmed member of the Pro Team and is locked until prior to the next trade period.
WHAT DOES BEING LOCKED TO A TEAM MEAN?
While a player is locked to a team, the team cannot kick the player, and the player cannot leave the team.
CAN A PRO TEAM INVITE BE RESCINDED?
Yes, but only if the player has not accepted it yet. Once a player accepts an invitation, the player cannot be removed from the team.
CAN A PLAYER BE INVITED TO MORE THAN ONE PRO TEAM?
Yes, but they may only accept one of those invites.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRIMARY AND SUBSTITUTE INVITE?
Players who are in Primary slots are the ones who receive invites to the Major.
SO HOW ARE SUBSTITUTES USED THEN? CAN THEY BECOME PRIMARY MEMBERS?
Yes – in order to swap Primary and Substitute slots, both the Primary and Substitute players must agree to the swap.
WHEN WILL ROSTERS BE LOCKED?
Rosters will be locked on September 5th 2015 12:00AM PDT.
WHAT IF WE NEED TO MAKE ROSTER CHANGES AFTER THE LOCK?
Making changes to your roster will cause your team to no longer be eligible to receive a direct invitation to either the Major or the Regional Qualifiers. Note that this only applies to roster changes outside of your Primary and Substitute members — there is no penalty for swapping between Primary and Substitute slots. Your team may still register and participate in the Open Qualifiers.
WHAT IF WE NEED TO CHANGE SPONSORS OR JOIN A TEAM ORGANIZATION?
We have no restrictions on what organization or sponsor the team is part of, that is up to the arrangement between the players and the organization. The roster lock date only imposes the requirement that the registered set of players remain together.
WHAT HAPPENS TO PENDING INVITES AFTER SEPTEMBER 5TH ?
At that time, all pending invites will be canceled.
DO WE NEED TO UPDATE OUR IN-CLIENT TEAMS BEFORE THE DEADLINE AS WELL?
No, we will automatically update the in-client teams for you after the roster lock on September 5th.
WHEN WILL PLAYERS BECOME UNLOCKED AGAIN?
Players and teams are locked through the Major this fall. After its conclusion, players will unlock from their teams and the process begins again. Teams will again need to invite all their players, and players will need to accept an invite. This is true for all players, including those that intend to stay with the same team. This lock period only lasts until the end of the Major this fall, but other lock periods may have a longer duration.
WHAT INFORMATION IS PUBLICLY VISIBLE?
Invites are private, and can only be seen by the inviter and invitee. Once a player has locked to a team, that lock is made public.