Paris Major 2023 set to be final CS:GO Major

Paris Major 2023 set to be final CS:GO Major

March 27, 2023

Valve has announced that the Paris Major, scheduled to be held in Paris from May 8 to 21, 2023, will be the final Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Major. The announcement comes on the back of Valve having announced that the latest instalment in the Counter-Strike franchise, Counter-Strike 2 (CS2), will be releasing in summer 2023. The CS2 beta testing phase began a few days ago.

The announcement from Valve means the second Major, which is held every year during Fall, will not be taking place as the game transitions into the CS2 era. The first Major in 2024 will be held in March, with CS2 being the featured game. 

The CS:GO era has been one of the most dominant eras in Counter-Strike history, with Astralis’ Nicolai dev1ce Reedtz and Natus Vincere’s Oleksandr s1mple Kostyliev all set to end the CS:GO era as two of the most decorated and celebrated players. Danish team Astralis will end the CS:GO era as the most dominant team in CS:GO history, having won a record four Majors — three of them back-to-back. 

Also read: Top 10: Greatest CS:GO Players of All Time

The teams who have won CS:GO Majors over the years are:

? Dreamhack Winter 2013: Fnatic (Runners-up: NIP)

? EMS One Katowice 2014: Virtus.pro

? ESL ONE Cologne 2014: NIP

? Dreamhack Winter 2014: LDLC

? ESL One Katowice 2015: Fnatic

? ESL One Cologne 2015: Fnatic

? Dreamhack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015: Envy

? MLG Columbus 2016: Luminosity

? ESL One Cologne 2016: SK Gaming

? ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017: Astralis

? PGL Kraków 2017: Gambit

? ELEAGUE Boston 2018: Cloud9

? FACEIT London 2018: Astralis

? IEM Katowice 2019: Astralis

? Starladder Berlin 2019: Astralis

? PGL Stockholm 2021: NAVI

? PGL Antwerp 2022: FaZe

? IEM Rio 2022: Outsiders

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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