Rio Major in jeopardy as COVID-19 takes hold of the country

Gijs Verhoeff
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Things are getting pretty serious in Brazil. And not in the "NiKo with a deagle"-kind of way. Whilst a number of countries across the world are starting to loosen up on their Covid-19 lockdowns, the number of infections have been rising fast in the land of MI... sorry, FURIA, and are showing no signs of declining anytime soon.

Brazil now holds second place in the world when it comes to the amount of people infected, right after the United States. The main problem is of course a humanitarian one, but like we touched on in one of our earlier editions, there's a Major to be played in the country as well.

With a little less than 6 months left until Rio de Janeiro is set to host the only Major of 2020, we're starting to get a little uneasy here at the TLDR. With the current situation in mind, it is hard to envision thousands of people in an arena, plus several hundred international players, journalists and staff flying in.

This all leads us to only one question: Should the Rio Major be held elsewhere? We took it to Twitter to ask you - our lovely speedreaders - about this topic. Asking CS Twitter about their opinion is risky we know, but we trust you people on this one. In general the decision was to either postpone the Major, or to play it elsewhere, with the latter being the most popular option.

We all want to come to Brazil, bar Thorin of course, but maybe this November is a little too early to do so. No matter what, Brazil deserves a Major at some point and if not in November, then surely in 2021.

May 24, 2020

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