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Map advantage in CSGO – What is it?


Map Advantage in CSGO have now become a common occurrence. In cases where a tournament has both Upper and Lower Bracket, a team that wins the Upper Bracket Finals receives a map advantage, which is basically a default map win whenever the Finals are not best of 1s.

Basically, the Grand Finale consists of two winners – the winner of the Upper Bracket and that of the Lower Bracket. The logic states that since the winner of the Upper Bracket has performed better throughout the event, they don’t deserve to compete on a level-playing field with the winner of the Lower Bracket. Hence, a map advantage is awarded to them in order to compensate for their higher level of performance throughout the tournament.

Many people have questioned the logic behind it in best of 3s and it does make sense, given the fact that a default map win when one has to win just 2 is a big advantage; compared to when it is a best of 5 or even a best of 7.

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However, the use of map advantage in terms of Tournament Organisers have been different. The International in Dota 2 does not reward the Upper Bracket winners any more than the Lower Bracket ones. Neither do the CSGO Majors deem it necessary for if the Upper Bracket winners are indeed better, they would have no problem in proving it once again in the Grand Finale.

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