CS:GO Regional Minors announced

Valve have announced four regional "Minor" tournaments in January which will give lesser known teams an opportunity to gain notice as well as act as local qualifiers for the MLG Columbus 2016 official offline qualifier.

Despite MLG Columbus 2016 being several months away, preparation for the event continues to gain traction as four regional "Minors" have now been announced by Valve, with each Minor handled by a different company in terms of production and logistics.

The Minors will be held in January and only involve players who were not Legends or Challengers in the previous CS:GO Major (DreamHack Cluj-Napoca). Each event is billed as featuring high-quality production, in-game-client streaming, and a $50,000 prize-pool.


PGL will host the European Regional Minors 

Most importantly, the winner of each Regional Minor Championship will receive an invitation to the offline qualifier for MLG Columbus 2016, about which there is yet no other information.

The regional qualifiers, along with hosting company, will be:

  • CIS - StarLadder
  • Europe - PGL
  • Asia - ESL
  • Americas - MLG

PGL have already announced the format for the European Regional Minor, and it will include four online qualifiers with 128 teams each. These qualifiers will culminate in an eight team, three day LAN in Bucharest, Romania. More information can be found here as well.

In addition, a majority of players for participating teams must be citizens of countries in the respective regions involved. More information about the Regional Minors is no doubt forthcoming.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

nice!
2015-12-09 20:47
ESL getting the short end of the stick makes me hard
2015-12-09 20:49
#40
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Europe Dan Zero 
PGL > all (sry ESL... well not really sorry)
2015-12-09 20:53
+1
2015-12-09 22:15
#209
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Ukraine fallenaxe 
+1 indeed
2015-12-10 02:55
+1
2015-12-10 20:49
only ESL have resources to properly handle asia region
2015-12-09 21:17
#207
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Australia yourwombat 
polando smart
2015-12-10 02:07
I tried my best <3
2015-12-10 20:30
#218
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Norway Dresno 
+1
2015-12-10 09:18
Nice i love this Delta Championship Major! PCH edition will be the best!
2015-12-09 20:55
#2
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Turkey SG^^ 
rip
2015-12-09 20:47
#43
barce | 
Macedonia GOAIITE 
n1 tournament Tournament can be joined only from [ "at" , "be" , "ba" , "bg" , "hr" , "cy" , "cz" , "dk" , "fi" , "fr" , "de" , "gr" , "hu" , "is" , "it" , "li" , "lu" , "mt" , "mc" , "me" , "nl" , "no" , "pl" , "pt" , "ie" , "mk" , "ro" , "sm" , "rs" , "sk" , "si" , "es" , "se" , "ch" , "gb" , "uk"] - User ayrrix country is lv
2015-12-09 20:54
#67
AlekS | 
Czech Republic CerTas 
Who's ayrrix tho
2015-12-09 21:02
seems like all three baltic countries are going to be handled by starladder as cis region related
2015-12-09 21:03
Ofcourse the chance to qualify is better in CIS, but damn it feels sad that Baltics are not recognized as EU country by Valve/PGS or whoever is deciding it. We are not in CIS and never were. wtf?
2015-12-09 21:28
yfw geopolitics somehow arise from this choice FeelsBadMan
2015-12-09 21:26
#115
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
Why do you care? You get 10x easier region
2015-12-09 21:34
#122
Hobbit | 
Lithuania Afgan` 
Because that this is not true and we dont care, it easier or not :) Feels like it is discrimination :(
2015-12-09 21:40
Some of people care that is easier)
2015-12-09 22:14
Well, Starladder asked for all of ex-USSR countries pool, and Valve/PGL didn't mind about. No discrimination detected -_-
2015-12-09 22:16
I actually don't mind at all since we're part of CIS.
2015-12-09 22:33
It's not discrimination at all. We're part of CIS and in this case, we will play against tier2-5 teams, so yeah. If you don't like something, there is a chance to contact with supports and may then they will change something. For now, I don't see it happening, because only estonians have a chance to face other CIS teams in BO3s. Sadly, but it's a true... P.s I don't see our country winning at least one B01, so it's not gonna affect us at all.
2015-12-09 22:41
#159
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Estonia swag420weed 
you know, national pride xd
2015-12-09 22:20
thios guys has abitions. +1 for that
2015-12-09 21:38
#157
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Estonia swag420weed 
probably retarded MLG 'Muricans don't recognize that
2015-12-09 22:20
u were part of the USSR therefore CIS but nt potato
2015-12-09 22:32
We're part of EU for 12 years and murica still lives under rock.
2015-12-09 22:43
#175
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Canada pokerchip 
ummm not all members of the former ussr are cis members. Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan are the countries that are currently part of cis.
2015-12-09 22:46
rip oskar on lan (I aren't think that)
2015-12-09 22:28
nice
2015-12-09 20:47
This is not nice. We'll have 2 australian teams at the major again and more shit american teams while good EU teams will be left out. They should do one LAN where teams from all over the world fight each other to decide the very best for the major: Just like it was done for dreamhack cluj-napoca. The only way they could make it better is to have the best teams of these 4 LANs come to one final LAN where the remaining 8 teams for the major are finally decided. so: (regional online qualifier-> regional LAN qualifiers -> worldwide LAN qualifier)
2015-12-09 22:33
What? 2 Aus teams? huh? Last major's top8 automatically invited to the next major. While top9-16 will prolly attending the offline qualy, with the 4 winners of the minors + 4 teams TBD how. "regional online qualifier-> regional LAN qualifiers -> worldwide LAN qualifier" they are actually doing that...
2015-12-09 22:53
oh wow: Most importantly, the winner of each Regional Minor Championship will receive an invitation to the offline qualifier for MLG Columbus 2016, about which there is yet no other information. My bad I skipped that part. Good job then :D I thought it's like qualifiers for cologne 2015.
2015-12-09 23:02
dafaq
2015-12-09 20:47
#5
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Finland IFK 
very cool
2015-12-09 20:48
Ok then
2015-12-09 20:48
awesome
2015-12-09 20:48
nice
2015-12-09 20:48
nice
2015-12-09 20:48
expected
2015-12-09 20:48
nice!
2015-12-09 20:48
This is nice, they do this kind of good moves and yet they fuck up their game completely at the same time :D
2015-12-09 20:48
#138
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Ecuador ARKZE 
Devs fuck up da game :) nerfs nerfs and nerfs...
2015-12-09 22:00
ASIA!!!
2015-12-09 20:48
ez for renegades
2015-12-09 20:53
they count as asia?
2015-12-09 20:54
yep
2015-12-09 20:59
Ye. Closest region to Oceania
2015-12-09 21:01
rip china
2015-12-09 21:12
Well uhhmm ... korean team almost won against renegades on first map: hltv.org/match/2297038-renegades-myreven.. That was long time ago. Asian teams improved a lot past 5 months. And chinese teams are much better that korean. Tyloo could totally win against Renegades.
2015-12-09 22:20
Renegades may have lost to LG and EZSKINS but they have also imrpoved themselves. Its way too hopeful to say "theh could totally beat them"
2015-12-09 23:42
AUS was way ahead of Asia because you guys had structured events/leagues way earlier than Asia. China/Korea is still in developing state right now, who knows what kind of potential they might have once their scene is as solid as yours. It will be interesting to see them compete with you in the future.
2015-12-10 05:41
#121
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Poland Redrumowy 
I thought they moved to USA.
2015-12-09 21:39
#149
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Germany andoRRR 
"In addition, a majority of players for participating teams must be citizens of countries in the respective regions involved." I think this is the "problem" here with Renegades and US.
2015-12-09 22:15
Probably will be direct invite
2015-12-09 22:19
Thats shitty. We can'r actually go to any other country for the qualifer because we wouldn't be citizens. Both times they try tnis way of qualifers and they excluded australia twice. RNG can't even attend the states one. Rip all the aussie teams that actually hoped to get a shot at qualifying for a major.
2015-12-09 23:46
#200
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Poland Redrumowy 
Won't Australia be included in Asian qualifier?
2015-12-10 00:21
Yeah.... dunno what old mate is talking about
2015-12-10 08:25
By what it sounded like i thought that u had to be a citizen of the country u are in. may be confused tho
2015-12-10 10:22
noice
2015-12-09 20:49
Nuice
2015-12-09 20:49
Romania again, rip viewers
2015-12-09 20:49
;_;
2015-12-09 21:43
so cluj major was the 2nd best in viewership ... don't be ignorant
2015-12-09 22:00
LOL Online The crowd was shit don't be ignorant
2015-12-09 22:14
first major which didn't have a higher online viewership than the previous major worst offline crowd in quite a while
2015-12-10 00:26
k den
2015-12-09 20:49
#21
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Iceland PrTz1 
americas gg g3x
2015-12-09 20:49
Awesome initiative
2015-12-09 20:50
n1
2015-12-09 20:50
#27
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
renegades to take spots from asians again?
2015-12-09 20:50
#116
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
Why would the Los Angeles Renegades play in the Asian division?
2015-12-09 21:35
#142
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
right, immunity it is then
2015-12-09 22:09
#152
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Germany andoRRR 
"In addition, a majority of players for participating teams must be citizens of countries in the respective regions involved." Afaik they're not US citizens ;)
2015-12-09 22:16
"AMERICAS" "S" u ok?
2015-12-09 22:18
#155
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Germany andoRRR 
Renegades are from "AUSTRALIA". Since when is "AUSTRALIA" a "AMERICAS" country?
2015-12-09 22:19
hm
2015-12-09 20:50
Great, Volvo started to listen to Fallen about making CSGO global. GJ Volvito
2015-12-09 20:50
Valve doesn't do shit,they dont care.This is all thanks to MLG,da real mvps
2015-12-09 21:22
niceeee! LOL
2015-12-09 20:50
#31
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Brazil lokodecrack 
By american qualifier they mean United States qualifier
2015-12-09 20:50
I would be surprised if GA aren't there I could be wrong though
2015-12-09 20:52
Im pretty sure its gonna be North- and Southamerica since they wrote "AmericaS"
2015-12-09 21:25
interesting
2015-12-09 20:51
#33
allu | 
Finland Fherrera 
n1 valve
2015-12-09 20:51
t4 teams fighting for $50k. noiiice
2015-12-09 20:51
nice !
2015-12-09 20:52
ez for joelz
2015-12-09 20:52
mTw easy :))
2015-12-09 20:53
nice
2015-12-09 20:54
really nice :D
2015-12-09 20:55
ez for me
2015-12-09 20:56
yay pgl in europe and not esl
2015-12-09 20:56
south american and african qualifier when
2015-12-09 20:56
Maybe never. :(
2015-12-09 21:08
Never ever :( RIP us
2015-12-09 21:21
[*]
2015-12-09 21:50
Asia - ESL ???
2015-12-09 20:57
#53
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Sweden Trojka03 
I'm sad to see that faceit isn't getting in on this deal.
2015-12-09 20:57
Ez tyloo 2-0
2015-12-09 20:57
Hoping to see mTw there.
2015-12-09 20:58
#57
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
awsome!!!
2015-12-09 20:58
#58
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Switzerland pazzo0 
"America" includes south america?
2015-12-09 20:59
i are think that
2015-12-09 21:01
cis not europe lmao, so stupid
2015-12-09 20:59
Really hope so... It's crazy how even asian teams can compete and SA/BR cant
2015-12-09 21:09
ez 4 joelz
2015-12-09 21:02
By AmericaS does this mean SA will get a tournament?
2015-12-09 21:04
#73
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
Hope efrag finally participate?
2015-12-09 21:06
They cant because of dream3r Q: What happens to the team of a VAC banned player? A: Any team with a VAC banned player in its roster during the tournament will be banned as well minor.pglesports.com/information/ [*]
2015-12-09 21:16
ez for crazyguy
2015-12-09 21:06
that's very cool, this time gj valve
2015-12-09 21:06
#77
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Spain akproxx 
is my time
2015-12-09 21:07
#80
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Lithuania AvaIon 
ez 4 me with the r8
2015-12-09 21:09
who cares this game is dead now
2015-12-09 21:10
For those of you wondering what to expect from EU region we've published a list of countries -> minor.pglesports.com/information/ Good luck too all and start practicing !!! PS: Romania's on the list just cuz we organize this shit so don't expect any competition... HAVE FUN :D
2015-12-09 21:10
#83
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Turkey powergs 
Ez SS
2015-12-09 21:10
SA ?
2015-12-09 21:11
#85
dktenso | 
Brazil lgzn 
GA got this for Americas haha!
2015-12-09 21:11
16-0 to us
2015-12-09 21:12
Plis ''Americas'' to be South America too..
2015-12-09 21:13
Probably is,otherwise it would say North America,i rlly hope we get to see g3x play a major one day :D
2015-12-09 21:24
I will find a team to win these. I've been practicing my revolver r8 skills for so long (around 3 hours) and I believe I have mastered the art. I am looking for a group of 4 talented support revolvers, to form a team, as my role will be the main revolver. We don't need an IGL because I have the skills (We have enough money for r8 every round (so we will always force-buy), and I don't need to calculate the enemy's current economy each round because I know what they will always buy (hint: r8)). Any one interested plz reply to my post with your steam account so I can add you. Then I will perform a long qualification process to choose the best 4 support revolvers. I am certain we can win MLG Columbus 2016 (I was only silver 3 yesterday, today I am Global Elight, thanks to the r8 my skills follow an exponential rate of improvement). I want to be the very best main revolver, like no-one ever was. Thanks reVOLVO!
2015-12-09 21:16
#147
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Estonia swag420weed 
+1 xd
2015-12-09 22:14
complicated, but nice move I guess?
2015-12-09 21:16
this is actaully really cool
2015-12-09 21:16
#95
Palestine Em27 
Can't Understand it well-enough but when will ESL Publish it's Asian Minor Tournament ?
2015-12-09 21:18
nice time for tear 999 teams to shine
2015-12-09 21:21
Brazil - FaceIT /\ PLS
2015-12-09 21:21
Valve is doing something right!
2015-12-09 21:22
Gj
2015-12-09 21:22
now ez for portuguese team to go to the major KappaClaus
2015-12-09 21:26
JingleBells
2015-12-09 21:28
very nice
2015-12-09 21:37
$50,000 for the Europe qualifier, what's the point? Just throwing money away. Also, Asia is huge, why is there only one minor for all of Asia (and I'm assuming Oceania too) when EU and CIS is separated?
2015-12-09 21:37
#151
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Estonia swag420weed 
because 70% players are from EU/CIS
2015-12-09 22:15
I know but is it really necessary to have this on top of everything else already available for teams in those regions? This could have been a great opportunity to expand and develop cs in places like Korea, China, SEA, South Africa, etc...
2015-12-09 23:12
#185
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Estonia swag420weed 
So you want to punish players from this region just because they are too good? Nice, m8
2015-12-09 23:17
you're almost completely wrong... As this article mentions the minors "will give lesser known teams an opportunity to gain notice". I simply said that these scenes are already nice and developed, compared to regions like those I mentioned previously. This could have been a great opportunity to expand and develop cs in those areas, but all we got was one tournament in Asia, which will most likely just get Renegades more noticed. Where is the need for an EU or CIS minor, let along one for each? Just make a separate qualifier for them, and use these minors for the purpose they themselves stated.
2015-12-09 23:53
#123
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Spain Donra 
If you support low scene, in some years, the pro scene will be 5x bigger
2015-12-09 21:41
G3X ez
2015-12-09 21:43
America =DDDDDDDD
2015-12-09 21:50
#133
N4j | 
Germany N4j 
Where's the NA signup?!?! :p
2015-12-09 21:52
#134
suNny | 
Finland m1skaa 
Let's go mixcat (hopefully) :D
2015-12-09 21:56
so the qualifiers are basically Wild Western Revolver Duels?
2015-12-09 22:04
Easy for CIS cheater dog, just like they cheat in LoL all star
2015-12-09 22:18
#158
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Israel coldlogics 
I have to ask, I'm from israel, where dafuq do I go to? Asia or Europe?
2015-12-09 22:20
rip tr
2015-12-09 22:26
youtube.com/watch?v=yDp8Bg2VldE&feature=.. <- matchmaking tactical pauses be like hahahah
2015-12-09 22:38
dont give a fuck about africa nice
2015-12-09 22:39
this is a chance for mTw
2015-12-09 22:42
#176
fer | 
Argentina MyMatkhev 
awesome news! Let's go Games Academy s2
2015-12-09 22:48
#181
sickLy | 
Colombia sickLy 
Does that include SouthAmerica? :O :O Finally!
2015-12-09 22:58
Nice idea, instead of just inviting teams to the offline qualifier for the major.
2015-12-09 23:05
Conquest or complexity to win NA minor
2015-12-09 23:32
ooh yeah. PGL Production is the best :D
2015-12-09 23:42
Saw the word "minor", thought it would be hosted by randomrambo
2015-12-09 23:47
The AMERICAS Include South America?
2015-12-09 23:56
#225
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Greece hekzy 
YES
2015-12-10 16:59
au = asia?
2015-12-09 23:58
great news
2015-12-10 00:15
"The Minors will be held in January and only involve players who were not Legends or Challengers in the previous CS:GO Major (DreamHack Cluj-Napoca)." this means no way C9 gets to MLG major?
2015-12-10 00:46
#206
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Australia RaginStarZ 
wtf about australia and brazil?
2015-12-10 02:04
SA?
2015-12-10 02:16
Yo Stich, I think it looks better when you either write America - MLG, or add the 's' to every Region ^^ CIS - StarLadder Europe - PGL Asia - ESL Americas - MLG
2015-12-10 07:34
I think they divided SA of NA. anyways, if the're SA, probably will be 8 brazilians teams, 1 argentinian and 1 chilean
2015-12-10 13:05
whats the ruleset regarding who can play in what region? an aussie team could probably win the Asia qual if they were aloud 2 attend
2015-12-10 08:31
man why everytime i restart the game my video settings are on auto? do you have this problem? how i can fix this?
2015-12-10 08:37
The Minors will be held in January and only involve players who were not Legends or Challengers in the previous CS:GO Major (DreamHack Cluj-Napoca). Hmm... Let's say pronax is making a new team, with lesser known, young talents. His team won't be allowed on this first minor, which is not fair. Same thing goes for allu. They have to wait until the next major passes before they could eventually attend the next minor.
2015-12-10 11:05
#221
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Other anarh1st47 
StarLadder> ALL
2015-12-10 11:20
pgl = TTours
2015-12-10 22:43
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