CIS Minor day one recap

The first day of the CIS Minor hosted by StarLadder has come to a close, with Arcade and Gambit winning crucial winners matches (2-1 over Method and 2-0 over Rebels respectively) to advance to the playoffs.

Eight teams from the CIS region competed at the Victoria Olimp Hotel in Minsk today in the CIS Minor, the second of four regional Valve-endorsed Minors which all dole out $50,000 in prize money and a coveted invitation to the MLG Columbus Major offline qualifier taking place February 26-28.

The first opening match of Group A played out in a predictable fashion as the Russian team Method (who were previously known as PiTER) managed to outduel Sergey "Fox" Stolyarov's Fluffy Gangsters on de_overpass with a 16-10 score.


mou played a spectacular series against Rebels

The second Group A opening match was a narrowly contested game on de_cache between Nikolay "mir" Bityukov & co. of Arcade and the lesser known Russian team Quest. Quest managed to put up a good fight, with Evgeny "fenvicious" Mitsik in particular standing out for his performance, but ultimately fell to Arcade who won the map 16-13.

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The first opening match of Group B saw the CIS team Rebels completely destroy Binary Dragons on de_cbble with a final score of 16-3. Belarussian Sergey "spaz" Skrypchik and Russian newcomer Denis "electronic" Sharipov put in strong performances.

The second opening match of Group B was a similar blowout as Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov's Gambit team took down the Ukrainian eXplosive lineup 16-4 on de_cache with Kazakh Rustem "mou" Telepov the most impressive for Gambit.

It then came time for the first winners match of the CIS Minor in a Group A face-off between Method and Arcade, the two teams expected to make it to the winners match in the first place.

Although Method totally trumped Arcade on de_train with a 16-6 score, Arcade surprised the Group A favourites with two closely fought victories on the next two maps as they won de_dust2 16-11 and de_mirage 16-10 to advance 2-1 into the playoffs. The most impactful player of the series was Arcade's mir.

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 Arcade K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukovmir 64 - 49 +15 - 1.17
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkovhutji 53 - 45 +8 - 1.06
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' VeklenkoCOLDYY1 51 - 49 +2 - 0.95
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' ChervakjR 51 - 52 -1 - 0.95
Russia Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishinkeshandr 46 - 48 -2 - 0.88
 Method K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Russia Ivan 'spaze' Obrezhanspaze 62 - 55 +7 - 1.05
Russia Savelii 'jmqa' Braginjmqa 49 - 48 +1 - 1.01
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyevfacecrack 46 - 52 -6 - 0.91
Russia Alexey 'ub1que' Polivanovub1que 47 - 58 -11 - 0.82
Russia Nikita 'waterfaLLZ' MatveyevwaterfaLLZ 38 - 52 -14 - 0.77

The Group B winners match finished with a 2-0 score but the series between Gambit and Rebels was debatably even more hotly contested than the Group A game.

After tying on de_cbble with mirrored 10-5 halves, Gambit and Rebels took the map to the long mile by going all the way into a quadrule, MR5 overtime that saw the game eventually end in Gambit's favour with a 36-32 scoreline.

de_inferno was equally tense where, following a commanding 9-6 T-half on de_inferno, Roman "CyberFocus" Dergach and his team nearly did the same amount of defense breakdown to Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev & co. but ultimately fell just short as Gambit took the map 16-14 and the series 2-0.

Both Gambit's mou and Rebels' 17-year-old electronic had phenomenal performances in the series as the stats below show.

 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepovmou 94 - 60 +34 - 1.43
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 72 - 65 +7 - 1.07
Russia Jan 'wayLander' RahkonenwayLander 72 - 75 -3 - 0.98
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia 59 - 69 -10 - 0.82
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanovhooch 57 - 70 -13 - 0.79
 Rebels K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 100 - 71 +29 - 1.34
Belarus Roman 'CyberFocus' DergachCyberFocus 65 - 65 0 - 0.99
Ukraine Ilya 'fix' Golovkofix 56 - 71 -15 - 0.83
Belarus Sergey 'spaz' Skrypchikspaz 57 - 72 -15 - 0.83
Russia Alexander 'spiker' Ivanovspiker 61 - 75 -14 - 0.79

Day two action at the CIS Minor begins with the best-of-one elimination matches with the first being the Group B clash between eXplosive and Binary Dragons at 14:00 and the second being the Group A game between Fluffy Gangsters and Quest at 15:15.

The action can be followed live via StarLadder's Russian stream and English stream.

Confused about lineups and who's who at the event? We wrote a special preview with each team's backstory which can be found here.

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Russia Sergey 'Fox' Stolyarov
Sergey 'Fox' Stolyarov
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
198
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
520
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Belarus Sergey 'spaz' Skrypchik
Sergey 'spaz' Skrypchik
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
250
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1443
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Russia Evgeny 'fenvicious' Mitsik
Evgeny 'fenvicious' Mitsik
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
618
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Belarus Roman 'CyberFocus' Dergach
Roman 'CyberFocus' Dergach
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
484
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.11
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#1
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Turkey Mustafa- 
ez
2016-01-23 00:01
First and no edit +1
2016-01-23 00:11
#5
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Spain Alser 
mou and electronic went nuclear that match
2016-01-23 00:03
100
2016-01-23 00:05
#11
Thorin | 
United Kingdom DyLanoo 
100 kills for the L
2016-01-23 00:05
mou and electronic >s1mple
2016-01-23 00:06
lol mou vs electronic +34 and +29 with the 100 bomb on 2 maps holy fuck
2016-01-23 00:07
electronic wOw
2016-01-23 00:07
#16
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Switzerland Sylleo 
casual 100 bombs into a loss
2016-01-23 00:08
#17
Germany ayyy 
this electronic guy seems to be pretty sick. not the first time he got an insane k/d
2016-01-23 00:11
gl gambit :)
2016-01-23 00:18
"...managed outduel Sergey "Fox" Stolyarov's Fluggy Gangsters" Also I hope that this proves to everyone that electronic really is sick, on LAN no less :]
2016-01-23 00:21
ELECTRONIC GOD fun to watch these matches! good luck to all teams!
2016-01-23 00:20
#22
Keiti | 
Canada Lizzie 
electronic s1mple v2
2016-01-23 00:29
gogo Gambit..Dosia step up please.
2016-01-23 00:41
36-32!?!?!?! What in the fuck
2016-01-23 01:25
#26
Xyp9x | 
Other GunnerL 
"Fluggy Gangsters" Pls fix :s
2016-01-23 03:30
haha woops :P
2016-01-23 03:44
#29
Xyp9x | 
Other GunnerL 
If you don't mind me asking, I used to remember there was a Jobs tab for the old website, is there still any vacancies available for HLTV? :v (If it helps, I can understand and am literate in both Chinese and English, am located in Singapore)
2016-01-23 12:45
wtf this electronic guys is O_O
2016-01-24 00:08
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