Major League Gaming, host of the previous Major, will officially host the Americas Minor at its MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio from May 19-22.
Following the announcement of the next CS:GO Major at ESL One Cologne, the system of Minor events in four regions (Asia, Europe, CIS, and the Americas) was once again kicked into gear but it was only the Americas Minor which had "TBA" (to be announced) attached to it.
The wait for information about the Americas Minor is over as MLG, who last were seen hosting the MLG Columbus Major and who previously ran the Americas Minor in January at the MLG Arena, have announced that they will officially host the Americas Minor.
The Americas Minor returns to the MLG Arena
Taking place at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio from May 19-22, the Americas Minor will be like the other Minors in that it will have a $50,000 prize pool and dole out two spots to the official Major qualifier (about which no information is yet known).
Eight teams will compete at the Americas Minor, with four of the teams receiving direct invites and three teams advancing via an online North American qualifier and one team advancing via a South American qualifier.
The Minors team list is as follows:
|NA qualifier||NA qualifier||NA qualifier||SA qualifier|
Teams will go into the Minor split into two groups of four and the top two teams from each group (which will be best-of-one aside from decider matches which will be best-of-three) will advance to a double elimination, best-of-three bracket.
The final two teams in the bracket will qualify for the Major qualifier and then play a grand final for the lion's share of the prize-pool. The full schedule for the Americas Minor can be found here.
The prize distribution for the Americas Minor is:
1. $30,000 + ESL One Cologne 2016 Offline Qualifier
2. $15,000 + ESL One Cologne 2016 Offline Qualifier
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