Empire to Cologne Major Qualifier

The third day of the StarLadder CIS Minor to Cologne 2016 sees Empire advance to the official ESL One Cologne 2016 Qualifier after defeating Fluffy Gangsters 2-1 in the upper bracket final (3-16 on Dust2, 16-6 on Cobblestone, and 16-12 on Train).

Running from April 28 to May 1, the Cologne 2016 StarLadder CIS Minor is offering $50,000 in prize money for the top four finishers and two official spots to the offline ESL One Cologne 2016 Main Qualifier.

Although mainly of interest to fans and viewers in the CIS region, the Minor has shown us both unknown talents doing damage (particularly on the first day) and the elimination of teams such as Arcade.

The third day of the CIS Minor commenced with an upper bracket semifinal match between FLuffy Gangsters and ANOX, the latter being the former Method team.


kUcheR finds another chance to qualify for a CS:GO Major with Empire

Powered by Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov, Fluffy Gangsters snatched Mirage with a score of 16-3; Dmitriy "facecrack" Alekseyev and co. then answered back with a 16-9 on Cobblestone. The third map of the series then went the full mile on Overpass, moving into overtime but it was Fluffy Gangsters who ultimately won 19-15 with 27-year-old Anatoliy "liTTle" Yashin posting a 1.91 rating and 112.7 ADR on Overpass.

 FLuffy Gangsters K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Anatoliy 'liTTle' YashinliTTle 75 - 45 +30 99.1 1.47
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper 71 - 51 +20 93.3 1.34
Russia Vladislav 'El Patron' KopitinEl Patron 46 - 46 0 70.7 1.05
Belarus Vladimir 'ROBO' NeskeyROBO 43 - 51 -8 68.3 0.98
Belarus Roman 'roman' Redihinroman 42 - 49 -7 60.3 0.89
 ANOX K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyevfacecrack 57 - 59 -2 84.5 1.02
Russia Alexey 'ub1que' Polivanovub1que 53 - 55 -2 73.6 0.95
Russia Savelii 'jmqa' Braginjmqa 45 - 50 -5 64.5 0.91
Belarus Igor 'dERZKIY' RadosavlevichdERZKIY 49 - 57 -8 69.9 0.90
Belarus Kirill 'hitMouse' TsarevhitMouse 38 - 56 -18 61.0 0.79

The second upper bracket semifinal also featured an overtime, as Worst Players (the former Team YP core) and Empire dueled on the first map of Mirage and it was the worst players who ironically bested Empire 19-16.

However, Empire buckled down for the long run and took the next two maps to clinch the series, winning Dust2 16-10 and Train 16-11 with 17-year-old Denis "electronic" Sharipov putting in a strong performance.

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Mirage
16
10
Dust2
16
11
Train
16

 Empire K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Belarus Sergey 'spaz' Skrypchikspaz 52 - 35 +17 99.3 1.44
Belarus Roman 'CyberFocus' DergachCyberFocus 42 - 27 +15 73.7 1.36
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 40 - 34 +6 85.8 1.22
Russia Emil 'kUcheR' AkhundovkUcheR 38 - 33 +5 77.9 1.15
Russia Alexander 'spiker' Ivanovspiker 32 - 30 +2 75.6 1.11
 Worst Players K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Ilya 'fix' Golovkofix 48 - 42 +6 86.6 1.15
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikovtonyblack 32 - 39 -7 68.0 0.89
Ukraine Vladyslav 'arch' Svistovarch 30 - 40 -10 63.4 0.82
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' VasilyevDavCost 27 - 40 -13 57.2 0.82
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' BandurkaDima 22 - 44 -22 53.6 0.64

Fluffy Gangsters and Empire therefore advanced to the upper bracket final to fight over a guaranteed spot to the ESL One Cologne 2016 Qualifier and at least $15,000 in prize-money.

The first two maps of the upper bracket final were extremely one-sided, with liTTle & co. easily picking up Dust2 16-3 whereas Emil "kUcheR" Akhundov and his team answered back 16-6 on Cobblestone (the 27-year-old Ukrainian player had a 1.77 rating and 90.3 ADR on that map).

The final map of Train was much more strongly contested, and it was once again the likes of liTTle, chopper, and Vladislav "El Patron" Kopitin for Fluffy Gangsters and kUcheR, electronic, and Roman "CyberFocus" Dergach for Empire who dueled it out in a back and forth series that finished 16-12 for Empire by the match's end.

 Empire K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Emil 'kUcheR' AkhundovkUcheR 60 - 43 +17 88.4 1.30
Belarus Roman 'CyberFocus' DergachCyberFocus 51 - 42 +9 73.2 1.12
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 43 - 52 -9 78.4 1.02
Russia Alexander 'spiker' Ivanovspiker 46 - 47 -1 72.5 0.99
Belarus Sergey 'spaz' Skrypchikspaz 37 - 54 -17 66.9 0.80
 FLuffy Gangsters K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Anatoliy 'liTTle' YashinliTTle 59 - 45 +14 87.0 1.28
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper 55 - 45 +10 85.2 1.25
Russia Vladislav 'El Patron' KopitinEl Patron 57 - 47 +10 92.4 1.22
Belarus Roman 'roman' Redihinroman 34 - 49 -15 65.6 0.88
Belarus Vladimir 'ROBO' NeskeyROBO 33 - 51 -18 52.9 0.78

As a result of the match, Empire are now in the CIS Minor grand final and have now qualified for the Cologne Qualifier with a guaranteed second place. The teams so far confirmed at the ESL One Cologne 2016 Main Qualifier are:

France G2 Russia Gambit Europe FaZe Germany mousesports
United States Cloud9 France Envy United States Splyce Ukraine FlipSid3
CIS Empire CIS CIS Minor #2 Europe EU Minor #1 Europe EU Minor #2
North America NA Minor #1 North America NA Minor #2 Other Asia Minor #1 Other Asia Minor #2

Tomorrow will see three final best-of-three games play out at the CIS Minor, the lower bracket final between ANOX and Worst Players at 13:00, the consolidation final to determine the second qualified team, and the grand final to fight over the $30,000 first place prize.

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

Russia Anatoliy 'liTTle' Yashin
Anatoliy 'liTTle' Yashin
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
453
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
559
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Russia Vladislav 'El Patron' Kopitin
Vladislav 'El Patron' Kopitin
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
213
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Russia Emil 'kUcheR' Akhundov
Emil 'kUcheR' Akhundov
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
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
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
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
#2
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Nepal blackieJESUS 
good stuff guys
2016-04-30 23:13
Hellraisers???????
2016-05-01 20:52
#3
Europe selbi 
ez
2016-04-30 23:13
wow
2016-04-30 23:13
#5
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
n1
2016-04-30 23:13
1 CYKA BLYAT!!!
2016-04-30 23:13
#1 if you are mad
2016-04-30 23:17
i failed, again.. :(
2016-04-30 23:13
n1
2016-04-30 23:13
kek
2016-04-30 23:13
ez
2016-04-30 23:13
NICE
2016-04-30 23:13
lol
2016-04-30 23:13
m
2016-04-30 23:13
15
2016-04-30 23:13
blue
2016-04-30 23:13
SPAZ CARRY
2016-04-30 23:13
nice
2016-04-30 23:13
Ez cyka
2016-04-30 23:13
n1
2016-04-30 23:13
gj
2016-04-30 23:13
#22
Poland InuT 
i feel bad for fluffy,still good.
2016-04-30 23:13
little and chopper not enough to carry the rest if they replace them with some decent players it would be great
2016-04-30 23:16
little-best russian awper. He can playing in really good teams
2016-05-01 01:08
#53
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Russia 0mgfarsh 
WorldEdit #1
2016-05-01 05:15
Fnatic and NiP " What the fuck is a major qualifier?? 4Head "
2016-04-30 23:24
LG "Who da heck is those NiP and Fnatic??4Head"
2016-05-17 14:10
nt fakeflagger
2016-05-17 14:34
U2
2016-05-18 08:07
#31
huyak | 
Russia 50bombs 
zek krasava bolel za tebya :(
2016-04-30 23:27
#32
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Belarus spanyak 
gc empair
2016-04-30 23:28
kucher best
2016-04-30 23:35
nice qualifier for qualifier!!!!!!!!!
2016-04-30 23:40
good article with the links to the qualifiers ty
2016-04-30 23:42
tyty
2016-05-01 00:01
Gj Kucher <3 nice performance
2016-04-30 23:44
nt littel
2016-04-30 23:49
#39
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United States phuckily 
Fluffy Gangsters <3
2016-04-30 23:52
Make a <good> line-up with these players pls, enough CIS fails :(
2016-04-30 23:54
who?
2016-05-01 00:04
-spaze +fix ty
2016-05-01 00:05
envyus x---D
2016-05-01 00:15
WE DUMB WE STEAL CARS WE CLEAN YOUR TOILETS WE FROM POLAND
2016-05-01 01:09
#56
Russia 1ONY 
<3 Foga
2016-05-01 07:46
Foga bog
2016-05-01 19:06
CIS should be with EU teams to get in colonge main qualifer, no trying to be rude but its a waste of a spot and there are so many teams which are much more viable then these guys.
2016-05-01 00:29
#60
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
asia and americas should be with eu, no trying to be rude but its a waste of a spot and there are so many teams which are much more viable then these guys.
2016-05-01 08:31
Lol alright their bud, NA actually has teams that can compete CLG and Liquid made it to last major quarter finals asia has done shit all same with CIS region beaides NaVi who are already qualfied. Second of all it would be a complete waste of money to fly Asian and NA teams over for every single game just to qualify for a qualifier. I think NA > CIS (bisides NaVi) and Asian. CIS are also with in range to play against EU teams. I would much rather see Dignitas, Ence or Godsent get a spot then some fucking Empire team who only had to play shitty CIS teams.
2016-05-01 20:07
#75
chrisJ | 
United Kingdom Harribo 
triggered
2016-05-17 14:14
KUCKER IS BACK?
2016-05-01 00:39
God kucher ;)
2016-05-01 01:23
splyce just snuck in there like wtf lol
2016-05-01 05:19
all the teams that flunked the group stages of MLG get direct invite to the main qualifier I assume
2016-05-01 08:17
expected
2016-05-01 07:41
#59
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
liTTle still so good, wp
2016-05-01 08:29
worst player is flusha
2016-05-01 08:32
VAC UR MOTHER
2016-05-01 11:58
#62
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
roman & ROBO huh, havent seen those guys since 1.6
2016-05-01 09:51
wow valve n1 CIS have the same amount of spots like EU hhahaha what a joke
2016-05-01 13:47
#70
Norway CC- 
its good :)
2016-05-02 04:39
#71
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Russia Drinkins 
whats problem? Last time EU winner, Hellraisers (also CIS roots) get rekteted in Major quals + last chance team was from CIS (Team Youporn). And russian winner Gambit destroyed everyone in Quals and almost became legendary team in Columbus. Plus CIS cs go scene is pretty big. So i think we deserve 2 spots.
2016-05-02 04:49
#65
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Algeria SykoBeats 
CYKA BLYAAAAAT
2016-05-01 15:45
Kucha wins!
2016-05-01 18:53
your mum wins
2016-05-07 16:33
not ready lel
2016-05-07 21:31
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