CIS Minor qualifiers announced

Starladder has announced the first details about the qualifying process for the CIS Minor.

The qualifiers will begin on May 13-14 with an open bracket, featuring up to 512 teams from 12 Eastern European countries.

The top four teams from the open qualifier will advance to the closed stage, in which they will be joined by 12 invited teams. These 16 sides will be split into four GSL groups, with eight teams advancing to the Minor.


hooch's EPG invited to the Minor closed qualifier 

More details about the Minor, which will run from June 8-11 at an as-yet unspecified location, will be released by Starladder next week, HLTV.org has learned.

Below you can find the 12 teams who have been invited to compete in the closed stage, which will run from May 16-19:

Russia Spirit Belarus K29
Ukraine spray'n'pray Kazakhstan Tengri
Russia Quantum Bellator Fire Russia EPG
Kazakhstan zARLANS Russia 1337
Russia NOVA Russia Spartak
Ukraine ACG Russia Vega Squadron

Teams can sign up for the open qualifier by heading over to FACEIT's website.

Lol Easy for Vega Squadron
2017-05-05 17:01
hooch looks a guy from prison break
2017-05-05 17:01
patoshik?xD
2017-05-05 17:12
#52
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Twinaye 
the old one? you mean haywire?
2017-05-05 17:20
no new season
2017-05-05 18:50
ez
2017-05-05 17:01
ez for sportkar
2017-05-05 17:03
#15
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Azerbaijan M1R4CL3 
finnaly
2017-05-05 17:01
nip for life
2017-05-05 17:01
#17
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
ez for Tengri^^
2017-05-05 17:01
#18
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Latvia Faaakk 
gl ACG
2017-05-05 17:01
#21
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Czech Republic thek!ng 
Where's nip?
2017-05-05 17:01
They saw Vega among the participants and bailed.
2017-05-05 17:22
ez for Tengri
2017-05-05 17:02
#23
ANGE1 | 
Russia monte:) 
As for me, sNp will take it.
2017-05-05 17:02
#24
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Estonia swag420weed 
Russia has the most players, but so few good teams? How are they so bad?
2017-05-05 17:02
Their attitude is terrible
2017-05-05 17:05
#29
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Estonia swag420weed 
You might be right. 5 s1mples in one team wouldnt work.
2017-05-05 17:06
And CIS team are always like "we can't win any game for a week... Hmm... Maybe we should train more? Nah, let's make reshuffle ez".
2017-05-05 22:20
Official anouncement twitter.com/HLTVorg/status/8608775807817.. vk.com/hltvorg P.S It will be verified soon!
2017-05-06 22:15
#36
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Russia Liberast 
Danish teams remove players instantly if they play bad. They become much stronger after that. Spirit kicked kibaken who underperformed more than a year and they only made changes about a month ago I guess. Some players just don't want changes. Little had a chance to play in tier 2 teams at least, but now he's in Spartak playing with unknown people
2017-05-05 17:12
same as NA a lot of ambitions, zero desire to improve
2017-05-05 17:11
#27
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
ez for hooch
2017-05-05 17:05
ez for arch :) I wait u on PGL
2017-05-05 17:06
some team will win it, but after they will lose quals with rec 0-3
2017-05-05 17:08
vega rekts NIP but 2-3 and also eliminates
2017-05-05 17:12
nip tier 979739534534521234
2017-05-05 17:13
#32
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United States Chrissao24 
Good ole majors. Having open qualifiers, for a closed qualifier, for a minor qualifier, which then qualifies them for the major qualifier.
2017-05-05 17:08
#64
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United States Moosk 
Imagine if some random ass team got super lucky. I would lul
2017-05-05 17:36
#34
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Australia Australis 
How about Playin Ducks?
2017-05-05 17:10
they compete in EU this time
2017-05-05 17:13
#43
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Australia Australis 
k, ty
2017-05-05 17:14
+ they r disband
2017-05-05 17:14
#46
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Australia Australis 
Didn't know but I had seen Kvik playin with Russian team
2017-05-05 17:15
he already sign contract/ vk.com/qbfire?w=wall-88742564_6668
2017-05-05 17:17
#54
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Australia Australis 
seems nice
2017-05-05 17:21
#56
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Australia Australis 
So Lithuanians know Russian well, right?
2017-05-05 17:22
50/50 cuz its old ussr country
2017-05-05 17:24
all the baltic countries know the rus language
2017-05-05 17:25
sadly yes, we were forced
2017-05-05 17:46
but u can speak in 3 different languages than 2 xdxdxd
2017-05-05 17:47
#35
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Lithuania Kyper69 
RIP Lithuanian scene
2017-05-05 17:10
ez for NiP cuz not CIS teams on EU qialify
2017-05-05 17:12
#81
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Sweden Madrigals1 
Haha so true
2017-05-05 18:21
Why lithuanian teams cant register?
2017-05-05 17:17
#57
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Russia VanZ_7 
lithuanian teams playing in EU qualifiers now
2017-05-05 17:23
fuuckk
2017-05-05 17:47
3 countries (Est, Lit, Lat) is not CIS Well... Im russian...not sewdish
2017-05-15 00:09
EZ 4 Vega Squadron
2017-05-05 17:19
I feel sad for Hooch, he deserved a better team. The only logic thing why he play with them is to overbreak time when his pro team will realised.
2017-05-05 17:20
LET'S FUCKING GO ACG!!!!!!
2017-05-05 17:21
waste of time
2017-05-05 17:26
#63
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Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
ACG or Vega. Probably Vega will rekt everyone.
2017-05-05 17:36
#65
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Poland kurwafa 
why is the cis minor still a thing?
2017-05-05 17:38
We all know we need a CIS minor ambassador to knock out NiP in the qualifier again. The major organizers are all hoping for this as well because behind closed doors, they honestly don't want a shitty washed up tier 3 team like NiP trying to make their group exit run at the majors and diluting the competition and having boring one sided matched where they're getting stomped. Doesn't help that NiP's logo and colors are dogshit ugly, their team is unmarketable right now because of how much of a joke and meme they are (and how shitty and washed up they are and have been performing), and people love to root and watch underdogs and new teams/up-n-comers (Vega Squadron, Tyloo, previous liquid with s1mple, teams like faze/kinguin in previous major/qualifiers, etc) because it's exciting and fun, and top tier contenders (NaVi, SK, Astralis, etc) instead of washed up has-beens.
2017-05-05 19:21
#66
f0rest | 
Russia XyetoN 
ez 4 vega
2017-05-05 17:40
God mir will drop 30 bombs during the qualis
2017-05-05 17:41
Ez Tengri win
2017-05-05 17:47
#72
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France t3r4byt3 
Vega won't even have NiP to knock out at the Major qualifier, sad :(
2017-05-05 17:49
#73
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Uzbekistan d0N1NjA 
LOL EU servers for CIS qualifiers :D FaceIT could've added RU servers for this qualifiers...
2017-05-05 17:52
ez vega
2017-05-05 18:13
#82
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Russia AyvaN 
should be interesting
2017-05-05 18:25
#83
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Germany JeanKanne 
ez 4 SPARTAK
2017-05-05 18:31
#84
dERZKIY | 
Belarus dONNIY 
ez4k29
2017-05-05 18:43
I think lma wont participate for team 1337, he already registered with some team 44 for open quals.
2017-05-05 18:48
Niiiiiiiice new logo by Tengri. Good luck.
2017-05-05 19:01
M19 | KaJIbI4 never forget
2017-05-05 19:10
#92
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Serbia ZAG0R 
GL Spartak !
2017-05-05 20:00
spirit vs. tengri in the final screen
2017-05-05 20:46
#96
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
go dimka
2017-05-05 22:14
#101
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
ez for nip's nightmare XD
2017-05-05 22:40
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