Journey to the PGL Major: The Minors

Striker
May 26th, 2017 18:27

With the online part behind us, we're heading into a pivotal stage of the qualifying process ahead of the PGL Major: the Minors. Here is a quick rundown of the four events taking place during the first three weeks of June, which will hand out a total of nine spots for the Major's offline qualifier.

At the end of April and throughout the first three weeks of May, we saw the online qualifiers for the respective Minors take place in Asia, Europe, the Americas, and CIS.

All eyes will be on fancy1's new team, Flash, next week

With all the teams locked in for each of the four Minors, and the Asia Minor starting in less than a week, we have decided to put together a quick rundown of the next qualifying stage ahead of the PGL Major.

Asia Minor (June 1-4) - two spots

The online part prior to the Asia Minor consisted of five regional qualifiers, which handed out a total of six spots, with Renegades and TYLOO filling the remaining two via direct invites.

One of the most exciting prospects of the Minor is that former TyLoo trio YuLun "Summer" Cai, YuanZhang "AttackeR" Sheng, and QiFang "Karsa" Su will make their offline debut with their new lineup, Flash, in an attempt to snatch one of the main qualifier spots for themselves.

Group A Group B
Australia Renegades   China TYLOO
China Flash Mongolia TheMongolz
Thailand Signature Australia Immunity
Lebanon Spotnet Thailand 7642

As you may have noticed, the groups for the Asia Minor have already been revealed along with the full schedule.

The Beijing event will begin with a GSL group stage, followed by a double-elimination, best-of-three playoffs, with the grand finalists grabbing the two main qualifier spots on offer.

CIS Minor (June 8-11) - two spots

The CIS Minor's qualifiers followed a different format, which saw four teams proceed through the open stage, joining 12 invited sides in the closed part, in which the 16 teams were split into four groups.

By placing top two in their respective groups, the following eight squads have made their way to the Minor, which will run from June 8-11 in Moscow, Russia:

Belarus K29  Ukraine pro100
Russia Spartak   Russia Quantum Bellator Fire 
Russia Spirit Russia Spirit Academy
Kazakhstan Tengri Russia Vega Squadron

Groups and schedule for the CIS Minor are yet to be revealed by PGL, but we know that the format will be the exact same across all Minors: GSL group stage and double-elimination, best-of-three playoffs.

Americas Minor (June 8-11) - two spots

In the Americas, Immortals and Cloud9 received direct invites, while paiN secured a spot at the Minor via an open qualifier in South America. 

The North American side of things featured a two-stage process, with the 16-team closed part using an adjusted Swiss format to determine the remaining five spots on the following list:

United States Cloud9 Brazil Immortals
United States Misfits  North America compLexity
Brazil Luminosity   United States NRG
United States CLG Brazil paiN

It's worth noting that Misfits will attend the Americas Minor without their in-game leader, Sean "seang@res" Gares, who had to leave his place to Skyler "Relyks" Weaver due to the 28-year-old's wedding taking place during the tournament.

The Esports Arena, in Santa Ana, California, will host the $50,000 event, which will run side-by-side with the CIS Minor, from June 8-11.

Europe Minor (June 15-18) - three spots

PGL organized four open qualifiers in Europe, each of which handed out two spots in the closed stage, featuring a classical Swiss format, with three wins awarding a spot at the Minor and three losses resulting in elimination.

While qualifiers for the other three Minors went largely as expected, Europe saw two of the favored teams left without a chance to make it to the Major. NiP were eliminated early after three stunning defeats at the hands of iGame.com, Red Reserve, and Space Soldiers, while Heroic fell to fnatic Academy in the last round.

Germany BIG  Norway Dignitas
France Envy  Sweden fnatic Academy
Finland iGame.com   Poland Kinguin
Europe LDLC Europe PENTA

Due to Envy being ineligible to keep the former squad's spot in the offline qualifier (with only two members of the previous roster remaining), the Europe Minor will have three spots at the offline qualifier on offer.

The venue for the last Minor, running from June 15-18, is yet to be announced by PGL. However, their studios in Bucharest are a strong possibility as the Romanian organizers held two Minor Championships there last year.

These are the teams that have already secured their place at the offline qualifier (June 29-July 2) by placing in the bottom eight at the ELEAGUE Major:

Europe mousesports  North America OpTic
United States Liquid Europe HellRaisers
France G2 Sweden GODSENT
CIS FlipSid3  

And the following eight are locked in for the PGL Major after finishing top eight at the ELEAGUE Major:

Denmark Astralis  Poland Virtus.pro
Brazil SK Sweden fnatic
CIS Natus Vincere  Kazakhstan Gambit
Denmark North Europe FaZe

For more information on each of the four Minors, you can head over to the "Upcoming events" section on our event page.

China QiFang 'Karsa' Su
QiFang 'Karsa' Su
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
340
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Skyler 'Relyks' Weaver
Skyler 'Relyks' Weaver
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
651
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
China YuanZhang 'AttackeR' Sheng
YuanZhang 'AttackeR' Sheng
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
692
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
China YuLun 'Summer' Cai
YuLun 'Summer' Cai
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
699
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
688
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
n1
2017-05-26 18:27
#10
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Nepal TYZ4 
I legit thought Journey was a team that made it to the PGL Major
2017-05-26 18:29
#17
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Belgium rainb0wHRS 
M2 lol
2017-05-26 18:35
#46
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Finland Lehtori 
Ez for igame and penta
2017-05-26 19:59
#53
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Belgium rainb0wHRS 
I would like to see LDLC, or BIG. Any new team
2017-05-26 20:32
#54
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Finland Lehtori 
lol, ldlc no change
2017-05-26 20:33
#55
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Belgium rainb0wHRS 
haha Kinguin so; I said any new team is fine xD
2017-05-26 20:34
I think Dignitas and LDLC or BIG and Dignitas
2017-06-02 23:18
+1
2017-05-26 18:48
#25
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Switzerland Technofied 
Thought they were taking about the band loool
2017-05-26 18:49
+1
2017-05-26 18:58
#88
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Iceland Ebbi2K 
man you made my day ty so much !!! i havent laught that hard in few years haha your awesome ty ;)
2017-05-28 21:51
#100
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Other max_stone39 
u r funny person I like funny persons
2017-06-11 21:12
rip Misfits maybe with sean they would have a chance :(
2017-05-27 15:58
I think they still have a chance I think its well proven that ingameleaders structure the team and it works without them for a short period of time where a better fragger comes in handy
2017-05-27 16:50
i hope so it's my favourite NA team
2017-05-27 17:05
Come on JR NASTY! OPTIC HYPE
2017-05-26 18:28
Optic Hype Choose one.
2017-05-26 19:05
+1
2017-05-27 14:34
#87
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
+2
2017-05-28 21:35
Can I choose none?
2017-06-01 19:12
#4
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Israel raaVz 
ez
2017-05-26 18:28
#5
s1mple | 
Russia SherB1 
ez swag #FREEBRAX
2017-05-26 18:28
#9
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Europe KrakeNCSGO 
LLLOOOOLLL
2017-05-26 18:28
#11
Italy HACI 
ez for clg lmao
2017-05-26 18:30
#12
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Japan shinji_Yuno 
ez 4 Flash, last hope of China
2017-05-26 18:32
lol nip
2017-05-26 18:32
#14
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India j4v0 
Rip NiP
2017-05-26 18:32
#15
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
#GoRenegades #GoImmunity #GoSpirit #GoVegasquadron #GoCloud9 #GoCompLexity #GoBIG #GoPenta/Dignitas #GoLiquid #GoOpTic #GoAstralis #GoFaZe
2017-05-26 18:33
renegades tyloo c9 immortals spirit vega big envy kinguin
2017-05-26 18:34
#20
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Estonia BoomKings 
LUL penta 2x better than Kinguin and a bit better than BIG
2017-05-26 18:37
plus mongolz are far better than renegays
2017-05-26 20:15
RNG will probably not make minor anymore, they are just mediocre trash and flash gaming is here. So asia minor comeouts are the 2 favorites: flash gaming and tyloo unless flash chokes.
2017-05-27 19:23
Ez 4 SK
2017-05-26 18:35
Lets go igame<3
2017-05-26 18:36
#iGAMEMAJOREILLE
2017-05-26 18:39
Tyloo, Flash Misfits, CLG Vega, Tengri BIG, nV, PENTA
2017-05-26 18:39
#62
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United States ThetaSigma11 
C9 > Misfits then I would agree. They won't have Sean so their T side is screwed. I have a bit of faith for their CT side though. They have really talented players.
2017-05-26 23:12
Wtf? Who will play for Sean?
2017-05-26 23:11
#64
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United States ThetaSigma11 
Relyks LOL
2017-05-26 23:13
Oh God, rip. I swear Misftis would have had a VERY good chance in qualifing with Big Sean...
2017-05-26 23:14
#67
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United States ThetaSigma11 
Indeed, but since the brains of the team is gone and replaced by Relyks. Their T side is done for, and peacemaker will be useless since he can only talk to them in timeouts. If the coaching rule wasn't there he could've IGL'd.
2017-05-26 23:15
Big Sean would kill everyone with his bars but then nothing would try to compete and pull of his sick dance which Bigsean would just copy and kill it even more
2017-05-27 16:53
Where is nip
2017-05-26 18:47
#29
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Denmark ElChupaCabra 
Where's who? Nip is that a new thing u invented in ur little sick head then ATLEST keep it to urself FREAK
2017-05-26 18:56
WHY CANT YOU REAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD prntscr.com/fcfg31
2017-05-26 19:00
#26
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Denmark ElChupaCabra 
Hahahaha they making it to eze for Astralis wich will win this whole thing
2017-05-26 18:54
#27
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Dammit Will be awesome! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-05-26 18:55
Flipsid3 Lul
2017-05-26 18:56
#32
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
let's go PENTA
2017-05-26 19:02
#33
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United States H4wkx 
Flash/ Tyloo, Renegades Spirit, Pro100 Cloud9, Immortals/Misfits/CLG Penta, BIG, Envyus
2017-05-26 19:04
sorry but no chance for pro100
2017-05-27 07:57
#83
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United States H4wkx 
Was debating between Vega and pro but I just wanna see pro go through more than vega in the end of it all
2017-05-28 04:49
Lol tyloo is a more sure thing than renegades or flash, they always beat renegades especially in minor the last 3 times. But this time renegades might get their spot snatched from flash gaming.
2017-05-27 19:28
#84
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United States H4wkx 
Fair point, but they also had a different roster last time so, lets just see how this turns out
2017-05-28 04:50
Please paiN do this D: D: i really hope they qualify for the major :(
2017-05-26 19:08
gl to all teams! <3
2017-05-26 19:09
#37
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Estonia teremartin 
fnatic 2015 is back :)
2017-05-26 19:11
Hmmmm... No...
2017-05-26 23:50
LDLC, BIG, paiN, Misfits, Immortals, Spartak, Spirit, QBF, Flash, TheMongolz and Tyloo stickers will be good XD
2017-05-26 19:11
#39
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Spain JasonRacism 
Renegades, Tyloo Spirit, Vega Squadron Cloud9, Immortals Penta, BIG, Envyus
2017-05-26 19:21
flipside wasted fucking spot......
2017-05-26 19:24
#69
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United States DemiFiend 
They earned the spot they deserve it it is not wasted
2017-05-27 04:59
let's go diggy
2017-05-26 19:26
Lets do this NiP! oh wait
2017-05-26 19:38
gl hf ty
2017-05-26 19:39
If Kinguin qualify, I'll be one happy bastard.
2017-05-26 19:48
Lets go c9
2017-05-26 19:56
EZ PaiN
2017-05-26 20:07
This might be Navis and VPs last Major
2017-05-26 20:09
#66
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United States ThetaSigma11 
Why do you say that?
2017-05-26 23:14
Because he is right.
2017-05-27 14:39
fantic academy not allowed in the same tourney because main team is present. but spirit academy aswell as spirit main team are in the cis minor?
2017-05-26 20:14
#57
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Denmark DanishDelight 
But fnatic academy is also there?
2017-05-26 20:46
the players yes but they have to find a new home
2017-05-26 20:50
#59
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Aint it just the same Thing with spirit academy then? Or do they get a chance for both to qualify in case main tema fail, where fnatic is already qualify ed? :)
2017-05-26 20:52
Afaik hltv didnt report anything bout the spirit academy team changing home
2017-05-26 20:56
#51
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Poland mamba99999 
ez for VP
2017-05-26 20:15
#52
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
ez for fancy1
2017-05-26 20:22
#56
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Mongolia MOUSE1 
ez erkaSt
2017-05-26 20:34
#61
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Brazil erfur 
What is the format of the matches?
2017-05-26 21:06
nice roundup
2017-05-27 14:18
#77
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China KrisWuYiFan 
gl to Fancy1 and Flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2017-05-27 16:57
Excited for NRG and the American Minor seems very competitive feel like they would deserve the third spot ( No arguing that it makes sense to give it to eu) Disappointing that Sean won't make. Still Merica should be most exciting minor. My Predictions: C9 NRG (Yes NRG fight me Brazilians) Flash Tyloo Spirit Vega Squadron Not NiP (Big) Also Not NiP (nV) Still Not NiP (Dignitas)
2017-05-27 17:03
I want tyloo stickers Whos with me!
2017-05-28 03:21
+1
2017-05-28 18:23
EZ Spotnet =D
2017-05-28 18:45
bet on F3, they always play major so they must qualify S A F E B E T 1 0 0 % N O S C A M
2017-05-28 23:46
OpTiC and F3 are guaranteed for the offline qualifier, but NiP isn't even in contention. What a world
2017-05-29 05:16
why eu have 3 spots?
2017-06-01 01:04
Cus nV had a spot but swapped members so they lost their spot. This makes it more like it "should have been"
2017-06-05 01:23
#92
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Poland cGev 
7642 ftw
2017-06-01 13:49
Ez 4 China
2017-06-01 14:06
gl flash
2017-06-02 23:14
#97
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Romania prienn 
So , the top 2 teams ( 3 for EU ) of each minor qualify for another qualifier? Wut?
2017-06-03 03:59
EZ4ENCE
2017-06-05 01:21
"NiP were eliminated early after three stunning defeats at the hands of iGame.com, Red Reserve, and Space Soldiers" what the hell LMAO
2017-06-14 18:53
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