CIS Minor preview

MIRAA
June 7th, 2017 20:41

The CIS Minor Championship ahead of PGL Major Krakow will kick off tomorrow, in Moscow, Russia. Eight teams will be taking part in the tournament, and we have prepared a preview to look at their chances and their recent history.

The Gamer Stadium will stage from June 8-11 the CIS Minor Championship, where eight teams - all determined by an online qualifier - will duke it out for the bulk of a $50,000 prize pool in addition to two spots at the PGL Major Krakow offline qualifier.

Just like the Asia Minor, the event will kick off with a double-elimination group stage featuring best-of-three elimination and decider matches. The top two teams from both groups will then progress to the double-elimination playoffs, in which all matches will be played in a best-of-three format.

Below you can find the group draw in full:

Group A Group B
Russia Spirit Academy Ukraine pro100
Kazakhstan Tengri Russia Quantum Bellator Fire
Russia Vega Squadron Russia Spartak
Belarus Nemiga Russia Spirit

If you want to know more information about the tournament, including a detailed schedule and the English language broadcast team, check out our viewer's guide here. 

Ratings used are from the past three months of online play as none of the teams attended a LAN event during this period

Group A

Spirit Academy (#85) Age Rating
Russia Roman "rommi" Golubev 24 1.12
Russia Evgeny "fenvicious" Mitsik 22 1.11
Russia Aleksey "1uke" Zimin 24 1.08
Russia Alexey "BAS" Kustov 25 0.98
Russia Alexey "NickelBack" Trofimov 19 0.97

Spirit's academy team were one of the big surprises of the Minor qualifier, in which they beat two experienced sides, one of them being Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov's EPG, to progress to the LAN stage.

In Moscow, the team will be playing under the name "TS.Academy", due to the tournament limit of just one squad per organisation. However, this should do little to upset the players, who will be out to defy the odds once again.

Spirit Academy will attend the event as TS.Academy

But getting out of such a tough group might be too big a task for Spirit Academy. 1uke & co. are still getting used to this level of competition, and they may well struggle to impose their game against teams like Tengri and Vega Squadron, who are much more experienced. 

Tengri (#73) Age Rating
Kazakhstan Ramazan "Ramz1k" Bashizov 17 1.17
Kyrgyzstan Aleksandr "SNk" Semkin 21 1.10
Kazakhstan Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov 24 0.98
Kyrgyzstan Bakir "pachanga" Kurbanaliev 19 0.97
Kazakhstan Anuar "sonic" Abu 25 0.84

Tengri revamped their squad at the start of the year with the signing of Kyrgyz duo SNk and pachanga. Since then, they have mostly competed online, with mixed results across the board.

The Kazakhstan-based team gave a good account of themselves in the qualifier for the Minor, topping their group after edging past LOG and pro100

sonic's Tengri are out to prove their worth

Life has not been easy for Tengri since loaning Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov out to Gambit. They were able to pick up the pieces and rebuild the squad, that is for sure, but the potential is just not the same. One can expect them to find it very hard to advance from the group stage, and the opening match against Vega Squadron will be a big test to their strength.

Nemiga (#82) Age Rating
Belarus Igor "dERZKIY" Radosavlevich 21 1.02
Belarus Roman "roman" Redihin 28 1.02
Belarus Kirill "hitMouse" Tsarev 26 1.01
Belarus Roman "CyberFocus" Dergach 22 0.97
Belarus Vladimir "ROBO" Neskey 24 0.96

The Belarusian team travel to Moscow boosted by their move to Nemiga, a new organisation that expects to become a staple in Eastern European esports by following a professional business model.

The former K29 team qualified for the Minor after finishing second of their group in the qualifier, in which they played out a thrilling three-map series against Spirit. In the last few months, they have also posted wins over fnatic Academy, GreyFace and Epsilon, which goes to show just how dangerous this team can be.

CyberFocus & co will play in Moscow under a new organisation

Having the support of a professional organisation will certainly help CyberFocus & co. to elevate their game to a new level. This tournament might just come too soon for the news to have a real impact, but they are still more than capable of finishing top two in the group.

Vega Squadron (#56) Age Rating
Russia Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov 20 1.09
Ukraine Dmitriy "jR" Chervak 23 1.06
Russia Nikolay "mir" Bityukov 21 1.04
Russia Sergey "keshandr" Nikishin 23 0.98
Russia Pavel "hutji" Lashkov 21 0.94

Vega Squadron are the highest-ranked team in attendance at the event, which puts some additional weight on their shoulders. Besides that, no one forgets what they did at the qualifier for the ELEAGUE Major, where they beat both CLG and NiP, and also made EnVyUs work hard to scrape a win in the final round.

In recent months, Vega Squadron have reached the closed qualifiers for several international tournaments, beating teams like GODSENT, Kinguin and Outlaws. But they gave a disappointing account of themselves in the qualifier for the Minor, in which a surprising defeat against Spartak forced them to settle for second place in the group.

Vega Squadron are determined to prove their doubters wrong

Vega Squadron's fans will be hoping that the whole team will turn up at the Minor. After making history in Atlanta, they will be under pressure to perform in Moscow. As such, anything less than a top-two finish in the tournament will come as a huge disappointment to the players.

Group B

Spirit (#72) Age Rating
Russia Vadim "DavCost" Vasilyev 21 1.14
Ukraine Pavel "COLDYY1" Veklenko 25 0.98
Russia Dmitry "S0tF1k" Forostyanko 22 0.93
Russia Dmitriy "Dima" Bandurka 22 0.90
Ukraine Sergey "starix" Ischuk 29 0.87

Spirit made headlines last month as they brought starix out of retirement. The 29-year-old, who had spent the last two years as head coach for Natus Vincere, will certainly improve the tactical flexibility of the former Arcade team, who have struggled for form since joining the ranks of Spirit, a year ago.

The team's first tournament with starix on board matched their expectations as they topped their Minor qualifier group with wins over teamasd and K29 - although the second match could have easily had a different outcome.

Will starix lead Spirit to glory in Moscow?

Spirit have enough experience and firepower to be considered favourites to secure one of the two spots at the Major qualifier. But with starix still far from his best after only recently returning to activity, the other players will have to step up to make up for the 29-year-old's lack of form.

Spartak (#117) Age Rating
Russia Anatoliy "liTTle" Yashin 28 1.12
Russia Dmitriy "facecrack" Alekseyev 23 0.96
Russia Anton "tonyblack" Kolesnikov 24 0.94
Russia Andrey "Jerry" Mekhryakov 19 0.94
Russia Dmitriy "propleh" Senigov 20 0.90

Russian sports society Spartak ventured into esports in April amid fanfare and signed the team known as RuSh3D, featuring former Natus Vincere member tonyblack. However, questions about the seriousness of the project were raised not long afterwards as the team replaced Pavel "AERO" Surmach and Artem "Art" Shevchenko with propleh and Jerry.

Still, Spartak surpassed expectations and topped their group in the Minor qualifier, beating spray'n'pray before edging past Vega Squadron on three maps.

This will be Spartak's first offline event

The level displayed by Spartak in the qualifier makes one believe that they are serious contenders for a spot at the Major qualifier, in Krakow. They are certainly not a team to take for granted, and a victory in their first match, against pro100, could set the tone for a great campaign in the tournament.

Quantum Bellator Fire (#92) Age Rating
Russia Vasiliy "FANAT ROCKA" Trusov 25 1.04
Lithuania Aurimas "Kvik" Kvakšys 21 0.99
Russia Gregory "balblna" Oleinick 21 0.98
Belarus Alexander "uNdo" Kiziukevich 22 0.97
Russia Yaroslav "It's my" Ushkov 21 0.90

Quantum Bellator Fire are widely regarded as one of the underdogs heading into the Minor. Featuring players from three different countries, they were able to secure a spot at the event in Moscow after finishing second in their group following victories over Evolution and EPG.

It is hard to imagine Quantum Bellator Fire reaching the level of most other teams at the Minor, which will be substantially harder than the previous one, where FANAT ROCKA & co finished fourth with Nikita "waterfaLLZ" Matveyev on the roster. An opening match against Spirit should come as a reality check for them, and they should find it very hard to battle through the group's lower bracket.

pro100 (#80) Age Rating
Latvia Vadim "Flarich" Karetin 20 1.17
Ukraine Sergey "smike" Sklyarenko 19 1.15
Ukraine Leonard "kenzor" Volodarchuk 20 1.10
Ukraine Igor "crush" Shevchenko 21 0.99
Ukraine Dima "def" Lemeshchuk 22 0.93

pro100 provide one of the most interesting storylines ahead of the CIS Minor. The former AGG team joined Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko' organisation little less than a month ago, and all the signs coming from the organisation point to the project being a breath of fresh air in the CIS scene.

The team were a bit underwhelming in their first tournament under pro100, the Minor qualifier, finishing second in their group following a 2-0 defeat against Tengri in the winners' match. During the tournament, it was revealed that former Na`Vi member Arseny "ceh9" Trynozhenko was joining the team's backroom staff as an assistant to head coach Ivan "F_1N" Kochugov.

smike will hope to inspire pro100 to reach the semi-finals

With two very experienced former players behind the team, pro100 could have a surprise factor at the Minor. Chances are that they will not make it out of the groups, but they will surely give opponents a hard time as they look to prove their ability among the best in the region.

Belarus Roman 'roman' Redihin
Roman 'roman' Redihin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
388
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
434
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Dima 'def' Lemeshchuk
Dima 'def' Lemeshchuk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
437
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Belarus Igor 'dERZKIY' Radosavlevich
Igor 'dERZKIY' Radosavlevich
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
284
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Belarus Alexander 'uNdo' Kiziukevich
Alexander 'uNdo' Kiziukevich
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
304
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
515
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Russia Artem 'Art' Shevchenko
Artem 'Art' Shevchenko
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
174
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Russia Aleksey '1uke' Zimin
Aleksey '1uke' Zimin
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
574
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.09
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
748
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Russia Nikita 'waterfaLLZ' Matveyev
Nikita 'waterfaLLZ' Matveyev
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
670
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
363
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Arseny 'ceh9' Trynozhenko
Arseny 'ceh9' Trynozhenko
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
169
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Russia Alexey 'BAS' Kustov
Alexey 'BAS' Kustov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
227
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
514
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Anuar 'sonic' Abu
Anuar 'sonic' Abu
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
168
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Russia Vasiliy 'FANAT ROCKA' Trusov
Vasiliy 'FANAT ROCKA' Trusov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
340
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Belarus Kirill 'hitMouse' Tsarev
Kirill 'hitMouse' Tsarev
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
397
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Pavel 'AERO' Surmach
Pavel 'AERO' Surmach
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
287
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.14
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
862
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
845
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Belarus Roman 'CyberFocus' Dergach
Roman 'CyberFocus' Dergach
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
483
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.11
Russia Anatoliy 'liTTle' Yashin
Anatoliy 'liTTle' Yashin
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
453
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Kazakhstan Ramazan 'Ramz1k' Bashizov
Ramazan 'Ramz1k' Bashizov
Age:
18
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
248
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.10
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
415
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Sergey 'smike' Sklyarenko
Sergey 'smike' Sklyarenko
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
425
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.10
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
544
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
409
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Belarus Vladimir 'ROBO' Neskey
Vladimir 'ROBO' Neskey
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
383
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Russia Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishin
Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishin
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
311
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
418
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
328
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Russia Roman 'rommi' Golubev
Roman 'rommi' Golubev
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
472
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Russia Evgeny 'fenvicious' Mitsik
Evgeny 'fenvicious' Mitsik
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
403
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Kyrgyzstan Bakir 'pachanga' Kurbanaliev
Bakir 'pachanga' Kurbanaliev
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
203
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1285
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Russia Yaroslav 'It's my' Ushkov
Yaroslav 'It's my' Ushkov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
290
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.75
APR:
0.13
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
335
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Kyrgyzstan Aleksandr 'SNk' Semkin
Aleksandr 'SNk' Semkin
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
203
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Russia Gregory 'balblna' Oleinick
Gregory 'balblna' Oleinick
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
540
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Russia Dmitriy 'propleh' Senigov
Dmitriy 'propleh' Senigov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
138
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Alexey 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Alexey 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
376
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Latvia Vadim 'Flarich' Karetin
Vadim 'Flarich' Karetin
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
378
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
818
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Leonard 'kenzor' Volodarchuk
Leonard 'kenzor' Volodarchuk
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
392
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
777
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Russia Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
Age:
35
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.60
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.83
APR:
0.16
#1
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Poland Stinar 
Nice!
2017-06-07 20:41
nice
2017-06-07 20:41
#4
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Ez pro100
2017-06-07 20:42
ez
2017-06-07 20:42
#7
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World b1uhwk 
Spartak (#117) CIS Minor in a nutshell
2017-06-07 20:42
#10
 | 
Finland Jonzu95 
+1
2017-06-07 21:27
#8
SEMINTE | 
Romania jinxCS 
Ez starix
2017-06-07 20:43
#12
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Poland Aloes 
and Ez DavCost
2017-06-07 21:50
#13
SEMINTE | 
Romania jinxCS 
Yea, i saw now, DavCost is there :)
2017-06-07 21:52
50k thats preety good i can already see spartak vs pro100 in finals
2017-06-07 21:14
ez for Nemiga. gl to Belarus!
2017-06-07 21:50
nice joke
2017-06-07 22:14
2 teams way below top 50 get two spots in the top 24 of the major system XD
2017-06-07 22:00
Just because CIS team have no so much official experience with big EU teams. Trust me, at least one team who attends to the closed qual. will qual for major. (and btw i can't tell what team it would be)
2017-06-07 22:55
probably pro100 vs spirit in finals
2017-06-07 22:25
highest ranked team coming in at 56...
2017-06-07 22:43
Actually this ranking system is a shit but there isnt any decent team at this event
2017-06-08 04:39
#19
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United States Paulius_CS 
will be good matches
2017-06-07 22:59
#20
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Kazakhstan PaBuJIb 
pro100 ez
2017-06-07 23:19
lets go starix
2017-06-07 23:24
#22
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Argentina roulettesoad 
such a waste of spots, those teams could be in europe qualifier and give them the 2 spots, we know none of those teams will qualify for major or even be close
2017-06-07 23:38
2 teams will be in the major qualifier that are below top 50 in the world. Think about that.
2017-06-08 00:00
#25
Ukraine eved 
gonna be really interesting
2017-06-08 10:10
Get your PGL spots!
2017-06-08 14:00
#27
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Kazakhstan Under_T4k0 
Grand Final: pro100 vs Spirit
2017-06-08 15:53
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