Road to ELEAGUE Major: The Minors

The Minors, an important step on the road to the ELEAGUE Major, are around the corner, with Asia and CIS up first this week. To refresh your memory and remind you of how all the participating teams got to this point of the qualifying process, we've put together a rundown of all four Minors, each of which will hand out two spots at the Main Qualifier.

Eight teams are already invited to the ELEAGUE Major in January after their placing in the top eight at the PGL Major Krakow. The bottom eight that exited the last Major in the groups are looking on as they await the results of the Minors.

They will soon begin, with Asia and CIS taking place this prolonged weekend from October 26-29, followed by Europe and the Americas next week, from November 2-5. The top two in each region will not only split $50,000, they will also take the next step towards qualifying for the Major.

The road to the next ELEAGUE Major continues with the Minors

Most will have to make do with disappointment, but some of these 32 teams may end up going all the way, as did Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend's PENTA in the last cycle, against all odds.

CIS Minor - October 26-29 (Bucharest, Romania)

Spirit and Tengri were the only two teams directly invited to the CIS Minor. The remaining sides were supposed to come from a single online qualifier, but only four did - AVANGAR, pro100, NOTBAD, and Quantum Bellator Fire.

FONTAN were disqualified after one of their players failed to submit a copy of his passport to the organizers, while Fantazeri had to withdraw as they'd be unable to travel to Bucharest in the end.

The disqualified team was replaced by Nemiga, who had lost to FONTAN in the deciding stage. Fantazeri's spot went to forZe, who defeated Space Jam and hateMania in the last-chance qualifier.

Kazakhstan Tengri  Russia Spirit
CIS NOTBAD  Ukraine pro100
Russia Quantum Bellator Fire Kazakhstan AVANGAR
Belarus Nemiga Russia forZe

Asia Minor - October 26-29 (Seoul, Korea)

For the first time, the entire Asia Minor team list was determined via invites, among which are the finalists of the previous three Minors, Renegades and TYLOO.

MVP PK, featuring the core of the Counter-Strike 1.6 team known as project_kr and WeMade FOX, will be making their first Minor appearance after undergoing changes last month.

Joining them in Seoul, Korea, will be Flash, TheMongolz, as well as Australia's Tainted Minds and Kings. Initially, ViCi also received an invite, but Bin "Savage" Liu and company were forced to pull out following visa issues, with BOOT-d[S] taking their place.

China TYLOO  China Flash
Australia Renegades  Australia Kings
Australia Tainted Minds  Singapore BOOT-d[S]
Mongolia TheMongolz Korea MVP PK

Europe Minor - November 2-5 (Bucharest, Romania)

Europe's side of things featured a two-step process. Eight teams first made their way through the endless open qualifier and were joined by eight invited sides in the closed qualifier on the following day.

One of the biggest stories of the closed qualifier was NiP's failure to qualify for the Minor for the second time in a row, this time after a loss to PRIDE in the last round of the Swiss format.

Meanwhile, four teams that had to go through the open stage, the aforementioned Poles, eXtatus, ex-Outlaws, and AGO made it to Bucharest after a few upsets. As expected, OpTic and Envy succeeded, as did Space Soldiers and GODSENT.

Europe OpTic  Turkey Space Soldiers
France Envy  Bulgaria ex-Outlaws
Poland AGO Slovakia eXtatus
Sweden GODSENT  Poland PRIDE

Americas Minor - November 2-5 (Toronto, Canada)

As in the CIS region, the Americas Minor knew its first two teams from the get-go. Liquid and CLG were invited directly, while the remaining six had to go through a set of qualifiers.

South American open qualifier winner, TeamOne, grabbed one of them, while the remaining five advanced through a two-step qualifier in North America, not unlike the one used in Europe.

NRG and Complexity were the first to lock their spots at the Minor, followed by Rise Nation, Luminosity, and FRENCH CANADIANS. However, the team around Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik pulled out following a problem with a visa, and the last-chance format had to be used again.

The three-way qualifier between Misfits, SoaR, and Immortals ended with Sean "seang@res" Gares' team at the top, securing FRENCH CANADIANS' spot at the Americas Minor.

United States CLG  United States Liquid
United States Complexity  United States NRG
Brazil Luminosity Canada Rise Nation 
United States Misfits Brazil TeamOne
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
528
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Germany Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
China Bin 'Savage' Liu
Bin 'Savage' Liu
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
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Denmark danishwarrior 
Liquid will win the American minor.
2017-10-25 22:46
With all these teams that constantly practice vs them, I wouldn't say its that easy. They'll definitely make the Major Qual but I can see them getting 2nd place with 1-2 to some team like Misfits or NRG
2017-10-25 22:47
EZ optic
2017-10-25 22:54
OpTic isnt in the NA Minor?
2017-10-25 22:55
Optic in EU zone right now
2017-10-25 23:18
I know. Im wondering why hes responding to a comment talking about the NA minor about a team that isnt in it lol
2017-10-25 23:18
Agreed. I'd like to see Rise Nation up there with Liquid tbh.
2017-10-25 23:10
#55
broky | 
Latvia De1Co 
But you won't
2017-10-25 23:46
I would like to see it too, but rise nation hasn't done anything against actually good teams, they got crushed the minute they played gx with swag and dapr. I doubt they will beat nrg
2017-10-26 02:10
#17
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Germany godn 
kek
2017-10-25 22:48
I arent think thatz.
2017-10-25 22:49
#25
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North America Stringbean670 
No shit...
2017-10-25 22:51
#33
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Costa Rica NotAnt 
I hope mistfit be qualified
2017-10-25 22:55
#41
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Serbia Removekebab13 
I are hope that to
2017-10-25 23:10
#45
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Costa Rica NotAnt 
Would like 2 see SS, Misfits, eXtatus/NV/Optic and in it
2017-10-25 23:16
Same, except AGO instead of Space Soldiers.
2017-10-26 00:40
#69
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Costa Rica NotAnt 
Can be but I believe in SS cos they gonna be a "super team" in 2019 Ifvcsgo dont die
2017-10-26 01:01
True
2017-10-26 02:55
#70
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United States 0dragoon0 
Why would the article mention pentas run, when BIG made it all the way to the play offs, while going from even further down in the open qualifier?
2017-10-26 01:15
most likely because the penta lineup was unknown to any types of cs success whereas big players had bee successful in the past
2017-10-26 10:42
#98
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Europe lalt 
Im not sure, but maybe BIG came from closed qualifier, Penta from open?
2017-10-26 15:42
yea you could be right
2017-10-26 15:50
#102
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United States 0dragoon0 
No, penta were invited to the minor, and big went all the way from open.
2017-10-26 16:54
#121
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United States doopiedoo 
nice call
2017-11-06 00:38
#2
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
ez for tl, hopefully xD
2017-10-25 22:45
#3
TaZ | 
Poland Leszczon 
go ago
2017-10-25 22:45
#4
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Italy PizzaBlyat 
xd
2017-10-25 22:45
#5
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
vp already on major
2017-10-25 22:46
this time they will be thrown out in major qualifier and next time in miners
2017-10-26 05:54
#107
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Denmark oskarsports 
logic?
2017-10-27 08:53
sometime they suck dic
2017-10-27 10:07
#111
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Denmark oskarsports 
but they are already on the major so they cant thrown out in the qualifier
2017-10-27 10:51
#6
kissmyass | 
Denmark raaVz 
EZZZZZ
2017-10-25 22:46
vp
2017-10-25 22:46
#8
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
ez for Team One
2017-10-25 22:46
9th
2017-10-25 22:47
ez AGO
2017-10-25 22:47
#11
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Sweden Dino1 
Gonna laugh my ass of when Friberg is in the major and NiP watching from home lmao
2017-10-25 22:47
haHA this will be funny if happens
2017-10-25 22:48
#18
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Sweden Dino1 
Okay maybe not laugh, but i'm gonna feel good about it. Friberg was NOT the problem. rez the solution 4Head
2017-10-25 22:49
+1
2017-10-25 22:50
#23
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Sweden Dino1 
Expec... *checks name* wait u wut
2017-10-25 22:51
these NiP shitters kicked him way too late they deserve to lose
2017-10-25 22:52
#28
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Sweden Dino1 
Yes Friberg = The magic =/
2017-10-25 22:53
no
2017-10-25 22:53
#99
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Europe lalt 
Friberg was magical in their last playoff run (ie. semis) in major.
2017-10-26 15:45
overperforming*
2017-10-26 15:51
Asia Minor - October 26-29 (Seoul, Korea) Why not Pyongyang???
2017-10-25 22:47
LUL
2017-10-26 00:35
#93
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Greece knk74 
North Korea Best Korea
2017-10-26 09:36
wtf
2017-10-25 22:48
#15
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United States sushiisdank 
ez for liquid and rise
2017-10-25 22:48
Ago is god team
2017-10-25 22:49
#22
Aleksib | 
New Zealand gaxen 
EU > ASIA > NA > CIS
2017-10-25 22:51
#52
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Australia KatVian 
The aisa minor is just one match between Renegades and Tylu. NA > ASIA
2017-10-25 23:26
Eu minor is weak this time.
2017-10-26 00:25
Yeah it is
2017-10-26 00:36
#80
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Malaysia byaIi 
EU = worst
2017-10-26 04:31
#24
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Turkey Crawnn 
EZ 4 SPACESOLDIERS #SPACEFORALL
2017-10-25 22:51
#90
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Malaysia Level1Cam 
No
2017-10-26 07:53
#122
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Poland zJe 
LUL
2017-11-06 21:52
lel
2017-11-07 10:49
easy for AVANGAR, Spirit, Flash, Kings, EnVyUs, OpTic, Liquid and Luminosity
2017-10-25 22:52
maybe nrg or clg?
2017-10-25 23:01
no
2017-10-25 23:02
#48
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
Ez Godsent
2017-10-25 23:19
#30
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New Zealand klonopin 
easy for renegades rest teams are bad
2017-10-25 22:53
#32
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Australia y23rcmtm 
Let's go CLG!you 've got this.good luck.
2017-10-25 22:54
#35
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Russia mcs#  
GO AGO
2017-10-25 22:56
extatus = onliners that will go out in the last place
2017-10-25 22:57
#54
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
You can't really know how they will play they've never been on something big like this...
2017-10-25 23:35
we will see
2017-10-26 00:05
#39
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Germany PcPrincipal68 
EZ BIG oh wait we are already Legends #CryIsFree #16-14vs.SK #NoBugStillWin #RunBIG
2017-10-25 23:05
u see it kid nobody gvs a damn
2017-10-26 05:57
#40
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
MAIN MAJOR QUALIFIER CIS MINOR: AVANGAR,pro100 ASIA MINOR: RNG,TyLoo EU MINOR: OpTic GODSENT/SS/nV NA MINOR: Liquid,CLG
2017-10-25 23:06
NA Minor: Misfits, Liquid CLG were shit even on LAN against lesser teams. I dont see anything that suggests they'll do good
2017-10-25 23:13
#43
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Turkey srtn16 
#GoSpaceGo
2017-10-25 23:11
#49
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Finland Smoonah 
very exciting ..................................................
2017-10-25 23:21
#50
tweNty | 
United Kingdom Ruzkij 
Mne pohuy na nih ja ninja karatist raund ! 410 brixton hill
2017-10-25 23:22
#51
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France meF1 
#gospacesgo
2017-10-25 23:22
Ago to major
2017-10-25 23:31
tengri spirit renegades tyloo envy ago clg liquid
2017-10-25 23:49
ago o.o wha ?
2017-10-26 00:37
lol mad kebab rip ss
2017-10-27 00:07
I haven't said anything about ss
2017-10-27 15:23
Ez for extatus
2017-10-25 23:56
space soldiers will do it
2017-10-26 00:07
Can someone tell me where C9 is in all of this?
2017-10-26 00:16
Cool thanks for info
2017-10-26 02:16
all i want is space soldiers stickers.
2017-10-26 00:21
#71
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CIS CA1MAN 
you are the only one. their logo is so fucking ugly and they are so bad. who would want this besides of you?
2017-10-26 01:20
He said "all I want", so why do you have the need to post that?
2017-10-26 01:30
#73
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CIS CA1MAN 
it's my "competent" opinion on why I don't want it.
2017-10-26 01:30
#79
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Canada hFame 
Hey, I want their stickers too mate
2017-10-26 04:29
#83
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CIS CA1MAN 
Looks like I was wrong there are two
2017-10-26 04:36
#81
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Malaysia byaIi 
+1
2017-10-26 04:32
Tyloo and WeMade FOX got this :)
2017-10-26 00:37
#74
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Norway anMu 
I would really love to see godsent in boston they remind me old LGB so much. Would be great upset team imo.
2017-10-26 01:39
#82
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Malaysia byaIi 
LGB with no cype??? xD
2017-10-26 04:32
Cype noob. Btw he retired or just vanished?
2017-10-26 04:52
He retired and at some point he even tried to sell his acc with Katowice 2014 Semi-Finals Coin
2017-10-31 23:13
lmao, for real? what happened? did anyone buy it?
2017-11-05 10:31
#78
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
ez 4 nip
2017-10-26 03:10
So there's no nip this major again? Wtf
2017-10-26 04:52
#108
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Denmark oskarsports 
They cant even win against Team5 which got 16-0d by godsent
2017-10-27 08:55
#86
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Brazil mateusf33 
Come on, T1 and LG! #BrazilRules
2017-10-26 04:55
ez 4 Ramz1k
2017-10-26 05:43
fucking RIP Immortals
2017-10-26 08:07
slight chances for nV but let's hope SIXER will play better
2017-10-26 09:06
2017-10-26 09:40
#95
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Belarus sigkill 
rip NIP
2017-10-26 09:53
#97
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Denmark Xipingu 
I find it so comical that Optic made the minor, yet NiP STILL did not. Friberg wasn’t the problem ;P
2017-10-26 10:44
Or just that most players on OpTic are better than NIP right now.
2017-10-27 21:51
#114
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Denmark Xipingu 
Friberg is leading them. IMO NiP made a mistake.
2017-10-28 14:52
Avangar ??????? Tyloo Renegades EnVyUs Optic Liquid NRG
2017-10-26 17:39
ez NiP.... wait
2017-10-27 03:38
CIS: Avangar and Spirit Asia: Renegades and Tyloo Europe: EnVyUs and probably OptiC (but I really want to see Space Soldiers on the Main Qualifier) America: Liquid and Luminosity or CLG
2017-10-27 08:37
#123
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Poland zJe 
Nice predict.
2017-11-06 21:54
#109
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Denmark oskarsports 
Imagine space soldiers sticker foil on a fuel injector
2017-10-27 08:57
EZ NIP
2017-10-30 03:15
#116
woxic | 
Turkey wetjzz 
SpaceSoldiers and Optic final
2017-10-31 21:24
Liquid and Lg will go to the Final qualify
2017-11-02 11:50
#119
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India neo_g5 
Why isn't E-league hosting the Minors?
2017-11-02 20:04
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