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.
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.
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Asia Minor - October 26-29 (Seoul, Korea)
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.
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 Ninjas in Pyjamas'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.
Americas Minor - November 2-5 (Toronto, Canada)
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.