Invites for EU and NA Minor Closed Qualifiers announced

Professeur
June 21st, 2018 18:32

FACEIT has finalized the European and North American Minor Closed Qualifier team lists by announcing the eight invited teams per region.

In each region, four open qualifiers for the respective Minors were played out, with the two best teams from each qualifier earning a placed in the closed portion of the qualifier. The eight open qualifier teams are now joined by eight more teams as FACEIT revealed the invited squads.

GeT_RiGhT and f0rest are looking to put a stop to their bad streak

In North America, NRG, who are currently 7th in our rankings, have been invited to the closed qualifier, with teams such as Rogue, eUnited, Ghost also joining the list.

The full team list for the North American Closed Qualifier, which will take place on June 22-24, is as follows:

In Europe, squads ranked between #11 and #31 received invites for the closed qualifier, with teams such as Windigo and Fragsters being the lowest ranked ones to make the cut.

EnVyUs was one of the teams that was handed out an invite, but with the organization releasing all of its players, what will happen to their spot remains unclear.

The European Minor Closed Qualifier will take place on June 29-July 1, with the following squads in the competition:

Both qualifiers will utilize the same format, using a BO3 Swiss system to determine the eight best teams which will advance to the Minor. The initial matchups of the Swiss group stage have not yet been determined.

Nice for NIP
2018-06-21 18:33
#9
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Mongolia Tendies 
still won't qualify imo, they won't until -pita
2018-06-21 18:33
#20
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Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2018-06-21 18:34
Expected
2018-06-21 18:35
#82
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Poland fifarafa55 
Expected invites
2018-06-21 18:43
#195
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Czech Republic iceiwnl 
i really like you man. youre name is so realistic
2018-06-21 21:02
not doing -pita is the most retarded move a team could ever not do...
2018-06-21 18:36
#115
swag | 
Turkey jkloren 
why royal bandits not get invite
2018-06-21 18:57
who?
2018-06-21 19:03
#128
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France BraH666 
Royal Bandits, 2nd turkish team, tier 92
2018-06-21 19:05
#140
swag | 
Turkey jkloren 
they doing well in esea mdl season actually :D
2018-06-21 19:12
#202
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France BraH666 
they pbbly failed in the open qualifier, they don't have the lvl to be invited
2018-06-21 21:26
He's joking don't mind him
2018-06-21 19:08
Who?
2018-06-21 19:04
until -GeT_RiGhT*
2018-06-21 19:05
Can we acknowledge that they invited ghost????? FFS
2018-06-21 19:16
-Steel +random player like literally any other that has an ESEA account.
2018-06-21 19:24
I thought they were banned from valve sponsored events what's going on?
2018-06-21 20:03
#183
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Brazil Suk_Mik_Hok 
Lol, thats actually true, anybody has info on that?
2018-06-21 20:21
Turns out jamezirl will sub... probably makes for a weird team environment.
2018-06-21 21:08
If they have someone subbing for Steel it's possible. Probably we're gonna invite Torqued after Swag and AZK left with Steel not being allowed to play but since Ghost got the core they got the invite
2018-06-22 00:40
Apparently Jamez is subbing for steel according to Pollo on twitter.
2018-06-22 01:01
They have no chance then. Maybe they can make it to the Minor but I wouldn't count on it. #FreeiBPFFS
2018-06-22 16:46
It's Bo3 so they might have a chance if they don't underestimate every other team again :D
2018-06-21 19:24
#170
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Canada Sharkey3322 
2 weeks experience together VS Faze and SK is kinda a hard way to start off though lol
2018-06-21 20:08
#54
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Montenegro G1EX 
Fino ime brt
2018-06-21 18:36
++ Reply needs to have actual content
2018-06-21 18:39
#75
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Poland 0VERATED 
Ez for envy xd And 16 polaks ez too
2018-06-21 18:41
#102
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CIS k3nn 
15*
2018-06-21 18:51
#106
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Poland 0VERATED 
Espilon-oskarish
2018-06-21 18:53
Make NIP Great Again
2018-06-21 18:46
#125
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North America KingCole14 
Ghost invited to qualifier with banned player??
2018-06-21 19:04
JamezIRL standing in
2018-06-22 01:31
im laughing at imperials lack of qualifying in 3 tries
2018-06-21 20:04
good
2018-06-21 18:32
#3
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Poland dreamShow 
EZ4ENCE
2018-06-21 18:33
#4
suicide | 
Poland HooDle$ 
nip xD
2018-06-21 18:33
#5
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Portugal Nezinhosilva 
Envyus?
2018-06-21 18:33
#40
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Netherlands xAlpaka 
How should this work now?
2018-06-21 18:35
#48
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Portugal Nezinhosilva 
Maybe they will replace envy later on or envy player wil enter in a new org
2018-06-21 18:36
#74
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Europe GAYLORDEZ 
Tempo nezinho
2018-06-21 18:40
Valiance>tempo
2018-06-21 19:05
#173
ropz | 
Lithuania Klemazz 
Imperial > Valiance,Tempo
2018-06-21 20:15
nt impulse>all
2018-06-22 10:54
#49
MAJ3R | 
France BeeenJaY 
I think it'll be difficult for nv to play without any players xD
2018-06-21 18:36
#123
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World lalt 
Players own that spot so if 3 of them agree to play together its theirs.
2018-06-21 19:03
#167
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Germany Aquintus 
They should hand over envys Spot to Imperial
2018-06-21 20:05
#6
France krea^ 
EZ
2018-06-21 18:33
#7
Anders | 
Georgia Broozman 
expected
2018-06-21 18:33
#8
Ex6TenZ | 
Belgium jelacy 
Envyus LUL
2018-06-21 18:33
#10
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Indonesia youdelusional 
EZ, not NiP
2018-06-21 18:33
#11
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United States jh8 
ENVY WITH NO PLAYERS LUL
2018-06-21 18:33
What happens with NVs slot?
2018-06-21 18:33
#57
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Russia Shamp0o 
they play it with the same team as CAC, they have no org tho
2018-06-21 18:37
#13
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Iraq Blitzer 
EnVyUs? lul
2018-06-21 18:33
#14
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Portugal hugofilipe10 
Envy?????
2018-06-21 18:33
#15
Xyp9x | 
Turkey aesky 
ez nip this time
2018-06-21 18:33
#16
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Estonia NikoSucks 
ghost with steel?
2018-06-21 18:33
#130
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World lalt 
wow, that's.. interesting.
2018-06-21 19:06
They're playing with JameZIrl not Steel
2018-06-21 21:46
#17
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Finland Vkims 
Ghost?
2018-06-21 18:33
Had the same thought lmao
2018-06-21 18:36
They are playing with jamezirl
2018-06-21 21:47
#18
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Sweden pontus767 
expected, rip nip
2018-06-21 18:33
#19
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Portugal P13 
EnvyUs?! Really?!
2018-06-21 18:33
#21
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Lithuania andy_ 
WHERE IS IMPERIAL??????
2018-06-21 18:34
they failed to qualify from open qualifiers
2018-06-21 18:35
#174
ropz | 
Lithuania Klemazz 
Should have gotten an Invite to closed anyways.
2018-06-21 20:15
and why is that? Before their event win they surely didn't deserve it, teams invited were clearly above them in rankings when invites were given out.
2018-06-21 20:16
#177
ropz | 
Lithuania Klemazz 
They were ranked worse only because they changed a player. Also they won a 100k lan,half of these teams didn't win anything.
2018-06-21 20:17
imperial failed to qualify for MDL windigo qualified for esl pro league, wonder which u want to invite xD
2018-06-21 20:18
#184
ropz | 
Lithuania Klemazz 
Nvm,you're right,all those teams are better mb
2018-06-21 20:23
XD
2018-06-21 23:35
#56
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World Tenshi_R 
didn't qualify
2018-06-21 18:37
#22
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Sweden OfficalKN1GHT 
NiP <3
2018-06-21 18:34
#23
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Japan mameloff 
EnVyUs????? new roster coming???
2018-06-21 18:34
#63
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World Tenshi_R 
i guess it was meant ex-envyus core
2018-06-21 18:38
#24
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Ukraine kek1 
ez for envy
2018-06-21 18:34
#25
tarik | 
Brazil TEUS1 
envyus have a stronk lineup
2018-06-21 18:34
Ez nV
2018-06-21 18:34
#27
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Brazil LukkasYuki 
GO LG, GO ONE <3
2018-06-21 18:34
#73
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Argentina Arluem 
+1
2018-06-21 18:40
Isnt steel banned
2018-06-21 18:34
Yes, he is a new addition to the lineup though so they could just bring back one of the old guys or use bee/Jamez
2018-06-21 18:48
#29
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Netherlands Waduheked 
Ez for 3 polish teams 3swedish teams and 3 danish teams
2018-06-21 18:34
#30
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Finland Vkims 
Rip imperial
2018-06-21 18:34
Imperial > Windigo IMO, but if Imperial couldn't get though any of the 4 open qualifiers maybe they really didn't deserve a direct invite.
2018-06-21 18:50
Imperial couldn't qualify for ESEA MDL, Windigo qualified for EPL...
2018-06-21 23:37
#269
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Poland Kobel_ 
Imperial won DH Summer, Windigo couldn't beat X-kom. They should've just invited both and left Fragsters out.
2018-06-22 19:04
Windigo beat x-kom 3 times and x-kom beat them 1 time, but I agree, Fragsters is trash.
2018-06-24 13:51
#31
nukkye | 
Australia Favell 
Windigo and Heroic over Imperial? Imperial should get EnVyUs spot, no one else deserves it more
2018-06-21 18:34
#32
JD | 
Poland b7ack0ut 
Nice
2018-06-21 18:34
#33
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Ukraine Odl1n 
Astralis? Where is Astralis?
2018-06-21 18:34
They get in automatically, the teams that finished top 8 in the last major get into the next one for free.
2018-06-22 03:47
#233
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Ukraine Odl1n 
Astralis didn`t finished top 8 in the last major, Check please. They losed in group.
2018-06-22 09:48
Technically they are still in the major with the new updated names they gave stuff, but I just assumed they were good enough to get to playoffs with QBF getting there. Yes, they will play in "The New Challengers" stage with the other bottom 7 from the last major and then 2 teams each from the 4 regional minors.
2018-06-22 18:20
#241
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
>Astralis >"finished top 8 in the last major" pick one
2018-06-22 16:26
Ez for fish123
2018-06-21 18:34
#35
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United Kingdom JayCe97 
Good for EnVyUs I guess...
2018-06-21 18:35
#36
NiKo | 
Austria Phil_1337 
EZ FOR STEEL
2018-06-21 18:35
#37
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Germany elseen 
Imperial don't get invited but teams like windigo, fragsters and envy do smh
2018-06-21 18:35
#55
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Finland Vkims 
Its funny, envy dont have team, windigo missing one player etc
2018-06-21 18:37
Spots go to the players, if NV bought some random t3 team the 5 players from CAC would play (this is the rule for the actual major as we saw with immortals becoming 100thieves, id assume its the same for the minors)
2018-06-22 03:49
#72
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United States Jammin800k 
Yeah where the fuck is imperial I'm heated
2018-06-21 18:40
they didnt qualify through the 3 they tried to play and couldtn play the 4th due to being at LAN
2018-06-21 20:18
#197
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United States Jammin800k 
Oh didnt see them in quails unlucky
2018-06-21 21:11
#80
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Other StraightEdge 
they all were rated higher than imperial when invites were sent.
2018-06-21 18:42
imperial were doing long time bad before their event win and invites were obviously sent before open qualifiers started, no reason why'd u invite imperial back then. Now they had their chances to qualify from open qualifiers and failed.
2018-06-21 18:45
#88
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Germany elseen 
ok mb, didn't know that they were sent before their win
2018-06-21 18:46
#295
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United States Jammin800k 
And fragsters/windigo were doing well?
2018-06-24 02:57
#39
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Turkey cetin 
Space soldiers?
2018-06-21 18:35
#59
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Finland Vkims 
0/8
2018-06-21 18:37
they are already in new challenger stage (aka major qualifier) cuz they finished top 16 in last major.
2018-06-21 18:38
#41
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Israel GODTwiX 
How can ghost play?
2018-06-21 18:35
#47
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Finland Vkims 
IBP finally unbanned
2018-06-21 18:36
0/8
2018-06-21 23:39
#219
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Finland Vkims 
3/8 atleast
2018-06-21 23:43
whatever
2018-06-22 08:25
stand in for steel I guess
2018-06-21 18:41
Jamezirl is playing for Steel
2018-06-21 21:47
#43
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Croatia OfficialDash 
How envyus doesn t exist
2018-06-21 18:35
Spots go the players and not orgs. HLTv prob knew the teams ahead of time and released the article later and just didnt update it.
2018-06-22 03:53
#46
kennyS | 
United Kingdom TheWise 
Where's liquid ?
2018-06-21 18:36
#154
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Brazil kbrera 
they're already qualified
2018-06-21 19:34
Right, I’m pretty confused
2018-06-21 20:01
already at the major qualifier
2018-06-21 20:19
and the minors winners would be at the major qualifier as well ?
2018-06-21 20:46
Yep top 2 from Asia, cis, eu and Na all go to the qualifier (8 teams) plus the 8 teams who didnt make the playoffs last major (another 8 teams)
2018-06-21 21:48
ty mate
2018-06-21 21:50
Np m8
2018-06-21 21:52
#50
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Other saVy 
Is valve unbanning them from major or those ghost have a 6th man for steel.
2018-06-21 18:36
I am really confused by this as well and I would be surprised if they decided to play an event without their team captain. Ghost does have players they could use to sub for steel I guess... that would be a really awkward situation...
2018-06-21 20:07
Its Jamezirl playing
2018-06-21 21:49
#51
es3tag | 
Denmark megz 
What about astralis? Didnt they go out In groups last major?
2018-06-21 18:36
#61
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Finland Vkims 
Yes so they go to closed qualifier?
2018-06-21 18:37
they are already in new challenger stage (aka major qualifier) cuz they finished top 16 in last major.
2018-06-21 18:38
#230
es3tag | 
Denmark megz 
Thanks:)
2018-06-22 06:12
NiP again not qualify and disband finally kick bot_right and finally ez
2018-06-21 18:36
Or just keep Star-AWPer and not replace him with the motherfucking midget Lekr0
2018-06-22 12:09
NiP fanboys so funny even Bo3 not help them to qualify =D
2018-06-22 12:10
We'll see
2018-06-22 16:50
no valiance :(
2018-06-21 18:36
#58
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Hungary w1dos 
NV invited XDDD
2018-06-21 18:37
#60
SPUNJ | 
Latvia XYPyra 
Ghost???
2018-06-21 18:37
Jamez will stand in
2018-06-21 20:10
#64
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United Kingdom InsCS 
Envyus? Fish123? What
2018-06-21 18:38
#66
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Indonesia ignite19 
wait what ghost? steel still banned right?
2018-06-21 18:38
#70
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Finland Vkims 
IBP finally unbanned
2018-06-21 18:39
#78
smooya | 
United Kingdom dibbia 
not from valve sponsored events, so they couldn't actually play the major right?
2018-06-21 18:41
#110
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Spain G3CK0 
They will use a stand in
2018-06-21 18:55
yes but they only need to use other player instead of him and it is ok for them to play...
2018-06-21 18:44
#67
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Israel fkor1 
ENVYUS?
2018-06-21 18:38
#68
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Poland misioneos 
NV lul
2018-06-21 18:39
steel won't play.
2018-06-21 18:39
#76
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Netherlands Imrivendill 
Let's go Nordavind Ence and Kinguin!
2018-06-21 18:41
RIP EnVy
2018-06-21 18:42
No Icelandic teams? That's bullshit! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wanna buy the best apples in HLTV? call me NOW: 011-1337-APPLE and get an 80% discount on your first 5 kilos!
2018-06-21 18:42
Ghost invited to minor to qualify for major with steel...?
2018-06-21 18:45
Jamezirl is playing for him
2018-06-21 21:50
any proof?
2018-06-21 22:01
Pollo tweeted it
2018-06-22 02:13
ok
2018-06-22 14:48
two questions: - Ghost|steel? - EnVyUs? ps: RIP Imperial
2018-06-21 18:47
-stand in prob -ex envy
2018-06-21 18:48
SPACE SOLDİERS ?
2018-06-21 18:46
lol, already qualified for minor final
2018-06-21 18:46
already at major
2018-06-21 18:48
#112
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Sweden Bangs 
New challenger stage
2018-06-21 18:56
#91
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Spain xdavidlm 
ENVYUS LUL
2018-06-21 18:47
#95
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United States Hosch 
Envy and ghost?
2018-06-21 18:49
#96
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Norway IndiZone 
STEEL UNBANNED CHECK HLTV!
2018-06-21 18:49
#97
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India Thegameison 
VP? Not even invited?
2018-06-21 18:50
#99
flusha | 
Sweden moxxy 
Bo3's this time, gz NIP, you will finally get to the minor
2018-06-21 18:51
#100
nex | 
Germany Der_Pabst 
BIG?
2018-06-21 18:51
#107
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Germany Vini_1337 
they are still qualified to play the minor
2018-06-21 18:53
#108
nex | 
Germany Der_Pabst 
oh yeah nvm.
2018-06-21 18:54
no they aren't they are already in new challenger stage (also known as major qualifier.) Best teams from minors go to this phase of major
2018-06-21 19:10
Challenger stage not minor
2018-06-21 19:27
#101
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Finland epik^ 
EZ 4 FINNISH-SUPER-ESPORTS-ORGANIZATION ENCE
2018-06-21 18:51
How EnVyUs Should play w\o players, lol?
2018-06-21 18:52
Steel??????
2018-06-21 18:52
#105
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Denmark KamaraD 
OFFICAL TEAM ENVYUS ON MINOR PLAY WITH ex-ENVYUS TEAM -kioShiMa -ScreaM -hadji -xms -SIXER
2018-06-21 18:53
Wait wheres astralis?? please someone respond
2018-06-21 18:55
#111
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Spain G3CK0 
Real fan
2018-06-21 18:56
in new challenger stage (also known as major qualifier)
2018-06-21 19:08
o shit lmao oops my brain is swervy todadyy doggg '0()(09)
2018-06-21 21:28
EZ 4 ENCE stickers
2018-06-21 18:56
Ghost invited to minor even though they have steel? OmegaLUL
2018-06-21 18:57
#116
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France t3r4byt3 
dennis and Lekr0 will have to their absolute best to carry 3 bots
2018-06-21 18:57
NiP with the special treatment :))
2018-06-21 18:58
Ez4T1
2018-06-21 18:58
LMAO nV
2018-06-21 19:02
#120
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Turkey headshotk1ng 
EZ4ENCE EZ4NINJAS
2018-06-21 19:02
#121
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
RIP NINJAS LUUUUL
2018-06-21 19:02
feels bad for imperial.. won DH but still no invite for them
2018-06-21 19:06
unluko for them it was too late, invites already given before open qualifier started so teams know if they play open qualifiers or not.
2018-06-21 19:07
what do you mean? Imperial tried to qualify for Closed quals through Open Quals and failed 4 times. Why should they be invited?
2018-06-21 19:07
#145
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Australia Zackatt4ck 
3*
2018-06-21 19:21
Ninjas and OpTic BlessRNG
2018-06-21 19:07
#136
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Germany grabke 
6 teams in NA go to the minor.Cause NTC and Furia are already there.
2018-06-21 19:08
Ez for Fragster
2018-06-21 19:12
i almost asked where is hellraisers
2018-06-21 19:12
same omfg
2018-06-21 19:47
in cis minor
2018-06-21 21:14
#141
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China ZerOck 
Go Ninjas !
2018-06-21 19:14
RIP NTC
2018-06-21 19:21
#144
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Denmark raaVz 
go nip and ex-envyus pls
2018-06-21 19:21
ezz for AGO
2018-06-21 19:22
Where my boys from NTC AT? ????? THEIR MAIN GOAL IS THE MAJOR FAM
2018-06-21 19:26
They are already waiting in americas minor, news just doesnt have it...
2018-06-21 19:29
They are the first qualified for the Americas Minor
2018-06-21 19:43
Si this is qualifier for NA Minor only? Damn but almost every NA decent team is here already XD
2018-06-22 02:19
#152
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Brazil matwoks 
EZ 4 ENCE
2018-06-21 19:32
#153
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United Kingdom TypicalBrit 
finally nip will qualify for the major.
2018-06-21 19:34
EZ 4 ENCE, GOD ALLU
2018-06-21 19:38
#156
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Norway Qua5r00 
Finally a full Norwegian team in the minor!!!! :D
2018-06-21 19:41
#158
FalleN | 
Brazil bcorte 
Ez 4 T1
2018-06-21 19:46
#159
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Brazil EWRO 
EZ 4 ENCE
2018-06-21 19:46
I hope NIP will qualify for major this time, So that their hiding fans (including me) can come out from their base which was constructed since Eleague major 2017..
2018-06-21 19:52
NIP to not even being able to qualify to the minor yet again
2018-06-21 19:54
Aw man, they got far too much experience. I mean if these all timers cant qualify yet again then Im done with em. Like srsly, these roster moves are fucking me up man
2018-06-22 12:08
#165
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Czech Republic nenz 
-EnVy +Imperial
2018-06-21 20:04
#168
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Brazil l0ner 
NiP wont be able to qualify LUL
2018-06-21 20:06
#172
kRYSTAL | 
Germany K3v1 
wow no imperial...
2018-06-21 20:14
#176
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Russia r3sp 
So invited teams knew about invites beforehand so they can skip open quals?
2018-06-21 20:16
i don't think so. I saw fragsters playing in the minor quali. They are now invited so i guess not.
2018-06-21 20:20
they didn't play any quali, they were on team lists so you might remember it from that but they never check in, probably they already joined to qualifier before invites were given.
2018-06-21 20:25
Steel very interesting
2018-06-21 20:20
#186
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Hungary raffai 
so ez 4 NiP
2018-06-21 20:26
#187
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United States trump2020 
Nrg vs optic
2018-06-21 20:27
#188
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
fragsters online warriors
2018-06-21 20:29
#189
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United States zSnuxy 
Replace NV with Tempo Storm!
2018-06-21 20:29
fucking windigo get invite and imperial don't? nice one...
2018-06-21 20:30
#191
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Europe potatomato 
rip Imperial
2018-06-21 20:39
Unban incoming.
2018-06-21 20:48
#194
f0rest | 
Finland gaazer 
Ez 4 ence & nip
2018-06-21 20:57
#199
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Brazil beckergod 
LMAO STEEL WTFFFFFFFFFF
2018-06-21 21:17
#200
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Ukraine l0baniwbo 
gogogogogogo NINJAs!!!
2018-06-21 21:18
#201
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Peru vaniIIa 
the fact that coL stickers might come back excites me
2018-06-21 21:25
#213
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Finland Empuito 
Ez for professional eSports organization ENCE E-sports
2018-06-21 22:25
#214
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Poland kamilosa 
Where is VP?? Pls respond
2018-06-21 22:36
No imperial invite? Wtf...
2018-06-22 00:59
#226
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Other mikecool 
Ez NRG and since no Imperial ez Optic
2018-06-22 02:53
#231
kennyS | 
Russia McNik 
Steel and AZK to Major!?
2018-06-22 07:53
#238
huyak | 
Russia goshli 
Astralis where ?
2018-06-22 12:10
“which will take place on June 22-24..” Still no exact matchups Lul
2018-06-22 13:19
#265
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France Teellioz 
-red reserve -nv +imperial +valiance
2018-06-22 18:17
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