Road to the FACEIT Major: the Minors

An important stepping stone in the Major cycle, the four Minor Championships, begins on July 7, so we have prepared a little overview of the four events which will see eight teams make it to the New Challengers Stage.

For the first time, all four Minor Championships will take place at the same location, at the Twickenham stadium in London, as FACEIT wanted to ensure all teams taking part in the New Challengers Stage would have their visas obtained well in advance so that no issues occur last-minute.

The Minors will run over the course of the next two weeks and all of them feature the same format, starting with two GSL groups, in which the upper bracket will be played in best-of-ones and the lower bracket in best-of-three series.

The Americas Minor, featuring NRG, will kick off the next step of this Major cycle

The top two sides from each group will advance to a double-elimination, best-of-three playoffs bracket, with the two teams who reach the grand final securing berths in the FACEIT Major's New Challengers Stage, taking place in September.

Here is a rundown of the four Minors:

Americas Minor (July 7-11)

On Saturday, the two-week marathon will begin with the Americas Minor, for which six teams qualified via the North American closed qualifier, while Não Tem Como and FURIA topped the South American open qualifiers.

Ranked No. 7 in the world at the moment, NRG is the obvious favorite of the tournament as the only top-30 side in attendance. The first Minor seems destined to go the way of Damian "⁠daps⁠" Steele & co., who have been on the rise with deep finishes at StarSeries i-League Season 5 and ECS Season 5 Finals.

But when we look further, the competition is tough as no one stands out. You could make a case for Não Tem Como as the most experienced roster, but even their results haven't been encouraging enough to call them the second favorite. Expect a tough battle for the second spot, as you shouldn't sleep on the likes of FURIA, Complexity and Rogue, who also have a fair shot at a successful run through the Minor.

Head over to Brandon "marti" Martin's preview for a more in-depth look at the teams of the Americas Minor and make sure to check out the viewer's guide as well for the full schedule.

CIS Minor (July 10-13)

The CIS Minor will kick off halfway through its Americas counterpart, on Tuesday. Much like in Europe, a two-stage qualifier determined all eight teams. Mostly the invited sides made it through, with the exception of PLINK and Monolith — who had to make a run through the open stage as well as the closed —, while Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy's FlipSid3 exited the closed qualifier in 12th-14th place.

However, the second Minor of the four may end up one team short, as Nemiga were unable to secure visas for the United Kingdom and, at the moment, it seems unlikely FACEIT will be able to find a replacement given the time that is needed to obtain visas.

After disappointing to make it past the last Europe Minor, HellRaisers will try their luck in CIS

The favorites of the CIS Minor are without a doubt HellRaisers and AVANGAR, by far the most prominent and experienced teams of the tournament, but they will have a few hurdles to overcome in the form of teams like Spirit, who are currently ranked 30th in the world.

Look out for our preview of the second Minor Championship written by Collin "CarbonDogma" Davis, as well as our viewer's guide, both of which we'll release in the coming days.

Asia Minor (July 16-20)

After a two-day break, the Asia Minor will take over the venue at the Twickenham stadium. Six of its teams came from qualifiers all around the Asia-Pacific region, with two slots reserved for Southeast Asia, and one for each of China, East Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Unlike the rest of the Minors, two teams received direct invites to Asia's $50,000 event, Renegades and TYLOO, the two sides that have made it through to the next stage for the last four Major cycles; or all five with the current qualifying system in place in the former team's case.

The long-time rivals will be looking to repeat the same grand-final matchup for the fifth time as the clear favorites of the event, but they will have to fend off some serious competition in the form of VG.Flash and Tainted Minds, who could pose a threat in London.

You can look forward to a viewer's guide and an in-depth preview of the Asia Minor as well, which will be written by Luís "MIRAA" Mira.

Europe Minor (July 19-22)

The second qualifying stage of the current Major cycle will finish off in style, with the Europe Minor, which will begin towards the end of the Asia Minor.

All eight teams arrived at this stage by making it through the Swiss closed qualifier, in which notable teams such as AGO and Heroic failed to reach three wins, while 3DMAX and Sprout surprised with a 3-2 record.

As a Minor that features as many top-30 teams as all the other three combined (six) and many more players who have attended Majors in the past, the battle for two spots in the New Challengers Stage will be tough. A bet on OpTic and NiP would probably be the most sound, but with dangerous opponents such as ENCE and LeftOut against them, no one is safe.

If you'd like to know more about the last Minor Championship, keep an eye out for a detailed preview by yours truly, Milan "Striker" Švejda, as well as the viewer's guide where you'll find all the information you need to watch the event.

Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
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Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
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2018-07-07 03:17
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2018-07-07 03:20
Japan Th3Koala
Lets go SZ! Will be hard vs renegades, but you can beat other teams! #WeNeverGiveUP! #SZtoMajor!
2018-07-07 03:57
I think SK can beat other teams in Japan only...
2018-07-07 04:58
Hope SZ can secure a map before they were eliminated.
2018-07-07 06:23
japs > Chinese though
2018-07-07 09:15
China Flash_kaze
2018-07-07 11:09
good luck my anime brothers
2018-07-07 13:06
i think only nrg are decent
2018-07-07 08:24
2018-07-07 03:17
ok, not 1
2018-07-07 03:18
Brazil rodrigo0079
Easy NTC
2018-07-07 03:17
2018-07-07 03:18
Easy NTC and FURIA
2018-07-07 03:21
Kscerato to MiBR
2018-07-07 03:25
Australia iPinK_Guy
2018-07-07 04:51
2018-07-07 06:42
2018-07-07 03:17
2018-07-07 03:19
Your nickname is so wrong
2018-07-07 07:45
2018-07-07 14:52
It should be 'How much did you lose?'
2018-07-08 01:07
2018-07-08 02:29
Sweden Nooneknows
2018-07-15 11:30
Yugoslavia NaMNaMNaM
Feels strange to not see Flipsid3 in the minor but it's understandable though.
2018-07-07 03:19
F3.... :( I'd love to see them around. Good point. Sad they fell off so hard and never recovered. They were the one team no matter what would make a major no matter their form. Not anymore. :(
2018-07-07 03:32
2018-07-07 04:01
Can i ask you, whoever gets through the minor gets stickers right?
2018-07-07 12:23
Yugoslavia NaMNaMNaM
Whoever goes through the minor will go to another qualifier where all teams will face each other to get the major spot as a challenger
2018-07-07 20:38
I had to even check if that team even exists anymore
2018-07-07 12:36
Australia g00sey
2018-07-07 03:23
Yea, especially after that nip vs ENCE match st cologne
2018-07-07 03:38
NRG, Complexity HR, Spirit RNG Tyloo Ence, RR
2018-07-07 05:01
Australia g00sey
I disagree but fair enough. Why RR over OpTic, NiP or even LeftOut though?
2018-07-07 05:06
Why Cloud9 champion of Boston and Nip sucks for 2 years... I don't know
2018-07-07 05:19
Australia g00sey
Haha okay then, I guess we will just wait and see
2018-07-07 06:23
Europe V3N0M42
Optic and ence are in the same groupe. Or it's doesn't matter ?
2018-07-07 06:03
Doesn't matter with this format.
2018-07-07 06:22
Australia g00sey
I'm not sure about the exact format of the minor but no it doesn't matter they're in the same group
2018-07-07 06:22
Two teams out of each group proceed to double-elimination playoffs: 1st place of group A vs. 2nd place of group B and 1st place of group B vs 2nd place of group A.
2018-07-07 07:29
Winner of upper-bracket final grabs 1st major spot
2018-07-07 07:30
Europe V3N0M42
Ah ok, i see now :D thank you guys <3
2018-07-08 01:04
Australia g00sey
So far 1/4 - I'm great at predictions
2018-07-12 02:03
Finland Smoonah
2018-07-07 03:23
ez swole patrol xD
2018-07-07 03:33
Swole/rogue Will be the upsets
2018-07-07 03:36
Left out EZ
2018-07-07 03:39
Will NiP make it through? Nah probably not.
2018-07-07 03:42
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United States Laxon
2018-07-07 03:48
Optic ence Nrg eunited Tyloo rng Hellraisers avangar/spirit hard call
2018-07-07 03:50
2018-07-07 05:03
Japan Th3Koala
Lets go SZ! Will be hard vs renegades, but you can beat other teams! #WeNeverGiveUP! #SZtoMajor!
2018-07-07 03:57
2018-07-07 03:58
Australia naroan
Israeli team in Asia minor? Did Israel move or something?
2018-07-07 04:03
Are you implying Israel is not on the continent of Asia?
2018-07-07 06:18
Finland Slyp3
???? Reply needs to have actual content
2018-07-07 10:40
2018-07-07 04:04
2018-07-07 04:42
Fuck I want me some Monolith stickers, that's a nice logo
2018-07-07 05:31
"A bet on OpTic and NiP would probably be the most sound" Never bet for NiP
2018-07-07 05:46
United Kingdom how_much
+1 I’ve learnt the hard way
2018-07-07 11:43
> A bet on OpTic and NiP would probably be the most sound NiP didn't qualify for the last 2 years, nt.
2018-07-07 06:18
On OpTic and ENCE, you mean?
2018-07-07 07:31
NRG, NTC Hellraisers, AVANGAR Renegades, Tyloo ENCE, Kinguin
2018-07-07 07:49
Isn't Absolute a vodka brand
2018-07-07 08:14
Hungary subzera
NRG, Rogue HR, AVANGAR RNG, dont care about 2nd team NIP, Sprout/RR/3DMAX
2018-07-07 08:24
Pakistan d1ckweed
I really, really hope that you’re right about NiP.
2018-07-07 09:57
Hungary subzera
yeah those are who i want to go through, not exactly who i think will go through :(
2018-07-07 11:31
GL to my bois at HR and 3DMAX!
2018-07-07 08:56
2018-07-07 09:04
Finland ksyppe
2018-07-07 10:07
China Flash_kaze
Let's go VG.Flash! From the probably last VG.Flash fan after a series of disappointing results
2018-07-07 11:12
gogo fancy ^^
2018-07-07 11:45
what happened to rpk?
2018-07-07 11:45
Are renegends at Australia, i mean they dont pracc or live in NA?
2018-07-07 12:03
ez4ence, 3-0 and they qualify
2018-07-07 12:17
Please ence
2018-07-07 12:22
2018-07-07 12:29
Israel Its_Me_Pho
one thing we all know.. not ez for kinguin xd
2018-07-07 12:31
Israel Fixzor
GO Unique Stars! GO Israel! <3333333333
2018-07-07 12:31
Ez for ence
2018-07-07 13:04
EZ for the Japanese BnTeT aka Laz.
2018-07-07 13:18
'A bet on OpTic and NiP would probably be the most sound, but with dangerous opponents such as ENCE and LeftOut against them' Optic and Nip are in two different groups but nt hltv
2018-07-07 14:09
ez 4 ntc
2018-07-07 14:54
Korea XigNw0w
2018-07-07 16:06
France SplasHg0d
3DMAX has the hardest group but they will make it!!!
2018-07-08 07:26
Last eu minör's champion is not eu minör. Wtf
2018-07-08 12:59
United States SilveryoHD
wait where is liquid
2018-07-11 01:56
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