CIS Minor to feature just seven teams; PLINK, Monolith with stand-ins

The upcoming CIS Minor will feature just seven teams after FACEIT could not find a replacement for Nemiga in time for the event, HLTV.org has learned.

FACEIT was approached by a number of teams willing to take Nemiga's spot, but, in the end, a replacement could not be found as there was not enough time to secure visa permits.

This means that HellRaisers will go straight into Group A's winners' match, in which they will meet the victor of the event's opening match, between PLINK and pro100.

fejtZ ready to stand in for PLINK

Aleksey "⁠1uke⁠" Zimin's team will be attending the event with a stand-in, boxr's Kristjan "⁠fejtZ⁠" Allsaar, who will be stepping in for Artur "⁠DarkS1DE⁠" Kravchenko. In the other group, former EPG member Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis will fill in for Monolith, replacing Denis "⁠Kas9k⁠" Grishechkin.

Below you can find the line-ups for these two teams:

Kicking off on Tuesday and running until Friday, the CIS Minor will reward the top two sides with spots in the FACEIT Major's New Challenger Stage, in which they will join two other teams from the region, Gambit and Vega Squadron.

Russia Danila 'redhide' Demidov
Danila 'redhide' Demidov
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
219
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Estonia Kristjan 'fejtZ' Allsaar
Kristjan 'fejtZ' Allsaar
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
699
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Russia Dmitriy 'propleh' Senigov
Dmitriy 'propleh' Senigov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
241
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Russia Alexey 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Alexey 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
738
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Russia Denis 'Kas9k' Grishechkin
Denis 'Kas9k' Grishechkin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
77
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Russia Alexey 'ub1que' Polivanov
Alexey 'ub1que' Polivanov
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
491
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Estonia Rassim 'Jyo' Valijev
Rassim 'Jyo' Valijev
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
753
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Russia Aleksey '1uke' Zimin
Aleksey '1uke' Zimin
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
621
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.09
Russia Alexander 'spiker' Ivanov
Alexander 'spiker' Ivanov
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
409
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Artur 'DarkS1DE' Kravchenko
Artur 'DarkS1DE' Kravchenko
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
236
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.13
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
753
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Russia Roman 'rommi' Golubev
Roman 'rommi' Golubev
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
514
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
wow Monolith stickers should be insane
2018-07-09 13:16
#7
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Palestine zwe
expected
2018-07-09 13:14
#43
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Finland hotdog^
CIS minor is a waste. Merge it with EU
2018-07-09 13:36
Still better than NA minor
2018-07-09 13:51
2018-07-09 15:55
#69
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United States Karusoh
How lmao, na has much better teams and is its own distinct region.
2018-07-09 14:32
U replied to the wrong comment
2018-07-09 15:54
#94
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Netherlands ZoMilan
NA might have more tier 1/2 teams (Depending on what you call tier 2), but in CIS you have many more upcoming teams, and upcoming teams are what the minors are for
2018-07-09 16:59
#96
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Palestine MrZoldiK
+1
2018-07-09 17:52
#98
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United States Karusoh
upcoming for what? these teams suck and will never go anywhere
2018-07-18 20:33
so true
2018-07-09 14:37
Do you know that everything what's going on in pro-CS is based on sponsors' money? Do you know that all sponsors are interested in maximum audience attention to the event? Do you know that sponsors work on CIS market as well and they request orgs that this area to be involved? So it's not about team level and such things, but a part of business , exactly involving regional markets into marketing coverage.
2018-07-09 17:24
Pro too
2018-07-09 13:28
Spirit sticker will be much better
2018-07-09 15:17
Give me Nickelback stickers or riot
2018-07-09 15:18
#92
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Russia v1p3rrr
but they wouldnt
2018-07-09 16:49
Nemiga top1
2018-07-09 13:14
good job faceit
2018-07-09 13:14
gg
2018-07-09 13:14
lul LAN dodger
2018-07-09 13:14
no seized? rly nigga?
2018-07-09 13:15
Are you sure you wish to report this post?
2018-07-09 14:17
How do you know he’s not black?
2018-07-09 14:37
report for what? Decoy has no color
2018-07-09 15:19
#8
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Europe H0wLinqDawN
Who ?? LUL axaxaxa
2018-07-09 13:15
cyKa (
2018-07-09 14:50
yes
2018-07-09 13:15
wasted spots
2018-07-09 13:15
ez 4 FejtZ
2018-07-09 13:15
#12
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Finland S1rva
ALMOSTFIRST
2018-07-09 13:15
#13
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Georgia Broozman
CIS minor in UK, good idea, Faceit, rly, very good idea!
2018-07-09 13:16
Hey I'm glad we get all the visa issues out of the way now through this system. Still don't get all the complainers. Yes I feel bad for the teams but unfortunately visas can be an issue and this method prevents them from being an issue down the line.
2018-07-09 13:20
#93
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Russia v1p3rrr
lul visa problems can come later even if they already visited that country once while major is 3 mounth laters after minors this sistem is shit, minors are for the growth of the regions, there shouldnt be any visa issues, minors should be provided in local countries
2018-07-09 16:56
major also in uk, what if u qualify and then problems because it won't be easier, seems worse xd
2018-07-09 13:22
Better than CIS minor in CIS, because FaceIT can check team's visas when they qualify to Major
2018-07-09 13:22
Yes, very good idea so they can sort out early who is not going to get a visa. ;)
2018-07-09 13:27
The thing is they didnt even help the players, they all had to do it on their own. Faceit said they would help, in fact they didnt do shit
2018-07-09 13:31
Just a few days ago I read a news post on here stating FaceIt is currently trying to communicate to the officials to get Nemiga the visas?
2018-07-09 13:36
Nemigas manager or someone from the org said they fully saved the conversation about visas and helping to get ones, so when the time comes it will be revealed :)
2018-07-09 13:40
so its not revealed yet but you still know it? ok
2018-07-09 13:50
nemiga said faceit had to call to visa center, send documents that faceit pays all the expenses etc. Dude when it gets revealed im gonna make a topic there. "so its not revealed yet but you still know it? ok" dont talk shit, think logically if i am from cis and am following cs scene i obv would know whats happening, wouldnt i? Theres a social media called vk.com (like facebook) with the majority of it being russian-speaking people, obv i read statements there from nemigas (not only) players and managers. Nemiga applied for visas twice and got denied
2018-07-09 14:00
expected
2018-07-09 13:16
WP faceit. Hope noone player will play on this platform
2018-07-09 13:18
#16
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United States _z0ren
now give them 1 spot only
2018-07-09 13:19
excuse me?
2018-07-09 13:19
good job FaceIt, no help to teams with visas! WP!
2018-07-09 13:20
#23
ropz | 
Latvia `DinGo
GL to fejtz and yekindar
2018-07-09 13:22
Who and who?
2018-07-09 13:22
Cis players cant attend cis minor which they qualified for by playin cis minor quals because the cis minor is not being played in any cis country? Makes sense faceit
2018-07-09 13:28
yea they should have qualified and then missed the major instead
2018-07-09 13:51
The major is in september, i think there would be enough time to get visas with faceits help?
2018-07-09 14:02
ez for F3.
2018-07-09 13:26
#28
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Russia razorVJ
When did it become a good idea to host minors from all over the world in the country with the most strict visa rules? GJ FACEIT.
2018-07-09 13:28
u realize major is in same country? Then u have issues for major if not for minor...
2018-07-09 13:30
#35
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Russia razorVJ
> replacement could not be found as there was not enough time to secure visa permits read once again
2018-07-09 13:31
and is it better then if similar issue comes to major and we get non cis team to replace?
2018-07-09 13:32
#39
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Russia razorVJ
they will probably have enough time to secure visas since the major is in september
2018-07-09 13:32
Even now they had over month to do it, won't be that much longer for major from end of cis q
2018-07-09 13:35
#41
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Russia razorVJ
Maybe, who knows. AVANGAR and HR will go through anyway.
2018-07-09 13:35
#30
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Denmark Xipingu
...And this is why things like the CIS minor shouldn't be held outside of a CIS region.
2018-07-09 13:29
u realize major is in same country? Then u have issues for major if not for minor...
2018-07-09 13:31
2018-07-09 13:32
No idea about stuff like that but suxs if true.
2018-07-09 13:42
#38
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Denmark Xipingu
No time to secure permits.
2018-07-09 13:32
And how it would be better after the minor? not that much more time honestly.
2018-07-09 13:44
#47
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Denmark Xipingu
Time enough, as it starts mid-september. That's easily enough time.
2018-07-09 13:44
starts 5th of september
2018-07-09 13:44
#49
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Denmark Xipingu
Still enough time.
2018-07-09 13:45
Now they had over month also, won't be much longer than that...
2018-07-09 13:45
#51
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Denmark Xipingu
You can permit ahead of time and cancel it, doofus. Jeez
2018-07-09 13:46
Can you make such good application tho if u can't even proof u are going this event x which would be probably good thing to show? Honestly I do not know about the matter that much cuz never applied for any visa honestly xd
2018-07-09 13:55
#90
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Denmark Xipingu
Yes. You can apply for many reasons, and I do believe you can say you are going to the event. I can't recall if the minors were announced in good time, but as I said the quals could be held in the CIS region. For the main event, you should definitely be able to apply. I've heard someone I know apply for a VISA to Australia for example, much tighter rules than in the UK, and that went fine - just said it was for a vacation. I know they can't say it's a vacation here in the same way, but just pointing out you can get a VISA. Shouldn't be that difficult. I know you can also apply faster if you say it's important, they actually prioritize in some countries if you say it's urgent.
2018-07-09 16:42
#52
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Poland ScR1337
CIS should stay in CIS, with cs, with dota, with everything.
2018-07-09 13:47
#53
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Denmark Xipingu
Damn, headsh0t.
2018-07-09 13:48
LETS GO NAXUY YEKINDAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2018-07-09 13:29
GOOD JOB ESL NEMIGA:(
2018-07-09 14:06
cis minor is such a joke ;d
2018-07-09 14:14
na minor worse
2018-07-09 15:13
ez for NickelBack
2018-07-09 14:21
CIS minor is a waste.
2018-07-09 14:23
#67
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France StickyRice
2 spots in CIS Minor 2 spots in EU Minor Just get a fc*ing brain Volvo
2018-07-09 14:24
GL FejtZ, prove themselves.
2018-07-09 14:27
darkside dodging LAN. expected hahaha
2018-07-09 14:33
Tier 9999 teams in Minor LUL
2018-07-09 14:35
FEJTZ <3
2018-07-09 14:38
should've invited k1ck
2018-07-09 14:40
#91
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Lithuania Paulius_CS
feels bad for Kalinka he could have hopped on a plane and went the same day. While you would think for Ukrainians it could have been done faster than other CIS countries.
2018-07-09 16:42
i played a faceit game wit fejtz
2018-07-09 14:56
ez 4 fejtZ
2018-07-09 15:01
#79
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Belarus Dat_Boi
No Nemiga, no fun. Nemiga is the best team in the world.
2018-07-09 15:03
#81
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CIS sharovoy
make CIS minor in CIS = impossible.
2018-07-09 15:13
who cares about cis tier9999 teams ?
2018-07-09 15:16
#86
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Sweden sounDyGOD
seems like its really hard for russians to get visas for uk fast, because both standins are from EU, so they dont need visas, they can freely travel into UK lul
2018-07-09 15:38
#89
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Ukraine sulyma
wp faceit, CIS minor in London gj <3
2018-07-09 16:06
all teams in minor are tier 2, not up for navi or astralis. but i wait nip at minor hahahahahh :;)
2018-07-11 00:56
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