CIS Minor Preview

CarbonDogma
July 9th, 2018 23:24

With the CIS Minor set to start tomorrow, we take a look at the seven teams participating in the event and evaluate their chances in London.

The CIS Minor for the FACEIT London Major is coming up soon, with two spots available that grant spots at the offline qualifier, which will run from July 10-13 at the Twickenham Stadium, in London.

Unlike some of the other CIS Minors, all spots were filled through a closed qualifier, which had eight invited teams and eight teams determined by open qualifiers.

With Nemiga unable to attend the event due to visa issues, the tournament has been reduced from eight to seven teams, who have been drawn into two double-elimination groups that look as follows:

Group A Group B
Europe HellRaisers Kazakhstan AVANGAR
Russia PLINK Russia Spirit
Ukraine pro100 Russia forZe
  Russia Monolith

The top two sides of both groups will progress to the double-elimination, best-of-three playoffs. In addition to the two spots in FACEIT Major's New Challengers Stage, the competing teams will also vie for their share of a $50,000 prize pool.

Ratings used are from the past three months on LAN
* Indicates online rating

Group A

HellRaisers (#17) Age Rating
Turkey Özgür "woxic" Eker  19 1.19
Jordan Issa "ISSAA" Murad 21 1.16
Ukraine Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk 25 1.04
Ukraine Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow 28 0.97
Hungary Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz 23 0.92

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd Portugal Moche XL Esports
12th-14th Ukraine StarSeries i-League Season 5
2nd France DreamHack Open Tours

This will actually be the first time that this core of players under the HellRaisers banner will take the path to the Major via the CIS Minor. During their other qualifying runs, they played via the Europe Minor due to their player composition. However, due to having two players zoned for CIS, two for Europe, and one from Asia, HellRaisers was able to choose between CIS and Europe.

This team should easily glide to the playoffs, especially considering they have automatically moved to the winners' match following Nemiga's withdrawal, and should even be able to secure a top two placing quite easily, with the international team having participated in many large-scale events recently and being a regular in the ESL Pro League.

HellRaisers are red-hot favourites for the event

HellRaisers' last offline appearance came a month ago, and fans of this team will be hoping for an improved side. At Moche XL Esports, ANGE1's side were almost sent packing by Giants, even though they would acquit themselves a bit better in the final against the now MIBR roster. 

In terms of star potential, look no further than woxic, who can be an extremely dominant AWPer, especially against lower competition, and has averaged a sensational 1.22 rating on LAN this year. 

PLINK (#69) Age Rating  
Estonia Rassim "Jyo" Valijev  23 1.16 *
Russia Roman "rommi" Golubev 25 1.15 *
Russia Aleksey "1uke" Zimin 25 1.07 *
Estonia Kristjan "fejtZ" Allsaar 20 0.95 *
Russia Danila "redhide" Demidov 18 0.93 *

Offline placings in the last three months
-

The duo of 1uke and rommi have made their return to the CIS Minor, having attended previous ones together under Quest and Spirit Academy. Alongside them, they have brought the first two Estonians to play the CIS Minors, Jyo and stand-in fejtZ, the latter of whom currently plays for boxr in North America.

It’s hard to say what this team will be capable of at the Minor, as they mainly beat the lower teams during the qualifier, but it is worth noting that they showed great mental fortitude, having qualified for the event after losing their first two matches in the Swiss stage. 

fejtZ will fly from Canada to London to help the team

PLINK's 2-0 victory over fellow Minor attendees Monolith in QIWI TEAM PLAY came as a timely boost for the team. rommi and Jyo have been their two key players, with high ratings in the past three months. However, fejtZ will also be one to watch as he tends to shine at these small-scale tournaments.

pro100 (#72) Age Rating  
Ukraine Ivan "AiyvaN" Semenets  22 1.30  
Ukraine Dima "def" Lemeshchuk 23 1.25  
Ukraine Leonard "kenzor" Volodarchuk 21 1.20  
Russia Svyatoslav "svyat" Dovbakh 23 1.19  
Latvia Vadim "Flarich" Karetin 21 1.11 *

Offline placings in the last three months
1st Ukraine ASUS National Cybersport League

This will be the third Minor for the revived pro100 organization, this time fielding a new look roster. After Sergey "smike" Sklyarenko was benched and Igor "crush" Shevchenko transferred to Vega Squadron, the team picked up old teammate AiyvaN (previously known as F1L1N) as well as svyat, who had just been signed by forZe.

pro100 have looked quite solid in the matches they’ve played recently, only dropping a series to Nemiga in the qualifier for this event. The main star of this lineup of pro100 has actually been AiyvaN, contrasted to Flarich in the past, while kenzor has also continued consistent performances. With their group only featuring three teams, there is a high chance of them advancing to the playoffs if they manage to fend off the threat of PLINK.

Group B

AVANGAR (#27) Age Rating
Kazakhstan Timur "buster" Tulepov  18 1.02
Russia Ali "Jame" Djami 19 1.01
Kazakhstan Dmitry "dimasick" Matvienko 22 1.01
Kazakhstan Aidyn "KrizzeN" Turlybekov 18 0.97
Kazakhstan Alexey "qikert" Golubev 19 0.95

Offline placings in the last three months
4th Russia GG.BET Majestic - ESL One Cologne Qualifier
9th-11th Ukraine StarSeries i-League Season 5
2nd Russia Adrenaline Cyber League 2018

This squad will return to the Minor with the same lineup as the previous, despite a short stint using Ramazan "Ramz1k" Bashizov. They have had a pretty large drop in form from the last Minor cycle however, dropping series to ENCE and Windigo in the past month. They did have a strong performance in the Minor qualifier, however, taking down forZe and only losing to Spirit.

Can AVANGAR make another Major appearance?

They should still make the playoffs and vie for a top two spot, but could have trouble going against the likes of pro100 or Spirit depending on the matchups. Since his return, Jame has had a good increase in form, and is along with qikert one of the players to watch for.

Spirit (#32) Age Rating
Ukraine Viktor "somedieyoung" Orudjev  21 1.17
Ukraine Pavel "COLDYY1" Veklenko 26 1.10
Russia Vadim "DavCost" Vasilyev 22 1.03
Russia Dmitriy "Dima" Bandurka 23 1.03
Russia Dmitry "S0tF1k" Forostyanko 23 0.86

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd Russia GG.BET Majestic - ESL One Cologne Qualifier
2nd United Kingdom ESEA Season 27 MDL Global Challenge
4th United Kingdom ESL Pro League Season 7 Europe Relegation

Spirit returns for their fourth consecutive Minor, and the sixth in a row for COLDYY1. This will be the first Minor for somedieyoung and the fifth for the other three players. They sit in around the same position as the last few Minors, as one of the top dogs participating.

At the previous Minor, Spirit were just one map away from qualifying for the Major as they lost to Quantum Bellator Fire in the consolidation final. Now, with a strengthened roster featuring in-form somedieyoung and more international experience after competing in Leicester, Spirit will be looking to go one better than in Bucharest and will be eyeing AVANGAR's scalp in the group stage. 

Spirit's chances in London cannot be written off

The main two players to look out for on this squad are the Ukrainians COLDYY1 and somedieyoung, but AWPer DavCost can also put up some substantial numbers.

forZe (#62) Age Rating
Russia Andrey "Jerry" Mekhryakov  20 1.22
Russia Dmitriy "facecrack" Alekseyev 24 1.18
Russia Almaz "almazer" Asadullin 19 1.15
Russia Bogdan "xsepower" Chernikov 20 1.06
Russia Artyom "malik" Arhipov 23 1.02

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd Russia M.Game League 2 Finals

The forZe organization returns for their second Minor, but with an overhauled roster, only keeping facecrack and Jerry from the previous event. This marks the return of almazer however, who was on the active lineup previously but did not play a Minor with them. facecrack is the most experienced of the five, having already attended four Minors with the Method / ANOX core as well as the Spartak / forZe core.

Despite having many unknown players, this team has some decent upset potential depending on the matchups. The star player seems to be xsepower who joined in March and raised eyebrows in the online portion of M.Game League 2 with an average 1.23 rating. It’s unlikely for this team to make the playoffs, but they could ruin another team’s tournament if they are taken lightly.

Monolith (#95) Age Rating  
Latvia Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis  18 1.15 *
Russia Alexey "NickelBack" Trofimov 20 1.14 *
Russia Alexander "spiker" Ivanov 24 1.07 *
Russia Alexey "ub1que" Polivanov 26 1.01 *
Russia Dmitriy "propleh" Senigov 21 0.98 *

Offline placings in the last three months
-

This team sees two old faces make a return to the upper CIS level as well as the Minors in ub1que and spiker, whose last Minor attendances were in 2016. Stand-in YEKINDAR, formerly of EPG, is the one player on this team who will be a Minor rookie, with every other player having played at least one. What’s also interesting is the core members essentially came from separate former teams and banded together to form RUNUP.

The form for this team has looked quite bad, however, as they dropped series to both forZe and FlipSid3 in the Minor closed qualifier and also lost a series to DreamEaters in an online cup. This makes them probably the weakest team at the event, and pretty unlikely they’ll win any games. Either way, the main players to pay attention to from this team will be NickelBack, who found relative success in both EPG and Spirit Academy in the past, and YEKINDAR, who has averaged an interesting 1.17 rating in 2018.

Kazakhstan Aidyn 'KrizzeN' Turlybekov
Aidyn 'KrizzeN' Turlybekov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
388
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
398
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Ivan 'AiyvaN' Semenets
Ivan 'AiyvaN' Semenets
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
370
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Russia Almaz 'almazer' Asadullin
Almaz 'almazer' Asadullin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
177
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Dima 'def' Lemeshchuk
Dima 'def' Lemeshchuk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
377
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Hungary Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
694
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Russia Aleksey '1uke' Zimin
Aleksey '1uke' Zimin
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
523
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.09
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
666
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
444
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Russia Artyom 'malik' Arhipov
Artyom 'malik' Arhipov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
107
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
396
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjev
Viktor 'somedieyoung' Orudjev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
243
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
812
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
95
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.09
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
794
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Ramazan 'Ramz1k' Bashizov
Ramazan 'Ramz1k' Bashizov
Age:
18
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
243
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.10
Ukraine Sergey 'smike' Sklyarenko
Sergey 'smike' Sklyarenko
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
388
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.10
Russia Ali 'Jame' Djami
Ali 'Jame' Djami
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
319
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.09
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
341
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1424
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Dmitry 'dimasick' Matvienko
Dmitry 'dimasick' Matvienko
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
378
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
18
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
267
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Russia Roman 'rommi' Golubev
Roman 'rommi' Golubev
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
418
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Russia Danila 'redhide' Demidov
Danila 'redhide' Demidov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
111
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
254
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Estonia Kristjan 'fejtZ' Allsaar
Kristjan 'fejtZ' Allsaar
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
496
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Dmitriy 'propleh' Senigov
Dmitriy 'propleh' Senigov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
100
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Russia Alexey 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Alexey 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
338
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Russia Alexey 'ub1que' Polivanov
Alexey 'ub1que' Polivanov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
480
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Estonia Rassim 'Jyo' Valijev
Rassim 'Jyo' Valijev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
131
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Russia Svyatoslav 'svyat' Dovbakh
Svyatoslav 'svyat' Dovbakh
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
110
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Latvia Vadim 'Flarich' Karetin
Vadim 'Flarich' Karetin
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
321
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Russia Alexander 'spiker' Ivanov
Alexander 'spiker' Ivanov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
329
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
768
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
727
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Leonard 'kenzor' Volodarchuk
Leonard 'kenzor' Volodarchuk
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
325
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
497
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
lol 0 viewers
2018-07-09 23:24
#3
 | 
Russia Baitzera_SK 
NA CS LUL
2018-07-09 23:25
should've merged all minors...
2018-07-09 23:24
LETS GO WOXIC
2018-07-09 23:46
1. HR 2. SPIRIT 3. AVANGAR 4-7. some unknown cis teams
2018-07-09 23:25
#10
 | 
United States x445 
+1
2018-07-09 23:29
#11
mou | 
Ireland wyte 
Id put AVANGAR 2. after HR
2018-07-09 23:34
+1 yes avangar>sprit
2018-07-09 23:46
+1
2018-07-10 06:33
#5
 | 
Lithuania SH4NKER 
interesting
2018-07-09 23:24
#7
 | 
Europe MrAllu 
UA dimasick pogchamp
2018-07-09 23:26
#8
REZ | 
Switzerland Thebreaker 
Nt prodka
2018-07-09 23:26
#9
 | 
United States Benjii92 
ez for god woxic
2018-07-09 23:29
#12
mou | 
Ireland wyte 
What happened to Flipsid3? They normally always qualify lol.
2018-07-09 23:34
They failed at the online qualifier :( rip bestes player blad3
2018-07-10 00:03
#20
mou | 
Ireland wyte 
yee
2018-07-10 00:06
#13
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy 
fejtZ? pogchamp
2018-07-09 23:35
#14
 | 
Slovakia Marzec31 
Avangar Spirit
2018-07-09 23:41
EU tier 8 have minor LUL
2018-07-09 23:47
#23
sXe | 
Russia Duzzle 
Vp are on major. Tier-8 team on major. Crazy world
2018-07-10 06:43
vp is not on major only at the minor and they propably gonna lose
2018-07-10 15:39
Ez for somedieyoung and NickelBack! gl to them!
2018-07-10 00:02
#21
 | 
World igodsewer 
nonamers with cheats against nonamers with cheats omegalul cis minor is just a waste of major slots...
2018-07-10 02:15
ez hr
2018-07-10 11:19
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