ESL abolishes Minor invites; announces dates for qualifiers

MIRAA
October 9th, 2018 17:38

ESL has revealed that it will not be issuing invites to teams to compete at the Minors leading to the IEM Katowice Major.

In a statement, ESL explained that it wants to make the format of the Minors "completely inclusive", with all teams required to qualify online.

When compared to the qualifying process for the FACEIT Major, the Asia Minor is the only one affected by this decision as none of the other three regional tournaments had invite slots.

Winstrike and mousesports, the bottom two sides of the FACEIT Major London's New Legends Stage, will be invited to the closed qualifiers for the CIS and the Europe Minors, respectively.

mousesports will need to qualify for the Europe Minor online

In all regional closed qualifiers, the spot will be split equally between invites and open qualifier places. The official rulebook of the qualifiers will be released by ESL next week along with the registration links for each tournament.

Below you can find the schedule for the online qualifiers for the Minors:

Europe Minor

Open Qualifier #1 - October 22-23
Open Qualifier #2 - October 29-30
Open Qualifier #3 - November 10-12
Open Qualifier #4 - November 24-25

Closed Qualifier - December 12-13

CIS Minor

Open Qualifier #1 - October 24-25
Open Qualifier #2 - November 2-3
Open Qualifier #3 - November 6-7
Open Qualifier #4 - November 11-12

Closed Qualifier - November 17-18

Americas Minor

South America (two spots):

Open Qualifier #1 - October 24-25
Open Qualifier #2 - November 3-4

Closed Qualifier - November 17-18

North America (six spots):

Open Qualifier #1 - October 22-23
Open Qualifier #2 - October 29-30
Open Qualifier #3 - November 10-11
Open Qualifier #4 - November 26-27

Closed Qualifier - December 12-14

Asia Minor

Oceania (two spots):

Oceania Open Qualifier #1 - November 2
Oceania Open Qualifier #2 - November 13

Oceania Closed Qualifier - November 18-19

China (two spots):

China Open Qualifier #1 - November 1
China Open Qualifier #2 - November 6

China Closed Qualifier - November 15-16

Southeast Asia (one spot):

SEA Open Qualifier #1 - November 1
SEA Open Qualifier #2 - November 6

SEA Closed Qualifier - November 15-16

East Asia (two spots):

East Asia Open Qualifier #1 - November 1
East Asia Open Qualifier #2 - November 6

East Asia Closed Qualifier - November 15-16

Middle East (one spot):

Middle East Open Qualifier #1 - November 2
Middle East Open Qualifier #2 - November 8

Middle East Closed Qualifier - November 15-16

Note: ESL has announced slight changes to the dates of the closed qualifiers in Europe, North America and Oceania.

#2
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United Kingdom PizzeH 
First?
2018-10-09 17:41
#11
f0rest | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fackyyy 
Are they fucking retarded
2018-10-09 17:39
#23
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Sweden AlexJonesVEVO 
ence will qualify
2018-10-09 17:41
#34
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Finland istop1 
ence will get invited to closed with mouz north optic vitality and more
2018-10-09 17:45
#47
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Nepal TYZ4 
EZ for KingWIN
2018-10-09 17:56
#79
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Austria shaakeh 
oho
2018-10-09 18:14
Bad try
2018-10-09 19:15
#107
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Russia og_loc 
ez4ence
2018-10-09 18:56
#108
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Russia og_loc 
The funniest thing is, it is really becoming too ez for ence
2018-10-09 18:56
Finally they'll might qualify...
2018-10-09 19:15
#151
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Russia og_loc 
Yeah, that would be great for them
2018-10-10 11:45
Finally lul heard that last time too
2018-10-09 19:16
#20
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Sweden ConaN007 
Online qualifiers are cancer...
2018-10-09 17:40
Thank fucking god, real CS is played in those qualifiers teams like NIp got a. Free pass through the blood bath that is eu qualifiers. if you're good enough you'll make it through 4 online qualifiers. It's a no brainer HOWEVER WHY THE FUCK DOES ASIA STILL HAVE 8 SPOTS AND NO AFRICA QUALIFIERS LOL FUCKING JOKE
2018-10-09 18:42
>africa >cs pick one
2018-10-09 18:49
Wesg caN do it how can a major not
2018-10-09 19:27
#125
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United States Err0h 
Gaben doesn't bless the rains down in Africa :(
2018-10-09 19:31
wesg is for the world, majors are for good teams
2018-10-09 19:31
You are joking right ?? If it would be only for the good teams their would be 1 minor for everyone. So only the best comw in. But no they do regional minors so that from everyone some teams come through
2018-10-09 19:57
if african teams really want they can just go to an asian one or the middle eastern one
2018-10-09 22:29
still countered you argument. its not only for good teams.its for good teams in every region
2018-10-09 22:37
But Africa sent their best team to NA and they are pretty shit even by NA standards lol
2018-10-09 23:49
south africa isnt the only country in africa...
2018-10-10 04:03
and swifty never said that. but the best team in the african continent IS south african, and they're shit
2018-10-10 12:18
so youre just a bully gotcha, i won this debate a while ago so hold your L and now youre just projecting and everyone here can see it. Youre just a troll get a life everyone is laughing at you with your mental issues
2018-10-10 19:49
i hope this is copy pasta
2018-10-10 20:11
Dismissing my concern as a troll fucking typical troll move. Enjoy the L kid keep being salty everyone can see it.
2018-10-11 21:52
The best team is South African and they suck
2018-10-10 18:34
Autist fan...
2018-10-09 19:17
africa cs is a joke
2018-10-10 08:30
How are they going to say they got rid of invites and yet still have a closed qualifier invite for everyone still. All they mean is Asian won't have invites which is fine except for the fact that they don't have a 16 team —> closed qualifier like everyone else does. Grow the scene in that area my ass.
2018-10-09 19:30
they only said they got rid of minor invites, not all invites. the south american closed qualifier only has 8 teams, that makes 24 teams total for the americas region. the asia/oce region has 40 teams in 5 closed qualifiers. and you should know very well that the reason for that is the sheer size of that region, you can't have middle eastern teams play against nz teams in the same qualifier. and valve is growing that region by constantly giving them 2 spots in the new challenger stage. if they folded that region into any other, they'd have no chances of making it to the major.
2018-10-10 15:26
#3
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Singapore Trisha 
oof
2018-10-09 17:39
#80
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Austria shaakeh 
wtf
2018-10-09 18:14
#4
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Romania Cuntstantin 
WHAT
2018-10-09 17:39
#5
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Netherlands BIGMONEYSALVIA 
this is really stupid
2018-10-09 17:39
#91
ropz | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
It may seem stupid now, but maybe this is a precursor to removing the broken “legends” system where you can get top 8 at the previous major and are automatically in the next one.
2018-10-09 18:19
#94
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Brazil lokodecrack 
yeah, but this will also enable cheaters to take spots from teams that actually do something on lan
2018-10-09 18:37
#96
ropz | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
Meh, cheaters will be in the open qualifiers. The closed qualifier will still have invites so mousesports won’t have to play against some team of cheaters to get into the closed qualifier.
2018-10-09 18:39
#97
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
I thought there had never been invites for minors, just for closed qualifiers
2018-10-09 18:42
#98
ropz | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
The Asian minor definitely invites teams to it, renegades and tyloo got invites ever year.
2018-10-09 18:47
#99
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
ah yeah forgot about that, I think CIS had some too
2018-10-09 18:47
#146
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Australia MatthewJKS 
Now it’s gonna be stupid because Renegades will go to the Oceania closed qualifier and take one of the Oceania spots if they’re good enough. It’s so stupid that they don’t have a closed qualifier for the Asian region.
2018-10-10 02:39
#6
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Brazil bernog 
MOUZ LUL LUL
2018-10-09 17:39
#7
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Slovakia NyKnight 
rip mouz
2018-10-09 17:39
#8
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Portugal nife_killer 
LUL
2018-10-09 17:39
RIP
2018-10-09 17:39
#10
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Poland sthEn 
Ez for VP.
2018-10-09 17:39
#21
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Sweden Dino1 
RiP VP, they were even bad online when they were on top, they were always a LAN team
2018-10-09 17:40
#13
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Ezzzzz 2nd place liquid.
2018-10-09 17:39
#14
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Australia TeBo 
Gay
2018-10-09 17:39
#15
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United States FlagMaster 
Ooof
2018-10-09 17:39
#16
NikoM | 
Argentina gonZAA 
next time they should hippity hoppity abolish the private propierty
2018-10-09 17:40
#17
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Argentina ECSBOX 
SA: 2 spots NA: 6 spot Yeah, completely inclusive
2018-10-09 17:40
south america doesn't even have 2 teams that can compete against the 6 na teams at the minor.
2018-10-09 17:54
+1
2018-10-10 00:05
#51
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Brazil beckerzin 
but team one furia lg and intz compete in na minor qualifier and they all gonna qualify ez 6 br teams on minor
2018-10-09 17:58
#69
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
haha +1
2018-10-09 18:11
#75
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
furia,team one,intz,luminosity,(NA)sharks(EU),wild,detona(S.A) ,mibr (legend)
2018-10-09 18:14
mibr is your only decent team rn, accept it
2018-10-09 21:25
Rip renegades
2018-10-09 17:40
#19
jks | 
Australia 0iq_man 
FUCKING GOOD
2018-10-09 17:40
Really stupid decision no idea what they are thinking
2018-10-09 17:41
#24
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France Evocat 
Why stop at the minor? Make the whole major "completely inclusive" and abolish the retarded "legend status" while you're at it.
2018-10-09 17:41
+1
2018-10-09 18:08
#100
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Denmark MeToxi 
wont work unless they increase prizepools by a pretty large margin
2018-10-09 18:48
#133
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Australia Ohnorepo 
Looks like this might a step in that direction actually.
2018-10-09 20:49
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooof. now vp will hack to get into major cuz they have nothing to lose xD
2018-10-09 17:41
XDDD
2018-10-09 17:42
ESL WAT DOINK???
2018-10-09 17:42
#28
Dropzera | 
Russia r3sp 
i like it, closed qualis invites are enough for strong teams
2018-10-09 17:42
#52
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Europe p1peb0mb 
they should not be invited to closed qualifiers in first place. they are 4 open qualifiers.if those strong teams can't make it to closed qualifiers after 4 chances,they don't deserve it.
2018-10-09 17:58
#92
Dropzera | 
Russia r3sp 
u have a point
2018-10-09 18:23
f u c k
2018-10-09 17:43
why
2018-10-09 17:43
#31
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
fuck you esl
2018-10-09 17:44
Why?
2018-10-09 17:44
#33
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Germany Sabba1 
rip mouz lol
2018-10-09 17:45
#35
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
FUCK, we'll never see mouz at a major again.
2018-10-09 17:46
good!
2018-10-09 17:47
#37
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Finland Emvi 
Didnt think the minor system could get any worse from complete garbage but here we are. ESL have done it.
2018-10-09 17:47
#89
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World waltsuu 
but its same system still? just no free spot for Renegades for example. They didnt have to play any qualifier to play at the minor. All eu teams played closed qualifier online for the minor.
2018-10-09 18:18
#38
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Poland Aloes 
RIP VP
2018-10-09 17:47
bye mouz
2018-10-09 17:48
Ez 4 ence
2018-10-09 17:51
#41
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Sweden Bangs 
"alot fans and teams complain about the minor system , maybe we should change it?" "OK, everyone must now qualify for the minor" "But isnt the qualification one of the most hated things about the minor system already?" "EVERYONE. MUST. QUALIFY"
2018-10-09 17:51
#86
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
xDDD +1
2018-10-09 18:17
#42
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India hitman4636 
yea sure, don't invite #4 HLTV team
2018-10-09 17:52
#76
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
They are invited to the closed qualifier right?
2018-10-09 18:14
#103
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Denmark MeToxi 
yup
2018-10-09 18:49
rip vitaly and vpoo
2018-10-09 17:52
#127
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France cedd 
vitality will win major, you read here first
2018-10-09 19:37
Maybe in another game but not csgo
2018-10-09 20:20
#138
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France cedd 
they will be better than space soldiers for sure, but that isnt hard
2018-10-09 21:48
It's a good idea. More fair that way
2018-10-09 17:53
800 iq, ESL will make sure a blatantly hacking mixteam will eliminate mousesports
2018-10-09 17:53
#48
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North America Arixx 
ARE YOU SERIOUS IN MY EYES?
2018-10-09 17:57
#49
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Paraguay HighAIching 
RIPSPORTS
2018-10-09 17:57
#50
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Czech Republic Skleepy 
Yes, cause 4th team in the world doesn´t deserve invite. xdd They were so trash that they lost to NiP, MIBR and FaZe, such noobs!
2018-10-09 17:58
#53
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Europe p1peb0mb 
mouz is not the 4th best team in major circuit.world ranking is irrelevant in major.
2018-10-09 17:59
and thats why the major is becomming a joke and its rules are shit
2018-10-09 18:05
EZ 4 ENCE
2018-10-09 18:02
#55
nex | 
Germany Der_Pabst 
ez for sprout. we need natosaphix to have green hair
2018-10-09 18:02
#56
jokes | 
Brazil on_you 
fuck off.
2018-10-09 18:02
Imperial again in CIS qualifier?
2018-10-09 18:04
#58
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Germany volt =D 
>Oceania: Two spots What a waste
2018-10-09 18:04
#64
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Australia Dadecum 
you either dont understand how the system works or youre retarded
2018-10-09 18:07
#67
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Germany volt =D 
Australian Tier 50 teams gets another spot in the minor when they really only need one for RNG. The other spot should go to SEA since they're bigger.
2018-10-09 18:09
#74
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Australia Dadecum 
tainted minds came third last minor, and theyre not even the best domestic AU team, all the SEA teams went out early
2018-10-09 18:13
#88
jks | 
Australia 0iq_man 
But SEA asian teams falling out instantly everytime is fine ok.
2018-10-09 18:18
#149
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Australia t0rrent 
Watch both of those oce teams go through asian minor
2018-10-10 04:45
#59
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
Bolsonaro 2018 ,Brazil 2 points !
2018-10-09 18:05
#61
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Russia chexov 
Boombl4
2018-10-09 18:05
Finally!! This invite system was shit. And the asian minor was invite only!! Hope esl gets all majors in the future
2018-10-09 18:06
#63
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Poland misioneos 
it should be two minors: EU Minor (Europe+CIS) 6/7 slots to Major and Rest World Minor (Americas+Asia+Oceania) 3/4 slots to Major
2018-10-09 18:06
#84
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Denmark Asstralis 
That is single handedly the most retarded thing ive ever seen. Dont breed
2018-10-09 18:16
#90
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Poland misioneos 
why? every notable team from muricas and asia are already in a major
2018-10-09 18:18
#65
HPR | 
Australia imLi0N 
yeah good more online randomness in qualifying for the biggest lan of the year
2018-10-09 18:08
#68
f0rest | 
Estonia Rebae 
retarded system tbh
2018-10-09 18:09
#70
suNny | 
Vietnam Oida 
Imagine being Mouz: Losing to NiP, MIBR, FaZe in BO1 ... now having the hardest route ever to go to the Legends stage again.
2018-10-09 18:11
#73
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
Ain't mousesports invited to closed qualifier?
2018-10-09 18:13
#77
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Australia Dadecum 
closed qualifier, not the minor
2018-10-09 18:14
#83
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
No teams were invited to the minor during any other major, so I don't see anything wrong with it
2018-10-09 18:16
#85
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Australia Dadecum 
thats wrong
2018-10-09 18:17
#78
suNny | 
Vietnam Oida 
shit can't read, but still very hard for mouz
2018-10-09 18:14
#71
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
Imagine bunch of VAC team qualifies for the minor OMEGLUL
2018-10-09 18:12
EU Minor; Mouz, North, Space Soldiers, VP, Heroic, ENCE, OpTic lul mini Major
2018-10-09 18:12
I thought ss in minor qualifier is it wrong?
2018-10-09 18:50
yes, but they should ez qualify
2018-10-09 18:56
NOOOOOOoooooooooooo..... >:( doesnt matter tho mouz will smash the minor and get back to legends
2018-10-09 18:14
#82
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Europe potatomato 
RIP VP
2018-10-09 18:15
i think this is cool so we can see some serious under dogs at the events. i like that shit.
2018-10-09 18:17
"I think it's fine that teams that can actually go deep at the event can potentially not qualify"
2018-10-09 19:03
#93
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Most retarded decision ever, congratz.
2018-10-09 18:26
Don't invite high ranked teams to make them play online BO1's to qualify for Minor smh
2018-10-09 19:01
Oh fuck no this will never work
2018-10-09 19:12
Good this is the way it should be. Earn your way through, all the fans that are upset are the "bigger" teams like North and Mousesports who will have to go all the way through qualifiers. It isn't one and done anyways. It is okay to lose one bo1 but a good team shouldn't lose two anyways.
2018-10-09 19:21
Ez 4 MovistarRiders
2018-10-09 19:24
#128
shox | 
India iejesus 
Ok
2018-10-09 19:41
LOL
2018-10-09 20:01
#132
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Brazil hugoooo 
Next step is stopping treating "CIS" as a continent. Teams like Vega and Winstrike steal spots of waaaaaay beter European teams all the time. CIS countries are in Europe, treat them as European teams ffs, this is retarded.
2018-10-09 20:46
#134
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Korea GodPutin 
2018-10-09 21:21
#145
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Brazil hugoooo 
Ir they are in Asia, they should play the fucking Asian minor them, instead of stealing EU spots.
2018-10-10 01:15
LMAO now mousesports gonna get rekt by cheaters online GG ESL
2018-10-09 21:26
#137
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Turkey MoonsterCS 
Ez for Space Soldiers
2018-10-09 21:46
Stupid af
2018-10-09 23:22
YES THANK YOU ESL
2018-10-10 00:04
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2018-10-10 04:35
#158
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Romania AdryaaN 
I can't find any links to the qualifiers, are they not up yet, or am I blind?
2018-10-17 20:25
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