Sprout, Fragsters advance to Europe Minor closed qualifier
The first open qualifier took place over the last two days, with various well-known teams battling for two spots in the closed part, where eight invited teams await.
The likes of LDLC, Red Reserve, Valiance, as well as a LeftOut mixteam featuring Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey, Alexandre "xms" Forté, Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas, and Mikail "Maikelele" Bill, could not make it far enough, as they all went out in the round of 16.
Meanwhile, Sprout made it all the way to the top after beating AGO, Vitality, and 3DMAX in the last three rounds of the qualifier, securing a spot in the closed part in which they found success in the last Major cycle.
Fragsters will also make their second consecutive closed qualifier appearance, as they secured the second spot in the other half of the bracket after beating PRIDE, x6tence Galaxy, Endpoint, and Chaos en route to the grand final.
The Europe Minor closed qualifier team list currently looks as follows:
The next Europe Minor open qualifier will run on October 29-30, with signups still being open on ESEA's website.