Windigo, MIKSTURA through to Europe Minor closed qualifier

The second open qualifier for the Europe Minor has come to a close, with Windigo and MIKSTURA both earning spots in the closed bracket.

AGO's elimination at the hands of Fierce in the second round of the bracket set the tone for what would be a tournament full of upsets as a number of high-profile sides could not reach the latter stages.

DreamHack Winter qualifier winners x6tence Galaxy were eliminated in the third round by Defusekids, while Vitality and LeftOut both fell in the Round of 32 after losing to Tempo Storm and cats, respectively.

byali finds success with MIKSTURA in qualifier

Windigo were the first side to book a spot in the closed qualifier. The Bulgarian team, who had made headlines after signing Valentin "poizon" Vasilev - a move described by Bpro as poaching - disposed of cats and Valiance before taking down Tricked in a two-map series with a jaw-dropping performance from their newest member, who averaged a 1.83 rating and a 102 ADR.

But the surprise package of the qualifier was MIKSTURA. The Polish mix, headlined by Virtus.pro backup member Paweł "byali" Bieliński, reached the semi-final stage following a sensational run that included wins over LDLC and Imperial.

MIKSTURA pinned Red Reserve against the ropes with a close 16-13 victory on Inferno in the first map of their semi-final series. The Swedish side responded with a 16-4 battering on Overpass, but then they wasted a 12-3 lead on Nuke, with the Polish mix eventually coming out on top after three keenly-contested overtimes.

Prior to the match, byali had revealed on Twitter that Virtus.pro would allow him to compete in the closed qualifier - in which Filip "NEO" Kubski's side will also be taking part - should MIKSTURA qualify. However, it is unknown whether that will be sanctioned by Valve itself as the game developer has taken a firm stance against potential conflicts of interest.

The team list for the closed qualifier currently looks as follows:

The qualifying process for the Europe Minor will continue on November 10 with the third open qualifier, with registration available on the tournament's website.

Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
629
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1675
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Byali LUUUL
2018-10-31 00:36
#5
leman | 
Yugoslavia w13lan 
spam this szmaciura to help mikstura
2018-10-31 00:36
meine mem xd
2018-10-31 00:43
xDDD
2018-10-31 01:31
Mikstura>vp
2018-10-31 06:58
OMEGALUL
2018-10-31 07:56
Alemanha kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-10-31 00:54
How dare you talk to me Untermensch?
2018-10-31 00:54
whats the matter?
2018-10-31 01:12
hahahahaha
2018-10-31 07:51
#71
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Denmark RUZUR 
Yes, always fun when a German is pretending to be a Nazi... hahaha... NOT!
2018-10-31 08:58
#90
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Blonde gaylover dont dare to talk with him))
2018-10-31 14:51
#72
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Norway AndersBreivik 
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-10-31 09:08
#101
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Israel nukero 
german cs LUL byali better than every player from germany
2018-11-01 15:31
#2
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Poland Aloes 
ez
2018-10-31 00:36
wow
2018-10-31 00:36
#4
Zero | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Nice
2018-10-31 00:36
RED RESERVE CHOKED???????? EZ FOR BYALI lmao
2018-10-31 00:36
#7
oskar | 
Poland ThoreQ 
Byali best decision ever
2018-10-31 00:37
#8
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Poland Vartok 
ez for mikstura
2018-10-31 00:37
ez4Ence
2018-10-31 00:37
+1
2018-10-31 06:58
MIKSTURA <3
2018-10-31 00:37
man i want so badly rr fail cause of draken
2018-10-31 00:37
🌪️ SPAM 🌪️ THIS 🌪️ WICHURA 🌪️ TO 🌪️ HELP 🌪️ MIKSTURA 🌪️
2018-10-31 00:37
POLISH CHEATERS PogChamp
2018-10-31 00:38
Ez for byali Ez for Taz
2018-10-31 00:38
#15
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Poland vzk 
EZ MIKSTURA 2 STRONG
2018-10-31 00:38
I thought byali play pubg?
2018-10-31 00:39
#66
JW | 
Sweden Yupp17 
You also think that your mom is ho- tho- ?
2018-10-31 08:20
#91
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
What The son of 2 gays know about mom?
2018-10-31 14:53
#96
JW | 
Sweden Yupp17 
But how TF you were born you don't have any did or mum ohhhhhh.... I get it a dog I bet you look like a dog
2018-11-01 00:18
#98
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
I born in country, where dogs were more clever, than u
2018-11-01 01:15
#99
JW | 
Sweden Yupp17 
Ok DOG
2018-11-01 01:47
#102
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
U agreed, that your iq<dog iq
2018-11-02 07:12
#103
JW | 
Sweden Yupp17 
And you agreed you are DOG
2018-11-02 09:23
#104
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
If i compare your iq with dog, it doesn't mean what I compare it with mine... Idiot
2018-11-02 11:46
#105
JW | 
Sweden Yupp17 
DOG
2018-11-02 12:58
#17
PAGO | 
Poland Kimanerq 
sobol cluch god
2018-10-31 00:39
lets go Windigo!!!! who cares about the boring poles
2018-10-31 00:39
#19
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Poland iveforever 
Joke i have friend in Bułgaria So no
2018-10-31 00:42
the mix team has enough supporters in this thread windigo needs more fans
2018-10-31 00:42
#21
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Poland iveforever 
Ik
2018-10-31 00:43
Team played great, hope they can keep that form
2018-10-31 00:44
wish they won those 2 maps vs astralis
2018-10-31 00:45
I'm too much of an Astralis fan to support that wish, I always hope that Astralis wins everything xD But for Windigo as probable upcoming team it would've been great wins for sure and they have to stay away from relegation matches and get every point they can
2018-10-31 00:49
closed minor qualifier looks like a decent Tier 2 event and it is only qualifier for minor OMEGALUL
2018-10-31 00:43
#39
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Poland Kobel_ 
It looks better than most of DH Opens tbh
2018-10-31 01:05
#76
byali | 
Sri Lanka DeSing 
Cuz there are no NA teams?
2018-10-31 10:02
yes
2018-10-31 10:15
byali??? not pubg professional play3r??
2018-10-31 00:43
Mikstura is a mix btw. They dont even practice.
2018-10-31 00:47
they will now i guess
2018-10-31 00:48
If Valve will allow Virtus.pro to have players assigned in two different teams.
2018-10-31 12:34
#28
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Poland halucyn0 
nice gj on qualifier for qualifier
2018-10-31 00:47
#30
Kristou | 
Denmark stezj 
xd
2018-10-31 00:49
xD VP will not qualify to Minor its 100% Almost every team here will beat them
2018-10-31 00:49
lul, like faze today?
2018-10-31 00:55
#94
Vodka | 
Poland parsnip 
xdd
2018-10-31 18:29
open (8/1024) - closed (8/16) - eu minor (3/8) hell LUL
2018-10-31 00:54
It was quite a close match and I'm glad to have had the pleasure to watch it. gg to Mikstura, hope to see Red Reserve make it in one of the next 2 oqs.
2018-10-31 00:54
#38
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Malaysia byaIi 
byaliGOD lol
2018-10-31 01:00
#40
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Poland Kobel_ 
It hurts me to look at those teams knowing that max 3 out of those will play at Major btw ez MIKSTURA
2018-10-31 01:06
#61
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Russia GramDEL 
*2 Lol as only 2 teams will be attending the closed qualifier and can potentially play on major
2018-10-31 07:22
yes but wont they make some kind of last chance qual because top 15-16 last major wont be invited to the next?
2018-10-31 10:16
#85
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Russia GramDEL 
They're gonna attend the major qualifier
2018-10-31 10:52
#93
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Poland Kobel_ 
There's gonna be additional tournament for teams that will take 3rd place in Minors
2018-10-31 17:08
#95
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Russia GramDEL 
Soooo fucking stupid if it's true
2018-10-31 19:38
#42
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Spain akproxx 
Wtf :D
2018-10-31 01:17
there will a lot of laugh thread if mikstura make it through, while vp don't. btw : mikstura [mixture] a number of things mixed together and used for a given purpose. LOL xd
2018-10-31 01:30
#47
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Why? They are better than vp
2018-10-31 01:58
#45
shox | 
Poland kubeq97 
Z DŻORDŻA ŚCIĄGANA BĘDZIE SKÓRA TO HELP MIKSTURA
2018-10-31 01:33
#46
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Poland Marcines 
ez mikstura
2018-10-31 01:37
Denmark is everywhere.
2018-10-31 02:08
#49
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Poland white_tank 
gj mikstura
2018-10-31 02:21
Mikstura IEM MAJOR CHAMPS 2k19 Byali after 5 years take major again Ez4mikstur
2018-10-31 02:26
Starting to look like pronax is pretty much done. 0.75 and 0.67 ratings against Epsilon and MIKSTURA, he couldn't do shit. Also quite a meltdown from Red Reserve.
2018-10-31 06:13
#59
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Austria gex0r 
he is long time, unfortunately no idea why imperial would choose him. seems like they're really desperate for an IGL
2018-10-31 06:59
True that, he hasn't been able to do damage in years but it also looks like he hasn't been able improve his calling to keep up with the developing scene. Granted that he only just joined the team, it of course takes time to get to know the team and every individual player well enough to start honing in the strats, but judging from this qualifier his take on strats seems outdated.
2018-10-31 08:37
His strats are from 2014-15. Which just dont work anymore. You gotta do it like gob b or glaive. Always evolving and moving with the meta and the status quo of cs
2018-10-31 10:40
Definitely. Have to admit tho, judging him based on this qual isn't really fair. With such a new lineup there's no point trying to go for super elaborate strats but rather play fairly straightforward and just try to utilize the heavy hitters like EspiranTo and nexa to get picks and such. Only time will tell but I have very little faith, as you said, he seems to still be back in 2015 with his approach.
2018-10-31 13:02
#53
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Poland MiSzCzU 
Mikstura vs VP XDDDDDie It will be intresting
2018-10-31 06:28
fucking cheaters
2018-10-31 06:30
nt iDISBALANCE
2018-10-31 08:03
IDisbalance top1 hltv player in 2019
2018-10-31 08:20
Bulgarians for the major spot ;)
2018-10-31 06:57
#58
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Austria gex0r 
byalkooooo
2018-10-31 06:59
#60
fnx | 
Poland neverbait 
dawaj byaleczko na vp teraz jazda
2018-10-31 07:08
Byali cant play
2018-10-31 10:38
omg byali will eliminate vp with noobs xD
2018-10-31 08:21
Byali cant play because conflict of interest. Either mikstura play without byali or vp play with byali or byali doesnt play at all. Theres no chance vp plays vs mikstura with byali on the main roster.
2018-10-31 10:37
@byalics If we will qualify for minor closed quals, i will be able to play with the team. @dvoryrom agreed. Cheers :)
2018-10-31 10:48
Gj innocent, retire pls
2018-10-31 08:23
#81
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United States Ronaldofanboy 
its more like draken need to retire
2018-10-31 10:38
pls vp kick pasha neo morelz + taz snax byali or rallen
2018-10-31 08:44
#74
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
Snax wont play with byali any more
2018-10-31 09:24
they are friends wtf r u talking about?
2018-11-01 00:26
#73
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
Byali's mix >> vp LUL
2018-10-31 09:24
#75
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Poland XMS17 
god job
2018-10-31 09:50
Damn even the closed qualifier for the MINOR is stacked af.
2018-10-31 10:35
Valve should extend majors or something.So many good teams didnt even maded to closed quals,and think about that.from all those teams only 3 will be at major
2018-10-31 11:43
#89
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Poland AricOG 
Great Job Mikstura Polish CS ain't dead...would love to see Mikstura vs VP in a main quals ^^
2018-10-31 14:03
#92
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Poland noizerinho 
<3
2018-10-31 15:24
byali > vp
2018-11-01 03:59
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