The top eight of the last Open Qualifier for the CIS region didn't feature that many known teams, with DreamEaters and Vyalie Pitoni being the two most notable squads, but there were some well-known players competing under mix-names.
In the quarter-finals, former Quantum Bellator Fire and Winstrike teammates Savelii "jmqa" Bragin and Nikita "waterfaLLZ" Matveyev faced off as LAN DODGERS met tomorrow will be better, with the former taking the win. Playing under de_aztec was known CIS figure Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov, whose team also featured two Swedes, Rasmus "kreaz" Johansson and Aleksandar "jayzaR" Zarkovic. de_aztec was also eliminated in the quarter-finals, losing in overtime to Vyalie Pitoni.
In the match between LAN DODGERS and Vyalie Pitoni, Vladyslav "arch" Svistov was the main man, topfragging for his side on both of the maps they won: Inferno (16-13) and Mirage (19-15), therefore seeing LAN DODGERS secure one of the Closed Qualifier spots.
On the other side of the bracket, we saw DreamEaters take on PUGSTAR5 in the semi-final and lose 2-0 after an overtime on Cache (19-16) and a convincing T-side showing on Train by their opponents (16-9).
With that, all of the CIS Minor Closed Qualifier teams have been determined:
The CIS Minor Closed Qualifier will take place on November 17-18, with the sixteen teams competing for eight spots at the CIS Minor.