mousesports, North, more in EU Minor closed qualifier

The closed qualifier for the Europe Minor Championship is about to start, with 16 teams squaring off for eight spots at the $50,000 tournament in Katowice.

The qualifier will use a best-of-three, double-elimination format, with the eight invitees taking on teams coming out of the open brackets in the first round, scheduled to start at 11:00.

No. 6 in the world mousesports and No. 10 North headline the team list for the qualifier, which also boasts eight other teams currently inside the top 30 in the ranking.

mouz will have to fight their way back to the Major

The first round will feature a mouth-watering clash between five former Major champions as Virtus.pro will be pitting their wits against Vitality, and a Danish showdown between TOYOTA Master Bangkok champions Heroic and Fragsters, who will be fielding Nicolai "glace" Jensen and Frederik "LOMME" Nielsen as stand-ins following the departures of Ismail "refrezh" Ali and Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen, according to a report from HLTV.org.

The top eight sides of the closed qualifier will earn spots at the Europe Minor, which will be held at the ESL Arena, in Katowice, from January 16-20.

Below you can find the match-ups for the first round of the qualifier:

Europe mousesports vs. Poland x-kom
Poland Virtus.pro vs. France Vitality
France LDLC vs. Serbia Valiance
Finland ENCE vs. Bulgaria Windigo
Denmark OpTic vs. Poland MIKSTURA
Denmark Fragsters vs. Denmark Heroic
Poland Kinguin vs. Turkey ex-Space Soldiers
Germany Sprout vs. Denmark North

Denmark Frederik 'LOMME' Nielsen
Frederik 'LOMME' Nielsen
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
623
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
528
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
568
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nicolai 'glace' Jensen
Nicolai 'glace' Jensen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
589
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#2
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Latvia Skym93 
GL
2018-12-12 10:00
#7
eneshan | 
Turkey Cherub 
xd
2018-12-12 10:01
Ez for ex space and heroic
2018-12-12 10:09
still no org, wow, thats sad...
2018-12-12 10:38
It's a bit tough with all the visa issues.
2018-12-12 10:54
yeah, but its 2k18, whats wrong with the people... if someone from eht eu is visiting the iran he cant travel to the us for one year. BS!!!
2018-12-12 11:08
+1
2018-12-12 16:11
#71
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Mouz Vitality LDLC Ez4ence Optic Heroic Ez4TAZ North
2018-12-12 15:46
Wow
2018-12-12 10:00
#4
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Switzerland ElonMusk 
Actually pretty nice
2018-12-12 10:00
#5
Boo | 
France mbl4 
go vitality !
2018-12-12 10:01
#6
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Norway Phancy11 
Ez vp
2018-12-12 10:01
#8
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Czech Republic ufonk 
Ez Mouz
2018-12-12 10:01
Ence vs windigo where???
2018-12-12 10:02
#23
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Finland eMBeJaana 
12:00 isn't it?
2018-12-12 10:17
Yes hltv forgot to put in in the article
2018-12-12 10:30
#59
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
where?
2018-12-12 12:46
#10
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United States jgcoleman16 
4 out of 5 of iconic Virtus Pro players on 3 different teams at 1 event.....
2018-12-12 10:03
I miss snax
2018-12-12 10:33
#31
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Poland vzk 
Sad :(
2018-12-12 10:33
Imagine showing this to someone in 2016
2018-12-12 15:07
forgot ence vs windigo
2018-12-12 10:03
#12
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Turkey moonstercsgo 
Ez for exspacesoldiers
2018-12-12 10:03
#13
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United States Trump2020KAG 
If mouz don’t win this then RIP
2018-12-12 10:06
#14
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Norway AndersBreivik 
Ez 4 stark god
2018-12-12 10:06
#15
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Germany Constikdw 
That’s gonna be brutal
2018-12-12 10:06
#16
ZywOo | 
France SinyoR 
MY BOIS GONNA KİCK ALL OF THEM. WHO ARE WE ?
2018-12-12 10:08
is this happens because we are from Bulgaria
2018-12-12 10:23
#33
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Poland vzk 
Sorry but EZ4ENCE
2018-12-12 10:34
#51
NiKo | 
United Kingdom lr1015 
EZ4ENCE 100%
2018-12-12 11:53
#18
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World madman112 
S T A C K E D
2018-12-12 10:10
#54
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Ence, vitality, x-ss, mouz, kinguin, north, heroic, VP
2018-12-12 11:56
#19
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Afghanistan Sk8erBoi8713 
This is a stacked Qualifier, I am definitely interested in who will qualify for the Minor itself, and from the American region I do wish Bravado will make it through to the Minor.
2018-12-12 10:10
#52
NiKo | 
United Kingdom lr1015 
Yeah, and I wish that the government wouldn't bollocks up Brexit, but alas, no
2018-12-12 11:53
#20
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Lithuania SH4NKER 
nice
2018-12-12 10:10
Nice
2018-12-12 10:15
#24
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Poland sthEn 
Easy for Virtus.Pro
2018-12-12 10:23
Good luck to all Hungarian team!
2018-12-12 10:24
all of team are literally strong,7 team better than all Asian team...
2018-12-12 10:27
#29
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Poland vzk 
Na Sobola nie ugrasz Ez4Mikstura
2018-12-12 10:32
#32
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Switzerland hanniba1fade 
lets go mouz!
2018-12-12 10:33
ez4allu
2018-12-12 10:35
Dams looks spicy Lots of good teams
2018-12-12 10:37
#37
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
"with 16 teams squaring off for eight spots at the $50,000 tournament in Katowice." Makes it sound like these teams are there for $50k.
2018-12-12 10:46
So many danish teammmmm
2018-12-12 10:45
#47
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United States jgcoleman16 
Just as many polish teams
2018-12-12 11:10
#39
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Denmark oskarsports 
Finally mouz in the minor qualifier such a good team
2018-12-12 10:51
You know shit has hit the ceiling when the qualifier for the minor is more stacked than a $100k DH event.
2018-12-12 10:55
EZ for Danes and Poles, 8 teams XD
2018-12-12 10:56
#53
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
at least 3 out of the four polish teams will get rekt in the first matchup rofl
2018-12-12 11:54
ez kinguin ez mikstura
2018-12-12 11:57
#57
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
Optic way stronger than lulkstura
2018-12-12 11:57
throwptic win? i arent think that
2018-12-12 11:58
Guys where is OGC? Didn't they make it to the minor qualifier?
2018-12-12 11:00
#73
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Australia CaZeR01 
0/8
2018-12-13 07:27
#44
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Poland Aloes 
VP closed quali plans: Plan A 1. Lose first match 2. Lose second match 3. Go home Plan B 1. Lose first match 2. WIn second match 3. Lose third match 4. Go home Plan C 1. WIn first match 2. Lose second match 3. Lose third match 4. Go home
2018-12-12 11:03
#62
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Plan D 1. Lose first match 2. Go home
2018-12-12 13:21
#45
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World bigb1rd 
Snax should join x-com just for this qualifier just to add to the tension and cool storylines
2018-12-12 11:07
#48
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Denmark Zorrondo 
tier 8 event
2018-12-12 11:18
#49
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
wait what ? mouz is not in the challenger's stage?
2018-12-12 11:20
No because they went 0-3
2018-12-12 13:09
#63
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
oh yeah , thenks for explon
2018-12-12 13:40
explon lul
2018-12-12 15:08
damn this is gonna be blood bath
2018-12-12 11:34
#64
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
henry is that u
2018-12-12 13:41
pff
2018-12-12 11:57
give more places for EU teams
2018-12-12 13:09
leggo
2018-12-12 13:43
#66
food | 
Poland M0N0L0Q 
Ez for Mikstura and X-Kom
2018-12-12 13:52
Lets go byali, taz and vp
2018-12-12 14:18
EZ FOR MOUZ
2018-12-12 15:08
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