ex-Space Soldiers, ENCE to Europe Minor

ex-Space Soldiers and ENCE are through to the Europe Minor after defeating x-kom and Heroic, respectively, in the closed qualifier.

ex-Space Soldiers and x-kom began their best-of-three series on Train where the CT-sided Polish team won the pistol thanks to Grzegorz "⁠jedqr⁠" Jędras's double kill. ex-Space Soldiers took the lead after losing the first two rounds with triple and quad kills by Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş .

After the Turkish team finished the half 11-4 ahead, x-kom won the second pistol with a 5vs5 retake. Just like in the first half, after the Poles took the first two rounds, XANTARES took matters into his own hand, helping his team close out the map 16-7 with four multi-kill rounds in the second half.

XANTARES & co. joined the EU Minor team list

The second map, Cache, saw x-kom get seven rounds on the CT-side in the first half. Oskar "⁠oskarish⁠" Stenborowski & co. had a 14-11 lead in the second half but ex-Space Soldiers came back to take the game to overtime.

ex-Space Soldiers won the map 19-17 to take the 2-0 series victory. With this win, the Turkish side have booked their place at the Europe Minor.

 ex-Space Soldiers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES 65 - 43 +22 113.9 1.59
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx 51 - 37 +14 86.5 1.28
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz 43 - 36 +7 75.1 1.14
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' KüpeliMAJ3R 39 - 41 -2 81.8 1.06
Turkey Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN 28 - 34 -6 52.4 0.85
 x-kom K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Grzegorz 'jedqr' Jędrasjedqr 46 - 42 +4 85.0 1.14
Poland Krzysiek 'Goofy' GorskiGoofy 35 - 49 -14 79.5 0.92
Poland Daniel 'STOMP' PłomińskiSTOMP 40 - 46 -6 63.5 0.92
Poland Michał 'mono' Gabszewiczmono 35 - 46 -11 67.8 0.91
Poland Oskar 'oskarish' Stenborowskioskarish 35 - 44 -9 67.8 0.82

Meanwhile, Heroic took on ENCE. The CT-sided Finns took the pistol victory on Mirage thanks to Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila's quad kill and made it 4-0 after Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen won a 1vs1. Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli & company secured the first 14 rounds in the match but couldn’t make it a perfect half as they lost a 4vs3 in the 15th round.

The second pistol, featuring a knife kill by Jere "⁠sergej⁠" Salo, concluded in ENCE's favor and Aerial wrapped up the game in the following round with a triple kill as his team won 16-1.

ENCE only lost eight rounds on two maps

ENCE kicked off Overpass by claiming the first three round wins on the T-side. Even though Heroic responded by taking five in a row, ENCE finished the half 10-5 in front after going on a seven round streak.

The Finnish squad closed out the map without much trouble, winning it 16-7. With this result, ENCE have qualified for the Europe Minor.

 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 25 - 32 -7 62.6 0.84
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' LarsenAcilioN 23 - 37 -14 71.6 0.76
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 17 - 36 -19 61.7 0.64
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertzmertz 17 - 34 -17 53.0 0.63
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII 16 - 35 -19 53.1 0.54
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 44 - 22 +22 102.0 1.72
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 38 - 19 +19 98.8 1.52
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 32 - 17 +15 77.8 1.41
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 32 - 24 +8 94.3 1.37
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 28 - 16 +12 71.4 1.34

The last two spots at the Europe Minor will be given out in the remaining two games—Valiance vs. Fragsters and Vitality vs. Kinguin. So far, the qualified teams are:

Poland Oskar 'oskarish' Stenborowski
Oskar 'oskarish' Stenborowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
639
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
642
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
958
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1500
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Poland Grzegorz 'jedqr' Jędras
Grzegorz 'jedqr' Jędras
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
318
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Yea Wooo i made it. Xantares GOD
2018-12-13 19:24
EZ FOR AERIAL
2018-12-13 19:25
allu looked really good. After getting kicked from FaZe then being demoted to secondary AWPer in OpTic, I thought he was done for sure.
2018-12-13 19:31
Neato
2018-12-13 19:46
#16
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Germany FuckMIBR
ez4ence
2018-12-13 19:26
nice
2018-12-13 19:26
#25
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Finland t33mu
EZ4ENCE
2018-12-13 19:28
#40
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Finland Smoonah
just way 2ez4ence another tournament under the belt
2018-12-13 19:38
#2
Vegi | 
Poland Alone01
Expected
2018-12-13 19:24
#22
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Portugal Pato_Gula
EZ4ENCE
2018-12-13 19:26
#26
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Finland t33mu
+1
2018-12-13 19:28
np. flag checks out. your fine keep on moving nothing to see here citizens
2018-12-13 19:48
#53
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Finland eMBeJaana
thegamer
2018-12-13 19:57
Not fast enought
2018-12-13 19:24
#23
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Czech Republic Atten_xD
You suck
2018-12-13 19:26
#4
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Czech Republic Atten_xD
Kebabs FTW
2018-12-13 19:25
#131
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Turkey hxlo
look at ur country
2018-12-15 12:11
Nice
2018-12-13 19:24
nice
2018-12-13 19:24
EZ 4 ENCE AS ALWAYS
2018-12-13 19:24
#8
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Turkey AeonMuffinz
Ez 4 me
2018-12-13 19:25
Ence tier1
2018-12-13 19:25
GO ENCD
2018-12-13 19:25
VACtarens ez minor
2018-12-13 19:25
very easy for ence
2018-12-13 19:25
lul
2018-12-13 19:25
onlineTARES
2018-12-13 19:25
#17
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Lithuania yungz0r
EZ4ENCE
2018-12-13 19:26
EZ4ENCE
2018-12-13 19:26
#19
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Portugal Pato_Gula
EZ4ENCE
2018-12-13 19:26
onlinetares lul
2018-12-13 19:26
+1
2018-12-13 19:29
Not looking at europa minor the ex-space soldiers ?They are need a organizastion ???????
2018-12-13 19:26
#27
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Other Nagardien
EZ4ENCE
2018-12-13 19:28
eu minor looking strong so far Pog
2018-12-13 19:31
xantares hard kick his team into the minor
2018-12-13 19:31
Nice nick amk
2018-12-13 19:33
ty, not miras but alınteri
2018-12-13 19:42
#31
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Turkey Alpyy
KEBAB STRONK!!!
2018-12-13 19:31
Name checks out Flag doesn't check out
2018-12-14 10:02
Allahtares
2018-12-13 19:32
Allah tier sick plays by the legend
2018-12-14 10:01
Expected
2018-12-13 19:33
peacemaker already showing great results
2018-12-13 19:33
lul
2018-12-13 19:36
#39
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Finland Smoonah
haha
2018-12-13 19:37
To be fair, he didn't have much time before this tournament. You could fairly critique him for many things but that's not one of them.
2018-12-14 01:14
#128
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Finland Smoonah
like stealing from charity lulw
2018-12-14 19:17
Has peacemaker done that too? Seems like common hobby for CSGO couches.
2018-12-14 20:20
#130
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Finland Smoonah
it was a while ago but ye pretty sure it was him unless I'm getting names mixed up
2018-12-14 21:08
#38
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Finland Smoonah
good job for ence
2018-12-13 19:37
expected
2018-12-13 19:40
#54
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Finland eMBeJaana
spacesoldiers making it to minor wasn't expected so NT
2018-12-13 19:59
#86
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United Kingdom Denzinho
erm what planet are u on again
2018-12-13 22:03
they have two different stickers from last majors. what about ence?
2018-12-14 09:54
#99
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Finland eMBeJaana
"stickers" woah gz. and i said that it was unlikely to happen that ex ss gets to the minor based on their recent results...
2018-12-14 09:58
virtus pro org picking up the Turkish lineup hltv confirmed
2018-12-13 19:46
VP won't take a lineup whose level is the same as ex-vp lineup's
2018-12-13 20:38
ex SS are way better man, they need a real good org to improve
2018-12-13 20:39
I wish they were... But ngin and maj3r are clearly tier 5 players. XANTARES is carrying them in every match. Sad but true
2018-12-13 21:15
yes maybe
2018-12-13 21:15
#132
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Turkey hxlo
i wish i was able to see your face on the last majors. maj3r literally played amazing in both and played even better than calyx in most of the matches. im not even talking about the fact that his igl. i agree about ngin but if u gonna say maj3r is tier 5 then ure pure braindead
2018-12-15 12:16
Peh... You are only looking major mathces but i am looking generally all matches. Their plays are not organized, they are playing indivudally. But for xantares's individual play in every fckng game they would have already disbanded.
2018-12-15 12:54
#134
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Turkey hxlo
their last months with the organization was fucked up due to problem between org and players. before that everything was going fine for them and they were gaining more and more experience.
2018-12-16 15:18
#45
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United States jmarcelo
They should really name themselves. Ex space soldiers doesnt sound good...
2018-12-13 19:48
#50
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Myanmar xdcc
Afraid of Trump's Space Force.
2018-12-13 19:56
#47
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Myanmar xdcc
no matter who makes it through lowest ranked EU Minor team will be higher than 6/8 CIS teams, 5/8 Asia, 3/6 Americas already. B A L A N C E D
2018-12-13 19:48
#48
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Denmark Xipingu
BOToic LUL
2018-12-13 19:51
#51
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United States xiquo
Just watch ex-ss win the minor and will still not have a org LUL
2018-12-13 19:57
They will announce after minor champion
2018-12-13 20:03
#58
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United States xiquo
PogU
2018-12-13 20:07
Ez4GODtares
2018-12-13 19:57
Xantares 65 kills Ngin 28 kills
2018-12-13 20:02
lmao
2018-12-13 20:43
Ence really deserved they played against very good teams good luck in minor
2018-12-13 20:03
godtares
2018-12-13 20:11
mouse north vitality will be main qualifier
2018-12-13 20:14
-ngiN -MAJ3R +woxic +tarik ez top8
2018-12-13 20:16
#91
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Myanmar xdcc
also -paz +gob b if he speaks turkish. obviously wont happen but could be a top 10 team
2018-12-14 00:19
Paz is a good player, a bit inconsistent but the xanta, calyx and paz trio shouldn't change imo.
2018-12-14 09:58
SS wasted spot, the only map they can play half decent is Cache and that is banned by most teams and the only strat they have is rush a bombsite and hope Xantares or Calyx kills everyone.
2018-12-13 20:22
It's true unfortunately. They only rely on contact play. Almost no flash peeks, strats etc. Their team play sucks. They were much better in the first half of the year. But especially after cbble remove, they look very fragile. Also add organization issues to that.
2018-12-13 20:30
#94
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Indonesia segopecel
+1
2018-12-14 06:58
Basically no brain, just aim.
2018-12-14 09:57
easy
2018-12-13 20:32
ez 4 XANTARES and ENCE
2018-12-13 20:36
Xantares 1 man army
2018-12-13 21:07
EZ4ENCE
2018-12-13 21:26
ENCE 100% sure is going to get the spot in the major
2018-12-13 21:45
ENCE #1 2019 HLTV confirmed
2018-12-13 21:47
No visa issues for exSS, unexpected!
2018-12-13 22:14
How would they have visa issues in their home country?
2018-12-13 23:13
Didnt know it sry
2018-12-14 18:05
visa issues for online
2018-12-13 23:40
Ez 4 ence rip heroic tho
2018-12-13 23:13
EZ4ENCE Friberg still shit
2018-12-14 02:40
ez4ence
2018-12-14 09:47
EZ4ENCE
2018-12-14 09:52
Ex ss
2018-12-14 16:15
ez
2018-12-14 18:00
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