ESL announce Minor changes; reveal Play-in details

ESL introduced small changes to the format of the Minors leading up to the IEM Katowice Major, and revealed details about the Minor Play-in tournament.

As was previously announced, the IEM Katowice Minors will take place between in the second half of January. CIS and EU teams will be playing on January 16-20, with squads from Asia and America set to fight for a Major spot on January 22-26.

Following the Minors, the Minor Play-in tournament will take place, where the third-placed teams from each Minor will fight for two spots at the IEM Katowice Major.

The format of the Katowice Minors will be slightly different from the previous ones

The tournament organizer announced that they will be refreshing the Minor format which will still feature GSL groups and a double elimination playoff bracket, but now, only the opening matches will be BO1. The decider and elimination matches used to be played as BO3, but in Katowice, the winners' match will be BO3 as well.

A change has been introduced to the playoffs as well. The Minors will no longer feature a grand final, which used to be played between two teams that already secured a spot at the Challenger Stage of the Major and only decided seeding and prize money. At the upcoming Minors, the team that wins the upper-bracket will take the first place, with the winner of the lower-bracket (consolidation final) taking the second place, qualifying for the Major.

Major qualification structure

The third-placed team from each Minor will participate in the Minor Play-in tournament which takes place on January 27. That event will be played out using a double-elimination bracket, with the opening and winners' matches being BO1, and the elimination and decider matches being BO3.

The seeding for the Play-in has also been revealed; in the opening round, the European team will be playing the Asian representative, while the team from CIS will take on the third-placed squad from the Americas Minor.

Thanks ESL, very cool and very legal! @OP is there a picture in higher resolution available?
2018-12-21 14:24
ye
2018-12-21 14:24
#32
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
CIS minor should be extinct.
2018-12-21 14:33
Agree’d
2018-12-21 14:38
with that logic asian minor should be gone too because renegades & tyloo are fucking shit at the majors and haven't achieved anything ever since the minors got introduced. Even CIS teams achieved more than them
2018-12-21 15:07
#58
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Norway SaltySausage 
like qbf
2018-12-21 15:30
well,in your words that fifa world cup should just invite southamerica and euroteam right? new teams shouldnt have chance to make history right? liquid have 0 major why u go to katowice? go home and see fnc nip astralis sk play sounds good.
2018-12-21 20:29
Dude I'm definitely not agreeing with this, I'm just showing how retarded it is to think the CIS Minor should be gone
2018-12-21 22:23
how about merge euro and CIS two minors with 4 main qualifier places
2018-12-22 04:55
#97
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
“With that logic” That’s YOUR logic though, I never said why I think CIS minors should be extinct.
2018-12-21 20:56
Mad cuz dosia_1_major_faze_0
2018-12-21 16:13
+34
2018-12-21 16:31
"why didnt hitler kill russians would be so nice for the world" - Mind_Control, dota 2 pro player, TI Winner, Millionaire
2018-12-21 18:00
spirit ez eu minor
2018-12-21 19:53
in fact, euro tier2 teams not always play good in major,we can see last 2years, 8 teams got 0-3 at main qualifier,euro 3 cis 3 asia 2, why u think euro teams better than cis teams a alot,just because they got more major? it dosent means euro tier2 teams better than cis tier2,even asia tier1 teams like renegades and tyloo,they also beat euro teams sometimes. tips FAZE also have got 0-3 in major.
2018-12-21 20:58
no one cares about soccer
2018-12-21 21:20
you are the world. you dont care about soccer of course no one cares xDDDDDD
2018-12-21 21:47
im the world? wow im focking huge! and yes i never enjoyed this shit
2018-12-21 23:52
#11
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Estonia TRopez 
scam
2018-12-21 14:24
#13
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Brazil Cold_beast 
F5
2018-12-21 14:24
Click on it to open in gallery, you can press download in the top right then for full rez
2018-12-21 14:25
Great, thank you!
2018-12-21 14:26
#22
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
This is much higher qualify than even the "download" option because HLTV didn't upload the original quality image: eslgaming.com/sites/default/files/IEM_in..
2018-12-21 14:27
Look the same to me, thanks anyways xD
2018-12-21 14:29
#26
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
HLTV's version is 1600x900px, this is 3840x2160px. It also doesn't have JPEG compression artifacts all over it.
2018-12-21 14:30
Yeah i just saw that i can zoom in even more lol
2018-12-21 14:31
#29
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
Could at least upload the original full size image instead of a down-scaled compressed JPEG :hltv_thonk:
2018-12-21 14:31
+1 good changes
2018-12-21 14:33
#46
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Brazil Charizaldo 
very legal LUL
2018-12-21 14:58
#62
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
+1
2018-12-21 15:56
+1
2018-12-21 22:10
#2
huyak | 
Ukraine acrje 
Oh
2018-12-21 14:23
#118
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United States JacobSick954 
Feels bad
2019-01-09 16:48
wtf
2018-12-21 14:23
ayy
2018-12-21 14:23
#5
xsepower | 
Russia ronic1 
Nice
2018-12-21 14:24
weeeeeeeeeeooooooowww
2018-12-21 14:24
Who cares Give eu 6 spots already
2018-12-21 14:25
#9
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Norway Alexed 
Kkkk
2018-12-21 14:24
#12
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Europe b7ack0ut 
ok
2018-12-21 14:24
#14
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Yugoslavia realblizzy 
khjhkjh (me tying to comment first)
2018-12-21 14:24
#15
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
Omg nice!!!!!!!
2018-12-21 14:24
pls bo3 at major aswell
2018-12-21 14:25
bo5>bo3
2018-12-21 14:28
bo5 boring bo3 the best
2018-12-21 14:43
#49
NiKo | 
Poland flux22 
bo3 boring bo1 the best
2018-12-21 15:07
bo5 is boring bo1 is random bo3 the best
2018-12-21 16:16
#76
NiKo | 
Poland flux22 
for me bo3 is boring as well, and it steals a lot of time of my day
2018-12-21 16:21
#91
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United Kingdom FEodAL 
+1
2018-12-21 18:13
faceit is biggei
2018-12-21 14:25
sure
2018-12-21 14:26
ok
2018-12-21 14:26
wow
2018-12-21 14:28
Nice
2018-12-21 14:31
I guess they read my comments, ecksdeeh
2018-12-21 14:32
ESL is quality
2018-12-21 14:32
Lets go valiance
2018-12-21 14:36
#38
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World Quaresmania 
NO CHANCE SORRY BRO
2018-12-21 14:40
Says who?
2018-12-21 14:43
#42
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World Quaresmania 
CS EXPERT. BELIEVE ME.
2018-12-21 14:43
Lmao go watch your shitty turkish cs without orgs
2018-12-21 14:44
Is Valiance any better?
2018-12-21 15:09
yes
2018-12-21 20:22
Okay, thank for info.
2018-12-21 21:51
They are not. I’m with u
2018-12-22 01:04
much better
2018-12-21 14:39
ESL in Katowice without Virtus.pro isnt real ESL
2018-12-21 14:39
#39
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Finland coswell 
Its so sad that CIS gets the same amount of slots as EU... just merge them and give out 4 slots.
2018-12-21 14:41
#44
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
are you f*** you?
2018-12-21 14:50
#47
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Russia M13f 
2018-12-21 15:01
online lmao
2018-12-21 15:21
These luckers don't deserve it I think, if only they didn't face the brazilian qual team, they are going to get 0-3'd.
2018-12-21 16:39
no wild cards ? no fan votes ? to bring polish teams
2018-12-21 14:53
0/8
2018-12-21 15:09
could be a good idea, even though they wouldn't really deserve it considering there's no Polish team in top 30. It's actually pretty sad that you don't even have a national team to cheer for this year even in the minor (and you had 4 polish teams in the qualifier)
2018-12-21 15:11
-1
2018-12-21 15:21
... yeah, rethinking about it they wouldn't deserve it at all. And we would have a full biased crowd. They also have the showmatch for that purpose, reunite the golden5 for the lulz or something. And what would be the odds that a team like AGO qualify in the playoffs?
2018-12-21 16:31
yup indeed, only team that could have a chance in my eyes would be Kinguin, but they are quite lackluster lately. There's no top30 Polish team so they clearly don't deserve to be at the major.
2018-12-21 16:51
OGC will play in every major then lol
2018-12-21 15:22
For real....
2018-12-21 15:35
For next major should be 3 qualified from europe and one from CIS region...just sayin
2018-12-21 15:29
#115
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France Waiit 
Or put CIS teams into EU qualifiers
2018-12-22 16:28
then there will be 0 CIS teams in majors LUL
2018-12-23 14:11
#57
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United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
I like the removal of the grand final to decide the winner; it was kind of a pointless game when both teams had qualified, so wasted time for no benefit.
2018-12-21 15:29
Money
2018-12-21 15:46
#64
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United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
That money will just go to the upper bracket winner instead probably
2018-12-21 15:57
Maybe for better seed
2018-12-21 15:58
#68
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Denmark Xipingu 
Meh, still weren’t taken very seriously. And the prize pool weren’t too Big anyways
2018-12-21 15:59
#63
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Nice Finally start fixing major spots
2018-12-21 15:57
#65
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Denmark Xipingu 
I like the removal of the “grand final” - never felt like the teams really took it seriously. Most of the time it’s been very onesided for one team. No point.
2018-12-21 15:58
#70
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World Beard43 
Good changes for sure. I wouldn't call them minor changes though, they're restructuring the whole qualifiers.
2018-12-21 15:59
#72
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Hungary lemusz 
no polaks no party
2018-12-21 16:01
#81
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United States Raptorial 
+1 :(
2018-12-21 16:44
#80
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United States Raptorial 
Nice job ESL!! ESL MAJOR > OTHER MAJORS
2018-12-21 16:44
#82
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Russia skipster 
yaaa it’s rewind time
2018-12-21 16:48
seems like improvements
2018-12-21 16:59
#113
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Europe DEXI_ 
But still, 2 spots from CIS and Asia is too much compared to same amount of slots from Europe. Dude, everybody in EU Minor is better than anybody in Asia or CIS.
2018-12-22 03:02
#119
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Russia ultnie 
ex-SS and Windigo better than Avangar, Spirit, Gambit or current Winstrike? I don't think so. They for sure better than mixes that shuffles after every minor in CIS, who want everything in short terms (I guess they learn nothing from Vega expirience about sticking together before you feel that you can't do any better). Sure, I only brought up playoff teams from CIS and weaker group losers in EU, but you said EVERYBODY better than ANYBODY, so I can easily do this.
2019-01-19 16:17
#120
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Europe DEXI_ 
*Anybody participating in Minors, sorry.
2019-01-19 20:50
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