Minor Play-in Qualification set to start

The qualifying process for IEM Katowice will come to a close on Sunday with the four-team Minor Play-in qualification stage.

North, Envy, ViCi and Winstrike, the third-placed sides of the Minor regional championships, will get one last chance to secure a spot at IEM Katowice via the new Minor Play-in stage, announced by Valve at the end of August.

The tournament will be played in a double-elimination format, featuring best-of-three matches in the lower bracket, with the top two sides securing direct entry into the New Challengers Stage.

Will North be able to qualify for the Major?

As the highest-ranked side in attendance, North will be heavily favoured to secure a top-two finish. The Danish team missed their first two chances to qualify for the Major after losing to ENCE in the Europe Minor's upper bracket final, and to Vitality in the tournament's consolidation final. All eyes will be on Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså, who averaged a 1.35 rating, second only to Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut (1.36), last week in Katowice.

In their first match, the DreamHack Masters Stockholm champions will be tested by WingHei "Freeman" Cheung, who averaged a tournament-high 1.32 rating in ViCi's third-place run at the Minor.

Below you can find the complete schedule for the Minor Play-in stage:

Sunday, January 27
12:00 | Denmark North vs. China ViCi | BO1
13:10 | Russia Winstrike vs. United States Envy | BO1
14:30 | Upper bracket final | BO1
15:45 | Lower bracket final | BO3
19:45 | Consolidation final | BO3

France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
482
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Hong Kong WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
555
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil so good
2019-01-26 21:06
#4
devoduvek | 
Canada kawoh 
no
2019-01-26 21:05
#9
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
NORTH AND VICI EASY
2019-01-26 21:06
North prob gonna win by I want nV karrigan stickers
2019-01-26 22:04
Who else wants ViCi to win so we get Freeman stickers?
2019-01-26 22:06
They should make freeman stickers free
2019-01-26 22:07
Gordon Freeman
2019-01-26 23:21
#74
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Indonesia LazerTurbo0 
ROFL
2019-01-27 03:14
#65
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
It can happen, 2 bo1 wins and you're at the major
2019-01-26 22:06
#8
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Germany Roflcopter234 
no
2019-01-26 21:05
no
2019-01-26 21:06
#21
blameF | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-01-26 21:07
f5 nolifer
2019-01-26 21:09
who?
2019-01-26 21:09
Brazil already at major :)
2019-01-26 21:24
Winstrike vici
2019-01-26 21:56
North Envy
2019-01-26 21:04
#12
Altekz | 
Netherlands xielA 
I hope so
2019-01-26 21:05
#60
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Russia Sugawara 
nt north and winstrike
2019-01-26 21:54
N LUL R T H
2019-01-26 21:05
ez for vici and winstrike xddddd
2019-01-26 21:05
#86
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Russia undeadc00l 
n1
2019-01-28 04:11
nostadamus here how can i help you
2019-01-28 04:45
#7
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Turkey Zeria_ 
Ez4envy
2019-01-26 21:05
#80
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United Kingdom KennithS 
+1
2019-01-27 12:43
North Winstrike
2019-01-26 21:05
winstrike OMEGALUL
2019-01-26 23:35
Winstrike > EnVy Shit
2019-01-27 05:29
#81
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Estonia Nap0le0n 
North<vici
2019-01-27 13:07
I said that for security, but I was cheering for VICI.
2019-01-27 14:00
NORTH = SHIT
2019-01-27 14:00
#11
draken | 
Poland d1p3r 
Winstrike north
2019-01-26 21:05
Vici
2019-01-26 21:06
North and Winstrike.
2019-01-26 21:06
#14
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Belgium Septa 
I believe in my man WorldEdit. Let's go Winstrike!
2019-01-26 21:06
#79
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
Flair doesn’t check out
2019-01-27 10:54
#16
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Europe andyy_ 
SO EZ FOR WINSTRIKE AND NORTH
2019-01-26 21:06
#20
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Russia mmmmmmajestic 
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH >Kvik >Ez win Winstike is literally playing 4vs5 every fucking game
2019-01-26 21:07
#22
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Europe andyy_ 
A FAN OF FAZE LOL
2019-01-26 21:07
#24
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Russia mmmmmmajestic 
Triggered lithuanian ahahahah
2019-01-26 21:08
Kvik god
2019-01-26 21:45
#18
TenZ | 
Canada nikeewT 
North >> Vici = winstrike > envy
2019-01-26 21:06
#19
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United States StraWz 
North and Envy hopefully.
2019-01-26 21:06
#25
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Europe Skraj 
Minor Play-In, featuring teams that are so bad they have to hold a whole qualifier just for them
2019-01-26 21:08
North are good winstrike played well and worldedit and norbet show promise vici kaze and freeman are fucking gods evy has jdm and jarrigsn they best twam ever
2019-01-26 21:11
Cool
2019-01-26 21:08
North Envy /close
2019-01-26 21:09
North and Winstrike!
2019-01-26 21:10
If north loses then someone needs to kidnap valde so he doesnt have to deal with Norths shit
2019-01-26 21:13
Faze valde inc
2019-01-27 00:08
#36
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Argentina MrRioKai 
Envy And Winstrike i hope
2019-01-26 21:18
#37
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
North and winstrike
2019-01-26 21:18
#38
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Argentina GonzaPines 
North winstrike
2019-01-26 21:22
#39
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World nakTriceps 
North and Envy, I hope.
2019-01-26 21:22
#40
rain | 
Slovakia TrYx_ 
14:30 | Upper bracket final | BO1 14:30 | Upper bracket final | BO1 14:30 | Upper bracket final | BO1 14:30 | Upper bracket final | BO1 14:30 | Upper bracket final | BO1 14:30 | Upper bracket final | BO1 aahahahahah BO1
2019-01-26 21:22
#51
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Israel ZiinTotH 
+1 Really dumb
2019-01-26 21:35
#41
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New Zealand onelover11 
north and envy
2019-01-26 21:23
#42
PokeMon | 
United States Acetk 
north winstrike vici winstrike vici north anyone but Nv
2019-01-26 21:24
#45
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United States Ronaldofanboy 
Envy and vici
2019-01-26 21:27
#46
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Russia 26th 
ez for Winstrike
2019-01-26 21:27
#47
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African Union mikecool 
if north dont get nervous and choke, this is theirs to win
2019-01-26 21:32
if North will not qualify against these teams = disband
2019-01-26 21:34
#49
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
lets go carrygan!
2019-01-26 21:35
north and winstrike more than likely
2019-01-26 21:35
#52
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Latvia s1^ 
upper bracket final bo1 wtf ?
2019-01-26 21:39
North winstrike
2019-01-26 21:45
why not all bo3? so one team can get to the major with 2 bo1 wins, bullshit
2019-01-26 21:48
Where is this being held?
2019-01-26 21:50
#59
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
katowice
2019-01-26 21:52
#57
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
good look envy
2019-01-26 21:52
#58
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
ez4karrigan and ez4nifty
2019-01-26 21:52
#62
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World Notb8ing 
hahahha ub final bo1, is this a joke :D
2019-01-26 21:57
North is the only team out of these 4 that wont just get bounced 0-3 in the qualifier anyways.
2019-01-26 22:45
I may sound delusional to many, but I hope for ViCi and Envy, Winstrike wouldn't be bad either. I'd just like to see the newer and more fired up squads take it tbh.
2019-01-26 22:56
#72
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Canada herocoolzzz 
EZ for North and Envy
2019-01-27 00:10
#73
Majonez  | 
Europe dip6o 
Why would it even need to be double elim bracket?
2019-01-27 01:35
North ViCi
2019-01-27 06:06
#77
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Brazil potatoBRaln 
North + envy/winstrike I hope envy cuz karrigan...
2019-01-27 08:32
#78
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Russia razorVJ 
BO1 this is a fucking joke
2019-01-27 08:56
ViCi up
2019-01-27 13:08
Let's go Vici
2019-01-27 14:29
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