ESL unveils Minor Closed Qualifier invites

Teams that were awarded spots in the closed qualifiers for all regions of the Minors leading up to the ESL One Rio Major have been announced.

Teams such as NIP, fnatic, FURIA, and forZe have therefore been confirmed as participants of their respective regions' closed qualifiers. In the announcement, it was made clear that teams were invited mainly based on the ESL rankings, but also "additional factors such as other rankings, and recent results".

kioShiMa's Heretics are amongst the teams invited to the Europe Closed Qualifier

The resulting team lists include some names that might come as a surprise, such as Heretics, who are currently placed #65 in our rankings, and OG, who have played just one offline event and failed to make it past the IEM Katowice Open Qualifier earlier this month.

You can find the Closed Qualifier teams below:

Europe:

North America:

CIS:

South America:

Oceania:

East Asia:

China:

SEA:

Middle East:

The first European Open Qualifier has just kicked off, with the live coverage and teams participating in it available in our news post here.

syman still able to play major's even though they are banned by esic
2020-01-31 18:49
15 replies
pau no cu do first
2020-01-31 18:48
8 replies
q isso tio
2020-01-31 18:51
1 reply
kdaikfdiojdj ta tirando cuzao
2020-01-31 19:01
Fala zezé
2020-01-31 19:14
5 replies
hey man I cant understand what you saying please speak in english xdddd
2020-01-31 19:16
4 replies
Bom dia cara
2020-01-31 19:17
3 replies
what man por favor speak english I dont know o que you are falando
2020-01-31 19:17
2 replies
sorry mas i não understand oque are você talking também
2020-01-31 19:20
1 reply
#152
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Brazil Ikerwar
fala zezé
2020-02-01 02:55
#6
NAF | 
United States skzl_
Ok
2020-01-31 18:48
why are they banned? Is there some news?
2020-02-01 08:26
4 replies
322
2020-02-01 12:37
3 replies
what's that?
2020-02-01 21:17
2 replies
1 reply
thx!
2020-02-01 21:48
okay
2020-01-31 18:48
heretics and movistar LUL
2020-01-31 18:48
3 replies
Heretics - #65 place in HLTV Ranking Illuminar - #34 place in HLTV Ranking Heretics with invite, Illuminar have to play open quali ITS A JOKE
2020-01-31 23:01
2 replies
they invite teams based on ESL ranking XD it's rly stupid
2020-02-01 08:25
#163
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Netherlands Alvinnie
Lucky and kio played ESL tournies in 2019
2020-02-01 11:04
ok
2020-01-31 18:48
MOVISTAR LUL
2020-01-31 18:48
swedes and danes group A
2020-01-31 18:49
1 reply
#148
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Denmark Randomij
It's not divided in groups yet
2020-02-01 01:45
#9
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Canada Herodionus
EZ FOR OG
2020-01-31 18:49
3 Spanish teams
2020-01-31 18:49
1 reply
orgs*
2020-01-31 18:55
kekw
2020-01-31 18:49
first
2020-01-31 18:49
Let's go BIG TIME REGAL GAMING! ez for superstar xccurate
2020-01-31 18:49
1 reply
big time rush?
2020-01-31 22:13
#14
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Australia FlaKeXD
Anyone else not see Dignitas
2020-01-31 18:49
Heretics? Og? Movistar Riders? Lol!
2020-01-31 18:49
2 replies
Riders top 30 deserved, Heretics top 65 isn't deserved
2020-01-31 18:50
1 reply
+1
2020-01-31 19:03
#16
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Europe skrekc
Nice! Heretics tho lul
2020-01-31 18:49
Heretics RLY????
2020-01-31 18:50
Heretics and movistar riders? hello?
2020-01-31 18:50
5 replies
Movistar is the 7th Europe team (Not qualified to the major) in ESL and also in HLTV rank. So don't know why are u stranged. Heretics is totally wasted spot
2020-01-31 18:54
1 reply
Movistar is the 9th team to not be qualified for the major in Europe based on rankings, not 7th
2020-02-01 12:36
Do you think the invites were made yesterday or what ? even so it would be BIG, who was smashed x3 by Movistar Riders LAN and online, who would replace Heretics.
2020-01-31 19:04
2 replies
new big>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>movistar riders
2020-01-31 19:29
1 reply
not proved and invites weren't made yesterday, also big should replace heretics, not Riders
2020-01-31 19:35
NASR
2020-01-31 18:50
#22
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Denmark minosss
hahaha movistar and heretics XDDDDDDD
2020-01-31 18:50
5 replies
#37
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Chile Romanosky
ESL Ranking = Clown. And INTZ and Sharks in SA = stolen slots.
2020-01-31 18:52
1 reply
#151
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Chile mgafMUAT
+111111111111111111111111111
2020-02-01 02:53
Movistar is the 7th Europe team (Not qualified to the major) in ESL and also in HLTV rank. So don't know why are u stranged. Heretics is totally wasted spot.
2020-01-31 18:55
2 replies
#56
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Denmark minosss
movistar too wasted spot xd
2020-01-31 18:59
1 reply
#176
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Portugal MCDOUG
I support every Spanish and Portuguese team cause I want the Iberia scene to grow, but movistar riders would struggle allot to qualify via the normal qualifiers, I doubt they could do it. I saw them playing against sAw, for a IEM Katowice qualifier, they lost, and sAw is going through hell on the minor qualifiers. I don't like invites on a Major tournament, I understand the Legend status, but don't agree with invites.
2020-02-05 14:39
-Heretics +BIG
2020-01-31 18:51
2 replies
#36
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Germany ske0
+1
2020-01-31 18:52
+1
2020-01-31 20:00
ok
2020-01-31 18:51
Ez Ridersss
2020-01-31 18:51
#28
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Finland Vaittify
How can they fuck Havu so bad?? What a disgrace
2020-01-31 18:52
3 replies
you mean havu that loses to subtop german teams in open qualifiers?
2020-01-31 19:31
2 replies
#119
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Finland Vaittify
I mean HAVU that played in ESEA MDL Season 32 Europe Finals and earned a ESL Pro League Season 10 Pre-Relegation spot. They would have got the spot in EPL fairly easy against some shitty INTZ or Sharks
2020-01-31 20:39
1 reply
Which they wouldn't have played in the relegation retard.
2020-01-31 22:45
#29
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Spain Minixx77
HAHAHHA MOVISTAR AND HERETICS LOL
2020-01-31 18:52
#30
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Spain G3CK0
Deserved for Riders!
2020-01-31 18:52
1 reply
true true
2020-01-31 20:40
F U C K E S L R A N K I N G
2020-01-31 18:52
EZ Minor 4 4ZE
2020-01-31 18:52
OG should be in the open qualifiers they do t deserve that spot
2020-01-31 18:52
1 reply
+1
2020-01-31 19:26
Ok i can understand movistar, but Heretics??? Excuse me but wtf?
2020-01-31 18:52
omegalul for chaos
2020-01-31 18:52
Heretics? Really HAHAHAHAHAH. Good joke.
2020-01-31 18:52
#39
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Belgium Hjawesomme
chaos? steel is still banned right? theyre using a standin then?
2020-01-31 18:53
1 reply
Yes, that is why they signed vanity, who is an igl, because steel can't participate in majors but they still need someone who can call and knows the structure of the team
2020-01-31 22:48
Heretics and movistar riders over BIG and Dig because of "additional factors such as other rankings, and recent result" lul
2020-01-31 18:53
6 replies
dig havent played a single game how can they be invited? based on what
2020-01-31 18:54
1 reply
ESL rankings. Don't ask me how they are 24th in there but they just are.
2020-01-31 18:58
#73
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Spain G3CK0
Movistar has smashed BIG the last 3 times they played
2020-01-31 19:07
2 replies
The new big roster is way better then moviestar riders But for me their invite is ok Just -heretics +big
2020-02-01 07:56
1 reply
#165
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Spain G3CK0
Yeah, but understand there hasnt been enough time to invite them. I would have invited HAVU or Sprout instead of heretics, they are mcuh better ranked and definetely, deserve it more
2020-02-01 12:11
#141
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Spain Adruvi
You didnt see the last matches BIGjoke vs MRS
2020-01-31 23:30
#41
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United States Bonger
They invite Heretics and Movistar Riders but not BIG...
2020-01-31 18:53
4 replies
Cry is free jerman
2020-01-31 19:06
3 replies
#71
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United States Bonger
Movistar riders not even top30 lol
2020-01-31 19:07
2 replies
2020-01-31 19:21
-Heretics +DavidBigP
2020-01-31 18:53
fnatic in minor xd
2020-01-31 18:55
#48
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Poland Julka
Heretics wtf?
2020-01-31 18:55
#50
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Russia SunFlame
Fnatic clearly favorite in EU Minors, FURIA or Cloud9 on NA, forZe in CIS, Others don't care. For me: EU: Fnatic, OG NA: FURIA, Cloud9 CIS: forZe, Gambit Youngsters And put here Renegades, i liked them at Dreamhack Leipzig.
2020-01-31 18:56
#51
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United States sorcrcrc
POG
2020-01-31 18:57
Where is bug clan guys ?
2020-01-31 18:57
Where’s complexity
2020-01-31 18:58
1 reply
Complexity is in the European qualifier. They are allowed to participate na qualifiers for every event except majors in which they have to qualify through the EU minor
2020-01-31 22:51
Heretics??????? wtf what a waste of spot. they should be paid for this unless its impossible
2020-01-31 18:59
BIG, coL > Heretics ESL Ranking OMEGALUL
2020-01-31 19:01
LOL @EU invites, ESL drunk again .. srsly, what's wrong with them :D
2020-01-31 19:02
Heretics ??????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT A JOKE !!!!!!!!!!! the team did literally NOTHING !!!!!!!!! -Heretics +BIG
2020-01-31 19:03
1 reply
+111111111111
2020-01-31 20:01
#61
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Brazil lusketa
wtf, if the criteria its the esl rank, they invited the wrong teams in the europe -movistar -heretics +BIG +Dignitas
2020-01-31 19:03
5 replies
Dignitas haven't played a single game
2020-01-31 19:06
4 replies
#74
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Brazil lusketa
i know, but if they used the rank who they created like criteria, thats the right thing to do, but im happy about movistar invite, they deserved but not about heretics
2020-01-31 19:08
3 replies
What's the point about inviting a team that hasn't played any game?
2020-01-31 20:01
2 replies
#125
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Brazil lusketa
What about BIG? They are better in the rank than Heretics and they played recently
2020-01-31 21:34
1 reply
Yeah it will be better If: -Heretics. +BiG.
2020-01-31 22:19
VSM will be able to play???
2020-01-31 19:03
HAHA LUL BIG???
2020-01-31 19:06
OG?!!! MR??? GODSENT???? HERETICS?????? WHAT THE HELL THEY HAVE DONE????
2020-01-31 19:06
7 replies
#72
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United States Bonger
+11 where is big
2020-01-31 19:07
1 reply
DH win was too late
2020-02-01 08:09
#78
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Spain G3CK0
Only undeserving team there is Heretics tbh
2020-01-31 19:08
they suck Valve
2020-01-31 19:57
Godsent won a DH The other idk
2020-02-01 08:09
2 replies
DH summer which was from Jun 16th - Jun 18th 2018 ... lol i mean i love to see krystal and maikelele playing on such a level agaion but its undeserved still
2020-02-01 08:53
1 reply
For BIG as well. Invites were made before DH Leipzig obv. Godsent had two 3-4 place at the end of the year DH 2019 Sevilla and winter. So they did more for the recent ranks than big
2020-02-01 09:58
Ez 4 Riders Bug didn't deserve it
2020-01-31 19:07
1 reply
It is an invite to a qualifier that u will lose anyway.
2020-02-01 08:10
#75
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Spain Scar98
Heretics excuse me wrf
2020-01-31 19:08
2 replies
#85
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Denmark minosss
movistar excuseme wtf
2020-01-31 19:14
1 reply
#76
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Greece sifounasGG
Complexity???
2020-01-31 19:08
#77
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Brazil mBrozz
FREEVSM ????????
2020-01-31 19:08
#81
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Brazil f0nsek
In Chaos team steel doesnt apper because he is banned, and in Detona v$m appear with his name in the team... heres the doubt V$M WAS BANNED OR NOT?
2020-01-31 19:11
2 replies
VSM unbanned HLTV confirmed
2020-01-31 19:18
1 reply
#97
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Brazil f0nsek
+1
2020-01-31 19:21
EZ 4 MOVIE STARS RIDERS
2020-01-31 19:13
yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah Riderssssss :D
2020-01-31 19:14
#88
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Germany I_car
Why not bug?
2020-01-31 19:16
#90
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Brazil UZeftG0D
Where's complexity?
2020-01-31 19:17
1 reply
2020-01-31 19:18
#98
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Poland Po_Prostu
its a joke… why some teams must play boi1 matches and some dont have to...
2020-01-31 19:21
MR definitely deserved it rather than Dignitas but Heretics over BIG?
2020-01-31 19:22
#100
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Brazil GuigsXP
Free vsm
2020-01-31 19:25
Yea we're gonna see a lot more of those weird invites in the future i guess. Money does the job.
2020-01-31 19:25
Esl what the hell are you doing??
2020-01-31 19:30
why are intz and sharks in the SA qualifier?
2020-01-31 19:52
No col and no big. Meanwhile they invited teams like heretics and triumph, lmao.
2020-01-31 20:03
Heretics? What the actual F*CK?
2020-01-31 20:14
#116
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Finland FlNLAND
Alpha Red best players 👍👍👍👍👍👍
2020-01-31 20:30
heretics + movistar xd esl rankings for you. Shit company burn in hell
2020-01-31 20:31
5 replies
the amount of salty poles is enormous around here, it's esl rankings bruh
2020-01-31 20:40
4 replies
static.hltv.org/images/bigflags/30x20/ES.. checks out. U know movistar is shit and don't deserve but u won't admit it :)
2020-01-31 20:54
3 replies
Lul, cry is free polska
2020-01-31 22:59
2 replies
check out flag. expected reply. nothing new to see. cya.
2020-01-31 23:27
1 reply
Polish team won’t qualify don’t worry
2020-02-01 01:30
#118
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Poland Kobel_
OG? Are you kidding? All they ever did was win a couple BO1s in invite-only tournament
2020-01-31 20:35
heretics XDDDDD good joke esl
2020-01-31 20:40
How are godsent 25th in the world?
2020-01-31 21:33
wait what am i mistaken or do we have heretics, movistar etc instead of faze?
2020-01-31 21:39
5 replies
Bruh faze is already in the challengers stage
2020-01-31 23:52
4 replies
Nów i know theres sth wrong with me
2020-01-31 23:56
3 replies
Nah, Major was six months ago, people tend to forget
2020-02-01 00:55
2 replies
Yep but i thought that ive seen Faze in hltv's news about teams competing in open qual and i was 100% sure that they were there
2020-02-01 10:38
1 reply
They confused the name FAZE with FATE lul
2020-02-02 01:48
OG???? FOR WHAT???
2020-01-31 21:57
#130
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Ukraine den37773
ez for Absolute
2020-01-31 22:20
#131
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Spain nabyou97
loooool movistar in the minor yeeeeeeees
2020-01-31 22:43
heretics hasnt showed any potential so far imo. only thing they got going for them was the big names in the team. but surely they wouldnt be invited just because of that??
2020-01-31 22:48
1 reply
I am pretty sure they got invite cuz esl rankings, too bad those rankings are shit, so they only got in cuz lucky and kio had some points. For instance if some astralis player would get kicked and joined to danish no name team with 0 points they would be in top 15 :D Also Dignitas could have been in instead I guess had they announced their team a bit earlier.
2020-02-01 02:11
OG WHAT A JOKE
2020-02-01 00:37
Why this trash from heretics or Movistar is invited ? They won’t qualify from a regular qualifiers lmao
2020-02-01 01:29
1 reply
esl ranking is wack xddd, heretics as team got 0 points but cuz lucky and kio have some points when they played G2 they can be in qualifier. I wish they used HLTV ranking instead tbh.
2020-02-01 02:08
South Africa = Middle East confirmed
2020-02-01 11:15
#169
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Brunei cyLoL
Lmao furia in NA qual fucking rigged to get more br teams
2020-02-01 14:23
yes
2020-02-01 21:38
Random rankings all over the place, wtf
2020-02-02 08:08
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