KOVA, Apeks through to EU Minor closed qualifier

Nordic duo KOVA and Apeks have booked spots in the closed qualifier for the Europe Minor after coming through the third open bracket.

After an opening day filled with upsets, the biggest of which saw No.2 seed SJ eliminated in the second round, the qualifier got down to its last eight teams, and the culling of big names continued early on Sunday.

AGO, the highest-ranked side still in contention, were eliminated in a double-overtime clash against fellow Polish side Pompa in the quarter-finals, the same stage in which the world No.42, SKADE, fell against KOVA.

The Finnish side, who are ranked fourth in the country and 77th in the world, went on to beat Endpoint after just two maps to claim a spot in the closed stage - an historical feat for the young team, with an average age of just 20.6 years.

Apeks are through to the closed bracket

Apeks, who had survived close games against SMASH and Lyngby Vikings earlier in the tournament, went on to play out a three-map thriller with Pompa for a spot in the closed qualifier. The Norwegian team came back from three match points down to tie up the series in overtime before completing the reverse sweep with a dominant performance on Mirage.

The updated team list for the Europe Minor closed qualifier, scheduled for March 7-8, looks as follows:

The open qualifying process for the Europe Minor will conclude this week with the fourth and final bracket, scheduled for February 12-13. It promises to be a thrilling tournament as teams such as Complexity, GamerLegion, Secret and AGO will be vying for the final two spots in the closed stage.

#1
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Europe Ignotuspuer
Cool
2020-02-10 02:56
still no polish team omegalul
2020-02-10 03:41
xd
2020-02-10 06:02
#64
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Poland general007
Our scene is the worst long time, so nobody is suprised.
2020-02-10 12:33
yes same here
2020-02-10 23:00
Juggernaut better rise up for their last chance
2020-02-10 02:57
saw please lets go
2020-02-10 02:58
it's always hard with difficult teams and 5+ games in a single day... they've gone much further than anyone ever before and we should be proud that they did this with 1 month or so of practice!
2020-02-11 03:49
Apeks POG
2020-02-10 02:59
#5
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Austria I_love_Hltv
who?
2020-02-10 02:59
Kova and Apeks
2020-02-10 03:01
online cs LUL
2020-02-10 03:12
#23
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Norway LogiC_
Gotta play online to make it to offline brother
2020-02-10 04:03
to get destroyed at lan*
2020-02-10 04:06
So? They are working their way to the lans why you gotta hate on small teams trying to go up against big teams?
2020-02-10 22:24
Flag checks
2020-02-10 23:25
Well yeah I do care more because it's a Finnish team but I wouldn't hate on any small team for trying to grind their way up the ranks
2020-02-11 23:48
#25
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Montenegro LakaZakon
AUS cs
2020-02-10 04:17
+1
2020-02-10 04:51
#36
who | 
Bulgaria No_1One
Renegades, 100t
2020-02-10 07:00
auswitch cs
2020-02-10 07:04
#49
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Finland Goble81
Every team must start from somewhere. Or do you think it would be better if LAN teams were chosen by highest bidder or by random without organizing online qualifications? Little less salt...
2020-02-10 10:09
Go germany!
2020-02-10 03:01
Complexity rly needs to show up
2020-02-10 03:04
CoL>Astralis but CoL<Tier 3 Logic
2020-02-10 08:46
if Complexity can't qualify for the closed minor qualifier after beating Astralis and Vitality then im gonna lose my mind
2020-02-10 10:01
#52
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Finland Faifainei
it only needs one fuckup in a bo1 for that to happen.
2020-02-10 11:14
Never heard of either but Apeks has a Gratisfaction clone, so they must be decent
2020-02-10 03:04
#10
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Finland tyo
how did kova pass
2020-02-10 03:04
#44
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Finland Madd!z
Derkeps carry
2020-02-10 09:16
breaking news twixie has broken his arm and therefore spamned will play in the major final
2020-02-10 10:17
Pietola destroyed some noobs aka 2ez4Pietola
2020-02-10 12:04
#11
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United States me_0_major
still no polish teams
2020-02-10 03:10
unpredictable
2020-02-10 03:41
#13
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United States Rambeard
heia norge!
2020-02-10 03:13
unexpected
2020-02-10 03:13
#15
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United Kingdom trtr098
Kurva apEX?
2020-02-10 03:13
#16
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United States B0b3rT
Who the hell are these teams the second best Norway team and fourth best finish team for real???
2020-02-10 03:18
#50
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Finland Goble81
Why so surprised? I would have been more surprised to see Astralis, NaVi, Ence, Cloud9 or even G2 in these qualifications :-)
2020-02-10 10:11
#17
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Norway PeteZz
Apeks Legends
2020-02-10 03:27
SZACUN POMPA XD
2020-02-10 03:40
Complexity beat astralis but can't beat these shitters in online bo1
2020-02-10 03:41
#26
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Montenegro LakaZakon
That's exactly why we love CSGO
2020-02-10 04:18
#65
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Austria SplasJ
We will see at the last qualifier
2020-02-10 12:46
yeah lose on the 4th round
2020-02-11 19:32
They didn't play this qualifier.
2020-02-10 16:05
who?
2020-02-10 03:59
#27
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Montenegro LakaZakon
Juggernauts and SKADE will be last 2 team
2020-02-10 04:19
KOVA
2020-02-10 04:42
Secret just won the dreamleague major couple weeks ago, so they coming into this with full momentum.
2020-02-10 04:52
#53
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Finland Faifainei
they participated in this quali too, made it to the quaters or 1/8.
2020-02-10 11:17
+1 lmao
2020-02-10 16:05
Who lol
2020-02-10 05:06
Countries with an actual scene, unlike Kazakhstan.
2020-02-10 16:06
Norway Scene
2020-02-10 23:36
Nordavind is better than any Finnish team.
2020-02-11 10:28
Even if they were, they have only 2 Norwegian players fyi
2020-02-11 10:44
Where Poland?
2020-02-10 05:30
#33
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Russia ToughGuy
Who cars
2020-02-10 05:49
KOVA will ENCE this major! #KIVA4KOVA
2020-02-10 06:33
#38
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India Noobdian
Who and who?
2020-02-10 07:11
#39
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Finland Danuzz
KOVANA
2020-02-10 07:19
#40
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Finland lasarus
KOVA
2020-02-10 07:57
#41
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Norway GeoCS
Lets go Apeks! <3
2020-02-10 08:21
#43
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Russia M13F
Who?
2020-02-10 09:12
Nt poland, maybe if you get 50 more teams playing the qual one of them will go through
2020-02-10 09:27
Made my day
2020-02-10 09:46
GO KOVA
2020-02-10 09:29
Why the hell is there so much hate and trolling in HLTV-comments? These teams just made it through a qualifier with tons of competition. EU-quals are brutal, just look at some of the teams that are attending. How about saying "good work" and "congrats" instead? I watched the apeks-pompa game and it was quite entertaining. Mistakes were made, but remember that the game was played at between 00:00-02:30 at night - Ofcourse its difficult concentrate. I wouldnt be suprised if we see more of some of those players the next 1-2 years. I don`t know about the rest of you, but I like when new teams are challenging the more established teams. If you think you can do better - Sign up for the next qual.
2020-02-10 11:52
I don't see that much trolling and hate on this thread. KOVA were great in Advanced season 33. One of the teams I would like to see advance to MDL. Apeks had a lot of mistakes against Pompa, but their other matches were pretty clean. Hope Complexity and Gamerlegion gets through to closed, but the EU open is brutal.
2020-02-10 13:44
I was thinking about hltv-comments in general, this is not the worst at all. :) I agree, KOVA looks very promising. Apeks maybe a bit up and down - Sometimes they are brilliant and other times they look very weak. I think its just inexperience at this level. Both teams will have their hands full in the closed qual. :)
2020-02-10 13:55
#56
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Poland SebL
Pompa choked so hard
2020-02-10 11:52
Welcome to Europe Mr Lake :)))))))))))))))))))) Wont even qualify for minors closed qual kek
2020-02-10 11:56
2ez4pietola
2020-02-10 11:57
stop saying sj is the biggest upset. they're trash after jampii left
2020-02-10 11:58
Ence -Aerial +Derkeps
2020-02-10 12:06
Pl cs is a joke
2020-02-10 12:13
#63
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World Notb8ing
Must feel amazing for these teams to make it through, it also shows how random these qualies can be and how many different teams have a chance, I bet not a one person out of lets say 1000000 would guess these exact 2 teams get through but still they did manage to do it :D.
2020-02-10 12:27
Pompa choke nice one. AGO would've won. Lucky bo1 winner luckers
2020-02-10 13:12
ez 4 "Apeks" Legends
2020-02-10 13:20
#70
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Finland N1ggers
Kova >>>>>> havu
2020-02-10 14:49
#74
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Finland de_suomi
EZ4KOVA
2020-02-10 17:47
#75
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Germany grabke
Ago is so bad.
2020-02-10 17:55
#79
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United States Gryff1n76
who and who?
2020-02-10 23:24
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