CIS Minor closed qualifier team list finalised

The team list for the closed qualifier for the CIS Minor has been decided following the conclusion of the fourth open bracket.

The team count for the CIS Minor closed qualifier reached its 16-team capacity on Saturday after and SpeedRunners came through the final bracket. The previous tournaments had seen Espada, Nemiga, 1WIN, Unique, eL'quvet and fbg successfully battle their way through the grueling open brackets.

Nemiga are the highest-ranked side to qualify for the closed qualifier

The eight teams who topped the open qualifiers will face an even tougher task in the next stage of qualification for the Rio Major as they will join eight invited sides in a closed bracket, headlined by regional heavy hitters forZe and Spirit.

The completed participants' list for the closed qualifier looks as follows:

The qualifier will take place from March 5-6 and will see 16 teams compete in a best-of-three, double-elimination bracket for eight spots at the CIS Minor, from which the top two will earn places in the ESL One Rio Major's New Challengers Stage.

When the CIS closed qualifier has bigger names than the NA closed qualifier
2020-02-16 01:05
nothing new
2020-02-16 01:08
Cuz our biggest teams are actually at the Major somehow.
2020-02-16 01:18
Ukraine YaKuryuMnogo 
Ok gargoyle
2020-02-16 01:25
I mean, it's only Liquid and EG. Still quite sad
2020-02-16 01:37
Yeah and EG is dogshit for a T1 team. That's the reason I added the somehow. Not trying to defend NA teams lol. Liquid, C9, and coL are the only teams that show potential, and Liquid probably wont hit a peak like they did
2020-02-16 02:04
Col is eu teamnow
2020-02-16 08:09
CoL is an EU nationality team, but they play in NA therefore NA team.
2020-02-16 16:28
They only play non-major events in na
2020-02-16 17:13
France LeDiplomate 
They could qualify through NA but had to go through EU because of Blast.
2020-02-17 15:55
Not true, the region the team plays in is determined by the citizenship of players
2020-02-17 16:45
France LeDiplomate 
So explain to me why BR teams play in NA qualifier.
2020-02-17 22:58
Because they have America's minor, not NA minor
2020-02-17 23:14
Hungary badAntal 
C9 lol
2020-02-17 00:02
Nt bodito
2020-02-17 00:18
NAF | 
Canada Dash_ 
Col is mostly european now...
2020-02-16 02:09
Still playing in NA as an NA team. EU nationality, NA based
2020-02-16 04:06
But they had to go through the EU qualifier for the major
2020-02-16 06:14
They did because of BLAST. It was even stated by the org they had too unless they decided to skip BLAST.
2020-02-16 06:17
Canada U_S_of_Gay 
+1 just look at the kato quals they did for NA
2020-02-16 07:25
I‘m pretty sure it’s a valve ruling that you have to play the EU quals for a major when the majority of your players are from the EU Otherwise every T2 EU org could move to NA and get easy spots instead of struggling to get through a stacked qualifier ESL might handle that otherwise so they were able to play NA Kato quals e.g.
2020-02-16 07:59
lul not true at all
2020-02-16 13:05
Then why do SA teams play in the NA open qualifiers? Why did Bravado play the NA qualifiers? Valve let's teams play in whatever minor based on location.
2020-02-16 16:27
ANGE1 | 
Russia ultnie 
Then why were Renegades(the ones who are 100Thieves now) traveling to Asia to play a Minor if they were based in NA?
2020-02-16 16:58
They chose to because it was an easier qualification slot. If you look a lot of Brazilian teams started doing that like INTZ.
2020-02-16 17:06
ANGE1 | 
Russia ultnie 
OK, I tried to make it easy with a little hint for you, but let's go with rulebook instead then. I don't think that you will click on the link, so I copied rules that are covering this exact situation. 2.7.3 Home Country/Region A team players home country is the country where they hold a valid passport from. If a player holds passports from more than one country, they have to inform the tournament administration about which of them they will be using for this competition. This decision will be final and irreversible for the ESL One Rio CSGO Major 2020 and its qualifiers. The home region is the region that this country belongs to (see List of countries/territories and their assigned ESL One Rio CSGO Major 2020 regions). For a team, this is determined by the majority of the used line-ups. If there is no such majority, a team may have no home country or even no home region. In that case, the team cannot take part in qualifiers restricted to a country or region without prior approval from tournament administration 2.7.5 Country/Region/Sub-Region of Qualifiers Qualifiers for ESL One Rio CSGO Major 2020, including invitations, are usually restricted to a country, a region or a sub-region. Teams can request to participate in a different sub-region that is part of their home sub-region, if they can provide ESL validation for their request. Examples for such reasons are: i) There are no qualifiers in the home sub-region(s) for the team and the team is willing to travel to the sub-region of the qualifier to play it. ii) The team is taking part in (a) competition(s) in a sub-region other than their home sub-region and has matches to play there before and after and in such close timely proximity to the qualifier(s) in their home region(s) that traveling back for that qualifier(s) would be unreasonable. iii) The team is staying in another sub-region for good reason (esports-related) for a prolonged time that spans over the time of the qualifier for their home sub-region and it can be clearly shown that this condition has not been created to be able to take part in a qualifier that might be easier to qualify from. If an exception is granted, the respective sub-region will be considered a team's new home sub-region for the entire event or (if that happens before the end of the event) until the conditions for the exception expire. 2.7.5 sounds similar to what you trying to say, except one thing earlier in the rulebook. 1.4 Region For the ESL One Rio CSGO Major 2020, the world is divided into four main regions which are as follows: • Americas (sub-regions: North America, South America) (I don't see EU here if you state that coL can go through EU because of Blast while being an NA based team. And 2.7.5 says nothing about exceptions of changing region, only subregion) • Asia (sub-regions: Middle East, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Greater China, East Asia) • Europe (no sub-regions) • CIS (no sub-regions) The regions can be further divided into sub-regions for qualifiers or invitations, as ESL sees fit. For a list of all countries and their assigned region, see 8.1.
2020-02-16 17:37
Even using the rulebook, coL could still hypothetically play within the NA qualifier as currently all 3 European members hold NA passports for either work or sports visas.
2020-02-16 20:10
ANGE1 | 
Russia ultnie 
And since when visas grant you passport of another country? Would like a link or even some kind US law about that to read, since I'm not from US and never was in US, so I know nothing about your immigration laws. But somehow my friend who was in US by work&travel program could work there and didn't have a US passport. But maybe w&t is an exception but I would like to see some proofs to that.
2020-02-17 02:33
Certain visas give temporary passports. I tried finding the pdf I've seen on it and I was unable. The law may have changed on this but certain sports visas granted temporary immigration passports for cross country travel as many visas keep you in specific areas in case of overstaying your allotted time
2020-02-17 03:06
Czech Republic Rewask 
So SK was German? fnatic is British? G2 is Spanish? This is a stupid logic.
2020-02-16 13:30
That's it nationality, coL lives in NA. SK was a brazilian team, but they played in NA, same for 100T, and FURIA They represent their home country, but play out of that region, therefore they are an NA team
2020-02-16 16:26
Czech Republic Rewask 
But that only makes the org NA. The team itself isn't. The team can be EU based but play and live in NA as the org is based there. That doesn't make the team NA. So yes, CoL is a NA org, but a EU team.
2020-02-16 18:12
Then why do they receive NA recognition? Why do they play NA qualifiers with the exception of Rio because of BLAST? It's based around where a team is playing from, hence why brazilians in NA are seen in NA qualifiers, not SA. They are an NA team with a majority EU nationality.
2020-02-16 20:08
Czech Republic Rewask 
The location of the team doesn't determine where it's from. It's an EU team based in NA. Simple as that. Same as fnatic being UK based yet being Swedish. But when you call the team "NA" or "EU" you must look at the roster not where the team is playing. Surely every single team from Europe could move to China rn and play Chinese qualifiers? Are all of the teams Chinese now or what? You are basing the nationality of the team of the location, that is incorrect tho.
2020-02-16 22:05
There are differences from the fnatic sample. Fnatic live and play both in EU and Sweden specifically. Does poizon play from Bulgaria? Do k0nfig and blame play from Denmark? No they dont. They reside in the united states, thus meaning they play for NA. They are apart of our scene until they either retire or return to EU. If all teams where to move to China, I'd say the same things. They are whatever nationality based team, but are playing from china, thus they are an asian team based on location.
2020-02-16 23:48
Canada SureThingM8 
what like 2 teams?
2020-02-17 23:19
More like a team and a half. EG is dogshit. They should be bottom of the top 10 at best, otherwise I'd say barely sitting in the top 15.
2020-02-18 00:32
France TheIntelloBox 
There will be surprises I guess.
2020-02-16 01:05
Lol so bad
2020-02-16 01:05
Denmark Jeffersond 
2020-02-16 10:31
2020-02-16 01:06
forZe Spirit GambitY Winstrike Pro100 HR Espada HardLegion ez
2020-02-16 01:07
Germany Neckarstadion 
not sure about Hellraisers, it will be hard for them. Syman is better for sure, Nemiga possibly aswell
2020-02-16 01:11
Ukraine z3m4 
Syman it’s totally trash
2020-02-16 01:12
Yeah but HR as well
2020-02-16 06:15
Russia MrMagicStick 
hr is more trash than syman lol
2020-02-16 09:15
Nemiga I can see, but Syman has a new roster and the only match they played i wasnt impressed
2020-02-16 01:19
Germany Neckarstadion 
Syman absolutely trashed HR 2-0 just yesterday btw
2020-02-16 01:32
2020-02-16 01:42
Sweden meistr0 
lol? Syman > HardLegion
2020-02-16 03:58
2020-02-16 11:17
France LeDiplomate 
-HL +Syman -HR +fbg (ez revenge for scoobie) -Winstrike (they will choke just like last time) +the random team they will face in decisive match (maybe 1win or el'quvet)
2020-02-17 16:03
ez seized
2020-02-16 01:09
Brazil SecondKS 
Forze, winstrike, pro100
2020-02-16 01:10
Still better than NA qualifiers
2020-02-16 01:10
ez for Vega, QB Fire & dreameaters
2020-02-16 01:12
Poland Krzychu021202 
EU closed qualifier are the hardest
2020-02-16 01:13
Wasted spots
2020-02-16 01:14
f0rest | 
Russia t0rVick 
Ez for starix
2020-02-16 01:19
regional heavy hitters Spirit who never won anything
2020-02-16 01:22
??? | 
Chile brotherman 
only forze will qualify
2020-02-16 01:32
ez for forZe and Spirit
2020-02-16 01:37
Need RuFire stickers! Volvo pls, RuFire to Major!
2020-02-16 01:41
Ukraine Sla1ter 
Spirit ForZe pro100 Gambit Youngsters to major
2020-02-16 01:43
LMAO look at all these shitty teams and tell me again that CIS deserves a separate minor what a fucking joke
2020-02-16 01:59
Australia CaZeR01 
Could say the same for na and asia minor
2020-02-16 02:56
+1 compared to the EU minor all of the other ones look like a joke but then again somehow it’s tradition that At least one CIS underdog team Reaches major playoffs
2020-02-16 06:18
Sweden Madrigals1 
This major it will be be forZe
2020-02-16 09:05
yeah i actually think the same, after all i've seen and read from Jerry they seem to be super hard working and preparing
2020-02-16 10:29
Australia CaZeR01 
Tf you calling me idiot for?? How does that thread relate to me saying cis minor is on the same level and NA and Asia? Fuckin reet
2020-02-17 01:02
mad cuz poland cs 0 teams at the minor kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-02-16 04:30
this is the definition of retarded reply
2020-02-16 04:32
literally malding kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-02-16 04:33
thanks for proving my point
2020-02-16 04:38
so mald kkkkkkkkkk
2020-02-16 04:39
whatever makes you sleep at night kid
2020-02-16 04:45 0 polak teams kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-02-16 04:46
Still 2 Poland players there and 0 Malta players Hmmmm
2020-02-16 08:02
I'm not racist I just dont like Jermans
2020-02-16 11:59
France LeDiplomate 
CIS are always in Major playoffs and always do better than NA, can't say the same about Asia.
2020-02-17 16:05
Finland J3bediah 
Give cis spots to eu
2020-02-16 02:08
Russia and Ukraina to eu
2020-02-16 08:14
Kazakhstan to asia
2020-02-16 14:07
France LeDiplomate 
Give 1 CIS spot to EU and 1 Asia spot to CIS.
2020-02-17 16:05
Finland J3bediah 
This would be good actually
2020-02-17 20:38
Australia CaZeR01 
People seem to forget that every major some unknown cis team has a crazy under dog run
2020-02-16 02:57
Sweden meistr0 
Ez for Kreaz. Gonna smurf in this CIS qualifier xaxaxaa
2020-02-16 03:56
forze loose then they have technical problems to start again ...
2020-02-16 04:55
No 100PingGods, nice
2020-02-16 05:04
no stickers
2020-02-16 08:17
Russia Evil_DaviD1 
ez qualifications for forZe
2020-02-16 05:46
jks | 
Australia Rene_Gade 
Gotta expect forZe & spirit. Will be interesting to see who upsets.
2020-02-16 06:02
Spirit will shit themselves as always
2020-02-16 08:13
bunch of garbage teams.
2020-02-16 09:01
Russia ToughGuy 
Nt no scene
2020-02-16 10:29
Ukraine piratz0r 
lets go starix <3
2020-02-16 10:28
Its obvious Who will make it to the minor.
2020-02-16 11:20
s1mple | 
Ukraine R0m4nus 
Ez for HR
2020-02-16 11:24
United States Fr4nki3B 
Most of these teams are russian teams, russia must have some great players in their region!!
2020-02-16 13:56
United Kingdom tank6123 
Lets go Espada
2020-02-16 14:05
2020-02-16 17:10
Why even bother with qualifiers, just send forze and pro100, everyone knows they will will anyway. Syman can't win againts tier4 team with 5 awp's and then go cry on twitter, and rest teams are GN3 - MG2.
2020-02-17 08:03
France LeDiplomate 
All those teams are better than any Finnish one.
2020-02-17 16:06
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