ESL reveals brackets for Minors closed qualifiers

ESL has announced the first-round match-ups for the closed qualifiers for the Minors across four different regions.

The qualifying process for the Minors will continue later this week with the closed stage, featuring a double-elimination, best-of-three bracket. Half of the 96 slots were filled through invites, while the other half went to the leading teams of the open stage, which ran between January 31 and February 16.

The top eight teams in each of the four regions (Europe, the Americas, the CIS and Asia) will secure entry into their respective Minor, which will be held from April 26 through May 2 in Rio de Janeiro.

fnatic could face Dignitas in the second round of the bracket

Three-time Major champion and current No.4 team in the world fnatic headline the list for the Europe closed qualifier. The DreamHack Masters Malmö face the prospect of an all-Swedish clash in the second round against Dignitas if they manage to beat SMASH, featuring former fnatic member Joakim "⁠disco doplan⁠" Gidetun. Meanwhile, OG will be taking on Heretics in a reunion of former LDLC teammates Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt and Fabien "⁠kioShiMa⁠" Fiey.

The CIS closed qualifier will open with a mouth-watering clash between two big names in the region, HellRaisers and Winstrike, who are separated by just two spots in the rankings. forZe and Spirit, the highest-ranked teams in the CIS, will be optimistic about their chances of a strong start after being paired with SpeedRunners and, respectively.

Over in the Americas, the South American qualifier features a last-minute replacement following the withdrawal of DETONA, who will be taking part in this week's FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier, in Los Angeles. Replacing them will be another Brazilian team, Imperial, who will be facing Sharks in the opening round of matches.

Below you can find the match-ups for the first round:


Europe (March 7-8)

Eight slots at the Europe Minor available

Sweden fnatic vs. Europe SMASH
Sweden Dignitas vs. Spain Movistar Riders
Europe GODSENT vs. Denmark Copenhagen Flames
Denmark MAD Lions vs. Germany Sprout
Denmark Heroic vs. Finland KOVA
Europe OG vs. France Heretics
Germany BIG vs. Europe Nordavind
Sweden NiP vs. Norway Apeks


North America (March 7-9)

Six slots at the Americas Minor available

Brazil FURIA vs. United States Triumph
North America Envy vs. United States Swole Identity
United States Bad News Bears vs. United States Rugratz
United States eUnited vs. United States Ze Pug Godz
United States Gen.G vs. United States Divine
Canada Orgless vs. Brazil Yeah
United States Chaos vs. United States Mythic
United States Cloud9 vs. Canada LiViD

South America (March 3-5)

Two slots at the Americas Minor available

Brazil Sharks vs. Brazil Imperial
Brazil paiN vs. Argentina Isurus
Brazil BOOM vs. Brazil TeamOne
Brazil W7M vs. Brazil RED Canids


CIS (March 5-6)

Eight slots at the CIS Minor available

Russia forZe vs. Ukraine SpeedRunners
Ukraine HellRaisers vs. Kazakhstan Winstrike
Belarus Nemiga vs. Russia 1WIN
Russia Gambit Youngsters vs. Russia eL'quvet
Russia Hard Legion vs. Russia Unique
CIS Syman vs. Ukraine fbg
Russia pro100 vs. Russia Espada
Russia Spirit vs. Russia


China (March 7-8)

Two slots at the Asia Minor available

China TYLOO vs. China Wubbalubbadubdub
China Lynn Vision vs. China R-Stars
China EHOME vs. China OneThree
China ViCi vs. China JiJieHao

Southeast Asia (March 7-8)

One slot at the Asia Minor available

Thailand Maple vs. Singapore HZ
Asia Paper Rex vs. Thailand Lucid Dream
Philippines Bren vs. Thailand Beyond
Asia BTRG vs. Malaysia Blank

East Asia (March 4-6)

Two slots at the Asia Minor available

Mongolia TIGER vs. Korea ikarus
Korea MVP PK vs. Mongolia D13
Japan Ignis vs. Mongolia Aim4R
Mongolia Mazaalai vs. Japan Updraft

Oceania (March 7-8)

Two slots at the Asia Minor available

Australia Renegades vs. Australia catman
Australia AVANT vs. Australia Ground Zero
Australia Chiefs vs. Australia Rooster
Australia ORDER vs. Australia Skyfire

Middle East (March 5-7)

One slot at the Asia Minor available

Asia JustPassingBy vs. Israel Finest
United Arab Emirates Camel Riders vs. Israel Aequus
Asia Yalla vs. South Africa ATK
South Africa Goliath vs. Jordan NASR

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
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Sweden Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
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France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
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Czech Republic Xedys
eu stacked
2020-03-02 19:04
OK | 
Peru Rhenie
2020-03-02 19:05
Big>MIBR hltv ranking confirmed
2020-03-02 19:08
United States ShawnM
Ez for wubbalubbadubdub
2020-03-02 19:11
Too ez 4natic
2020-03-02 19:12
Sweden wtf_men
Dignitas have to play Fnatic if they win against Movistar Riders ((
2020-03-02 19:19
2020-03-03 12:58
majorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr <3 <3 <3 < 3
2020-03-02 19:45
2020-03-03 07:47
Nordavind win ez
2020-03-03 13:09
2020-03-02 19:06
Netherlands n0b8m8
2020-03-02 19:09
Czech Republic Xedys
2020-03-02 19:20
Netherlands iSchjofinn
Defusekids didnt make it L
2020-03-02 19:55
In Yalla!!
2020-03-03 07:11
Yes and no, half of them will go, and there are a lot of teams that we all know that won't go throght
2020-03-02 19:36
Czech Republic Xedys
It's definitely more stacked than other regions combined
2020-03-02 19:53
half of them go? What else do you expect to happen? Ofc there is only 1 winner in each match. The fact eu's qualifier is stacked still stands.
2020-03-02 20:04
If half of them go it isnt much more competitive than other regions, in my opnion there are just 2 50/50 matches in EU qualy at least this seed now, and we could really define here at least 6 that have 99% of chance to go throght. When i said yes and no, i mean yes we can say yhat there are a lot of good teams and no we shouldn't say that it is more competitive than any other region
2020-03-02 22:34
NAF | 
Finland tpsa
2020-03-02 19:04
2020-03-02 20:05
Netherlands Polakva
fakin rich trash team with free invites
2020-03-02 21:08
2020-03-02 19:05
k0nfig | 
India VAMc
eUnited vs Ze pug godZ 4v4 ? 🤔
2020-03-02 19:06
Ez4 Wubbalubbadubdub
2020-03-02 19:06
+1 Wubbalubbadubdub > TYLUL
2020-03-02 19:50
+1 best team of all time
2020-03-02 22:37
valve, remove asian spots please
2020-03-02 19:06
2020-03-02 19:07
Remove CIS and NA too while you're at it
2020-03-02 19:10
remove CIS and NA spots is stupid they have 2-3 teams that deserve a challenger stage
2020-03-02 19:27
Never, bad for marketing
2020-03-02 19:36
Valve won't since they want the sweet sweet money
2020-03-02 19:51
2020-03-02 19:06
Georgia Megobari
ez 4 Israel against arabs
2020-03-02 19:07
grux | 
Montenegro Kladiz
2020-03-02 19:07
C9 stickers and floppy dick sticker combo
2020-03-02 19:07
rip isreali teams in middle east((
2020-03-02 19:07
Riders unluko
2020-03-02 19:07
Germany tmp1
EU minor quals more stacked than flashpoint
2020-03-02 19:08
Argentina WaSTe_D
2020-03-03 03:30
2020-03-02 19:08
Belarus jugadorJJ
2020-03-02 19:10
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy
when col playing oh wait
2020-03-02 19:11
Finland Faifainei
kek fucking W
2020-03-02 21:41
Their performance in open qual was shamefully
2020-03-02 22:35
Spain ZephyrBruh
Respect for Dignitas BUT LET'S GO RIDERSSS
2020-03-02 19:11
Colombia AlejoBuh
EZ 4 camel riders
2020-03-02 19:11
2020-03-02 19:12
Dignitas vs Fnatic in the second round!
2020-03-02 19:12
Spain ZephyrBruh
woah woah woah slow down buckeroo
2020-03-02 19:15
Argentina agusmat
Literally no chance for riders, quick 2-0
2020-03-02 19:27
Spain ZephyrBruh
KEKW new roster that had one good qualifier, not to diss dig, but that roster needs some time in my opinion sooo yeah
2020-03-02 19:29
dignitas 22-25 to GL xd it's not a Minor team right now xd
2020-03-02 19:53
Argentina agusmat
Riders arent either
2020-03-02 21:42
it's going to be fun.
2020-03-02 21:52
2020-03-03 08:30
Can't stop me now
2020-03-03 08:56
Cause I’m having
2020-03-03 16:21
A good time
2020-03-04 08:58
Having a
2020-03-04 13:49
Good time
2020-03-04 14:31
2020-03-04 17:17
United States B0b3rT
Atk and Yalla first match up? Seems like they put the best two in first match up
2020-03-02 19:12
Nasr > Atk rn
2020-03-02 20:32
United States B0b3rT
Atk hasn’t played much though and they have decent players but fair enough
2020-03-02 21:25
Will nip finally make it?
2020-03-02 19:14
"finally" ?
2020-03-02 19:38
nvm was 2 years ago haha
2020-03-02 19:46
Easy for Riders!!!!!
2020-03-02 19:14
2020-03-02 19:14
Sweden Trkmag
2020-03-02 19:15
where's detona ?
2020-03-02 19:15
They will compete in the FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier so they can't play both
2020-03-02 19:23
Lol, they will compete in FLASHPOINT instead of a Minor Qualifier ? It must have something to do with v$m's ban...
2020-03-02 19:29
Yes, you nailed it. V$m won't play minor so its better go to a full lineup tournment rather than try a minor with a complete. They would have problem into the minor with full lineup, now with 4/5 and the -1 is exactly their best player, almost any chance to go throght with only 2 spots.
2020-03-02 22:38
That's sad tho, v$m has such a great potential :\
2020-03-03 00:08
easy for DIG
2020-03-02 19:17
No mibr KEKW
2020-03-02 19:18
Yeah, mibr is already in the Major
2020-03-02 19:39
damnn so we won't see dig vs nip? :/
2020-03-02 19:18
It's double-elimination
2020-03-02 19:22
stop deleting #1
2020-03-02 19:44
ohh ok thanks
2020-03-02 19:52
where is g2?
2020-03-02 19:19
Greece Petsos
in the main qualifier aka the challenger stage
2020-03-02 19:38
oh awesome
2020-03-02 19:38
Germany Malodroit$
go BIG or go home #GEMEINSAM
2020-03-02 19:21
United States me_0_major
CAMEL RIDERS same majors as SIMPLE
2020-03-02 19:22
Argentina agusmat
SA: Sharks and Isurus
2020-03-02 19:28
2020-03-02 19:28
EU Brackets, left side winners
2020-03-02 19:31
didn't know fRoD was still playing lol
2020-03-02 19:33
he isnt, stand in
2020-03-02 19:47
so, he IS playing
2020-03-02 20:27
hes only played one map so far but yeah
2020-03-02 20:28
but hes their coach its not like hes been actively playing
2020-03-02 20:28
Fnatic>Smash Dignitas>Moviestar Godsent>Copenhagen MAD>Sprout Heroic>Kova OG>heretics BIG>Nordaving NIP>Apeks
2020-03-02 19:45
EZ4MOVIESTAR dignitas just having fun
2020-03-02 19:52
Spain ZephyrBruh
Both riders4major
2020-03-02 20:42
2020-03-02 19:57
GL col Oh wait...
2020-03-02 20:00
Tbh I think we should add CIS to EU. They don't need 8 slots
2020-03-02 20:04
Justpassingby with no matches and ranked 95??? what the fuck, some one explain if they're ex sth pls
2020-03-02 20:09
2020-03-02 20:10
I'm tired of stacked eu closeds and all other closeds being run-shoot clown fiesta. Gaben fix this.
2020-03-02 20:30
Netherlands Polakva
EU minor>Cis>Asia>NA
2020-03-02 21:07
Spain Otanno
Go Riders! Swedish unlucko...
2020-03-02 21:21
Didn't savage retire ? lmao here we go again
2020-03-02 21:33
Dignitas vs fnatic in round two 😢
2020-03-02 21:35
still have a chance to qualify whoever loses.
2020-03-03 02:13
Oh, they do? They're not out?
2020-03-03 12:21
No, the one who loses goes down one bracket and can still qualifiy.
2020-03-04 01:17
Germany BIG2020
fRoD in swole identity Poggers
2020-03-02 21:54
holy shit EU is so stacked right now
2020-03-02 21:57
2020-03-02 21:57
Gl Riders!
2020-03-02 22:12
pretty cruel for SMASH to be honest..
2020-03-02 23:31
Poland maxiu
envy !!!!
2020-03-02 23:46
1 spot for SEA 2 spots for East Asia, ESL hello?
2020-03-03 02:09
New Zealand ^Roo^
Rooster stickers plz
2020-03-03 02:38
We want to see real African team in Major finals.
2020-03-03 04:39
Let's go OG! #DreamGreen
2020-03-03 06:20
NBK > Kioshima
2020-03-03 06:21
Indonesia Lya
Waiting for ripPabloescobar sticker
2020-03-03 06:48
Absolute has announced the move to VAGRANT and East Asia qualifier decline. Absolute is No.1 in popularity and ability in Japan. To be honest, the Japanese CS scene is over.They were real professional gamers who live only on tournament prizes.
2020-03-03 07:19
KOVA miracle run))
2020-03-03 12:01
I feel bad for the teams in EU minor...
2020-03-03 14:23
South America wasted spots
2020-03-03 14:31
EZ 4 BIG (top 5 team in the world 2020 after all) EZ 4 Fnatic (former top 5 team in the world) and OG, rest is wide open. NA Qualifier: Furia and Gen G, rest is trash SA Qualifier: These teams get 2 slots and Furia is already in NA what a clown tournament, play Flashpoint instead people CIS: some no name teams no one ever heard of Asia: TYLOO and Wubbalubbadubdub ofc Rest: Not one cars
2020-03-03 17:53
If Dignitas face Fnatic and Dignitas lose, are they knocked out??
2020-03-03 18:55
Nice groups especially in EU
2020-03-04 23:18
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