ELEAGUE Minor Qualifiers Underway To Decide 2018 Major Competitors

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This week boasts four Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ELEAGUE Minor qualifying events as eight teams try to earn places in the Major Qualifier in January.

Eight teams have already confirmed their attendance for the Major Qualifier, which will be contested offline in Atlanta, Georgia at the G-Fuel ELeague Arena, thanks chiefly to their performances at the PGL Major Krakow 2017 event. They are:

  • Cloud9
  • Flipsid3 Tactics
  • G2 Esports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Mousesports
  • Seed (who replaced Penta Sports)
  • FaZe Clan
  • Vega Squadron

The Minor qualifiers will decide the eight teams joining them. Two teams from each of the four geographic qualifiers will earn places in the finals — two from the Europe Minor, two from the Americas Minor, two from the CIS Minor, and two from the Asia Minor. Let’s take a closer look at the groups.

Minor Championships competitors

Each region sees eight teams competing. Here’s a list:

  • Europe – OpTic Gaming, Space Soldiers, Team EnVyUs, AGO Gaming, ex-Outlaws, eXtatus, GODSENT and Pride Gaming
  • CIS – Team Spirit, Tengri, AVANGAR, pro100, Quantum Bellator Fire, NOTBAD, Nemiga Gaming and forZe
  • Asia – B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape, Flash Gaming, Kings Gaming Club, The MongolZ, MVP PK, Renegades, Tainted Minds, TyLoo
  • Americas – Counter Logic Gaming, Team Liquid, complexity Gaming, NRG Esports, Rise Nation, Luminosity Gaming, Team One, Misfits

Minor Championships organization

Each event is organized in a GSL format in its group stage, followed by a double-elimination bracket in the playoffs.

In the group stage, the first two games will be best-of-one, with the side that wins two games finishing as the top seed in the group. The remaining three games will decide the second seed in the group, and these are played in a best-of-five format. In the playoffs, every game is a best-of-three format.

The venues for these offline events are Toronto (Americas), Bucharest (CIS), Seoul (Asia), and Bucharest will also host the European qualifier.

The top three teams earn a share of the $50,000 prize money on offer in each tournament. The winning team will take home $30,000, the runner-up $15,000, and the third-place team $5,000. However, only the top two places qualify for the Major Qualifier.

The ELEAGUE Major Qualifier

From Jan. 12-15, the Major Qualifier will offer eight of its 16 teams places in the ELEAGUE Major 2018, which will be held Jan. 18-29. It’s one of the biggest events of the new year for CS:GO teams.

Eight teams have already secured places in this event by earning Legends status at the PGL Major Krakow 2017:

  • Gambit Esports
  • Ex-Immortals
  • Astralis
  • pro
  • Fnatic
  • SK Gaming
  • BIG
  • North

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