CS:GO Minors – Katowice 2019: Closed Qualifiers in Europe and North America
Today start the closed qualifiers for Minor Championships – Katowice 2019 in Europe and North America. The European qualifier will determine eight participants of Europe Minor Championship, while the North American qualifier will determine only six participants of Americas Minor Championship, the other two teams will represent the South American region.
Both qualifiers share the same format: sixteen participating teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket with best-of-three matches. Below are the match-ups for the first round of the upper bracket.
Europe Closed Qualifier:
- mousesports vs x-kom Team
- Virtus.pro vs Team Vitality
- Team LDLC vs Valiance
- Windigo Gaming vs ENCE eSports
- OpTic Gaming vs MIKSTURA
- Fragsters vs Heroic
- Team Kinguin vs Space Soldiers
- Sprout vs North
North American Qualifiers:
- NRG Esports vs iNTACT
- Spacestation vs Singularity
- Ghost Gaming vs Team One
- Old Guys Club vs eUnited
- Rogue vs Test Takers
- Mythic vs Team Envy
- Swole Patrol vs Bravado Gaming
- Furia Esports vs Luminosity
Earlier in November INTZ Esports and Imperial e-Sports made it to the Americas Minor Championship through the qualifiers in South America. Both CIS Minor Championship and Asia Minor Championship already have a complete list of participants:
- Asia: Grayhound Gaming, Renegades, ViCi Gaming, CyberZen, MVP PK, GOSU, Beyond Esports, exDT
- CIS: Nemiga Gaming, Team Spirit, Winstrike Team, AVANGAR, UnderPressure, Syman Gaming, pro100, Gambit Esports
All minors will be held in the second half of January 2019, with each of them featuring a $50,000 prize pool. Top two teams from each minor will advance to the New Challengers stage of IEM Katowice Major 2019. The teams placed third will play in Minors’ 3rd Place Plain-In, where four participants will compete in a double-elimination bracket for the two last spots at the major.
Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII – Katowice Major 2019 will be held from February 13th – March 3rd in Poland. It will feature 24 teams competing for a $1,000,000 prize pool.