Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov has shared a list of teams that might receive direct invitations to the closed qualifier for the next CIS Minor.
According to him, invites are distributed based on CSGO World Ranking by ESL, and they are set to be given to eight squads. Three of the lineups that were named by OverDrive took part in the previous Major, StarLadder Major Berlin 2019. Those are forZe, Syman Gaming, and Hard Legion (ex-DreamEaters). While the first two aforementioned teams were eliminated in The New Challengers Stage, the last one managed to make it through to the Top 16 (The New Legends Stage).
Apart from them, based on OverDrive’s information, invites will be acquired by Gambit Youngsters and Team Spirit, who both participated in the previous CIS Minor in Berlin, where they eventually failed to qualify for the Major. The last three spots in Birukov’s list were filled by Winstrike Team, pro100, and HellRaisers.
HellRaisers might be invited to
the closing phase of the CIS Minor qualifiers
photo courtesy of EPICENTER
The upcoming CIS Minor will be held in Rio de Janeiro from the April 26 to May 2. Besides a $50,000 prize fund, the event will play off two tickets to the first Major of 2020, ESL One Rio. Overall, the Minor features eight teams, which are set to be defined in the closed qualifier (March 5-6). There, aside from the invitees, eight more squads will be in attendance, but first, they need to make it through the open qualifications, which are divided into four parts:
- Open Qualifier #1 — February 2-3
- Open Qualifier #2 — February 6-7
- Open Qualifier #3 — February 10-11
- Open Qualifier #4 — February 14-15
Traditionally for the Valve qualifying system, the Minors for ESL One Rio Major 2020 will be hosted in four regions: Europe, America, Asia, and CIS. In each of them, two slots to the main event are handed out. Teams that place third advance to the Play-in stage, where the two final tickets to the Brazilian Major are at stake.
- Regional Minors — April 26 - May 2
- Play-in Stage — May 3
The tournament in Rio will be the 16th Major in the whole history of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It is scheduled for May 11-24 and consists of three parts, which are Challengers Stage, Legends Stage, and Champions Stage. Matches of the final phase of this championship will take place in Jeunesse Arena, which can welcome up to 18,000 people. The prize pool for this event is $1,000,000.
The Danish team of Astralis is the reigning world champion in CSGO. They won three Majors in a row: FACEIT Major, IEM Katowice, and StarLadder Major. At the beginning of 2017, the Danes also managed to conquer the ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta trophy, so they have the highest number of titles from Valve-sponsored events. Behind them are FNATIC, who took first place at DreamHack Winter 2013, ESL One Katowice 2015, and ESL One Cologne 2015.