With the conclusion of the European closed qualifier on July 1st, all of the Minor teams for the FACEIT London 2018 Major have been decided.
The first ever CS:GO Major to be hosted by FACEIT will begin with the New Challengers stage in September of 2018 but the 16 slots need to be filled before that can happen.
The eight teams that finished in 8th – 16th at the ELEAGUE Boston Major automatically get half of those slots but the other eight will be decided by the various Minor competitions which will take place throughout July.
There will be two spots up for grabs from each region (Americas, Asia, CIS, Europe) and the conclusion of the online EU closed qualifier on July 1st finally confirmed all 32 teams that still have a chance of making it to London.
With Europe being widely considered as the most competitive region, just making it to the Minor LAN is often seen as a daunting prospect and well respected teams like Heroic and AGO have already lost their chance to appear at the Major.
Most of the big names, like OpTic Gaming, NiP, or the former Team Envy roster (playing under the tag “LeftOver”), did make it through, though, and will now get the chance to face off at the European Minor from July 19th – 22nd.
WE FINISH THE GAME WITH THE SCORE 2:1 AND WE ARE QUALIFIED TO THE @FACEIT MAJOR 2018 – EUROPE MINOR!
— NiP :flag-se: @ #ESLOne :flag-de: (@NiPGaming) July 1, 2018
Just qualified for the Minor!
Was a really tough one, GG’s to every team.
LeftOut stickers incoming?!
— ScreaM (@nV_ScreaM_) July 1, 2018
The Minor Championships will kick off on July 7th at Twickenham Stadium, London, beginning with the Americas Minor and ending with Europe. The four Minor events will consist of the following teams:
Americas Minor: July 7th – 11th
- compLexity Gaming
- NRG Esports
- Team Dignitas
- Swole Patrol
- Não Tem Como
- Furia eSports
CIS Minor: July 10th – 13th
- Team Spirit
- Nemiga Gaming
- Monolith Gaming
Asia Minor: July 16th – 20th
- Signature Gaming
- 5Power Gaming
- SZ Absolute
- Tainted Minds
Europe Minor: July 19th – 22nd
- OpTic Gaming
- Team Kinguin
- ENCE eSports
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Red Reserve