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Qualification for the FACEIT London Major is Heating Up as All Minor Teams Have Been Decided

Published: 2/Jul/2018 11:50 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 16:06

by Ross Deason

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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.

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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.

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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.

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:

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Americas Minor: July 7th – 11th

  • compLexity Gaming
  • NRG Esports
  • Team Dignitas
  • eUnited
  • Rogue
  • Swole Patrol
  • Não Tem Como
  • Furia eSports

CIS Minor: July 10th – 13th

  • HellRaisers
  • Team Spirit
  • pro100
  • AVANGAR
  • Nemiga Gaming
  • PLINK-TECH
  • Monolith Gaming
  • forZe

Asia Minor: July 16th – 20th

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  • Renegades
  • TyLoo
  • Signature Gaming
  • 5Power Gaming
  • SZ Absolute
  • Uniquestars
  • Tainted Minds
  • VG.FlashGaming

Europe Minor: July 19th – 22nd

  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team Kinguin
  • ENCE eSports
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Red Reserve
  • Sprout
  • LeftOut
  • 3DMAX
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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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