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CIS is the second region to have completed the open qualifiers leg. Two teams joined the eight direct invited ones into the closed regional qualifiers for the ESL One Los Angeles Major and the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor.

After eliminating B8 in the semifinals, Modus Unity pushed forward and crushed game one of the best-of-three final series against Team Unique with a carry Drow Ranger and a mid Windranger. However, they got Meepo-ed in the second game and thus were forced to a decisive battle. They banned Meepo, Broodmother and Huskar, three of the most dangerous heroes when it comes to cheese strats, and although they’ve been forced to a late game scenario by Team Unique with a Morphling, Modus Unity claimed the spot into the closed qualifier on the back of clean game from their carry troll and a mid Outworld Devourer, played by Nikita “young G” Bochko.

Modus Unity roster:

  • Stanislav “чикиряу” Yarosevich
  • Nikita “young G” Bochko
  • Vladislav “DkFogas” Frolov
  • Sergey “TSA” Timchenko
  • Dmitriy “kickeedP” ilyaev

In the other final, Winstrike were bested by EXTREMUM with Sergey “G” Bragin himself in the mid lane. Winstrike opened the series with a victory, but game two brought a mid lane Riki for EXTREMUM, who were able to carry on the momentum after the second game and join the closed qualifiers.

EXTREMUM roster:

  • Egor “.Ark” Zhabotinskii
  • Sergey “G” Bragin
  • Abdimalik “Malik” Sajlau
  • Fedor “velheor” Rusikhin
  • Vladislav “BLACKARXANGEL” Ivaschenko
  • coach: Ivan “Artstyle” Antonov

CIS closed qualifiers are set to commence Sunday, February 9 with a GSL group stage, however, the groups are yet to be revealed. A total of ten teams will fight for a shot at making it to either the LA Major or the SL ImbaTV Minor. 

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