A close race for the top, Invictus Gaming has secured them the top seed in the China Kiev Major qualifier playoffs. Invictus Gaming, CDEC, ViCi Gaming and iG.Vitality have advanced to the China qualifier playoffs after two days of group stage matches. The four teams are heading into the home stretch to fight for the only spot available in the Kiev Major. The first match is set to take place on Sunday, March 12th, at 11:00 CET between Team Secret and NiP.
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Invictus Gaming, CDEC, ViCi Gaming and iG.Vitality are headed to the Kiev Major China regional qualifier playoffs.
The group stage culminated into an intense ending and close race. The top three teams were tied with an impressive 7:2 record. The fourth and final playoff spot had to determined after a three way tie breaker.
In the end, it was Invictus Gaming that came out on top of the group due to their head to head results. Their second squad – iG.Vitality shined in the tie-breakers to claim the organization 50% of the playoff spots.
As a reward for their efforts, Invictus Gaming were allowed to choose their opponents moving forward. They dodged their sister team in fourth place – iG.Vitality and went for ViCi Gaming – in third place. ViCi Gaming had emerged through the second round of open qualifiers.
Young Elite – the Champions Cup winners had a difficult run, unable to pick up a single victory ending with a 0:9 record and destroyed hopes for an appearance at the Kiev Major.
Kiev Major Qualifiers playoffs schedule
Sunday, March 12th
All matches are best-of-three. Two teams will qualify, no teams will be eliminated on day 1.
- 04:00 CET – Upper Brackets – Invictus Gaming vs ViCi Gaming
- 07:30 CET – Upper Brackets – B)CDEC Gaming vs iG.Vitality
- 11:00 CET – Upper Bracket finals – TBD vs TBD
Kiev Major Qualifiers format
The Kiev Major Qualifiers format is the same as it was for the Boston Major – which had been adjusted compared to previous Majors. This season, teams will be pitted against each other in a single group, instead of divided into two groups. Another significant change, teams will face each other in a best-of-one round robin. The top four teams in the group stage will advance to a best-of-three GSL-style playoffs bracket. Two teams from China and SEA, one team from NA, EU, SA and CIS will qualify for the Kiev Major. Thus, there will be two phases to the Kiev Major Qualifiers format: group stage and playoffs.
Kiev Major Qualifiers playoffs
- 1st place team chooses 3rd or 4th place team as an opponent
- 2nd place team competes against remaining team
- GSL bracket format
- Best-of-three series
- Two teams qualify for the Kiev Major
Sixteen teams will battle it out for a piece of the $3,000,000 prize pool.
Eight teams have been directly invited – OG, EG, Wings, Newbee, Digital Chaos, Ad Finem, Team Liquid and Team VG.J.
Eight teams will qualify – 2 from SEA and China, 1 from NA, SA, EU and CIS.
The Kiev Major is scheduled to take place between April 27-30th at the National Palace of Arts, in Kiev, Ukraine. National Palace of Arts is one of the main theater venues in Kiev, Ukraine. It was opened in 1970 with a seating capacity of almost 4,000 in the main concert hall – approximately the same size as Wang Theater where the Boston Major was held this last fall.
In the past, StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 hosted CS:GO at the event successfully.
The event will be hosted by PGL and will be the last Major ore-TI7.
Kiev Major dates
- The Kiev Major group stage will take place starting April TBA.
- The Kiev Major main event will take place between April 27-30th at the National Palace of Arts, in Kiev, Ukraine.