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CIS is the third region to reach the finish line of the regional qualifiers for the ESL One Los Angeles Major. After a few upsets in the group stage and the first series of the upper bracket playoffs, everything came down to what most expected. Na’Vi and Virtus.pro reigned supreme in their region once again.

Both teams qualified for the previous Major as well, but the subpar performance in Leipzig triggered more roster changes and Na’Vi ended up losing a player to VP, with a little bit of drama attached. Through this qualifier round, Na’Vi played with Semion “CemaTheSlayer” Krivulya on a stand-in/trial status. According to the announcement made by the organization just ahead of the regional brawl, Cema’s future with Na’Vi would be decided according to the results in the qualifiers and perhaps the LA Major itself.

So far, CemaTheSlayer’s addition to the team proved to be extremely beneficial, Na’Vi taking the first place in their group and then defeating Cyber Legacy and HR in the playoffs grab the first ticket to LA. On the other hand, for Virtus.pro, who changed two players after Leipzig Major, the ESL One LA Major qualifiers playoffs started with an upset. They lost the very first round in the upper bracket to HR and had to take a bit of a longer road via the lower bracket rounds.

With both teams making it now to the LA Major, the real test for their revamped rosters will come next month, when the tournament is set to take place. ESL One Los Angeles is scheduled to unfold March 15-22, with 16 teams fighting for a share of the 15,000 DPC points and the $1,000, 000 prize pool.

ESL One Los Angeles Major qualified teams:

  • Fnatic  (SEA qualifiers)
  • Geek Fam (SEA qualifiers)
  • Team Adroit (SEA qualifiers)
  • Team Secret (Europe qualifiers)
  • OG (Europe qualifiers)
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas (Europe qualifiers)
  • Na’Vi (CIS qualifiers)
  • Virtus.pro (CIS qualifiers)
  • TBD (SA qualifiers)
  • TBD (SA qualifiers)
  • TBD (NA qualifiers)
  • TBD (NA qualifiers)
  • TBD (China qualifiers)
  • TBD (China qualifiers)
  • TBD (China qualifiers)


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