In a sudden turn of events, two of the leading contenders at the IEM Katowice Europe Minors bow out of the tournament.
Mousesports and Space Soldiers both fell out of their respective groups causing them to miss the playoffs for the Major spots.
Space Soldiers came back to the scene after suffering an initial hiatus when their players refused to continue playing under the organization last October. However, their comeback bid for a Major spot was immediately shut down after a 0-2 defeat in their Elimination Match against North right after a 6-16 beating from ENCE Esports.
The Danish iteration of Optic Gaming also suffered a winless campaign after losing 8-16 against Vitality in the openers and 0-2 against mouseports despite the efforts of former North mainstays Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and René "cajunb" Borg.
Mous, who fielded back Martin "STYKO" Styk from inactivity also last October suffered a bigger upset as they fell flat on their decider match against a fairly new lineup of Valience. Chris "chrisJ" de Jong’s squad already faced the Serbians in the opening match where they lost 14-16. The team bounced back with their win against Optic but the Serbians ultimately ended their campaign with a 2-0 win.
The CIS Minors meanwhile had a steadier playoff picture with Gambit and Team Spirit lording over Group A while Winstrike Team and AVANGAR went to playoff mode in Group B. Winstrike and Gambit are both trying to get back to Major form after a couple of disappointing seasons since their respective runs at the ELEAGUE Major Boston as Quantum Bellator Fire and PGL Major Krakow respectively.
The IEM Katowice CIS and Europe Minors continue today with the double elimination playoffs. The top two finishers will advance to the New Challenger Status while the third placers will face of at the Play-in where two more spots for the Majors will be fought over.