OG, Keen and BOOM ID are the first teams to make the Minor

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Closed Qualifiers for The Bucharest Minor are in full swing, and we have already seen three teams make it through the gauntlet to claim their places in the eight-team tournament — Europe’s OG, China’s Keen Gaming and Southeast Asia’s BOOM ID.

Ninjas beaten as TI champions progress

OG sealed their spot with a thrilling win over Ninjas in Pyjamas in the Winners’ Final of the Europe Closed Qualifier. After a close first game, which OG took, it was Topias 'Topson' Taavitsainen’s Drow Ranger who made the difference in the second — going 10/1/2 in a game which saw OG take the win 20-6 on kills.

Ninjas will continue their quest to claim the final Europe spot when they contest the Losers’ Final later this evening, facing the winner of The Final Tribe and Vega Squadron — the team invited after a social media outcry.

Big names fall in China

In the China Closed Qualifiers, Keen Gaming snapped up one of the two slots with a Winners’ Final win over Team Root. It was a back-and-forward series, with Keen winning the first and decisive third games, with Zhai 'Ying' Jingkai making the difference on Razor.

Earlier, several major teams had fallen in the Open Qualifier, with Team Serenity, Invictus Gaming, Newbee, DeathBringer Gaming and Mr Game Boy failing to claim the single spot in the four-team Closed Qualifier.

Keen have taken the first Minor spot, and now it’s between Royal Never Give Up, EHOME and Team Root to battle for the second.

Indonesians bring the BOOM to Bucharest

Finally, SEA has completed its Closed Qualifier, with all-Indonesian side BOOM ID making it through to the Minor after a 2-1 comeback win over Clutch Gamers — who had themselves come through the Open Qualifier and a lower bracket run here to earn their chance.

This will be the first DPC event that BOOM ID have attended, with their appearances usually limited to online events. However, they did claim a creditable 5th-6th at the PVP Esports Championship in October.

Who else do you think will qualify?

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