Three teams qualified for the Minor, last chance for Nigma

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The DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major participants have been determined. But those who fell short in the qualifiers continue their battles in the WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 Qualifiers. Eight teams will participate at the Minor. We took a closer look at the preliminary results.

Gambit Esports: gpk still on the rise

ESL One Hamburg 2019 runner-ups AS Monaco Gambit made it through the CIS Qualifiers by defeating HellRaisers and Team Spirit. Despite being on top of their group in the Major Qualifier, they fell short in the playoffs and now have to continue through the Minor – and the first step is made.

18-year old newcomer Danil 'gpk' Skutin proved his skill and versatility. Usually, he battles on the midlane, where he also showcased Templar Assassin's strength in the current meta in game one against Spirit. In game two, however, he switched lanes with Maksim 'Shachlo' Abramovskikh and played Puck off-lane.

Ninjas in Pyjamas: Biver peaks on Puck

North America's first contender is Ninjas in Pyjamas who defeated Team Xolotl 2-0 and J.Storm 2-1. In their third game against J.Storm they showed that current OP Magnus can still be tamed, especially Malthe 'Biver' Winther created a lot of space on his 6/1/25 Puck. He also was the only player to reach level 30 in this match, while supporting his team with perfect silences. NA still has a second slot for the Minor, J.Storm will be fighting for it against Fighting PandaS.

Nico 'Gunnar' Lopez had a strong performance in the series as well, but eventually lost a close duel against Timbersaw.

Royal Never Give Up

Royal Never Give Up did their name justice. After losing to EHOME in the first round, they came back through the Lower Bracket and eventually gained their slot after a 3-0 Grand Finals series against CDEC Gaming.

But game three was not an easy victory: RNG had the upper hand at first, but then nearly threw the match after bad team fights. CDEC took over the networth lead and kept punishing every highground engagement by RNG. Guo 'Eve' Yuhang dealt crushing 91k damage on his Troll Warlord, until the Royals finally fought through his rage and destroyed the enemies' Ancient after 58 minutes.

Nigma: the struggle does not stop

The "legendary 4" plus two time TI runner-up Omar 'w33haa' Aliwi once again fail to deliver. After a 2-1 loss against, they fell to the Lower Bracket and now have to compete against Team Singularity. This series will be their last chance to qualify.

Obviously, Nigma have incredibly skilled players that also proved to be capable of achieving high results. But with the recent foundation of their own organisation, they might be occupied with other tasks as well, which may have resulted in having less time to focus on playing on a completely new patch. After the initial phase got settled, the team could rise up again.

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