The world's top tier two and three teams travel to London this week for another stage in their journey to the biggest tournament of the year.
<p>The Minor for the FaceIt Major, taking place in September, began this past weekend. Essentially this week is a LAN tournament in London to determine the regional teams that will qualify for the Major Qualifier. This week we will preview the Americas and CIS regions (matches run through Friday), and next week we'll look at the European and Asian regions.</p><p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are proud to announce our official broadcast partners for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FACEITMinor?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FACEITMinor</a> 🎉<br><br>All matches will be streamed live on <a href="https://twitter.com/YouTubeGaming?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@YouTubeGaming</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/Twitch?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Twitch</a> 📺<br><br>Make sure to subscribe and follow:<br><br>🔴 <a href="https://t.co/tu0iNSrGtp">https://t.co/tu0iNSrGtp</a> <br>👾 <a href="https://t.co/h85YdYWBtM">https://t.co/h85YdYWBtM</a> <br><br>More info 👇 <a href="https://t.co/gjq1mIOQVQ">https://t.co/gjq1mIOQVQ</a></p>&mdash; FACEIT (@FACEIT) <a href="https://twitter.com/FACEIT/status/1015264106738339840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 6, 2018</a></blockquote><br /><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> </p><p> </p><h2>Americas</h2><p>I think if you looked at the 8 teams featured from this region you would have expected the final four to be Eunited, Rogue, NRG, and Complexity. The best two teams from each group have certainly made it this far. Over the next three days, 5 matches will decide which two teams qualify. The sixth and final match will only determine which team takes home the bigger portion of the prize money, but has no effect on qualifications.</p><p>The tricky part about these matches is that the teams know each other very well. Some of them have played on the same teams, while others just compete in the same pugs and qualifiers again and again. This tends to lead to a sort of equilibrium in results or closeness in matches we wouldn't expect based on the talent gap or performances on the international stage. NRG is the best team here, but they are susceptible to dropping maps or perhaps a series if they are too careless. In their opening two Bo1's there was never a doubt of them losing either match, but there was some careless play on both CT and T. Perhaps that was due to building big leads and knowing they were going to win, but if they are not careful Complexity and Rogue are both capable of taking a map off of them.</p><p>The second spot this week is likely to be decided between Rogue and Complexity, but Eunited is not too far off. Coming into this, I would have leaned Complexity, but being back on LAN seems to have helped Rogue get back into form. Due to the format of the remaining matches it is nearly impossible that we do not see these two play against one another unless Eunited upsets. Therefore <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">I recommend taking a look over their recent performances against one another and in particular in London</a>. The firepower advantage leads heavily in Rogue's favor against everyone but NRG, but a bad series from them would not surprise me. So I would lean Rogue, but if they are showing a pattern of problems on one side or a couple maps they might not adjust in time and we should fade them on the remaining series.</p><p> </p><h2>CIS</h2><p>Anything short of qualifying for Hellraisers will be both a shock and travesty to the CSGO community. Despite their inconsistencies at times, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Sports Betting Odds">they are head and shoulders above the majority of competition here</a>. Given HR's recent absence from big tournaments due to (mostly) visa issues, they have had all the time necessary to prepare for this week. Even their somewhat weak terrorist sides should not struggle against the field in London. I expect them to be heavy favorite against every opponent so will not speak too much about them as there will be very little value. The other team coming out of Group A should be Pro 100 but they will likely have to beat Plink in two Bo3's. Sometimes those situations can get hairy where a team adjusts in the rematch.</p><p>In Group B the two certain favorites are Avangar and Team Spirit. Avangar first popped onto the international scene at the Boston Major Qualifier losing to American powerhouse Team Liquid in overtime in the match that would have sent them to the biggest tournament in their careers. Since then they have been up and down, but they have reunited the same five man roster that took them to the edge in Atlanta. They have some great firepower, and Jame might be one of the best awpers in the region. They are my first choice to make it out of this group.</p><p>Spirit is a roster that has been together for quite some time also but never broken through to the international scene being edged out by other good teams in regional qualifiers such as Hellraisers and Gambit. They have had some good performances recently against the other three teams in their group, including a couple victories over Avangar. However, this is LAN and the best get given that title for how they do here.</p><p>My plays for the opening matches (all at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4581&book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>):</p><p>Pro100 (ml) @ -110 (best line)<br />Avangar (-4.5) @ -120<br />Spirit (-5.5) @ -140</p><p>Forze could get a backdoor cover, but I do think they are outclassed here slightly even on a median map. Avangar are capable of having a 12 or 13 round half against them. Monolith is the one roster I doubt even hits double digits, let alone wins a map.</p><p>One prop you might want to consider betting on is Spirit to win Group B @ + 240.</p><p>If all goes according to plan they will face Avangar in a Bo1 after the opening matches to decide this prop. Spirit has beaten the Kazakhstani roster twice in the past month so it is not inconceivable to think they do so here. Also Avangar are facing the harder of the two opening opponents (Forze rather than Monolith) in the opening matches. So this prop represents good value in three best of ones.</p>