Defending champions Quantic Gaming have topped the regular season standings in ESEA Invite Season 13 for North America. Curse, Team Dynamic and Netcode Illuminati round up the team list for playoffs.
The squad who placed third at ESWC 2012 under the name of Area51 suffered two defeats during the regular season, first against MonoManiac and then versus Team Dynamic. Curse also finished the season with a 14-2 record, but place second due to their head-to-head win.
Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert's Team Dynamic started off with two tough losses in first four game and some even wondering if they'd make the playoffs, but with Gilbert pulling off an amazing statistical season in CS:GO, they were able to finish the rest of the season with a 11-1 run.
DaZeD from Area51
DaZeD helped his team clinch the number one seed in North America
At the time of writing our ESEA playoff picture article, the favorites to take the fourth spot at the ESEA Invite Season 13 global finals were ex-UMX player Kyle "flowsicK" Mendez' Netcode Illuminati, who bested Nazar "steno" Vynnytsky's mouseSpaz for the fourth spot.
With the European regular season nearing its completion and everyone but Virtus.pro locked into a trip to Dallas, TX in April, here is how the team list, and seedings for each continent, look as of today prior to the final matches in Europe:
|1. Quantic Gaming (14-2)||1. NiP Gaming (16-0)|
|2. Curse (14-2)||2. VeryGames (12-3*)|
|3. Team Dynamic (13-3)||3. n!faculty (10-5*)|
|4. Netcode Illuminati (10-6)||4. Virtus.pro (8-5*)|
|* games remainining|
Virtus.pro could still sway the standings in Europe by moving up to the third place over the Germans of n!faculty. fnatic could even advance over them, but the CIS-based squad are heavy favorites with three games remaining.
First round of ESEA finals will pit the number one seeded North American against the fourth seeded European, and so on. HLTV.org will be on-site in Dallas, TX to provide you full coverage of the $36,000 global finals.