The regular season for ESEA Invite has ended in North America and the 4 teams to attend the Season 18 finals have now been determined.
Following a 4-way tie in the North American Invite division for 2nd-4th seeds, ESEA took to their rulebook and determined the final 3 teams to qualify for the finals.
Cloud9 coasted into an easy first seed following an 11-5 record. The next 4 teams in line however, all finished the season with a 10-6 scoreline, namely: Luminosity, Denial, CLG and eLevate.
ESEA Invite league rules specify the following consecutive procedure in the event of a tie-breaker at the end of regular play:
In the end it was the head-to-head score which came into effect in the 4-way tie and the odd man out of the tie was eLevate, meaning they will miss out on attending the global finals of ESEA S18.
The four North American teams to attend, and in appropriate seeding order, are:
The 4 teams to attend the ESEA S18 finals (and to be seeded) from the European division will be fully decided on March 8th when the last matches will be played out.
As it stands, the Swedes of fnatic have an assured top seed at the finals, Virtus.pro maintain a head-to-head advantage against Titan for second place, while Property and mousesports can still challenge for the top four.