VG, Bravado to MDL GC LAN Finals

[t,6773,cn,180,839,8600,8601,8957] and [t,5158,za,7992,7993,8446,8448,8711] secure their qualification spots for the Mountain Dew League Global Challenge LAN Finals, following their victories in their respective regions' grand finals of ESEA Open.

In the Asian region, eleven out of fourty-one teams went through to the playoffs of ESEA Open Season 23. Thailand's Signature was originally going to be the twelfth team to fill in the uneven list, but their status was shown as "dead' on the website beforehand, and therefore did not compete.

In the first stage of the playoffs,  Brutality had some difficulty against Dennis "⁠CaptainAllen⁠" Pau's TomorrowLAN as they traded the first two maps with each other 16-11. The Indian team manage to take the last map in overtime and eventually skipped the quarter-finals due to Mohd "⁠wanr0⁠" Syazwan Hanafie's Orange not making an appearance. Meanwhile, VG.CyberZen defeated the Phillipine's Mineski and Japan's DeToNator in swift  2-0 fashion, allowing the Chinese to reach the semi-finals.


Savage's injury has healed and is back in full form with this win

With all the recent drama on social media about females in esports this week, Sarindhorn "⁠JinNy⁠" Wanothayarnchai is the only female player competing in the other Thai team, known as MiTH. She had no problem in performing against her male opponents, as MiTH defeated RevivaL in two straight maps.  MiTH moved on to the semi-finals, after receiving a forfeit win against nxl, who had roster issues. 

Emc became the last team to join the top four of the bracket, as they dropped G1WOLVES in their quarter-final match 2-0 earlier. However, this Hong Kong team's journey came to an end by MiTH's hand in their next match, with JinNy displaying a 1.30 rating in the 2-0 series.

Swapping over to the other semi-final, Bin "⁠Savage⁠" Liu's men absolutely destroyed Brutality more than their previous opponents. Ankit "⁠V3nom⁠" Panth's side had no answer against VG.CyberZen, as the Indians failed to put up more than five rounds on either maps.

Heading into the grand final, VG.CyberZen continued their amazing form thrashing MiTH on both maps to take the series 2-0 (16-5 de_cache and 16-3 de_nuke).

Matchpage
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 MiTH K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Thailand Warittorn 'RoLEX' KalanukarnRoLEX 24 - 33 -9 65.1 0.83
Thailand Siwet 'ViperDemon' KruavitViperDemon 19 - 36 -17 55.5 0.61
Thailand Pakorn 'veta' Treeronaritveta 20 - 36 -16 55.6 0.59
Thailand Sarindhorn 'JinNy' WanothayarnchaiJinNy 15 - 35 -20 56.5 0.58
Thailand Wasu 'Silva' SurapakornnitiSilva 17 - 36 -19 52.4 0.49
 VG.CyberZen K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
China BingYuan 'tb' Litb 45 - 23 +22 122.0 1.82
China WeiJie 'zhokiNg' ZhongzhokiNg 35 - 21 +14 101.8 1.55
China KunHua 'LOVEYY' BaiLOVEYY 36 - 19 +17 97.8 1.50
China Bin 'Savage' LiuSavage 33 - 19 +14 84.1 1.40
China Zhuo 'advent' Liangadvent 26 - 13 +13 50.0 1.24

ESEA Open Season 23 Asia final standings:

1. China VG.CyberZen - MDL Global Challenge LAN spot
2. Thailand MiTH - $700
3-4. India Brutality - $450
3-4. Hong Kong EMC - $450
5-8. Philippines G1WOLVES - $100
5-8. Japan DeToNator - $100
5-8. Indonesia nxl - $100
5-8. Malaysia Orange - $100
9-11. Indonesia RevivaL
9-11. Hong Kong TomorrowLAN
9-11. Philippines Mineski 

In the South African region, there were less teams involved as eight out of seventeen teams climbed to the single-elimination playoffs. Rhys "⁠Fadey⁠" Armstrong's carboN went undefeated in the online round-robin group stage, defeating sixteen different opponents before qualifying for the playoffs.

Occuring in other regions as well, White Rabbit was the the only victim to forfeit their match, which promoted carboN to the semi-finals. While last season's winner, Bravado stomped FlipSid3 Africa 2-0, even though the second map went to double-digits. 

Bravado at ESWC 2016 South African Qualifier

Bravado will attend another international event to make South Africa proud again 

Jumping into the remaining two matches of the quarter-final stage, Aperture and Damage Control crushed puLse and xTc respectively, as the two winning teams slotted themselves into the semi-finals. 

Dominic "⁠Domsterr⁠" Sampaio had a impressive performance facing Damage Control with a 1.79 rating, pushing his team to the grand final. On the other side of the mirror, the favourites obtained the first map on Mirage 16-5 against Aperture. Trevor "⁠kanii⁠" Morley did the best he could for Aperture, but it was not enough to stop Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek's squad from transferring to the final stage, clinching the second map 16-14 on Cobblestone.

Everyone on Bravado contributed in the opening of the grand final, gifting themselves an easy 16-5 win on the first map. The 17-year-old youngster Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou, lifted his game in the next map, with 35-kills on Nuke to tie the series 1-1. Unfortunately, carboN will be disappointed as they witnessed their Community Manager, Robby "⁠blackpoisoN⁠" Da Loca putting a stop to their incredible winning streak they showed throughout the season. Bravado claimed Overpass 16-9, closing the series 2-1 their way.

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Overpass
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 carboN K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
South Africa Johnny 'JT' TheodosiouJT 64 - 55 +9 84.0 1.21
South Africa Rieghardt 'flexeeee' Romatzkiflexeeee 59 - 54 +5 89.4 1.15
South Africa Jandre 'makmuR' van VuurenmakmuR 48 - 55 -7 65.7 0.87
South Africa Rhys 'Fadey' ArmstrongFadey 38 - 61 -23 69.1 0.77
South Africa Dominic 'Domsterr' SampaioDomsterr 35 - 54 -19 58.5 0.69
 Bravado K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
South Africa Robby 'blackpoisoN' Da LocablackpoisoN 66 - 50 +16 93.4 1.27
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' GroesbeekSonic 58 - 47 +11 86.5 1.27
South Africa Ashton 'Golz' MullerGolz 55 - 53 +2 84.7 1.18
South Africa Dimitri 'Detrony' HadjipaschaliDetrony 51 - 45 +6 75.7 1.14
South Africa Ruan 'ELUSIVE' van WykELUSIVE 48 - 49 -1 73.0 1.02

ESEA Open Season 23 South Africa final standings:

1. South Africa Bravado - MDL Global Challenge LAN spot
2. South Africa carboN - $525
3-4. South Africa Aperture - $335
3-4. South Africa Damage Control - $335
5-8. South Africa xTc - $75
5-8. South Africa White Rabbit - $75
5-8. South Africa FlipSid3 Africa - $75
5-8. South Africa puLse - $75

With the Asian and South African region done and dusted, VG.CyberZen and Bravado also grab their spots at the main event again. Hopefully, both teams can attend this time without any visa issues involved, compared to the previous season. Here is the updated list of participants so far:

Region Teams
Oceania Australia Athletico
Asia China VG.CyberZen
South Africa South Africa Bravado
Brazil Brazil Regional winner
North America United States Premier #1 & #2
Europe Europe Premier #1 & #2
Thailand Sarindhorn 'JinNy' Wanothayarnchai
Sarindhorn 'JinNy' Wanothayarnchai
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
151
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Hong Kong Dennis 'CaptainAllen' Pau
Dennis 'CaptainAllen' Pau
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.11
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
696
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
South Africa Trevor 'kanii' Morley
Trevor 'kanii' Morley
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
161
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
South Africa Dominic 'Domsterr' Sampaio
Dominic 'Domsterr' Sampaio
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
274
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Malaysia Mohd 'wanr0' Syazwan Hanafie
Mohd 'wanr0' Syazwan Hanafie
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
69
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.18
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
678
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
South Africa Rhys 'Fadey' Armstrong
Rhys 'Fadey' Armstrong
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
474
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.14
China Bin 'Savage' Liu
Bin 'Savage' Liu
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
India Ankit 'V3nom' Panth
Ankit 'V3nom' Panth
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
56
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
South Africa Robby 'blackpoisoN' Da Loca
Robby 'blackpoisoN' Da Loca
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
295
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
bravado pls win this
2016-11-24 18:53
1
2016-11-24 18:53
-allu
2016-11-24 18:53
who cares tier5 team
2016-11-24 18:53
#6
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Jordan eyBois
epic
2016-11-24 18:53
seventh
2016-11-24 18:53
b
2016-11-24 18:53
who?
2016-11-24 18:53
VERYGAMES?
2016-11-24 18:56
you must be jokiNg
2016-11-24 18:56
Nice!
2016-11-24 18:53
I hope esea consider making a league for the north african region
2016-11-24 18:53
I keked
2016-11-24 19:17
if you were not close to east asia you would be still milking cows in the desert so please
2016-11-25 13:47
Nope i arent think that. Me european leel
2016-11-25 13:55
so your saying im european just bcuz i rekted you ? wow feelproudman
2016-11-25 15:02
cool
2016-11-24 18:53
#OsamaksuRolexi
2016-11-24 18:54
I think nxl already fix their roster issue after yesterday
2016-11-24 23:05
Brazil is not a region
2016-11-25 02:45
#24
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France Graphyx
Ez
2016-11-27 18:46
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