ESEA MDL Season 28 reaches playoffs

With the regular seasons played out, the playoff brackets for the North American, European and Australian divisions of ESEA MDL are now known.

Even though the regions differ in terms of the number of teams participating in ESEA MDL, each competing squad played the same number of regular-season matches leading up to the playoffs, 16. Every region was tightly contested, with tie-breaker rules deciding the last playoff team in all three divisions.

Sprout are one of the European playoff teams

In Europe, six teams finished the season with an 11-5 score, with EURONICS ending up as the first seed and the likes of Chaos and Sprout following. Kinguin and ALTERNATE aTTaX are in the same bracket, and will have to play out an additional match to determine which team will be seeded third and which will be seeded fourth in the playoffs.

Red Reserve secured a #7 seed with 10W-6L, while the last spot was determined between five teams with the same 9-7 score: Valiance, Epsilon, FriendlyFire, PAPERPLANES and Smoke Criminals, with the last-mentioned squad grabbing the spot after the tie-breaker rules were thoroughly examined.

ESEA MDL Season 28 Europe will, therefore, have the following playoff bracket, with the match dates left to be announced due to busy schedules:

Germany EURONICS vs. Europe Smoke Criminals
Germany ALTERNATE aTTaX - Poland Kinguin loser vs. Denmark Sprout
Germany ALTERNATE aTTaX - Poland Kinguin winner vs. France 3DMAX
Sweden Chaos vs. Sweden Red Reserve

The North American regular season had a clear victor, Dignitas who finished 15-1, but the last playoff spots were contested similarly to the European division, with Vision and Bravado grabbing the last two spots amongst four teams that were tied 10-6.

ESEA MDL Season 28 North America playoffs start tomorrow, and the bracket is as follows:

United States Dignitas vs. South Africa Bravado
United States Monstars vs. United States Vireo.pro
United States Gorilla Gang vs. United States Swole Patrol
North America FYB vs. United States Vision

ORDER dominated the Australian division of the ESEA MDL, going undefeated throughout the regular season to finish 16-0. Following in the rankings is the rest of the Aussie top 4—Grayhound, Chiefs and Minor attendees Tainted Minds—, with the rest of the bracket filled with notable underdogs such as Legacy, SYF and Corvidae—who edged out seadoggs for a playoff spot.

The Australian ESEA MDL Season 28 playoffs, which also start tomorrow, feature the following quarter-final matchups:

Australia ORDER vs. Australia Corvidae
Australia Tainted Minds vs. Oceania Legacy
Australia Chiefs vs. Australia SYF
Australia Grayhound vs. Australia Rise and Grind

Playoffs for all three ESEA MDL regions are single-elimination, with BO3 matches all the way through. This season of MDL will not feature a Global Challenge LAN, due to it overlapping with the player break and a busy schedule, nor will the European and North American seasons give promotion to ESL Pro League, as it fits between EPL S8 and S9, but it will feature an increased prizepool in comparison to previous ESEA MDL seasons.

ESEA Open seasons for other regions, such as Brazil and South Africa, have also reached playoffs, with brackets and more information available on ESEA's website.

lmao ez SPROUT!!!!
2018-07-24 15:20
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
nope
2018-07-24 15:20
#4
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Spain JustNo 
expected
2018-07-24 15:20
#22
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Sweden Unluko 
Xd
2018-07-24 15:30
nice
2018-07-24 15:20
#23
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-07-24 15:30
No vp
2018-07-24 15:20
#24
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Sweden Unluko 
They are in relegation
2018-07-24 15:30
They will relegate to ESEA Advanced or what league is it?
2018-07-24 22:11
#67
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Sweden Unluko 
Nah but i think gambit will.
2018-07-24 22:28
#6
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Finland autism@exe 
iam in there WTF
2018-07-24 15:21
#28
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Sweden Unluko 
nice
2018-07-24 15:32
#34
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Finland autism@exe 
IK its awesom
2018-07-24 15:34
#37
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-07-24 15:36
#7
SchizzY | 
South Africa astr0gg 
Bravado play from AFRICA?!
2018-07-24 15:21
#25
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Sweden Unluko 
NA
2018-07-24 15:31
cant wait for the LAN finals
2018-07-24 15:21
#30
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Sweden Unluko 
-1
2018-07-24 15:33
#46
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Russia deadforest 
So wiill Premier finals be on LAN?
2018-07-24 15:51
Not this season
2018-07-24 16:51
#57
Snax | 
United Kingdom LFX 
-1
2018-07-24 17:17
#10
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Bulgaria 21petar 
hahahah vp
2018-07-24 15:22
#26
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Sweden Unluko 
Xd
2018-07-24 15:31
#11
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
who is chaos lol
2018-07-24 15:24
Digital Chaos...
2018-07-24 15:25
2018-07-24 15:25
fuck these teams
2018-07-24 15:27
#31
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Sweden Unluko 
Wtf
2018-07-24 15:33
ez for Smoke Criminals
2018-07-24 15:25
#27
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Sweden Unluko 
Ez for stewie
2018-07-24 15:31
Wow
2018-07-24 15:25
#32
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-07-24 15:33
#16
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Italy 1nf3rn4L 
Wrong chaos lol
2018-07-24 15:26
#33
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Sweden Unluko 
yeah lol
2018-07-24 15:33
#17
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
ez for chaos.
2018-07-24 15:27
#36
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Sweden Unluko 
ez for gambit in relegation
2018-07-24 15:34
Gambit won't be in relegation unless they get invited
2018-07-24 15:45
#52
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Sweden Unluko 
OOOOH SHIT ITS YOU
2018-07-24 16:37
#19
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Denmark oskarsports 
Ez sproot
2018-07-24 15:27
#20
swag | 
Belgium xKillian 
ez for FYB
2018-07-24 15:28
#21
pronax | 
Russia Ducat 
lul another chaos
2018-07-24 15:29
#35
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Sweden Unluko 
so much chaos
2018-07-24 15:34
#38
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Finland Vkims 
Ez for vp
2018-07-24 15:36
OLD GUYS CLUB?
2018-07-24 15:37
Virtus Pro and Gambit in Relegation Playoffs to some even shittier league now?
2018-07-24 15:37
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Poland kick_michu 
Gambit forfite to play in this shit league just waste of time and pointless hust better to play some PCW vs normal teams than play oficial matches vs paperplanes friendlyfie and others
2018-07-24 16:11
You know who hasn't reached playoffs, though ? Virtus.Premier
2018-07-24 15:41
#49
SANJI | 
Turkey KebabBoi 
They are invited to relegation
2018-07-24 16:05
#59
GuardiaN | 
Europe leevv 
ahahahaha, YES!!
2018-07-24 17:30
Ez for young upcoming Latvian-Irish prodigy talent Dilans "lainNy" Feldmanis
2018-07-24 15:42
god buue
2018-07-24 19:23
Its nice to see bravado having success here. They have made it pretty far in some online qualifiers too, but unfortunately those are usually won by the bad teams in pro league It is a little reminder that there is still talent in some areas of the scene the community doesn't pay as much attention to
2018-07-24 15:45
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Indonesia ignite19 
NA VP POGGGG
2018-07-24 15:51
#47
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
Virtus.Not even premier LUL
2018-07-24 15:54
onliners
2018-07-24 16:03
#50
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Poland kick_michu 
VP even play relegation in fucking ESEA Premier XD
2018-07-24 16:08
ez for africa cs
2018-07-24 16:48
everyone is talking about VP but no one is mentioning Gambit xD VP is tier5 so it was actually expected and it's no surprise but Gambit (team that's better than VP) finished even lower ayy
2018-07-24 16:53
#56
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United States AjAjCaptain 
2ez4buue
2018-07-24 17:12
#58
draken | 
Sweden rawrxdd 
nonamer tournament
2018-07-24 17:28
#60
GuardiaN | 
Europe leevv 
VP will lose the relegation as well, does anyone know what the 3rd league will be? haha
2018-07-24 17:32
ESEA Advanced
2018-07-24 18:06
#65
GuardiaN | 
Europe leevv 
thank you
2018-07-24 21:02
2018-07-24 18:31
#63
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
very cool
2018-07-24 18:53
Where are AU matches today?
2018-07-25 10:34
What the fuck happened to Resolute? They were higher than Bravado. What the fuck?
2018-07-26 00:41
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Denmark sierra77 
gogo chaos,ez for plessen.
2018-08-10 14:00
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