ESEA MDL Season 31 finalized, Global Challenge teams determined

The 31st season of ESEA MDL has come to a close in Europe and North America, determining all participants of the Global Challenge and ESL Pro League relegation.

After the regular season came to an end last week in Europe, it was time for the playoffs. In a surprising turn of events, CR4ZY, who had gone undefeated in the regular season, went down in the quarter-finals to Spirit, with Vitality, Movistar Riders, and Sprout also reaching the semi-final stage.

Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt's team confirmed their status of favorites by defeating Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev & co., earning a chance to fight for direct advancement to ESL Pro League Season 10 against Sprout, who took down Movistar Riders en route to the European Finals.

Vitality and Sprout will play for a spot in ESL Pro League

After a hard-fought battle between the two on Sunday, Spirit defeated Oscar "⁠mixwell⁠" Cañellas's side 2-1, copping the third and last spot at the seasonal Global Challenge and a place in the ESL Pro League Season 9 relegation tournament.

The final standings of ESEA MDL S31 Europe look as follows:

1-2. Germany Sprout - Global Challenge + EU MDL Finals
1-2. France Vitality - Global Challenge + EU MDL Finals
3. Russia Spirit - Global Challenge + EPL Relegation
4. Spain Movistar Riders - $2,500
5-8. Europe GamerLegion
5-8. Europe Epsilon
5-8. Serbia CR4ZY
5-8. Sweden Chaos
9. Russia forZe
10. Poland Virtus.pro
11. Poland x-kom
12. Poland AGO
13. CIS pro100
14. Germany ALTERNATE aTTaX - MDL S31 Relegation
15. Finland HAVU - MDL S31 Relegation
16. Poland Izako Boars - MDL S31 Relegation
17. Germany expert - MDL S31 Relegation
18. Finland ENCE - Advanced S32 (withdrawn)

In North America, Singularity, FURIA, and ATK finished atop the league with 12 wins each and they continued to succeed in the playoffs, winning their quarter-final affairs alongside Party Astronauts to determine the four teams advancing to the Global Challenge.

Having returned from a successful run in Europe, Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan's squad lived up to the expectations, beating Party Astronauts to make it to the North American Finals, in which they will take on Singularity for a spot in ESL Pro League Season 10 on July 13.

FURIA and Singularity topped the North American MDL

Meanwhile, South African side ATK won a close third-place decider against Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy & co., booking the last spot in the North American relegation for ESL Pro League, making the final standings of the league the following:

1-2. United States Singularity - Global Challenge + NA MDL Finals
1-2. Brazil FURIA - Global Challenge + NA MDL Finals
3. South Africa ATK - Global Challenge + EPL Relegation
4. United States Party Astronauts - Global Challenge
5-8. United States The Quest
5-8. United States Riot Squad
5-8. Brazil TeamOne
5-8. United States New Identity
9. United States Ascent
10. United States Rugratz
11. United States Peeker's Advantage
12. United States Variance
13. United States BLITZKRIEG
14. United States Thunder Logic - MDL S31 Relegation
15. United States Bushido Boyz - MDL S31 Relegation
16. United States Mythic - MDL S31 Relegation
17. United States Prospects - MDL S31 Relegation
18. United States Chris and the boys - Advanced S32

The following eight teams will take part in the ESEA MDL Season 31 Global Challenge, which will run on July 13-14 in Dallas, Texas:

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1846
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
715
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
619
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
840
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
#1
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France Azowel
Nice
2019-06-22 13:34
#11
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Poland Unluko
Nice event!
2019-06-22 13:36
NA 4 spots on LAN while EU has just 3??????
2019-06-22 13:36
#15
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France Azowel
yes, ESEA peanut brain
2019-06-22 13:39
#35
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Spain Adruvi
Obviously party astronauts are better than the 4th EU movistar riders
2019-06-22 14:13
Mixwell > astronauts
2019-06-22 14:27
#74
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Germany bVicious
Nice joke
2019-06-22 18:31
#63
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Brazil duto25
The 4th spot should be for ESEA Open Brazil winner, but this season won't have it, so they decided to give it for NA... however, I agree with u
2019-06-22 17:02
Nice
2019-06-22 13:34
Lmao ence fluke team
2019-06-22 13:35
lmao lul
2019-06-22 13:53
Rofl xd
2019-06-22 13:57
#52
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France CocoBiceps
It s because they withdraw from mdl due To heavy schedul They played only 2 match
2019-06-22 16:05
Nice excuses delusional ence fan xdd flukence exposed
2019-06-22 18:19
#77
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France CocoBiceps
You trash talk the only good team from your country Rip finland cs
2019-06-22 20:03
At least my country has a real top10 team
2019-06-22 20:04
#79
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France CocoBiceps
Vitality is top 4 And closely the same point as ence And why you talk about this when i commented you say shit because ence withdraw and didn t loose mdl cause they are bad
2019-06-22 20:10
top 4 for winning 1 tier 2 tournament, nice one
2019-06-22 20:10
#81
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France CocoBiceps
Fan of a #81 team
2019-06-22 20:15
fan of a washed-up player
2019-06-22 20:15
stop falling for his bait
2019-06-22 21:13
#83
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France CocoBiceps
Fan of a #81 team And if you consider ECS final with Astralis NRG MIBR NIP FURIA NORTH ( all top 10 team ) LUL
2019-06-22 20:20
fan of a washed-up player And if you consider any of those teams tier 1 your brains might be slightly dysfunctional LUL
2019-06-22 20:22
Vitality also won cs_summit 4 where they beat both liquid and ENCE in bo1s and bo3s. Stop baiting this poor guy lol
2019-06-23 05:49
summit tier 1 tournament where half the players are asleep during the games LUL
2019-06-23 15:12
I don't think this is a valid excuse since vitality's normal timezone is only one hour off of finland's timezone. They should have been just as tired as ENCE yet they won the tournament.
2019-06-24 16:45
#69
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Finland Gogito
18th in esea LUL when disband
2019-06-22 18:09
n1
2019-06-22 13:35
Sprout has been looking pretty decent recently.
2019-06-22 13:35
#37
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Spain BorjaRDa
K1to smurfing
2019-06-22 14:19
#6
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Brazil ChaparraL
Izz4Furia this MDL
2019-06-22 13:35
VP > ENCE
2019-06-22 13:36
Nais
2019-06-22 13:36
boring, ez4vitality...
2019-06-22 13:36
Nice
2019-06-22 13:36
#12
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Switzerland x676
Very sad that Movistar Riders didn't close matches with Sprout and Spirit, they had last maps totally dominated.
2019-06-22 13:36
#14
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Finland Vkims
Rip ENCE
2019-06-22 13:38
why tf are there 4 spots for NA and 3 for Europe
2019-06-22 13:40
#24
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Germany Flachzange
Tournament is held in na
2019-06-22 13:50
#17
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Europe LoookATme
ence HAHAHAHAHAH
2019-06-22 13:40
really sad for MRS :(
2019-06-22 13:41
NA 4 spots, EU 3 ???????
2019-06-22 13:42
#20
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Spain G3CK0
Cries in Spanish
2019-06-22 13:43
CR4ZY what a failure
2019-06-22 13:45
#22
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Serbia SplitteR96
The trashest tournament format ever. How did team who was 16:0 end up on 5-8th place? Where is fking lower bracket?
2019-06-22 13:46
Ence to advanced deserved for disrespect
2019-06-22 13:48
LETS GO FURIA
2019-06-22 13:51
Chockistar Riders out of relevant shit again. So sad to see them dominate whole match and chocke really hard in the end. Next chance maybe in 2 years, EPL dream wont be posible for spanish CS sadly, players are getting older and cant stop chocking when it matters
2019-06-22 13:57
#36
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Spain Adruvi
Haters out of spain pls, thank you.
2019-06-22 14:14
Not hating MR, i really hope they succed. I just feel depressed after the last two weeks where they lost really close matches but in the end achived nothing. Whenever they overcome the chocking problem, they will be a top 20 team ez, but until then, they wont be able to break into top 30
2019-06-22 14:26
i understand what you mean, but we're not riders fans without suffering. Anyways, with the LVP finals achieved and won, i think that if they stop playing tier 4-5 spain Cs and only play international they could make the roster top 30 and maybe even qualify for esl next season of MDL (when is it tho?)
2019-06-23 18:16
LETS GO SPROUT
2019-06-22 13:56
Forgot to switch to GERMANY_REKT_BRA71L OR BIGGEST_BIG_FAN ?
2019-06-22 14:28
Why 4 NA Teams????
2019-06-22 14:01
they wanna make it easier for EU
2019-06-22 14:54
Nice top 3 spirit :)
2019-06-22 14:09
#34
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Other NDRnews
LMAO 4NA spots and 3 EU Spots what a joke
2019-06-22 14:09
ENCE ESEA ADVANCED AXAAXAXAXAXAXAAXA
2019-06-22 14:28
I think Vitality is the only one who deserves to win
2019-06-22 14:34
Unluko riders :(
2019-06-22 14:45
Sprout hltv top 1
2019-06-22 14:50
ez money and EPL spot for Vitality
2019-06-22 15:21
Sucks for GL.. had to verse vitality first round. Really close game...
2019-06-22 15:32
#49
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United Kingdom EKersh
ez4vitality
2019-06-22 15:42
4 teams from EU and 3 teams from NA is kind of funny. Riders would probably clap all of their teams except for FURIA
2019-06-22 15:46
#51
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Asia en1lykS
*cough* congratulations vitality for winning the esea mdl s31 global challenge!
2019-06-22 15:59
"18. Finland ENCE - Advanced S32" trash LOL
2019-06-22 16:09
0 IQ LUL
2019-06-22 18:24
lybrel, sounds like liberal, sounds like libtard.
2019-06-22 18:28
Didn’t even bother looking up my name. So lazy. Also, blames, sounds like lames, sounds like lametard.
2019-06-22 19:50
ENCE last xaxaxa
2019-06-22 16:16
Vitality vs furia Pog
2019-06-22 16:22
I can already predict the placings : 1. Vitality 2. FURIA 3-4. Spirit, Sprout ( if there's going to be a 3rd place decider than Sprout will take it) 5-6. Singularity, Chiefs 7-8. ATK, Party Astronauts
2019-06-22 16:34
Good
2019-06-22 16:41
will k1to win MDL again? :D
2019-06-22 16:44
#61
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Lithuania JustSphex
Valiance was 16-0 over the season, and couldn't qualify for the Finals... I blame the name change.
2019-06-22 16:48
cr4zy fail of the year
2019-06-22 16:56
#64
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Europe Cr3eP_70
The real tier 9 tournament...
2019-06-22 17:02
ENCE must invite mdl 32 wtf is this :/
2019-06-22 17:25
#73
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Brazil RevvivaL
ENCE withdrew, so many people re saying ence was not good enough to make it or some crazy shit like that, but ence withdrew because of a busy calander when they had only played 4 games. fact check before you talk.
2019-06-22 18:30
#75
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Brazil parrud0www
Nice event!!
2019-06-22 19:01
#86
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Asia Blitzer
esea come to asia pls
2019-06-23 03:41
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