Riot Squad and INTZ to ESEA MDL NA S32 Grand Finals

Riot Squad and INTZ have emerged victorious as the top two teams from the North American playoffs of ESEA MDL Season 32, setting up a best-of-five clash on LAN for a spot in the 11th season of ESL Pro League.

The Riot Squad roster missed out on an opportunity to play for a spot in ESL Pro League last season, falling to ATK in their quarter-final playoffs matchup to swiftly end their hopes of a spot in the finals or relegation. In a bid to improve upon those results, the team brought on Pujan "FNS" Mehta and Jonathan "Jonji" Carey ahead of their Season 32 campaign - a change which would prove to revitalize the team as they went on to drop just three maps over the course of the regular season to Triumph, Ben's Anime Team, and INTZ.

INTZ, meanwhile, were forced to battle their way through MDL for the first time since arriving in North America after finding themselves demoted from ESL Pro League following relegation losses to Singularity and Envy in August. The team had previously made entry into the league by inheriting the spot of SK from ESL Pro League Season 7, signing the NoTag lineup that, at the time, contained João "felps" Vasconcellos and Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe. Despite losing their star AWPer to MIBR, the Brazilians had little difficulty in battling past their MDL opposition during the regular season, winning thirteen maps in a row before they were dealt their only loss by Ben's Anime Team shortly after replacing Lucas "DeStiNy" Bullo with Ricardo "boltz" Prass.

Riot Squad will face off against INTZ in a LAN rematch for a spot in EPL

Following the results of a community poll in August, ESEA introduced double-elimination playoffs into their league structure for all divisions, offering teams the opportunity to fight back through a lower bracket. Although Riot Squad entered the playoffs as the third seed, below INTZ and Ben's Anime Team, they had little difficulty in fighting past their opponents, and never needed to make use of the lower bracket. Victories over Rugratz and Ben's Anime Team gave FNS and company a spot in their upper bracket final, where they made short work of INTZ to grant themselves a one-map advantage for the best-of-five LAN Grand Finals in December.

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 Riot Squad K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' CareyJonji 43 - 33 +10 86.8 1.30
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurneyptr 35 - 28 +7 75.1 1.13
United States Austin 'crashies' Robertscrashies 37 - 30 +7 74.0 1.13
United States Mitch 'mitch' Semagomitch 29 - 29 0 66.8 1.10
Canada Pujan 'FNS' MehtaFNS 38 - 36 +2 76.6 1.02
 INTZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittelyel 35 - 31 +4 72.5 1.09
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 39 - 36 +3 80.6 1.05
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 28 - 38 -10 69.3 0.91
Brazil Bruno 'shz' Martinellishz 28 - 37 -9 67.8 0.86
Brazil Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand 26 - 40 -14 58.8 0.69

The loss did not completely dissuade INTZ however as, after initially notching wins over MAC-51 and their Brazilian countrymen from TeamOne, they swiftly dispatched of Triumph in the consolidation final with a 2-0 series victory to set up a rematch against FNS' side. Not all hope is lost for Triumph either, as their third place finish earns them both a spot in ESL Pro League Season 10 Relegation and a spot at the Season 32 Global Challenge LAN alongside INTZ, Riot Squad, and Rugratz.

The final standings for the online portion of the ESEA MDL NA S32 playoffs are:

1-2. United States Riot Squad - MDL Finals + Global Challenge
1-2. Brazil INTZ - MDL Finals + Global Challenge
3. United States Triumph - Global Challenge
4. United States Rugratz - Global Challenge
5. Brazil TeamOne
6. United States Ben's Anime Team
7. United States MAC-51
8. United States Ascent

The Global Challenge tournament is set to play out from December 13-15, with the first day of the event dedicated to the best-of-five playoff finals for the North American and European MDL leagues. Riot Squad will have a one-map advantage heading into the series as a result of their upper bracket finals victory, leaving them just two map wins away from a spot in ESL Pro League Season 11.

Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
734
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
553
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Brazil Lucas 'DeStiNy' Bullo
Lucas 'DeStiNy' Bullo
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
698
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
527
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
957
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
#1
steel | 
Spain Zhalos 
sad
2019-11-11 04:51
#3
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Russia Korlenin 
EZ4CRASHIES
2019-11-11 04:51
Who ???
2019-11-11 07:07
Any team with fns is sad I agree
2019-11-11 05:12
nice
2019-11-11 04:51
#4
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United States EZ_4_Trump_CS 
3 NA to 1 BR lul
2019-11-11 04:52
#29
NiKo | 
Serbia dvrtomic 
Yep
2019-11-11 14:47
#5
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Lol, TeamOne, best chance they get to go to Pro League and they blew it again.
2019-11-11 05:00
#6
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Brazil hugoooo 
TeamOne should go back to Brazil immediately, the amount of money wasted is impressive.
2019-11-11 05:00
Weak lineup. Results expected
2019-11-11 06:12
TeamOne will stay in MDL for eternity
2019-11-11 05:11
And your surprised? I mean isn’t bit igl?
2019-11-11 05:22
not at all, they had so many great players with potential wasted thanks to him
2019-11-11 05:52
They had a good line up in the beggining of their tryal in NA. Now its just look messy and horrible
2019-11-11 18:03
Got rid of Destiny XD
2019-11-12 06:45
#9
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Brazil NahT_ 
F for T1
2019-11-11 05:14
#11
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United States nedwab 
rip for bens anime team
2019-11-11 05:36
#12
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United States xiquo 
rip anime
2019-11-11 05:41
#17
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Serbia Cosa_The_Serb 
They threw an 11-4 lead on Nuke against Triumph , but before that , Triumph (in the same series) threw a 12-3 lead on Overpass but still won. Obvious matchfixing is obvious.
2019-11-11 08:32
#18
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United States xiquo 
shhh they will hear you
2019-11-11 08:41
#16
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African Union mikecool 
It's a riot!!
2019-11-11 07:20
Nice
2019-11-11 09:35
#20
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United States Fin4life 
the rats are the weakest team here...or should i say divine.fe....Riot gonna take this one...
2019-11-11 09:38
Weren't they sued by RiotGames because of their name? How are they still alive?
2019-11-11 11:18
#22
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Brazil ValberBastos 
RIP T1
2019-11-11 11:45
Happy for my boy Boltz!
2019-11-11 12:29
#24
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Switzerland m16r_Bra71l 
lucky
2019-11-11 13:07
#25
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World nakTriceps 
INTZ 3-2 in GrandFinal.
2019-11-11 13:22
#26
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Brazil skazzi 
TeamOne kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2019-11-11 13:38
nice
2019-11-11 13:57
#28
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United States @FyreCS 
Save Crashies! Another NA rising talent!
2019-11-11 14:00
It's sort of weird to me that games which can ultimately determine if you'll play in the pro division are largely played online. I think it's fair to say that at this point the MDL finals should be on LAN, if nothing but for consistency.
2019-11-11 15:03
#33
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United States ferric 
The MDL finals have been, currently are, and always will be on LAN. The reason you don't see a match-page for the grand finals yet is because those are always played on LAN.
2019-11-11 15:16
I should've used the term playoffs, because that is what I meant. The finals have been on LAN for a while, but the majority of the playoffs were online (some teams plow everyone online and then fall apart on LAN). I understand to some degree why they do it, but online results are super inconsistent at the semi-pro level, and these teams are vying for spots in a LAN tournament environment. I just think it's a bad way to filter the field.
2019-11-11 16:07
#36
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United States ferric 
True but remember that LANs are much more expensive to host than online tournaments, and the level of competition in NA MDL isn't really worth spending a lot of money for a LAN yet. Maybe if csgo gets even bigger there will be more money to host more LANs, but the point of pro league is that it is now exclusively LAN and is exclusive to the teams in the absolute top tier division of the ESEA league.
2019-11-11 16:08
No, I'm aware, I nearly mentioned that in my reply (as an I understand the logistical reasons etc.). But, like you said, it's hard to be in the top tier exclusively if you got there primarily through online portions. Just look at how the E-United team basically fell apart after destroying everyone online a few seasons back (I bring this up because Jonji was abysmal on LAN). I realize there's money involved, I just hate that online cs determines so many outcomes these days.
2019-11-11 16:26
#38
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United States ferric 
Thats what the smaller dreamhack lans are for. You have to prove yourself online before you are given a chance on bigger LANs. If you can prove yourself on those bigger LANs, you can get to even bigger LANs.
2019-11-11 17:08
Well yeah, I don't disagree. But you kind of see what I'm getting at, where you have teams entering play against top teams, and a lot of them have very little-to-no LAN experience. It's unfortunately always been an issue in the US, but there used to be a lot more small-town LANs than there are now.
2019-11-11 19:47
#41
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United States ferric 
True
2019-11-11 23:22
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2019-11-11 15:07
#32
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United States ferric 
Edit: this was supposed to be a reply to #30
2019-11-11 15:16
#34
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Other SpriteCS 
bruvg
2019-11-11 15:21
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