ESEA MDL S32 Europe ends; forZe, HAVU & Spirit to Global Challenge
After the regular season came to an end with names like AVANGAR, CR4ZY, forZe, and HAVU making it to the playoffs, it was time for the double-elimination bracket stage, which was played from Monday to Wednesday.
Three spots at the seasonal Global Challenge were on offer alongside a chance to fight for a direct ticket to the 11th season of ESL Pro League, reserved for the top-two finishers, and a place in the relegation tournament for the third-placed team.
The double-elimination playoffs saw some surprises, as AVANGAR were eliminated in fifth-sixth place after losses to CR4ZY and HAVU, with Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas's side missing out on the all-important top-three finish as well after conceding a three-map series to the aforementioned Finns in the lower bracket final.
In the meantime, forZe rallied to a top-two placing through the upper bracket while HAVU came in second place, as Spirit were unable to convert either of their two chances in the upper and consolidation finals to finish third in the league.
The final standings of ESEA MDL Season 32 Europe look as follows:
1-2. forZe - Global Challenge + LAN final spot
1-2. HAVU - Global Challenge + LAN final spot
3. Spirit - Global Challenge + EPL Relegation spot
4. CR4ZY - $2,500
7-8. Movistar Riders
9. Tricked (withdrew from playoffs)
14. PACT - to play MDL relegation
15. Phoenix - to play MDL relegation
16. GamerLegion - to play MDL relegation
17. Virtus.pro - to play MDL relegation
18. Demise - relegated to ESEA Advanced