ESEA Premier Season 38 Europe group stage comes to an end, playoff bracket set

Eight teams will fight in the playoffs for spots at ESL Pro League and ESL Conference.

ESEA Premier Season 38 Europe, which started on August 18, has come to its first big crux, the end of the group stage, with only eight of the sixteen teams alive in the playoffs. Out of the remainder, two have secured their presence in Premier next season, four are waiting to fight for their lives in relegations and two have already been relegated to ESEA Advanced Season 39.

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The top two teams in the playoffs will reap the biggest rewards of the season, especially the champions, who will get to go straight into the coming ESL Pro League season. The runners-up will then have a chance to also make ESL’s flagship league through ESL Conference, a play-in stage for teams around the world to fight for several spots in Pro League.

BLINK finished first in Group A with only one loss

The top-seeded team in the group stage going into the playoffs from Group A is BLINK, the only team with 18 points, as Rigon "⁠rigoN⁠" Gashi and Flatron "⁠juanflatroo⁠" Halimi were some of the top performers in the league so far, with the former averaging a 1.22 rating in his 13 maps played and the latter hitting 1.17 with six more maps under his belt.

DBL PONEY came in a close second place, losing their final fixture to SAW for a total of 15 points. The French team had two top 8 players in the stats department in Thomas "⁠Djoko⁠" Pavoni (1.19 rating) and Aurélien "⁠afro⁠" Drapier (1.15).

The other two teams securing spots for the playoffs in Group A were Engin "⁠MAJ3R⁠" Küpeli’s Sangal and Sprout. Meanwhile, SAW secured a spot in the next season of Premier, a better fate than that of Enterprise and Apeks, who will go to relegations, and Akuma, whose last-place finish due to map difference in a three-way tie puts them back down in Advanced.

The top seed in Group B went to AGO, who lost only to Movistar Riders and in their closing day derby to Wisla Krakow. LDLC, Anonymo and Wisla Krakow rounded out the playoffs, assuring a plethora of Polish teams will be fighting for promotion in the final stage of the tournament.

On the lower end of Group B are GamerLegion, who secured another season of Premier topping a three-way tie, followed by the relegation bracket teams, the Movistar Riders team trying to hold on to a spot in Premier after their return to an all-Spanish roster and an underwhelming Endpoint, who as a top 30 team could have been expected to be title contenders.

Last in Group B was the world's No.22 team and highest-ranked team at the event, SKADE, who finished at the bottom with just two victories and will be back in Advanced next season.

The group stage standings are:

The Premier playoffs will run on October 12-17, with the first round of matches being played on the 12th at 20:00 . All matches of the double-elimination bracket will be best-of-three series with exception of the grand final, which will be a best-of-five match with a map advantage for the team proceeding from the upper bracket.

The playoff bracket, in top-to-bottom order, is:

Albania BLINK vs. Poland Wisla Krakow
Turkey Sangal vs. Poland Anonymo
France DBL PONEY vs. France LDLC
Germany Sprout vs. Poland AGO

Switzerland Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
206
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.74
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Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1046
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
France Aurélien 'afro' Drapier
Aurélien 'afro' Drapier
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
France Thomas 'Djoko' Pavoni
Thomas 'Djoko' Pavoni
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
291
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Albania Flatron 'juanflatroo' Halimi
Flatron 'juanflatroo' Halimi
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
396
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.73
#1
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Poland sylwek1021
Poland mountain
2021-09-29 00:22
2 replies
how the bottom 3 teams qualify to IEM ??
2021-09-29 06:01
1 reply
#31
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Poland szperogod
lucky
2021-09-29 07:37
who cars
2021-09-29 00:24
cool
2021-09-29 00:24
#4
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Albania Kastraveci
ez for blink <3
2021-09-29 00:25
#5
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Peru tosta
how tf did skade get relegated
2021-09-29 00:25
6 replies
Yeah that's weird af
2021-09-29 00:26
322
2021-09-29 00:29
they are bulgarians
2021-09-29 04:20
1 reply
they will farm together with Fiend in Advanced
2021-09-29 06:00
they were too arrogant to choose Vertigo instead of Mirage/Inferno when playing against GamerLegion
2021-09-29 10:24
ikr
2021-09-29 16:39
POLAND MOUNTAIN
2021-09-29 00:25
#8
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United Kingdom Jerry2805
God damn gamer legion again haha
2021-09-29 00:26
Poland Mountain
2021-09-29 00:27
FRENCH DERBY
2021-09-29 00:29
Dang, Skade has the highest round difference in group B but finished dead last, that must feel bad
2021-09-29 00:31
Skade what doing? How tf you lose against Gamerlegion
2021-09-29 00:32
1 reply
They chose Vertigo instead of Mirage/Inferno..
2021-09-29 10:25
#14
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Poland m1shkaaa
Wisla qualified for V4, now chance for polish team in EPL. This might be a light in the tunnel for our scene.
2021-09-29 00:35
1 reply
#16
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Poland baba_booey
Polish teams might have even 3 chances for epl
2021-09-29 00:56
#15
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Hong Kong Opekp
Akuma Lan Pls
2021-09-29 00:45
#17
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Albania tanzania89
ALBANIAN HEROES👐
2021-09-29 01:07
EZ4RIGOD
2021-09-29 01:16
akuma :D
2021-09-29 01:19
Endpoint didn’t even make it into playoffs( hope they won’t relegate
2021-09-29 01:21
#21
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Poland Jevilek
Poland mountain
2021-09-29 01:28
#22
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Hungary szia
very disappointing from skade :(
2021-09-29 02:05
#23
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United States Rayduh
No way Akuma is relegating haha
2021-09-29 03:03
ez4BLINK
2021-09-29 06:42
akuma kekw
2021-09-29 07:01
Upper bracket is the 4 worse teams
2021-09-29 07:20
1 reply
#36
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Poland sylwek1021
will see
2021-09-29 12:14
Ez4 Sangal
2021-09-29 07:24
#32
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Poland szperogod
ez 4 powerfull wislla
2021-09-29 07:46
Riders were so unlucky to have their first 3 matches scheduled right after they changed the whole roster
2021-09-29 08:41
sangal came back well after starting with 2 loses
2021-09-29 15:46
#38
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Turkey 404404
go sangal!
2021-09-29 15:47
#40
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United States Teztyment
ESEA fucking blows. Literally killed NA CS. The people who run that shit show need to be beat up
2021-09-29 17:05
#41
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Poland SebL
I have a strong feeling that BLINK is going to win it, after adding rigoN this team just looks so powerful, I think they will qualify for Pro League. I would go with Sangal for runner up, honestly I'm really surprised with how well they have been performing after imoRR left, I thought this is going to be a big hit, but it seems like they are better now than they were before. But obv. I hope that 2 Polish teams will take the TOP 2 and qualify for EPL. But it's not really realistic. But hope dies last. GL to everyone.
2021-09-29 19:36
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