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Big Frames, heX, LiViD pick up dominant wins in ESEA Advanced playoffs
The round-of-sixteen also saw numerous upsets as Final Feature and Polar Ace were sent packing.
Written by: Mnmzzz    July 10th 2019 8:37 am    #ESEA #ESEAAdvanced #ESEAAdvancedS31 #ESEAMDLS32 #LiViD #BigFrames #PolarAce #FinalFeature #ETHEREAL #heX #DogsofWar #iNTACT #Front #OnLance #Lowkey #JustSwing #absolutemadlads #GoodGamePR #Strings'LlamaPack #CrystalVision  

The ESEA Advanced Season 31 playoffs began last night, with seven of eight round-of-sixteen matches being played out. Here is a recap of the action which saw numerous upsets rock MDL hopeful teams.

ESEA Advanced Season 31 reaches playoffs

The first match of the night to conclude saw number one seed Big Frames face off against Strings' Llama Pack on Inferno and Nuke. Big Frames started Inferno off with a strong 9-6 CT-side before Strings' Llama Pack began to close the gap on their CT-side. Big Frames would narrowly take the map 16-14 thus avoiding overtime against the Blake "Strings" Stringer-led team. After a close match on Inferno, Nuke proved to be less so as Big Frames claimed a dominant 11-4 T-side. Following this, they quickly closed out the map 16-5. During the series, Ryan "Church" Church led the server with a 1.45 rating.

ESEA Advanced Season 31 North America
Best of three maps
Strings' Llama Pack
0 - 2
Big Frames
de_inferno 14 - 16 de_inferno
de_nuke 5 - 16 de_nuke
de_train de_train

The next series to conclude saw Addison "zecK" Gorzeck's heX claim a relatively convincing 2-0 victory over Lowkey. After a 12-3 lead T-side lead on Mirage, heX closed out the first map in the series with a 16-6 scoreline. On Nuke, Lowkey managed to take a 9-6 lead on their T-side though their lead was short-lived as heX rallied to put up a 10-4 T-Side to take the map 16-13.

ESEA Advanced Season 31 North America
Best of three maps
0 - 2
de_mirage 6 - 16 de_mirage
de_nuke 13 - 16 de_nuke
de_train de_train

The third series of the night saw Crystal Vision start off by claiming an upset 16-13 victory on Overpass over Canadian squad LiViD. However, once the action switched over to LiViD's map pick of Nuke the team battered Crystal Vision with a nearly perfect 16-3 map win. Following this, they continued to rout Crystal Vision as they advanced into the quarterfinals with a 16-4 win on Inferno. During the one-sided series semi-recent addition Abdo "c4lypso" Agha put up 110.0 ADR alongside a 1.51 rating.

ESEA Advanced Season 31 North America
Best of three maps
2 - 1
Crystal Vision
de_overpass 13 - 16 de_overpass
de_nuke 16 - 3 de_nuke
de_inferno 16 - 4 de_inferno

gMd and Katie set to captain MDL Season 31 All-Star Game

The next matchup ended up being one of the largest upsets of the night as Kyle "OCEAN" O'Brien's absolute mad lads pulled a 2-1 win off against Final Feature, who entered the playoffs seeded fourth. On Nuke, absolute mad lads didn't put up much opposition as Final Feature bested them 16-7. Following this absolute mad lads managed to reset, starting Overpass with a 10-5 lead, and capitalized on their round lead to force a third map after claiming Overpass 16-9.

With their tournament life on the line, absolute mad lads and Final Feature performed well on the opening half of Mirage though absolute mad lads ended their CT-side up three rounds. OCEAN's men won their T-side pistol to open the second half and converted the momentum into a 16-10 win securing the upset. Former ex-Atmosphere player Brandon "BOOBIE" Roberts was absolute mad lads’ best player as he found 64 kills against Final Feature during the series.

ESEA Advanced Season 31 North America
Best of three maps
absolute mad lads
2 - 1
Final Feature
de_nuke 7 - 16 de_nuke
de_overpass 16 - 9 de_overpass
de_mirage 16 - 10 de_mirage

Dogs of War vs. On Lance started off with a player change as after Dogs of War went up 2-0 on Overpass, BrianD was replaced by Danny "cxzi" Strzelczyk after the player experienced connection issues. This sudden change did little to slow Dogs of War down though as the squad tore through OnLance to pick up a 16-4 win on Overpass. Following their loss on Overpass, the moribund On Lance squad quickly bounced back as they rallied to narrowly take a 16-12 win on Mirage.

However, On Lance's last outing as a squad did not end in victory as Dogs of War returned the favor with the recently signed squad picking up a 16-12 won on Nuke after a close first half.

ESEA Advanced Season 31 North America
Best of three maps
Dogs of War
2 - 1
On Lance
de_overpass 16 - 4 de_overpass
de_mirage 12 - 16 de_mirage
de_nuke 16 - 12 de_nuke

Grizzlys lose team; roster set to dissolve after Season 31

The series between former MDL organizations Front and iNTACT went the distance although each of the three maps were relatively one-sided. iNTACT started off by claiming a quick 16-8 win on Dust2 following a 13-2 lead on their T-side. Following this, Overpass ended in a far quicker fashion as after an 11-4 lead on their CT-side, Front  pulled off a perfect CT-side to claim the map 16-4. Finally, on Nuke Front picked up another one-sided series as they took Nuke 16-8 after winning their T-side 11-4. During the series Ethan "ReckMONSTER" Serrano was Front's strongest performer with the player claiming a 1.45 rating.

ESEA Advanced Season 31 North America
Best of three maps
2 - 1
de_dust2 8 - 16 de_dust2
de_overpass 16 - 4 de_overpass
de_nuke 16 - 8 de_nuke

The last matchup of the night resulted in the largest upset of the playoffs thus far as Good Game PR pulled off a 2-1 win against third seed Polar Ace. The underdog team started the series off in the lead as they narrowly managed to take Train 16-14 owing to strong CT-side performances from Amine "dopamine" Hamzic and Jack "micro" Ryan. After the close game on Train, Polar Ace looked back in control as after the team lost the opening pistol,  thy managed to retake the lead for the entirety of the map, eventually winning it 16-8. 

Sadbots join Front, Good Game PR change two, Brazen overhaul, and more

Moving onto the final map of the night, on Vertigo the two teams were neck and neck at the end of Good Game PR's CT-side however once they switched onto their T-side they overran Polar Ace's defenses to take eight out of the next nine rounds to secure the upset with a 16-8 win.

ESEA Advanced Season 31 North America
Best of three maps
Polar Ace
1 - 2
Good Game PR
de_train 14 - 16 de_train
de_dust2 16 - 8 de_dust2
de_vertigo 8 - 16 de_vertigo

The final match the opening playoff round not yet played is the game between ETHEREAL and Just Swing, which was postponed until tonight at 8:00 PM EDT. The winner of this game will play absolute mad lads in the quarterfinals.

The next matches in the ESEA Advanced Season 31 playoffs, with times in EDT, are as follows:

Wednesday, July 10th
8:00 PM us ETHEREAL -vs- us Just Swing
Thursday, July 11th 
9:30 PM ca LiViD -vs- us Front
9:30 PM us Big Frames -vs- us Dogs of War
9:30 PM us heX -vs- us Good Game PR
9:30 PM us absolute mad lads -vs- us TBD

Final Feature get Hysterical, Holo lose two, Cyclone disperse

#1 Droid
2019-07-10 09:30
#2 honeybunch
2019-07-10 09:36
Typo paragraph 2 Big Frame
#3 Nurfed
2019-07-10 14:56
#4 DiSCO
2019-07-11 00:15
what does PR stand for

is it Public Relations? Personal Relations? no clue
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