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iNTACT, Thunder Logic qualify for MDL Season 33; Just Swing relegated to Advanced

Two Advanced sides are the first to secure promotion to MDL through the Relegation tournament.

The second day of the ESEA MDL Season 32 Relegation tournament came to an end last night, seeing iNTACT and Thunder Logic earn themselves a promotion to MDL for Season 33 following wins over Oceanus and Bushido Boyz, respectively.

Thunder Logic were the first to secure their advancement as they went up against Bushido Boyz, who were looking to retain their spot in MDL following a lackluster season. The bout proved to be rather one-sided as Thunder Logic kicked off their own map pick, Train, with a 9-6 lead on the offense, quickly taking a string of seven rounds following the side swap for a 16-6 victory.

Bushido Boyz fared no better on their own pick of Inferno as a strong performance from Dominick "JazzPimp" Dimpfel saw Thunder Logic up 10-5 at the break. Again, the former Advanced roster made short work of the matchup once they swapped sides, closing things out 16-7 to secure their promotion.

Thunder Logic
2 - 0
Bushido Boyz
All maps
Thunder Logic K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Dominick 'JazzPimp' Dimpfel 49 - 25 +24 110.0 86.7% 1.75
Canada Sean 'Inseaniac' Morrison 41 - 17 +24 91.1 86.7% 1.53
United States Andy 'Andersin' Collins 40 - 24 +16 93.6 84.4% 1.46
United States Nathan 'rabbit' Beale 31 - 22 +9 73.3 82.2% 1.24
United States Bryce 'PureR' Lovell 25 - 24 +1 61.2 77.8% 1.05
Bushido Boyz K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States William 'shonk' Kittrell 29 - 37 -8 67.3 57.8% 0.83
Canada Jonah 'JonahP' Pulice 32 - 39 -7 66.5 53.3% 0.80
United States Nick 'zeptic' Kaoud 23 - 38 -15 58.1 55.6% 0.72
United States Trevor 'FrostayK' Bandle 15 - 37 -22 54.3 53.3% 0.57
United States Daniel 'picky' Milazzo 13 - 36 -23 52.2 57.8% 0.54

Peeker's Advantage and Just Swing, two of the three MDL teams in the tournament, were both left on their last legs in the lower bracket. While Peeker's Advantage had been forced to forfeit their opening matchup as a result of David "DAVEY" Stafford traveling back from Odense, Just Swing had fallen in narrow fashion to iNTACT, attempting to comeback from deficits on Inferno and Mirage only to fall short.

The lower bracket match between the two sides also ended in a two-map series, with Alex "Mauisnake" Ellenberg leading the way for Peeker's Advantage in a 16-11 map victory on Inferno. A 12-3 lead on the T-side of their own map pick, Overpass, left the team with a large margin of rounds to close things out, which they did just a few rounds later for a 16-7 win.

Peeker's Advantage
2 - 0
Just Swing
All maps
Peeker's Advantage K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg 47 - 26 +21 97.0 84.0% 1.55
United States Michael 'Swisher' Schmid 43 - 30 +13 91.3 78.0% 1.38
Canada David 'DAVEY' Stafford 36 - 27 +9 78.2 76.0% 1.20
United States Stephen 'reltuC' Cutler 38 - 27 +11 72.3 78.0% 1.18
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen 27 - 34 -7 64.6 74.0% 0.99
Just Swing K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Ryan 'Winsum' Johns 31 - 41 -10 74.9 68.0% 0.92
United States Tommy 'Axed' Ryan 27 - 34 -7 65.5 70.0% 0.87
United States Chris 'Slash' Petersen 28 - 37 -9 70.4 68.0% 0.87
Canada Adam 'Ange' Milian 31 - 40 -9 61.0 64.0% 0.83
United States Joel 'jcrueL' Cruel 27 - 39 -12 55.3 64.0% 0.78

Meanwhile, Faint took on Rebirth to decide which team would return to play in another season of Advanced. It was Sterling "sterling" Allard's side that emerged out on top, initially falling 11-16 on Mirage before fighting back on Dust2 16-11 and taking the decider map, Nuke, 16-8.

Faint
2 - 1
Rebirth
All maps
Faint K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Canada Sterling 'sterling' Allard 68 - 49 +19 95.1 75.9% 1.32
United States Danny 'cxzi' Strzelczyk 69 - 50 +19 81.9 73.4% 1.30
United States Damian 'droid' Boulware 57 - 51 +6 85.1 78.5% 1.16
United States Nolan 'bite' Hunstad 50 - 50 +0 66.3 74.7% 1.05
Canada London 'welly' Purdy 36 - 52 -16 53.3 70.9% 0.83
Rebirth K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Bobby 'stamina' Eitrem 59 - 55 +4 88.0 59.5% 1.14
United States Derek 'dVeeN' Vander Veen 59 - 54 +5 74.5 68.4% 1.04
Canada Ian 'battery' Yates 47 - 57 -10 69.6 67.1% 0.94
United States Rahmin 'ShoukR' Shoukoohi 44 - 63 -19 64.3 72.2% 0.91
United States John 'Magic1an' Girone 42 - 52 -10 60.4 67.1% 0.85

Shortly after Rebirth's elimination, Bobby "stamina" Eitrem took to Twitter to announce his search for a new team, saying that "schedules & lack of practice toward the end kept [the team] from making the next stride."

iNTACT had a rough time of things up against Oceanus in the final match of the night, climbing up to a 10-5, and later 15-8, lead on Nuke. The team failed to close out the map however, with Oceanus sustaining into overtime before eventually netting a 22-20 win.

A similar scenario unfolded on iNTACT's pick of Vertigo, seeing the team muster a 12-3 halftime lead before a comeback attempt from Oceanus kicked off. The Canadian squad were able to fight all the way back to a 14-13 scoreline, but were unable to take the map over the edge as iNTACT took two final rounds to force a decider.

Oceanus gave themselves a better shot at things as they claimed their first lead of the series, running ahead 9-6 on the CT-side of Mirage. iNTACT's own defenses proved to be superior however, allowing the team to do one better than the Canadian side to edge out a 16-14 victory.

iNTACT
2 - 1
OCG
All maps
iNTACT K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Alexander 'retrQ' Kadan 84 - 75 +9 90.4 65.3% 1.17
United States Caleb 'jchancE' Davis 69 - 63 +6 77.1 74.3% 1.10
United States Austin 'AAustiN' Urb 73 - 68 +5 77.6 73.3% 1.08
United States Carson 'nosraC' O'Reilly 67 - 74 -7 76.8 69.3% 1.03
United States Riley 'Reality' Fusch 50 - 63 -13 52.5 64.4% 0.84
OCG K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Canada Gabriel 'tENSKI' Rodrigue 73 - 66 +7 74.9 71.3% 1.08
Canada David 'J0LZ' Jolin 68 - 75 -7 77.5 66.3% 1.05
Canada Cedric 'Melio' Perrault 74 - 72 +2 80.1 67.3% 1.03
United States Ezekiel 'KmZ' Hughes 65 - 63 +2 72.2 67.3% 1.01
Canada Yannick 'KOLER' Blanchette 63 - 69 -6 70.1 69.3% 0.97

One of the final two matchups leaves Peeker's Advantage up against Bushido Boyz, ensuring that only one MDL team from Season 32 will return to the league. The Advanced sides of Faint and Oceanus will also clash in a battle to decide which of the teams will secure promotion, and which will be forced to return to Advanced for another season. Both matches are set to kick off at 9:30 PM EDT.

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