ESEA add age restriction for MDL Season 27
ESEA has added a player age requirement of 16 for the upcoming MDL season. Many players took to social media to speak of the change, and Brett "few" Sheffield said that further information about the change is coming soon and that it would not impact the upcoming Global Challenge event.
This would affect many players that currently play in the North American MDL, including Jason "neptune" Tran from Ghost Academy, Ryan "Snakes" Amann from SoaR, Owen "oBo" Schlatter from Guerrilla Tactics, Sam "s0m" Oh who was previously on ex-Naventic, and Nick "zeptic" Kaoud who last played for Good People.
In Europe, young talents such as Martin "stavn" Lund, Jere "sergej" Salo, and David "frozen" Čerňanský will be similarly impacted.
With the change, these players will likely now be forced to ply their trade in Main until they come of age.
The rules changes brings the MDL division in line with ESL Pro League, but further reasoning for it is currently unknown. What is certain is that changes in the upper echelons of MDL will be had, as Season 26 top four finishers SoaR and Ghost Academy will both need to find new players.