Journey to Pro League: MDL playoffs preview
The fourth season of the Mountain Dew League has come to a close and with the seeding complete, the 8-team playoff bracket has been created, per ESEA's Twitter:
With all four series set to be played out tonight, it will be the #3 seed Swole Patrol vs #6 seed Etherian eSports that enter the server first. Last week in the same match-up, it was Swole Patrol who came out victorious against Etherian en route to their third place seeding. Etherian have been on the receiving end of a series loss 4 out of 5 times to Swole Patrol in 2018.
The #1 seed eUnited will have their turn at the plate next against an old opponent, the 8th seed RONIN. In a 16-7 loss, RONIN's Collin "wrath" McSweegan was not his usual self. As the #2 fragger in the league for Season 27, it was a surprise to see a 12 kill performance that enabled eUnited to make quick work of Inferno. At the time, the team was playing with Stephen "reltuC" Cutler, and with his departure, MDL-journeyman Lonnie "mizoo" Tran will be filling in.
Torqued and BlackOutwill be battling it out next. BlackOut will be looking to Chad "Oderus" Miller, the MDL's back-to-back frag leader, to put kills on the board as he has all season. He and long-time teammate Bryan "MAKKA" Drouillard are the only players who have played Torqued this season, but it was far from great as they lost 16-3.
Closing out the day it will be Atmosphere attempting to crack ex-Iceberg, in a match up that hasn't been seen since February 1st. It was Joshua "Hunter" Madore that not only shined bright in their game, but also on the season. With great starts come great ends as well, and Brenden "stellar" McGrath is a great example of this. An 0-4 downfall at the beginning of the season was followed by an 11-game winning streak, led by stellar.
Once tonight's games have wrapped up, it will be the semifinals tomorrow, finishing with a third place decider on March 29th. The Grand Finals will be played out on LAN for a spot in the EPL next season. ESEA has yet to announce a location or dates for the next Global Challenge LAN event.
All other ESEA playoff related information can be found here.