ORDER qualify for the MDL S33 Global Challenge

Nicholas Taifalos
March 23, 2020

ORDER have qualified for their second straight Mountain Dew League Global Challenge following their victory over a red-hot AVANT Gaming, 3-1, in last night's culmination of MDL Season 33.

ORDER (2nd regular season, 14-1) dropped just two maps across both the regular season and in the final bracket, both to AVANT (1st, 14-1) who had defeated ORDER to lock in their appearance at the season finals stage of ESL ANZ Championships later in April. The real surprise came at the expense of The Chiefs Esports Club (4th, 11-4) who found themselves eliminated at the hands of Ground Zero Gaming (6th, 9-6) 2-1 in the lower bracket.

Both Ground Zero and Rooster (3rd, 12-3) kept results otherwise consistent with regular season rankings with Rooster taking down GZ twice (2-1, 2-0) on their way to a solid 3rd finish, but were unable to trouble AVANT in the lower bracket final, going down 2-0 to the top-placed regular season squad.

Alistair "aliStair" Johnston at EPL Season 8 (HLTV)

ORDER entered the grand final with a one-map advantage in the best-of-five following their winner bracket final win, but AVANT were still warm from their loser bracket final win and took charge on Dust 2 - sprinting to an 11-4 lead on the favoured T side. ORDER looked to resist after claiming the force-buy following the lost pistol round and managed five of their own on T but the lead was insurmountable; AVANT immediately nullifying the one-map advantage 16-9, led by BL1TZ (23-17, 1.39) and sterling (19-13, 1.29).

ORDER were seemingly wasting no time on Mirage though - Rickeh (32-17, 1.63) leading the way as the upper bracket winners threw on seven straight on their way to a 10-5 T half. But AVANT, and specifically Hazr (33-22, 1.44), weren’t going down without a fight, stringing together nine of the next eleven to find themselves leading for the first time on Mirage 14-12.

Three straight bomb plants followed but in all three ORDER survived with retakes, finally breaking down AVANT’s economy at 14-14 - ultimately spelling doom for the comeback as the upper bracket winners closed out Mirage 16-14.

Map three of the series saw AVANT return to their pick of Inferno but ORDER were wanting to put them to the sword. Four straight before a USP-only round win saw ORDER extend to an 8-2 lead on CT, finishing the half strongly up 11-4. A follow-up pistol round win and a three round chain gave ORDER eleven map and series points, and despite a serviceable six from AVANT, ORDER held on to win 16-10 and take the series 3-1.

Jireh "J1rah" Youakim at 2019 Starladder Asia Minor (HLTV)

This books ORDER’s ticket to the MDL Global Challenge set to take place offline in the United States in April, however following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent cancellation of many offline LAN events and closure of country borders, it is uncertain as to whether the event will be postponed or go ahead at all at this stage.

ESEA Premier Season 33 - Final Results (Top 8)

1st: ORDER - Season 33 Global Challenge

2nd: AVANT Gaming - $2,500

3rd: Rooster - $1,250

4th: Ground Zero Gaming - $750

5th-6th: Team Skyfire, Chiefs Esports Club

7th-8th: Trident Esports, Paradox Gaming