Domestic powerhouse Order have taken their first title of 2021 with their undefeated run in ESEA Premier Season 36. They topped Chiefs in a best-of-five final 3-1 with a map advantage going into the series.
The win extends Order’s current streak of form, who are yet to drop a series this year, winning 23 of a total 26 maps played.
While the Chiefs managed to make their way through the lower bracket, Order proved too strong in the final.
In what would be Tom “Apocdud” Henry’s final series with the Chiefs, they managed to take Order’s map pick of Mirage in double overtime (22-18).
However, the Order machine got rolling on Dust 2. They closed out the map 16-11, before quickly shutting the Chiefs out completely on Nuke 16-8 despite a T-side start; taking the series there thanks to their one-map advantage.
It was an expected result in the eyes of Ricky “Rickeh” Mulholland, who believes Order’s stability across the first few months of 2021 will lead them to bigger things as time goes on.
“I would say we are very happy with a good start to the year. We wouldn’t be happy with anything other than first place due to several of the other top teams having significant roster changes and being pushed back in terms of team play and chemistry.”
While Order’s dominance has been at the forefront of this season of Premier, Paradox managed to finish in third place over teams such as Dire Wolves and Vertex.
After topping their own group undefeated, Paradox were also handed a forfeit winin their opening playoff match against Rooster before meeting and beating the Chiefs in the Upper Bracket semi-finals.
Their impressive run ended shortly after they were sent to the lower bracket by Order, and were defeated in a rematch against the Chiefs.
With the next season of ESEA Premier due to start in early May, the top 11 placed teams have automatically qualified and will join the four teams who survived relegation and the Open Division winner.
- Simplicity – S36 Relegation #1-2
- BBBMBCBS – S36 Relegation #1-2
- Caught off Guard – S36 Relegation #3-4
- Memento – S36 Relegation #3-4
- Hazard – S36 Open
Seasons 36 and 37 of ESEA Premier offer a qualification spot into the ESL Pro League Season 14. The teams who finish first in each season will play each other to qualify.
If Order takes first in Season 37 of ESEA Premier, they will automatically qualify.
With Renegades returning to Australia following EPL Season 13 though, they have now appeared on the Premier S37 team list.
In order for Renegades to qualify for EPL Season 14, they must win this current season of Premier and qualifier over Order in the decider match as AU Premier only offers one spot over two seasons into Pro League.