After two months of intense TF2 action, the ESEA-Invite S11 regular season matches have concluded. Eight teams started the season. Three teams died early while five completed all sixteen matches. Of the remaining five teams, four have qualified to compete in Season 12 of the ESEA-Invite LAN playoffs, hosted in Dallas, Texas on November 16-18, 2012.
The last few weeks of the season were full of very close matches, but also saw teams dropping out of the season who had no real chance of making it to LAN. The biggest story line of the last few weeks of the season, however, was the battle for the 4th and final LAN playoff spot between
The Chess Club and
No Need for Names TF2. In what would be their third encounter of the season, with Chess Club winning two times before, this match was the deciding match in who would get the final LAN spot. Both teams were dealing with some roster issues, with weeble from Chess Club and rr- from No Need for Names both calling it quits before this final match up of the season. After a very tight and close game, The Chess Club would ultimately edge out the 5-4 victory
over No Need for Names.
Another big story line for the last few weeks of the season was the undefeated streak of
Classic Mixup, who going into the last week of the season were 14-0. With Mixup getting the free win from the dead
Mighty Ducks team, the only team left between them and becoming only the second team in TF2 Invite history to go 16-0 in the regular season was
Leviathan Gaming TF2. Leviathan Gaming, who were recently dealing with the departure of their former starting scout clockwork to Spacewhales, had been in the hunt for a new scout player for what seemed like forever. Right before the roster locks, they decided on bringing former Evil Genius' scout Hero out of retirement and into the spotlight once more. This match was very close from the start, and was a definite nail biter to the very end of the match. In what was the most exciting match of the week, Classic Mixup were able to pull away with the narrow 5-4 victory
over Leviathan Gaming and complete the perfect season, going 16-0.
In just over one month, all four teams will head down to Dallas, Texas where they will compete for a share of the $10,800 prize and bragging rights as North America's top TF2 team.
Stay tuned to ESEA News throughout the coming weeks for preview content, playbooks and more as we approach the Season 12 ESEA Invite LAN Playoffs.
Prize Pot: $10,080
- 1st place: $4,800
- 2nd place: $2,400
- 3rd place: $1,680
- 4th place: $1,200
Projected Playoff Bracket
Upper Bracket - Round One
Match #1: Classic Mixup
(1) vs. The Chess Club
Match #2: Leviathan Gaming TF2
(2) vs. Spacewhales
NOTE: These are the assumed seeds but are NOT yet official. Seeds are subject to change once all tie-breakers are assessed by league officials.