The new way into MDL via the ESL National Championships

Introducing a new way for all European ESL National Championship CS:GO Teams to qualify for the MDL - the Climber Cup.

In the current system, the five strongest European nations get the chance to play their way into the MDL. But beginning with the Relegation for MDL Season 30, there will a online tournament, the Climber Cup, taking place before the Relegation kicks off. In that tournament, each European country with an ESL operated National Championship will be represented by one team. The best teams from that competition will then move on to the MDL Relegation to fight for a spot in the next season.

The list of countries currently eligible for the pre-Relegation tournament are:

  • Poland
  • DACH region (Germany, Austria & Switzerland)
  • France
  • UK
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • South-East-Europe
  • Czech Republic and Slovakia

The team that will be eligible from each National Championship will be the best ranked team that has use for the slot (meaning that teams that already hold a slot for EPL, MDL or MDL Relegation will be skipped and the next best team from the same region will inherit it). The eligible team will then join the next possible Climber Cup event for their chance to advance to the MDL.

This means the top four teams from the ESEA Advanced division will still qualify for the MDL relegation tournament identically to the previous season. Make sure your team doesn't miss out on the ESEA League by registering before September 3rd. More information about the ESEA League is available here.

You think you got what it takes to make in into the MDL? Then be sure to check out whether there’s a National Championship on ESL Play for your home country!


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