A quarter of the matches on the second day of qualifiers for VCT North America Stage 3: Challengers 1 ended in major upsets. In three other matches, the favored team had to claw their way back to victory from a 1-0 deficit.
Perhaps the biggest upset of the day was TSM TSM North America Rank #2 's defeat at the hands of Noble Noble Inactive in the Ro32. TSM began the series down 1-0, and while TSM seemed poised to win anyway after a 13-1 victory in the second map, the favorites ended up out of the tournament after a 13-1 trouncing on the third and final map. This was the debut tournament for Sean "bang" Bezerra, whose signing was made official this week.
The bottom of the bracket was defined by a pair of upsets: NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #18 's 2-0 defeat to VIRTUOSO VIRTUOSO North America Rank #25 and Immortals Immortals North America Rank #16 's 2-1 defeat to the Pioneers Pioneers North America Rank #23 . VIRTUOSO and the Kansas City Pioneers will now meet each other on Sunday to determine the final team to make the main event of Stage 3 Challengers 1.
The day's final upset saw FaZe Clan FaZe Clan North America Rank #4 lose to DarkZero Esports DarkZero Esports North America Rank #21 2-1. DarkZero pulled off an overtime win in the first map to take the early lead and then closed out a tight final map later to win the series. This is the debut tournament for DarkZero after the organization recently signed KookyKoalas.
But other teams experienced close calls themselves. Gen.G Gen.G North America Rank #9 had to come back from a first map defeat to Knights Knights Inactive to win their series. SoaR SoaR North America Rank #29 narrowly defeated 100 Thieves 100 Thieves North America Rank #3 in the first map of their series. T1 T1 North America Rank #12 was blown out by Ghost Gaming Ghost Gaming North America Rank #14 in the first map, but won the next two maps 13-0 and 13-3.
In total, four matches ended in upsets and seven matches, including all four of the matches that ended in upsets, began with the favorites down 1-0.
The next two days will determine which eight teams qualify for the main event of Stage 3 Challengers 1. North America's favorites will hope to stave off anymore upsets in that time.