Last week the Promotion/Relegation stage of NA Challengers concluded as four teams battled over two spots in the Mid Season Cup. Blinn Blinn North America Rank #10 mikeE Okeanos Anthony Nguyen monSi Ludovic Lefebvre Teague Teague Morgan Spaz Adam Laamoumi surprised many as they were promoted into Challengers, while Dough Bros Dough Bros North America Rank #22 Precision Colin O'Neill riku Chris Piasecki Drone Taylor Johnson ZachaREEE Zachary Lombardo Ange Adam Milian managed to scrape by Thinking Men Thinking Men North America Rank #14 Pa1nt Amarri Peak VYX Ramiro Ortiz Reformed Jeffrey Lu Andersin Andy Collins Lear Dayton Akau and Resonate Resonate North America Rank #15 nabil kaho Albert Hong velis Joe Velis andrew Andrew Bautista KHS to retain their slot in the league.

Now, the twelve Challengers teams are set to resume their quest towards Ascension by battling for circuit points in the Mid Season Cup. However, many rosters have opted to undergo changes ahead of the second Stage of competition.

The four highest seeds consisting of Moist x Shopify Moist x Shopify North America Rank #8 flyuh Xavier Carlson v1c Victor Truong mada Adam Pampuch brawk Brock Somerhalder oderus Chad Miller , Oxygen Esports Oxygen Esports North America Rank #5 skuba Logan Jenkins mitch Mitch Semago Verno Andrew Maust Reduxx Yassin Aboulalazm dapr Michael Gulino , M80 M80 North America Rank #2 zander Alexander Dituri NiSMO Marc-Andre Tayar koalanoob Gianfranco Potestio nitr0 Nick Cannella BcJ Brendan Jensen , and Turtle Troop Turtle Troop North America Rank #4 wedid Matthew Suchan Add3r Jack Hayashi stellar Brenden McGrath corey Corey Nigra bdog Brandon Sanders have all retained their rosters and used the break to practice and prepare for their matches. Out of the four, only MxS remain undefeated, finishing the regular season with a 5-0 record and securing a first seed heading into the Mid Season Cup.

QoR QoR North America Rank #12 snarly zeldris Elijah Hawkins XXiF Damion Cook tdawgg Travis Regan nerve Michael Yerrow , TSM TSM North America Rank #13 seven Johann Hernandez gMd Anthony Guimond sym Tyler Porter POISED Kevin Ngo aproto Alex Protopapas , and SaD Esports SaD Esports North America Rank #11 Dark3st scarn Matthew Labuda Cohburg Zoestol Mitchell Keaton Bob Bob Tran have also kept their rosters from Stage 1. All three organizations secured at least two wins in the regular season and look to make deep runs in hopes of netting vast amounts of circuit points.

The remaining teams from last Stage have all undergone changes and swapped out players. The former Together We Are Terrific Together We Are Terrific Inactive Paincakes Jake Hass mummAy Anthony DiPaolo neptune Jason Tran core of Paincakes , mummAy , and neptune were joined by YFP Gaming YFP Gaming North America Rank #23 jakee Jake Anderson Will William Cheng penny Erik Penny thief Brady Dever fiziq Lucas Blow 's Jonaaa6 and bones on a rebranded FLUFFY AIMERS FLUFFY AIMERS North America Rank #28 Paincakes Jake Hass Jonaaa6 Jonard Penaflor neptune Jason Tran mummAy Anthony DiPaolo bones Ethan Le . Former Cloud9 Cloud9 North America Rank #9 Xeppaa Erick Bach runi Dylan Cade moose Kaleb Jayne vanity Anthony Malaspina OXY Francis Hoang veteran shinobi has joined as a coach to assist with improving the squad.

In a surprising turn of events, YFP picked up Will and jakee , another Cloud9 alumni who until recently announced his retirement from competitive gaming. Will most notably competed with 100 Thieves 100 Thieves North America Rank #1 bang Sean Bezerra Cryocells Matthew Panganiban eeiu Daniel Vucenovic Boostio Kelden Pupello Asuna Peter Mazuryk in 2022, representing North America on the international stage.

Finally, Winthrop University Winthrop University North America Rank #21 ScrewFace Kyle Jensen Jerk Justin Milani infiltrator Nahsie Eishan Jaffer Ali have picked up former world champion ScrewFace to lead the team through Challengers. The talent had bounced between Tier 2 teams prior to the commencement of Stage 1, but was unable to settle on any before joining Winthrop. Collegiate champion Ali joins from Northwood University Northwood University North America Unranked dip Braden Dippel Dark3st benjii Benjamin Park Tyler Boat to round out the roster.

Only the top four teams of the Mid Season Cup will receive circuit points. The other eight must wait for Stage 2 and perform well above their standards to have a chance at making it to Ascension.

The round of 12 will commence today at 4 EST, and will conclude with the early exit of four teams. The eight teams playing today are as follows: