It’s hard to believe that this weekend will be the last weekend of regular Challenger Circuit 2017. What has been a year of ups and downs for the many teams that participated all comes down to this weekend to see who will advance to the fall gauntlet and their chance to fight their way to HRX.
After a whirlwind relegation weekend, we got to see some old familiar faces fail to qualify and get knocked down to the combine. In the EU, we saw Novus Orsa, once a SPL team, and SenS fail to meet the challenge of the new teams MNH and INP. MNH or Mans Not Hot, captained by Joshy, played well with a 2-0 record against SenS and 1-0 versus Novus Orsa. INP or ItsNthnPrsnl, captain Xalvia, went 2-0 versus Novus and SenS. We’ll see Joshy and Xalvia this weekend as they fight for a spot in the super gauntlet.
In North America Xeno and the bots, captain Xenotronics, retained their position in the Challenger Circuit with a 2-0 set over EVIL and a 1-1 split with Salsa Squadron. Salsa Squadron came up from the combine and played well enough to see YourSTR (Formerly Strong Gorillas / Tubby Turkeys) get knocked out of the running, and longtime Smite player BennyQ take a knee.
So now we have the final teams of the Fall 2017 Challenger Circuit, with the schedule for this weekend being:
Round 1 Set 1 New Game Plus VS INP – Set 2 MNH VS VicS
Round 2 Set 1 New Game Plus VS MNH – Set 2 INP VS VicS
Round 3 Set 1 New Game Plus VS Vics – Set 2 MNH VS INP
Round 1 Set 1 40IQ VS Salsa Squadron – Set 2 Grabowskis VS Xeno and the Bots
Round 2 Set 1 40IQ VS Xeno and the Bots – Set 2 Grabowskis VS Salsa Squadron
Round 3 Set 1 40IQ VS Grabowskis – Set 2 Xeno and the Bots VS Salsa Squadron
Make sure you tune in at 10:30AM EST on HiREZ TV on Saturday to watch the final weekend for Europe and Sunday at 10:30AM EST for North America. The games are sure to be exciting!