The runners-up in last year’s national championship match, Carbon, looked to remain at the top of the Halo world as they moved from Halo 2 to Halo 3. Their first road block came in Round 2 of the Winners Bracket at the Meadowlands, as they met .

Construct Team Slayer started the series and Carbon wasted little time in seizing the game. They nearly went two for one in kills, ending the game ahead 50-27. Game 2 was even more dominant, as Carbon won King of the Hill on The Pit by a score of 250-66. Shockwave had an impressive game, with 18 kills and eight deaths. Ghostayame chipped in with a 20-10 game. The 2-0 series win propelled Carbon into Round 3.