Chicago is known as the Windy City, but over the past couple years, Chicago has taken on a reputation for upsets on the Boost Mobile MLG Pro Circuit. MLG Chicago 2007 was no different. Upsets abounded in every tournament except for Shadowrun (and that’s only because Shadowrun had its debut in Chicago!). Check out some of the most significant upsets from the weekend:

Halo 2

Str8 Rippin shocked the Chicago crowd when they toppled Carbon

Str8 Rippin over Carbon

While we have seen Carbon lose in the “upset round” before, this match was simply astonishing to watch. Carbon were seen by many to be on top of the world after their unparalleled victory in Dallas. By contrast, Str8 Rippin were seen as a team of questionable capabilities, having made two huge roster changes in the short period between Dallas and Chicago. This match defied all our expectations, as Str8 Rippin not only beat Carbon, but swept them in convincing fashion. Check out coverage of the match.

The Agency over Carbon

Carbon finishing outside of the Top 3. This statement would have simply looked ridiculous on any pre-tournament predictions. While we had already seen Carbon fall to Str8 Rippin, The Agency’s victory was equally thrilling. Call it a Carbon meltdown, call it an incredible performance by FBI, call it anything you like: the match was exciting. Many were expecting to see Carbon plow through the Losers Bracket once again and they looked to be on pace as they gained a 4 – 1 lead over The Agency in Game 1. After taking home Top 3 finishes for the last two years, Carbon’s fourth place finish was a surprise to all. Read how The Agency did it here.

Versus

Versus battled through the Open Bracket and made tremendous waves in the Championship 4v4 competition. En route to their Top-8 finish, Versus ousted three Pro squads in an impressive run to the prize pool. They join the ranks of teams such as 5K and Storm Ventures who have made the long trek from the Open Bracket to the money rounds.

Rainbow Six Vegas

Number-one seed, InterFeaRence, were knocked into the Losers Bracket in the very first round by amateurs, 8 Deadly Venoms. The team took a very nonchalant attitude coming into Chicago, after being crowned champions just a month prior in Dallas. From the Losers Bracket, the reigning champs were able to win one match, before being knocked completely out of the tournament by Chicago Champions, Professional Skills. Check out coverage of the win by 8 Deadly Venoms in the first round.

Gears of War

In Gears of War, sixth-seeded Prophecy upset numerous teams throughout their run to the championship. Their first victim was third-seeded LGD Red, followed by Dallas Champions, Infinity, in the very next round. Prophecy had one of the toughest roads through the bracket. By far the biggest upset from Gears of War came in the Championship Match, as Prophecy toppled season-points-leader, vVv Vision. Read about Prophecy’s first two upsets here and check out a detailed report on their victory over Vision in the Finals by pointing your browser here.

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