Carbon losing unexpectedly and early in the Winners Bracket has become a familiar site to fans of the MLG Pro Circuit. Fans have also witnessed several spectacular runs through the Losers Bracket, crushing the hopes of several teams and completely ruining the community’s bracket picks. So, how exactly will the Carbon wrecking ball affect this tournament? Which teams now find themselves squaring off against the team who won Dallas’ Championship Match in a mere eight games? And what must Carbon do to claw their way back to the finals?

Their road to a title championship will likely begin with a match against XiT Woundz for Top 8. Carbon’s drop to the Losers Bracket may be a crushing blow to the Texan squad, who have practiced rigorously for this tournament, training in a pre-event LAN with 5K and Final Boss.

Next up on Carbon’s hit list will be a match against one team from the group of Time 2 Prove, Versus, and Type Z for Top 6. For Time 2 Prove, simply having reached a Top 8 finish (should they beat the victor of Versus and Type Z) will stand as a significant accomplishment. Time 2 Prove surprised spectators here in Chicago with their unexpected victory over Nice Like Rice and now stand primed to take home their first Top 8 finish since Charlotte.

Should Carbon win there, the next round will likely pit them against 5K. The draw is unfortunate for 5K, who were looking to bag a Top 3 or 4 finish in Chicago. Of course, as Str8 Rippin have shown, Carbon are certainly not invulnerable. If 5K can catch Carbon in an off series again, it could be bad news for the reigning champions.

After that, things get particularly tricky. Barring any upsets on the other side of the bracket, Carbon will face the loser of today’s Winners Bracket Semifinal Match between Str8 Rippin and FBI The Agency. Should Carbon lose there, they will take home a disappointing fourth-place finish.

The next match, the Losers Bracket Finals, would see Carbon face the loser of the Winners Bracket Finals. Looking at the brackets, unless Str8 Rippin beat FBI The Agency and Final Boss, or lose to Perfect Storm or Icon in the Losers Bracket, they will face Carbon once more.

Translation? In all likelihood, Carbon will face Str8 Rippin again, either for Top 3 or Top 4. Given their current 3 – 0 deficit in that best-of-11 series, it will take an outstanding streak to surpass Str8 Rippin.

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