The first round of the ESEA Advanced Season 33 playoffs bracket has concluded seeing a number of notable teams stumble in their opening matchups, with the most notable upset seeing fourth seed RBG fall to Kyle "OCEAN" O'Brien's SKDC in a close 2-1 series.
Elsewhere in the bracket, Third Impact advanced into round two following a close 2-0 win over Lux while Polar Ace South crushed Lavender, only letting the 24th seed team win eleven rounds. Sister team Polar Ace also had an easy opening match against Precision, setting up the possibility of an organization grudge match down the line.
The next two notable series saw Dogs of War and Front best PDHM and RAIJIN respectively, but not before the underdog lineups managed to take a map off each team.
As previously mentioned, the first real upset of round one saw SKDC pull off a 2-1 victory over recent strong performer RBG, thanks in part to throwback performances from Derek "desi" Branchen and Todd "anger" Williams. In a surprisingly flat performance, Soham "valens" Chowdhury's Savage were crushed by Kinship Black, with the team only conceding eleven rounds before sending the Major-winning coach's squad into the lower bracket.
Continuing on, another veteran lineup was sent into the lower bracket early as Josh "JoshRT" Lee's Prospects dropped a 2-1 series to collegiate team UCF Knights. UCF Knights' lineup notably contains former CLG Academy player Tyler "Char" Wallace with him and Brian "BlueSky" Wortman being the driving force behind their team's victory.
Rounding out the list of notable results in the first round, Rise managed to take down Super Nova after a very close three-map series. Rise recently got a bump to their tactical prowess thanks to Josh "shinobi" Abastado, who has been coaching the team while also playing for Monstars.
The second round of the playoffs is set to kick off tonight with the upper bracket looking as follows:
|Buffdaddys PayPal Team||vs||Third Impact|
|Polar Ace South||vs||Serac|
|Polar Ace||vs||Dogs of War|
|Big Chillin||vs||UCF Knights|
And the lower bracket is as follows, with these matches determining who will be exiting playoffs early:
|Xternal||vs||Dans ta yuele|
The full bracket can be found here.