NorCal's first rival was Southwest/Mountain led by Jeffrey “Ax” Williamson. Team Southwest/Mountain got off to a decent start, with Mewtwo main Tony “Taj” Jackson winning the opening match against Shroomed.
However, only a few players managed to show good play in Southwest/Mountain, while NorCal was stronger as a team, according to dailyesports' opinion. So, Spark ultimately finished off the crew battle against Ax, as NorCal won by three stocks.
Thus, NorCal reached the semifinals.
There they were awaited by the favorite team of the whole tournament - SoCal. The "underdog" team managed to win thanks to a brave decision - to lead with its strongest player, SFAT. This paid off, as SFAT took nine of SoCal’s 20 stocks on his own. Though SoCal's Johnny “S2J” Kim took eight stocks later in the crew battle, NorCal still earned a narrow one-stock victory.