One of Blip‘s best and most popular series is back in full swing. The Gauntlet, Rooster Teeth‘s very and intense and very cheeky video game competition, has released the first challenge episode of its second season.

For the uninitiated, The Gauntlet pits four teams against one another in virtual combat, with Red Vs. Blue leading men Burnie Burns and Joel Heyman providing Rooster Teeth’s signature pithy commentary along the way. One team consists of Rooster Teeth personalities, another features hosts from the channel’s Achievement Hunter series (including the always fun Gavin Free), a third features handpicked members of the Rooster Teeth community as selected during a gaming challenge at the channel’s RTX convention, and the fourth includes a quartet of notable online video personalities: Freddiew, iJustine, and hosts from IGN and Machinima.

In the first competitive episode, the four teams battle in a round of Halo 4. Unsurprisingly, it is the RTX gamers who emerge victorious. You mean to tell me that a group of battle-tested video game gladiators have what it takes to best three groups of silly Internet personalities? Blasphemy.

The Gauntlet is sponsored by Verizon and is available on both Blip and the Rooster Teeth website. Five new episodes will roll out over each of the next five Sundays, after which a champion team will be crowned and will win $10,000 for the charity of their choice. The community group is the odds-on favorite, but all it will take is one round of Guitar Hero to turn the tide in Freddiew’s favor.

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