Round 2 of the MELO started the head-to-head match-ups. The 32 builders were broken into two brackets, the Barad Dur and Orthanc brackets, in a single elimination tournament. Each pair had to build something with an assigned theme. In round 2, challenges were based on characters from the Hobbit. Here are the first four pairs and their results.
Captain Nemo faced off with Ian Diller on the theme Bilbo. Captain Nemo advanced to the next round.
J-rod Smith faced off with Finn Tegotash on the theme Smaug. Finn Tegotash advanced to the next round.
The Dunedain98 faced off with Thomas on the theme Thorin. Dunedain98 advanced to the next round.
Mark McPeek faced off with John Smith on the theme Balin. Mark McPeek advanced to the next round.