Jan 19 2017 - 11:26 pm

Jovon's Storylines for Gears Pro Circuit Mexico Open

On the eve of the Gears Pro Circuit Mexico Open, we take a look at some of the storylines heading into the event
Contributing Writer

Tomorrow, the best Gears esports teams in the world will convene in Mexico City, Mexico for the Gears of War Pro Circuit Mexico City Open, competing for bragging rights and their share of the $100,000 prize pool on Jan. 20-22. With this being the third open event of the pro circuit season, this presents ample opportunity to examine a few major storylines heading into the event.

eUnited Makes Aggressive Changes To Usurp The Throne

Coming off a stellar performance and knocking OpTic Gaming into the losers bracket for the first time, it was rather shocking when news came about of eUnited changing their lineup, trading away CritKyle and Clouts for Xcells and Soto of Echo Fox. It’s rare to see teams make such dramatic changes after such impressive performances, but the eUnited team saw an opportunity to put together what they believe will be the final pieces to figuring out the OpTic code. With Xcells's top tier in-game leading and Soto’s long and impressive tournament experience, who knows, they just might have.

Echo Fox With Much To Prove

The roster that began as BOT Empire at the MLG Columbus Open has seen quite the number of changes since signing with Echo Fox. Fragou7, Xcells, Soto and their former coach Jovon White (me :D) have all left the team. The roster is now rounded out with Ko, Critkyle, Clouts and former national champion, Prison as their coach, who will have the task of getting a young team in championship level form.

All past accomplishments of Echo Fox cannot be used to analyze this roster as it is almost an entirely different unit. Mexico City is where the young foxes will show whether they’re still a top dog in this game or have digressed to a small pup. That being said, one must never underestimate the abilities of a team with the unpredictableness of a fresh new team. If they get hot, look out.

Has Enigma6 Group Found The Answer?

After what can only be described as a disappointing performance in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, failing to qualify for both ESL Pro League Season 1 and 2 finals, faith in E6 seemed to evaporate. With the addition of Crushmo and Noxious, the team was believed to have improved, but a top-12 placing at the MLG Columbus Open quickly extinguished those beliefs.

At Gfinity London, with Reaxion subbing for Hudsonz, who couldn’t travel due to personal reasons, and veteran Wildabeast replacing Noxious, E6 looked extremely competitive for the first time in a long while, placing top-six along with Echo Fox. This new unit looks stable, and with a roster full of capable slaying talents and long-time Gears veterans, E6 has reinvented themselves once more, hopefully finding the right combination to be a consistent top contender.

How much longer can the Green Wall stand?

Without question, 2016 belonged to the Green Wall of OpTic Gaming. Unbeaten in all attended LANs, the young team has quickly become the most dominant team in the history of Gears of War esports. Under the vocal leadership of Xplosive, OpTic Gaming has not only proven their dominance but an ability to bounce back from losses to Team Envyus and eUnited at MLG Columbus and Gfinity London. 

However, all teams must lose eventually. With a massive target on their backs, teams will undoubtedly be focusing on preparing to face the current juggernauts of the game with hopes of bringing down the titans and knocking down the Green Wall.

What are you most looking forward to from this event? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us @GAMURScom

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Feb 18 2017 - 8:02 pm

GPC Atlantic City Open sells out in less than 24 hours

Gears esports returns to the Tri-State area.
Image via Joe Brady
Contributing Writer

Tickets for the next event in the Gears of War Pro Circuit, the Gears Pro Circuit Atlantic City Open, have sold out in under 24 hours. From March 31 to April 2, the best Gears esports players in the world will gather in Atlantic City, New Jersey to compete for their share of a $200,000 prize pool.

Over 48 teams will compete amongst the world's best teams, such as OpTic Gaming, eUnited, Echo Fox, Ghost Gaming, Enigma6 Group and the Mexico City Open champions, Team EnVyUs.

Gears esports has an immensely large player base located on the east coast, particularly the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, which kept the competitive scene alive throughout the lifespan of Gears of War 3, which received minimal developer support.

Team passes went on sale at 6:00 p.m. EST yesterday (Feb. 17), and were sold out by 2:00 p.m. EST today (Feb. 18), which is roughly 20 hours.

Pool play roster submissions must be in by Monday, March 13 at 3:00 a.m. EST, while open bracket teams have until March 27, at 3:00 a.m. EST to submit their roster.

The venue will be announced next week as a part of a larger sponsorship announcement.

Are you excited for this event? Let us know by tweeting us @GAMURScom.

Jan 19 2017 - 8:56 pm

Battle Below the Border: Gears Pro Circuit Mexico Predictions

Gears Pro Circuit Mexico is one day away, and with that, I break down who will move on from their groups, as well as final placings.
GAMURS content writer.

Gears of War Pro Circuit Mexico is now one day away and the hype of new rosters, unknown teams and upset opportunities are all brewing as we approach the final day before all the action kicks off in great fashion. With that said, I will break down my predictions for each group, as well as the final placings, and why I feel each team will earn their spot in the top-eight.

Group A

OpTic Gaming: 3-0

Enigma6: 2-1

Onslaught: 1-2

Open Bracket Team: 0-3

I feel these choices are pretty obvious. OpTic is just too strong of a team to even bet against at this point. Aside from winning the last two events, just the fact that in London they came back and double-dipped eUnited in the grand finals shows how strong of a team they really are. As for Enigma6, after watching a couple streams, this team shows such great potential to have an upset at some point throughout this tournament. I think they are a safe bet to make it out of groups and possibly even make a run in the playoff bracket.

Group B

Echo Fox: 3-0

Panda Global: 2-1

Splyce: 1-2

Open Bracket Team: 0-3

With Group B, I think Echo Fox is sure to take the top spot. The trade involving them and eUnited, in my opinion, strengthened both teams very much. I feel that the teams both got players that fit their situations better, and this weekend will be a showcase for how the new teams perform, but Echo Fox should easily go 3-0.

In the other matchup, I think the fact that Splyce is considered the best Latin American team and they are playing at home puts a substantial amount of pressure on them as a team. This may cause them to crack under the pressure of winning in Mexico to a fiery and aggressive Panda team. Now, if Splyce does not crack, then my prediction may come out to be wrong, but for now, I have Panda advancing to the playoffs.

Group C

Team EnVyUs: 3-0

Epsilon Esports: 2-1

Heavenlyz: 1-2

Open Bracket Team: 0-3

Everyone should have EnVyUs coming out of this group without a shadow of a doubt. The EnVyUs squad just has too much experience and overall raw skill in my opinion. Alongside EnVyUs, I feel Epsilon is a definite choice, with their only loss coming to EnVyUs. Now do not get me wrong, we have never seen the small Latin team known as Heavenlyz, and they could come out and upset, but the chances of this are very slim and that is why I have Epsilon advancing.

Group D

Team Allegiance: 3-0

eUnited: 2-1

Aztec Gaming: 1-2

Open Bracket Team: 0-3

This is probably the group I'm most excited to watch coming into this weekend. With the trade involving eUnited, and considering how strong Allegiance looks, I cannot tell you how excited I am to watch these two teams go head-to-head on LAN. The reason I have Allegiance beating eUnited is due to the trade after London. Now this game can go either way; eUnited easily has the potential to beat Allegiance, but I just think the hype is on Allegiance's side this weekend and they will come out of their group on top for this event.

Playoff Bracket

Now that we have made it to the playoffs, I will break down the placings of the advancing teams and why they will earn these spot. I will not be going match by match because my guru prediction skills are not on that level, but I can tell you where I think each team will exit the event.

Eighth Place: Panda Global

Now with my prediction of Panda advancing out of groups, I do not believe they have the stamina or skill to make it far in this event, as once they make it to the playoffs, they will most likely play EnVyUs or OpTic. I do not think they have the experience to compete against either of those teams.

Seventh Place: Epsilon Esports

Epsilon has a good team and they can be consistent, but after the London event, they just are not showing the strength needed to compete with the North American powerhouses. I think after losing their first playoff match, they will drop down to losers with their heads hanging and let emotion get the better of them.

Sixth Place: Echo Fox

After their trade with eUnited, I just feel this team got the short end of the stick. This team still has lot of talent and has the potential to make a good run, but at the same time, after only being a team for a couple weeks, I don't think they can make a good playoff run in their current state; maybe next event, but definitely not at this one.

Fifth Place: Enigma6

I have high hopes for this team. Since this is their first true event as a team, I'm slightly skeptical but also hopeful. This team has very good slayers from what I have seen, and at the same time, the one thing working against them is their inexperience. I do think there is true potential but we will have to wait for this weekend to find out.

Fourth Place: eUnited

After their loss in London in a truly upsetting manner, this team set out to make sure that would not happen again. Well, that is exactly what they did when they acquired Xcells and Soto. They are going to come in swinging for a championship at this event and make sure they do not lose in such a fashion once again. Now with that said, they will not make it to the grand final to lose like that again; this team is not ready and not tuned enough for a championship run. I think my top-three teams are too finely-tuned for eUnited to upset.

Third Place: Team Allegiance

I truly like this team a lot. It is a team that has so much potential, yet does not get the coverage the top-tier teams receive. This is my upset team this weekend; if anyone other than my top-two teams wins, it will be Team Allegiance. Their slaying skill, plus their chemistry, is a dangerous blend that when hyped, explodes to a tier-one level.

Second Place: Team EnVyUs

Hands down the second strongest team in Gears at the moment, Team EnVyUs still has their ultra experienced team with such pure skill heading into another tournament weekend. The reason I keep EnVyUs at the number two spot is simply because the aggressiveness and consistency of the OpTic team is far too superior. Now if this is the week that the Green Wall falls, then EnVyUs will surely be the team who knocks it down.

Gears Pro Circuit Mexico Champion: OpTic Gaming

Once again, OpTic Gaming will be the Gears of War champion. This team excels on so many levels and so far they have been unmatched in terms of skill, except for the one upset series against eUnited, where they still came back and double-dipped eUnited in the finals. This team knows how and when to clutch up, and once they get on a roll, there is no stopping them. Their elite map control, matched with only the best slaying power, makes OpTic the most dangerous and unstoppable Gears team. OpTic has my vote as grand champion this weekend.  

Who do you have as your grand champion this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @GAMURScom.

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