Jan 18 2017 - 8:05 pm

South of the Border: Gears Pro Circuit Mexico City Preview

Gears Pro Circuit Mexico starts in two days, and with that, I broke down each team's winning factor and the players you should keep an eye out for.
GAMURS content writer.

The third Gears of War 4 event begins this Friday in Mexico City. Below, I have broken down the reason each team is capable of winning, as well as who you should focus on for each team this weekend.


Group A

OpTic Gaming:

OpTic Gaming comes into this tournament yet to lose a LAN event. OpTic is presumably the best team in Gears of War history and they seem unmatched to this point in terms of raw skill and consistency. The team comes into the tournament looking to take home their third straight Gears of War 4 LAN title and continue to prove that they are the most dominant LAN team we have ever seen. The team has strong slaying, as well as a very aggressive game style, giving them an intimidation factor over most teams.

Key Factor: Aggressiveness

Player to watch: Mental

Enigma6:

Enigma6 will be competing in their first major LAN together as a team this weekend. With this team never being seen, other than online, they will be a true underdog. If they can play to their full potential, they appear to have some upset potential, along with their raw slaying ability. Alongside smooth callouts and great map control, E6 plays with a strong passion for winning, and being slightly unseen, the team may have a few tricks up their sleeve.

Key Factor: Being an underdog/upset potential

Player to watch: Eternity 

Onslaught:

Onslaught comes into this group with a home field advantage, as the team hails from Latin America. Being able to play in front of their home crowd should allow them to play with the energy and passion their hometown fans bring into the arena. The team has very even numbers across the scoreboard, with everyone able to go off at a moment's notice. Paired with very vibrant callouts, this gives Onslaught fluid map control throughout their matches.  

Key Factor: Home field advantage

Player to watch: Cryticxl


Group B 

Echo Fox:

  • Dylan “Speedy” Winston
  • Frank “KO” Tibbs
  • Joshua “Krash” Galan
  • Rodney “Clouts” Vaughn
  • Kyle “Kyle” Mason

Echo Fox will be heading into this event with two new players on their squad after making a trade with eUnited. The team looks to go strong into this event with two new key pieces that will hopefully help them go further with more power throughout the tournament. Strong teamwork, paired with aggressive slaying, looks to help prove that the trade pushed Echo Fox into the upper echelon of Gears esports teams.

Key Factor: Fresh Team

Player to watch: Crash  

Splyce:

Being considered the best Latin American team, Splyce comes prepared to make a strong run for their first Gears 4 win this season in their home country. Splyce appears as Latin America’s best hope for a Gears title. The team comes prepared with strong slayers and an ability to lock down their home hill with ease.

Key Factor: Latin pride

Player to watch: Dezonide  

Panda Global:

Panda Global comes into this event relatively unknown, but they bring a fiery passion alongside a "win at all costs" attitude that can surely give their group play opponents a run for their money. The team's main strengths are consistent communication and good player movement.

Key Factor: Win by any means necessary

Player to Watch: Strangulate


Group C

Team EnVyUs:

Team EnVyUs, one of the most experienced teams in Gears of War, looks to bring out all the stops as they compete to dethrone OpTic Gaming for a second time this year. Considered the only team to be able to consistently compete on the same level as OpTic, the boys in blue will come out swinging with their strong slaying ability and overall team play in an attempt to take home their first title of Gears 4.

Key Factor: Experience

Player to watch: ToySoldier

Epsilon Esports:

The British powerhouse comes all the way across the pond to bring home a title for their country, as well as prove that the European scene is one who can run with the top tier teams around the world. Considered the best team in all of Europe, Epsilon brings the best players from England and hopes to take their first title of Gears 4.

Key Factor: Teamwork

Player to watch: Krazed

Heavenlyz:

A completely unknown team to the Gears circuit, Heavenlyz comes to show what they are made of and prove that they deserve a spot alongside the best teams in the world. We will be able to see first hand what this team can bring to the table this weekend.

Key Factor: Nothing to lose

Player to watch: Evolvess


Group D 

eUnited:

The other team featured in the two-way trade with Echo Fox, eUnited also brings two new players and a true vengeance, as they were one series away from winning their first Gears 4 event and taking down the OpTic powerhouse. This team has some of the most raw slaying power and all-around composure. Now, if they get thrown off course and get down on themselves, that will be the end to their run in this tournament.

Key Factor: Composure

Player to watch: Soto k3

Team Allegiance:

One of the most underrated, yet capable, teams on the Gears circuit, Team Allegiance plays as one of the most hyped teams in Gears of War. If this team can start hot and bring the hype throughout the entire tournament, they can easily make a run for the championship and their first win in Gears 4.

Key Factor: Hype

Players to watch: Guishh 

Aztec Gaming:

Another unknown team coming out of Latin America, Aztec is a young-gun team with a lot of potential and a pure passion for winning. These young players will come out ready to roll and play to their fullest in order to try and get out of their group stages and make a playoff run.

Key Factor: Passion

Player to watch: Prospectt

This weekend will be a large proving ground for many of these Latin American teams, as well as an opportunity for exposure for the smaller teams. Live coverage for this event begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. EST.


Who do you think has the best chance at winning it all this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @GAMURScom.

Authors Twitter: @Capt_Shively

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.

Authors Twitter: @Capt_Shively

Jan 12 2017 - 2:34 am

OpTic Headlines Group A in Mexico City

Groups for Mexico City were announced today, with OpTic headlining Group A.
GAMURS content writer.

Groups for the Mexico City LAN were announced today on stream after the return of Gears Fight Night. Each group appears to be evenly balanced, except for Group B, which will feature two of the top-five teams.


Group A:

OpTic Gaming

Enigma6

Onslaught Esports

Open Bracket Team


Group B:

Echo Fox

Splyce

Panda Global

Open Bracket Team


Group C:

Team EnVyUs

Epsilon Esports

Heavenlyz

Open Bracket Team 


Group D:

eUnited

Team Allegiance

Aztec Gaming

Open Bracket Team


Two teams from each group will move on to the playoff bracket. Action for the Mexico City LAN begins on Jan. 20, where the teams will compete for $75,000.


Who do you think has the best chance at winning in Mexico City? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @GAMURScom.

Authors Twitter: @Capt_Shively 

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