OpTic Gaming releases Gears of War roster following Immortals buyout - Dexerto

OpTic Gaming releases Gears of War roster following Immortals buyout

Published: 1/Jul/2019 23:52 Updated: 2/Jul/2019 0:39

by Alan Bernal


Gears of War roster were moving on from the Greenwall after a dominating three-year reign.

There are many changes happening within the Greenwall in the aftermath of the Immortal Gaming Club’s (IGC) buyout of OpTic parent company Infinite Esports. Now the new ownership has parted ways with one of the most winningest teams esports has ever seen.


In a July 1 announcement, the OpTic brand announced that the Gears of War squad that locked down 17 championships out of its 19 events has been released and will no longer represent the Greenwall.

Gears Pro CircuitThe Gears of War roster earned an astonishing amount of hardware with OpTic through the years.

In a heartfelt farewell message to the OpTic fans, the team gave a brief synopsis of their success while the org delivered the unexpected departing message for their longtime champions.


“Thank you to the greatest Gears of War team ever,” OpTic said. “Per their request, we will be releasing the roster. We will miss the 17x champs in GOW4. We hope for nothing but victory after victory for these phenoms of console esports as they continue competing in GOW5.”

The team consisting of Gilbert ‘Xplosive’ Rojo, Billy ‘MentaL’ Putnam Jr., Alex ‘SuMuNs’ Ascencion, Brian ‘SoLuRs’ Valenzuela, and Arody ‘Praized’ Dipre as well as coach Nick ‘Ashes’ Ridgeway will retire their OpTic jerseys.

The Greenwall fans were obviously blindsided by the news, but there’s been various questionable developments since the IGC buyout that’s slowly conforming OpTic in the new leadership’s vision.


What’s next for the elite Gears of War team?

Meanwhile, previous OpTic CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez also gave his former team a fitting goodbye, as it seems the ties that the old OpTic guard still hold strong.

“Thank you, you’re the definition of champion,” H3CZ said. “You and the team brought great times and memories to our team. You and your team will forever be OpTic. ANYTHING you need I got you.”

Players and fans all over the scene were taken back by the news, but looks like they will be sticking together for whatever may come next in their shining careers.


Gears Pro CircuitThe team will still hold on to each other as they look for a new org to rep.

“My teammates Xplosive, MentaL, Sumuns, Solurs, and Praized and I are currently looking for a new organization to represent in Gears 5 and beyond,” Ashes said.

While the teammates remain longtime friends, fans will hold their collective breath to see what comes next for the dominant force as they look for a new banner to represent.


How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos


The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.


With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.


As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.


FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.


FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.


FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson