The pool play stage at Gears New Orleans has concluded at the Ernest Morial Convention Center, with a slew of upsets making for some surprising final standings.
It was a tough group stage for some of the top teams, namely reigning champions Ghost Gaming who dropped a series early to Fable EU, followed by another tough loss to eUnited.
Ghost did manage to beat the open bracket team, Lucent, with a swift 2-0, but with a 1-2 record the championship winners bracket was out of their reach.
OpTic Gaming's Mexico team faced their toughest match first, losing to Echo Fox, but did bounce back against Elevate. Surprisingly though, they lost their final pool play match to open bracket team Vertacon - a team that only formed a week ago.
Echo Fox narrowly missed out on the top spot in the group though, as their loss to OpTic MX hurt them in the end, with Elevate taking 1st in Pool C on head to head record.
For OpTic Gaming's NA squad, pool play was much more smooth sailing, as they dominated their group up against Gosu Crew, Disrupt and open bracket team Nimbus.
And thanks to Ghost Gaming's poor start, eUnited took their opportunity to snag the top spot in pool B, But Ghost still narrowly managed to take the 2nd spot on head to head record.
Rise Nation strolled to victory in pool D, as top rated European side 'EUsFinest', came in just behind Rise as Simplicity and Bittersweet looked somewhat out of their depth in this group.
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