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Five Stories From the Gears Pro Circuit San Diego 2018 Open

Published: 1/Oct/2018 2:39 Updated: 1/Oct/2018 3:14

by Calum Patterson

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Gears San Diego hosted over 40 of the world’s best Gears of War teams all competing for their share of the $250,000 prize pool.

Unlike the previous tournament, Gears New Orleans in July, there was less upsets in early stages, but they were made up for later in the event.

The top two teams were deserved grand finalists, as OpTic cemented their dynasty with yet another championship, taking down Ghost Gaming to secure the trophy.

Spacestation proved they remain Europe’s top talent

These players were orgless at New Orleans, and so used the name ‘EU’s Finest’. Now represnting Spacestation, they lived up to their slogan.

They won their group 3-0, and even put OpTic to the test in the championship bracket, taking the first map and forcing OpTic to reverse sweep (they did). They fell down to losers but still had enough in the tank to defeat New Orleans runner-up Echo Fox.

An extra push, and this European squad has a trophy within reach.

Ghost Gaming back to being the biggest challengers to OpTic

After a disappointing fourth place finish at New Orleans, it looked as though Ghost Gaming’s spot as the team right on the heels of OpTic was gone. Instead Echo Fox looked like the biggest challenger.

But, after making it to winners finals without dropping a single map, and then bouncing back to make the grand final after being knocked to losers, Ghost reclaimed their spot as the number two team – and are once again the biggest threat to OpTic.

Nimbus make a splash from Open Bracket

After making it into groups, Nimbus made the strongest case for being a pool play team in the future. They managed to take the number two spot in Pool B.

They went on to beat Fable and Elevate in the losers bracket, securing a top 6 finish. Another Open Bracket team, Fable (their US roster), also made a run to finish top 12, all the way from the gauntlet.

New Organizations Impress

Two organizations made their debut in Gears of War at San Diego, Spacestation and Reciprocity. It was only Rise Nation’s third event too, and they are quickly making a name for themselves in Gears.

Spacestation secured third, while Reciprocity made a deep run too, placing top 6. It wasn’t so good for Rise, but they still managed a very respectable top 8. More big name organizations with competitive rosters in Gears is always a good thing.

Roster Changes didn’t stop OpTic

There was a host of roster changes to many of the top teams in Gears. Spurred on by eUnited’s departure from Gears, there was suddenly a slew of top talent entering free agency.

Most of the changes, certainly amongst North American teams, were all aimed at creating a roster capable of taking down OpTic. But, as history shows, there is simply no defeating the Greenwall when it comes to Gears of War esports.

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WWE’s The New Day tear up Survivor Series with custom Gears of War armor

Published: 23/Nov/2020 2:58 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 3:36

by Brad Norton

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Continuing their trend of exceptional video game-inspired ring attire, WWE’s The New Day came to this year’s Survivor Series ready for battle, bringing their custom Gears of War skins to life.

While Batista may have been the first WWE superstar to join Gears 5, the longest reigning tag champs in history just dropped in as well. Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Big E are all available in Microsoft’s third-person shooter with their own custom skins, emotes, and voice lines.

To celebrate their vibrant in-game items, the trio entered this year’s Survivor Series with a unique look. Rather than walking to the ring with their usual attire, things were turned up a notch. The New Day entered the building with a real version of their Gears skins.

Everything from the blue, pink, and yellow body armor to the limited Booty-O cereal box, it was all custom made for this one-off appearance.

It’s no secret that members of The New Day are massive gamers. Xavier Woods runs one of the biggest gaming-focused YouTube channels in UpUpDownDown, and the crew even appeared at Wrestlemania 33 in Final Fantasy ring gear.

The Gears 5 collaboration is just the latest in their video game crossovers. This one couldn’t have had a bigger spotlight. Survivor Series is one of the biggest Pay-Per-View events of the year. With a champion vs champion tag match set between them and The Street Profits, there was no better time to show off the Gears 5 attire.

Big E walked down the ramp with both belts by his side, while Kofi held the custom cereal box. Xavier Woods had something a little more over the top in his hands, however. He came with a buffed version of Francesca the Trombone, custom-designed to match the look of a Gears Lancer.

With a chainsaw at one end and the base of the gun on the other, the trombone still worked as he made his way to the ring. 

The suits of armor were enormous, mirroring their in-game counterparts in terms of both style and size. Obviously, the chest plates came off when it was time to do business. Regardless of the result, there’s no denying The New Day had the standout look at Survivor Series.

Who knows what kind of gaming creations they’ll come up with next. Though you can always expect the tag champs to be pushing the industry further into the eyes of the wrestling community.