OpTic Gaming had looked unbeatable coming into championship Sunday at the Gears Pro Circuit New Orleans Open, but faced their toughest challenge against an in form 'EU's Finest' in the winners final.
After a flawless pool play stage, OpTic made quick work of both Echo Fox and Ghost Gaming, their main North American rivals, but it was the Europeans who would give them a real test.
EU's Finest were previously Fable's European roster, but since departing the organization chose to stick as a team and represent their own brand - and were very aptly named.
Definitely the top European team, they were the only one to secure top eight, and looked even more hungry as EU's main hope in the New Orleans event.
And EU's Finest started the stronger in the match, winning a couple early rounds, but in typical OpTic fashion they remained unfazed and started gaining momentum.
Eventually closing out map one 7-3, OpTic just looked the stronger team as a set of individuals as well as coordination as a squad.
EU's Finest good use of power weapons like the Boom Shot earned them the few rounds they did manage, but they could never gain any real momentum.
They did play much better on map two however, perhaps beginning to grow in confidence after a tough map one.
EU's Krazed went huge for his side to push it to a third map, handing OpTic their first map loss of the tournament.
But OpTic were not about to lose another, as they looked dominant on map three, steamrolling EU's Finest with a demorsalizing 7-0 sweep.
EU will have no time to feel sorry for themselves as they have another chance to make it to the grand final in the losers final.
OpTic may have shown they are human, but still look utterly dominant going into the final.