OpTic Gaming's Gears of War Team Undergoes Another Major Roster Change But It's Still One Player Short - Dexerto
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OpTic Gaming’s Gears of War Team Undergoes Another Major Roster Change But It’s Still One Player Short

Published: 1/Jun/2018 16:11 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 13:02

by Ross Deason


OpTic Gaming’s Gears of War roster has undergone yet another change as long-term member Nicholas ‘Red Icy’ Cope has been replaced by Brian ‘SoLuRs’ Valenzuela.

OpTic Gaming has dominated the Gears of War scene for the best part of two years, ever since picking up Gilbert ‘Xplosive’ Rojo and company back in August of 2016.

However, their last event was their worst result to date as they finished in 4th place at the 2018 GPC Las vegas Open and it soon became apparent that all was not well behind the scenes.

Justin ‘Kenny Bounce’ Kenny was removed from the roster in April but soon found a new home with Echo Fox while OpTic started the process of finding a new fifth to put them back on top.

It would seem that those plans hit a major hurdle, though, when Icy, who had been with the team since January of 2017, asked to be released from the roster as he no longer felt comfortable on the team.

Eventually an arrangement was made that worked for all parties as OpTic came to an agreement with Echo Fox to trade Red Icy for SoLuRs.

The trade will reunite Red Icy and Kenny Bounce as well as provide OpTic with one of the hottest talents in the competitive Gears of War scene in the form of SoLuRs.

Meanwhile, the rumors about Arody ‘Praized’ Dipre also joining OpTic Gaming from Echo Fox have started to reach a fever pitch. Again, Praized is regarded as one of the best slayers in the game.

Red Icy leaving will certainly have thrown a spanner in the works for OpTic, who had already been working on replacing Kenny for a number of weeks, but if Praized does eventually join, OpTic Gaming could well go on another two year run of dominance.

For the time being OpTic Gaming consists of:

  • Gilbert ‘Xplosive’ Rojo
  • Billy ‘MentaL’ Putnam Jr.
  • Alex ‘SuMuNs’ Ascencion
  • Brian ‘SoLuRs’ Valenzuela

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


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.