Gears of War MLG Dallas final results
Grand final results
The MLG Dallas Open for Gears of War has wrapped up after it was played out over 1 - 3 December. The $300,000 tournament closed off the game’s competitive year with the top teams from North America, Europe and South America competing. Lower tier contenders were also in attendance and a total of 59 teams took part.
Big-name teams dominated the league, with many squaring up for some intense matches, but ultimately the finals came down to a close match between Echo Fox and OpTic Gaming.
Echo Fox is consistently ranked as the second best team in Gears of War esports in the US. The team was even able to steal a major win away from OpTic Gaming in the Mexico City Open last season. Here in Dallas, the team had its sights on knocking out OpTic once more and moving into the top spot. To assist in this, some team roster changes were made, bringing in Kyle Mason from Team Envy to break down the Green Wall.
However, this season didn’t go exactly the way the team hoped as everyone else brought their A game to the Dallas Open too. A new and improved Ghost Gaming and the ever-strong OpTic Gaming were both in the same starting seed as Echo Fox, meaning Echo Fox was going to have to pull ahead early in some difficult matches.
Fan favourites were back in full force thanks to Nick "Icy" Cope rejoining the team in time for the Gears Pro Circuit Dallas Open. This is a strong team and can be considered the top Gears esports team in North America and nationally. It recently rolled through Ghost Gaming during the Gears Esports Fall Regionals in New York, which is impressive as the team even had a substitute from the bench in the play.
One downside OpTic Gaming could be facing in the near future is a lack of preparation time with its current line-up.
OpTic was the team to watch this season and it has not let its fans down.
The final match
The rivalry between these two games is a major talking point in Gears esports, with Echo Fox and OpTic Gaming squaring up again and again in some major matches and tournaments. Once again, the two met up in a decisive match, with an entire season and the top spot in North America on the line.
The first map of three was Impact, where OpTic dominated Echo from the start, leading the scoring 4 - 1. However, Echo regrouped and found its footing, managing to win a few rounds in a row to bring the map back into contention. After six of the last seven rounds were won by Echo Fox, the map was decided, giving Echo the first match point.
Foundation was the second map, with the match being a close call throughout, until one player shined through the chaos. OpTic Gaming’s Xplosion stepped up and took control of the match, taking some easy kills and points which took the map. OpTic tied up the series at 1 - 1.
Map 3 was the grand final everyone wanted with OpTic Gaming pulling out some top level plays and skills. It was a close match but the better team was clear, leading to a final sweep of 7 - 0. It was fantastic to watch and was an enormous win for the team. OpTic Gaming took the win and continues its reign.
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