GoW: 2016 European Open

14th July 2016

On Friday the 8th of July, exceL eSports's Gears of War team took to the city of Nottingham to compete in the AM2Pro Gears of War 2016 European Open. Our team, consisting of Blade, Vicious, Precision and Brutalize were confident in their ability, even with it being their first event together after only ten days of preparation time. AM2Pro Nottingham was held in the Robin Hood suite of Nottingham Forest football club's stadium, the venue for all games in the tournament bar the semi finals and grand final. These games, featuring the top 4 teams, was held at the Gfinity Arena in Fulham Broadway, London.

Game 1 (WBR1) - exceL vs. Hostile

We began the weekend against Hostile off-stream on Friday evening. After a strong stint on the plentiful warm-up stations provided by the excellent set-up at AM2Pro, we began the weekend well and took the series by a convincing scoreline of 3-0. We hoped to carry on the weekend with this winning trend!

Game 2 (WBR2) - exceL vs. Team EnvyUs

However, in game 2, the random seedings immediately worked to our detriment, as our boys were forces to face off against arguably the best team in the world, Team EnvyUs, from North America. Map 1 was WarMachine, the nV boys came out with a point to prove and handed us a swift 4-0 victory. Moving in to map 2, our boys were shaken but not beaten as they clutched up 2 rounds on Mansion. Unfortunately nV proved too strong once again and they closed the map out 4-2, giving them series point. Map 3 saw us take to Canals and despite a valiant effort and some close rounds, our efforts were to no avail and Team EnvyUs closed the game out 4-0 and took the series. GGs to them, this brought Friday evening to a close and our day ended with us knowing that dropping in to the loser's bracket meant there was no room for any more mistakes.

Game 3 (LBR3)  - exceL vs. Barrage

With our tournament lives on the line and a place at Gfinity potentially waiting for us, we took to WarMachine to begin the best of 5 series vs. Barrage, a team that along with ourselves were tipped to make it to the final four of the tournament. With a massive 7 kill game from Vicious, we were able to take map 1 with a 4-2 scoreline and secure a 1-0 lead in the series. Map 2 saw us on Gridlock where Barrage took the first 2 rounds, putting pressure on us to equalise. We were able to clutch two rounds to tie the score at 2-2 but unfortunately, Barrage took the next 2 rounds and tied the series at one a piece. Map 3 was once again a Barrage pick, Canals and they showed their reasoning behind the choice, winning the map 4-1 and putting us down 1-2 in the series. Map 4 swung back in our favour, with the team doing what Barrage did to them on the previous map by dominating 4-1 and sending the series into an intense game 5! With both teams knowing that this is all or nothing, the game began completely level, going back and forth all the way to 3-3. Unfortunately Barrage were able to clutch up and win the game 4-3. GGs to them for an incredibly entertaining and thoroughly intense showcase of Gears of War eSports at its finest.

For a first LAN appearance as a team, the exceL Gears of War boys really showed up and proved they could be a real force moving in Gears of War 4.  Thank you to all those who supported us at the event and to you for reading this review - stay tuned to our social media (links at the bottom of this page) for real time updates from exceL eSports!