Epsilon Esports’ UK-based Gears of War team travelled out to Atlantic City last weekend (March 31st to April 2nd) as the UK’s best Gears team and sole representatives.
The team, consisting of Matthew “Krazed” Macdonald, Ben “Hydrone” Cornwell, Will “Phelpzy” Phelps, Ashley “Ash” Griffin and Sam “Sam” King, finished with a top 12 placement.
Hopes were not high going into the tournament, as Epsilon drew both EUnited and Echo Fox in their group, North American teams that have been consistently strong in their region.
They came last in said group, including a loss to open bracket team Pedro Juan Jose, winning just one map across their three series.
Being put into round one of the loser’s bracket, Epsilon had a tough run ahead of them, and would need to win nine best-of-threes to win the tournament.
True to their ability, the team took swift 2-0 wins against RequieM and Illicit, before being put against Mexico’s finest, Splyce, in loser’s bracket round three. Here, they met their match and were knocked out of the tournament, and both players and fans were disappointed with the result.
Well that's a tough loss gg's
— Sam King (@SammyKLT) April 2, 2017
— Will (@Phelpzyy) April 2, 2017
This is not the tournament Epsilon would have been expecting to have, many regarded them as a Top 8 team going into the weekend, and were hoping for a push for Top 6.
The tight loss against EUnited only heightened expectations, losing the two maps 7-6 and 7-5 respectively. The boys clearly had it in them to put up strong performances against the top teams, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
Nonetheless, the team remains optimistic that they will bounce back from their performance in Atlantic City.
Seen a lot of tweets from people who have no idea, lost a game we really shouldn't have then got v unlucky, we will be better in Paris.
— Ash (@Ashh________) April 4, 2017
With the Gears of War scene growing as fast as ever, we hope to see more UK teams making their mark at international tournaments, and we have no doubt that this Epsilon team will be leading the pack.