56 matches, 213 maps and countless hours of blood, sweat and tears have brought us here: to the Gears of War Season 1 finals presented by Xbox. This Sunday, the top four professional Gears of Wars teams - Denial, Onslaught, EnVyUs and VexX Gaming - will face off for the title and the lion’s share of the $60,000 prize pool. Make sure you’re ready: anything can - and will - happen.
The story so far
The semifinal matchups promise some great games. Denial currently hold a solid 2-0 series lead over Onslaught, along with a 6-1 map score. Underdog Onslaught will need to step it up in order to shut down the league’s number one team and win the right to advance.
On the other side of the bracket, meanwhile, is VexX Gaming, who might be the only team to have taken a match victory from Denial so far. However, like Onslaught they have an uphill battle ahead of them, with opponent EnVyUs boasting a 2-0 match lead and a 6-2 map score over VexX from the regular season. VexX will need to give it everything they’ve got for a chance to move on to the championship match.
The main event
The competition begins on Sunday the 10th of January with the semifinals at 11:00 PST (14:00 EST) at the ESL studio in Burbank, California - first up will be Denial versus Onslaught, followed by EnvYuS versus VexX Gaming!
Additionally, everyone watching the show will be able to get their hands on the exclusive “Lit” weapon skin from the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the chance to enter a competition to win an awesome custom-made Gears of War Season 1 esports Xbox One console, and meet The Coalition’s studio head Rod Fergusson and lead multiplayer designer Ryan Cleven as they join the broadcast to talk Gears of War and answer audience questions.
See you on Sunday!
To make sure you don’t miss a thing, be sure to tune in to the official stream from 11:00 PST on Sunday the 10th of January - we hope you’re as excited about all the great Gears of War action to come as we are!