Taking place over the weekend of March 31st to April 2nd, the Gears Pro Circuit Atlantic City Open saw over 60 teams make the trip to the Caesars Atlantic City Casino to battle it out over a $200,000 prize pool and bragging rights as the best team in Gears.
Following an intense 2 days of preliminary action, which included no shortage of upsets, drama, and excitement, here are a few of those stories:
- Ghost Gaming surprised many with a brilliant run through the Championship Losers bracket on route to their second 3rd place finish in as many events, which included knock-out victories against the likes of Grim Gaming, E6, Allegiance, Hazard eSports, and Echo Fox.
- Echo Fox would manage to upset eUnited not only once during the event, but twice: the first time in pool play, where they went 3-0 to win Pool C, and; then in the Championship Losers Bracket Quarter Finals, where they eliminated them from the tournament in 2 straight maps. Echo Fox eventually finished 4th overall – the highest placing they’ve had since Kyle and Clouts joined the squad in place of Xcells and Soto, who left the team to join eUnited.
- Two teams – Pedro Juan Jose and Pnda Gaming – made their way through the Open Bracket to finish in the top 10 (9th-12th).
- Hazard, who many didn’t expect to go far in the tournament, came out of Pool Plays with a 3-0 record, including a fairly convincing win over Allegiance. After taking out Splyce 2-1 in the Championship Winners Bracket, they would suffer losses to OpTic Gaming and then Ghost to finish in 5th place for the tournament.
The Grand Finals proved to be perhaps the best we’ve seen thus far on the $1,000,000 Pro Circuit, and a fitting end to the first major eSports even in Atlantic City history. Despite bowing out to OpTic Gaming in the Winners Bracket Finals, The Boys in Blue would manage to tear down The Green Wall to force a final, deciding best of 3 series to determine who would walk home champions. After a thrilling series, however, it would be OpTic Gaming recovering from their previous defeat to take home the crown for the fourth time on the Pro Circuit.