Welcome to another What’s Up Gears fans! Every Thursday, we’re here to bring you the latest and greatest news, community content and more from the Gearsiverse.

Here’s What’s Up this week in Gears:

  • The Gears Esports San Diego Open begins tomorrow!
  • Ranked Season 5 begins on Monday with new rewards
  • 4XP Core and Competitive Escalation run throughout this weekend

San Diego Open

We are headed to sunny California for our next big Esports event – the San Diego Open!

Going into New Orleans, everything was to play for – huge roster changes had rocked the scene and new talent continued to emerge through the woodwork into the competitive landscape. In the end, the event delivered so many memorable moments like an unexpected early exit for Ghost Gaming and a return to glory for a brand new Optic Gaming Roster.

San Diego is surely going to bring the heat again, and we can’t wait. Meeting and sharing the experience of watching top level Gears gameplay with all of you is always a special moment for the team – and whether you’re watching in the crowd or joining us from home, we’ll be right there jumping out of our seat along with you.

If you’re joining us at the venue as a Spectator, boy are you in for a treat. Not only will you get to experience the amazing atmosphere at these events, you and a friend can be one of up to 96 (!!) duos battling it out on Boxes to take home the big share of a $10,000 prize pool. We are going to be spending a lot of time around those stations – we expect some seriously spicy 2v2 matches!

Multiplayer Design Director Ryan Cleven will also be in attendance along with two thirds of the Community Team (Vectes is holding the fort back at the studio) and the fantastic Esports Team. If you see us, please, come say hello. We’d love to talk, hear your feedback and share in the hype of the event with you.

If you can’t make it to the show, join us at 11:30am PT on live.gearsofwar.com for a special Weekly Community Stream live from the show floor, featuring a ton of special guests and your chance to ask more questions to Ryan Cleven.

For all the rest of the action, here’s when you can watch the San Diego Open on live.gearsofwar.com over this weekend:


  • 11:30am PT: Community Stream – San Diego Special
  • 2:00pm PT: San Diego Day 1


  • 10am PT: San Diego Day 2


  • 10am PT: San Diego Day 3

Coming Up In Gears of War 4


Just a few days remain until we head into Season 5 on October 1st! On that day, we reset placements across all playlists and you'll have to re-earn those Ranks once more.

Here’s a look at what to expect from our next Ranked Season in Gears of War 4:


• Team Deathmatch
• King of the Hill
• Dodgeball
• Guardian
• Arms Race *RETURNING*

• Escalation
• Execution

To Be Announced
• 2v2 Playlist *NEW*

Oh yeah, we dropped a mysterious To Be Announced at the end there. You can find that announcement on our Special Community Stream tomorrow (we’ll be sure to tweet it out afterwards if you can’t make it).



There. It. Is. This Season, your Diamond Character reward to earn battlefield bragging rights is the COG Female. I know I want that! How about you?

To earn the Diamond COG Female, the format will run in a similar fashion to last season – earning a number of Diamond Placement ranks across a variety of playlists while also completing the Season Character challenge. For Season 5, you’ll need to earn any Diamond placement across any three playlists.

The Season Character challenge will follow later into the season, around late October to early November, due to the way challenges work. Don’t worry – you’ll have a whole three months to get this one done. Your Diamond placements will count whenever you earn them in the season, just like always.

So what’s this Season’s ‘Ruby Scion’ for the COG Female? Well, you’ll have to wait on that on. We’ll reveal the challenge and what it’s-not-Ruby-this-time-we-promise variant you can expect closer to the launch of the challenge.


Just before we head into some Community goodness, don’t forget that this is the last weekend to enjoy 4XP Core and Competitive Escalation, Classic One Shot One Kill AND the two associated challenges for both game modes to earn weapon skins! Phew!

Here’s a reminder of everything going on in Gears 4 right now:

OSOK: Lovin. That. POP! Challenge
Featured: Sept 18 – 30 
Challenge: Get 50 headshots in Classic OSOK between 09/18 – 10/01 at 10am PDT
Reward: Heartbeat Longshot

4XP Escalation and 4XP Core Escalation

Featured: Sept 18 – 30
Challenge: Win 70 rounds of Public Escalation between 09/18 – 10/01 at 10am PDT
Rewards: Heartbeat Snub, Flaming Snub

Once completed, don’t forget to head to GearsofWar.com/My-Rewards to claim.

Museum of Community Glory

Greetings Gears, Vectes here, back with our Gears Creator Spotlight, featuring this week another aspiring content creator. Our intent is to feature these fans once a month. While they might have recently started to create Gears of War content, their channel being small for now, continues to show some promising growth.

With Gears Pro Circuit MLG San Diego Open starting tomorrow, what better way to fully get into Esports mode than featuring a competitive Gears player? Please meet Mantis, Italian competitive Gears Player for EMME Gaming.

On his channel, Mantis mainly focuses on competitive gameplay (GB Singles, Doubles, Scrims…), but you will also find campaign/horde gameplay videos as well as montages and walkthroughs (Easter Eggs, etc.)

Be sure to check our recommended videos:

Gears of War 4 Montage - Mantis Competitive Montage

GameBattles: Mantis vs Ryno LazyStonee - EMME Gaming vs CodyP Wrecks/StailV/Blakes Gnasher

Check out some other great videos on his YouTube channel, subscribe and give him a like! You can also keep in touch with him on Twitter.

Are you a Gears Video Creator in the community? Tweet a link to your channel to @CoalitionGears with #WhatsUpGears for a chance to be featured in What’s Up next week! Everyone featured will receive the TCA Commendation Lancer.

Come In, Control

Join us tomorrow Friday September 28 for our Gears Weekly Live Stream live from Gears Pro Circuit in San Diego at 11:30am PT. Join us to claim the Corp Hammerburst skin, play with us and get your questions answered. As always, we hope to see you there. https://live.gearsofwar.com

TC, out.