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Echo Fox Enters Gears of War
Echo Fox – an org that started with three-time NBA champion Rick Fox buying a League of Legends team – has officially expanded into Gears of War, announcing today that they have officially picked up the former BOT Empire squad who placed 3rd at the recent $300,000 Gears Pro Circuit Columbus Open.
One of the final seeds to qualify for Pool Play from the North American region, the squad then known as BOT Empire was not expected to make it much further than the top 10 at their first event. Sure, the roster featured the likes of Xcells and Soto, along with proven online standouts Krash, Fragou7 and Speedy, but; both Soto and Xcells had been dropped by their esteemed orgs, and the latter 3 were largely untested, especially in LAN play. Add in that the team had only been together for 2 weeks prior to the event, and it’s easy to understand why many didn’t expect the team to make it too deep into the Championship Bracket. That, however, is exactly what they did.
After relegating eUnited to the Losers Championship Bracket in their first match out of Pool Play, Echo Fox’s new squad would push OpTic Gaming to the limit in the Winners Championship Bracket Semi-Finals. Once relegated to the Losers Bracket, they would avenge their Pool Play loss to Revenge by taking their series 2-1, and continue on to eliminate eUnited by beating them for the second time in as many days. Although they would fall to Team EnVyUs in the next round (the Losers Championship Finals) to take 3rd place in the event, the team proved that they were a force to be reckoned with, and have the full support of their new organization:
“Gears of War is an esport that I have been watching for some time now. After watching the excitement of the Pro Circuit stop in Columbus, I knew this was an esport Echo Fox had to be a part of. These players proved last weekend with their third place finish that they have the potential to be the top team in GoW. I love the attitude that Soto, Speedy, Fragou7, Krash and Xcells play with and I believe they fit in with our goal of building championship teams.”
“We are committed to improving the performance at every level of our organization. That is why we have signed on one of the top Gears of War teams in the world. We have always benchmarked ourselves against the best in the world and we expect this team to exceed those metrics.”
Rick Fox, Owner of Echo Fox
“Any time you can bring a top three team in the world into your organization, you have to take it. This team proved to us in Columbus that despite only playing together for two weeks, they are already one of the best teams in the world.”
“Gears of War is a fast-paced, exciting game where emotions run high. I think it makes for a great esport and I truly love how much the esport is supported by its publisher, Microsoft Studios.”
Jace Hall, CEO of Echo Fox
Echo Fox will make their debut at the Gears Pro Circuit London Open, taking place December 10th and 11th in London, England.
Coach – Jovon White