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Image with the Gears Esports logo and "2020-2021 Season Winter Major" followed by the dates "December 11th-13th" and "live.gearsofwar.com".
The Gears Esports 2020-2021 Winter Major is December 11th-13th. Watch on live.gearsofwar.com.

 

Image showing the final standings for the event: Congratulations also to the rest of our top 8 teams: Vanquish (1st Place - $60,000), Pittsburgh Knights (2nd Place - $35,000), UYU (3rd Place - $20,000), Rebel (4th Place - $10,000), Fire N Ice (5th/8th - $5,000), Rise (5th/8th - $5,000), Hive (5th/8th - $5,000), and Carnage (5th/8th - $5,000)
Congratulations to Vanquish for winnings their first championship and the $60,000 first place prize! Congratulations also to the rest of our top 8 teams: Pittsburgh Knights (2nd Place – $35,000), UYU (3rd Place – $20,000), Rebel (4th Place – $10,000), Fire N Ice (5th/8th – $5,000), Rise (5th/8th – $5,000), Hive (5th/8th – $5,000), and Carnage (5th/8th – $5,000)

 

Image showing "Gears Esports Winter Major" at the top followed by the dates December 11-13. The image also shows 4 weapon skins and a number of physical items.
Watch the Gears Esports Winter Major December 11th to the 13th to claim free weapon skins and the chance to win ASTRO Gear, DXRacer x Gears Esports chairs, and more!

In order to participate in Watch & Win promotions you must be logged in on live.gearsofwar.com with the Xbox Live Account you wish to claim the skins and/or enter the raffles with. Please visit this page for more information on the Live site, claiming skins, raffles, and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Raffle winners will be contacted over Xbox Live by the ‘Gears Esports’ Xbox Live account. Winners will have TWO WEEKS to claim their prize in the manner instructed, otherwise, their prize will be forfeited.

Image showing "Gears Esports Winter Major" at the top followed by the date Friday, December 11. The image also shows 5 weapon skins and a number of physical items.

Weapon Skins The following weapon skins will be given away during the Friday broadcast: Showdown Retro Lancer and Gnasher, and the Bedazzled Talon, EMBAR and Dropshot skins. These items are not a raffle, all you need to do is complete the Quest and they will be entitled to your account.
Please Note: The Quests for these items will not be available at the same time during the broadcast, so make sure you tune in early and stay throughout to claim them all. The more you watch, the more you can claim!

ASTRO Gear – A number of ASTRO headsets, including A20 Wireless, A50 Wireless, and A40s with a MixAmp TR will be raffled off throughout the broadcast. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles.

DXRacer x Gears Esports Chair – A Gears Esports DXRacer chair will be raffled off each day of the event. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles. PLEASE NOTE: You must have a US shipping address to be eligible for this prize.

12 Month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription – A one-year Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will be raffled off each day of the event. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles.

Glitch SWAG Bundle Eight Glitch SWAG Bundles will be raffled off throughout the event. Each bundle includes: Hivebusters Graphic Novel, Limited Edition Locust Xbox Controller and Charging Stand, Gears Collector Lapel Pin, and a Gears Esports T-Shirt and Hat. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles.

Image showing "Gears Esports Winter Major" at the top followed by the date Saturday, December 12. The image also shows 5 weapon skins and a number of physical items.

Weapon Skins The following weapon skins will be given away during the Saturday broadcast: Showdown Lancer, Gnasher, Snub and Torque Bow, and the Bedazzled Claw and Enforcer skins. These items are not a raffle, all you need to do is complete the Quest and they will be entitled to your account.
Please Note: The Quests for these items will not be available at the same time during the broadcast, so make sure you tune in early and stay throughout to claim them all. The more you watch, the more you can claim!

ASTRO Gear – A number of ASTRO headsets, including A20 Wireless, A50 Wireless, and A40s with a MixAmp TR will be raffled off throughout the broadcast. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles.

DXRacer x Gears Esports Chair – A Gears Esports DXRacer chair will be raffled off each day of the event. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles. PLEASE NOTE: You must have a US shipping address to be eligible for this prize.

12 Month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription – A one-year Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will be raffled off each day of the event. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles.

Glitch SWAG Bundle Eight Glitch SWAG Bundles will be raffled off throughout the event. Each bundle includes: Hivebusters Graphic Novel, Limited Edition Locust Xbox Controller and Charging Stand, Gears Collector Lapel Pin, and a Gears Esports T-Shirt and Hat. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles.

Image showing "Gears Esports Winter Major" at the top followed by the date Sunday, December 13. The image also shows 5 weapon skins and a number of physical items.

Weapon Skins The following weapon skins will be given away during the Sunday broadcast: Showdown Lancer, Snub, Markza and Boomshot, and the Bedazzled EMBAR, Lancer, Gnasher, and Snub skins. These items are not a raffle, all you need to do is complete the Quest and they will be entitled to your account.
Please Note: The Quests for these items will not be available at the same time during the broadcast, so make sure you tune in early and stay throughout to claim them all. The more you watch, the more you can claim!

ASTRO Gear – A number of ASTRO headsets, including A20 Wireless, A50 Wireless, and A40s with a MixAmp TR will be raffled off throughout the broadcast. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles.

DXRacer x Gears Esports Chair – A Gears Esports DXRacer chair will be raffled off each day of the event. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles. PLEASE NOTE: You must have a US shipping address to be eligible for this prize.

12 Month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription – A one-year Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will be raffled off each day of the event. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles.

Glitch SWAG Bundle Eight Glitch SWAG Bundles will be raffled off throughout the event. Each bundle includes: Hivebusters Graphic Novel, Limited Edition Locust Xbox Controller and Charging Stand, Gears Collector Lapel Pin, and a Gears Esports T-Shirt and Hat. All you need to do is log-in and complete the Quest to be entered into these raffles.

 

Gears 5 2020-2021 Winter Major Talent, which is made up of: Jon "Fallout" Kefaloukos, Jourdan "Ribs" Ribeiro, Ryan "RyanFoolz" Summers, Jourdan "Miss Jourdy" Kerl, Guy "Blaze" Spencer, Colin "Crowe" Clarke, Jacob "PR" Acre, and Taylor "Reflections" Noble.
Gears 5 2020-2021 Winter Major Talent includes Jon “Fallout” Kefaloukos, Jourdan “Ribs” Ribeiro, Ryan “RyanFoolz” Summers, Jourdan “Miss Jourdy” Kerl, Guy “Blaze” Spencer, Colin “Crowe” Clarke, Jacob “PR” Acre, and Taylor “Reflections” Noble.

 

The Winter Major will take place over four days.

Open Qualifiers – Saturday, December 5th & Friday, December 11th

In lieu of a Double Elimination Open Bracket, the event will include two Single Elimination Open Qualifier tournaments for Challenger teams, with the first Qualifier taking place Saturday, December 5th, and the Last Chance Qualifier taking place Friday, December 11th.

Competition will begin at 12PM, CST for the first Qualifier, and 10AM CST for the Last Chance Qualifier. Each of these competitions will qualify 4 teams directly into the Championship Bracket.

PLEASE NOTE: Once a team has qualified their roster is considered locked, and may not be changed prior to the Major.

 

Swiss Bracket – Friday, December 11th

In addition to the Last Chance Qualifier, Friday, December 11th will feature a two-group Swiss Bracket, which will be used to establish final seeding for the Double Elimination Championship Bracket.

Each of the two Swiss Bracket will consist of 8 teams and be divided into a High and Low group consisting of the following teams:

  • High Swiss: Top 8 Pro League teams
  • Low Swiss: Bottom 4 Pro League teams, and top 4 Challenger teams

Each Pool will play 3 rounds of Swiss Bracket style competition. Matchups are determined first by record (win/loss) and then through a series of tiebreakers:

  1. Head-to-head match record
  2. Final record of opponents lost to
  3. Round differential verse opponents lost to
  4. Overall map differential
  5. Overall round differential

These same tiebreakers are used to determine the final order to be used to seed the Championship Bracket. If teams are still tied after exhausting the tiebreakers above, these teams will play a Best of 3 series to determine who claims the higher seed.

 

Championship Bracket – Saturday, December 12th & Sunday, December 13th

The 28 team Double Elimination Championship bracket will consist of:

  • 8 High Swiss Teams
  • 8 Low Swiss Teams
  • 5th-8th Seeded Challenger Teams
  • Top 4 teams from Saturday, December 5th Qualifier
  • Top 4 teams from Friday, December 11th Qualifier

Teams will be seeded as follows:

  • Teams who place #1-4 in High Swiss will be automatically placed into Winners Round 4 of Championship Bracket.
  • Teams who place #5-8 in High Swiss, and #1-4 in Low Swiss will be automatically placed into Winners Round 2 of Championship Bracket
  • Teams who place #5-8 in Low Swiss will start in Winners Round 1 of Championship Bracket, along with the 4 pre-qualified Challenger teams, the top 4 teams from the Saturday December 5th Qualifier, and the top 4 teams from the Friday, December 11th Qualifier.

All games will be played as best of 3 except the Grand Finals, which will be played best of 5, with the Winner’s Bracket team starting with a 1-0 map advantage. The higher seeded team will also choose to act as Team A or Team B during the map ban process.

Grand Finals Map Ban Process:

  • Team A bans 1 Map
  • Team B bans 1 Map
  • Team B picks Map 1
  • Team A picks Faction for Map 1
  • Team A picks Map 2
  • Team B picks Faction for Map 2
  • Team B picks Map 3
  • Team A picks Faction for Map 3
  • Team A picks Map 4
  • Team B picks Faction for Map 4

 

Total: USD $140,000

  • 1st – $60,000
  • 2nd – $35,000
  • 3rd – $20,000
  • 4th – $10,000
  • 5th/6th – $5,000
  • 7th/8th – $2,500

 

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