OpTic Gaming’s Gears of War team has a lot to celebrate, despite recently letting go some of the star players that helped forge a legendary record in the competitive community. Given everything on the horizon, and everything now clicking into place, confidence is extremely high.

In fact, with Brian ‘SoLuRs’ Valenzuela rejoining, and Arody ‘Praized’ Dipre now wearing the black-and-green for the first time, their main concern is for everybody else.

“I’ve been gaming pretty much my whole life, and competing in Gears of War for over 10 years now,” recounted Praized. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of this team – it’s obviously the greatest Gears roster ever made, and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Both have a long history with the Greenwall, though not necessarily in the same fashion. Valenzuela used to wear the uniform for a time – but Dipre had only ever known what it was like to face against it, first crossing chainsaws against Xplosive and company way back during MLG Columbus in 2016.

Two years later, adversaries have joined forces, and the rest of the Gears community has reason to fear.

“My entire career, they’ve always been rivals,” said Dipre. “But we always had that sort of respect for each other – they know what I bring to the table; I know what they bring to the table. Now that we’re joining forces? I think that’s… dangerous, for the scene.”

This collaboration comes, of course, at the tail end of Gears of War 4’s competitive run, and Gears of War 5’s announcement at E3 – though the timing, at least, was mostly just a matter of opportunity. “Things just happened,” said Valenzuela. “Things didn’t work out with our previous teams, spots were open, and we just filled in the gap.”

That leaves with just one team left to care about. “Our biggest threat would probably be Ghost,” reckoned Dipre. “Although I wouldn’t really consider them a threat.”

The new and markedly more dangerous OpTic Gears of War revs back up onto the stage on July 13th, as they head to New Orleans.