In this first edition of “One on One,” I sat down with one ofthe few players who has managed to be a top competitor in eachentry of the Gears of War series, Jose “FraNChiS” Mavo.
As captain of EnVyUs, he’s led them to Gears Of War: UltimateEdition LAN wins at both Hypefestation 4 and ESL Pro League FinalsSeason 2.
First off, let’s give the readers some backgroundinformation on you for those that may not know of you: What’syour name, how long have you been competing and what got you intoGears of War?
My name is Jose Leonardo Mavo and I have been competing sincethe inaugural MLG Meadowlands 2007 Gears of War tournament. Back inhigh school, I remember a friend of mine showing me the famousGears commercial. After buying the game, he then introduced me toGameBattles and that’s where my competitive drive took over. Ibegan competing at every MLG event and became a professional Gearsplayer.
What is your best and worst memory in Gears ofWar?
My best memory has to be competing for the Season 2 ESL trophyin front of the PAX East crowd. Having all those people watchingand feeling their energy after every kill/round made winning feelthat much better. Raising the trophy in front of supporters andEnVy fans meant everything to me.
Who was your favorite Gears teammate in any Gears, andwhy?
My favorite teammate is really hard to decide because I have hadso many amazing teammates, but I would have to give it to Cody”B1ackjak” Wheeler. Cody and I teamed briefly in GoW1 but neverwent to an event together. We teamed again in GoW2 and ended upplacing fourth. The biggest reason he is my favorite is because theguy was one of the smartest players I had ever played with and heknew how to pass on his knowledge. He was an old Halo 2 pro thatlooked at Execution like a chess board. He did not have thegreatest shotgun, but he was always in the right spot and shootingat the right people. He always made the right pushes and relied onout-thinking his opponent. He is the player that pushed me to thenext level as far as strategy and out-positioning my opponents ingun fights. Unfortunately, after our first event together, he had acar accident a few months later and quit Gears.
You’re the only veteran player on a top team.We’re seeing a lot of old faces with hopes of making acomeback and being on top of the field again. Do you see any teamsor individual veterans that you believe could rise to the topagain?
I know that NSANEZ and Infinity are making a comeback, alongwith some individual veterans sprinkled here and there. Gears IQnever goes away and that is the only thing that will help themgoing into the next game. At an individual skill level standpoint,they are and will be far behind. They continue to think their oldway of playing is going to work against the new meta of individualfights. They will realize this pretty soon and based on how badthey want it, they will either adapt or quit. Out of all of thepros I see coming back, I see Prison and Wildebeast prospering themost. They have now been actively playing for several months andhave adapted to the new style of play that was adopted at the endof Gears 3.
Now, on to some of the questions, thecommunity’s been waiting to hear answered.The Kenny situation; what happened there?
The Kenny situation went down like this: after winning Hype4 andthroughout the first ESL season, Kenny did not take practiceseriously. He would purposefully team kill and not call out duringscrims. We went to the Season 1 finals with the impression that hedid not care anymore. After a poor performance from him at Season 1finals, he decided to care again. We got back from Burbank and hewas playing singles on the GB ladder every day. We ended up playingDenial (now OpTic) in the GB $1500 tournament that week and won3-1. It took a loss at the finals to get him “back” but it was toolate at that point. Knowing we lost ESL S1 due to a lack ofeffort was the deciding factor as to why we dropped him.
What about the timing of the drop? I remember it wascoming close to the roster change deadlines and if I remembercorrectly, had he not found a team within a short window, hewouldn’t have been able to compete in the ESL Season2?