One on One With FraNChiS
In this first edition of "One on One," I sat down with one of the few players who has managed to be a top competitor in each entry of the Gears of War series, Jose "FraNChiS" Mavo.
As captain of EnVyUs, he's led them to Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition LAN wins at both Hypefestation 4 and ESL Pro League Finals Season 2.
First off, let’s give the readers some background information on you for those that may not know of you: What’s your name, how long have you been competing and what got you into Gears of War?
My name is Jose Leonardo Mavo and I have been competing since the inaugural MLG Meadowlands 2007 Gears of War tournament. Back in high school, I remember a friend of mine showing me the famous Gears commercial. After buying the game, he then introduced me to GameBattles and that's where my competitive drive took over. I began competing at every MLG event and became a professional Gears player.
What is your best and worst memory in Gears of War?
My best memory has to be competing for the Season 2 ESL trophy in front of the PAX East crowd. Having all those people watching and feeling their energy after every kill/round made winning feel that much better. Raising the trophy in front of supporters and EnVy fans meant everything to me.
Who was your favorite Gears teammate in any Gears, and why?
My favorite teammate is really hard to decide because I have had so many amazing teammates, but I would have to give it to Cody "B1ackjak" Wheeler. Cody and I teamed briefly in GoW1 but never went to an event together. We teamed again in GoW2 and ended up placing fourth. The biggest reason he is my favorite is because the guy was one of the smartest players I had ever played with and he knew how to pass on his knowledge. He was an old Halo 2 pro that looked at Execution like a chess board. He did not have the greatest shotgun, but he was always in the right spot and shooting at the right people. He always made the right pushes and relied on out-thinking his opponent. He is the player that pushed me to the next level as far as strategy and out-positioning my opponents in gun fights. Unfortunately, after our first event together, he had a car 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 a comeback and being on top of the field again. Do you see any teams or individual veterans that you believe could rise to the top again?
I know that NSANEZ and Infinity are making a comeback, along with some individual veterans sprinkled here and there. Gears IQ never goes away and that is the only thing that will help them going into the next game. At an individual skill level standpoint, they are and will be far behind. They continue to think their old way of playing is going to work against the new meta of individual fights. They will realize this pretty soon and based on how bad they want it, they will either adapt or quit. Out of all of the pros I see coming back, I see Prison and Wildebeast prospering the most. They have now been actively playing for several months and have adapted to the new style of play that was adopted at the end of Gears 3.
Now, on to some of the questions, the community’s been waiting to hear answered. The Kenny situation; what happened there?
The Kenny situation went down like this: after winning Hype4 and throughout the first ESL season, Kenny did not take practice seriously. He would purposefully team kill and not call out during scrims. We went to the Season 1 finals with the impression that he did not care anymore. After a poor performance from him at Season 1 finals, he decided to care again. We got back from Burbank and he was playing singles on the GB ladder every day. We ended up playing Denial (now OpTic) in the GB $1500 tournament that week and won 3-1. It took a loss at the finals to get him "back" but it was too late at that point. Knowing we lost ESL S1 due to a lack of effort was the deciding factor as to why we dropped him.
What about the timing of the drop? I remember it was coming close to the roster change deadlines and if I remember correctly, had he not found a team within a short window, he wouldn't have been able to compete in the ESL Season 2?