A top-level Gears Of War player should exhibit certain attributes: accuracy, dexterity, quick thinking, and communication. At this weekend’s Dallas Open, several teams showed it’s also beneficial to be skilled at trash talk.

Sure, it’s a pro gamer stereotype to launch into a flurry of taunts after sufficiently owning your opponent, but to be honest, I’m pretty okay with it. As long as it remains in the region of good-natured ribbing rather than actual hateful banter, trash talk is an excellent complement to the action. The Gears pros in Dallas this weekend certainly don’t come up short in spirit.

Here’s a small collection of the post-match preening (only the first, sadly, has audio of the chatter):

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The rest of the action plays out today over at the Gears Of War Twitch channel. May the winning team’s victory speech be as animated as the banter.