The FIFA eWorld Cup takes over The O2 Arena to discover who is the ultimate champion
Words by Jason Sewald
Excitement, shock exits, skills and comeback thrills. The FIFA eWorld cup had it all. From 20 million participants, only one can be crowned champion of the world. With a prize pool of $400,000, where the winner gets a whopping $250,000, the prize pool alone is a testament to how far FIFA eSports have come in just one year; last year’s tournament prize was $25,000.
Day one consisted of all the players that have qualified from the eWorld Cup playoffs to gain entry, such as Megabit, Eisvogel, Rafsou and the like. On both consoles, the first day started off great with Megabit showing his usual consistency by cleaning up the competition he had. But Rafsou, who I penned as my personal favourite got knocked out unceremoniously by playing some very weak football. All in all, other than Rafsou, all the players you would have expected to go through the group stages have made it and with that, it concluded a great first day.
Day two was essentially the road from the round 16 to the console finals. The players who have made it there are of course Msdossary, Megabit, Eisvogel, Nraseck and the usual suspects. The highlight matchup of the day was Nraseck vs. Megabit because they are two incredible players and were one of the few favourites to win the entire competition, so having one of the two go out would certainly make the competition easier. Marcuzo vs. Eisvogel was incredible as well. However, again aside from the two mentioned matches, everything else went according to plan. Msdossary again showed his dominance throughout the tournament.
The final day involved the console finals and the winner of each respective console would then represent themselves in the grand final which would be held over 2 games on each console. In the Xbox finals, it was Msdossary Vs. Kurt0411, where Msdossary made light work of Kurt despite going behind twice in the first match but he kept his cool and really just let loose defeating him 8-3 in the end. On the PlayStation side, things were a little bit more exciting where we had Manchester City’s Marcuzo against the underdog of the tournament Stefano Pinna. The first match between the two Marcuzo put his stamp on the game by winning 2-1. However, in true underdog fashion, Stefano then managed a comeback in the second match taking it to extra time then taking the win taking him to the grand final in a final score of 4-3. Although as thrilling as the console finals were I sadly could not say it for the grand final; where Msdossary dominated both legs on the PlayStation and Xbox before eventually taking the cup and the $250,000 cash prize.
The eWorld cup was thrilling to watch with some big names being knocked out by the underdogs but in the end, the underdog couldn’t do it and it was the favourite who took the crown of being the best FIFA player in the world. Congratulations to Msdossary and better luck next year to Stefano and the others who put on a brilliant tournament for us.