In a few days, the best FIFA 18 players will converge at arguably the world’s football capital to compete for money, eWorld Cup qualifying spots, and the title of tournament champion. The FUT Champions Cup Manchester will be broadcast live to a growing worldwide audience. Viewers will have the chance to cheer for their favourite players throughout the three days of the tournament. Everything you need to know is right here below.
FUT Champions Cup Manchester: What is it?
The FUT Champions Cup Manchester is the second and final FUT Champions qualification tournament in this FIFA 18 season. Players had to battle it out during the February qualification month with the top 64 players from each console in the monthly standings invited to this tournament in Manchester. This is the second tournament this season, following the January tournament, which was held in Barcelona.
Whats up for grabs?
Quite a lot, actually. First – the money. The prize pool for this tournament is 200,000$, with half of the attendees guaranteed prize money. If you make it out of the group stage, you will earn at least 1,000$. This amount rises for every stage you go thru, with the overall tournament champion earning 22,000$.
The FUT Champions Cup Manchester is a qualifying tournament under the Global Series of qualifying tournaments. These tournaments are all part of the road to the ultimate grand final, the FIFA eWorld Cup.
The bigger prize, for the top 8 competitors on each console, is a seat at the next playoff event tournament, which will be held in June. From that tournament, only 16 from each console will make it to the grand finals.
Finally, up for grabs is recognition. As seen with Dhtekkz, the Barcelona tournament champion, who came out of nowhere, performing well can lead to a host of opportunities. Now known as F2tekkz, he earned a sponsorship, numerous event appearances, and the chance to hang out with football superstars like Thibaut Courtois
— F2Tekkz (@F2Tekkz) February 21, 2018
When is it and where can I watch?
All the FUT Champions Cup Manchester action begins on April the 13th and will run until April the 15th. The first two days will be behind closed doors, with fans having the possibility to attend during the final day. Viewers can watch live on the official EASPORTS Twitch and YouTube channels. Starting time may vary depending on production delays, but expect the broadcast to begin around noon UK time.
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Who are the FUT Champions Cup Manchester favourites?
Since the previous tournament, there have been multiple patches, and multiple tournaments played. Many of the pros have been organising competitions amongst themselves to practice and keep their levels up. Lets run down some of the big names and where they are predicted to place.
Current world champion – Unilad Gorilla – Already qualified for next round in June, but intense competitor – Look for him to go to at least division finals.
FUT Champions Cup Barcleona Champion – F2Tekkz – Poor qualification month and already qualified, strong performance but wont win again.
Faze Tass – At the minimum, needs to secure qualification. Strong shout to win overall.
FUTWIZ Dubzje – Coming off a strong regional tournament win, might be hitting peak at the right time.
Kurt – Eliminated by F2Tekkz in Barcelona, self proclaimed best-in-the-world needs to hit at least a qualification spot, or else be labeled as found out.
Team Hashtag – Qualifying first overall for Ryan, 5th overall for Harry, and Agge just winning a regional tournament, look for all of them to place well.
FUT Champions Cup Barcelona runner up – Nicolas99FC – Qualified first overall, look for him to dominate the PS4 division again.
Germany – Once again the country will have a strong contingent at the event on both consoles. Cihan might be the standout German player this tournament. Deto, recently signed with Manchester City, will also try for a strong showing in his team’s hometown.
Unilad Shellz – On home soil, and with hopefully some of the event nerves out of the way, Shellz will have a good shout at placing well in the tournament.
Msdossary – An outsider, and ROW competitor, Msdossary has been performing well recently in tournaments.
What drama can be expected?
This time around, the event will take place at a much smaller venue than in Barcelona. While still large, the event space just can’t compare to Spain’s largest indoor arena. Even tho the previous event utilised only about half of the floorspace of the stadium, the tension could still be felt throughout. With a smaller space, that tension could lead to a lot more behind the scenes drama. At the end of the day, the tension is part of the tournament and those who can cope the best will survive.
Production delays are to be expected also, but we expect the team to learn much from what transpired in Barcelona, and to provide a smoother experience this time around.
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