This Friday sees the culmination of the eChampions League with the finals being held on 31st of March just one day before the showpiece event. It will be one of the biggest FIFA events of the year in prize money it is just second behind the FIFA eWorld Cup – with $280,000 in total to be won and a whopping $100,000 for the winner with $15,000 guaranteed to each player.
On top of that, this will be the last chance for many players to secure those precious Global Series Points – vital to qualify for the end-of-season Global Series Playoffs. There will be 850 Points for the winner each player will be desperate to get their hands on them.
The winner will also get VIP tickets to the Champions League Final and will be awarded their prize just before the big match itself.
The group stages were held earlier in the month and with big names like, Donovan “F2Tekkz” Hunt, Mossad “Msdossary” Aldossary and Nicolas “Nicolas99FC” Villalba all crashing out, the field is open for a less fancied name to go on and win it. And with just 8 players left, the finals will be held over one day in what is set to be one of the most explosive days of high-level competitive FIFA ever.
This tournament is unique as it is PS4 only due to an exclusivity agreement with Sony and the UEFA Champions League.
The eChampions League Finals – The Competitors
Fourad “Rafsou” Fares
One of the best attackers in the game but struggles in big pressure situations, the Team Vitality man will need to overcome a lot here to be in with a shot at the trophy.
Christopher “NYC_Chris” Holly
A frequent sight at tournaments but no major win’s for the New York FC player. A long journey and some tough competition mean this might be a bridge too far.
Marcus “Marcuzo” Jorgensen
Marcus is no stranger to the big tournaments. He’s won the FIFA eClub Championship last year and has reached the latter stages of both the FIFA 17 and 18 FIFA eWorld Cup, but there has always been a feeling that this player has something more to give.
His performances under his new team, North, have been steadily improving throughout the year with an eSuperliga title and top 8 finish in FUT Champions Cup 6.
If he hits form at the right time he could easily be the first eChampions League winner.
Lev “xLevVinken” Vinken
A familiar face at this year’s tournaments and has beaten a few of the more prestigious players along the way, expect him to get out of the quarterfinals but after that, it’s anyone’s guess.
Henrique “TG Zezinho” Lempke
Zezinho is in a unique position heading into this tournament, Ruud Gullit all-round soccer legend will be in attendance and he, of course, is the owner of Team Gullit the outfit Zezinho represents, whether this adds pressure to the FIFA 17 FIWC Grand Finalist is yet to be seen but it will certainly add an element of spice to the proceedings.
Joksan “Joksan” Redonda
After winning the Continental Cup, the first major tournament of the year, expectations were high for the North American. However short ban by EA and the breakdown in the relationship with his previous org – Epsilon disrupted his season before it really got going.
Now signed with compLexity and with big money to be won, a strong showing here could go a long way to fulfilling that early season promise.
Alan “AlanAvi” Avila
More known for his YouTube channel than his performances on the pitch, the FC Dallas will be looking at the eChampions League as an opportunity to get his name out there. A surprise package, but with no clear favorite, he will fancy his chances.
Ivan “Dr NightWatch”
The Bulgarian was the second man to qualify for the knockout stages and he did it in style. Defeating the worlds No.1 F2Tekkz 6-4 on agg in what has proved to be the game of the tournament so far.
Confidence will be high and the pressure is off, so there is every chance he can cause a few more upsets on Friday.