Another month, another LQE, the little brother of the more illustrious FUT Champions Cups but that’s not to say they aren’t taken seriously. There are Global Series Points to be added to totals and money to be won and with the Playoffs and World Cup just around the corner, every tournament is important. It’s back to London for the Gfinity LQE March and it’s got all the makings of a classic.
The story of the season so far has very much been Tekkz dominance, the Englishman seems unstoppable qualifying for every tournament and winning a handful of them including two FUT Champions Cups and the eClub World Cup. He will be making the short journey down to the Gfinity Areans in London to compete again, with him very much everyone’s favourite.
The tournament will see 16 players from both platforms, competing in a Swiss format group stage. In the Swiss format, competitors are matched-up to play opponents with a similar record. Following the Group Stage, the top 8 players from both formats advance to the single-elimination Playoffs.
The winner of each Playoff will advance to the Cross-Platform Grand Final. The Grand Final will consist of a single two-legged match. One leg of will be played on PlayStation 4, and the other on Xbox One.
There are 750 Global Series Points and a tidy $8.750 for 1st place with some players feeling this might be their last chance to qualify so here are a few with something to prove going into this weekend.
Ones To Watch
Levy “SterrenStatuSs” Frederique
SterrenStatuSs is a name not many will know, the Dutchmen plays for the esport division of Excelsior Rotterdam. He made a splash at the this month’s FUT Champions Cup Singapore where he made it all the way to the Xbox finals were he was beaten by eventual winner Tekkz 6-0. Don’t let that result fool you though Tekkz felt the scoreline flattered him and professed Levy, “the best player I’ve ever played [against].”
That tournament catapulted him up the Global Series Rankings adding 1000 points to his total and putting him in 22nd place. A good showing here will secure his position for the rest of the season.
Global Series Ranking: 22nd with 1023 Points (Xbox)
Lucas “PSG Daxe” Cuillerier
The two times ESWC Champion has been a common sight at this year’s tournaments with no true stand out performances so far. He currently sits 10th in the Xbox rankings which means his place in the Global Series Playoffs are all but secured but for a man that has tasted success domestically he will want to make his mark on the international scene.
Global Series Ranking: 10th with 1749 Points (Xbox)
The Belgian has been on top form all year and can comfortably claim to be in the top 5 FIFA players in the world. He won here last month at the Gfinity LQE February and with his recent decision to take a break from online qualifiers this might be the last time we see him this season before the Global Series Playoffs. He’ll want to go out with a bang.
Global Series Points: 2nd with 4530 Points (PlayStation)
How To Watch – Gfinity LQE March
You can catch all the action live from the Gfinity Arean on Saturday 23rd at 13.30 GMT on Twitch with the tournament finishing up on Sunday.
And if you are lucky enough to be in London you do one better and go and watch it in person for FREE! Just follow the instructions here to secure your ticket!
So who do you think will win the Gfinity LQE March? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.