French duo crowned winners of eNations Cup

France’s Lucas “Daxe” Culliver and Corentin “Maestro” Thuillier defeated Argentina in the grand final to with the first ever eNations Cup, adding an esport element to a stellar couple of years for the French Football Association taking in a European Championship final and of course, World Cup win.

This win might not rank as high in the nations conscientious now but in the long-term, it could prove to be just as important – France has embraced esports and FIFA in particular, in a way that few other nations and it’s wins like these that validate their efforts.

France showed real grit and determination in a unique and at times emotional weekend of FIFA 19. They started Day 1 struggling in the group stages and needing relative minnows Finland to take points from Saudi Arabia, who had the current eWorld Cup Champion and FIFA powerhouse Mossad “Msdossary” Aldossary in their ranks. Finland would do just that, drawing twice with the Saudi’s, knocking them out and booking France their place in the knockout rounds.

Day 2 saw the French duo hit their stride, defeating Brazil in the quarter-finals and an impressive Portugal team in a ‘could go either way’ semi-final.

Argentina may well have been favourites heading into the Grand Final after beating F2Tekkz’ England side in the quarter-final and a strong Denmark team featuring Fatih “FIFA Ustun” Üstün and Marcus “Marcuzo” Jørgensen.

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FIFA eNations Cup Finalists Yago, Nicolas, Maestro and DaXe. (Image courtesy of FIFA)

They also had Playstation No.1 Nicolas “Nicolas99FC” Villalba and Yago but it would be the French duo that sealed the victory in a nervy win. Maestro and Nicolas played out a 1-1 draw before DaXe raced ahead with a 2 goal lead with Yago “Yago” Gabriel Fawaz only able to pull back the one goal.

And with that France were declared winners of the FIFA 19 eNations Cup.

DaXe and Maestro share a $40,000 top prize and 1,500 Global Series Points. This puts Maestro up to 6th in the PlayStation rankings and DaXe up to 5th on Xbox securing their places in the Global Series Playoffs.

After the eNations Cup – What Next?

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The eChampions League is a centre piece of the entire FIFA 19 esport calender.

The season is reaching it’s climax but there is still plenty of action to be had and cruical Global Series Points to be won. Later this month we have the LQE on the weekend of the 22nd, in London and under the guardianship of Gfinity it will be another top quality tournament.

And then to see the month out we have the eChampions League Live Qualifying Event. Taking place on 26-27th of April featuring 64 of the worlds best players fighting for just 8 places in May’s Champions League Final. The players are excited about this one and it should prove to be a classic with one of the biggest prize pools, $280,000 in FIFA’s history.

Check back with us closer to the time for all the latest news and previews from the world of FIFA.