FUT Champions Cup #1 Preview

As the big kick-off for the inaugural FIFA 18 FUT Champions Cup is ahead of us we take a look at some of the must-know information to prepare you for the three-day event in Barcelona. A total of 128 players will converge to Barcelona – a footballing mecca, to battle it out for a portion of $200,000 USD in cash prizes.

Format

We’ll be seeing a brand new format replacing EA’s group style from the FIFA 17 season. The Swiss format which requires players to win four games before losing four games to advance to the next round. If you win your opening two games without loss you’ll face an opponent who has the same record. You’ll carry on playing opponents with the same record until the player has won or lost four games. Each game will consist of two matches against the same opponent. The winner will be by the aggregate score. Throughout every stage of the tournament, including the Grand Final, if a match ends in a draw after the second game, there will be Extra Time and if needed, penalties will decide the victor.

Each platform will consist of 64 competitors seeded in relation to their FUT Champions Cup qualifying placement. It’ll end with 32 competitors entering a single elimination knock-out stage with their swiss performances taken into account. However, players will not play against the same opponent twice in the Swiss-system in the group stages.

Broadcast Team

Barcelona, Spain, one of the footballing capitals of the world will host an extensive talent line-up including familiar faces Spencer “Spencer FC” OwenChu “ChuBoi” Morah, and Jimmy Conrad. Also, joining them this year will be Richard Buckley and Brandon Smith, who’ve endured a breakout year after winning the EA Sports Commentator Cup. As per, the event will be live on EA’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

The ones to watch

Similarly to football where you’ve got your powerhouse names such as Barcelona and Real Madrid to having smaller, lesser-favoured clubs such as Stoke or Lazio this translates into the world of competitive FIFA and in the FUT Champions Cup.

I’ve picked two players from each platform that I’m tipping to make a deep run into the latter stages tournament.

Xbox

Firstly, the current champion of the world Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing. The Englishman posted strong displays throughout the FIFA 17 season coming first in Madrid and London whilst just being pipped to the post coming in at second place at the Ultimate Team Championship Series.

My second pick is Kurt ‘Kurt’ Fenech who’s renowned for his social media antics and incredible self-belief. The man from Malta is no stranger to the Top 100 and is widely regarded as a top player. However, Kurt’s only outing during FIFA 17 ended in misery as he failed to exit his group in Munich.

PlayStation

The Great Dane, August ‘Agge’ Rosenmeier is my player to watch on the PlayStation. Although, Agge didn’t have a memorable FIFA 17 seeing little success. The Hashtag United man has been in inspired form performing well in the Weekend League notching countless flawless weekends. August also enjoyed an astonishing 240 game win streak.

My second pick is Shaun ‘Shellzz’ Springette. The Unilad esports man enjoyed a breakout season in FIFA17. Shaun finished first in the PlayStation event at the Ultimate Team Championship Series in Berlin. Shaun has also enjoyed online success tallying a 298 game win streak in the Weekend League.

The Bigger Picture

FIFA and partners EA SPORTS™ announced their launch of their global competitive gaming initiative with the FIFA Global Series and FIFA eWorld Cup 2018. The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup is built around the new EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series, the official qualification tournament for the grand finale event, the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 18.

On the grand scale of things, the FUT Champions Cup is the first of many qualifying events for the year finale FIFA eWorld Cup. There’ll be sixteen participants who progress to the Global Series Playoff event, eight per console.

The showpiece. The grand finale. A place where careers launch. The FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final will ensure a celebration of EA SPORTS FIFA at its highest level. Thirty-two of the world’s best players, all of whom will have survived the Global Series Playoffs, will compete to be crowned the undisputed king of FIFA 18.