Preview of FIFA 19’s $100,000 eNations Cup

A new addition to the FIFA season, this weekends eNations Cup is a chance for players to represent their countries. Taking place in London on the 13th-14th of April this has quickly become one of the biggest FIFA tournaments of the year

Twenty nations from around the world have been invited with each nation running a qualification process in the weeks prior to find the two best players on each console to represent them at the inaugural eNations Cup.

The talent on show is a who’s who of the FIFA competitive scene.

This season’s stand out player – Donovan “Tekkz” Hunt will be representing England. He will be chomping at the bit for this after being dumped out of last weekends FCC 6 be none other than Mossad “Msdossary” Aldossary who went on to win the competition. Msdossary is here with Saudi Arabia and while it’s been a long time coming these two have started a real discussion in the FIFA competitive scene around just who is the best in the world? Msdosssary has the head to head record, while Tekkz has a trophy haul that would make Messi blush and both players will look at this tournament as a way to make their case for GOAT status.

Also in attendance is Nicolas “Nicolas99FC” Villaba for Argentina, Dani “Ajax Dani” Hagebeuk for the Netherlands and Cormac “Doolsta” Dooley of the USA.

With a prize pool of $100,000 and a top prize of $40,000 and 1500 Global Series Points, this is up there as one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year – sitting somewhere between a FUT Champions Cup(Major) and a Licensed Qualifying Event(Minor).

Players will compete in 1v1 and 2v2 games, the second time we have seen such a format after the success of such a format at the eClub World Cup.

The tournament is not without its controversy, Players from nations that aren’t represented like Malta’s Kurt Fenech have let it be known that they feel that the awarding of Global Series Points is unfair as only those from selected nations could ever possibly win them.

eNations Cup – Format / Prizes

eNations Cup Group Stages
The groups for the eNations Cup (Image courtesy of FIFA)

Each round of matches will contain 3 games. The PlayStation and then Xbox representives for each nation will face off before a 2v2 game will be played.

The top 2 nations from each group will go through to the knockout round.

Group A and C could be described as “Groups of Death.”

Group A will have the current No.1 and No.2 in the world Tekkz and Msdossary representing England and Saudi Arabia respectively, as well as a strong France team featuring Lucas “PSG Daxe” Cuillerier and Corentin “Vitality Maestro” Thuillier who finished 2nd to Msdossary at the recent FUT Champions Cup 6: London.

Group C has Germany represented by Michael “Megabit” Bittner and Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkouz who both play for Werder Bremen. Argentina habe serial winner Nicolas “Nicolas99FC” Villalba and Yago ‘Yago’ Gabriel Fawaz who is also a frequent sight at major tournaments. And can you really count Sweden and Brazil out in a knockout tournament?

EA SPORTS Global Series points (per player)

1st place: 1500

2nd place: 850

3rd – 4th place: 625

5th – 8th place: 450

9th – 16th place: 275

17th – 20th place: 150

Prize money (per team)

1st place: USD $40,000

2nd place: USD $20,000

3rd – 4th place: USD $8,000

5th – 8th place: USD $3,000

9th – 16th place: USD $1,100

17th – 20th place: USD $800

eNations Cup – How To Watch

FIFA eNations Cup

All the action takes place in London over two days starting on the 13th of April with the knockout stages being held on the 14th.

It can be watched live from Twitch, YouTube and Twitter.

The action will kick off each day from 12:00PM GMT.