FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs – Xbox One Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? May 28th-30th

Where? MediArena, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Are tickets still available? https://www.eafifa18playoffs.com/

What channel is it on? The FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs will not be televised live

Where can I stream the tournament? The entire competition can be streamed on EA Sports’ official Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels from May 28th with an expected start time of 2pm (CET)

Can I follow the tournament on Twitter? Updates will be provided on the EA Sports official Twitter page. Also be sure to search the hashtags #GlobalSeriesPlayoffs and #FIFAeWorldCup as well as looking up Global Series Playoffs in the Twitter search bar. Don’t forget to follow any players competing in the event along with their respective clubs/organisations, who are likely to provide real time updates on their progress

THE LOWDOWN

Tournament Format and Schedule

The FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs will follow the same format as the recent FUT Champions Cup event in Manchester. The first stage of the competition will be that of a Swiss-style single group format. The 64 qualified players will compete in one single group consisting of seven rounds and be matched up against players who share their win-loss record as the group stage goes on. Players who accumulate four straight wins will automatically qualify from the group, while anyone who loses four straight games will be eliminated from the tournament. The top 32 players will qualify from the group and move on to the knockout stages, which will consist of a single elimination bracket. The full tournament schedule is below:

Monday 28th May

2.00pm – Group stage round one

3.15pm – Group stage round two

4.30pm – Group stage round three

5.45pm – Group stage round four

7.00pm – Group stage round five

Tuesday 29th May

12.00pm – Group stage round six

1.15pm – Group stage round seven

2.30pm – Round of 32 knockout matchups

Wednesday 30th May

12.00pm – Round of 16 knockout matchups

2.30pm – Quarter Finals

5.30pm – Semi Finals

8.00pm – Grand Final

Are there rules regarding what teams/players can be used for the tournament?

Each game will be played in the FIFA Ultimate Team mode, with each player free to use their own UT in the competition.

Who will be competing in the tournament?

A total of 64 Xbox One players have qualified for the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs through a range of different events such as either of the FUT Champions Cups, the FIFA eClub World Cup, the Last Chance Qualifier Weekend League and other official EA Sports licensed FIFA 18 competitions. You can find a list of qualified players here. The list is being continuously updated by EA Sports as and when players secure qualification.

What prizes are up for grabs?

A cash pool of $251,000 is on offer at the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs, but the major prize that every single one of the 64 players wants to win most of all, is a ticket to the FIFA eWorld Cup in August. The top 16 players from this competition will be guaranteed a coveted spot at the biggest tournament in FIFA eSports.

But the money to be won in Amsterdam is enough on it’s own to make any of the 64 competitors excited. Each player is guaranteed $1,000 just for making it to the Global Series Playoffs. The total amount of prize money for each finishing position is below.

33rd-64th - $1,000

17th-32nd - $2,500

9th-16th - $8,000

5th-8th - $10,000

3rd-4th - $12,000

Runner Up - $16,000

Winner - $35,000

THE PLAYERS

The FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs is a dream event for any FIFA 18 fan. Every top player in the FIFA 18 eSports scene will be competing in Amsterdam, whether it be for the PlayStation 4 playoff or the Xbox One playoff which we’re focusing on here.

A number of this year’s FIFA 2018 major tournament winners will be going head-to-head in the Xbox One playoff event. We could see a battle between the two reigning FUT Champions Cup winners Donovan “F2Tekkz” Hunt and Mosaad “Msdossary7” Aldossary. Aldossary is coming straight off the back of leading Falcons eSports to a semi final finish in last weekend’s FIFA eClub World Cup.

Alongside those two we have a couple of oversees players who are making the long journey to Amsterdam after emerging as the champions of their respective nations. US player Memo “KidM3mito” Trevino went unbeaten in a staggering 21 games when he won the eMLS Cup representing Houston Dynamo and will pull on the orange jersey with huge confidence in his ability to once again perform on the big stage. Making the even longer trip with similar belief in his own abilities will be Australian E-League champion Samer “Samer96” Elbadar. We at the Stats Zone tipped the Sydney FC star to go all the way in that particular tournament, highlighting his unbelievable goal scoring ability and he proved us right by sweeping away the competition. A similar performance may not be out of the question this time around.

Finally we couldn’t write this preview without mentioning the reigning and defending FIFA eWorld Cup champion Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing. The prestigious FaZe Clan’s newest acquisition has not been in the best of form in recent events and has acknowledged it himself on social media. However, when it comes to major events like the Global Series Playoffs, no one knows more about what it takes to win than him. The carrot of a trip to London to defend his title along with it being the first event representing his new organisation will surely give him all the motivation he needs to get himself back on track in Amsterdam.

THE PREDICTION

In a tournament that boasts such star names, experience, confidence and belief will all be key factors. For that reason it’s difficult to look beyond the players that have won a recent major event when deciding who will come out as the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs winner on Xbox One. “F2Tekkz” has gone under the radar a little bit having not competed at any recent offline tournaments, but he proved in Barcelona that his unorthodox play style can’t be stopped when in form and we think he will once again make a huge statement by booking his spot in London with victory here.