FIFA 19 – ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February Preview

THE FACTS

When? February 22nd - February 24th

Where? Turner Studios, Atlanta, USA

What channel is it on? ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February will be shown on B/R Live – Turner’s live sports streaming service

Where can I stream the tournament? The entire competition can be streamed on ELEAGUEs’ official Twitch channel. ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February will also be streamed on B/R Live – Turner’s live sports streaming service

Can I follow the tournament on Twitter? Updates will be provided on the EA Sports official Twitter page and also the competitive EA Sports Twitter page which focuses specifically on FIFA eSports. You will also find updates on the official ELEAGUE Twitter page. Also be sure to search the hashtags #FIFAeWorldCup and #FUTChampionsCup as well as looking up ‘ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup Atlanta’ in the Twitter search bar. Don’t forget to follow your favourite players competing in the tournament, along with their respective clubs/organisations who are likely to provide real time updates on their progress.

THE LOWDOWN

Tournament Format and Schedule

ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February will be contested by 32 players on the PlayStation 4 and a further 32 players on the Xbox One. These 64 players will all compete in a Swiss Style single group stage format that leads into a knockout bracket. Of the 32 players from each console, half of them will progress from the group stages into the round of 16, from which they will contest a single elimination bracket that will leave two players remaining from each console. These two players will compete against each other in the console finals with the two winners facing off in the grand final. The final will be a two-legged affair with one game played on each console.

Friday 22nd February – Swiss Style group stages

Saturday 23rd February – Completion of group stages. Round of 16 & quarter-finals

Sunday 24th February – Semi-finals, console finals & 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 players around the globe have qualified for the ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February through the official FIFA Global Series online qualification tournament which took place back in October. You can find a complete list of players who will be appearing in Bucharest in the picture below, with PS4 players on the left hand side and Xbox One players on the right. Credit to Brandon Smith and 3PM for the graphic.

What prizes are up for grabs?

A cash pool of $100,000 is on offer at the ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February that sees the winner take home a total of $50,000, but perhaps even more importantly up for grabs for the competing players are FIFA Global Series Points, with more points available the higher you place at the tournament. These points will see them rise up the FIFA Global Series rankings leaderboard for their respective console. At the end of the season, the top 16 ranked players from each console according to the Global Series rankings leaderboard will qualify for the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup. The total amount of Global Series Points awarded for each finishing position is below:

Winner - 1500 GSP
Runner-up - 850 GSP
3rd -4th -
625 GSP
5th-8th -
450 GSP
9th-16th -
275 GSP
17th-32nd -
150 GSP
33rd-64th -
0 GSP

THE PLAYERS

The ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February is the fourth FUT Champions Cup tournament of the FIFA 19 season and the first FUT Champions Cup event to take place in the United States. The first player we’re focusing on is the man making his return to the major tournament stage, December’s Gfinity FUT Champions Cup winner Msdossary of Rogue eSports. The reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion last appeared on the offline stage in January’s FUT Champions Cup, where he was knocked out by Dani Hagebeuk of AFC Ajax in a dramatic penalty shootout. After having a long time to stew on that result, the Saudi has been in good form online, qualifying for all future major events and we’re expecting him to come back with a vengeance in Atlanta.

The next man in focus is a player who came so close yet so far at the most recent Gfinity LQE. Megabit of Werder Bremen came within a penality shootout of winning his first offline event of the season. Unfortunately for him, it was StefanoPinna’s day as the Belgian secured his first trophy of the campaign instead. But the German did himself proud on the day, showing that he has what it takes to go all the way in a FIFA 19 LAN competition. The Global Series Xbox One winner back on FIFA 18, Megabit has proved his class numerous times of the big stage and could well do so again this weekend.

Of course we have to mention the newly-crowned FIFA eClub World Cup champions F2Tekkz and Nicolas99fc. Both players teamed up to bring home the gold for KiNG eSports but they’ll be back to competing for themselves in Atlanta. Both will be playing on different consoles so a meeting between the two isn’t possible unless they both make it to the Grand Final. But what a final that would be!

The final player we’re looking at is almost a forgotten man in the FIFA eSports scene, but a player who has the ability to win any tournament and beat any player when at his best. Deto of Manchester City has been almost a ghost in the FIFA 19 season so far. The German has struggled with the new installment of the EA Sports franchise and has not managed to qualify for the offline events he would have wanted to. Atlanta does have the feel of a last chance saloon for Deto, who desperately needs a deep run in this competition in order to rise up the Global Series Leaderboard and increase his chances of qualifying for the Global Series Playoffs.

THE PREDICTION

This is arguably the toughest tournament to predict so far. The ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February is stacked with FIFA 19 talent and you could make a case for many players to win.

However, we're very much looking forward to seeing one player in particular. He didn’t compete at the FIFA eClub World Cup and has not been attending any LQE events. Obviously he sees the FUT Champions Cup tournaments as a priority for him to progress and improve his Global Series rank throughout the season and after being knocked out on penalties last month, he’ll be wanting revenge this weekend. So we’re predicting the reigning world champion Msdossary to come through and win his second major trophy of the FIFA 19 season.

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