FIFA 19 eSports – EA FUT Champions Cup April Preview

THE FACTS

When? April 5th - April 7th

Where? Gfinity Arena, London, United Kingdom

What channel is it on? FUT Champions Cup April 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. The timings are as follows:

Friday April 5th – 13:30 to 21:30 BST

Saturday April 6th – 13:00 to 21:15 BST

Sunday April 7th – 11:00 to 22:00 BST

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. Also be sure to search the hashtags #FIFAeWorldCup and #FUTChampionsCup as well as looking up ‘FUT Champions Cup’ 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

The EA FUT Champions Cup April 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 5th January – Swiss-style group stages & round of 16 (Xbox One)

Saturday 6th January – Swiss-style group stages & round of 16 (PS4)

Sunday 7th January – Quarter-finals, 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 EA FUT Champions Cup April through the official FIFA Global Series online qualification tournament, which took place back in January. You can find a complete list of players who will be appearing in Bucharest along with the console they will be competing on the two graphics below. Credit to 3PM and Brandon Smith for the graphics.

*Note that Roma Alekzandur will not compete as he has been suspended for the remainder of the Global Series as part of disciplinary action taken against him by the FIFA 19 Global Series Disciplinary Committee. More on that here.

What prizes are up for grabs?

A cash pool of $200,000 is on offer at the EA FUT Champions Cup April 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 up for the grabs 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 prize money and Global Series points awarded for each finishing position at the FUT Champions Cup January is below:

Winner - $50,000 + 1500 GSP
Runner-up - $30,000 + 850 GSP
3rd -4th -
$15,000 + 625 GSP
5th-8th -
$7,500 + 450 GSP
9th-16th -
$3,500 + 275 GSP
17th-32nd -
$1000 + 150 GSP
33rd-64th -
$500

THE PLAYERS

The EA FUT Champions Cup April is the sixth major FUT Champions Cup event of the FIFA 19 season and the second to take place in London. We’re over halfway through the FIFA 19 season and three players have clearly established themselves as the best three players on the game. All of them will be in action this weekend.

The first of those players is Gfinity FUT Champions Cup December winner Msdossary. The reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion has won his last two 'major' tournaments that he has competed at in London and will be looking for a historic hat-trick. He comes into the event in form having just qualified to represent Saudi Arabia at the upcoming FIFA eNations Cup next weekend.

Out to stop him is the second of those players, Argentinian Nicolas99fc - the man Msdossary beat to win the Gfinity FUT Champions Cup December. Nicolas took his revenge two weeks ago, beating the Saudi superstar in the Gfinity FIFA Series March to win his second LQE event of the season. He is also looking for his second major trophy of the FIFA 19 season so far.

The third player is of course the number one ranked FIFA 19 competitor in the world right now. Last weekend, F2Tekkz added another trophy to his already bulging cabinet, this time the inaugural ePremier League title that he won representing English footballing giants Liverpool FC. Tekkz has supported the Reds all his life and to bring home the trophy for them will have been a huge personal milestone. Now he looks to push and secure what would be his sixth title of the campaign!

THE PREDICTION

Despite their being an extremely stacked undercard, the three players featured above are undoubtedly the main eventers. The question is...which one do we think will go all the way? You can make a case for all three as we have above and each choice would be justified.

With the tournament taking place in London, we’re choosing to keep faith in the lucky charm surrounding Msdossary and major tournaments in the English Capital. To tip the Saudi to win it all over F2Tekkz is a brave call, but the Englishman surely he has to lose at some point…doesn’t he???

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