FIFA 19 eSports – Gfinity FIFA Series March Preview

THE FACTS

When? March 23rd-24th

Where? Gfinity Esports Arena, London, UK

Are tickets still available? https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gfinity-fifa-series-march-lqe-tickets-55350143770

Where can I stream the tournament? The entire competition can be streamed on Gfinity’s official Twitch and Video channel. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday March 23nd – 13:30 to 20:30 GMT

Sunday March 24th – 11:30 to 20:00 GMT

Can I follow the tournament on Twitter? Updates will be provided on the official Gfinity Twitter page. Also be sure to search the hashtags #FIFAeWorldCup and #Gfinity as well as looking up Gfinity LQE and Gfinity FIFA Series 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

The Gfinity FIFA Series March will be contested by 16 players on the PlayStation 4 and a further 16 players on the Xbox One. These 32 players will all compete in a Swiss-style single group stage format that leads into a knockout bracket. Of the 16 players from each console, half of them will progress from the group stages into the quarter-finals, 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. The schedule of the tournament has not been confirmed yet but we expect it to be as seen below:

Saturday 23rd March – Swiss-style group stages

Sunday 24th March – Quarter-finals, semi-finals, console-finals & grand final

If you are unfamiliar with the structure of a Swiss-style group stage format, then check out the graphic below provided by Gfinity.

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 32 players around the globe have qualified for the Gfinity FIFA Series March. The full list of qualifiers can be seen here.

What prizes are up for grabs?

A cash prize pool will be on offer at the Gfinity FIFA Series March. 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 a newly created 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 Points leaderboard will qualify for the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup. The total amount of Global Series Points awarded for each finishing position at the tournament is below:

Winner – 850 GSP

Runner Up – 850 GSP

3rd-4th450 GSP

5th-8th – 315 GSP

9th-16th – 150 GSP

17th-32nd – 110 GSP

THE PLAYERS

The Gfinity FIFA Series March will take place in London at the Gfinity Esports Arena, and is the third of three licensed event qualifiers to be played at the Gfinity Esports Arena over the last three months.

The PlayStation 4 side of the bracket is looking fairly stacked heading into this tournament and one player set to feature is PSV Eindhoven’s Stefano Pinna. The eDevil and FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 runner-up finally won his first trophy of the season in last month’s Gfinity FIFA Series February after beating MegaBit on penalties in the grand final. He has recently taken a break from online competition to recharge his batteries, but will be raring to go in London as he attempts to land back-to-back LQE titles.

Another player with very happy memories of London is Stefano Pinna’s conqueror at the 02 Arena in August of last year. Msdossary of Rogue eSports will be making another appearance in the English capital where he has already won one major title on FIFA 19 back in December. The world champion will this weekend be looking for a fourth trophy in the UK since his FUT Champions Cup win back on FIFA 18 last April.

Now for our regular paragraph on F2Tekkz. The 17-year-old has been doing what he does best over the past couple of weeks and that is beating anyone who is unfortunate enough to come up against him on FIFA 19. His latest honours include the FUT Champions Cup Singapore, which we unsurprisingly predicted him to win in our preview of the event. It was his third FUT Champions Cup trophy of the season and he backed that up by winning the chance to represent his country at next month’s eNations Cup. The newly-crowned 'eLion' will head to the Gfinity Arena and attempt to win his sixth title in what has already been a mind-blowing season for the young superstar.

Our final featured player is FUT Champions Cup Singapore runner-up M10Ustun. The Dane announced himself back among the elite in a big way, making a fantastic run all the way to the grand final before he was beaten by the imperious Tekkz. But last year’s FIFA eClub World Cup winner proved that he still has the ability to go deep in these offline tournaments and that the next step for him will be to win a FIFA 19 title of his own.

THE PREDICTION

The field is stacked this weekend with all the FIFA 19 big-hitters set to be in action. Of all the players involved, one stands out more than the rest for obvious reasons. However, we’re going to throw a curveball this time around and not pick F2Tekkz as our winner (as foolish as that may turn out to be). Instead, we’re plumping for the one player who has proven he can beat Tekkz this season in an offline event. Msdossary defeated the Brit on his way to lifting the FUT Champions Cup December at the Gfinity Arena and we’re predicting him to repeat that feat at the very same venue this weekend, and go on to win the Gfinity FIFA Series March LQE.

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