FIFA 19 eSports – FIFA eNations Cup Preview

THE FACTS

When? April 13th – April 14th

Where? London, England

Where can I stream the tournament? The entire competition can be streamed on FIFA’s official Youtube channel.

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

THE LOWDOWN

Tournament Format and Schedule

The FIFA eNations Cup will be contested by 20 countries consisting of two players per country (one Xbox player and one PS4 player). These countries have been split into groups of five where they will play each team in their respective group. A total of nine points will be up for grabs in all group matches with each game consisting of three separate contests listed below. The winning player/players of each contest picks up three points for their respective country while the losing team gets nothing. Should any match be drawn, each country pick up one point.

Match One: To be contested on PlayStation 4 by each country's designated PS4 player

Match Two: To be contested on Xbox One by each country's designated Xbox player

Match Three: Each country's two designated players team up together to face the opposition. This match is to be contested on a pre-determined console agreed before the tournament.

The top two countries from all five groups will advance to the knockout stages. All knockout ties will consist of two matches, one on each console. Should these two matches result in a draw, a third and final match will be played where each country's two designated players team up to face each other. The country with the greater goal difference within the first two matches will choose the console to play on.

All 20 countries and the groups in which they will compete can be seen in the graphic below.

April 13: 9:00-15.30 BST: Groups A and C

15.30-12.20 BST: Groups B and D

April 14: 9.00-12.30 BST: Final round of group stage matches

12.30-18.00 BST: Quarter Finals and Semi Finals

18.00-19.30 BST: 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 20 professional countries around the globe have been invited to compete in the FIFA eNations Cup and each of these countries will be represented by two players, with one competing on the PlayStation 4 and the other on the Xbox One. A full list of the clubs competing and the two players representing them can be found here.

What prizes are up for grabs?

A cash pool of $100,000 is on offer at the FIFA eNations Cup that sees the winning country take home a total of $40,000, 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 competitors 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 FIFA eNations Cup is below:

Winner: $40,000 + 1500 GSP (note each player gains 1500 GSP)
Runner-up: $20,000 + 850 GSP
3rd -4th:
$10,000 + 625 GSP
5th-8th:
$2,000 + 450 GSP
9th-16th:
$1,100 + 275 GSP
17th-20th: $800 + 150 GSP

THE NATIONS

The FIFA eNations Cup is unlike any other major tournament in the FIFA 19 season as it sees players pair up together and compete as a team in an attempt to bring home the trophy for the country they play for.

To qualify for the FIFA eNationsCup, each player had to make it through various online and/or offline qualification processes to win the chance to represent their country. The 20 countries who have been invited to compete all contain some very well known names within the world of professional FIFA who will be playing not just for themselves but, for the first time ever, national pride. Competing for the nation they represent will bring a new kind of pressure not seen before within competitive FIFA.

The first nation in focus are Germany. Pairing up for them will be two players from Virtual Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen. Both MegaBit and MoAuba played a huge part in Werder picking up that particular title and will have plenty of experience working together as a team. This makes them a strong bet to go far in this competition.

Next on our radar is France who will have two in-form players teaming up to represent Les Bleus in London. Last weekend saw Maestro put in his best performance of the season so far, making it all the way to the EA FUT Champions Cup April Grand Final. He will team up with DaXe, who has enjoyed deep runs in multiple offline competitions already this season. Neither however are yet to win a FIFA 19 major event and they will look to kill two birds with one stone by bringing home the top prize this weekend. A few fellow countrymen who know a bit about winning trophies have already put them through their paces!

The number one ranked FIFA 19 player in the world will of course be representing England, as F2Tekkz dons the famous white shirt to compete for the eLions. He will be joined by FUTWIZ Tom, who won the chance to join Tekkz following a dramatic penalty shootout win in the qualifying stages. He has already appeared at the FIFA 19 Continental Cup this season and will compete in the next stage of the eChampions League later in the month. For now however, he has the opportunity of a lifetime to play for his country and with the best player in the world alongside him, will fancy his chances of success.

The final country we’re highlighting ahead of the event is Saudi Arabia. Coming off the back of his second major title of the FIFA 19 season last weekend, reigning world champion Msdossary will be desperate to perform for his country and bring success back to his home nation and adoring fans. He partners up with long-time friend The Royal. One thing's for sure, the Group A match between Saudi Arabia and England is sure to contain fireworks after the rivalry between Msdossary and F2Tekkz reached fever pitch in London!

THE PREDICTION

With the FIFA eNations Cup comes a format different to any other major competition bar the FIFA eClub World Cup. Players will have to adapt to competing alongside another competitor rather than solely playing for themselves, especially as many games will be decided throughout the tournament by the results of a two vs two match-up.

Players who have played together already this season should hold an advantage going into the competition and for that reason, along with their recent Virtual Bundesliga win, we’re tipping Germany to win the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup.

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