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15 May 2019 by Alex Sarwar

FIFA 19 eSports – PGL FIFA 19 Masters Bucharest Preview

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THE FACTS

When? May 18th-19th

Where? Bucharest, Romania

What channel is it on? The PGL FIFA 19 Masters will not be televised live.

Where can I stream the tournament? Every match of the PGL FIFA 19 Masters can be streamed live on PGL’s official streaming site which you can watch below when the tournament begins:

Can I follow the tournament on Twitter? Updates will be provided on the PGL eSports official Twitter page. Also be sure to search the hashtags #FIFAeWorldCup and #pglfifa as well as looking up PGL FIFA 19 Masters 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 PGL FIFA 19 Masters will be contested by 16 players on the PlayStation 4 and a further 16 players on the Xbox One. Following a Swiss Group Stage format, 16 players (eight from each console) will qualify for the knockout stages. The winners of each console bracket will meet in the 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 32 players around the globe have qualified for the PGL FIFA 19 Masters. You can find a complete list of players who will be appearing in Bucharest in the graphic below (credit to Brandon Smith and 3PM).

What prizes are up for grabs?

A cash prize pool of over $30,000 is on offer at the PGL FIFA 19 Masters, in an event that sees the winner take home a total of $10,000. Perhaps even more important though is the amount of Global Series points on offer. This event represents for many players the last chance to get the amount of points they need to qualify for next month’s Global Series Playoffs. The total amount of prize money and Global Series points awarded for each finishing position at the tournament is below.

Winner - $10,000 + 850 GSP

Runner Up- $5,000 + 850 GSP

3rd-4th - $2,000 + 450 GSP

5th-8th - $1000 + 315 GSP

9th-16th $500 + 150 GSP

17th-32nd – $200 + 110 GSP

THE PLAYERS

The PGL FIFA 19 Masters is the final licensed qualifying event of the season. It’s also the fifth offline tournament to take place in the Romanian capital of Bucharest.

Winning three of the four offline tournaments in Bucharest so far this season is the irrepressible F2Tekkz. The five-time FIFA 19 major champion will be looking to add to his singular LQE title this weekend. He’s the number one ranked FIFA 19 player in the world and with his place in the Global Series Playoffs assured, the Brit is playing for pride and prize money rather than the Global Series points themselves.

The winner of the first LQE of the month will also be in action as Dagnolf96 looks to make it two titles in the space of two weeks. The Italian surprised everyone when he burst onto the scene and triumphed in Atlanta. However, it must be stated that the field was considerably weaker than it is this weekend and the PGL FIFA 19 Masters is expected to be a much tougher examination with the likes of Tekkz competing.

The eChampions League finals take place at the end of the month and this tournament will provide ample offline practice for the likes of NYC_Chris, Vitality Rafsou and Zezinho to get into shape ahead of the event. All three players are in good form following their eCL group stage success and will each fancy their chances of winning their first trophy of the season before heading to Madrid.

THE PREDICTION

The stakes will be high in Bucharest with the late scramble for Global Series points available to be banked. This will lead to fierce competition with some players having their entire season on the line.

On the other hand, there are players who can play with freedom, knowing that missing out on the grand prize won’t be the end of their season. For one particular star, this should see him relax and put in the type of performances that have seen him win multiple titles in Bucharest already this season. F2Tekkz will enter the PGL FIFA 19 Masters as the favourite to win and for obvious reasons, he’s our favourite to win as well.

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