Our very own Kevin "AssiaKevin" Assia has managed to advance to the first FUT Champions Cup of this season. (See the full story here.)
Originally scheduled for November 30, the event has been repositioned and Kevin did already travel to Romania early this week, attending the first ever FUT Champions Cup. EA have now released additional information for the tournament, including the format and the bracket. As we know now, Kevin will be placed in a Swiss bracket with 32 players on Xbox and other half of the attendees will compete in a similar bracket on the PlayStation. This means that he will play his first match against a randomly drawn Xbox player, after which he will be matched with players who have the same win/loss record. In this Swiss format, everyone who loses three matches is out, and everyone with 3 wins makes it through to the playoffs. This means that 16 players on each console will go through and will end up in a single-elimination bracket, once again separated in Xbox and PlayStation competition. The PS4 and XB1 winners will then go up against each other in the Grand Finals, playing one match on either console and the player with the most goals earned will be crowned as the first ever FUT Champions Cup winner.
From Germany, players such as Dr. Erhano, TheStrxngeR, CodyDerFinisher and MoAuba have made it through. As a quarter of the 64 Xbox and PS4 players are hailing from Germany, making it the most prominent region in the tournament. But players such as Gorilla, winner of 2017’s FIFA Interactive World Cup, will try to bar the entrance to the Finals and it will be difficult for our virtual athlete to pierce through this competition.
If you want to support KevinAssia, tune in and follow his journey through the FUT Champions Cup together with us! As soon we get more and detailed information we will update you. The event will kick off on November 30, noon, so be sure to tune in!
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To kick the first day off, Kevin was matched up against Resende from Brazil. In two rather confident rounds, he calmly took away two 1:0 finishes and qualified for the second round of the Swiss bracket, meaning that he would be playing against someone who had also won their first games. The roy4i proved to be a tougher task, stealing a 1-1 tie in games. Goal-wise, Kevin had garnered more points than his Saudi-Arabian opponent though, and was thus sent to the third round with a 2-0 in the standings, where he met Marcus Gomes. The Australian finally brought Kevin to his knees, although once again in a mind-blowingly close fashion. However, our Tollenz Lions player still had two more chances to qualify for the playoffs – which he didn’t even need! A 2-1 and a 4-3 finish against Hensoo finally set it in stone – KevinAssia is through to the knockout stage of the first FUT Champions Cup. His first match will be against Fabio Denuzzo from Italy, after which he will match up against Rogue’s GoalMachine or fight a bitter rematch against Resende. Fingers crossed and #LetsRoar for the second day!
Going into the playoffs, Kevin had quite a rough task ahead. Fabio Danuzzi took him to a 2-3 score line, which made it look like our player was on the brink of losing his series. Instead, Kevin fought back with a 5-1 second game, creating a strong margin and securing his place in the Round of 8. Interestingly, he and proownez were the only Germans to make it thus far. Players like MoAuba, TheStrxnger and Cihan all fell in the first round of the playoffs, which makes Kevin the most successful German at the tournament. What an achievement! Unfortunately, his journey ended right there. Against GoalMachine, he suffered a heartbreakingly close defeat in overtime, meaning that he is out of the first FUT Champions Cup.
“Still satisfied with my performance. Won great pro points + $3500” – KevinAssia
This means that it is back to the drawing board for our young player, as he is already qualified for the third FUT Champions Cup due to take place early next year. More is to come from our FIFA wonder child!