Ten things we learned from the FIFA eWorld Cup
Number of firsts at this year’s eWorld Cup
‘MoAuba’ the last man standing at The O2 in London
We bring you ten takeaways from this year’s Grand Final
The dust has settled on an historic FIFA eWorld Cup™ 2019 where ‘MoAuba’ claimed his first global title after dethroning defending champion ‘MsDossary’ in the Final Showdown.
The first German to win the Grand Final, ‘MoAuba’ was the last man standing after 32 of competitive FIFA gaming’s elite vied for the right to be named the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 World Champion.
The man from Werder Bremen took home a whopping USD 250,000 prize, bagged a trip to The Best FIFA Football Awards and boasts the prestige of being a world champion. FIFA.com runs the rule over three action-packed days at The O2 in London.
1) German eWorld Cup hoodoo broken
Germany were the most-represented nation at last year’s Grand Final with eight players. They were the same again this campaign with six. Intriguingly, despite producing many players that qualify for the global stage of competitive FIFA, Germany had never won an eWorld Cup before this year’s got under way. Ayhan Altundag and Kai Wollin had come closest, reaching the final in 2010 and 2017 respectively, but that all changed with ‘MoAuba’ and his 2019 triumph.
2) Defending champion’s curse continues
Since the introduction of the FIFA eWorld Cup, previously known as the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC), the reigning champion has never retained their title since the tournament began in 2004. It reflects the extremely competitive nature and the fine margins that exist in the competition. While ‘MsDossary’ looked like he could have been the first, going unbeaten in the group stage and overcoming all of his knockout round opponents en route to the Final Showdown, he was eventually defeated by ‘MoAuba’ in the showpiece decider.
3) The deadliest route to the title ever?
Mo’s eWorld Cup triumph title was certainly well deserved. In the knockout stage, the German overcame PlayStation’s third, second, and first-ranked players in the world before seeing off defending champion ‘MsDossary’ in the final. “I think I had the hardest bracket in the history of FIFA,” he told FIFA.com.
4) Mo relishes live environment
Mo’s usual smile was shining even brighter during the final day, buoyed by the watching crowd at The O2 in London and feeding off their energy. It was evident as he overcame PlayStation No1 ‘Nicolas99fc’ in the semi-finals and defending champion ‘MsDossary’ in the Final Showdown. “I was surprised that so many people were supporting me, especially the British guys,” he reflected after his victory. “It was great and everyone who knows me knows that I enjoy playing in front of a crowd.”
5) Boy wonder falls surprisingly short
One of the tournament’s biggest shocks happened early on Day Two. No1 seed and one of the pre-tournament favourites ‘Tekkz’, who amassed the most Global Series points this season, had seven titles to his name and stood top of the ultra-competitive Group A going into the final game, was defeated by Germany’s 'Megabit' in round seven of the groups and unexpectedly crashed out of the tournament.
6) The Iceman never gives up
Despite going into the Grand Final having won the Global Series Playoffs, ‘Nicolas99fc’ encountered a shocking start to the tournament when he found himself with no points on the board after three matches. Up against it, ‘The Iceman’ kept his cool and staged a remarkable comeback to snatch a place in the knockouts and navigated his way to the PlayStation final against ‘MoAuba’. It was there that a late, late goal in the second leg took the game to a penalty shoot-out before bowing out to the eventual winner.
7) Group triumph doesn’t guarantee knockout success
'MsDossary' might have carried his formidable form into the knockouts but various Round of 16 results demonstrated a solid group stage showing does not always guarantee success in the knockouts. Every table-topper apart from the Saudi Arabian – ‘Stokes’, ‘Tuga’ and ‘Zezinho' – failed to progress past the first elimination round.
8) New broadcasting ground broken
A little bit of history was made at the eWorld Cup with the Grand Final being broadcasted in six languages for the first time. Fans were able to watch the action with Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Portuguese or Spanish commentary, reflecting the increasing global reach of the tournament.
9) FIFA 20 sneak peek
Before the action got underway at The O2 in London, fans were treated to an exclusive sneak peek of FIFA 20 before its official release - getting to grips with the game the pros and millions of others around the world will be playing soon.
10) On-field stars relish Grand Final live
A host of on-field footballers were at The O2 in London to witness the Final Showdown. FIFA Women’s World Cup™ France 2019 adidas Silver Ball winner Lucy Bronze was with fellow England team-mate Keira Walsh, Dimitar Berbatov was present to witness the Day Two & Three unfold, and Wilfried Zaha enjoyed the drama of the final day. "I’m glad to be here and happy to be a part of it," said Zaha. "They’re playing for pride and so much money. It’s crazy watching all the chances they’re getting and when the ball bobbles in the box, it's nerve-wrecking."