While Evil Geniuses overcame RougeGG in the second Semi-Final.
Now, in the Grand Final, the top two teams from Group A will go head-to-head once more — but this time in a best-of-five (Bo5). In the group stages, PENTA had come out on top with a swift 2-0 victory over Evil Geniuses, but since then EG has vastly improved their and will be gearing up to tie PENTA in number of championships won and defend their Invitational title.
The cliche saying is “Football is a game of two-halves”, but after watching the final qualifying event for the FIFA Interactive Club World Cup, I’d say it is now a game of two-consoles.
OL Rafsou, representing both Xbox and Olympique Lyon went head-to-head with ExpectSporting, who was representing PS4 and Brøndby IF. It wasn’t quite East vs West, Rocky vs Drago, or Red vs Blue, yet it caused emotions to stir that I’d not experienced whilst watching eSports for some time. Even though FIFA is a game about teams, the success and failings rest squarely upon the shoulders of the individual. In this case, after 24 players entered, 12 from Xbox and PlayStation both, it came down to the best of each console.
The success and failings were very present during the final, 13 times the ball hit the back of the net.
Time for another cliche “You couldn’t write this!”
The second game was over on the Xbox, with advantage landing with Rafsou. He had the 2 goal lead, his legends in play and the momentum of matches in his dugout. Click here for the goals from the second game, which ended up being a thunderous result of 6 goals to ExpectSporting to 1 goal for OL Rafsou. The final result after both games was 5-8, a shock by all accounts. PlayStation players had been the underdogs in previous tournaments, which Xbox having a much higher install-base in Ultimate Team. All that being said, congratulations to ExpectSporting! To say it was an emotional final is an understatement
Now to the Grand Final
Shortly after the final match, the draw took place for the Grand Final – due to take place August 16th to 18th. See below for the final draw.
BBC Three have announced that over the next six weeks they will bring you four hours of live eSports each weekend.
They have signed up to cover the Gfinity Elite League Series One. To catch the series you’ll simply need to tune in on Fridays from 8.45pm, Saturdays from 9pm and Sundays from 5pm on BBC Three’s website or BBC iPlayer. You can also talk about it on social using #bbcesports.
It’s based around a new league featuring Street Fighter, Counter Strike and Rocket League.
You can find out more about what’s going on over at the BBC Three website.