With a stack of prize money, a Premier League star as an ambassador and The O2 as a venue, the FIFA 18 eWorld Cup Grand Final looks set to be the biggest FIFA tournament we’ve ever seen.
The three-day competition, which kicks off on August 2nd at the iconic O2 in London, will see 32 of the world’s best FIFA players battle it out to be crowned champion of the world… and walk away with $250,000.
As well as the trophy and prize money, the champion will be given tickets to The Best FIFA Football Awards to rub shoulders with the world’s greatest footballers.
The tournament also has World Cup winner and Arsenal star Mesut Ozil as its ambassador.
Predicting a winner in FIFA is always a difficult task, but here’s GiveMeSport’s ones to watch in London, as well as who we think has the best chance of being crowned FeWC champion.
Michael “Megabit” Bittner [VfL Bochum]
One of the army of Germans competing in London, Megabit comes into the tournament as the number one seed after winning the Xbox bracket in the Global Series Playoffs (the qualifying tournament for the FeWC). He was also the top scorer in that tournament, with his attacking style of play seeing him average over three goals a game.
He also finished in the top four in the FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona back in January. You’d be foolish to not back a number one seed.
Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing [FaZe]
The lad from the Midlands comes into this year's final as reigning champion after going all the way last year.
Although his performances on FIFA 18 haven’t been quite as dominant as on the previous game, Gorilla will be hungry to become the first back-to-back world champion.
Now with the backing of world-famous Esports organisation FaZe Clan, Gorilla will have to deal with even higher expectations. If he can cope with the pressure, he’s a strong contender.
Niklas “NRaseck7” Raseck [VfL Bochum]
Having just joined the Esports team at VfL Bochum alongside fellow German Megabit, there has been a surprisingly low amount of chatter surrounding NRaseck7 and what he could achieve in London.
He will come to the tournament desperate for a trophy after reaching the final in both of the FUT Champions Cups this year, suffering narrow defeats in both competitions.
He was dubbed the most underrated player at the tournament by his VfL Bochum teammate Megabit, and there’s a strong chance it will be third time lucky if he reaches the final this time around.
Nicolas “nicolas99fc” Villalba [Transfermarkt]
The number one seed in the PS4 bracket has arguably had the best season of any FIFA player at the FeWC. A top-four finish in the Manchester FUT Champions Cup, winner of the PS4 bracket at the Barcelona FUT Champions Cup and the PS4 winner at the qualifiers for the FeWC.
With such dominance in tournaments this year, it’s hard to see a scenario where the Argentinian doesn’t reach the final.
As well as being strong offensively, his great defensive work and clinical passing set him apart from the rest.
Kai “Deto” Wollin [Manchester City]
A FIFA veteran who will be looking to end a relatively disappointing season, by his standards, on a high note.
Deto was last year’s PS4 world champion, only to be beaten in the grand final by Gorilla, and he is also a three-times national FIFA champion in Germany.
With all eyes on the dominant nicolas99fc in the PS4 bracket, could this experienced head be the one to finally stop the Argentinian from complete domination on this console?
SO WHO WILL BE CHAMPION?
It is worth noting that in the world of FIFA Esports, there’s always scope for a dark horse to race through the field. Just look at the Barcelona FUT Champions Cup, where the 16-year old unsigned Donovan “Tekkz” Hunt stunned the FIFA Esports world by lifting the trophy.
However, on the biggest stage, at one of the most iconic venues we’ve ever seen for FIFA Esports, confidence and motivation will be key.
My tip for the Xbox bracket is NRaseck7, who, despite finding himself in what is being labeled the “Group of Death”, will have a point to prove after coming so close in two finals already this year. With this, as well as his recently signed contract with VfL Bochum, he will be driven to make a mark on this tournament.
On the PS4, it will take a monster performance or perhaps even a miracle to stop nicolas99fc from dominating yet again.
The cross-console final will be tough to call, but if he plays like he has at the last two big tournaments, I think nicolas99fc will come out on top and break NRaseck’s heart for a third time in a competitive final. The Argentinian, brimming with confidence, appears to be just too good for the rest.