The group stages of the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup are over and 16 players have been eliminated.
Under the lights of the O2 Arena and the watchful eyes of thousands of viewers at home, some of the world's best FIFA 18 players have crumbled under the pressure as the competition hots up and hopefuls are sent home.
Players on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will enter the knockout tree in the knowledge that one defeat will see them eliminated from the competition and out of the running for the £190,000 prize.
Some of the favourites have already made an impact in the group stages, while some of the contenders have either scraped their way into the top four or have already been knocked out.
Nevertheless, big names such Mossad 'MSDossary' Aldosarry, Michael 'MegaBit' Bittner and reigning champion Spencer 'Gorilla' Ealing have all survived the group stages largely unscathed.
The same can't be said for fancied contenders such as Christian 'Alekzandur' Garcia and British hopefuls Luke 'Crafty' Craft and Adam 'DreamR' Barton.
And the knockout rounds get underway the same afternoon, with round of 16 and quarter-final matches ensuring only four gamers will make it to Grand Final day this weekend.
Ahead of the must-win games of the final 16, though, GiveMeSport spoke with some of the biggest names in the tournament as they reacted to their group stage performances:
Ivan 'Boras' Lapanje
Group C, seventh place
“Well, of course, I am not happy. I still managed to get four points, this wasn’t my tournament, but I’m still happy to end on a win against one of the best players in ‘Deto’ who’s still the reigning PS4 champion. So, it is nice to end the season on a victory. But, otherwise, this tournament has been disappointing.”
Group A, fourth place
“I feel confident because I had 13 points in a great group. I was playing a lot of great players yesterday in the first five games, I won two and lost two. So, I knew I had to win one of them today and the first game I won 6-0, and the second one I drew 6-6 with the group champion. I’m really confident and I think that, if I can keep playing like this, I can do really well.”
Michael 'MegaBit' Bittner
Group A, third place
“My performance yesterday was actually unreal, it couldn’t have gone any better expect for my defence, I conceded too many goals. That didn’t change today for the first few match-ups, I had the strongest contenders in my group playing Dani and Kurt. Against Kurt, I was unlucky in the first match to lose 3-2.
“In the second match, after the first 20 minutes it was already 2-0, so I was down by three goals. That meant I had to take more risks and if you take risks and speculate, that’s what you must not do against Kurt and he scored goals for fun after that. So, I lost the second match 8-2, which is my highest single loss in a competition in my entire career.
“But I’m lucky that it happened in the group stages where it didn’t matter that much, expect for the fact he’s now the winner of the group. I’m probably going to play someone of the calibre of Aldossary or Gorilla, who are next to Kurt and me as big favourites to win the competition.”
Mossad 'MSdossary' Aldossary
Group B, first place
“I’m really confident, I’m happy with my playing style and to get first place, it meant a lot to me. The competition is very tough, it was the ‘Group of Death’ with the likes of Gorilla who I think could go on to win the title again.”
Mohammed 'MoAubameyang' Harkous
Group D, first place
“I feel really good, I’ve won five games and finished first in the group. I won five games where I played really good and lost two games, so it’s important to say that when I play good, I win. I feel very confident for the next round and that if I play good, I could maybe reach the final.”
Spencer 'Gorilla' Ealing
Group B, third place
“I’m feeling very good, I think I started off really slowly like I always seem to do for whatever reason but I still haven’t lost. I’ve taken three draws and four wins and I’m playing feeling good defensively. I’m feeling confident as we get into the knockout stages which is where it really starts and if you lose, you’re out.
“The game against ‘MSdossary’ was my third game, so I came off the first two where I was a little sluggish, and obviously Aldossary is a tough player so it was always going to be a close game. So, I’ve been playing really good, I wasn’t so confident at the start but I’m happy at the moment.”