The curtain has fallen on the largest FIFA competition in history.
With the finest players from around the world gathering at the O2 Arena this week, there could only be one winner at the Grand Final on Saturday.
Over 20 million gamers tried to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup, only 32 made it to London and Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary was the man to take home the grand prize.
The stakes couldn’t possibly have been higher. Up to 3,000 spectators took their seats in the arena to watch the final, Sky Sports cameras peered at the gaming seats and the trophy itself sat ominously on the stage under constant lighting.
That’s not to mention the record prize of $250,000 that not only proves a life-changing sum of money but funds upon which a career in FIFA can be further enhanced.
'MSdossary' crowned victorious
And in 2018, that prestige and money will be heading to Saudi Arabia with Aldossary rising above major competitors such as Nicolas 'nicolas99fc' Villalba and Marcus 'Marcuzo' Jorgensen to get the win.
Victory in London will do wonders for Aldossary’s profile, just as his win in Manchester earlier this year thrust him into the spotlight and made him a favourite in London.
Taking the top spot in front of the world's media and watching eyes of thousands at home will make him one of the most recognisable names in all of eSports.
All that considered, it’s only fair that we take a closer look at Aldossary in the aftermath of his incredible achievement.
From his rise to the top of FIFA gaming, his strengths when the chips are down, his accolades so far and where the future could lie for him, there’s plenty to discuss going forward.
Background before eWorld Cup
Going into the final in London, Aldossary was viewed as one of the main contenders to go all the way alongside highly-rated players such as Michael 'MegaBit' Bitter and Spencer 'Gorilla' Ealing.
At the age of 18, Aldossary is a relatively new player to top-level FIFA with rival gamers such as 2014 champion August 'Agge' Rosenmeier and Kai 'Deto' Wallin competing with years of experience.
Nevertheless, the Saudi Arabian made a huge statement coming into the final with victory in the FUT Champions Cup in Manchester, his first major victory of the season.
He did, however, receive something of a reality check in the Xbox Playoffs when he was eliminated at the quarter-final stage.
His strengths and reputation
What made Aldossary so feared coming into the tournament was his lethal offensive play and uncanny ability to maintain possession under pressure.
His playing style makes him lethal in high stake games, maintain regular passing and low-risk football to ensure his rivals are always playing on his conditions.
Crucially, too, Aldossary is able to traverse both the Xbox and Playstation. With the eWorld Cup final contested over both consoles, his ability across the two platforms was always going to be vital.
Performance at eWorld Cup
When attentions finally turned to the major tournament in question, Aldossary excelled right from the start and quickly showed the viewers why he was feared amongst the final 32 players.
The Saudi Arabian dominated during the opening round despite being drawn in the 'Group of Death' with a defeat to reigning champion 'Gorilla' in the third game proving the only blot on his copybook.
As a result, he entered the round of 16 with an enviable record of 6-0-1, with a total of 48 goals, only 26 conceded and an overall points tally of 18.
Pedro 'PResende7' Resende was the first challenge in the knockout rounds but Aldossary stood strong, winning 5-1 on aggregate and setting up a quarter-final with Nicklas 'nraseck' Rasseck.
One of the main German contenders couldn't cope, though, and suffered a 9-4 defeat with Aldossary dismissing the stern challenge of Kurt 'kurt0411' Fenech in the semi-finals with an 8-3 scoreline.
Consequently, he entered the Grand Final against the competition's only remaining unbeaten player in Stefano Pinna.
The Grand Final
Simply put, Aldossary's performance in the final was one of true class as he dominated his Belgian opponent on the way to a £190,000 prize and world championship status.
Playing the first leg on his away console of the PlayStation 4, he started shakily with Pinna piling on the pressure and a massive one-on-one opportunity with Cristiano Ronaldo passing him by.
Nevertheless, a goal either side of half-time with the clinical Ronaldo Nazario card left Pinna with everything to do going into the second leg on Xbox One.
The Belgian had to throw everything he had at the final 90 minutes of FIFA, but received a major blow early on as Aldossary opening the scoring with Thierry Henry finding the bottom corner.
Aldossary's defensive mastery was clear in the second-half and he killed off the tie with Luis Suarez late on, winning himself the eWorld Cup with a convincing 4-0 aggregate win.
The winning starting XI
On his way to victory at the eWorld Cup, Aldossary used the following Ultimate Team XI in the popular 4-2-2 formation. Check it out below:
GK: David de Gea
Defence: Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Rio Ferdinand and Kyle Walker
Defensive midfield: Paul Pogba and Ruud Gullit
Attacking midfield: Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry
Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldo Nazario
Of course, victory in the biggest FIFA eWorld Cup so far will do wonders for Aldossary and the incredible prize money will go a long way towards progressing with a career in eSports.
His profile has sky-rocketed back in Saudi Arabia over recent years having already staged a meeting with the country's Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sport recently.
Now, he can put his feet up and relax as the top-level gamers anticipate the release of FIFA 19, which EA teased during the tournament by announcing a number of new features.
A brand new game presents fresh challenges but if Aldossary can command the latest iteration with the same mastery he handled FIFA 18, don't be surprised if he retains his title.