The FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series Regional Finals return as the top competitors from the Rest of the World region prepare themselves to step into the big stage in Vancouver, Canada on April 21.
A total of thirty two competitors, divided into the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One divisions, will bring their best game to Canadian soil to compete for a chance to win $20,000 USD and a coveted ticket to the Ultimate Team Championship in Berlin. With a squad of players that combines newcomers and returning competitors from Season 1, the Rest of the World Regional Final is set to be a thrilling one. Here's a list of five Xbox One competitors you need to watch out for on April 21.
After impressing in his online qualification campaign for the Season 1 Regional Final by climbing to the top of the leaderboard, the man nicknamed “Goat” made his competitive debut in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. Things did not go as a planned in the Australian metropolis and “Goat” was unable to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.
Since then, “Goat” impressed again by qualifying for the Season 2 Regional in second place of the January leaderboard. Stemming from his remarkable online form and his experience in the Ultimate Team Championship Series, “Goat” signed his first professional contract and joined eSports team FUTWIZ.
It will be a redemption opportunity for Nassar who will be looking to make his new team proud by progressing further in the competition this time around.
Though born in Mallorca, Spain, Jamie “xxJaaMiiExx” O'Doherty now lives in Adelaide, Australia, making him a member of the large contingent of Australian competitors who played in front of home supporters at the 2017 Regional Final in Sydney on February 11. However, it was a tough day on the pitch for O'Doherty, as he finished the tournament with a record of 2 losses and 1 draw, unable to move on to the knockout stages. But, it was also his live competitive debut, after earning 129 wins in the November Weekend League. Now, with a little more experience, O'Doherty is set to compete again in the Season 2 Rest of the World Regional Final after qualifying through the January Weekend League.
John “Johnny Atilla” Orban has traveled a long way since losing 11-0 in his first-ever FIFA Ultimate Team match on FIFA 12. He made it to the 2017 Regional Finals in Sydney after putting up an impressive qualification campaign with 132 wins during the November Weekend League. But it was a tough field in Sydney! Finishing the group stage with 1 win and 2 losses, he was unable to qualify to the knockout stage, ending his participation early on.
That didn’t cull his competitive fire, though, and Johnny Atilla gets another opportunity to step into the big stage and go even further in the Season 2 Rest of the World Regional Final. This chance comes thanks to his continued online hot play, as the Narre Warren, Australia native (a suburb outside of Melbourne) secured his qualification in the January Weekend League with 97 wins. Now he’s ready to battle with the top players in the region once more.
Joshua “KoolKiwi777” Van Eeden was born in Benoni, South Africa before moving to New Zealand. After a solid November qualification campaign where he rang up 126 wins, and slid into the seventh spot of the Weekend League Leaderboard, KoolKiwi777 punched his ticket to the Season 1 Regional Final in Sydney, where he made his live competitive debut.
However, things at the Regional Final in Sydney, Australia did not go great for KoolKiwi777. Grouped with one of the tournament's favourites, Kieran "Muzza255" Murray, KoolKiwi777 failed to move to the knockout stage after finishing third in his group with a record of 1 win, 1 draw, and 1 loss. But he didn’t let the setback bother him for long. During the month of January, KoolKiwi777 earned 99 wins, which placed him eighth in the Rest of the World Region. The experience gained in Sydney should prove crucial to KoolKiwi777's aspirations of progressing further in the competition this time around.
Campbell "honurbly airbrn" Knowles is pretty fresh to the FIFA competitive scene, but already developing a reputation as a serious threat. This reputation has only grown after the 2017 Regional Final in Sydney, where the Tauranga, New Zealand native had a deep run. After qualifying in second place in his group with a record of 2 wins and 1 loss, honurbly airbrn reached the lower bracket semifinal before falling 1-0 to eventual division runner-up Jung “BenzP7[RA1] ” Park.
Considering that honurbly airbrn’s first event was the January 2016 Auckland Adversity Gaming LAN, where he placed fourth (before finding his championship form, winning the AUSFIFA.com Morbidstix Weekend Open #3 and the AUSFIFA.com FUT Cup #2), this is a nice finish. With a solid qualification campaign in January during the Weekend League, 104 wins and 16 losses, honurbly airbrn slid into fifth place for the Rest of the World Region and secured his spot for the Season 2 Regional Final. But has having competed in Sydney boosted honurbly airbrn's confidence enough improve his performance and win it all? We’ll find out soon!
Don't forget to check out all the action live from Vancouver on April 21 at 7:45 a.m. PST / 4:45 p.m. CET, right here at FUTchampions.com/Live.