Tuesday 11 February 2020, 09:31

Ten things we learned from the FIFA eClub World Cup

  • Complexity overcome Ellevens in Final Showdown to win FIFA eClub World Cup

  • Action-packed three days of competitive EA SPORTS FIFA

  • Ten takeaways following the tournament’s conclusion in Milan

The dust has settled on an historic FIFA eClub World Cup 2020™ where Complexity Gaming overcame Ellevens in the Final Showdown to become the first North American side to win the tournament.

Three FIFA-filled days – in 1v1 and 2v2 format – unfolded in Milan, culminating with 'Joksan' and 'MaXe' getting their hands on $40,000 and 2,000 Global Series Ranking points.

After a major milestone was passed en route to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2020™ with the culmination of FIFA eSports' premier club-team tournament, we bring you ten things we learned from the eClub World Cup.

1) Complexity: The best club team on the planet

Twenty-four of the planet’s leading club teams gathered in Milan. Come close of play on Sunday, one remained. 'Joksan' and 'MaXe' guided Complexity to victory at the fourth edition of the eClub World Cup, earning the right to call themselves the best club team on EA SPORTS FIFA.

2) Coveted first major for 'Joksan'

One of the more experienced players on the scene having reached a FUT Champions Cup final and last year’s Grand Final, 'Joksan' had never won a FIFA major going into the eClub World Cup. That all changed in Milan with the North American savouring global glory.

Joksan Redona Tello and Max Emilov Popov of Complexity Gaming team celebrate in the final match during Finals day of the FIFA eClub World Cup 2020

3) Winning duo break into top four

As well as bagging $40,000 in prize money, 'Joksan' and 'MaXe' earned 2,000 Global Series points on the back of their victory in Milan. It sees the Americans make a surge up the Global Series Rankings: 'Joksan' is now third in the world on PlayStation while team-mate 'MaXe' sits fourth on Xbox.

4) 'Joksan', 'MaXe' eyeing further global success

Winning often intensifies the hunger to collect more titles – and that’s certainly the case with 'Joksan' and 'MaXe'. Not long after their eClub World Cup triumph, the American duo both declared their ambitions of wanting to collect more majors this year in the form of the FIFA eWorld Cup.

5) A whirlwind journey for Sporting

Sporting CP Esports reached the quarter-finals at the eClub World Cup. It was only on the eve of the tournament that their participation was confirmed. The Portuguese giants made the most of the opportunity and produced one of the tournament’s memorable moments: snatching a late goal against DUX Gaming in their final group stage game to advance to the knockouts on goal difference.

6) 'Resende', 'EthxnH' are a formidable 2v2 partnership

Ellevens went into the tournament boasting an intriguing duo of 'Resende' and 'EthxnH', with the experienced Brazilian and the young, in-form Englishman representing Gareth Bale’s side. They struck a formidable partnership in the 2v2, going unbeaten in the knockouts and even winning the second leg of the Final Showdown to take the eClub World Cup deciding game to a third leg decider.

7) QLASH crash at first hurdle, surprisingly

One of the shocks of the eClub World Cup came on Day Two when Team QLASH were eliminated at the group stage. Boasting home advantage and PlayStation No1 ‘QLASH_Crazy’, the Italian side were expected to pack a punch at the tournament. They instead finished bottom of their group.

8) 'Tom' continues to impress at majors

‘Tom’ went into the eClub World Cup buoyed by his impressive showing at the FUT Champions Cup Stage III and he maintained his formidable form in Milan. The Fnatic man suffered just one 1v1 defeat – against 'Spiteri' in the group stage – and overcame serious opposition in the knockouts. With the Global Series Points gained from reaching the semi-finals, he now sits second in the world on PlayStation.

9) You can rely on 'TheSpiderKong'

Whenever AS Roma needed 'TheSpiderKong', he always came through. The Brazilian went unbeaten in all 1v1 games and, when called upon in the decisive third leg multiple times in the knockouts, kept his cool each time as the Italian side marched to the semi-finals. The Xbox man is undoubtedly one to watch this year.

10) Pulsating moments produce scenes of joy and despair

With global glory on the line, the stakes were naturally high at the eClub World Cup. With much to play for, moments of agony and ecstasy were never far away. This was perfectly captured in the quarter-final third leg between Fnatic and Borussia-E-Sports, the former narrowly edging the latter on penalties.