After an action packed, surprising group stage (which featured both Epsilon’s Spencer ‘Huge Gorilla’ Ealing and PSG's August 'Agge' Rosenmeier failing to advance out of the so-called “Group of Death”), the one seed from Group C Hashtag United FC’s Tassal ‘Tass’ Rushan went on to an impressive Paris regional win and the first big competitive FIFA Ultimate Team title of 2016-2017.
The Xbox One champion was nearly a wire-to-wire champion, trailing but a stunning one time throughout the entire tournament until the final. He prevailed over PS4 champion FC Schalke 04’s Cihan Yasarlar, 3-0 in the Xbox 1 leg before hanging on on aggregate after falling 1-3 on the PS4 fixture for a 4-3 victory. Both Rushan and Yasarlar were undefeated going into the grand final.
Tass also had to weather a technical difficulty which caused a stoppage in play and forced a restart in which the remainder of the second leg was only played up until the 52’. Rushan had been in control until the restart during which the entire nature of the match seemed to change, but was still able to prevail.
Tass and Cihan are amongst eight players who advance to Berlin for the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championships in May as a result of winning their respective groups:
Here were the results of the knockout rounds, which featured plenty of action and the biggest names in the esport staking their claim as Europe’s best:
The next major event in the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series comes from Sydney February 11.