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On Sunday, Donovan "F2TeKkz" Hunt became the first player to win a FUT Champions major on three separate occasions, beating Offset esports' Diego "tuga810" Pombo, 3-1, in Atlanta's FUT 19 Champions Cup. Having come a long way from the Barcelona victory last January, this not only solidified the Exeter, UK native's reputation as the best FIFA player in the world, but cemented his status as the player to beat during this FUT 19 competitve cycle.
The cross-console grand final was, relatively speaking, a low-scoring affair. Barring only one Round of 16 matchup that produced three goals, the 3-1 aggregate scoreline was the lowest since the start of the Knockout Stage.
With what could have been the goal of the tournament, Xbox One champion F2TeKkz took a 1-0 away goals lead weaving past Pombo's defense with at least four consecutive five-star elastico skill moves. Less than 30 minutes into the second leg, Hunt extended his margin to two goals on aggregate, that too on his home console, and the 2-0 lead seemed to be enough for Hunt to claim the title.
Shortly after halftime, Pombo did pull a goal back to suggest the notion of a last-minute comeback, but the 17-year-old never seemed concerned. F2TeKkz restored his two-goal cushion a moment later, and that was all she wrote.
After a flurry of eliminations on the second day of the weekend-long tournament, only eight of the initial 64 competitors remained coming into Sunday. On the Xbox One side, all four semi-finalists were relatively well-known, all having won majors in the past two years. Nicolas "nicolas99fc" Villalba stood out as the clear favorite among the PlayStation four.
However, Villalba only edged his opponent, Sporting CP's Rasta Artur, by a score of 4-3. Pombo enjoyed a healthier margin of victory, outlasting Paulo Neto, 6-3. The PlayStation proved to be a bloodbath, and not for the usual suspect. Nicolas was blown out by the Portuguese fresh face, 6-1, in his largest loss in recent memory. Pombo, who is also a member of the Portuguese Air Force, additionally gained some Internet notoreity Sunday as commentators came to the revelation that he only gets time to play FIFA during a truncated window, the competition-heavy weekend league days.
Despite Michael "Vfl Megabit" Bittner coming in as the No. 1 Xbox seed, Hunt still comfortably dispatched his opponent with a 4-2 victory, while Aldossary "Rogue Msdossary" Mosaad outlasted his Saudi Arabian compatriot Khalid "The Royal" Aloufi by a healthy 5-2 margin. The matchup between F2TeKkz and Msdossary has almost become routine for longtime viewers, but still managed to be thrilling, even in its third iteration of the competitive year. Hunt beat the December champion, 5-2.
With that, the second FUT competitive major in the United States comes to a close. Qualifying for the next major, March's FUT Champions Cup and the subsequent third-party run Live Qualifying Event are set for the next two weekends. The next FUT Champions Cup for March is set for weekend of the 8th in Singapore.