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Unlike past FUT Champions Cups, the first day in Singapore didn't just whittle the 64-player field in half, but brought it all the way down to 16. In addition to the Swiss rounds, the players who qualified for the Knockout stage had to play their first Playoff matchup before coming back for more on Saturday.
Reigning champion Donovan "F2TeKkz" Hunt, who made history two weeks ago by becoming the first player to win a FUT Champions major on three separate occasions, remains in the hunt for his third title in five tournaments during the FUT 19 cycle. Hunt's opponent and Atlanta runner-up Diego "tuga810" Pombo continued to make a case for himself on the PlayStation console, notching an impressive win over Wolfsburg's Timo "TimoX" Siep en route to a quarterfinal berth.
The PlayStation bracket, which has yet to define clear frontrunners during the current iteration of the game, is rounded out by Belgium's Stefano Pinna and Sporting CP's Rasta Artur as the console looks to shift the tide against the more-decorated Xbox field. Apart from Hunt, the Xbox division still features the likes of two competitors on the rise -- Sakul and M10 Resende -- who will face each other in the quarterfinals.
Xbox Bracket -- Final 8
PS4 Bracket -- Final 8
After coming up short in the last Xbox console final, Germany's Michael "Vfl Megabit" Bittner was the first of two major group stage upsets Friday, crashing out the tournament after picking up just one win from four matches. Bittner, who was tipped as one of the favorites coming into the weekend, has been a stalwart over the past year. Aldossary "Rogue Msdossary" Mosaad, a Saudi Arabian player who has similarly dominated on the Xbox side over the past two years, was unable to shake off early and exited after posting a 0-3 record.
The biggest Knockout stage upset of the day saw Spencer "Huge Gorilla" Ealing, the 2017 FIFA Interactive World Cup champion, bow out in the Round of 16 after succumbing to Jooh Senna. Despite disappointing in more recent competitions, Ealing remains a perennial threat in the competitive scene thanks to the sheer breadth of his resume and is still considered one of the best in the sport.
Saturday's proceedings will kick off with the console quarterfinals. Coverage begins at 11 a.m. local time, 10 p.m. ET and 3 a.m. GMT; the broadcast can be followed on Futhead's home page or on the official PGL FIFA Twitch channel.