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The 64-player field was chopped in half after the culmination of the Swiss Rounds on the first day of the FIFA 19 Global Series Xbox One Playoffs Friday. But, the cutoff didn't carry as much as weight this time. During this FUT cycle, the yearly points leaderboards are all that matters for the FeWC. The top 16 aggregate finishers from Xbox One and PlayStation 4, following the results of the playoffs taking place over the next two weekends, will earn a ticket to the FIFA eWorld Cup, expected to take place in August.
Of the 16 available spots in the Xbox division, it looks as though 12 have now been claimed. Unlike PS4, the disparity between the top Xbox One players is a little more drastic. This is mostly due to the unprecendented run six-time winner Donovan "F2TeKkz" Hunt went on between December and March, when the Birmingham, England, UK native won three majors out of four. The Xbox leader came to Hamburg having already qualified for the FeWC Grand Final.
After Friday, Hunt leads his closest counterpart, Saudi Arabia (and reigning world champ)'s Aldossary "Rogue Msdossary" Mosaad, by more than 6,000 points. Msdossary, whose rivalry with Hunt has been well-documented this year, had also qualified shortly after the Day 1 festivities had kicked off.
Four players, names that are already familiar to those well-versed in the competitive circuit, posted a perfect 4-0 record in the Swiss Rounds Friday. SCP Diogo and Lukas 'Sakul' Vanderheide accompanied the two aforementioned leaders, F2TeKkz and Msdossary. A host of big-name exits followed, as has become customary of the first day of such tournaments. Canada's dark horse Nawid "Rogue GoalMachine21" Noorzai, AFC Ajax's pair of Dani Hagebeuk and Joey Calabro, Melbourne City's Marcus Gomes and INF Janoz all bowed out early.
Newly Stark affiliated Spencer "Gorilla" Ealing and Hashtag United's Harry Hesketh and Ryan Pessoa are all still in the mix for one of those last playoff spots, so the second day is sure to bring fireworks of some kind. Some of the matchups are practically destined to deliver.
The knockout bracket is as follows:
Saturday will kick off with the Xbox Round of 16 matchups. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. local time, 1 p.m. UK, and 8 a.m. ET in North and South America; the broadcast can be followed on Futhead’s home page or on the official EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel.