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Of the eight players left in Hamburg, four have already qualified for the FIFA eWorld Cup. But Rebel FC's Tom Painter, Bayer Leverkusen's Fabian "Dubzje" De Cae, Netshoes E-Sports' Vini and notorious competitive FIFA scene figure Kurt Fenech all remain in the hunt for one of the last two qualifying spots.
The two currently ranked No. 15 and No. 16 in the Global Series Playoffs leaderboards, Kilian "Zidane 10" Pita and Wolves' Ebinho, stand to lose their spots after being knocked out of the tournament prematurely. However, with the top two Xbox seeds - Donovan "F2TeKkz" Hunt and Aldossary "Rogue Msdossary" - still vying for the $75,000 first place prize, it'll be a tall order. Fenech must win out if he wants to qualify for the FeWC -- expected to take place in August -- while the other three need to win their first match tomorrow to stand a chance.
Me and @Rbuckley98 were discussing the maths. If painter wins vs Stokes tomorrow then that opens up everything and guarantees one of the non top 16 players left a final. This would knock Ebinho out.— Gaskin (@DanGaskin) July 6, 2019
Clinching scenarios aside, the second day of the Xbox leg brought its early exits and shock upsets as always. The bracket, after today's Round of 16, looks like this:
Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas "DaXe" Cuilerrier, who ranks third in the leaderboards, was the first of the notable exits in the Round of 16 Saturday. The Frenchman lost 2-0 to Leverkusen's Dubzje, who will play NSE Vini tomorrow to determine which of the two could move on to qualify for the FeWC. Vini beat Vitality's Fouad "Rafsou" Fares in a high-octane 8-6 affair to claim a berth to the quarterfinals.
Hunt took care of business against Bundled Levy, although at a 3-2 aggregate scoreline, the match was a lot closer than he would have wanted. The perennial champ will play a highly anticipated matchup against Fenech, who has been openly asking for this matchup for a while.
Two clubs, Rebel FC and Rogue eSports, will feature a derby tomorrow. Rebel's Painter and Tom Stokes will face each other for a spot in the semis and Rogue's Niklas "Nraseck" Raseck and Msdossary will follow suit. Painter will of course need to win his matchup to qualify, as the other three have already secured a spot in August.
Sunday will kick off with the Xbox Quarterfinal matchups. The day's coverage begins at 2 p.m. local time, 1 p.m. UK, and 8 a.m. ET in North and South America, and will conclude with an Xbox player being crowned champion before the broadcast switches over to PlayStation; the broadcast can be followed on Futhead’s home page or on the official EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel.