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Rebel FC's Tom Stokes stunned perennial competitive FIFA 19 winner Donovan "F2TeKkz" Hunt for his first major title Sunday, defeating him by an aggregate scoreline of 5-3 in the Grand Final. Already the Global Series points leader on the Xbox console, Hunt had been a lock for the FIFA eWorld Cup before coming into this tournament, but Stokes jumped from No. 12 to No. 5 thanks to his dream run in HHamburg, Germanyamburg.
"I always knew I had a really good run in me this year, but it's never really come together," Stokes told commentator Spencer Owen after his breakout win. "To come together at such an important stage of the year is fantastic. If you beat the best in the world in the last game, that's the biggest confidence boost you can possibly get [before the FeWC]."
Coming into the day, there were two FeWC qualifying spots up for grabs in the Xbox division; given Sunday's results, however, the standings remained unchanged. Kilian "Zidane 10" Pita and Wolves' Ebinho, the two players who ranked No. 15 and No. 16 despite being knocked out of the tournament early, stood to lose their spots today if one of the four players left consummated their Cinderella run. Alas, none of them could make it happen, cementing the aforementioned players' places in the leaderboard. Here are the final 16:
In addition, the eWorld Cup groups for August were revealed at the end of the proceedings. Here's what they look like:
In the quarterfinals, Netshoes eSports' Vini eliminated Bayer Leverkusen's Fabian "B04 Dubzje" De Cae early on, ending his run with a 4-2 victory. Kurt Fenech, who is well-known for being so outspoken about his abilities, succumed to Hunt in a tightly contested 5-4 match. Despite his two month suspension, Fenech had an opportunity to qualify for the FeWC, but only if he won the whole thing. Stokes eliminated his Rebel FC teammate and quarterfinal opponent Tom Painter with a 9-6 win. Vini was the last domino to fall, as Stokes took care of him in the semi finals, 4-3.
Hunt dispatched Niklas "Rogue NRaseck" Raseck, 4-2, in the other semi-final to set up a all-British final. Raseck, a very consistent German pro, had just ousted his teammate and 2018 FeWC champion Aldossary "Rogue Msdossary" Mosaad to clinch a semi final berth.
The Grand Final itself featured quite the rivalry. Hunt and Stokes have undoubtedly been the two best players from England this year, ranking No. 1 and No. 5 in the leaderboards, respectively. And back and forth they went. The first leg ended 1-1, but it was goals galore in the second. At 2-2 in the second leg (3-3 aggregate), a chained La Croqueta from Stokes' TOTY Kylian Mbappé in the 64th minute gave the challenger his lead for good. A powerful TOTS Eden Hazard finish three minutes from regulation sealed the deal.
Next up, the PlayStation Global Series Playoffs. Coverage will resume Friday, July 12 with 64 new competitors vying for the 16 PS4 FeWC spots. The broadcast, which will begin at 2 p.m. local time, 1 p.m. UK, and 8 a.m. ET in North and South America, can be streamed on Futhead's home page or on the official EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel.