A selection of the UK’s brightest talents have qualified through EA’s November Weekend Leagues for the FIFA Ultimate Team Champions Cup #1 in January.
Originally known as the Interactive World Cup, the competition was rebranded as the FIFA eWorld Cup in October and brought several ways for competitive hopefuls to qualify for the Grand Final in August 2018.
One of the stand-out stars of the first qualification month was Unilad’s Shaun "Shellzz" Springette, who managed to fly through the month unbeaten, a feat only matched by Hashtag United’s Hashtag Agge and Vfl Bochum’s Michael “Megabit98” Bittner. The accomplishment didn’t fly by Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, either.
UNBEATEN FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER!!!
160-0 5th 40-0 IN A ROW!
— Shellzz (@Shellzz_Unilad) November 26, 2017
Springette’s teammate and reigning champion Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing also made qualification with 154 wins for the month, winning 36 and losing 4 in his final weekend league.
Hashtag United’s Hashtag Ryan and Hashtag Harry managed to finish the month strongly, both securing 40-0 wins, and qualified with 155 and 156 respectably. Tassal “Tass” Rushan also qualified with 153 wins for the month.
QUALIFYING MONTH, DONE! So much hard work, dedication and passion on show from the team. Commiserations to @Hashtag_Boras, who just misses out on the top 64. He'll be back stronger. As for the other three? 40-0. 40-0. 40-0. See you in January 🔜🏆 pic.twitter.com/AEeDuVQRmi
— Hashtag United (@hashtagutd) November 27, 2017
Elsewhere, Lightning Panda’s Sean “Dragon” Allen joined the UK contingent in qualification, with 156 wins for the month along with Futwiz’s newest recruit Nathan “FUTWIZ Zelonlus” Horton, Epsilon’s Akima “Fully” Byron, exceL’s Tom “Painter” Painter and Eraiize’s Torin “The Turnin27”.
Despite being the first month of qualification for FIFA’s new look eWorld Cup, EA was pressed with some difficult questions after some glitches and exploits were abused within some pockets of the community.
One such exploit allowed players to leave Weekend League Matches without obtaining a loss on their record, something that threatened to undermine the competitive spirit of the month.
After January’s cup, the next month of qualification will be in February with the second installment of the FUT Champions Cup coming in April.