The Gfinity FUT Champions Cup December is the third tournament of the Global Series so far, following on from the FUT Champions Cup November and the PGL FIFA 19 Cup, which both took place in Bucharest.
Despite 96 players competing across the tournaments, both trophies were lifted by one man. The 17-year-old Donovan ‘F2Tekkz’ Hunt, repeated his success from last season by claiming the first tournament of the year, but built on that success by doing the double in the Romanian capital.
Winning both tournaments has given the Englishman 2,380 Global Series points and $62,000 of prize money, putting him firmly in the driving seat for FIFA eWorld Cup qualification at the end of the season.
Before we kick start the December Cup tomorrow, let's check out what happened in the season so far...
FUT Champions Cup November
Competitive FIFA action got underway in Bucharest with the first FUT Champions Cup of the season. The November tournament is the first of six this season, with one running every month until April.
Tekkz negotiated the swiss-format group stage, and cruised through the knockouts. Dylan ‘DullenMIKE’ Neuhausen, Kylem ‘Lyricz vs Luck’ Edwards and Marcus Gomes were all put to the sword, but a clash against Dani ‘Ajax Dani’ Hagebeuk, the 2018 eLigue 1 Champion, was always going to be the toughest.
A 6-3 victory for Tekkz meant he faced PS4 Champ Joksan ‘Joksan’ Redona, but the American’s experience on Xbox One let him down. Tekkz romped to a 7-1 victory to show he wasn’t just a ‘one tournament wonder’ to match the title he claimed at the FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona last season.
Joksan had a fantastic tournament himself, and he is the only player in the current standings who can match up to Tekkz, with the Epsilon man on 2,385 points in the PS4 leaderboard. That in fact puts him ahead of the Xbox One man in terms of total points, with PS4 players having one more tournament in the form of PlayStation Continental Cup back in October.
Joksan picked off August ‘Agge’ Rosenmeier in the PS4 semi-finals before overcoming the Brazilian ‘SPQR TORE’ in the console final.
PGL FIFA 19 Cup
Back in Bucharest, all eyes were once again on F2Tekkz, but the teenager didn’t let that phase him, claiming the PGL FIFA 19 Cup to pick up back-to-back titles to start the FUT 19 competitive season.
It was no easy path for Tekkz, who overcame the biggest name in FIFA esports, Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing in the semi-finals. He then defeated FIFA 18 Global Series Xbox One Playoff Champion Michael ‘MegaBit’ Bittner in the Xbox One final, setting up a heavyweight clash with Stefano Pinna, the FIFA eWorld Cup runner-up and PlayStation 4 champion.
Pinna had to negotiate some underdogs on his way to the final, in much the same way how he rose from obscurity last season. The Belgian defeated Faith ‘FIFAÜstun’ Üstun and then the undefeated ‘Keturdylo’, showing that last year was not a one off.
With the last major FIFA 19 event of the year set to start tomorrow, it will be interesting to see who will come out on top this time!
Don't forget to visit our special FUT Champions event page, were we will have a live blog coverage of the entire event this Thursday, and to tune in to watch the Gfinity FUT Champions Cup LIVE on Twitch from Friday-Sunday!