After a whole season of EA Sports FIFA 18 tournaments, the 2017 Fanta Masters Championship Finals hosted 32 of the best EA Sports FIFA players from all across the region, including Gulf’s best from KSA, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, as well as the Levant with Jordan, for a two day grand final event hosted at the PLG Studio facility at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The stakes this year were even higher than the 2016 season, with double the prize pool and the inclusion of Fanta Masters as an wild card qualifier for the eCopa Coca-Cola Finals, which is an EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series’ Official League Partner Qualifying Competitions.
The tournament included many of the known veteran EA Sports FIFA players in the Arab world, such as Saif Haddadin, the returning champion last year’s qualifier, Abdulaziz Shido winner of FIWC twice, Mohamed Kamali of a previous 3-time Fanta Masters for Bahrain, Uzayr Marria, runner-up of 2016 Championship Finals and many more from around the region.
The tournament started off with a group stage on December 8th, which had every player compete play an away and home match against each one of its group’s 3 other players. 16 players continued their ways into the playoff rounds, and some of the previous season favorites were there for another chance to grab the title, and some newcomers like KSA’s Uthman Al-Shabanat, the brothers Majed and Yazeed Al-Saleem and the group stage undefeated player Mohannad Hamza.
The final 16 was a shocking result for all fans, with Shiddo, Omar Adel, Seif Haddadin and even Ahmad Toubassey defeated in the previous set, paving the road of the top 8 to some great new players mostly coming from KSA, including the previously mentioned Abdulaziz Kinsara, Ahmad Obeid, Faisal Almouabadi, Majed Al-Rasheed, Majed Al-Saleem, Omar Adel, Uthman Al-Shabanat and the only one from Fanta Masters veteran list which is Uzayr Marria, hailing from the UAE as the 2016 Championship Finals runner-up.
It was thanks to their skills more than ever this year, thanks to the new competitive rules of the FIFA 18 Global Series which set all teams to a 85 overall stat, that it ended with Uzayr Marria in the grand finals, after an insane comeback in the semifinal round against Majed Al-Saleem (ending 3-2), meeting the Saudi player Uthman Al-Shabanat following his win against Faisal Almouabadi. Playing both as Manchester United, Uzayr Marria won over his KSA competitor an astounding 6-1, and was crowned the 2017 Fanta Masters Grand Champion, winning AED 50,000 in cash. Uthman Al-Shabanat as a runner-up won the sum of AED 30,000, followed by Faisal Almouabadi with AED 20,000.
Uzair Marria will eventually continue his journey in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series next year as a Middle East Finalist in the eCopa Coca-Cola Finals, which also qualified for the FIFA 18 World Cup, which will see a set numbers of top players advance in the 64-man FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs later in 2018, where the top 16 will advance to the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 18.
Missed this year’s Fanta Masters tournament league? Stay tuned to our website, and all social media pages (including the dedicated Fanta Masters Twitter and Facebook accounts) to learn more about next year’s tournament, and how you can represent your country for prize and glory in the region first and biggest EA Sports FIFA league.