FIFA: PlayLikeALegend Season 2, Stage 1

13th February 2016

This past Saturday saw two of exceL.FIFA's talented stars, Sean 'Dragonn' Allen and Sam 'Poacher' Carmody compete in the XboxUK #PlayLikeALegend 2016 Stage 1 tournament, live from the Gfinity Arena in Fulham Broadway, London.

A tough group draw saw Dragon facing off against former Champion Vitality Brian and oB Afro, one of Sweden's hottest talents. Poacher also was pitted in a difficult group, with 2015's most achieved player Epsilon Gorilla and the French Vicente from team Supremecy. Dragon's games were up first, with his first leg tie against oB Afro ending in an exciting 3-3 draw, with Dragon pulling it back from being 0-2 down after just 15 in-game minutes. The second leg unfortunately went in Afro's favour, giving him the tie in a 5-4 overall score and meaning Dragon had to beat Vitality Brian to make it out of the group stages. However, Dragon wasn't able to do so and a frustrating tie saw Brian take a 3-0 win overall, knocking Dragon out of the tournament. Dragon's opponents went on to finish 3rd and 4th in the tournament overall, showing the calibre of opposition he faced in his groups.

Poacher was up next and had potentially the hardest first game of the tournament against the eventual winner Epsilon Gorilla. Gorilla took the thrilling series 9-3 overall, with a dominant second leg display. This left Poacher needing a win against Vicente in a match that had everything from missed chances, goals at either ends and even an Admin dispute after Vicente broke a rule. The game went to Silver Goal and Poacher equalised in the 44th minute to take it to Golden Goal, where 10 minutes in to the second half he managed to seal the deal and advance to the Quarter Finals.

Finishing second in his group, Poacher was drawn against AggeRosenmeier, former World Champion and FIWC qualifier. Despite a strong display, Poacher just could not get on the scoresheet and the series went 4-0 in Agge's favour, a performance that would spur him on to the Grand Final. Poacher's defeat saw him finish T8, but consolation can be taken from his good performances and the fact he only lost to the two eventual finalists of the competition.

Thanks again to Gfinity for another great event, we hope to be back for Stage 2 later in the year and hope that xL Anton and xL Marlutz can also secure qualification and give exceL.FIFA a full house at the next tournament!