FIFA: PlayLikeALegend Season 2, Stage 2
29th March 2016
This past weekend saw Gfinity and XboxUK host the second stage of Season 2 of the PlayLikeALegend FIFA Ultimate Team LAN event series. Twelve of the world's best players qualified through a series of weekly online tournaments to book their spot at arguably the highest calibre FUT tournament ever. exceL eSports had two representatives at the tournament: Sean 'xL Dragonn' Allen, who qualified for the first stage also; and Anton 'xL Guigsey' McGuigan, who enjoyed plenty of success during Season 1 of PLAL on FIFA15 and who was making his first appearance on the pro circuit for FIFA16. Sam 'xL Poacher' Carmody, who qualified for stage one, unfortunately missed out on qualification this time round - it was Anton who pipped him to the post!
The format was different for the first time ever at a PLAL tournament. Traditionally all games are played over two legs, but in a bid to shorten the time the tournament takes, group matches were to be played out over one leg. With only three players in each group, players need at least one win in 90 FIFA minutes to have a chance at progressing. Unfortunately for Anton, he was drawn in a group with eventual Champion Spencer 'Gorilla' Ealing of Epsilon eSports and Team Vitality's RocKy, who would go on to finish 4th overall. Anton put in impressive performances against both but lost by a two goal margin in each match.
Despite the tough group Anton was drawn in to, it was Sean's group, consisting of the ever-present figure Tass of Team Dignitas and former World Champion Agge Rosenmeir, that many were calling the group of death. Sean put in a convincing performance against Tass in his first game and came away with a 3-0 victory, despite feeling the effects of jet lag from his recent trip to New York for the FIFA Interactive World Cup. His second game was a tighter affair, ending 1-1 after 90 minutes with Agge scoring late on to take the game in to Silver Goal. Sean stepped up the pressure on his opponent and scored three fast goals whilst conceding only one in a frantic 45 minute half. That was enough however to see Sean top his group and draw Anton's earlier opponent, Vitality RocKy, in the Quarter Finals. Back to traditional two-leg format, Sean took an early two goal lead but soon lost control of the game, seeing RocKy, albeit with some fortunate FIFA-esque luck in some cases, score four goals in quick succession. The second leg was well underway before Sean was able to pull a couple of goals back, but RocKy score a winner late on in the second half to take the match 5-4 and progress to the Semi Finals, seeing Sean finish T8 overall.
A disappointing affair for exceL.FIFA overall, however with stage three just round the corner we will have a prime opportunity to stamp our authority back on the European FIFA scene and hopefully bring home a LAN event win. Stay tuned to all of our social media and to this website for updates on all of our team's performances.