They might not have come home with the trophy, but our XP Esports E-League players were a force to be reckoned with during E-League Season 2.
Our boys ended the regular season in second place on the league table, winning five of their eight matches and finishing just three points shy of Premiers Melbourne Victory.
The lads' strong form continued into the finals series with Andy Phanouvong (@AKP0) making it all the way to the Xbox console final where he was edged out 2-0 on aggregate by Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes.
Dylan Banks (@aussiefifahdYT) bowed out at the quarter final stage at the hands of eventual champion @FUTWIZMarko of Sydney FC.
Phanouvong said that both himself and Banks gone from strength to strength during their debut E-League campaign.
"The experience was overwhelming at first and I think my early results showed these nerves, but I grew to love every week of the E-League,” Phanouvong said.
“The season was so valuable to Dylan and I, as we both improved being able to watch and play Australia's best every week.
"My main advice would be to continue developing your own style, honing the mechanical and mental side to the game. I would also strongly recommend watching other pro players to see different attacking & defensive styles, adding more versatility to how you can approach each opponent."
Dylan Banks added he was honoured to have represented the Roar throughout the season.
"The E-League season has been an experience of a life time. I have always wanted to play in a competitive FIFA event (not to mention representing the Brisbane Roar, a club of which i have followed since a young boy) and play FIFA professionally. This year the dream has come true."
XP Esports Director & BRFC E-League Player Mentor Brodie Fisher said he was delighted with the progression our players had made during the campaign.
“XP Esports Australia is immensely proud of the boys and what they have done for the growth of the FIFA e-sports scene,” Fisher said.
“Dylan Banks, Andy Phanouvong and Isaac Havu all performed above expectations and due to their efforts, Brisbane Roar will be one of the favourites heading into E-League Season 3.
“XP Esports Australia will continue to develop strategies and avenues alongside the Brisbane Roar, to further enhance the amateur esports scene and uncover Queensland’s next E-League All-Stars.”