It’s crunch time for our XP Esports Australia E-League players boys who are readying for today's E-League Finals.
The lads put in a strong showing in E-League Season Two, finishing second at the end of the regular season just three points behind Premiers Melbourne Victory.
Our boys will now face the winners of eighth-placed Newcastle Jets & ninth-placed Sydney FC in this afternoon’s two-legged quarter final tie.
PS4 player Dylan Banks (@AussiefifaHD) said he was looking to cap a fine first season in the E-League with a strong finals showing.
"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 which I have followed since I was young," Banks said.
“This year the dream has come true. I have enjoyed representing the Roar and hope to continue my form in the finals,” Banks said.
Banks added he was expecting a tough test in the quarter-final and wouldn’t be underestimating whoever he comes up against.
"As those who play FIFA competitively would know, FIFA is a mental game. Staying composed and not losing your head is the most important thing.”
“The brackets have destined me to play the winner of Fweshest vs FUTWIZ Marko - two competitors who are capable of winning the whole competition - especially FUTWIZ Marko who represented Australia in the eNations cup.
“This will be a real test in the quarter final and will test my ability to play FIFA as well as the mental side."
The Roar have already taken part in a number of big match-ups this season and Xbox player Andy Phanouvong (@AKP0) said maintaining normality was key heading into the finals fixtures.
"I deal with pressure by listening to a bit of music and just trying to complete the simple things at the start of a big match,” Phanouvong said.
“Making mistakes while nervous is a hard thing to shake so I try to score first and settle into a game.
"I think the same formula will stick around, playing smart FIFA is key and changing too much is probably me overthinking the game.”
HOW THE E-LEAGUE FINALS WORK
- Individual competition structure based on where Hyundai A-League Clubs finished on Season Two ladder.
- All competitors will play each leg twice (back-to-back)
- Both PS4 & Xbox legs will be played simultaneously.
- Progression to next round will be based on aggregate scores of both legs (per individual)