After three days of competitive FIFA in the West Asia playoffs, two players have clinched their tickets to London for the 2021 World Cup. Both Saudi Arabia’s Mosaad “Msdossary” Aldossary and South Africa’s Julio “Beast” Bianchi secured the two FIFAe World Cup spots available to the region. These two players will represent their region at the most important FIFA competition of the year. Msdossary won the grand finals against Bianchi with a convincing 6-2 aggregate score. His win against Bianchi also sees him lift the West Asia playoffs championship trophy with a $40,000 winners prize.
Final day of the West Asia Playoffs marks a historical day in FIFA esports
Beast’s qualification means a player from Africa will be at the eWorld Cup for the first time in FIFA esports history. So Bianchi will represent not only his country, but an entire continent. Furthermore, the two players faced each other in the first winners round where MsDossary won. This loss saw Bianchi drop down to the losers bracket for the rest of the tournament.
His journey to qualify for the FIFAe World Cup required him to play through a daunting loser’s bracket. Bianchi faced some of the highest-ranked players in West Asia, forcing his way into the final day. Bianchi began the final day of the event with a loser’s bracket match against Yasser “Y2harthi” Al-Harthi. The second leg of the tie went into extra time with nothing to separate both players. Y2harthi took control of the game in extra time with a one-goal lead over his opponent. However, in the final minute of extra time, Bianchi attempted a 75-yard cross towards Cristiano Ronaldo who scored with a bullet header.
He then defeated 25esports’ Meshaal in the loser’s final with a 5-1 score line. Although he fell to Msdossary in the finals, Bianchi leaves the tournament with a World Cup ticket, $20,000 and his name in the history books.
Msdossary still favorite to win it all the FIFAe World Cup
Msdossary’s consistency has shown throughout several iterations of FIFA. With this win, the 21-year-old Saudi player has now qualified for his third FIFAe World Cup competition in a row. After winning in 2018, he came second in 2019 losing to Germany’s Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkous. No eWorld Cup took place in 2020 due to the pandemic. Despite the changes in FIFA 21, Msdossary remains a strong favorite to win it all in London.
Msdossary and Bianchi join Dylan “DW Dylan” Campbell and Vamoo “SZJay7” Jay as the only players to have qualified for the World Cup. The regional playoffs continue throughout June to July as follows:
- North America: June 18-20
- South America: June 24-27
- Europe (for Xbox players): July 2-4
- Europe (for Ps4 players): July 9-11