FIFA 18 esports end of season player power rankings

As we have goodbye to the FIFA 18 esports season, we look at who are the season-ending winners following a superb eWorld Cup in London.


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FIFA 18 has come and gone as football fans around the globe await the release of FIFA 19. They still have some time to wait however, with the new EA Sports title to be available from September 28, and you can expect that professional FIFA players will be itching to get their hands on the game.

The recent FIFA eWorld Cup in London was the biggest FIFA tournament in history from both a financial and global standpoint. Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary went home with a whopping $250,000 for lifting the trophy, a fairly healthy chunk of the $400,000 prize pool, with a viewership of 322,000, a 400% increase from last year’s finals. 

With the season now over, it’s a great time to look at who were the best player from the past 12 months, and who will be the men to defeat when the FIFA 19 competitive scene comes around.

  1. 1 Msdossary

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    Mosaad Aldossary

    Age: 18

    Country: Saudi Arabia

    Console: Xbox One

    Esports team: Team Rogue

    FIFA 18 highlights: FIFA eWorld Cup Champion, FUT Champions Cup Manchester Champion, FIFA eClub World Cup semi-finals

    FIFA eWC finish: Champion

    Leading into the eWorld Cup Finals, it was surprising Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary didn't garner more attention, given his fantastic FIFA 18 season. The Saudi Arabian came into form at just the right time, winning the FUT Champions Cup in Manchester, and soon following that with a trip to the semi-finals in the eClub World Cup with Team Falcons.

    ‘The Beast from the Middle East’ went about his business ruthlessly in London, losing just once over the three days and putting on an absolute stomper of a performance on finals day. The 18-year-old overcame the big-talking Kurt ‘kurt0411’ Fenech 8-3 in the semi-finals, before cruising home in the cross-console final, defeating Stefano ‘StefanoPinna’ Pinna 4-0. 

  2. 2 nicolas99fc

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    Nicolas Villalba

    Age: 18

    Country: Argentina

    Console: PlayStation 4

    esports team: transfermarkt

    FIFA 18 highlights: Global Series Playoffs Champion, FUT Champions Cup Barcelona runner-up

    FIFA eWC finish: Quarter-finals

    Perhaps the favourite going into the eWorld Cup, Nicolas ‘nicolas99fc’ Villalba was one of the most consistent players throughout the season. The Argentine perhaps should have picked up the first piece of silverware for the calendar, but a PSN crash meant both legs of the FUT Champions Cup final in Barcelona had to be played on Xbox One, giving Donovan ‘DhTekKz’ Hunt the upper hand.

    Nicolas put that behind him to win the Global Series Playoffs in Amsterdam, and he looked on course for gold in London, but suffered a shock defeat to Manchester City’s Marcus 'Marcuzo' Jorgensen. Expect transfermarkt’s Nicolas to be in the title mix in 12 months’ time. 

  3. 3 kurt0411

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    Kurt Fenech

    Age: 23

    Country: Malta

    Console: Xbox One

    esports team: Free Agent

    FIFA 18 highlights: FIFA eWorld Cup semi-finals, FIFA eClub World Cup semi-finals

    FIFA eWC finish: Semi-finals

    The most entertaining player this season has to be Kurt ‘kurt0411’ Fenech. Kurt talks a big game, and during the eWorld Cup Finals was making remarks such as “this trophy is too beautiful for anybody else to win”. Despite making the semi-finals in both the eClub World Cup and then the eWorld Cup, it looks to be a disappointing season for Kurt, with no silverware secured.

    That will be something he will look to correct in the FIFA 19 campaign, with at least a victory over Gorilla secured in the quarter-finals in London making him “live up to the hype” according to Spencer ‘Spencer FC’ Owen. Next year let’s hope it will be his ability that does the talking.  

  4. 4 Gorilla

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    Spencer Ealing

    Age: 21

    Country: England

    Console: Xbox One

    esports team: Faze

    FIFA 18 highlights: Gfinity Elite Series runner-up, Global Series Playoffs semi-finals, FUT Champions Cup Barcelona semi-finals

    FIFA eWC finish: Quarter-finals

    A disappointing season at large for Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing, with the 2017 World Champion failing to lift any silverware in 2018. That would have been a lot different had he elected to play in the Gfinity Elite Series final, but with a place at the FIFA eWorld Cup Global Series Play Offs already secured, he allowed his coach and teammate Tassal ‘Tass’ Rushan to take the hot seat.

    There were also trips to the semi-finals in Barcelona and at the Playoffs, but Gorilla will want to shake this inability to get over the final hurdle, with a quarter-final loss to his friend Kurt at the eWorld Cup ending his title defence and his 2018 season. That being said, if you asked any FIFA esports player who they would want to beat the most, it would be Gorilla, the biggest name in the industry. 

  5. 5 StefanoPinna

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    Stefano Pinna

    Age: 20

    Country: Belgium

    Console: PlayStation 4

    esports team: PSV Eindhoven

    FIFA 18 highlights: FIFA eWorld Cup runner-up, FUT Champions Cup Barcelona semi-finals

    FIFA eWC finish: Runner-up

    Stefano Pinna was not regarded as a serious threat at the eWorld Cup, but it was a surprise he was so underestimated after reach the semi-finals earlier in the season in Barcelona. In London, the Belgian produced shock after shock, topping his group and never losing before the final.

    In the knockout stages he overcame August ‘Hashtag Agge’ Rosenmeier, Mohammed ‘MoAubameyang’ Harkous and Marcus ‘Marcuzo’ Jorgensen, but the cross-console Grand Final against Msdossary was a step too far. With this experience and $50,000 under his belt, expect Pinna to be one of the big names on the circuit next season. 

  6. 6 Marcuzo

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    Marcus Jorgensen

    Age: 19

    Country: Denmark

    Console: PlayStation 4

    esports team: Manchester City

    FIFA 18 highlights: FIFA All Stars Cup runner-up, FIFA eWorld Cup semi-finals, Global Series semi-finals, 40-0 Last Chance Qualifying Weekend

    FIFA eWC finish: Semi-finals

    Marcus ‘Marcuzo’ Jorgensen was the man Stefano Pinna defeated in the semi-finals, and you could just see the disappointment etched on the Danes face as he fell so late in the competition. The Manchester City player was looking to become the first man to notch both an eClub World Cup and eWorld Cup championship, but he will have to wait another year in order to do so. Marcuzo peaked at the right time for the knockout stages in London, winning his final three group games, and then seeing off Philipp ‘Eisvogel’ Schermer and then hot favourite Nicolas. 

    Although there was no silverware for the best-looking man in FIFA esports, he was one of the most consistent performers of the season. Other than reaching the semis in London, he matched that feat in Amsterdam, made the final of the All Stars Cup and notched a 40-0 in the Last Chance Qualifying Weekend in FUT Champions. 

  7. 7 MoAubameyang

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    Mohammed Harkous

    Age: 21

    Country: Germany

    Console: PlayStation 4

    esports team: Werder eSports

    FIFA 18 highlights: FUT Champions Cup Barcelona semi-finals

    FIFA eWC finish: Quarter-finals

    A big name in the FIFA esports scene, but it was perhaps a disappointing campaign for Mohamed ‘MoAubameyang’ Harkous. The Werder esports man peaked early in the season, reaching the last four in Barcelona, but couldn’t maintain that level, going out in the quarters at the O2 Arena.

    A threat to any opponent, MoAubameyang still highly consistent, heading to all four of the FUT majors, and will just be looking to take that extra step in the FIFA 19 season. 

  8. 8 MegaBit

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    Michael Bittner

    Age: 20

    Country: Germany

    Console: Xbox One

    Esports team: Werder eSports

    FIFA 18 highlights: Global Series Playoffs Champion, FUT Champions Cup Barcelona semi-finals

    FIFA eWC finish: Quarter-finals

    Michael ‘MegaBit’ Bittner came out of the traps fling at the eWorld Cup, building on the form that saw him win the Global Serie Playoffs. The German won his first five matches in London, and then only lost once in the Group Stage, to eventual semi-finalist Kurt. The 20-year-old defeated countryman Niklas ‘NRaseck’ in the Round of 16 but was denied by champion-to-be Msdossary in the last eight.

    When on-song, MegaBit can see off any opponent, and that is something he can take with him for next season. In the Playoffs he dispatched the likes of Alex ‘Alekzandur’ Betancourt and Dani Hagebeuk but stood tall after a 7-5 win over Fouad ‘Rafsou’ Fares in the final, going home with $35,000. 

  9. 9 NRaseck

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    Niklas Raseck

    Age: 19

    Country: Germany

    Console: Xbox One

    esports team: Vfl Bochum

    FIFA 18 highlights: FUT Champions Cup Barcelona runner-up, FUT Champions Cup Manchester semi-finals, Virtuelle Bundesliga semi-finals

    FIFA eWC finish: Round of 16

    Germany seem to have the greatest depth in FIFA esports, and Niklas ‘NRaseck’ Raseck was one of the heavyweights heading into the finals. Trips to the final four in Barcelona, Manchester and in the German-Austrian-Swiss Virtuelle Bundesliga, game him a lot of confidence as he made his way to London.

    He may have only made the last 16 at the eWC finals, but you have to look at the calibre of players he lost to. In the group stage he fell to 2018 and 2017 champions Msdossary and Gorilla, before being dumped out of the competition by MegaBit 5-4 in the knockouts. 

  10. 10 Dani

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    Dani Hagebeuk

    Age: 20

    Country: Netherlands

    Console: Xbox One

    Esports team: Ajax

    FIFA 18 highlights: National Gaming League (Germany) runner-up, Global Series Playoffs semi-finals

    FIFA eWC finish: Round of 16

    One of the most entertaining players on the circuit has to be Dani Hagebeuk of Ajax. The Dutchman celebrates every goal as if it was the winner, so you can only imagine the scenes if he was ever to win a major tournament.

    Dani was another man to peak late in the FIFA 18 calendar, reaching the semis in Amsterdam and he showed flashes of quality in London. He picked up four victories in the group stage, but what cost him was defeats to Alekzandur and Pedro ‘PRESENDE7’ Resende Soares, meaning he had to face Gorilla in the knockouts. Dani won the first leg but couldn’t hold on in the second.

    Who were your winners from the FIFA 18 esports season? Let us know in the comments section below. 

  1. Who will be the man to beat in FIFA 19?

    1. MsDossary
    2. nicolas99fc
    3. kurt0411
    4. Gorilla
    5. StefanoPinna
    6. Other (comment below)
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Alastair Pusinelli

I am RealSport's Editor-in-Chief having covered almost everything across the board on the platform. Starting with content on football and the Chinese Super League, I have expanded into esports and gaming, via a stint as rugby editor.

With RS now focused on gaming and working alongside Gfinity, I led the site's coverage on the football titles of FIFA, Football Manager and PES. This has enabled me to cover official esports events such as the FIFA eWorld Cup, FUT Champions Cups and the Gfinity FIFA Series.

Elsewhere, I have been published in The Sunday Times and Variety magazine, as well as working in the offices of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Hampshire CCC.

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