Monday, January 28, 2019
New kid on the block DullenMike shocks the field to claim FUT Champions Cup January
16-year-old German Dylan 'DullenMike' Neuhausen becomes youngest ever champion after defeating countryman Hassoo in the cross-console final in Bucharest.
Only three men had ever lifted the FUT Champions Cup before January 2019. It was first claimed by Corentin ‘PSG Rocky’ Chevrey when it was known as the FUT Champions Series on FIFA 17, with Donovan ‘F2Tekkz’ Hunt and Mosaad ‘MsDossary’ Aldossary trading blows on FIFA 18 to win one tournament apiece.
The format has continued to change, with the FUT Champions Cup being run every month between November 2018 and April 2019 on FIFA 19. November’s was picked up by F2Tekk in Bucahrest, and world champion MsDossary’s quality was too much In London during the December event.
New year, new champion? Well, FIFA esports fans got what they wished for this January, with Dylan ‘DullenMike’ Neuhausen becoming the fourth man to ever claim the trophy, the first German to do so and the youngest we’ve ever seen aged just 16.
DullenMike overcame Hasan ‘Hasoo’ Eker in an all-German cross-console final. The first leg took place on Hasso’s favoured console, the PlayStation 4, but he failed to make it count, with DullenMike taking a 2-1 lead. More at home on the Xbox, the youngster put Hasoo away by taking a 2-0 win, sealing the final with a convincing 4-1 victory.
The champion said after the final: “I can’t even describe it, I’m lost for words. It’s an insane feeling to get a trophy. When I won on the PlayStation leg with 2-1 I knew it was possible, and then I went on to hit the post eight times. When I scored in the 60th minute [in the second leg] I knew it was over.”
You have to feel for Hasoo, however, with the Schanzer eSports man going the tournament unbeaten until the cross-console final. The PS4 side of the draw had been opened up by early exits of Christopher ‘NYC_Chris’ Holly and Cihan ‘RBL Cihan’ Yasarlar, with Hasoo dispatching of Gordon ‘FCC Fiddle’ Fiddle, Diogo ‘Tuga810’ Pombo and then FIFA eWorld Cup runner-up Stefano Pinna.
As for DullenMike he grew in stature as the tournament went on. In the Round of 16 he got the better of former World Champion Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing, and then overcame Vini ‘NSE_Vini’ Leiva in the quarters. The conquer of MsDossary Dani ‘Ajax Dani’ Hagebuk then waited in the Xbox One semi-finals, but he was still no much for DullenMike, who romped to a stunning 8-2 victory.
It was another all-German affair in the Xbox One semi-final, with DullenMike meeting the experienced Niklas ‘NRaseck7’ Raseck, who was a former champion in their native Germany. There was no letting up for DullenMike, with the SK Gaming player taking the W and a place in the grand final with a 9-3 scoreline.
The FIFA Global Series keeps coming, with two events in London on the horizon. First off, we return to the Gfinity Arena for an LQE this coming weekend 2nd-3rd February, and a week later we will see the finest FIFA clubs around in the world in the FIFA eClub World Cup.
FUT Champions Cups continue to run until April, and then we turn our attentions to the FIFA Global Series Playoffs in June, before the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final in July.