esad1memic wins the FIFA season after an incredible final and a penalty shootout!

The title that was finally back after being featured in the first season, FIFA, showed us that the region still has it when it comes to our virtual footballers. We watched seven qualifiers unfold as the best of the best kept delivering and made a great show for anyone interested in the game. The SWISS and playoffs stage finished recently and now, we have a new FIFA A1 Adria League champion.

Jasik had a clean 3-0 score in the SWISS league, while HarisBLrob1 was eliminated without getting a single win. esad1memic and amke2001 booked a spot in the playoffs with a 3-1 record. In the fifth round, rob1 was the player who got the W and advanced to the next stage of the tournament.

Jasik outplayed rob1 in the first semifinal. Both the matches finished with Jasik having a three-goal lead at the end. After a 3-0 loss in the first match, rob1 lost the second game as well, this time, the final score was 4-1 in favor of Jasik. The second semi was pretty close as esad1memic won the first two games with a single goal advantage. At the final whistle of the referee, esad1memic won the matches with a 2-1 and 3-2 results, respectively.

In the third-place decider, amke came out as the better player. And after an amazing Grand Final match that our caster PvtMole commentated, esad1memic was crowned the best FIFA player in the fifth season of A1 Adria League.


All of the top players will soon collect their earned rewards and Esad “esad1memic” Memić now has the A1 Adria League winners belt under his name. We want to thank all the players that participated in the qualifiers, and the number reached over 400. Thanks to the admins and the guys from the FIFA Balkan Community, and we will be glad if this tournament helps their community grow and develop even more. As for the players who didn’t end in the top eight, keep practicing and we will see you in the next season!

esad1memic and Alpha Elite snatch victories in the sixth qualifiers!

One more A1 Adria League qualifier is all that remains before we advance to the next stage of this season of the League. The favorites prevailed once again in the sixth qualifier and the leaderboard is now nearly completed.

Brawl Stars

Mayoi finished the sixth qualifier a bit earlier than usual, falling to FA Deadly in the quarterfinals. Mayoi are still second in the overall leaderboard, but Good Game have great chances of overrunning them and securing the second spot. Undefeated outplayed Crna ruka, while Good Game came out as the winners in their match versus Pekari. Alpha Elite remained undefeated and proceeded to the semifinals over Easy Win in the last match of the quarterfinals.

In the first semifinal, FA Deadly beat Undefeated without any problems and secured the first spot in the finals. The ex-Good Game 2 team, now playing as Alpha Elite, dominated the Good Game squad and once again entered the finals of the qualifier.

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FIFA

After a win in the Round of 16, brstimir couldn’t get past arminho0307 and finished the sixth qualifier in the top 8. senozabac advanced to the quarterfinals but couldn’t beat rob1 who won this match after beating Hardi in his top 16 matchup. JasikFIFA and lexylexxx met in the fifth round after victories against Brunoh4545 and eldorado2912, respectively.

JasikFifa was the better football player in this game and advanced to the semifinals. In the Bosnian quarterfinal derby between amke2001 and esad1memic, we had the chance to see esad1memic outplay amke and secure the semifinal match against JasikFifa. esad1memic managed to breeze past Jasik, while in the other semifinal, rob1 bested arminho. At the end of the day, Jasik snatched the third place, while esad1memic finished the qualifier as the champion.

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rob1 and Alpha Elite continue dominating in the fifth qualifier!

Only two Brawl Stars & FIFA A1 Adria League qualifiers remain before the second stage of the League. Alpha Elite and rob1 once again destroyed the competition and further strengthened their place on the top of the leaderboard.

Brawl Stars

QSKE Gaming’s Brawl Stars team ended the fifth qualifier in the Round of 16 after a loss to FA Deadly. Good Game bested ULC eSports and Free Agents outplayed Team Placenici without much trouble. Banda Kasharit managed to breeze past Crna ruka, while Easy Win won their match versus APOLLO. In the quarterfinals of the qualifier Alpha Elite once again went to the semifinals after a victory against Banda Kasharit. FA Deadly won their duel against MarkoYouTube’s Free Agents and in the last quarterfinal match, Good Game advanced to the semis over Predators.

The first semifinal saw Alpha Elite take a 3-0 victory versus Easy Win. After Mayoi were eliminated earlier in the competition, this served as an ideal chance for Alpha Elite to finally take that first place on the leaderboard. FA Deadly had a stellar performance in their 3-1 victory versus Good Game and secured the second finals spot. Alpha Elite once again topped the qualifiers and added another 100 points next to their name.

Alpha Elite are now in the charge of the Brawl Stars leaderboard with 300 points while Mayoi are close second with 280. Free Agents and Good Game are still pretty close to the first two teams, with 270 and 235 points, respectively. Easy Win are close behind these two, while FA Deadly and So Bad are falling behind more and more every qualifier.

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FIFA

Last week’s finalist, JasikFIFA, was eliminated early in the Round of 16 by edenn95. The Montenegrin player ArsoDr beat Erminjamak and arminho0307 was the better player in his match against HRVoje-95. In the other, more notable matches brstimir managed to get past HarisBL, while Hardi ended this qualifier after a loss to esad1memic.

rob1 advanced to the semifinals with his victory versus edenn95. Harun came out as the better player in the Bosnian derby with esad1memic, while arminho0307 ended ArsoDr’s winning streak in the third quarterfinal. brstimir fell short to Cano 19 11 with the latter securing a matchup against arminho0307 in the semis.

rob1 won the second qualifier in a row after victories against Harun and arminho0307. Harun, who lost the semifinal match against rob1 managed to finish 3rd after a win versus Cano 19 11 in the third-place decider. With these A1 Adria League qualifiers coming to an end, rob1 currently stands strong with 250 points, with arminho coming second at 180.

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Mayoi and rob1 claim the top in Brawl Stars and FIFA!

The fourth qualifier for the fifth season of A1 Adria League has drawn to a close and some of the teams and players in FIFA and Brawl Stars are starting to cement their top places on the leaderboard.

Brawl Stars

After falling short in the third qualifier, Predators managed to advance to the quarterfinals this time. Rookies were better than THE GOOD FIGHTE while Easy Win didn’t have any problems in their match against So Bad. Lavvek’s Good Game team bested Come Back and right after them, the former Good Game 2 and Free Agents players, now playing as Alpha Elite, beat Banda Kasharit in their matchup.

In this qualifier’s quarterfinals, Rookies secured a spot in the semifinals while Easy Win couldn’t get past Good Game. Alpha Elite beat their ex-teammate and the rest of Free Agents and ULC eSports finished their qualifier journey in the quarterfinals again, after a loss to Mayoi.

Rookies’ great streak came to an end in the semifinal where they faced Good Game. Blarneyy & Rookies couldn’t beat the experienced guys from Good Game and they finished this qualifier at 3rd-4th. Alpha Elite breezed past Mayoi in the semifinals and with their final victory versus Good Game, they won a second consecutive qualifier, earning 100 more points.

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FIFA

One of the more interesting matches in the Round of 16 was the FIFAFICO versus Harun matchup where surprisingly, Harun took the win and eliminated FIFAFICO from this qualifier. rob1 bested arminho0307 while Persunipzs was better than Erminjamak. In the quarterfinals, Jasik outplayed Persunipzs and amke2001 advanced to the semis past Harun. rob1 managed to beat senozabac while esad1memic ended Sko_gbo5’s semifinal dreams.

amke2001 won the Bosnian semifinal derby versus esad1memic, while in the other semifinal we saw one more Bosnian player in Jasik secure a spot in the Grand Final. rob1 beat esad1memic in the 3rd place decider, and in the finals, amke got the W and earned himself the biggest amount of points in this qualifier.

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CS:GO qualifiers draw to a close; Brawl Stars and FIFA20 continue!

During the previous week we saw the last CS:GO qualifiers in which we got the remaining four teams for the SWISS League, while Brawl Stars and FIFA had their third qualifier played with more points split between the best teams.

CS:GO

In the third CS:GO qualifier we saw familiar faces make it through to the League. The former Juggernauts player, Luka “c0llins” Živanović secured one of the spots along with his team, Shock Bomb. On the other side of the bracket, QSKE Gaming played a mixed squad containing some of the most famous names in the region, COLOMBIANA. The Macedonian squad managed to breeze past Nemanja “sarenii” Šarenac and COLOMBIANA and take the sixth spot in the upcoming season of A1 Adria League.

The last chance for qualifying was on Sunday when we saw the mix team karavan and the current A1 Adria League champions, Juggernauts, take the two remaining spots. karavan had a really intense match against eSportsKosova in the semifinal, but they managed to slip past their opponents after two overtimes. Juggernauts, on the other side, showed everyone that the champions are back, and even with a new player in David “devoduvek” Dobrosavljević had no problems against the competition.

Brawl Stars

One of the best teams from the previous two qualifiers, Good Game, got upset and eliminated from Crna ruka in their Round of 16 match. GetRekt got wrecked by So Bad, while Alpha Elite managed to get past Banda Kasharit. The modified Free Agents squad lost a tight 2-3 game against FA Deadly and Mayoi secured a spot in the quarterfinals in their match against Predators.

So Bad bested Crna Ruka and Good Game 2 outplayed ULC eSports in the first two quarterfinal games. Come Back had a clean victory against Sabasniper’s Deadly Black squad and in the last game, Mayoi secured a spot as one of the best four teams in the qualifier again.

Good Game 2 definitely had a great run in the third qualifier and a victory versus So Bad earned a spot in the finals for the second Good Game squad. After finishing second in the previous qualifier, Mayoi repeated history once again and finished the third qualifier in second place, after a loss to the newly-formed Good Game 2.

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FIFA 20

esad1memic and Harun won their Round of 16 matches against Aki and Hardi, respectively. Persunipzs rob1 bested macer maci while brstimir advanced to the quarterfinals with a clean win versus Erminjamak. Week one’s champion, FIFAFICO was eliminated by Persunipzs, finishing the third qualifier at 9th-16th and discoluzer didn’t let Tamur_gbo98 get to the quarterfinals.

Persunipzs won his match against discoluzer with ease and at the same time, brstimir fell short to rob1. Harun beat his countryman, esad1memic, while HarisBL secured a W versus Privaty01 in the upper part of the bracket.

HarisBL couldn’t outplay Harun so he fell to the third-place decider match, while in the other semifinal, rob1 managed to beat Persunipzs and qualify for the events final. In the Grand Final of the third qualifier, the Serbian player rob1 came out as the better player and earned the grand 100 points from this week’s qualifier.

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Kora_Sensei, FBC: “This will completely change the level of competing we had!”

While we are waiting for the second qualifying round to start, I used the time to talk to Maid “Kora_Sensei” Korić, the creator and one of the owners of the FIFA Balkan Community. As FIFA is coming back to the upcoming season of A1AL, Maid had a lot to tell us about the constantly growing FIFA community and the format that will be used in the following seasons of the competition.

You are one of the FIFA Balkan Community owners. The Facebook group has over five thousand members and you are actively doing events and tournaments for the regional FIFA community. Tell me, how did you come up with the idea to create this group?

I created FIFA Balkan community back in 2014 and it was originally created for the free FIFA title “FIFA World”. Back then, the only reason for me to create the group was my competitive behavior, being a hard-core FIFA player I wanted to gather other players with the same enthusiasm to compete at one place. The first few tournaments were eight-player tournaments consisting of few of my real-life friends but with the help of other Admins, we grew a lot. These days we are hosting 100+ player tournaments, few big content creators have their roots in this group, we have players with esport contracts, we have casters, designers, everything that a high-end community should have. A lot more than we could imagine happened, but we still have a lot of room for improvement.

Running a community without sponsored tournaments and prize-based events is often hard in our region. This often hurts smaller games but in this case, even a huge title such as FIFA took a big hit, resulting in the regional FIFA esports scene to be behind other titles of that caliber. Happily, we here at A1 are ready to help the FIFA community grow and we hope that the talented Adriatic players will get noticed in the near future.

What is your opinion on the current state of FIFA in our region? Are there a lot of competitive players ready to take the next step in their careers?

The state of FIFA as an esport in our region was always kind of “behind” other games like CS:GO, League of Legends and other big titles, but not because it lacked the number of players or players not being good enough for the competitive scene, but because of us not having a proper chance to present the show we can make. Until now, A1 Adria league recognized the potential FIFA has, and our whole community is very thankful and ready to show what we can do. We definitely have a lot of esport-ready players that haven’t had a proper place to show their skill, but now there is a huge chance for those players to find their path in the esport world because now we have a big tournament where they could represent some existing esport companies, or even make some real-life football teams get into esports with signing one of our talents.

What does it mean for the FBC to have their game included in a competition of A1 Adria League’s caliber? How will this impact the growth of your community?

Throughout the last six years, all of our tournaments were “fun-based”, meaning that there was no entry fee, but also no prize money for the winners.  A1 Adria League including FIFA in their new season will completely change the level of competing we had, in a good way, of course, it will make our community grow a lot, making it even better place for casuals to step up their game, for good players to make it professional, and for content creators to share their content with people interested in it.

It’s often hard to choose the playing platform for multi-platform games such as FIFA, but Kora_Sensei used data from his community to help us choose the platform which will satisfy the biggest number of competitors. The next two seasons will feature two slightly different formats and Maid took his time in explaining the Stages of the competition in big detail.

Talk to me about the format of the FIFA20 competition for the fifth season. On which platform will the game be played and how can players qualify for the league? Which format will be featured in the Main stage, and how will be the playoffs be played out?

The competition will be played in the “Ultimate Team” mode since it’s the official game mode in which all tournaments around the world are being played. We decided to play the tournament on the Playstation 4 platform, because based on the number of players in our community, PS4 has the most and the best players by far. Registrations for tournaments are open for everybody in our region, and it’s completely free to participate.

For season 5, the following format will take place. We will be hosting seven qualifier tournaments, one each Saturday starting from 9th of May, qualifier tournaments will be played in a single-elimination format, with the top 16 players earning points from each qualifier. After 7 qualifier tournaments, the top eight players with the highest number of points in our rankings will compete in the playoffs for the prize money. Those top 8 players will compete in a SWISS style tournament, with the top four competitors advancing to the final bo3 knockout stage.

Season 6 will have some slight differences, the main one is having the top four players compete in Zagreb at a LAN event, with all expenses covered by A1. Season 6 qualifiers will have 2 stages, the first one on FIFA20 which will give us 2 players for the LAN event, and the second part of qualifiers will be held on FIFA 21 providing our second pair of players for our LAN event in November.

While most of the players compete against friends and in smaller tournaments, the regional FIFA community has some veterans that are playing FIFA at a high level for years. There are a lot of players who could secure the first place in the fifth season which makes the upcoming season even more competitive for the players and more fun for the spectators.

Who do you think are the FIFA favorites for the upcoming season of A1 Adria League? Who are some newer players that impressed you recently and have a chance in the League? Will a regional FIFA veteran secure the first place in the end?

It’s very hard to single out few names, but for sure this will make even casual players step it up to ruin the plans of the “big boys”. The last two years produced some new talents in our region that conquered some of the big names in other tournaments and game modes like the “Weekend League”. I think the favorites for Season 5 will be Miloš “brstimir” Majdevac (CZV Esports), Esad “esad1memic” Memić, Đorđe “McJasik” Cumbo, Marko “Kota” Kotnik, and the Persaj twins Luka and Robert from Novi Sad. There are a lot more players that could win it all, but these are my personal favorites, no hard feelings fo the others.

Anything that you want to say to your fans, followers, and the FIFA players in our region?

Would not call them fans, we are just sharing the same passion and making this big together, but for those that think they are above average at FIFA, I have a message:

Finally, you have a stage to prove that you are good. Beating two of your mates at a local Gaming Caffe does not make you a good player. Show your skill on the biggest FIFA stage the Balkan has seen, and fill those pockets with some cash from the comfort of your home sofa.

The things that Kora_Sensei did with the FBC are phenomenal. Starting a community without any help is incredibly hard and still, they managed to hold their ground and keep improving. As mentioned in one of his replies, Kora started this group as a FIFA World group for hardcore players to compete in one place. The community developed and became the most well-organized FIFA center for the regional players, where tournaments are organized on a regular basis, but without proper financial support. We thank the FBC for their dedication to the project and we hope that A1 Adria League will be the proving ground for the regional FIFA up-and-comers.

 

Are you the next regional esports superstar?

During the last year, we witnessed two action-packed seasons of A1 Adria League filled with high-tier competition and incredible esports stories that unfolded at the Reboot Infogamer finals. QLASH Gaming’s Nikola was crowned the undisputed, back-to-back Clash Royale champion after winning both the 3rd and 4th season, while in the CS:GO part, ex-BLUEJAYS managed to dethrone Team uNIQUE in front of a fully-packed A1 5G arena at the Infogamer finals. reqvam was crowned champion in the third season of Hearthstone but also lost the title to Paljuha in November – and ultimately we saw Tim 123 and Level Up splitting the prey in the Dota2 tournament.

Another year of amazing Esports action

2020 will continue in a similar fashion! A1 Adria League returns with two new action-packed seasons of amazing esports action. In the 5th season, Adria gamers will get the opportunity to compete in four games – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Clash Royale as returning titles will be joined by FIFA20 and Brawl Stars!

Just like in our previous adventures, we want A1 Adria League to be a proving ground for up-and-coming Esports talents in the region. Considering the threats of the COVID-19 crisis, the fifth season will be fully-played online, and we see it as a perfect opportunity to provide a spotlight for some new Esports communities to show their finest players and teams.

While both Hearthstone and DOTA2 were spectacular to watch and we saw regional players of the highest calibre competing, we decided to put it on hold for the upcoming two seasons. We want to thank everyone from the Hearthstone and DOTA2 world – staff, talent, players and fans that helped make the last two seasons great for everyone.

Brawl Stars in the fifth Season!

Brawl Stars has been taking the world of mobile Esports by storm! After witnessing some great efforts by Supercell on building competitive foundations with their Monthly Championship Challenge, we have decided to test the regional waters provide a platform for Adria Brawlers to showcase their skill.

The qualifiers for Brawl Stars will begin on the 7th of May and will be played every Thursday for the following seven weeks. The qualifiers will be played in a single-elimination format, while double-elimination will decide the best team in the playoffs. The team that has not been eliminated in an open qualifier will be declared the winner of that week’s qualifier.

Every qualifier brings points that are distributed in the following way:

  • First place – 100 points
  • Second place – 80 points
  • Third place – 60 points
  • Fourth place – 40 points
  • Fifth to eight place – 25 points

The teams with most points in all the seven open qualifiers will earn a spot in the online playoffs where they will play the double-elimination format.

What are you waiting for? Charge your phones and tablets, enter the A1 Adria League arena and show us who is the best regional Brawler!

Clash Royale in the fifth Season!

The fifth season will feature only one open qualifier for Clash Royale, while the other competitors will get direct invites to the tournament. The best team from the single-elimination qualifier will advance to the Round-Robin Group Stage (each of the competitors play each other).  The first four teams from the Group Stage will advance to the playoffs where we will be featuring the Gauntlet format. All of the playoffs teams will be able to make one roster change by contacting the A1 Adria League management. The roster change must not be a player that competed during the season, and the change needs to be submitted at least 48 hours before the start of the playoffs.

The back-to-back champion Nikola is once again considered the favourite for winning the next season – will he finally be dethroned, or will he remain the Astralis of A1 Adria League Clash Royale? It’s up to you, competitors.

FIFA20 in the fifth Season!

After three long years, FIFA is coming back to the big stage as we are ready to find out who will steal the throne from Edinho. The development of Adria community has been a joy to watch thus far and we are eager to find out who are the best regional competitors at this moment.

The FIFA20 League will begin with the Open qualifiers – an unlimited number of players will be able to participate in the seven single-elimination open qualifiers. The matches during the qualifiers will be played in BO1 mode until the best four teams are decided. The first four teams will play BO3 games and the best team will be decided.

Every qualifier brings points, and they are split in the following manner:

  • First place – 100 points
  • Second place – 70 points
  • Third place – 50 points
  • Fourth place – 40 points
  • Fifth to eight place – 20 points
  • Ninth to sixteenth place – 10 points

Eight players with the most points earned through the qualifiers will be competing in the second stage of the tournament – the SWISS League. Competitors will be paired against each other using a set of rules designed to ensure that each competitor plays versus an opponent with a similar running score, but not the same opponent more than once. The players that successfully secure three wins will advance to the single-elimination BO3 playoffs.

We are excited to see the best dribbles, free kicks and Tiki-Taka players that this region can offer. Who will repeat Edinho’s success from the first season this time?

CS:GO in the fifth Season!

A1 Adria League has been the home to superstars for three years now. Nexa, huNter, LETN1 and emi proved their worth with CR4ZY at StarLadder Major in Berlin, while juanflatroo and synnopsy from Team uNiQUE signed professional contracts with Team Secret. The Serbian powerhouse JUGGERNAUTS, our reigning champions are constantly showing good results on the European scene and had some great runs in Minor and FLASHPOINT qualifiers.

The Adriatic scene is constantly producing new talent, so we are eagerly waiting for the new season to find out who is the best regional Counter-Strike competitor.

The eight teams competing in the SWISS League will be determined through four Open qualifiers. An unlimited number of teams will be able to participate in the single-elimination qualifiers where a BO1 mode will be featured until the semi-finals, which will be played in a Best of 3 mode. The best two teams from each qualifier will secure a spot in the SWISS League.

In the second stage, teams will play a SWISS League which fill decide the best four teams that will be advancing do the playoffs. The league will be played in a BO1 format with the decider games being played as BO3 matches. Four teams that will get three wins in the SWISS League will play a double-elimination format in the playoffs, with all the games being played as Best of 3 matches.

YOUR GAME IS NOT ON THE LIST?

Don’t worry! We are actively keeping an eye on all Esports communities in the Adria region, and the recent campaign on Social Media showed us how passionate you are about titles like League of Legends, Rainbow Six: Siege, PES, and others – even Rokcet Legaue, as our Facebook follower Ivan Časar would say.

The fifth season is now introduced with two new titles that caught our eye in early-2020, so make sure you tune in for future A1 Adria League streams, follow our adventures on Social Media, and provide a voice for your game!