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.


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!