London – Donovan «TekKz» Hunt does not surprise you, as the best in the world. 17-year-old walking on Gfinity Arena in Fulham, London, with his head down, covers both the hood, which does not always seem to leave the top of his head and a cap. And ink that makes a bright red Liverpool jersey he wears stand out even more.
Donovan «TekKz» Hunt, 17, with & # 39 is the first champion ePremier League after beating Kyle «KyleLeese_» Leese 6-2 in the grand final.
In 7 years, Reece Rusher was pro football prospect of playing in the youth academy of FC Southampton. Fifteen years later, he competes for the national team, but in the digital arena.
If you catch a glimpse of his face, his youthful features guaranteed to make you feel old. He is young, and it looks like it may have letting go of & # 39; appearance of lack of experience compared to the other, but he & # 39 is the most dangerous competitor in ePremier League.
"I think I'm the favorite here, of course," he said on Wednesday, correcting an issue that appealed to him as soon as one of the favorites for the first ever title Prem & # 39; er League eSports, contested by FIFA Ultimate Team EA Sport on Xbox one and PS4.
Reading this passage, it would seem that the arrogance of TekKz, but, as he says, that makes it sound anything but. It's almost as if he was tired, pointing to what he considered the best player of Xbox One FIFA in the world, with more than double the points Global Series, than the next best player, the current world champion Mosaad «Msdossary» Aldossary. He makes winning look easy composing, and ePremier league offer only the best players in the UK, not the world as competition, he knows that this is one event that he should be winning.
But in fact, only the pressure on him to win this event comes from himself. Its massive Global Series indicates the total amount of money, he could take on the rest of the season from and still qualify for eWorld Cup later this year, and the lack of prize money means that there is no financial incentive to win the competition. Rather Hunt plays for one thing: to bring Liverpool, his favorite football club, the first trophy Prem & # 39; er-League in his life.
"When I realized that the prime minister's & # 39; er League suits there was only one team I would like to introduce, and it was in Liverpool," says TekKz. "I would not allow myself to go to the tournament easier and less of a team compared to Liverpool, because I would have been unhappy with him, so I went to Liverpool, and I managed to win a qualifying match. It's massive for me, and I just want to have my family & # 39; I'm proud of representing them. "
TekKz lifelong Liverpool fan, in part due to the influence of his father. If TekKz won a qualifying match Liverpool – all 20 clubs Prem & # 39; er League had tournaments to find the Xbox One and PS4 participant in the final – he just left the plane from Atlanta after winning ELEAGUE FUT Cup, bringing some serious & # 39; serious jet lag. His father soon he exchanged messages with the request to get the tickets at the moment to be Liverpool's matches, he was part of the club. Adherence to any other team would be blasphemy, and what they title Prem & # 39; er-League would be a dream come true.
On Thursday, TekKz made unfavorable start ePremier League finals, losing his opening match Manchester City – ironic given the real battle for Prem title & # 39; er League that goes on in this season.
But the fact that the loss of Connor «iBattle Cat» Keys did not bother TekKz. Even before the start of the tournament, he said that he could very well lose this match, as it was against one of the toughest opponents in the group, and iBattle Cat will have a game advantage in the first round of the game, while TekKz occurs in cold having been a player in his team of five groups, spent the first stage of a round robin format.
But TekKz predicted that even if he loses to Manchester City, he quickly bounce back and make it through the group stage. Not surprisingly, he was right.
"Tournaments gets harder and harder as all learning to play more," says TekKz. "Like everyone else better, I have to think, how to improve, and I'm learning how to cope better in different situations. Let's say there ten minutes before the end, and I'm down for several purposes, now I know what I'm going to come back. I've just improved as a player himself. When people catch up with me, I always try to learn something that to them. "
Liverpool-Manchester City match meeting was only TekKz lost in one of the strongest performances in the FIFA world saw. Many of his games have been close, but somehow he always found a way to come back, often at a very late stage of the game, having spent the early part of figuring out how his opponent plays, and then change their style to counter them.
The Xbox One final he compete against Diogo «SCP Diogo" Mendez, who represented Fulham. Shocking start saw Fulham lead 2-0 early in the first game, but in the 90th minute in the second game the score was back even at 3-3. Extra time started and the match continues with the & # 39 are the most interesting of the entire event, with chances at both ends. But then, in extra time in the second half of extra time, TekKz failed to get goals from seemingly nowhere, who sent it explodes out of his seat, leaving the headset to the ground and jumped in celebration, as he knew that it was a goal that will crown its Xbox One champion, and send it to the grand finale.
Although the final Xbox was great to watch the final against Manchester United Kyle «KyleLeese_» Leese it was destroyed. TekKz fell to a 6-2 victory over two legs, even winning 4-1 on the PS4, which Leese was crowned champion at the earlier. Taking down bitter rivals Liverpool in the final of the US makes the victory even sweeter. Under the & # 39; volume trophy, of course, was not a new experience, but this time, unlike most of his other wins the tournament, there was a big check to go with it.
The lack of prize money was perhaps the most controversial aspect of the League ePremier. Almost all the other important event in the FIFA calendar, thousands of dollars are up for grabs, and even small events usually have some kind of prize. When you look at the kind of money involved with other aspects of Prem & # 39; er-League, a $ 20,000 prize pool, it seems like a drop in the ocean, and that could easily put together.
"It is ridiculous that there is no prize money for ePremier League tournament," said TekKz the tournament. "New players have qualified here who are learning. They come to the tournament, and they have to tell their parents, and so they come to the tournaments and parents, such as: "Oh, [there’s] there is no money. " I believe that it is disappointing aspect.
"For me, I do not mind the prize money, I just want to win trophies and tournaments I win money at the same time. If I can continue to win other tournaments, and then came here to win the trophy, it's fine with me. But it would be ideal if the prize money. "
Asked about the absence of the prize pool, Will Brass, Head of Sales and Marketing in Prem & # 39; er League, said: "It was something that we thought, but eventually, we realized the biggest attraction of the event was to compete in the official Prem & # 39; er-league competition, victory, hope, pretty cool trophy, but perhaps most importantly, to present some of the biggest and best-loved clubs in the world.
"And this treatment has been shown to the number of people who participated, we got some of the best players in the world who play in this competition. So that the level of interaction appears to be, it approved the decision, such as it was, and we are pleased to see how many people are involved in the end. "
But when all was said and done, TekKz was born in front of cameras – the event was shown in full & # 39; the amount of Sky Sports in the UK, as well as on Facebook and Twitch – with a huge smile on his face, holding ePremier League trophy. He can not win money and points Global Series does not really mean that much more of him, but he was able to bring the award trophy & # 39; er-League Liverpool FC, and he hopes that his success can be a catalyst for major Liverpool team this season.
"It is clear that this year in Liverpool, our actual football team has a great chance to win the championship," said TekKz. "We just need to Manchester City to drop points once and for us to win the rest of our games.
"To win the league is not as easy as it sounds, but if Liverpool do win the championship, and I win here, I take all the credit for the violation trophy drought in the premiership & # 39; er League."