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Key storylines to follow in E-League Season 3

The E-League 2020 season kicks off this weekend, and there’s a number of key storylines surrounding this campaign to follow as all the action unfolds.

With a brand new tournament format in place for season three the competition is set to go to the next level as each competitor fights for a place at the place FIFA eWorld Cup.

Read on to see all the key storylines ahead of the E-League 2020 season!

Can Sydney make it three in a row?

On the back of Mark ‘FUTWIZ_Marko’ Brijeski’s Championship-winning performance in 2019 Sydney FC head into the 2020 E-League campaign with a chance to win their third title on the bounce.

Brijeski will be accompanied by Jamie ‘FUTWIZ Jamie’ O’Doherty on Xbox at the Sky Blues; O’Doherty is joining forces with Brijeski after spending the past two seasons at Adelaide United.

Both Brijeski and O’Doherty approach the competition with some velocity; they’re both professional players with esports team ‘FUTWIZ’, and are the only Australian duo to have both qualified for the eClub World Cup.

With Brijeski and O’Doherty forming a formidable partnership the Sky Blues could well be in for another successful season as they chase a three-peat of E-League Championships.

Mark BrijeskiBrijeski is looking to defend his title in 2020

Pathway to FIFA eWorld Cup opens up for competitors

The E-League 2020 season will get underway on Saturday, February 15 with the stakes well and truly raised.

An announcement from EA Sports confirmed the E-League is now a legitimate pathway for competitors to book a spot at the FIFA eWorld Cup.

The E-League has become a League Qualifying Tournament II of the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series which will result in the E-League 2020 Champion receiving 450 Global Series Points, an increase of 250 points from the 2019 campaign.

The alteration of the competition’s framework means there’s so much more on the line in 2020, and the players that rise highest to the challenge will reap great reward.

New format changes the game

With an exciting new season of E-League action about to unfold it was only fitting the tournament would follow an equally exciting new format to match.

A revamp from the previous two seasons has seen the E-League 2020 Season campaign transform into a two-day competition played over 11 rounds split on Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, March 7 at the ESL Studios in Sydney.

The E-League 2020 Finals Series will then be held on Saturday, 9 May 2020 at the newly developed Fortress Melbourne, the largest gaming and esports venue in the Southern Hemisphere.

With all the action boiling down to three match days, the way each competitor will approach the 2020 campaign will be different to anything we’ve seen in previous E-League instalments, making this campaign – and the way each player approaches it – more intriguing than ever.

Another Gomes joins the fray

His brother Marcus is an international esports star, and now 18-year-old Dillon Gomes has joined Perth Glory for E-League 2020 with the aim of following in his footsteps.

Marcus Gomes was the first professional esports player in Australian football; the Melbourne City Xbox player competed in the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Finals in London in 2019 as well as the E-Leage 2019 Grand Final which he lost to Champion Brijeski.

Joining Glory to compete on PS4, Dillon Gomes is getting his first taste of action at the highest level in Australia, and will be eager to show the league he’s more than ready to forge a similarly successful path in esports as his older brother has done before him.

Marcus Gomes
Marcus Gomes will compete for Melbourne City once again this season

All matches throughout the E-League 2020 Season and E-League 2020 Finals Series will once again be streamed on Twitch.

Click here – tickets are available now

Further details regarding the E-League can be found at a-league.com.au/e-league

Click here for more information regarding the FIFA eWorld Cup

To keep up to date on social media follow on Twitter @EleagueAus, Instagram @eleagueaustralia or Facebook @eleagueaustralia

E-League 2020 – EVENT DETAILS

What: E-League 2020 Season – Match Day 1

When: From 10.00am (AEDT) Saturday, 15 February 2020

Where: ESL Studios, 4/199 Parramatta Rd, Auburn NSW

About the E-League 2020 

E-League 2020 Season – Match Day 1: Saturday, 15 February 2020 @ ESL Studios, Sydney

E-League 2020 Season – Match Day 2: Saturday, 7 March 2020 @ ESL Studios, Sydney

E-League 2020 Finals Series: Saturday, 9 May 2020 @ Fortress Melbourne

Key Points

  • Each Hyundai A-League Club will have two representative competitors (1 x PS4 and 1 Xbox One)
  • Each club will play against every other club once over 11 Rounds (two event days)
  • Points during the regular season will be calculated based on the aggregate results over the two console legs (PS4 + Xbox One) for the points table to determine the E-League 2020 Premiers.
  • Individual console results will then be used to determine the seedings structure for each console for the E-League 2020 Finals Series
  • Each Fixture in the E-League 2020 Finals Series will be over two legs.
  • The console winners will then play-off, over two-legs, for the title of E-League 2020 Champion
  • The E-League 2020 Champion will receive 450 Global Series Points 

E-League 2020 – Fixture Schedule

Match Day 1 – Saturday, 15 February 2020 Match Day 2 – Saturday, 7 March 2020
Round 1 Round 7
Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers FC Melbourne City FC v Brisbane Roar FC
Brisbane Roar FC v Wellington Phoenix Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United
Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC Newcastle Jets v Western United FC
Melbourne City FC v Perth Glory Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix
Western United FC -Bye Central Coast Mariners-Bye
Round 2 Round 8
Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City FC Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Newcastle Jets
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar FC Western United FC v Melbourne Victory
Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United Adelaide United v Melbourne City FC
Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Western United FC Brisbane Roar FC v Central Coast Mariners
Melbourne Victory-Bye Sydney FC-Bye
Round 3 Round 9
Brisbane Roar FC v Western United FC Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers FC Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar FC
Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix Perth Glory v Adelaide United
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC Sydney FC v Western United FC
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Adelaide United -Bye Melbourne City FC-Bye
Round 4 Round 10
Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Sydney FC
Sydney FC v Melbourne City FC Western United FC v Perth Glory
Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets
Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Brisbane Roar FC Brisbane Roar FC v Melbourne Victory
Western United FC v Adelaide United Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City FC
Newcastle Jets-Bye Wellington Phoenix-Bye
Round 5 Round 11
Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United Western United FC v Wellington Phoenix
Melbourne City FC v Western United FC Adelaide United v Sydney FC
Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers FC Brisbane Roar FC v Perth Glory
Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets
Perth Glory v Sydney FC Melbourne City FC v Melbourne Victory
Brisbane Roar FC-Bye Western Sydney Wanderers FC -Bye
Round 6  
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Melbourne City FC
Western United FC v Central Coast Mariners
Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar FC
Perth Glory-Bye

E-League 2020 Finals Series

E-League 2020 Finals Series – Saturday, 9 May 2020 @ Fortress Melbourne
Play-offs – Console
Play-Off 1 (PO1) 8 v 9 – First Leg
8 v 9 – Second Leg
Play-Off 2 (PO2) 7 v 10 – First Leg
7 v 10 – Second Leg
Play-Off 3 (PO3) 6 v 11 – First Leg
6 v 11 – Second Leg
Quarter Finals – Console
Quarter Final (QF1) 1 v (PO1) – First Leg
1 v (PO1) – Second Leg
Quarter Final (QF2) 4 v 5 – First Leg
4 v 5 – Second Leg
Quarter Final (QF3) 2 v (PO2) – First Leg
2 v (PO2) – Second Leg
Quarter Final (QF4) 3 v (PO3) – First Leg
3 v (PO3) – Second Leg
Semi Finals- Console
Semi Final 1 (SF1) Winner of QF1 v Winner of QF2 – First Leg
Winner of QF1 v Winner of QF2 – Second Leg
Semi Final 2 (SF2) Winner of QF3 v Winner of QF4 – First Leg
Winner of QF3 v Winner of QF4 – Second Leg
Console Final
Final Winner of SF1 v Winner of SF2 – First Leg
Winner of SF1 v Winner of SF2 – Second Leg
E-League 2020 Grand Final
GF Winner of PS4 Final v Winner of Xbox One Final – First Leg
Winner of Xbox One Final v Winner of PS4 Final – Second Leg

Source: Key storylines to follow in E-League Season 3
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