One of FIFA esports most experienced pros, Nicklas “Nraseck 7” Raseck, secured a first major win by defeating Diego “Qlash Crazy” Campagnani 2-0 in the Grand Final of FUT Champions Cup Stage 2.
Campagnani entered the final undefeated but went down to a late goal in the Xbox leg. At 1-0 he would have fancied his chances heading into the 2nd leg to be played on his “home” console – the PS4. But an early goal by Nraseck and a wonder save by Yashin on 60 minutes was enough for the German to secure his long-awaited trophy.
Nraseck goes home with $50,000 and 2,000 Global Series Points, and the confidence of a champion that will serve him well for the rest of the season. The ex-Rogue player has been a regular fixture in latter stages of tournaments since FIFA 17, but a major trophy had, until now, been just out of reach.
How Nraseck defeated the worlds best on the way to winning FUT Champions Cup Stage 2
His path to the final wasn’t an easy one, as he came up against a who’s who of the worlds best FIFA players. He defeated Donovan “Tekkz” Hunt, winner of the previous FUT Champions Cup, not once, but twice in the group stages – then again in the semi-final.
The semi-final game, in particular, was a masterclass. One which many pros will look back on for tips on how to beat the worlds No.1. Tekkz look rattled after going down early and he simply couldn’t handle Nraseck’s attack. The German won the tie 5-2 – against an opponent who had not conceded a goal in knockout stages.
After these two victories plus another in the semi-finals of last years’ FUT Champions Cup 3 make Nraseck a true boogyman player for Tekk and one which the Fnatic pro will hope to avoid in the future.
Nraseck also put to the sword former Rogue teammate Mosaad “Msdossary” Aldossary, dumping him out in the quarters, as well as defeating one of the many Brazilian prospects Vinicius “Vini” Leiva in the Xbox console final. He came back from a goal down to win the tie 2-1 and booked his place in his 1st cross-console final.
Nraseck isn’t the most outspoken of players, but by the end of the weekend, he looked every bit the FIFA pro who has been a mainstay in the game since FIFA 17 – experienced, versatile in his tactics and calm under pressure. Based on these performances, he is an early favourite for FIFA eWorld Cup.