Ivan “BorasLegend” Lapanje from Sweden is a worthy Virgin Gaming Challenge Series Champion after beating pre-finalist favourite Rafael “Ralfitita” Riobó from Spain in the Grand Final 3v1 and wins himself $140,000.
At the start of the tournament 256 of the world’s best FIFA players converged on the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas for an exciting day of FIFA 13 competition.
As early as the 1st round the shocks started to roll in. Last years champion Adam Winster was drawn against his team mate from Team Dignitas Ty Walton. Ty scored the winner in the 89th minute to knock Adam off his pedestal.
Other qualifiers from round 1 included our good friends Giuseppe Guastella, Tom Stokes, Stephen Coorey, KSIOlajidebt, Danny Taylor, Alfonso Ramos, Olly Shaw, Dave Bytheway, Michael LaBelle, Julien Dassonville and Bruce Grannec.
The shocks continued in Round 2 as Ty Walton was knocked out as was Dave Bytheway by TCM team mate Olly Shaw in extra time and Aman Seddiqi.
Round 3 saw the players whittled down to the last 32 for when the Stream went live at the kick off of Round 4. Unfortunately Team Sweetpatch TV player Giuseppe Guastella exited at this stage.
The 1st game streamed in Round 4 was previous ESWC champion Adrien Viaud vs last years runner up Bryan Moeyaert. What you thought would be a close game was far from it as Adrien ran out 5v0 winner.
At the end of Round 4 16 players remained including some of the pre tournament favourites including Bruce Grannec, Rafael “Ralfitita” Riobó, Adrien Viaud, Alfonso Ramos, Danny Taylor and Tom Stokes. Surprisingly we lost Bruce as he was beaten by Ralfitita.
In the quarter finals we had the following key match ups (with winners highlighted):
Tom “tdaniels” Stokes v Sofiane “Jack_Bauer92” Rabah
Paweł “Sanczezik” Jędrzejski v Ivan “BorasLegend” Lapanje
Azzurra v Alfonso “A_Ramos11” Ramos
Danny Taylor v Rafael “Ralfitita” Riobó
The streamed match was Tom Stokes (UK) v Sofiane Rabah (FRA) and Tom was expected to win it and went 1v0 up. But to everyone’s surprise French FIFA player Sofiane turned it around and ran out 2v1 winner to progress to teh semi finals. Unknown Azzurra knocked out FIWC champion Ramos and Danny Taylor’s challenge finished as he was dominated by Ralfitita. Ivan quietly progressed in to the semi finals off evrybody’s radar as Ralfitita was now the majority’s favourite.
In the semi finals we had the following key match ups (with winners highlighted):
Sofiane “Jack_Bauer92” Rabah v Ivan “BorasLegend” Lapanje
Azzurra v Rafael “Ralfitita” Riobó
The streamed match was Azzurra v Ralfitita which turned out to be a one sided affair as Ralfitita progrssed in to the final in dominant form and deserved of his “favourite” status. In the other semi final Ivan won his way to the Grand Final.
Ivan went in to the final versus Ralfitita as the underdog and after just 3 FIFA minutes he went 0v1 down and everyone thought the favourite was looking good to wrap up the match very early on. But then after quarter of an hour Ivan struck back levelling the match up. It remained at 1v1 upto half time.
In to the 2nd half and Ivan started to dominate and scored further goals in the 54th minute with a great header and wrapped it up in the last few minutes to win 3v1 and overturn the odds and walk away from Las Vegas $140,000 the richer.
You can watch the full game below (fast forward to about 3:14:45).
Ivan was presented with his cheque for $140,000 by Virgin Gaming director Zack Zeldin and when interviewed Ivan responded with “I only got 5 hours sleep and felt so tired…” and also made everyone laugh when he said “I paid $50 for this stupid game and it win me $140,000!”
Congratulations to Ivan as he walked away a worthy winner and massive respect to Virgin Gaming and all involved for another excellent FIFA 13 Challenge Series.
Check out all our coverage which we provided live during the event here…
Virgin Gaming FIFA 13 Challenge Series Grand Final
So after all the qualification events and mass hysteria, the day has arrived when we will find out who will be crowned Virgin Gaming Challenge Series FIFA 13 Champion. From 17:00 UK time, 256 of the world’s top FIFA players will be whittled down to the final 2 to see who will be crowned champion.
@SweetpatchTV @VirginGaming Still the same @BruceGrannecMatthew Cross
"@SweetpatchTV: So who is your favourite now to win the @VirginGaming #FIFA13 #ChallengeSeries now before round 3?"@KSIOlajidebt !!!Idris .I. W
So who is your favourite now to win the @VirginGaming #FIFA13 #ChallengeSeries now before round 3?Sweetpatch TV
Round 3 kicking off in 10 mins up against SkaMzZ uk playerStokes
128 Players from 10:30 PST/18:30 GMT
Won my first game, then lost my second to utter luck. Good to see @michs09usa doing work though.Aman Seddiqi
I just won my second game round 5-1 again. Moving to round of 32. #ChallengeSeriesBruce Grannec
@VG_Football although next time i wont care… as i’ll be there competing ;)David Coolledge
@VG_Football seriously next cs you need an online bracket… talk about annoying -_-David Coolledge
Dignitas Ty has been knocked out in Round 2 in a 1-0 defeat #ChallengeSeriesTeam eNigma
http://yfrog.com/odpkjnyj Stokes defending is on point so far! Did not have a shot against him! #ChallengeSeriesTeam eNigma
TCM Shawzi advances after a 4-2 shutout in extra time and advances to Round 3 #ChallengeSeriesTeam eNigma
Victoire 4 – 0 au deuxième tour.Julien DASSONVILLE
Extra time inblund in the TCM match-up! Stay tuned Intense Game!! #ChallengeSeriesWill [ eNigma RnB ]
Just won round two… 2-1JJ
He’s done it! Stokes advances to Round 3 after a 1-0 win vs @tyler_soap good games all around! #ChallengeSeriesTeam eNigma
Given a bye in my second round match, next game is in half an hour.DT
Watching @BruceGrannec game 2 round @VirginGaming #ChallengeSeriesFred Vasquez
Another team kill inbound TCM Davebytheway & TCM Shawzi are facing up against each other in Round 2 #ChallengeSeriesWill [ eNigma RnB ]
256 Players from 09:00 PST/17:00 GMT
KSI at Virgin Challengescoorey
KSI at Virgin Challengescoorey
What no seeding?? Virgin Gaming #ChallengeSeries Defending champion @AdamWinster knocked out in round 1 by team mate @TyWalton_ #FIFA13FIFAAddiction
I just played and won my first game 5-1. #ChallengeSeries – http://instagr.am/p/VhSTUZhSLl/Bruce Grannec
Defending #ChallengeSeries champ @AdamWinster falls at R1 against @GAMEeNigma teammate @TyWalton_ . Harsh draw. http://pic.twitter.com/p9VWdEGZVG Football
Ok…Won the first game 3-0… LEGGO!!!!JJ
At #ChallengeSeries http://pic.twitter.com/Yhl3vPFqFred Vasquez
KSi won 3-0. I’ll put the match on YouTube soon. He celebrated by holding up a u mad bro shirt and shouting watcha gonna do at his oppenentStephen Coorey
TCM Demitri is knocked out in Round 1 after a close penalties match.Team eNigma
KSI advances after an easy 3-0 win in Round 1. #ChallengeSeriesTeam eNigma
Victoire 3 – 0 pour le premier match.Julien DASSONVILLE
First match won 4-0, I think I wont play second round cause my opponent dont show.#VamosRamosAlfonso Ramos Cuevas
Shock! Defending FIFA 13 #ChallengeSeries champion Adam Winster is OUT. Fallen at Round 1. Commiserations, @AdamWinsterVG Football
Former #ChallengeSeries Champion AdamW is knocked out in Round 1 by team mate Ty with a 89th minute goal!Will [ eNigma RnB ]
Won my first game 2-0 vs livio #ChallengeSeriesDT
The EA Sports #challengeseries for FIFA13 is under way with round 1 and 256 players battling for place on the next round!ReDeYe
KSI starting his match right now! Good luck buddy!! Don’t let me down! #challengeseriesZack Zeldin
Some really intense FIFA matches to start off the day! I’ve seen some crazy goals and crazy comebacks #challengeseries #EA #SONYPS3Zack Zeldin
@KSIOlajidebt slap some admin and get them to post a bracket so we can see -_-David Coolledge
Lads, the stream is at 8pm (GMT) xD apologiesJJ
Track all of eNigmas progress in Vegas for the #ChallengeSeries – http://team-enigma.co.uk/index.php?site=news_comments&newsID=235Gareth[eNigma ViTAL]
RT @SweetpatchTV: Watch the @VirginGaming #FIFA13 #ChallengeSeries Grand Final (with images, tweets) live with us | http://storify.com/sweetpatchtv/virgin-gaming-fifa-13-challenge-series-grand-finalFred Vasquez
The two Aussies that played at 9am: Scoorey and Maximilian are through to round 2 and $850Stephen Coorey
Needed to smarten up for today’s casting so I’m wearing a barely ironed green shirt with a grey tie. Innovator baby! #challengeseriesDanny O’Dwyer
Round 2 next game at 10 30 @TeamSweetpatch @VG_Football @VG_CarlGiuseppe Guastella
Stokes advances to Round 2 after a win vs Vendetta. Next game is 10.30 #LetsGo! #ChallengeSeriesWill [ eNigma RnB ]
Gotta love a million dollar video game tournament to start the weekend off right #challengeseriesZack Zeldin
Registrations take place from 07:30-08:00 PST/15:30-16:00 GMT
I just registered for #ChallengeSeries ! Now back in my room for some training before my first game. – http://instagr.am/p/VhJqzHhSOo/Bruce Grannec
Inside the event.. Tv’s everywhere. http://pic.twitter.com/FbdDHwBcOlly Shaw
IT IS TIME!!!! http://instagr.am/p/VhEgSJkkEk/JJ
FIFA Challenge up first and already filling up. #challengeseries http://instagr.am/p/VhD9m8tNAE/Fred Villarruel
Here we go http://pic.twitter.com/XPGB4TxXStephen Coorey
Let the games begin! @enigma_stokes @gameenigma playing FIFA13 for @EASports and @VirginGaming #ChallengeSeries http://pic.twitter.com/K01UjZy5Palazzo Las Vegas
The gates are open, registration is underway. Gamers have arrived. The $400,000 FIFA Challenge is nearly here. http://pic.twitter.com/cAj4sUB5VG Football
It’s crazy how i put $10 into @VirginGaming and all of a sudden, i’m in Vegas playing for over $100000 xDJJ
Its time heading to vg challenge series. @SweetpatchTV @VG_FootballGiuseppe Guastella
Less than one hour to go before #ChallengeSeries gets underway in Vegas. Live Stream begins in five hours’ time at http://bit.ly/YL54qe.VG Football
@VG_Football @SweetpatchTV @VirginGaming the ready face. http://pic.twitter.com/zq7RbETHGiuseppe Guastella
In 12 hours the battle will began in that building @VG_Football @SweetpatchTV http://pic.twitter.com/DxjlSdUoGiuseppe Guastella