Only one of the 20 clubs at this year’s Epremier League Finals can claim to have a FIFA world champion in his ranks. Spurs thanks to his fearful duo as one of the favorites in this year’s competition.
With Tom Leese is not only a former winner of the Epremier League available, but Leese is a partner of one of the largest names of the FIFA Esports – the FIFA World Champion of 2017, Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing. Before the EPL Finals, The PC Player 24 spoke to Gorilla about the upcoming tournament, which has experienced a format change and returned this year as a live LAN event.
Gorilla is an iconic name in competitive FIFA and this weekend he will compete for the third time in the EPL finale. But even though he is a former world champion, it was not easy for Gorilla since the pandemic FIFA-Esports events forced online.
Here we discuss the importance of the Epremier League for British Players, Gorilla’s expectations for the entire upcoming season and why he is still as determined as EH and ever to participate in competitions, although he is one of the service people the scene of the scene.
The PC player 24: This is the fourth iteration of the Epremier League and the third, to which they participated. Why is it such an important competition for players in the United Kingdom?
Gorilla: It’s really the only time that only the British players meet in a tournament and that can struggle to become the number one [in The Country]. In addition, you will provide a huge Premier League club, so you also have this additional connection – especially if it is one you support.
How is it to be there again with live events, and how hard was it for an experienced player like you to survive the online era of the FIFA eSport?
[Throughout the Pandemic] We had many online tournaments, but it’s never the same. The difference is difficult to explain – you have to have experienced that yourself. But they have the additional pressure of the transmission, which people watch, they face their opponent from face to face – that is the overall package that flows into a LAN event that it simply lifts to another level [Compared to] online Tournaments. I am looking forward to the EPL Finals, it will be great.
You represent the Spurs together with Tom Leese this year. You both have a lot of experience, so what are your expectations on the weekend?
I am very convinced of our winning opportunities. I am always here to win, it does not make sense to emerge for other reasons. Of course there are other teams that are considered favorites, such as Liverpool and Crystal Palace – there are some really good duos admittedly, but I really stand behind us.
With this format, Tom plays a leg on PlayStation, I play the other on Xbox, so it will be interesting to see how this dynamic works this year. For example, if I have to start 0: 2 behind my leg and Tom has to start from behind, it will be interesting. But I’m also together with Tom, who has ever won the Epremier League, so he has this experience, and I think we will be a great combination. We just have to tackle a game after another and hopefully play our best FIFA that day.
Are you a fan of the Epremier League rather a team event than just crowning a single player to winner?
Yes, definitely. That’s something that I have asked for some time. I think it’s the clear path forward. It is easier for the viewers to face a team than individual players. For example, if Tom and I go all the way this year, the Spurs won while only X players in previous years. I could definitely imagine that in the future with a real 2V2 format goes in this direction, but that’s a beginning.
They are someone who reaches a lot in the FIFA eSport before the pandemic and has earned a decent prize money. Was it ever tempting, during this online phase, from whom I know that she was pretty hard for many experienced players to hang the football boots on the nail?
To be honest, no. I’ve just become 25, and that sounds old when you look around, and realistically, there is probably a lifespan in competitive FIFA – perhaps as early thirty right away. But that’s just on paper, and it really depends on the motivation what EA can offer us as an escort, and some other factors that help help.
The Lockdown was difficult, and I turned me a little of the creation of content, which ran well, but I’m coming back to the competition. So I started and it opened many doors. I still feel young, regardless of age on paper and as long as I have the motivation [I’ll Keep Going].
I think this LAN event with the Epremier League will ignite this fire in me again – two and a half years to have no LAN is a long time, so I’m really looking forward to it. I love competitions and that will never change. If I’ve ever fallen behind the pack, I will rethink things, but I’m still [at the top level] and I’m still taking up and expecting to win. I do not understand why some people go to a tournament and do not expect to win or believe it. I am there to win – second to be losing.
How is your FIFA 22-season so far and what do you hope to achieve?
I guess it’s fine – I definitely see progress. The two qualifiers for the Global Series, which we had so far, I took under the first 32, in both [I what knocked out due to] fine edges and my own mistakes.
It’s early, there is a long time before, and I would like to win something this year, and hopefully the Epremier League is the trophy after which I am looking for. I know that I can beat the best players, but it’s all about doing it consistently when it matters.
The final of the FIFA 22 Epremier League will take place this weekend from 26 to 27 March. You can track the action live on all social or content channels of the Premier League EA Sports Fifa Twitch Channel or on Sky Sports and the YouTube channel of Sky Sports.