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FanTeam's World Championship of Online Fantasy Football 2019

Today, we want to shed some light on the biggest event of the European Daily Fantasy scene – World Championship of Online Fantasy Football. There are a few factors that make this event unique, and we will highlight what makes this two-game week tournament special. 
 

Money to be Won

First things first, it is the guaranteed prize pool that makes your eyes water. €100,000 is twice as much as in FanTeam’s daily fantasy staple — the EPL weekly monster. What makes it different is the total number of entries. While you are fighting with thousands of other users (an average number of entries has been hanging around the 2,300 mark this year), this mega-tournament is capped at 150 entries. With the buy-in set at €1050, there is a chance the prize pool grows even more. 

The buy-in amount may sound off-putting but do not rush to conclusions. FanTeam have set up multiple satellite tournaments ranging from €2 to €55. The pricier satellites reward winners with direct tickets to WCFF final, while the cheaper ones have tickets to €55 satellites as prizes. The truth is, very few of the players will be buying-in directly, most of the crowd is fighting it out in the satellites. The tournament is starting on December 28th, so don’t dilly-dally if you want to mingle with the best. The satellites are not limited to fantasy football either, so take your chances with hockey or other sports. 

I am slightly disappointed by the possibility of a direct buy-in, to be honest. In the past, you could only participate with a ticket won through a satellite. It really made you work for it, prove your fantasy worth, and contributed to the factor of you being 'the chosen one'. I, for once, definitely felt that way, been fortunate enough to qualify for the finals last year. The tournament itself was a roller-coaster of emotions for me, climbing to 3rd late into round 2, but falling to 13th after two red cards of my fantasy picks.


The Format

If there is one more thing to love about the event apart from the huge amount of prize money in the pot, it is the tournament structure. We are all so used to either a long run of the season-long fantasy marathon or the rush of the daily contests. WCOFF offers something slightly different — a tournament that spans over two-game weeks of the English Premier League. 

Each participant drafts a team for the first game week starting December 28th, according to all the rules of your typical daily tournament on FanTeam. Nothing new here. The catch is that in a matter of days, on January 1st, to be exact, the players will draft another team for the given week. The team with the combined highest point total after these two-game weeks becomes the best, with the team owner pocketing €30,000. Not too shabby for a New Year present. 
 

Strategies and Excitement

What I like about the format is the balance a manager has to find in order to win. It is not enough to do well in the first game week, you have to analyze how risky your opponents will play the following week and draft your team accordingly. 

Of course, a player strategy largely depends on how well he does in the first round. A more conservative team with a safe captain might suit players sitting at the top, while riskier strategies are often tried by those trying to make up ground. 

This leads to an interesting situation from an impartial observer’s perspective — players leading after round one may not feel completely safe and can not draft safe teams without averting risk completely. 

Players trailing behind are sure they may get ahead of the early leaders with some unconventional play or captain selection. They will try to have all the leader’s bases covered with a combo of safe plays and few surprise picks. Based on the past two tournaments, the gap between the leaders and the chasing pack is rarely more than 10-15 points. An amount a well-chosen differential can easily make up. It is those lucky finds from the chasing players the leaders are so worried about. The leaders can not include many of those in their teams looking to keep their place going for safer picks in general.

Players deep down the pecking order with nothing to lose may employ gung-ho strategies captaining or stacking players flying completely under the radar. A hat-trick of a low-owned captain may propel such a team from rags to riches. 

That is what makes these tournaments great not only participate in but to observe as well. Look out for further coverage of the event from our DraftGym team.
 

Conclusion

The young growing industry of European Daily Fantasy sports is in dire need of major events such as this one. This is the penultimate competition of the year for many regular players. A lucrative prize pot of 100k, a small number of competitors, an interesting format, a group of skilled and amateur players capable of unpredictable moves. Anyone can win, besides, there is a 3 team cap per user, which makes the waters a bit less shark-infested. 

And what can be better than becoming €30,000 richer practically overnight? This thought is bound to attract new players and keep the regulars coming back for more fantasy action. I hope tournaments like this one will pave the way for daily fantasy live finals in the future! Exciting times, dear daily fantasy enthusiasts! 

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Alexey Bobrov
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Alexey Bobrov

Alexey, also known as KJIIOIIIKA, has been playing daily fantasy football since 2015 on various European sites. Scratches his fantasy itch mostly on FanTeam, where he has a net profit of €6000+ with over 1300 tournaments played and a 50% ROI. FanTeam's 2018 World Championship of Fantasy Football finalist. As the chief editor at DraftGym, his mission is to help our young European fantasy community grow. A proud father of two, plays ice-hockey at the regional level, loves board games.