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While there were other foot­ball games, he pre­ferred Fifa for its con­tent.

As much as he en­joyed play­ing Fifa, never once did the thought of a Fifa-fo­cused com­pet­i­tive gam­ing ca­reer crossed his mind, es­pe­cially since he was busy with stud­ies.

While he was pur­su­ing the ma­tric­u­la­tion pro­gramme, his friend joined a lo­cal Fifa tour­na­ment and fought his way to run­ner-up.

With en­cour­age­ment from the friend as well as in­spired by his stellar per­for­mance, Fen­rir de­cided to test the wa­ters by set­ting some goals.

He told him­self that if he could achieve some form of suc­cess in com­pet­i­tive Fifa, he would con­sider tak­ing eS­ports se­ri­ously.

He man­aged to per­form ad­mirably in lo­cal eS­ports tour­na­ments. Be­sides be­ing placed sec­ond in the Malaysia Cy­ber Games 2018 Fifa tour­na­ment, he is the Fifa cham­pion for the Malaysia eS­ports League. His big­gest achieve­ment to date is be­ing the sole Malaysian rep­re­sen­ta­tive at PlayS­ta­tion League Asia 2018.

He com­peted against seven of the best Fifa play­ers in Asia for a chance to rep­re­sent the re­gion in Fifa eWorld Cup 2018 last month. But didn’t win the ti­tle. In Fifa, Fen­rir has one sim­ple tac­ti­cal phi­los­o­phy — a good of­fence is the best de­fence.

He utilises a heavy of­fence-style game­play which not only en­ables him to at­tack of­ten but also pre­vents the op­po­nent from at­tack­ing as much.

While it is in­evitable for the op­po­nents to score from time to time, he doesn’t pri­ori­tise a clean sheet and will try to strike back at his en­e­mies three times as hard.

He does this by drib­bling the ball with stylish skills to main solid ball con­trol.

Fen­rir is a fan of the Manch­ester City foot­ball club in the Bar­clays Premier League but in Fifa, that is his third most pre­ferred team.

To max­imise his chances of win­ning in any game, he prefers Span­ish foot­ball clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Flour­ish­ing in eS­ports is no easy feat and re­quires plenty of hard work. Fen­rir spends five to six hours a day play­ing Fifa as a form of train­ing.

How­ever, he only does this dur­ing the week­ends or when he is free as he has to bal­ance his time be­tween stud­ies and Fifa train­ing.

In fact, jug­gling the two ac­tiv­i­ties is one of his big­gest chal­lenges as he be­lieves that stud­ies take pri­or­ity. The other chal-

Fifa eWorld Cup 2018 fi­nal in progress.

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