Winning money feels good. Winning money that gives you the chance to win much, much more money feels even better.
So for the players who qualified for the World Cup, their reactions have ranged from giddy excitement to stunned disbelief.
For those unfamiliar with how World Cup qualifiers works, here’s a quick refresher:
100 solo players and 50 duos will eventually receive invitations to the World Cup. Qualifiers will take place over ten weekends beginning on April 13th and ending on June 16th.
Each week will alternate between being a solo qualifier week and a duo qualifier week. So far, we have had three weekends of qualifiers. Two solo, and one duo.
The invitations to the World Cup are sorted by region. The graph below breaks down how many spots each region is allotted:
With so few spots available, only the best of the best will make it through and even then some luck will be required. Plenty of amazing players won’t get to attend the event, making qualifying for it even more sweet.
Plenty of other players probably had amazing reactions, but we needed them to be streaming to include the clip.
Also, not everyone’s Twitch channels are the same as their username, so I can’t guarantee this is a definitive list of the outright best reactions, but I did find five amazing clips of qualified players.
Note: Unfortunately, you can’t embed Twitch clips at this time so I had to rehost the clips on Streamable to get them to embed. I wish this wasn’t the case and I could drive viewers to each player’s channel. Each of their Twitch channels is linked at the top of each section.
The Top 5 Reactions to Qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup (So Far)
After finishing third in week two of NA-East Solos behind Tfue and Rise XXiF (who is facing cheating accusations), UnknownxArmy punched a ticket to NY and won 3,000. He is currently a free agent but will certainly have plenty of organizations coming forward with offers.
His reaction seemed like he was pretty stunned, but luckily his party member went full on with the hype.
Our only submission from outside of North America, CoreGamingg finished fifth in Europe’s Week 3 qualifier. I wish I could have included more international entries but this is an English website so I wanted our readers to understand each reaction.
No one will have trouble figuring out what CoreGamingg was saying, “Let’s Fucking Gooo” is pretty easy to understand.
With 4,000 followers on Twitch (three days after he qualified, idk what it was before) you can really feel the hype of someone who just changed their life.
#3. Liquid Vivid
Compared to the hype reactions of the two previous entries, Vivid’s reaction is one of someone who has been on this stage before. He’s 8th all-time in career winnings from Fortnite with a dominant stretch in the Summer Skirmish accounting for most of his prizes.
Recently he has finished third at the Secret Skirmish and 19th at the Katowice Royale. Vivid’s reaction is so good, because, despite how much competitive Fortnite he has played, you can still see that the World Cup is a different beast.
#2. Liquid Riversan
Absolutely the most wholesome reaction on the list. For 16-year-old Riversan, qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup was a family matter.
With his chat clamoring to bring his mom onto the mic, he went into the other room to tell her the good news. Turns out that if she was on the mic, eardrums may have been busted because it was easy to hear her happiness from a ways away.
Congrats to Riversan and to his mom, who seems like she is really supportive of his future in gaming.
If you’ve been following the Fortnite scene in the last couple of days, you probably were expecting the top entry on the list. Tfue is not only one of the largest streamers on Twitch, but he is also one of the most talented players in the world. That is no longer up for debate as he dodged stream snipers to finish #1 in his region.
His celebration was absolutely iconic. One perk of living at a FaZe house is that you have champagne bottles on deck for moments like this. He went out the window and into a champagne shower that would make a baseball locker room proud.
Correction: Tfue was actually at his family house in Florida at the time, not the FaZe house. Correction provided by @Noobface on Twitter.
Just magnificent. He followed up that moment by getting absolutely plastered to the point his girlfriend had to pull him off the stream.
We still have seven more weeks of qualifiers, and I may have missed something amazing from the first three, so if you liked this article let me know in the comments and I will do some follow ups. Also, please post links to any reaction I missed.
TSM gives ZexRow last chance following Ninja Battles outburst
Fortnite pro, ZexRow, receives a fine and a final warning from his organization, TSM.
Ninja Battles Week 1 took place last Thursday, providing viewers with one of the better competitive Fortnite tournaments in recent memory – Flopper heal-offs aside. With Arena Trios now in the game, the Ninja Battles series looks to only get more competitive.
There were a couple of controversies that arose after the event – both of which were self-inflicted by the participants. The more glaring of the two involved TSM pro, Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro, who embarked on a cuss-filled rant following his team’s win.
ZexRow issued an official apology for the outburst, but not before he was banned from the tournament by Ninja, himself. As the days went on, it became clear that some fans were calling for his organization, TSM, to drop him. ZexRow even tweeted that he’d ask about leaving TSM over his statements.
On May 29, TSM’s CEO, Andy Dinh, released a blog post that addressed the ZexRow situation. “We are extremely disappointed in the comments made by Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro and take this matter very seriously,” Dinh wrote.
“Effective immediately, he has been fined one month’s salary. His behavior was absolutely inappropriate, and does not represent the values of TSM or our brand partners.”
The statement went on to say that TSM was providing ZexRow with professional counseling and training, “helping him to work on how he conducts himself – both publicly and privately.”
Dinh’s post concluded by saying that TSM has a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior and that the organization will “be forced to part ways if something like this should occur again in the future. We believe in Zex, and have faith that with serious personal reflection and focus, he can move forward from this.”
This was, clearly, a learning experience for a young pro gamer. What he said may not have been the worst thing a gamer has said, but it showed a complete lack of professionalism and appreciation for the moment. Hopefully, he will take this opportunity to grow both professionally and personally.
Opinion: Ninja Battles is what we thought professional Fortnite would be
Ninja Battles has shown us that there’s a massive opportunity in invitational Fortnite tournaments.
When competitive Fortnite was first announced, fans imagined Team Liquid going up against TSM and FaZe. Tfue and Cloakzy were battling Chap and 72hrs for the win. TSM boasted Myth, Daequan, and Hamlinz – three of the best players in the world at the time.
Those were the old days of competitive Fortnite, and they are way behind us. There’s been a massive changing of the guard, partially due to the open qualifiers for major tournaments.
These qualifiers were fantastic for unknown Fortnite players who have since grown their brand. Would people like UnknownxArmy or even Bugha have been invited to the World Cup if it was an invitational? We’re not sure.
From a viewership perspective, however, it can be difficult to keep track of the constant turnover in the competitive scene. The leaderboard might be filled with names you’ve never heard of in any given tournament. It’s a double-edged sword that leaves some longtime Fortnite viewers behind.
Now, we have Ninja Battles: an invitation-only tournament that also features some of the biggest names in the competitive scene. Sure, there were a few content creators thrown into the mix, but winning the tournament was no small feat. Many of the household names in competitive Fortnite took part in the event, and the prize pool was a large one for an online tournament.
Ninja Battles Week 1 was an unquestioned success. The best news coming out of the event is that we have five more weeks of competition. After one week, it’s already shown us the version of competitive Fortnite we expected to see, all along.
Of course, there was some controversy during the tournament. ZaxRow has been banned after his cuss-filled post-game interview, and Clix issued an apology after leaving early. On top of that, the lack of Arena Mode caused each game to end in a heal-off.
These pros have seen the error of their ways, however, and Ninja Battles will take place in Arena Mode going forward. Ninja stated that the tournament gave him “old competitive Fornite” vibes, and he was dead-on. This was what many of us wanted competitive Fortnite to be.
The participants, largely, loved their experience as well. Nearly every competitor praised the tournament on Twitter. There were no complaints, no in-game controversies, no accusations of teaming – nothing that’s been plaguing the mainstream competitive scene for over a year.
We have several more weeks of Ninja Battles to look forward to, but hopefully, it doesn’t end there. Ninja Battles has shown us that invitational tournaments might be the best format for Fortnite – at least from a viewership perspective.
The FNCS and all other Fortnite tournaments will have their place, but the true ceiling of competitive success may lie in private, invitational tournaments.
Let’s hope that organizers, teams, and companies take note of this success and support this version of the competitive scene going forward. If we get more of what we had last night, then competitive Fortnite has some massive potential.
Clix apologizes for leaving Ninja Battles for a Fortnite Cash Cup
Clix apologizes for choosing the Fortnite Cash Cup over the in-progress Ninja Battles tournament.
Ninja Battles showed us that invitational Fortnite tournaments might be more entertaining to watch than those with open qualifiers. It also proved that they can be just as toxic.
The professional Fortnite community is notoriously young, with the densest number of competitors in their teens. After Ninja Battles Week 1, we saw two high-profile pros issue apologies for their actions during the tournament.
The first to apologize was ZexRow, who has since been banned from future events due to his cuss-filled rant on Ninja’s stream. You can read more about that situation in our full article here.
Clix followed with an apology of his own. Was it for calling Ninja – the tournament organizer who put up his own money to host an event – “literally f**king dogs**t”? Not exactly.
Clix issued an apology for leaving the event early and leaving his teammates, BrookeAB and Furious, high and dry. He stated that he talked to the duo before the tournament and warned them that he’d be leaving. In his apology, Clix admitted that he “could’ve handled things better.”
Clix, whose team finished in 17th place, left before his final match to play the Duo Cash Cup with FaZe Sway. The pro made it seem like a no-brainer as to why he was leaving.
Clix released this apology a few hours after the event concluded, but it remains to be seen if he’ll receive an invite in the future. BrookeAB was the one who was invited from the squad, so Ninja could very well tell her not to invite him again.
There’s a lot of drama in the competitive Fortnite scene, even in a wholesome event like Ninja Battles. One thing’s for sure: this was one of the most entertaining Fortnite tournaments in recent memory.
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