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The esports organizations with the most players qualified for the Fortnite World Cup

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There are few hotter commodities in the eyes of esports organizations than a World Cup qualified Fortnite player.

With a minimum prize of $50,000 and a maximum prize of much, much more, the Fortnite World Cup is truly unique for esports organizations.

Competing in other esports leagues can cost millions of dollars to lock up a spot, but many Fortnite World Cup players are free agents happy to sign on to a new team.

As such, there has been a mad scramble to add players to rosters before the World Cup begins. So which esports organizations have been the most successful?

First some notes on this data. When compiling, I counted people twice if they qualified in both solos and duos. It is something absurdly hard to do and they deserve the added recognition for getting the double invite. Plus, from the esports organizations perspective, they will win double the money.

Also, players are moving constantly and with a large group of free agents still remaining, these numbers may be slightly off with new developments. If a number is wrong or I missed a signing, please let me know in the comments.

Esports Organizations with the Most World Cup Players

1. FaZe Clan – 11 Qualifiers

In first place we have FaZe Clan. A mix of players who were already signed with the organization and signing new players in the past months have led the org to have ten qualifiers spread out among the solo and duo events.

Three double qualifiers in Megga, Dubs and Funk helped push them over the top. Grabbing Mongraal from Team Secret was also a great pick up for FaZe giving them a fourth double qualifier. But it will be huge streamers Tfue and Nate Hill who hold most of the focus.

On Tfue, obviously his status is a bit up in the air, but without an official resolution to his lawsuit yet, he still remains a member of FaZe Clan.

This dominant young duo may be FaZe’s best shot at the trophy

2. Team Kungarna – 9 Qualifiers

Team Kungarna may seem like an outlier among these huge organizations, but that is what happens when you have an org founded for Fortnite, by the Fortnite Guy. Yeah, that’s right, the YouTuber known for breaking down Fortnite drama has created an organization and swooped up some of the lesser known qualified players.

While it doesn’t boast the same reach as other organizations, Team Kungarna will still have a distinct presence in New York. Right now, the team is bootcamping together to prepare for the World Cup. There is definitely value in joining a clan where they can boost their status together while practicing against other amazing players.

3. NRG – 8 Qualifiers

While NRG’s new logo might not be the best, their Fortnite team sure is

The bronze medal belongs to NRG. They only had four players qualify but every single one was a double qualifier. MrSavageM, Benjyfishy, and Zayt are all good bets to win a championship. Just last week, NRG also added EpikWhale which vaulted them into second place on the rankings.

If EpikWhale had stayed on Team Kungarna, they would have been the top spot on this list and NRG would have tumbled down the rankings.

4. Eleven Gaming – 7 Qualifiers

The European organization has arguably the most dominant duo team in the world. Stompy and Tschiinken qualified every single week in duos. Every. Single. Week. That honestly shouldn’t be possible. They finished in first place multiple times and Stompy even qualified in solos twice, which means he hit the point mark 7/10 weeks.

5. Lazarus – 6 Qualifiers (Tie)

Lazarus made big news in the competitive community when the relatively small esports organization announced they had signed six qualified players. With just one tweet, they vaulted over major organizations like Cloud 9, TSM and Liquid.

To be fair to those other organizations, they typically have players signed for longer contracts and can’t wheel and deal like smaller orgs can.

5. 100 Thieves – 6 Qualifiers (Tie)

Nadeshot’s esports organization has carved out a nice niche for themselves in Fortnite. Ceice and Elevate have proven themselves as a great duo for the org with a major win at the WSOE event last winter.

They cemented a solid World Cup roster with the addition of Arkhram1. The young star was first seen balling out with Dr. Disrespect on Fortnite Friday and found himself added to the 100 Thieves roster shortly after.

The rest of the top ten:

This chart should be accurate as of Monday, July 22nd

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ninja bans ZexRow from Ninja Battles following cuss-filled rant

ZexRow banned from Ninja Battles Fortnite and replaced with Stretch.

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Ninja Battles Week 1 took place on May 28 and saw Mackwood, ZexRow, and Yung Calc take home first place and $25,000. The reigning FNCS Trios champions were set to take their dominance into Week 2 until MonsterDFace and BallaTW conducted a post-game interviewed ZexRow.

In the interview, the Fortnite pro threw shots at his teammate, Yung Calc, before embarking on a now-viral cuss-filled rant against everyone who placed outside of the top-ten in the past Solo FNCS competition.

“Everyone that didn’t place in top 10 can suck my d***,” he said after a slight hesitation. “They’re f***ing s****ers. I don’t know why they talk s***, they’re actually also dogs*** and braindead. That’s all I’m gonna say.”

Nearly everyone who saw this outburst had a facepalm moment – none more so than ZexRow’s teammates Yung Calc and Mackwood. Soon after his interview was cut off, Mackwood tweeted that he and Calc were looking for a new third for Ninja Battles Week 2.

Following the interview, ZexRow issued a short apology on Twitter, saying, “Aww s**t forgot parents watch I’m sorry.” This wasn’t enough for Ninja, the tournament organizer, who was understandably frustrated with ZexRow’s level of disrespect.

“Congrats on your first and last Ninja Battles placement!” he wrote in return, leaving the situation at that.

This triggered a series of longer apologies from ZexRow, the first if which stated, “I am actually really sorry about that, it was a really bad lapse in judgment and I didn’t think in the moment and forgot that there was kids watching, and even so it was too far. Thank you to @Ninja for hosting the tournament and im sorry I ended it on that sour note.”

ZexRow later issued a longer apology via TwitLonger, addressing TSM, the fans, Ninja, and anyone else he offended.

Fortnite fans appeared to be calling for TSM to drop ZexRow after his rant, but that’s probably a bit too far. He made a mistake and was incredibly disrespectful to Ninja, but didn’t say anything unforgivable. A ban from the rest of the tournament seems like a punishment that fits the crime.

On May 29, Mackwood told his fans that he and Yung Calc will be replacing ZexRow with Stretch for the rest of the Ninja Battles tournament series. The next tournament takes place on June 4. We’re only one week in and the storylines are already getting juicy.

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