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FaZe Clan’s Tfue outplays Ninja with mind blowing Fortnite trap kill

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Tfue and Ninja went head to head recently in a match of Fortnite and Tfue put on the moves to eliminate Ninja from the game.

Both Tfue and Ninja are considered among the best Fortnite players in the world. Both of these gentlemen have ample skill and wit to back up their massive Twitch followings.

Most Fortnite competitive viewers and follows regard Tfue as the best Fortnite player due to his continued success and the victory he and his teammate “Cloak” grabbed at the Fall Skirmish.

Tfue of FaZe Clan & Ninja – via FaZe Clan & ESPN

Meanwhile, Ninja is arguably the face of Twitch and Fortnite. He was a professional streamer and player long before Fortnite came around. Ninja had decent success in Halo, starting his rise to stardom with the release of Halo: Reach (which is soon coming to the Master Chief Collection on Xbox and PC).

That’s not to say Ninja hasn’t also had his fair share of success in competitive Fortnite. Plus, the man streamed & played with Drake.

So, on Tuesday March 19th, the two titans came head to head. The arena for these gladiators of Fortnite was the final circle at the end of a Gauntlet Test event match.

Both players desperately want those juicy points for the Victory Royale, but Tfue wanted something a little more. By outplaying Ninja, he earned himself an extra point on the board and a memorable set of Twitch clips to boot.

Tfue only has a few building material to work with and this means he needs to conserve mats while still protecting himself.

The least expensive option was to box himself in, but Ninja isn’t letting get away that easy. Ninja pushes Tfue’s box hard, but little did he know that was what Tfue wanted.

Tfue quickly sets a double trap that downs and eliminates Ninja. The push ended up killing Ninja due to his over-aggression. Ninja is known to be a passionate player and Tfue played him like a fiddle.

Ninja wasn’t salty at Tfue’s outplay and quickly acknowledged his mistake on his stream. Naturally, he was disappointed in himself for not realizing that the best play for winning the game would have been to play a little more safely.

The truly tragic part is that Ninja had the resource advantage on Tfue and Ninja’s teammate “Reverse2k” was still alive. They could’ve taken a step back, moved with the storm, and engaged Tfue in a 1v2.

But hey, everyone makes mistakes. It’s the only way we truly learn what works and what doesn’t.

The Fortnite World Cup is fast approaching and we’re sure that we’ll see these two battling it out many times between now and then. We look forward to it, there’s nothing quite like top-tier Fortnite.

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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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Epic nerf Fortnite aim assist on PC yet again

Epic Games have released another Fortnite aim assist nerf for PC players.

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Here we go again – another reported nerf to controller aim assist on PC in Fortnite. Will this one be enough to satisfy the keyboard and mouse (KBM) community? Will it be the final iteration of aim assist? Probably not, but let’s get into it.

This update flew under the radar for most players, as Epic didn’t officially announce this change to the public. Data miners reported on the change with the updated files, and pros began to test it out.

According to Hypex, the new values are as follows:

  • PullInnerStrengthHip -> from 0.6 to 0.45
  • PullOuterStrengthHip -> from 0.5 to 0.38
  • PullInnerStrengthAds -> from 0.7 to 0.52
  • PullOuterStrengthAds -> from 0.4 to 0.3

This seems to be a relatively substantial nerf, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens when controller players get their hands on the updated values. According to early reports, console players should be unaffected.

At some point, it seems like Epic are going to nerf aim assist on PC to the point where it will be more beneficial to use a console. This is a bit hyperbolic but could be a legitimate outcome.

We’ll keep you posted if and when professional controller players speak out on the aim assist topic. For now, not much has happened on that front – suggesting that little has changed.

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