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Every Fortnite player who double-qualified for the Fortnite World Cup

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Qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup one time is hard, qualifying twice should be borderline impossible.

But a solid group of players actually managed to qualify for both the solo and duos events, some of them even managed to qualify more times in future weeks.

Given the pure randomness of Fortnite, it is very difficult to succeed at the game consistently. We have seen many well-regarded players with huge wins in past events miss out on the WC entirely.

But those misses paved the way for a new crop of players to shine and some young guns are ready to step up. Here are the 18 people who managed to qualify for both events.

Davis ‘Ceice’ McClellan

Ceice and Elevate after winning WSOE

Ceice first rose to fame by winning the World Showdown of Esports Fortnite tournament last winter. A month and a half after winning, he signed on to 100 Thieves. He won that duo event with longtime partner ‘Elevate’ and that duo will be competing in New York together as well. For that win, they brought in $100,000. But that is the minimum Ceice will be playing for this weekend and he has the chance to win a whole lot more.

Arkhram

We don’t know his real name because he is just 15 years old, but we do know this kid is nice on the sticks. After coming out of nowhere to crush some qualifiers, Arkhram was suddenly playing Friday Fortnite alongside Dr. DisRespect and found himself quickly picked up by 100 Thieves.

Nicollas ‘Nicks’ Polonio de Oliveira

Our only Brazilian player to make this list, Nicks is especially noteworthy for grabbing the two of the elusive Brazil spots in the World Cup. Compared to larger regions like NA-East and EU, becoming a double qualifier in one of the smaller reasons requires near perfect play. He was rewarded for his double qualifier by being picked up by Cloud 9 last month.

Klaus ‘Stompy’ Konstanzer

This EU player is actually my favorite to win it all alongside his partner Tschiinken. Why you ask? Because Stompy and Tschiinken qualified every single week in EU duos. Every. Single. Week. They don’t have a ton of success at LANs yet but they appear to be the duo playing at the absolute highest level right now. Stompy added two solo qualifies to his resume meaning he hit the mark 7/10 weeks.

Danny ‘Dubs’ Walsh and Megga

One of the fan favorites to win the World Cup

Time to get into the FaZe Clan portion of our list. The leading esports org had the most total qualifiers of any organization with 11 entries spread out among the solo and duos events. I combined these two players because they have been a premiere duo since signing to FaZe Clan and there are 18 entries so why not shorten it a little bit.

Dubs went through some controversy when he was accused of cheating back in Week One of the Fortnite World Cup. He was cleared by Epic Games and it seems like people just didn’t want to give him credit for his skill at the time. Him and Megga have dominated together and are one of the favorites in NY.

Trevor ‘Funk’ Siegler

Also known as FunkBomb, the FaZe clan player was embroiled in controversy last Fall when he cheated during the Fall Skirmish event. He was removed from the Dusty Dogs and wasn’t eligible for the prizes. Still, he served his time and his qualifications in the World Cup came fair and square. Playing alongside Nate Hill, the duo has over a year of competitive success together, making them one of the longest running duos in Fortnite.

Kyle ‘Mongraal’ Jackson

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Fortnite’s Valentines Day event was a big pick up for Mongraal

The former Team Secret star has had a lot of competitive success. He won the Luxe Cup, Share the Love and the Cooler Cup over the last year. He spent most of his time with Team Secret but was picked up by FaZe Clan earlier this month, adding another star to FaZe’s roster heading into the event.

Mark ‘Letw1k3’ Danilov and Yan ‘fwexY’ Kaur

Another combined entry, this Gambit Esports duo features two young players who have been duoing together since last winter. The young Russians have plenty of chemistry and the skill to make major moves in NYC.

Clément ‘Skite’ Danglot

Skite is one of the best French players in Fortnite. While competing for LeStream Esport, he secured a major win in the Winter Royale. Despite that competitions issues with competitive integrity *cough Infinity Blade cough* that doesn’t fall on Skite who had to navigate the random new meta to win a tough solo competition against some of the best players in the world.

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod

Competing for Misfits Gaming, Clix is a relatively new addition to the competitive Fortnite scene. His first recorded event was Share the Love and he didn’t have any notable finishes until he qualified for the Fortnite World Cup, then he qualified again, and again.

Three times in total with Week 9 ending up in first place in the highly competitive NA-East division. He will compete with fellow Misfits player Skeptic in NY.

Benjy ‘BenjyFishy’ Fish

Here’s the fish man himself posing next to FaZe Clan’s Mongraal

Yes his name is actually Benjy Fish. No, I’m not kidding. The Fishstick skin was made for this young killer. He qualified for the World Cup four separate times and is a fan-favorite in the competitive community to place highly, especially in duos where he competes alongside MrSavage.

Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen

Speaking of, BenjyFishy’s duo partner is also one of the most talented players in the world. The two young Europeans will represent NRG in NY. It will be a huge test for the duo who don’t have much LAN experience but have dominated the online circuit for the duration of qualifiers.

EpikWhale

A dark horse in the tournament, EpikWhale could easily come through to win it all. He helped put The Fortnite Guy’s Team Kungarna on the map by being the first really successful player to sign on to the organization. Now they boast the second most Fortnite World Cup qualifiers of any organization, but EpikWhale isn’t one of them. He jumped ship over to NRG just last week, giving Andy Miller’s organization one of the most robust Fortnite rosters out there.

Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin

Zayt (right) is one of the most successful Fortnite players in the World Cup

The final entry from NRG, Zayt caps off the four NRG players going to NY who all double qualified. He’s also the player who has been with the org the longest, and had the most success. His competitive results date all the way back to a win in the Summer Skirmish on July 27th, 2018. Now, on the one year anniversary of that win, he will be competing in the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Hopefully its a lucky date for him.

Duong ‘Kinstaar’ Huynh

Another player being a bit overlooked by the competitive community, Solary’s Kinstaar is actually one of the longest running Fortnite pros out there. His results date back to the amateur competitions running before Epic Games’ events or Friday Fortnite had ever begun. He has been very consistent over his career. He has high placements in Summer Skirmish, Fall Skirmish and the Katowice Royale. You will be hard pressed to find anyone with such a long track record of competitive success.

Theo ‘Crue’ Ferrer

Here’s another lesser known player to be on the lookout for. Crue has been competing in events since last winter but the first time he reached a top ten was qualifiers. The Valhalla Vikings player is probably the least known double-qualifier on this list, but that can all change after this weekend.

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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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