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Fortnite ESL Katowice Royale Day 1 Recap and Results

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Day 1 of Fortnite ESL Katowice, the $600,000 Fortnite tournament in Poland, has wrapped up and we have you covered with the recap and results.

Several prominent Fortnite pros made the trip to Poland to put their skills to the test with ESL Katowice Royale.

Day 1 was a Solos only competition while Saturday and Sunday will be Duos.

Several of the announced players did end up dropping out of the tournament and some bigger names in the community, notably FaZe Clan’s Tfue and Cloak, did not make the trip at all.

Here is the format that was used for the Solos event today.

Each Elimination: 5 Points

  • Victory Royale: 65 Points
  • 2nd Place: 58 Points
  • 3rd Place: 56 Points
  • 4th Place: 54 Points
  • 5th Place: 52 Points

The Duos event will be using a similar, but slight different format that can be seen below.

Each Elimination: 5 Points

  • Victory Royale: 65 Points
  • 2nd Place: 56 Points
  • 3rd Place: 52 Points
  • 4th Place: 48 Points
  • 5th Place: 44 Points

TSM member Vinny1x came away with the victory in the Solos event and brought home $20,000.

The top 20 places earned money while the remaining players came away empty handed.

You can take a look at the complete standings below.

PlacementPlayer NamePointsPrize
1.Vinny1x319 points$20,000
2.Atlantis Magin316 points$16,000
3.Solary Kinstaar269 points$12,000
4.Ghost Bizzle255 points$8,000
5.LeStream Skite248 points$6,000
6.SEN Animal244 points$6,000
7.NRG Zayt244 points$4,000
8.Skram237 points$4,000
9.INTZ Histtory224 points$4,000
10.Forward Ares223 points$4,000
11.itemm223 points$2,000
12.LeStream TheVic220 points$2,000
13.LeStream Blaxou219 points$2,000
14.DV1 Hoopek208 points$2,000
15.AGO Zeek205 points$2,000
16.Atlantis Mitr0205 points$2,000
17.Faze FunkBomb205 points$1,000
18.Beehive205 points$1,000
19.Liquid Vivid196 points$1,000
20.LeStream Vato185 points$1,000
21.Fnatic Motor185 points
22.TSM ZexRow185 points
23.Liquid 72HRS180 points
24.LDLC Seth179 points
25.SinOoh179 points
26.GO JuleZ178 points
27.Ghost Kamo178 points
28.CP JarkoS177 points
29.LDLC Madzen175 points
30.Domentos165 points
31.Villex160 points
32.Alliance Tommo157 points
33.RNG x2 Jordan157 points
34.G2 RazZzero0o155 points
35.WE_Zero7_CN155 points
36.Ghost Aydan154 points
37.smeef152 points
38.VP Jamside150 points
39.Svennoss149 points
40.Bloodx145 points
41.Ghost DMO142 points
42.Ghost Issa141 points
43.E11 Boyerxd138 points
44.Solary Nikof137 points
45.Zyppaan136 points
46.E11 Tschinken130 points
47.TOP Aimhero_o129 points
48.AGO Povity126 points
49.Tuckz121 points
50.K1nzell120 points
51.Pr0vokd115 points
52.Faze Nate111 points
53.G2 x8111 points
54.Fwexy109 points
55.Secret Milan107 points
56.Forward Noward106 points
57.Navi Alpha99 points
58.TOP FaxFox99 points
59.Solary Airwaks99 points
60.Unique Mirwana98 points
61.GO M11Z96 points
62.RNG x2 Jesse95 points
63.Navi Bowman92 points
64.DV1 Nero88 points
65.Ghost Saf85 points
66.Giants xlsma80 points
67.SEN Aspect77 points
68.Prism Teeqzy77 points
69.E11 Crippa74 points
70.CR Crazy Llama74 points
71.Liquid Chaplo74 points
72.Meta Envy73 points
73.Heretics Ryux71 points
74.Solary Hunter71 points
75.VP 7ssk769 points
76.DV1 Sk1x66 points
77.Andeeza64 points
78.Atlantis kejseR64 points
79.Vitality Keolys63 points
80.Coffeh63 points
81.Fnatic Jarl62 points
82.E11 Stompy53 points
83.Windwalker52 points
84.WE_Lil Jay_CN51 points
85.Unique Inclyde48 points
86.Liquid Poach39 points
87.TSM Cloud39 points
88.Sak0ner39 points
89.DV1 Taiovrsky35 points
90.Atlantis Khuna34 points
91.Vitality Maxalibur27 points
92.TSM Myth25 points
93.MarkiLokuras19 points
94.INTZ Faah15 points
95.Giants LOLiTO10 points
96.Prism Mushway10 points
97.Fnatic Eryc5 points
98.Fnatic Pow3r5 points
99.CR RizArt2 points
100.Viallinen0 points

The Duos tournament will run the course of the weekend and you can read more about the format and players right here.

Like the Solos, the top 20 Duos will come away with a check while the other teams leave with no payout.

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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.

IMG: Fortnite Twitter

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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