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From Rags to Thieves: An Interview with Ceice and Elevate

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There are several prominent esports organizations that hold impressive rosters spanning from FaZe Clan to Ghost Gaming, however, a couple of new additions to 100 Thieves make them an instant favorite.

Epic Games announcement of a $30 million Fortnite World Cup event in July sent the esports community ablaze as players began to train day and night for their chance to earn millions.

More organizations are signing players with the lead up to the Fortnite World Cup which will be held in New York from July 26 to July 28 and offers a massive prize pool.

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The Fortnite World Cup will boast a $30m prize pool!

The pot for the World Cup is so huge, that the winner of the solo event will walk away with 3 million dollars!

Fortnite fans love to cheer on their favorite players spanning from FaZe Clan’s Tfue to Team Liquid’s Poach, but that leaves room for underestimated players to rise through the ranks.

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Davis ‘Ceice’ McClellan and Thomas ‘Elevate’ Krueger signed to Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s organization, 100 Thieves, in February 2019 and have not disappointed fans with their performances.

Ceice and Elevate won WSOE 3 Fortnite along with placing as finalists in the Fortnite Fall Skirmish at TwitchCon 2018.

The past six months have shown what dedicated practice and a strong mental attitude can do for a Fortnite duo, and right now, Ceice and Elevate are looking to be a top-five duo within the Fortnite World Cup.

Ceice, you qualified for the Fortnite World Cup during the first week of online qualifiers. First off, congratulations and good luck in New York! Second, what was your mindset going into the online finals on April 14? Did you take a different approach or did you stick to your gameplan?

Ceice: “Thank you! My mindset going into Week 1 was to stay with my plan and be mentally strong throughout the whole tournament. I had games where I was forced out of my typical landing spot, and multiple games dying off spawn. Being mentally strong enough and only focusing on the positives, especially when you’re competing in solos plays such a huge role in being successful.”

You two won WSOE 3 back in December 2018, and a little while later you two signed to 100 Thieves. Did you expect your Fortnite careers to skyrocket after WSOE 3, or was it just another day on the job?

Ceice: “I’ve always expected to have a successful future in Fortnite, putting in the time and grinding every day for over a year will always pay off. I always treated competitive Fortnite as a job, keeping a consistent schedule and practicing daily.”

Ceice and Elevate took first at WSOE 3 Fortnite.

Elevate: “A lot of pros and scouts knew we were a top team but needed proof that we could execute and actually win a championship. So to me, I was hoping we could use it as a stepping stone, which we did.”

Elevate, what has been your approach for the Online Opens? Have you been practicing with your team or grinding Arena in order to prepare?

Elevate: “The main thing I’m doing to prepare is looking at my gameplay and others every night. That way I can change things for my next day of practice. I mainly play pro customs every night though.”

How has training in a team house been compared to living away from each other? Have you seen an improvement in your gameplay?

Ceice: “It is such a good feeling to know that you can just strictly work on your gameplay and becoming the best. No distractions. 100 Thieves has been amazing throughout this whole process, and there’s definitely a lot of noticeable improvement when you are surrounded by other insane players.”

100 Thieves Eastern Fortnite House

Elevate: “Living in a team house has been great for me because of the atmosphere. Surrounding yourself with other successful people with the same mindset as you makes the biggest difference for me compared to my home and online practice.”

Fortnite and Epic Games have been under tons of scrutiny lately from the competitive community regarding certain changes including banning stretched res and not including a FOV slider. How do you stay positive in a negative competitive environment?

Ceice: “The changes don’t bother me because I’m gonna play regardless. Most of the top players are the same way. People are gonna whine about it, but the best will always be looking for ways to exploit it and keep moving forward.”

Elevate: “If they had to make these changes they should have been made a long time ago. The timing was awful, and that’s the only thing that annoys me.”

What do you think Epic Games can do to help cater and understand pro’s opinions on in-game changes and tournament rules?

Ceice: “Having an elected player to be the voice of competitive Fortnite would be huge. We literally have zero say in anything that happens.”

Elevate: “Just listen to us more in general. Make an email list and just ask questions.”

Thanks for your time! Would you like to add anything else?

Ceice & Elevate: “Run it up!”

We would like to thank 100 Thieves, Ceice, and Elevate for taking the time to talk with us!

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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Fortnite Battle Lab mode removed in latest update (Updated May 4)

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has disappeared from the mode select screen and Epic Games has made no comment on where the mode went.

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Fortnite Battle Labs Mode Art

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has been disabled in the v16.30 patch, and fans aren’t happy with its removal.

UPDATE: The Battle Labs mode has been turned back on as of May 4th, 2021.

Battle Lab was added in December of 2019 close to the start of Fortnite Chapter 2. This core game mode replaced the Playground mode which allowed players to explore The Island alone or with friends.

While Playground was mostly a vanilla battle royale experience, Battle Lab allowed players to set their own rules and change loot pools. Video editors would use Battle Lab to produce high-quality content, and it also allowed younger players to enjoy the game without allowing them to play with strangers.

Fortnite Mode Select Screen

However, Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has seemingly disappeared in the latest update without any word from Fortnite or Epic Games. This has led to an outcry from fans on Twitter who are asking for the game mode to be reinstated.

Downtime for the Fortnite v16.30 started at 4 a.m. EST on April 27, and shortly after the servers came back online players started to notice Battle Lab was missing. The Fortnite Status Twitter made various posts noting the changes made in the update, but Battle Lab wasn’t mentioned a single time.

Over the past 24 hours, Fortnite Status has also acknowledged various bug fixes and server issues. While it remains unknown whether Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode was removed by accident, the lack of acknowledgment makes it seem as if it were removed intentionally.

The removal of Battle Lab won’t affect the majority of Fortnite’s player base, it will have an impact on content creators. As stated by Frenzy2nd on Twitter, it would be ideal for Fortnite to let players know what its plans are for the future of Battle Lab.

In the meantime, there are still plenty of modes available for players to enjoy. These include the new Free For All Arena mode, One Shot duos, and an assortment of featured Creative modes. Stay tuned for the latest information regarding Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode.

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