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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.

Thinking Thieves

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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How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood

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It looks like the leaked Fortnite Season 3 map flood is going to happen.

Epic Games have kept their cards firmly close to their chest during the course of the current season, dropping small hints about a water theme in Season 2 with puddles appearing and the likes, but nothing concrete.

That, and the fact that several swimming animations have been leaked by data miners.

Anyway, those looking for something that explicitly tells us that the map is going to be taken over by water might well have got their wish, as the PlayStation Store appears to have revealed the next game icon.

As seen below, in the top left corner, the bus that usually drops us all off high into the sky is actually right next to the water – suggesting sea levels will soon rise in-game. The teaser can be seen on this page, at the time of writing.

Image: PlayStation Store.

Clearly, that’s going to bring some sweeping map changes as well – you would think.

Some players have even taken a different view on the situation, since the leak surfaced, suggesting that a crossover between the battle royale game and Bikini Bottom – from the Spongebob Squarepants series – might be on the cards.

Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure. Things are about to be given a serious shakeup, if this leak is anything to go off.

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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