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Mackwood, ZexRow & Yung Calc win Ninja Battles Week 1

Mackwood, Zexrow, and Yung Calc take home $25,000 by winning week 1 of the Ninja Battles featuring Fortnite

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The first week of the $480,000 Ninja Battle tournament series is in the books with reigning Trios champions Mackwood, Zexrow, and Yung Calculator taking home the tournament victory. This was an incredibly entertaining event and sets the stage for the next month + of competitions.

In many ways, this tournament was what fans thought professional Fortnite would look like: the biggest players in the game going at it in a stacked lobby. As Ninja expressed on Twitter, it gave us some serious “old” Fortnite vibes.

From a competitive perspective, open qualifiers are a fantastic way for unknown players to make a name for themselves. Some of the most popular names in Fortnite got to where they are because of these open qualifiers.

At the same time, from a viewership perspective, the days of watching Team Faze vs. Team Liquid are over. Ninja revived this feeling with the Ninja Battles series.

There was one glaring issue with the first week: the format. Arena Trios just released, as the tournament was in progress. That means that these teams had to fight it out in a pubs format – no siphon, high material cap, and no moving zones. Every game featured a Flopper heal-off. Thankfully, this will change next week.

Mackwood’s high-ground flopper-filled loadout

Now, let’s get into the results. As you can see from the title, Zexrow, Mackwood, and Yung Calc won the tournament with 59 points, but it wasn’t that simple. They tied with Riversan, Edgy, and Cented, leading to a tiebreaker that even MonsterDFace and BallaTW were confused by.

The two teams were followed by Bizzle, Emad, and Megga who were in first place going into the final game. Rounding out the top five we had:

  • Nate Hill, BullyWYD, FunkBomb
  • Chap, Scoped, Av

The rest of the standings were as follows:

6. Arkham, EpikWhale, Rehx
7. Erok, Zyfa, Avery
8. Reverse2k,Slackes, Keys
9. JaredFPS, Tilt, Innocents
10. Bugha, Commandment, Stretch
11.SypherPK, Hogman, Bini
12. 72hrs, Zayt, Saf
13. NickEh30, Replays, Punisher
14. Ninja, Vivid, Co1Azo
15. Ceice, Kreo, BuckeFPS
16. Assault, Khanada, Unknown Army
17. BrookeAB, Slix, Furious
18. Ship, Plead, Stameyz
19. Tinaraes, Maddie, IcarleeFN
20. Jaomock, Shibot, JDWBTW

As we said, this was an entertaining event to watch and will be even better when we get the Arena format. We’ll be back next week with more coverage.

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Bizzle joins old teammates after split with Commandment & Clix

Bizzle, Clix, and Commandment have split as Bizzle rejoins Dubs and Megga.

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There’s been a bit of shuffling in professional Fortnite trios over the past couple of days. The team of Bizzle, Commandment, and Clix has split, each going their separate ways. Bizzle joined his old partners, Megga and Dubs, While Commandment joined Edgey and Cented. For now, Clix is the only one of the three to not have a trio team.

This news comes after a rough server performance in a recent Trios tournament, which saw all of the players rubber-banding, lagging, and being lost in the storm with no way to get out. As Bizzle tweeted, the performance looked like one of the first Fortnite tournaments to exist.

Following this tournament, Commandment was the first to announce that he’d be leaving the team. Bizzle released a TwitLonger, stating that he’d be teaming back up with Megga and Dubs rather than looking for a third player to join him and Clix.

The TwitLonger also took aim at the current state of competitive Fortnite along with the server performance. “The Shockwave launcher disabled us from playing the way we were used to and crazy end game lag lead to a lot of thrown games. Every game we would have height, or outplay the team who had it and take it from them, and with the Shockwave launcher being in the game it completely ruined our play-style and attitude,” he wrote.

Despite the split, the three players appear to be on good terms with one another. Clix replied to Bizzle’s tweet, telling him that he’s the best player that Clix has played with.

The most interesting part of this situation is that Chap and Edgey called this split a few weeks back. The dueling trios were having a grief battle in pro scrims, leading to Chap telling his team and viewers, “I can’t wait for this trio to split.”

Edgey, who is ironically now teamed-up with Commandment, told Chap and Av that Bizzle and Clix would “snake each other for Dubs and Megga.” It may not have ended in any bad blood, but that’s essentially what happened.

Although the Season 3 FNCS is Solos, most of the pros prefer the Trios format, meaning that’s what we largely see in scrimmages. We’re also seeing several Trios tournaments and Cash Cups this season, so we’ll undoubtedly see the new teams hit Season 3 soon. Now, all that’s left is to see where Clix lands. Fellow NRG member UnknownArmy needs a team…

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Fortnite pros vote on the greatest player of all-time

Who is the Fortnite GOAT? Find out what the pros think.

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The topic of “the greatest Fortnite player of all time” is an inherently subjective one. We’ve seen several players make their claim for being in the conversation, and a single player has yet to completely dominate all versions of the game. Additionally, we’ve only had a handful of major Fortnite LAN events, which means most of the regions are stuck competing in their own bubbles.

The GOAT has also shifted over time. There was a period where Ninja was considered the best player. Myth had is day in the limelight, along with Tfue. Now, there’s a massive crop of young Fortnite pros who can all claim a ranking as one of the best players in the game.

Leven2k put this statistics to this subjective argument. He asked 60 of the best Fortnite players in the world who their GOAT was. He released that statistics on July 9.

Bugha is a must to include in any discussion about the best Fortnite player of all time. He is, after all, the first and only World Cup solo champion and has well over $3,000,000 in winnings – coming it at 7th with 1% of the votes.

Mongraal and MrSavage come in with 3% and 6% – both of which are considered among the best players in the EU region, and both duoed with BenjyFishy, who came in fourth with 8% of the votes.

After these names, we get into the meat of the survey. Zayt finished with 22% of the votes, which makes sense to those who have been following the entire story of competitive Fortnite. Zayt may be the single most consistent player in the game. He was there in the beginning and he’s still at the top of the heap, today.

Zayt might not be a major streamer like most of these other pros, but he put in the hours to remain relevant throughout all of the changes Fortnite has gone through.

One of the only other World Cup winners, Aqua, came in at number 2 with nearly $2 million in earnings, behind Mitr0 with over $700,000. Earnings doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as Mitr0 has been one of the best performers since the World Cup.

Of course, these statistics are only a collection of opinions from some of the top players in the game. Who knows, we may see a completely different list a year from now. It’s safe to say, though, that these seven players deserve to be in the discussion.

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Clix signs with NRG Fortnite

NRG Signs Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod to their Fortnite roster.

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This past week, speculation has been swirling about where one of the hottest names in Fortnite will land. Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod has been teasing an organization announcement for the better part of the last fortnight (pun intended). He even trolled everyone with a “Joined FaZe Clan” tweet that fooled some members of the community.

On July 1, NRG announced that Clix would be the newest member of their Fortnite roster. The 15-year-old pro has already racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars playing Fortnite, qualifying for the World Cup a whopping five times.

This signing comes after the high-profile acquisition of fellow Fortnite pro, UnknownxArmy. NRG is clearly dedicated to the future of competitive Fortnite, with one of the most talented rosters in the game. Clix joins the likes of Zayt, Edgey, Unknown, EpicWhale, and BenjyFishy on the official NRG Fortnite roster.

The future is bright for this young pro, both in Fortnite and in gaming. NRG sured-up an already stacked Fortnite roster and looks to solidify their position at the top of Fortnite esports. Clix is completing a 24-hour stream for his organization announcement, which you can watch here.

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