The popular competitive duo of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Malachi ‘Reverse2k’ Greiner appear to have split for good.
Most attentive Fortnite fans saw this coming. Reverse and Ninja have always argued back-and-forth, but the testiness seemed to be thick during recent streams.
Reverse and Ninja had been competing as a duo since the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers – narrowly missing qualification on several occasions. Since then, they’ve competed together in both the squads and trios FNCS competitions.
More recently, though, with the lack of official Fortnite tournaments, Ninja seems to have withdrawn his focus from the competitive side of the game. He admitted as much during a recent stream with SypherPK.
The mentality change for Ninja makes sense. He doesn’t want to grind professional scrimmages with no end in sight. Reverse, on the other hand, never took his foot off the gas when it comes to competing in Fortnite.
The lack of competitive synergy was evident when they finally played a pro scrim as a duo. Ninja made several mistakes and seemed to shift the blame on Reverse – who wasn’t happy with the criticism.
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During his next stream, Reverse2k was seen playing with Sane. Nothing was confirmed at the time, but speculation had it that Ninja and Reverse had split as a duo.
On March 10, Reverse2k tweeted a cryptic message that seemed to confirm that he and Ninja were no longer playing together. “All good things must come to an end :(,” he wrote.
During his stream, Reverse confirmed that he and Ninja were finished playing together as a duo. He was playing pro scrims with Sane, again, and responded to a viewer who asked about Ninja.
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“Ninja and I are not duoing no more,” Reverse told his viewers, in no uncertain terms. As he said, all good things must come to an end.
Fans of both streamers seem to be split on the breakup. There are a lot of “now Reverse can shine” comments, but a fair amount of die-hard Ninja supporters as well.
One person even replied to Reverse’s tweet, telling him, “Especially when you force them to end. I hope you get the karma you deserve.” This reaction seems a bit drastic, in my opinion.
The two will likely remain friends and will undoubtedly still play non-competitive Fortnite with one another. Ninja hasn’t been focusing on competitive Fortnite and Reverse has. It’s as simple as that.
Ninja will partner-up with someone who isn’t as serious about winning Fortnite tournaments and Reverse will continue to focus on the competitive side of things. Some day, they may even be on the same team if Ninja starts taking competitive Fortnite seriously again.
There’s no reason to hate either party for this split. It was bound to happen. Ninja is a content creator, first and foremost, while Reverse wants to do what it takes to win.
Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.