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Notable players who still need to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup – Ninja, Cloak, Nickmercs, and more

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While many of the greatest Fortnite players have already qualified for the World Cup, there is still a long list of major competitors with no spot. Some of the names on this list may surprise you.

The Fortnite World Qualifiers have been a grueling gauntlet of skills and determination. Not everyone can make it to the Finals in New York, but there are a multitude of shocking exceptions from the qualified players.

In fact, 66 of the Top 100 earning Fortnite players of all time are currently unqualified for the Finals. Naturally, some have retired from competing, but most have actively tried to break their way into the prestigious event.

The question is how will the absence of the some of Fortnite’s biggest stars affect the event? In terms of competitive intensity, the effect should be minimal. However, in terms of the viewership, we could a significantly reduced view count if some of these pros don’t make it.

All earnings stats were retrieved from EsportsEarnings.com.

Cloak – 3rd All Time Earner – $421,425

Tfue & Cloak have one last chance for glory – IMG: Cloak

Cloak is the highest earning Fortnite pro who has not earned a spot in the Fortnite World Cup. He is still considered among the greatest players, but his performances in the World Cup Qualifiers haven’t been adequate. His duo, Tfue, managed to clench a Solos spot earlier in the event cycle.

Poach – 5th All Time Earner – $323,500

Team Liquid hopes for Duos fames hang on Poach – via Liquid Poach

Poach is the second player from the top 5 Fortnite earners to not have a Finals spot. The player boasts an incredible career with multiple first place placements and tons of prize money. Poach is also among the most vocal critics of the Epic’s constant meta changes and their negative effects for Fortnite esports.

ZexRow – 15th All Time Earner – $199,475

TSM has employed a wide variety of the steamers and players, but ZexRow leads their squad. The young player boasts huge earnings, a plethora of trophies, and influence over thousands of fans. Yet, he’s missed the mark for the Qualifiers. For ZexRow, Week 10 is judgement day.

Nickmercs – 31st All Time Earner – $129,225

Is the controller mightier than the mouse?

Nickmercs is the controller community’s greatest champion and he is made a lot of money from Fortnite. With that said, a gigantic amount of that cash was from an entirely different format. The MFAM’s support gives powerful motivation, but Nick will need to perform well in Week 10 for a spot.

Symfuhny – 33rd All Time Earner – $124,075

Symfuhny’s dynamic gameplay makes for great viewing – via @Symfuhny

Ok, let’s be honest. NRG’s brand will be well represented without Sym, but the fast-paced player’s gameplay would add a great spark to the competition. NRG has already claimed 6 qualifier spots using 3 players (benjyfishy, MrSavageM, & Zayt). Can they claim a fourth before Week 10’s finish?

Ninja – 77th All Time Earner – $58,075

Can Ninja make it to the Finals in Week 10?

Ninja’s is, without question, Fortnite’s biggest influencer, but that isn’t enough to make it in competitive Fortnite. The star’s rapid rise to fame hasn’t afforded him significant success after Epic took over the Fortnite esports scene. With Week 10 hours away, is Ninja ready and able to do what it takes to make it to the World Cup Finals?

TSM Myth – 88th All Time Earner – $55,775

Myth’s not ready to give up just yet

Myth remains TSM’s face of Fortnite, but he unfortunately hasn’t been able to place for the Finals. While Comadon will represent the Team Solomid brand nonetheless, we know Myth won’t be satisfied with watching from the sidelines.

Honorable Mentions

More big earners with no qualification for the World Cup
  • 72hrs – 6th All Time Earner – $313,200
  • Chap – 10th All Time Earner – $245,725
  • Svennoss – 27th All Time Earner – $135,450
  • Typical Gamer – 38th All Time Earner – $106,750
  • Hysteria – 48th All Time Earner – $88,400
  • Daequan – 54th All Time Earner – $77,725
  • KingRichard – 67th All Time Earner – $62,400
  • SypherPK – 83rd All Time Earner – $53,400
  • Pow3r – 93rd All Time Earner – $49,650

Full List of Unqualified Top 100 Earners

Fortnite World Cup
The Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers are almost over!

For the best idea of the massive number of unqualified stars, here’s a full list of the 66 players yet to qualify from the Top 100 Earners. It’s a staggering amount of talent that will be sorely missed at the World Cup Finals.

CloakzyHogmanIDropz_BodiesKejser
PoachJaomockNickmercsNinja
72hrsNagaopsRazZzero0oyoyokeepitup
MorgausseMickalowSymfuhnyJuleZ
ChapTinnyyPate1kAnimal
DmoJbzzVatoSypherPK
ZexRowVapeJesusTypical GamerYungChung
TendonsKingRichardSnoodMadzen
TeeqzyProximaStarTenp0Myth
VinnySofaBeehiveMarkiLokuras
KamoMarksmanHysteriaZyppan
boyerxdKayuunThiefAlphaAmons
BlindMaginNolanlulPow3r
SvennossTommox2Twins JesseBaySoldier
TheVicTaiovskyDaequanSeverin
GhoulParallaxRefl7ctionBeesox
TuckzPowder

After Week 10’s qualifiers are done and dusted, we’ll update you on how many (if any) of these major players managed to clutch up. Even after pouring over the names for a few hours, it’s hard to imagine not seeing these players seating on the main stage. But, that’s the way it goes in fierce esports competition!

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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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Fortnite v12.61 patch notes: aim assist changes, bug fixes & more

Take a look at everything that changed in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.

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The Fortnite v12.61 content update released this morning, which marks the final update of Fortnite Season 2. It was a small patch and one that was largely geared toward preparing the game for the rumored Doomsday event.

Most of the interesting parts of v12.61 came in the form of leaks, which we’ll cover in some separate articles. There were a few above-board changes, though. We’ll delve into them here.

Aim assist changes

The most noteworthy change was to controller aim assist on all platforms. This one is tricky since we need to rely on community reporting to tell exactly what’s different.

Early reports had it that close-range aim assist was lowered by 20%, mid-range aim assist was lowered a bit, and long-range aim assist was buffed. Our early testing shows very little difference from the old system, however. Casual players probably won’t notice a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
Via Epic Games

Storm the Agency Challenges

Storm the Agency will, almost certainly, be the last batch of challenges before Season 3. We aren’t getting any Overtime Challenges, so these will have to do.

The new challenge set has not been released at the time of writing but should be available later today or this week. They may be released as late as Thursday, ahead of the Doomsday event. We’ll cover the challenge tutorial in a separate guide.

Storm Circles

Epic appear to have changed storm circles in the v12.61 update, as well – at least in public matches. The first phase of the storm closes much more quickly – but on a larger circle. The circle then gets much smaller, causing some players to have to rotate, quite quickly.

The circles aren’t perfect, either. Just take a look at this tweet from broadcaster AussieAntics. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.

Bug Fixes

There weren’t too many bug fixes in this patch. The biggest issue that was addressed was the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider for some players. Here’s everything that was fixed in v12.61:

  • Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits
  • Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider
  • iOS players hitching at high rate

We’ll update this post with any additional changes that surface as more players get their hands on the new patch. This was a small one, though, and largely focused on adding the Doomsday Device to the game.

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Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items

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Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.

Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.

With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.

For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.

Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak

There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.

On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.

Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite

Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.

The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.

On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.

Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.

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