With the way Epic has developed the competitive scene in Fortnite, they have put a focus on making the top-tier events open for random qualifiers.
This has been a good thing for the scene in general as Fortnite has more random players trying to be professionals than just about every other esport.
With routes to make it to the top level and absurd amounts of money on the line, being a Fortnite pro feels like it might be attainable.
But those same qualifying systems that work well for new names, make the scene tougher on the pros who have already established themselves as the best of the best.
Remember when Tfue and Cloak didn’t qualify for the Winter Royale despite finishing in first place in the major Fortnite competition right before?
That just doesn’t really happen in other esports or even traditional sports. With the World Cup Qualifier information coming out, the attention has again moved to what players will need to do in order to get their chance at the massive $40 million in prizes.
Even though the Winter Royale Qualifier left some big names high-and-dry, Liquid’s Chap still thinks that system was better than what the Fortnite World Cup has.
Winter Royale had an infinitely superior qualifying system… IMO— Chap (@LiquidChap) March 25, 2019
So let’s break down the two qualifying systems and show how they differ for pro players:
Winter Royale Qualifiers:
In the announcement for the Winter Royale, Epic said outright that this qualifying system would be a trial run for the upcoming World Cup.
The Winter Royale Qualifier lasted just one weekend, November 24th and 25th. The Qualifier held different sessions during this weekend and players had each session to grind out as many points (combinations of wins and kills) for the session. The top 200 players for both NA and EU qualified for their region’s Winter Royale Finals.
The World Cup Qualifiers:
Compared to the Winter Royale Qualifiers, the World Cup is much, much more expansive. Ultimately just $2 million was on the line in Winter so a jump to $40 million requires a step up in what it takes to make it into the event.
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The World Cup Qualifiers begin with a new mode called “Arena Mode.”
Similar to a ranked ladder, Arena Mode seems like it will be a permanent fixture in Fortnite, but that isn’t clear from the announcement. It will be around at least until the start of the next round of World Cup Qualifiers on April 13th.
Arena Mode will have people progress through various ranks before reaching the highest rank: the “Champion League.”
Once you reach that rank, a new mode will be open up allowing you to enter Fortnite World Cup Online Open Tournaments.
Once there, the player will be placed into a semi-final. Each semi-final will give each player a three hour window of time in which they can compete in ten separate matches.
The top 3,000 players will move onto the Sunday Finals event. Once there, the scores will reset and the players will again have ten matches to rack up as many points as possible. The top finishers in that event will be invited to the actual World Cup in July.
The differences between the two qualifiers
The main difference – and the one that Chap is likely taking issue with – is shoehorning the qualifiers into one three-hour window.
This means that players who want to compete will have to plan their day around the event. The Winter Royale Qualifiers allowed people more freedom to choose what time they wanted to compete.
At the same time though, they rewarded players for grinding Fortnite all day on both Saturday and Sunday. The three-hour window is more rigid, but it also lets players get away from Fortnite if they so choose.
The other key difference is how many players get pushed through. In the Winter Royale it was fairly easy for a good player to get unlucky and never put together the kind of game necessary to reach the top 200.
Expanding the amount of people who move through each event will reduce some of the RNG and will help make sure the best players move through. Once they reach the finals though, they will have to go up against 2,999 other extremely talented Fortnite players making the chances of finishing in even the top 100 quite slim.
Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3
Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items
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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