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16-year-old pro Bugha wins Solos tournament at $30 million Fortnite World Cup – highlights, recap, final standings

Published: 28/Jul/2019 21:10 Updated: 29/Jul/2019 10:50

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Solos tournament at the $30 million Fortnite World Cup wrapped up on July 28, with Sentinels pro player Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf finishing in first place and securing the $3 million grand prize. 

Following the six intense competitive matches at the iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, the Fortnite community has finally crowned its first ever Solos World Cup champion. 

Bugha finished atop the leaderboard with 59 points, an astonishing 26 points above CLG’s Psalm, who finished with 33 points. The top-three was rounded off by NRG’s Epikwhale with 32 points.

The competition used a format that awarded points to players for both eliminations and placements in each match.

Below, you can find the exact scoring breakdown for the tournament, as well as recaps and highlights for each of the six matches, the final placements, and the share of the prize pool that each player received. 

Epic GamesThe format and scoring system for the Solos tournament at Fortnite World Cup.

Game 1 – Bugha takes command and never looks back

Bugha’s road to becoming the World Cup champion started in match one, where he got the Victory Royale and kicked off what ended up being a wire-to-wire victory. The win, coupled with his nine eliminations, gave him a strong 19-point haul to kick things off.

13-year-old Argentinian player KING set a huge impression as well during the first match, making some aggressive pushes for eliminations to get second place. 

Game 2 – Clutch endgame seals the win for Skite

A very intense endgame between FaZe Clan’s Dubs and LeStream Esport’s Skite ended in the way of the Frenchman, who got the Victory Royale despite just having eight health points when the match finished.

The win was enough to push Skite into sixth place, but game one standouts Bugha and KING did enough to keep their places atop the leaderboard. 

Game 3 – Dubs gets his dub

Not letting his narrow second-place finish in the previous match faze him (no pun intended), Dubs regained quickly to get a strong Victory Royale in game three.

He found himself in another intense 1v1 at the end of the match, this time against Team Liquid’s Riversan, but this time he came out on top. 

Game 4 – Psalm denies FaZe back-to-back wins

FaZe had the chance to get a second straight Victory Royale as their newly acquired star Mongraal was on an elimination rampage in the last stages of the match.

However, CLG’s Psalm denied Mongraal the cherry on the top, eliminating him to get the Victory Royale, even though it was just his first elimination. 

Game 5 – Kreo clutches up, but Bugha builds his lead

The second-to-last match of the Solos tournament saw Lazarus’ Kreo take the Victory Royale, boosting himself all the way up to third place in the standings.

However, Bugha’s three eliminations and fourth place finish continued to add points to his overwhelming tally, giving him a whopping 15 point lead going into the final match. 

Game 6 – Crue gets the final win; Bugha crowned champion

The sixth and final match saw Swedish pro Crue of Valhalla Vikings get the Victory Royale, pushing him all the way to sixth place in the final standings.

However, it was Bugha who stole the show in the last game, staying alive until nearly the very end to secure another healthy dosage of points and secure the tournament victory.

Fortnite World Cup Solos final placements

With the six matches completed, here are the final placements for the $15 million Solos tournament at the Fortnite World Cup.

16-year-old Bugha took home the weekend’s grand prize, but you can view all 100 players performances below. 

Placement Player Points Prize Money
1st Bugha 59 $3,000,000
2nd psalm 33 $1,800,000
3rd EpikWhale 32 $1,200,000
4th Kreo 30 $1,050,000
5th KING 30 $900,000
6th Crue 27 $600,000
7th Skite 26 $525,000
8th Nayte 26 $375,000
9th Riversam 24 $300,000
10th Fatch 24 $225,000
11th Rhux 23 $150,000
12th Tchub 23 $150,000
13th Mongraal 23 $150,000
14th stompy 22 $150,000
15th Dubs 21 $150,000
16th Pika 21 $112,500
17th BELAEU 21 $112,500
18th Clix 20 $112,500
19th Peterpan 20 $112,500
20th Commandment 20 $112,500
21st Domentos 20 $50,000
22nd Skailereu 19 $50,000
23rd Bizzle 19 $50,000
24th Endretta 19 $50,000
25th benjyfishy 19 $50,000
26th Kinstaar 18 $50,000
27th kurtz 18 $50,000
28th Klass 17 $50,000
29th MrSavage 17 $50,000
30th K1nzell 17 $50,000
31st fwexy 16 $50,000
32nd Letshe 16 $50,000
33rd TAKAMURAMM 16 $50,000
34th Pzuhs 16 $50,000
35th RogueShark 16 $50,000
36th Zayt 16 $50,000
37th Issa 16 $50,000
38th Vivid 16 $50,000
39th storm 15 $50,000
40th DiegoGB 14 $50,000
41st LeftEye 14 $50,000
42nd kolorfull 14 $50,000
43rd teeq 14 $50,000
44th smeef 14 $50,000
45th DRG 14 $50,000
46th Prisi0n3r0 13 $50,000
47th Klusia 13 $50,000
48th wakie 13 $50,000
49th CoreGamingg 13 $50,000
50th Chenkinz 13 $50,000
51st Nicks 12 $50,000
52nd JarkoS 12 $50,000
53rd Arkhram1x 12 $50,000
54th Evilmare 12 $50,000
55th Hood.J 12 $50,000
56th clarityG 12 $50,000
57th leleo 12 $50,000
58th lolb0om 12 $50,000
59th letw1k3 11 $50,000
60th Ceice 11 $50,000
61st Aspect 11 $50,000
62nd Megga 11 $50,000
63rd Fledermoys 11 $50,000
64th Bucke 11 $50,000
65th Banny 10 $50,000
66th Emqu 10 $50,000
67th Tfue 7 $50,000
68th sozmann 6 $50,000
69th UnknownxArmy 6 $50,000
70th Kawzmik 6 $50,000
71st Lasers 6 $50,000
72nd Erouce 5 $50,000
73rd FaxFox 5 $50,000
74th snow 5 $50,000
75th drakoNz 5 $50,000
76th Touzii 4 $50,000
77th Luneze 4 $50,000
78th slaya 4 $50,000
79th Blax 4 $50,000
80th LYGHT 4 $50,000
81st BlastR 3 $50,000
82nd luki 3 $50,000
83rd Link 3 $50,000
84th marteen 3 $50,000
85th karhu 2 $50,000
86th Robabz 2 $50,000
87th Astonish 2 $50,000
88th Snayzy 2 $50,000
89th Legedien 2 $50,000
90th Reverse2k 1 $50,000
91st Maufin 1 $50,000
92nd Nittle 1 $50,000
93rd Hornet 1 $50,000
94th aqua 1 $50,000
95th Cat 1 $50,000
96th twins 1 $50,000
97th Herrions 0 $50,000
98th Clipnode 0 $50,000
99th Funk 0 $50,000
100th Arius 0 $50,000
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Fortnite World Cup – recaps for every event

The Solos tournament was the fourth and final Fortnite competition held in New York City this weekend, following the Creative Finals, the Celebrity Pro-Am, and the Duos tournament.

Below, you can find full recaps, video highlights, and final placements for all of these events.

With that, the first ever Fortnite World Cup has finally come to an end, following months of grueling and stressful qualifiers and the biggest three-day span in competitive Fortnite history. 

This article was updated at 5:49 AM EST on Monday, July 29.

Valorant

10 players to watch during Valorant’s First Strike Global Finals

Published: 26/Nov/2020 16:58 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 9:46

by Lauren Bergin

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With the Valorant First Strike qualifiers coming to a close all across the globe, some players have risen to the top of the pack — but who are they? 

It’s safe to say that Riot Games’ first global tournament, First Strike, has left its mark in FPS history. There’s been upsets, shocking results and, of course, some absolutely wild plays. Some of the top tier teams fell at the final hurdle, and others powered up by friendship have emerged triumphant.

One of the positives about having the tournament be played online is that it lets smaller teams shine, highlighting players who maybe never would have made it onto the big stage.

Every region is going to see some fierce competition for their regional title, and it’s going to be exciting to watch who prevails and who falters. Below is our list of players who can shift the First Strike tides, so let’s dive right in.

European players to watch

Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom (Team Liquid)

When Team Liquid picked up former CS:GO pro ScreaM, Valorant fans were beyond excited, and for good reason. Renowned for being the “headshot machine” of CS:GO, it was pretty obvious that ScreaM joining the Valorant scene heralded even more head-popping chaos.

From start to finish ScreaM has dominated the First Strike qualifiers on his signature Jett, scoring an ace against Prodigy Esports that will go down in Valorant history as one of the cleanest. Are you ready to scream for Liquid? Well, get ready to watch the man himself obliterate the competition in the First Strike Regional Finals.

Ardis ‘ardiis’ Svarenieks (G2 Esports)

One of the most formidable players on this list is Ardiis, G2 Esports’ sniper extraordinaire. With a KD of 1.24 and a whole host of Agents available in his pool, Ardiis has quite rightly been dubbed by many casters, analysts, and other professionals as one of the game’s best players.

He’s proven that his skill matches up to the hype. One of the key carries in G2’s series against Ninjas in Pyjamas, Ardiis’ Sova was a force to be reckoned with. Sneaking behind enemy lines, shooting out devastating shock darts left, right and center, G2 couldn’t have done it without him. It’ll be interesting to see how he steps up in the regional final, especially when the title of First Strike Europe champion is on the line.

Pontus ‘Zyppan’ Eek (FPX)

When FunPlus Phoenix entered the Valorant scene we knew the sparks would fly, but we never knew that Zyppan would be the reason. The ex-Fortnite player’s Raze has become a true force on Future Earth, demolishing every team he’s been put up against.

With a KD of 1.32, his aggressive style is one we’d love to see more of in Valorant. His performance against The Opportunists is the perfect example of why he’s on such a highly respected roster, and it’ll be exciting to see how he shapes up against Ardiis and FunPlus’ arch nemesis, G2.

Domagoj ‘doma’ Fancev (SUMN FC)

SUMN FC aren’t a team that many people expected to be playing with the big guns, but doma is one of the reasons that the team are up there. The young Croatian has led SUMN to countless victories in past tournaments, with his Raze plays being explosive as the agent herself.

Doma has become one of the team’s most dominant forces, scoring headshot after headshot against eXiLe eSports in their qualifying match. Will he be able to outwit foes such as ScreaM and Zyppan? Maybe so, but what’s for sure is that he’s going to give them a fight to remember.

North American players to watch

Jake ‘kaboose’ McDonald (Team Envy)

Kaboose might not get as much recognition on Envy as his teammates like FNS, Crashies, and food, but he’s proven to be the player this roster needs to fly right to the top. The duelist specialist was the star of the Envy lineup that ended up winning the First Strike NA NSG Qualifier, topping the Average Combat Score (ACS) charts and styling on the likes of T1 and 100 Thieves.

While he was a CS:GO veteran of five years, he never really got his chance in the spotlight while playing in MDL. Now, in Valorant First Strike, he really has the chance to get the breakout he’s been grinding for years.

Quan ‘dicey’ Tran (100 Thieves)

If there was any doubts about Dicey’s skill before he joined 100 Thieves, they’ve surely been silenced by now. The young star is on the rise in Valorant, spearheading an incredibly talented and experienced roster. He might not have the name value of his teammates like Hiko and nitr0, but give him six months and he will.

His Jett put Wardell to shame in the NSG Qualifier for First Strike, but he’s also shown he can pick up other roles like Sova as well while on Prospects. He also has the brain to match the aim: one can’t forget his insane 1v4 ace against Sentinels on Bind back in Pop Flash. Now in his biggest competition yet, Dicey really has the chance to cement himself as a household name in Valorant.

Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won (Sentinels)

Sinatraa has a real chance to become an undisputed GOAT in two titles. The Overwatch League MVP has made a splash in Valorant with Sentinels, and is widely considered to be the best player in NA. His ability to flex between Agents is testament to his versatility. Across just two series against 100 Thieves and T1 in the NSG Qualifier, he played four Agents in Raze, Sova, Jett, and Phoenix.

His uncanny ability to top the score charts, all while playing a more supportive role on Sova (most of the time) is incredible. There was a reason why he’s considered one of the best Overwatch players of all time, and now he’s living up to that GOAT title in Valorant.

Noah ‘jcStani’ Smith (Immortals)

Immortals have been through a lot of changes, but jcStani has been a rock for the squad. He’s filled in every possible role no matter who leaves, and although he more often than not finds himself on support, he still manages to frag out like a duelist.

jcStani’s leadership of the Immortals roster that has been in flux, even during First Strike with ShoT_Up’s illness, has steered them to where they are today. Now with things starting to stabilize, it’s only a matter of time until the best of Immortals and jcStani really gets to shine.

Notable mentions

Goo ‘Rb’ Sang-min (Vision Strikers)

Rb is probably the best Valorant player you’ve never heard of. The Vision Strikers star is the King of Korean Valorant. There’s a reason why his team are on an undefeated 43-0 streak, and a lot of it has to do with Rb. His incredible fragging ability allows his squad to execute the most well-coordinated strats seen across the globe.

Rb boasts a career ACS of 245. To put that in perspective, Sinatraa has a career ACS of 241, Ardiis has 245, and the only player who really beats him is ScreaM on 258. The level of competition in Korea is fierce as well between T1 Korea, C9 Korea, and more, but Rb manages to consistently come out on top on Jett, making him one of the most exciting prospects once international play gets going.

Chris ‘pl1xx’ Li (EXO Clan)

To round out our list, it’s time to take a trip down under to chat about EXO Clan’s pl1xx. Is there anything pl1xx can’t play? Probably not. He is an incredibly flexible player for Oceania’s number one team, and while he calls himself a Sova main, he can basically play anything his team needs, including Reyna and Raze.

A once-budding Counter-Strike prodigy, the Australian has found himself a new home in Valorant. Widely touted as Oceania’s best player – with maybe a bit of debate between his teammates – pl1xx’s flexibility and keen aim makes him one of the most versatile players not just in his home region, but across the globe.

So that’s it for our list of players to watch going into the global First Strike finals. There are a hundred different ways this list could have went, but these players are certainly standouts and we can wait to see how they perform.