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Nyhrox and Aqua win Duos tournament at $30 million Fortnite World Cup – recap, highlights, final placements

Published: 27/Jul/2019 20:44 Updated: 29/Jul/2019 10:11

by Albert Petrosyan


The Duos half of the $30 million Fortnite World Cup has come to a close on July 27, with Cooler Esport’s Nyhrox and Aqua clinching first place and taking home a whopping $3 million.

After five weeks of grueling qualifiers, the duos that managed to qualify for the World Cup Finals gathered at the iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City to battle out for a share of the $15 million prize pool.

Aqua and Nyhrox finished on top with 51 points, followed by Lazarus Esports’ Rojo and Wolfiez in second place with 47 points, and the top-three was rounded off by 100 Thieves’ Elevate and Ceice, who finished with 45 points. 

The format of the competition was simple – there were six total matches played, with the duos earning points each round based on both eliminations and placement.

Below, you can find recaps and highlights for each of the six games, as well as the final placements and the amount of prize money that each duo won. 

Epic GamesFormat and scoring for the Duos half of the Fortnite World Cup.

Game 1 – Tournament favorites start off hot

Coming into the event, NRG Esports’ Zayt and Ghost Gaming’s Saf were considered to be among the favorites to win the Duos tournament, and they started their run with a bang.

Five eliminations and a Victory Royale in game one gave the powerhouse pair a 15 point haul to start things off.

Game 2 – TSM make a strong push

The second match saw TSM’s Vinny and Zexrow grab the Victory Royale and seven eliminations, adding 17 points to their tally for the tournament and pushing them up to third place.

First place was still controlled by Saf and Zayt, followed by FaZe Clan’s Megga and Dubs, who finished fourth and 10th over the first two matches, 

Game 3 – Underdog duo clutches up

Match three saw one of the lesser talked about duos in compLexity Gaming’s Machwood and free agent Calculator take the surprising Victory Royale, along with a whopping nine eliminations between them.

The 19 point haul was good enough to propel them all the way to sixth, with the duos of Saf/Zayt, Megga/Dubs, and Zexrow/Vinny still in firm control of the top three. 

Game 4 – Things start to get interesting

The fourth match saw the eventual champions Nyhrox and Aqua enter the spotlight for the first time, as they took the Victory Royale to become the first European-based duo to finish a game as the last ones standing.

While the top-three spots remained unchanged from the previous match, the powerhouse duo of Mongraal and Mitr0 crept into the fourth spot for the first time. 

Game 5 – Cooler Esport duos go back-to-back

Fresh off their win in game four, Nyhrox and Aqua grabbed a second straight Victory Royale in game five, to go along with their seven eliminations for a total of 17 points.

The back-to-back 17 point showings saw the EU duo push all the way to second place going into the final match, just three points behind the first-place combo of Saf and Zayt.

Game 6 – Another win for Cooler Esports

In a dominant second half that not many would have predicted, the European organization Cooler Esport claimed victory in the final three matches of the Duo competition.

This time, it was the pair of 4zr and Noward that took the Victory Royale, to go along with their three eliminations. With so many of the top players going down early in this match, Nyhrox and Aqua did just enough to clinch the tournament victory. 

Fortnite World Cup Duos final placements

With the six matches done and dusted, here are the final placements for the $15 million Duos tournament at the Fortnite World Cup finals, including the share of the prize pool that each pair of players received.

Place Team Points Prize Money
1st Nyhrox & aqua 51 $3,000,000
2nd Rojo & Wolfiez 47 $2.250.000
3rd Elevate & Ceice 45 $1,800,000
4th Saf & Zayt 44 $1,500,000
5th Arkhram1x & Falconer 44 $900,000
6th Mongraal & Mitr0 40 $450,000
7th Megga & Dubs 38 $375,000
8th Derox & itemm 36 $375,000
9th Zexrow & Vinny1x 35 $225,000
10th Vato & Skite 31 $225,000
11th Deadra & M11Z 30 $100,000
12th EpikWhale & storm 29 $100,000
13th Noward & 4zr 27 $100,000
14th benjyfishy & MrSavage 27 $100,000
15th Keys & Slackes 27 $100,000
16th MackWood & Calculator 26 $100,000
17th Spades & Crimz 26 $100,000
18th hype & Serpennt 26 $100,000
19th BadSniper & Oslo 24 $100,000
20th Scarlet & Bell 24 $100,000
21st Th0masHD & Klusia 24 $100,000
22nd Chapix & Crue 24 $100,000
23rd Kinstaar & Hunter 23 $100,000
24th znappy & RedRush 23 $100,000
25th Tschinken & stompy 22 $100,000
26th Tuckz & Vorwenn 22 $100,000
27th KBB & YuWang 18 $100,000
28th ronaldo & XXiF 17 $100,000
29th Nikof & Airwaks 15 $100,000
30th Lanjok & Punisher 15 $100,000
31st Nate Hill & Funk 14 $100,000
32nd letw1k3 & fwexy 12 $100,000
33rd JAMSIDE & 7ssk7 11 $100,000
34th Tetchra & Eclipsae 11 $100,000
35th Sceptic & Clix 11 $100,000
36th CizLucky & Brush 11 $100,000
37th Aydan & Sean 10 $100,000
38th little & jay 9 $100,000
39th KING & xown 9 $100,000
40th parpy & volx 9 $100,000
41st Leno & Barl 9 $100,000
42nd Ming & Puzz 8 $100,000
43rd LeNain & Tyler15 8 $100,000
44th Quinten & Lnuef 6 $100,000
45th Skram & Mexe 5 $100,000
46th RoAtDW & BlooTea 4 $100,000
47th pfzin & Nicks 4 $100,000
48th wisheydp & GusTavox8 3 $100,000
49th xMende & XXM 2 $100,000
50th CoverH & Twizz 2 $100,000
Epic GamesFinal standings of the top-10 from the Fortnite World Cup Duos tournament.

Fortnite World Cup – recaps for all events

Remember, the Duos tournament was not the only competition held at the World Cup, with there also being the Creative Finals and the Celebrity Pro-Am, recaps for which can be found in the links

This article was updated at 5:08 AM EST on Monday, July 29.


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


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.