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Banned duo qualify for Fortnite World Cup after cheating suspension ends

Published: 3/Jun/2019 0:12 Updated: 3/Jun/2019 1:12

by Albert Petrosyan

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Two professional Fortnite Battle Royale players have managed to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup after they were reinstated from the ban they’d received earlier in the qualification phase.

Pro players Damion ‘XXiF’ C. and Ronald ‘Ronaldo’ Mach finished with 91 points in the NA East region of Week 8 of the World Cup Qualifiers, good enough for third place in the region and a cool $6,500.

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This means that the pair have booked a trip to the duos tournament of the $30 million World Cup in July, as the top three teams in NA East all automatically qualify.

However, what’s most interesting about these players qualifying is that they had been banned in the early weeks of the qualifying stage for having been found cheating.

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They were handed a 14-day competitive ban after the third week, meaning that they were first eligible to compete again in Week 6, and have now managed to clinch qualification in Week 8.

Epic GamesRonaldo and XXiF placed third in the NA East qualifier, good enough for $6,500 and a ticket to the World Cup finals in July.

Considering that both players have a history of being caught cheating, however, it’s likely that Epic Games and fellow pros will take a very close look at all of their qualification matches, just to make sure they didn’t resort to their previous foul ways. 

Why were XXiF and Ronaldo banned?

XXiF and Ronaldo were initially suspended from competing after a clip went viral showing XXiF clearly teaming with other players during the Week 3 solos qualifier.

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Epic Games issued their official competitive ruling on May 1, stating that “a group of players attempted to undermine the competition by colluding across several matches.”

XXiF, who had qualified for the solos tournament during that third week, was forced to give up his qualification spot, and he and Ronaldo were subsequently dropped from Rise Nation’s pro Fortnite BR roster after the competitive ruling was announced.

Epic GamesRonaldo (left) placed first at the Duos tournament during the Secret Skirmish event in February, having been paired up with Ghost Gaming’s Saf.

Community reacts to XXiF and Ronaldo qualifying

When Epic first announced their competitive ruling, many in the Fortnite BR community were stunned that XXiF and Ronaldo had only been issued 14-day suspensions, considering that they had been caught outright cheating.

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Now, as expected, many have taken to Twitter to react to the fact that the very same players have managed to qualify, and here are some of the best reaction tweets.

Of course, let’s not forget SypherPK predicting this identical scenario way back when the suspension was first announced. 

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All that said, XXiF and Ronaldo qualifying for the World Cup won’t be set in stone until Epic Games themselves confirm it, so it will be worth monitoring the situation in the coming hours and days.

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this ongoing story, as more information becomes available. 

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How to watch Hitch’s Cracked Creators $10k Warzone event: schedule, players

Published: 20/Oct/2020 4:55

by Brad Norton

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Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting another huge Call of Duty tournament and this time, Warzone is in focus as the best players will be coming together in an entirely new format.

From Black Ops 4 to Ghosts and even Modern Warfare 2, Hitch has been hosting an assortment of throwback CoD events throughout the offseason. However, his sights are now set on Warzone as the next competition is on the horizon.

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Call of Duty’s best pro players will be joining the top Warzone challengers and some of the biggest streamers in the ‘Cracked Creators’ event. 16 “cracked” players will be thrown into the mix alongside 16 content creators with $10,000 on the line.

The format is something completely new so expect every competitor to be tested like never before. From where you can watch to every player lined up, here’s what you need to know about the Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

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How to watch the Cracked Creators Warzone Tournament

While no specific start time has been made public just yet, we know when the next big Warzone event will be kicking off. Expect to see your favorite personalities competing on Wednesday, October 21.

Given the unique format with this event, there’s a good chance it runs for quite a while. So expect a good few hours of action once it gets going. We’ve embedded the BoomTV stream below so you can catch the event as it goes live.

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Cracked Creators Warzone Tournament format

Rather than having players form their own teams for this event, things will be a little different. 16 “cracked” players will each be picked by 16 content creators to form every duo for the tournament.

This means that almost every duo could be playing together for the very first time as streamers choose their partners from the list of professionals. Once all duos are together, they’ll be paired up to square off in typical Quads action.

The exact point system is yet to be revealed, though the event will likely follow a familiar structure; eliminations will rack up points as will overall wins. The duo with more points at the end of each round will move on in the tournament bracket.

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Cracked Creators Warzone Tournament players

The list of content creators is set to be announced prior to the event. However, we already know the full list of “cracked” players. It’s safe to say this will be one of the most stacked Warzone events to date.

Call of Duty League pros are set for action as the T2P duo of Scump and Formal drop in. Meanwhile, some of the most successful Warzone competitors in Huskerrs and Symfuhny are also at the ready.

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The full list of ‘cracked players’ can be found below.

  • Merk
  • Crowder
  • AverageJoeWo
  • Huskerrs
  • DougisRaw
  • Formal
  • BobbyPoff
  • MuteX
  • Rated
  • Jukeyz
  • Tommey
  • Symfuhny
  • ZLaner
  • Scump
  • TeePee
  • Aydan

From veteran pro players to multiple-time Warzone event winners, the 16 cracked players fill out a truly elite list. It’s only a matter of time before we find out which content creators will be joining them.