Console Players NICKMERCS and Aydan Go Back and Forth in Intense Tilted Towers Rivalry During Grand Finals of the Fortnite Summer Skirmish Tournament - Dexerto

Console Players NICKMERCS and Aydan Go Back and Forth in Intense Tilted Towers Rivalry During Grand Finals of the Fortnite Summer Skirmish Tournament

Published: 4/Sep/2018 3:04 Updated: 4/Sep/2018 3:15

by Albert Petrosyan


The Grand Finals of the Fortnite Summer Skirmish tournament on September 3 was dominated by various headlines and subplots, one of which was the intense rivalry between popular streamer NICKMERCS and Ghost Gaming player Aydan.

While Nick and Aydan may differ in a variety of ways, there are two things they have very much in common when it comes to Fortnite: they both play with a controller, and they both love landing at Tilted Towers.

The pair stuck to their Fortnite philosophy and play-style in the $1.5 million Grand Finals, as both landed at Tilted in all seven of their matches. As a result, they inevitably crossed paths a total of four times, with Aydan coming out on top each time.

Their match-up became so common throughout the finals that the casters began every match with one eye on the Tilted Towers area of the mini-map, making sure to switch to the players’ POV whenever they got into an engagement. 

It seemed that Aydan had NICKMERCS’ number each time they faced, using a variety of weapon combinations and moves to consistently defeat the “king of Tilted Towers.”

Epic Games even started humorously putting up an on-screen graphic labeling the location as “Nick’s Towers,” and changing it to “Aydan’s Towers” whenever the Ghost pro would come out on top. 

However, despite the appearance of the match-up being totally one sided, their engagements were all very tight and intense, and Aydan was the firs to admit that Nick’s level of play was very elite.

The pair were interviewed during the Grand Finals, the players discussed their intense Tilted Towers rivalry and broke down each other’s strategies and techniques.

Both NICKMERCS and Aydan did remarkably well in the tournament; the Ghost pro player placed 11th and took home $15,000 while the 100 Thieves streamer placed 17th and won $11,250.

For a full recap of Week 8 of the Summer Skirmish at PAX West, including highlights, final placements, and more, visit our tournament hub here:

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Fortnite director reportedly hints at Smash Ultimate DLC fighter crossover

Published: 29/Oct/2020 4:36

by Brad Norton


Hot on the heels of Minecraft’s huge arrival in Smash Ultimate, could Fortnite be next in line? Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard has reportedly hinted at that being the case.

Smash Bros. collaborations have long-been one of the most exciting aspects of Nintendo’s popular fighting game. Teasers are always the talk of the town as developers hint at what major addition could be on the horizon in a nearby update.

While the Smash community is still getting comfortable with Minecraft’s Steve joining the fight, it could already be time to look towards the next character.

A recent Zoom call between Geoff Keighley, Donald Mustard, and select fans was kept under wraps at the time. Whatever fans asked, whatever topics came up, it wasn’t for the general public in the moment.

However, as with most things in the gaming industry, certain details have reportedly leaked online days after the fact. Among the topics discussed was a Fortnite crossover in Smash: here’s what the Creative Director had to say.

Throughout this Zoom call, “a few hints had been revealed about the future of Fortnite,” prominent leaker FireMonkey’ said on Oct. 28. The first major revelation is a Fortnite announcement is lined up for The Game Awards on Dec. 10.

This isn’t the first time Epic’s battle royale has made a splash at Keighley’s annual awards show. The Block was revealed back in 2018 and another big announcement could be lined up for the 2020 show. Perhaps it relates to an upcoming in-game event as the new Season draws near. Or maybe there’s a chance we see another Smash tie-in revealed rather soon.

2018’s Game Awards shocked the world with one of the biggest Smash crossover announcements yet. Persona 5’s Joker joined the fight and now Fortnite could be next for a similar reveal. 

When pressed on the subject, Donald Mustard didn’t shut down the possibility. He simply “stated he can’t comment about it,” according to the leaked intel. Funnily enough, last time a dev said “no comment,” their game ended up in Smash.

Obviously, there’s no telling how significant this kind of crossover might be. We’ve seen everything from entirely new fighters to simple Mii skins as well. Given the popularity of Fortnite, however, there’s every chance a crossover with Smash would make waves in the industry.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for any additional teasers. Keighley’s 2020 Game Awards kicks off on Thursday, December 10.