The Fortnite World Cup is finally over after Bugha, Aqua and Nyhrox were crowned world champions. In the fallout, we pick out a few players who failed to meet expectations in New York.
Bugha put on a masterful display in the solos tournament, winning the first match of the event, staying in first place until the end of the six matches to take home the $3m grand prize. In the duos, Aqua and Nyhrox put on a clinic, dominating matches from the high ground to secure the trophy.
There were plenty of surprise packages at the tournament, such as 13-year-old Argentinean star King who wowed the crowd with his relentless aggression, but also plenty of players who failed to perform.
We pick out the five biggest disappointments from the Fortnite World Cup.
As one of the biggest streamers on Twitch, expectations were high for former FaZe Clan star Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney who secured his place at the tournament by streaming on his channel, without a delay, to hundreds of thousands.
Despite landing at his favored spot, the Block, the 21-year-old was unable to get going and found himself losing engagements way before nearing the placement points. His 67th place finish was a massive under-performance given his success at previous LAN events.
After dominating the European qualifiers in both solos and duos, Eleven Gaming’s Klaus ‘Stompy’ Konstanzer was expected to be among the very top players. However, he couldn’t replicate his sensational online performances on the main stage.
Indeed, a 14th placed finish in the solo event and 25th placed finish in the duo event isn’t anything to be ashamed of, but the pre-tournament favorite will know he could have done much better.
FaZe Clan star Trevor ‘Funk’ Siegler was one of the few players to double qualify for both the solos and duos event. However, the American struggled to perform under the bright lights, finishing 99th in solos without registering a single point.
With many players contesting his drop spot, the remainder of his game was affected as a result. Given his evident skill, it won’t be long before Funk returns to the right end of the leaderboard.
Entering the tournament as Fortnite’s highest earner, hopes were high that Ghost Gaming’s Timothy ‘Bizzle’ Miller could replicate his ridiculously consistent performances in previous LAN events during the solo World Cup.
However, he was unable to deal with the aggression shown by some players in such a stacked lobby of pros. A 23rd place finish isn’t too bad, but many expected Bizzle to be right at the top of the standings.
Qualifying from the South American region, Brazilian pro Nicollas ‘Nicks’ Polonio de Oliveira was highlighted as a player who could cause a massive upset, following some dominant displays during the qualifiers.
However, the Cloud9 pro couldn’t deal with the step up in competition, finishing 51st in solos and 47th in duos. His aggressive playstyle cost him valuable placement points; the youngster will have to adapt his game to be successful in future events.
The World Cup was the biggest event in Fortnite’s history, but Epic Games still have big plans for their competitive scene. Announced in New York was the brand-new Championship Series which will be implemented in Season 10.
With even more millions set to be on offer, all the players on this list will have the chance to redeem themselves in the future.