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Fortnite Air Strike first footage will stun World Cup players

Published: 9/Jul/2019 15:52 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 16:52

by David Purcell

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Fortnite Battle Royale wasn’t enough to take World Cup finals players by surprise, first footage will more than certainly do the trick. The new item looks as destructive as anything available in the game. 

The new explosive feature, which has been a mainstay in other battle royale games such as Apex Legends and even PUBG with the red zone, was added by Epic Games via the third v9.30 content update. 

There have already been some suggestions from those interested in the Fortnite competitive scene that adding the new feature so soon might cause some backlash, especially with it being so close to the Fortnite World Cup finals – which takes place between July 26-28. 

Epic GamesThis is what the Air Strike item looks like in Fortnite Battle Royale.

Esports consultant Rod Breslau, who goes by the name of @Slasher on Twitter, reacted to the news by tweeting “please kill me” moments after the news was announced by Epic, and he isn’t the only one stunned by the new feature. 

The initial promotional material for the new Air Strike feature showed an entire fortress blasted to smithereens using the item and Epic Games have already confirmed how much damage it will inflict. 

Those caught up in an Air Strike will see explosions take 75 damage per hit to players and 200 damage to builds, making it a potentially effective tool for those who wield them. 

It’s fair to say that the reaction from the community has been split right down the middle, with some high profile players sharing footage of how deadly Air Strikes can be in-game along their opinions already. 

Clearly, as the damage stats suggest, this is going to be a difficult one for builders to get around. The explosives aren’t coming from the sides, front or back, but the air.

It will be interesting to see how the inclusion of Air Strikes will impact the late game in professional matches, but that – of course – will be a hurdle pros need to overcome in the finals of the $30million Fortnite World Cup tournament. 

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

 

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.

 

While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.