The highly anticipated $30 million World Cup event for Fortnite Battle Royale is only a few months away, but players simply don't have the resources they need to properly prepare and practice for it.
Anyone who has played or watched competitive Fortnite will tell you that it is night and day when compared to the casual gameplay of the core default modes.
This is especially true when it comes to the 'end-game' phase of competitive matches, where a lot more players are normally still alive than in public matches, and everything is approached a lot more strategically.
In order to properly prepare for events, competitive players need something like custom matchmaking to best simulate this end-game phase.
Unfortunately, after being briefly enabled for some content creators, custom matchmaking is no longer available, which leaves players with very few options for proper practice.
On this note, esports insider Rod 'Slasher' Breslau tweeted out some strong comments against Epic Games on March 5, criticizing them for not giving players a proper opportunity to prepare for the $30 million event.
"Fortnite will have the largest esports prize pool in history with $30 million on the line, but players can't practice for it because there's no custom games," he said. "Absolutely ridiculous and yet again amateur hour for Epic Games."
Fortnite will have the largest esports prize pool in history with 30 million dollars on the line but players can't practice for it because there's no custom games. Absolutely ridiculous and yet again amateur hour for Epic Games.— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) March 5, 2019
He went on to reveal that Epic are apparently providing custom servers, but only to the 200 players that had qualified for the Winter Royale finals, which he cited as an unfair approach.
"Even worse is that apparently there are custom servers, but only for people in Epic's Winter Royale discord (200 people), and it seems a laggy mess." he tweeted. "Certainly not the open, fair to all players approach that Epic wants.
Even worse is that apparently there -are- custom servers, but only for players in Epic's Winter Royale discord (200 people), and it seems it's a laggy mess. Certainly not the open, fair to all players approach that Epic wants.— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) March 5, 2019
Without custom games, a lot of pros and higher level players have resorted to 'pro scrims,' which are essentially specially created Discords which allow players and teams to try and queue into the same public matches together.
Unfortunately, not everyone gets matched up together in the same lobby, and the public nature of these matches means that there are lot of casual players unknowingly thrust into high intensity scrims.
As a result, the rules and format of competitive matches can't really be effectively enforced in these scrims, and things can become disorganized and hectic.
The lack of a good option to properly practice for the World Cup becomes even a larger issue when considering that the qualification phase begins as early as April 13.
Tens of millions of players are expected to compete in these qualifiers, and with so many of them sorely unprepared for the competitive environment and intensity, there will be a considerable imbalance among the player-base, especially when considering that each week of qualifiers will have its own $1 million prize pool.
Many are predicting hopefully that Epic will re-enable custom matchmaking in Fortnite sooner rather than later, which will be a huge relief to all of the players who want to get in as much practice as they can.
Until then, they'll have to do with trying to play in pro scrims and use the various courses created in the Creative mode to try and prepare as best they can.
The Fortnite World Cup takes place July 26-28, with the weekly qualifiers taking place from April 13 to June 16. For more information about the qualifiers and main event, visit our Fortnite World Cup info hub.
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