Fortnite World Cup: Epic Games under fire for unfairly letting some players practice on custom servers - Dexerto
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Fortnite World Cup: Epic Games under fire for unfairly letting some players practice on custom servers

Published: 5/Mar/2019 23:21 Updated: 6/Mar/2019 0:25

by Albert Petrosyan

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

The Fortnite World Cup starts in July, but players still don’t have a proper place to 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.”

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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. 

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.

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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. 

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FaZe ClanFaZe Clan pro Tfue runs one of the biggest pro scrim Discords currently available, which thousands of players use to practice.

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.

Make sure to also follow us on Twitter @Dexerto to keep up-to-date on all Fortnite news, updates, leaks, and more. 

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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