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Issues with Winter Royale and how they affect competitive Fortnite | The Fortnite Podcast Ep 56

Published: 28/Nov/2018 21:28 Updated: 28/Nov/2018 22:05

by Albert Petrosyan

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The currently ongoing $1 million Winter Royale tournament has predictably been at the center of attention amongst the Fortnite battle royale community. 

The Winter Royale is the first ever competition in Fortnite to be open to all players, and hundreds of thousands from the European and North American regions participated in the qualifying stages held this past weekend.

With only 200 players have qualified for the next stages, a vast majority were left out, leaving many with a bitter taste in their mouth from all of the issues that plagued the tournament.

In Episode 56 of the renowned Fortnite Podcast, experts 2LoudTX and MonsterDFace discuss these issues and how they affect the game from a competitive side of things.

Their special guest for this week was none other than Morgausse, one of the better competitive players in the scene and the champion of the Summer Skirmish competition finals at PAX West.

Morgausse’s victory at the Summer Skirmish finals at PAX West was a true Cinderella story in Fortnite

One of the major topics of their discussion was the scoring format of the Winter Royale Qualifiers, which awards points to players for getting a certain number of eliminations and a certain placing each match.

This prompted many to leave matches before they ended, as long as they got points for their eliminations, in order to get more matches under their belt.

“A very aggressive player can absolutely ruin your game because if their gameplan is get in, get elims, and back out, and you’re playing for the dub, you just took your time to farm and all that, that guy is absolutely going to ruin your experience!”

The Winter Royale tournament is the first ever Fortnite competition open to all players.

That can obviously be frustrating for many players because everyone has contrasting styles of gameplay and if total matches played isn’t a factor in the scoring then the more aggressive and elimination-minded players have an advantage.

“Talking about the format, if they set it to a certain number of games, or even if you couldn’t back out until the game is over, that would stop a lot of these W queues,” proposed Morgausse. 

Other topics discussed in Episode 56 include recent updates that have cast the community into a state of disagreement, such as the removal of glider re-deploy.

The trio also discussed Morgausse’s incredible journey to becoming the Summer Skirmish champion and all of the obstacles he faced along the way. 

The entirety of Ep. 56 can be heard using the player below, or by visiting the Fortnite Podcast website HERE.

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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.