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LazarBeam banned mid-game after Fortnite stream-sniping prank goes wrong

by Isaac McIntyre

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Lannan ‘LazarBeam’ Eacott has fallen foul of Epic’s hefty banhammer, after he and a half-dozen other Fortnite players tried to pull off a hilarious stream-snipe prank on fellow Click star MrFreshAsian during a solo match.

LazarBeam’s relationship with ClickCrew’s resident Fortnite pro Harley “Fresh” Campbell seems to be built on jokes. From trying to "break" Epic's game together, to pranking him mid-stream, Eacott never seems to give Fresh a break.

To his credit, Fresh is a pretty good sport about it all, even when LazarBeam’s pranks devolve into chasing him around with a gang of Peely-wearing players in a solo match. While the Fortnite pro may not mind, however, it seems like Epic does.

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Fresh loaded into a solo match. Soon, the Fortnite pro found himself hunted across the map. First, the banana-adorned stream-sniping pack, led by LazarBeam himself, kept tabs on him in choppers. Then they sprung their trap.

The Click streamer had got himself a chopper, and thought he was clearing out a single rival in a bush with the Season 2 vehicle. To his surprise, more than half a dozen Peelys burst out of the scrub, and began swarming him.

Fresh was shocked to more than half-a-dozen Peelys, led by LazarBeam, chasing him in a solo Fortnite match.
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MrFreshAsian was shocked to see more than half-a-dozen Peelys, led by LazarBeam, chasing him in a solo match.

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Teaming in Solos sees LazarBeam hit with banhammer

Eacott and his potassium-loaded gang seemed to avoid damaging Fresh, save for one rogue banana that went for glory. As the storm closed in though, the Aussie YouTuber looked to put the finishing touches on his prank.

The stream-sniping group began trying to fire Fresh into the storm with bounce pads, which the pro was able to avoid. LazarBeam, seemingly ready for a Victory Royale, equipped a gun ⁠— an action Epic seemed to take offense to.

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Within seconds, every Peely opponent chasing Fresh had been slammed with the mid-game banhammer ⁠— even ringleader LazarBeam was ejected from the game. With no one left to oppose him, Fresh was handed the victory.

The newly-minted Luminosity star took to Twitter to laugh at LazarBeam being banned. Eacott responded soon after, hitting back with another joke: “The only way you can stop my memes is by having Epic employees on your side.”

In fairness to Epic, “teaming” against players in solo queue is a bannable offense, according to the battle royale’s TOS. LazarBeam was likely ready to cop a hit from the hammer and be banned if he was caught mid-prank.

Luckily for LazarBeam and his compatriots, it seems like the banhammer may have just been for that game too. Usually, "teaming" carries a three-day in-game ban, but it requires a report; Fresh is unlikely to file one of those against his friend.

The mid-game ban can’t have helped the Aussie YouTuber’s stance on Fortnite though. He’s been vocal in recent times about the game’s “pointless” UI changes, and voiced his concern over Season 2 in general too.