Lightning Pandas Expand Into Fortnite Battle Royale With Announcement of Stacked Professional Roster - Dexerto

Lightning Pandas Expand Into Fortnite Battle Royale With Announcement of Stacked Professional Roster

Published: 25/May/2018 15:48 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 16:25

by Ross Deason


The ever popular Lightning Pandas have expanded their esports team portfolio by picking up a professional Fortnite Battle Royale team featuring some of the highest ranked players around.

The Lightning Pandas are best known for their eye-capturing logo and the various professional Call of Duty teams that they have fielded over the years.

However, they are always looking for ways to expand and have recently been teasing the possibility of expanding into the world of Fortnite Battle Royale.

Fortnite is undoubtedly THE game of 2018 and some of the biggest esports organizations on Earth have already thrown their hat into the ring by picking up some of the game’s most high profile and skilled players.

After a number of months spent scouting out potential players, Lightning Pandas have now officially announced that they have picked up Merticariu ‘TheRealMerti’ Catalin, Stefan ‘ItsZaxi’ Østergaard, and Nikolaj ‘Tranq96’ Toft as their first three professional Fortnite players.

These are some of the highest rated players out there, as Rahul Uppal, Esports Manager at Kairos, explains:

“As Fortnite continues to take the industry by storm, we’re excited to join the forefront of the competitive community, as we welcome one of Europe’s most promising rosters to their new home. I’m extremely excited to work with ItsZaxi, TheRealMerti and Tranq96, who at the time of writing, are ranked 13th, 23rd and 52nd in the world respectively.”

The team is certainly one of the strongest European cores that could be assembled and should so some serious damage when the Fortnite Esports scene becomes more established.

TheRealMerti also commented on the move, making it clear that he and his teammates are grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to representing the organization.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to join the Lighting Pandas and be a part of the most successful game in the world, Fortnite. We’re ready to accomplish great things.”

The professional Fortnite team will join the Call of Duty team of evon ‘Goonjar’ Gooljar, Matteo ‘Royalty’ Faithfull, John ‘Xotic’ Bruno and Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee as well as FIFA star Sean ‘Dragonn Allen’ under the Lightning Pandas banner.

Lightning Pandas’ professional Fortnite currently consists of:

  • Merticariu ‘TheRealMerti’ Catalin
  • Stefan ‘ItsZaxi’ Østergaard
  • Nikolaj ‘Tranq96’ Toft

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


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.