Top 10 players who didn’t qualify for the Fortnite World Cup – Ninja, Cloak, Chap and more

Published: 22/Jun/2019 12:52 Updated: 22/Jun/2019 14:50

by Marcus Banks


Ten weeks of intense online open qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup are finally over, with many notable names failing to qualify, but who were the best players to miss out?

Despite offering $40 million in prize money for the finals and qualifiers, Epic Games have been heavily criticized by many professional players over the course of the ten weeks due to the format of the qualifiers as well as numerous bugs impacting their matches.

Currently, eliminations can be worth just as much as securing a victory royale, leading to players playing extremely aggressive rather than holding out for the win – a format which Ghost Gaming’s Timothy ‘Bizzle’ Miller described as “a joke”.

Qualifiers for the World Cup were hosted online meaning anyone in the world was able to compete.

Nevertheless, the finalists for the World Cup have been confirmed for both the duo and solo event with many star names missing from the list.

Below are the top ten players who failed to book their ticket.


TWITCH:NINJANinja narrowly missed out on qualification.

Team: Free agent
Region: NA East

Despite coming late to the Fortnite competitive scene, Twitch superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has performed admirably in recent weeks alongside his duo partner Malachi ‘Reverse2k’ Grenier. 

The former Halo pro has proven he can compete with the very best, missing out on qualification by just two points in week six. Ninja did confirm that will be attending the finals despite not securing his place on the main stage.


YOUTUBE:POACHPoach was unable to qualify despite changing duo partners.

Team: Team Liquid
Region: NA East

Another major surprise was the performances of Team Liquid’s Jake ‘Poach’ Brumleve – the second highest earner in Fortnite history in miss out on qualification. 

Despite placing well during the Summer Skirmish series, Poach has struggled to adapt to the new meta. He stated on Twitter he would be changing up his key binds in order to improve his showings in future events.


YOUTUBE:TEAMLIQUIDChap teamed up with Poach after leaving 72hrs but couldn’t qualify.

Team: Team Liquid
Region: NA East

Despite switching up teammates to partner with Poach, Liquid’s Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo was unable to secure a qualification spot in either solo or duos. 

The 24-year-old has been vocal in his displeasure with the current meta, which has undoubtedly affected his performances as he has played nowhere near his potential.


YOUTUBE:TEAMLIQUID72hrs couldn’t qualify alongside solo qualified Vivid.

Team: Team Liquid
Region: NA East

Fan favorite Thomas ‘72hrs’ Mulligan will also not be in contention after failing to qualify alongside his new duo partner Noah ‘Vivid’ Wright. Although the pair performed well, they were unable to secure the last few points needed to jump up in the standings. 

Fans were devastated to see the duo hit with a four-minute queue during their final games in week ten, which ultimately cost them a final chance to qualify.


FaZe ClanCloak will be forced to watch his teammate play solo in New York.

Team: FaZe Clan
Region: NA East

Unfortunately, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney won’t be joined in New York with long-term friend and teammate Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore after they narrowly missed out on qualification on numerous occasions. 

Despite changing their drop spot on multiple times, the TwitchCon winners couldn’t put it all together meaning Cloak is the highest earning Fortnite star who won’t be at the World Cup.


TWITTER:SYMFUHNYSymfuhny tried multiple duo partners but no-one was the perfect fit.

Team: NRG
Region: NA East

NRG Esport star Mason ‘Symfuhny’ Lanier also missed out on qualification after experimenting with various duo partners over the course of the ten weeks. 

Nevertheless, the 20-year-old has a massive following on Twitch with plenty of fans tuning in to watch his viewing parties.


TWITTER:NICKMERCSNICKMERCS and Nio Rooch are two of the world’s best controller players.

Team: FaZe Clan
Region: NA West/NA East

FaZe Clan’s Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff won’t be flying the flag for controller players in New York despite performing extremely well alongside his duo partner Nio Rooch. 

The former 100 Thieves member laughed off suggestions he couldn’t compete with the top Fortnite players, stating his intentions to return for the upcoming trio tournament.


GHOST GAMINGDmo and Bizzle were two of the favorites for the duo event.

Team: Ghost Gaming
Region: NA East

Due to the fierce competition in the NAE region, Ghost Gaming’s Dylan ‘Dmo’ Moore missed out on qualification even though he was considered one of the favorites for the entire tournament alongside his teammate Bizzle. Ranking #14 in the list of all-time highest earners, it was a shock to see the American struggle.


INSTA:SYPHERPKSypherPK has hinted at a house move to better his connection.

Team: Luminosity
Region: NA West

Popular Twitch streamer Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan couldn’t overcome his connection issues to secure qualification against all the odds. The Luminosity star frequently played his qualifying games with a ping over 50 which seriously hindered his chances of performing well.


ESLKamo and Issa are widely regarded as the top EU controller duo.

Team: Ghost Gaming
Region: EU

A major surprise in the EU region was the performance of Ghost Gaming star Liam ‘Kamo’ Fillery – who was considered one of the top duos alongside his teammate Issa ‘Issa’ Rahim. The pair’s practice was impeded by an injury to Issa’s hand which almost certainly cost them a chance at qualification.

When is the Fortnite World Cup?

The Fortnite World Cup takes place July 26-28 in New York City, New York. 100 players will battle it out to win their share of $30 million, with the solo winner walking away from the event with $3 million in prize money.


Chipotle Challenger Series 2020: Tune-in, teams, format – stream

Published: 4/Dec/2020 2:00 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 2:11

by Calum Patterson


The Chipotle Challenger Series returns for the final event of 2020, as Fortnite players are set to go head-to-head against a star-studded list of influencers and pro players, and win big prizes.

This is the fourth edition of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series, and surprise teams won the previous tournaments, so we could see another repeat this time around. The qualifiers are all wrapped up, so it’s now time to look ahead to the finale.

The Top 4 teams from the qualifiers have advanced to the finale, which begins on December 8.

Chipotle Challenger Series Stream

You can tune-in to watch the action unfold, starting on December 8 at 3pm PST / 6pm EST, on Chipotle’s official Twitch channel.

Who’s playing?

The fourth Chipotle Challenger series features another star-studded lineup of contestants, who the four qualified teams will be playing against.

Streamers / Pro Players

  • Bugha
  • Mongraal
  • Clix
  • NickEh30
  • Nate Hill
  • Ewok
  • Ronaldo
  • Rehx
  • EpikWhale
  • dubs
  • Reverse2K
  • Emad
  • Zexrow

Celebrities / Athletes

  • Juju Smith-Schuster
  • Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
  • Jagger Eaton
  • Heimana Reynolds



In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.

  • Up to 1000 trio teams
  • Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
  • Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window


Qualifying teams now have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.

  • Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
  • 17 teams of invited talent
  • Private lobby
  • 5-game series

Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool

A total of $50,000 in prize money is up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secure themselves free burritos for a year!

    • 1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year

Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results

Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30

Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.

Full results & tournament recap

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #2 – July 16

As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.

Full results, highlights & recap

Chipotle - Twitch

Chipotle Fortnite Challenge Results – October 1

This time, though, the winners were a little less shocking as Furious, Ronaldo, and illest took home the grand prize – $50,000 and a year’s worth of free Chipotle burritos!

The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.

Full results & tournament recap.

Chipotle Challenger Series event
Twitch: Chipotle
A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.

What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?

The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.

A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.

These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.

Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.

Chipotle and esports

This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.

The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.

In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.


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