OpTic Gaming Fortnite team disbands as remaining players released - Dexerto

OpTic Gaming Fortnite team disbands as remaining players released

Published: 12/Jan/2019 19:56 Updated: 13/Jan/2019 11:21

by Calum Patterson


North American esports organization OpTic Gaming have released the final two remaining players from their Fortnite roster, effectively taking the team out of another battle royale title, at least temporarily.

OpTic also disbanded their PUBG team in late 2018, retaining only one player, Michael ‘hypoc’ Robbins as a content creator.

The organization has now left a second battle royale game in as many months, releasing both Kenneth ‘Baldy’ Anderson and Stephen ‘Gunfly’ Brown.

Baldy and Gunfly had limited success as a duo partnership, placing 50th at the Fall Skirmish and then 38th at their most recent and possibly final tournament together, WSOE 3.

Gunfly joined the team in late September, replacing the outgoing Robert ‘WizKay’ Simone, and the young Gunfly was believed to be the next big prospect in competitive Fortnite.

On November 28, the other two players on the roster, Marco ‘Marz’ Soto and Dade ‘Dramas’ Lesch left, leaving on Gunfly and Baldy, but their time with the Greenwall has ended similarly.

Following the players’ announcements, Kodiak, Esports director at OpTic parent company Infinite Esports, explained how the situation had unfolded.

We were approached by Kenneth (Baldy) and Stephen (Gunfly) and they made it clear to us they wanted to play with other duo partners. Being that we feel strongly about any competitive Fortnite players for OpTic playing as the same duo, we didn’t think it was fair to punish them or stand in the way of what they felt was best for their own success. Essentially giving them the option of staying as one duo or parting ways.

They decided to part ways, and we released them from their contracts on good terms all around. We really do wish them nothing but success and are thankful for their maturity and understanding.

He also briefly commented on the future plans of OpTic within Fortnite esports.

As for OpTic in competitive Fortnite, we will continue to keep a watch on the scene and rising talent, but for the time being will not have players rostered on a competitive team.

2019 is set to be a big year for Fortnite esports, at least in terms of prize money, with the long awaited Fortnite World Cup finally getting underway and a more robust in-game tournament structure announced.

In comparison to their rivals like FaZe Clan, TSM and Team Liquid, OpTic have struggled to hit the same heights of player popularity or tournament placings. They will presumably look for an opportunity back in to Fortnite, whereas a return to PUBG esports was all but ruled out.


SypherPK reveals tips on how to master Fortnite Zero Point Crystals

Published: 4/Dec/2020 17:18

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite Season 5 now has a new teleporting feature thanks to the new Zero Point Crystals, and SypherPK has shared some must-know tips to help you master it.

As one of the most popular Fortnite content creators, many players look to SypherPK to offer advice and tips on how to master Epic’s online multiplayer battle royale – and he’s delivered once again with advice on making the most of the new teleport ability.

One of the biggest map changes in the game’s Season 5 update was the introduction of a new crystalline sands area right in the middle of the action. As well as letting players sink and hide, the area brings a new item called Zero Point Crystals.

A photo of the current new playable hunters in the season.
Epic Games
Zero Point Crystals can be found in the new sand-covered center of the map

During his December 3 video, SypherPK argued that “everyone is sleeping on the Zero Point Crystals” and offered up several reasons why they can actually be one of the most useful items to collect in Fortnite Season 5.

He explained that if you destroy crystals near the Zero Point and consume the small parts that scatter, you can perform a crystal-dash that lets you effectively teleport a short distance in any direction – even upwards if you need to get some height.

The crystal-dash is performed by double jumping and facing the direction you want to travel. Once you’ve consumed a crystal, you’ll have the ability for 30 seconds. It might seem like a small thing, but it could be a game-changer for getting out of tricky situations.

“If you really master the movement of the crystals, you can be very difficult to pin down and you don’t even have to build,” SypherPK explains in his video. “You can just be constantly flying around your opponent.”

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While you can’t use the crystal-dash to move through solid surfaces or buildings, SypherPK discovered an exploit that lets you teleport through even a tiny gap in another player’s builds and dive into their box. It’s tricky to pull off, but rewarding when it works.

“You just fly into their builds, and once you get the timing right, it’s actually not that hard to repeat over and over,” he said. “You just gotta get the timing right.”

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