The qualifying for the Fortnite Winter Royale is now complete, with 200 players from North America and Europe securing their place in their respective continent’s grand finals.
The competition’s open format meant that any player who fancied their chances in the qualifiers could compete, and attempt to bring home a share of the massive prize pool.
Unlike previous invitational Fortnite esports tournaments, professional players and popular streamers had to qualify like everyone else, and when the dust settled on two days worth of intense gameplay, a lot of big names found themselves outside of the qualifying pool.
One of the biggest shocks during the qualifying portion of the tournament was seeing FaZe Clan’s Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney place outside of the Top 200. Tfue sits at the top of the highest earning Fortnite players list, but won’t be able to add to that during the Winter Royale, harshly labelling himself as “trash.”
27 27 25 25 I’m trash— FaZe Tfue (@TTfue) November 26, 2018
Tenney’s teammate Nate Hill also failed to qualify for the North American finals, expressing his disappointment in the current state of the game by tweeting out that Fortnite is: “Not the game I fell in love with.”
Not the game I fell in love with— Nate Hill (@NateHillTV) November 26, 2018
100 Thieves streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff missed out on the top 200. Kolcheff, who is well known amongst Fortnite fans for using a controller, didn't qualify but congratulated everyone who had it made it, and wished them luck in the next round.
Wild stream fam, haven’t grinded Fortnite like that ever. Wasn’t able to qualify but big congrats to everybody that did, GL in the next round. Also, Emus Bday is tomorrow, gonna be off the grid. Much love, goodnight! ❤️— 100T Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) November 26, 2018
Sypher ‘SypherPK’ Ali finished the day on 28 points, just missing out on qualification. The Luminosity player was happy with his performance, tweeting: “Didn’t qualify but I’ve become a much better Fortnite player and had a good time. Definitely some work to be done to make it more enjoyable, but overall I had a great time.”
Got 28 points again. Didn't qualify but I've become a much better fortnite player and had a good time. Definitely some work to be done to make it more enjoyable but overall I had a great time.— LG SypherPK (@SypherPK) November 26, 2018
There was good news for Team SoloMid player Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, who finished in 127th place after revealing he suffered from performance anxiety. “Qualifying means a lot more than just being able to compete for a million dollars,” tweeted Myth. “My confidence has definitely been boosted tonight.”
Tbh qualifying means a lot more than just being able to complete for a million dollars. For all those congratulating me (I see you Reddit), thank you ❤️— Myth (@TSM_Myth) November 26, 2018
My confidence has definitely been boosted tonight 😊