It’s finally that time! The long-awaited Fortnite World Cup is here with online qualifiers kicking off today, April 13th and will be running for the next 10 weeks culminating in the Fortnite World Cup Grand Finals in New York on the 26-28th of July. It is set to be the biggest esport tournament ever!
This is truly a global affair. Every region is represented with qualification for the World Cup Grand Finals and a total prize pool of $1,000,000 to be won each week, with a total of $10,000,000 to be dished out over the 10 qualifying weeks! – All that before the Grand Finals themselves which will be held over 3 days and where a further $30,000,000 is up for grabs.
And with the release of 8.30 the meta has shifted once again, so whether you are watching the pro’s from the sidelines are pushing for a spot in the World Cup yourself, read on to find out the 5 things you should look for in the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers.
1) It’s The Champions
For a chance to play in the World Cup you will have to be in the Champions League bracket of Arena mode – that means 300 points on the board.
Already there? Nice one. You will be automatically entered into the Semi-finals for your region. Semi-finals will be held on Saturday. The top 3000 players (1500 for duos) from the semi-final will then go onto the finals on cash-prize Sundays.
The weekends switch between Solo’s and Duo’s with up to 8 players, depending on the region, qualifying for the World Cup Grand Finals each week.
If you are not there don’t fret. You have the 10 weeks to get Champions League Status, it’ll just be a harder now because of that baller nerf, and so it should be.
So whether you are a solo or a duo – if you want to get on the action you will need to get on the grind.
Check out our World Cup guide HERE for all the nitty-gritty details.
2) Three Seasons In One
The Fortnite World Cup will be a success by any measure – prize money, viewership and traditional media coverage will likely eclipse any previous esport tournament but with rumours that the qualification will span two maybe three in-game seasons, with all their map and meta change, pro players are worried that they are merely pawns in Epic’s commercial juggernaut.
Epic has history with this… infinity blades anyone?
People have been becoming wise to Epic’s ways with more and more top pro players speaking out including Team Liquids Chap, 72hrs and TSM’s Myth.
And while the rage isn’t at boiling point (with the sort of money on the line, can it?) keep an eye on the pro’s and their reactions throughout the weeks.
With the eyes of the world on this tournament and the building tension in the competitive scene, one wrong move could prove to be the beginning of the end for Fortnite.
3) The Baller’s Have Been Nerfed.
Easily the most hated of all the in-game vehicles, yes even more so than those dreaded bi-planes.
The Baller has enraged players, with its high HP protecting its occupant against damage, unpredictable movement and ability to quickly travel to zone it has been seen as an easy way to accumulate placement points in the new Arena Mode devaluing the entire ladder and making a mockery of the higher levels of the game.
If you’ve played any of Arena mode you will have seen upwards of 5 of these in final circles, jumping around and basically hoping to survive as long as possible without engaging anybody.
So obviously the community backlash for these has been HUGE.
Epic had been planning to fix this but had been dragging their feet. Originally they looked to find a way to make it so you could damage the player inside but found it unfeasible, then they were going to reduce the HP of them in the 8.30 patch, but for some reason didn’t… but then suddenly they did in a hotfix a few days later… So take that as a victory?
It took a lot of moaning and a lot of noise but it happened – proof maybe that Epic can be put on the right path.
The ballers will now have 200HP down from 300HP so expect to see a lot less of these in the end game – a big win for viewers and players alike.
4) You Can Watch The Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers Live and Not Live.
If you have been following the lead-up to the Fortnite World Cup you’ll have noticed that the warm-up tournaments have had a live broadcast for the EU and NA games.
If you haven’t tuned in you’ve missed a pretty unique stream. The fact that there are multiple games running at any moment meant Epic had to develop a system that could effortlessly jump between different live matches and they did a pretty good job of it. Games get switched to when in the closing circles, meaning the broadcast is all action.
The semi-finals and finals will be streamed live on Twitch and YouTube every week with recaps of all the regions giving you the opportunity to check out some top players from lesser-known regions such as Brazil and Asia.
And with money and places at the World Cup up for grabs, it’s a great chance to see who is looking in top form heading into the Fortnite World Cup Grand Finals.
Epic has also offered the chance for anyone to download all the replays from EVERY game played during the qualifiers. So whether you are competing yourself and want to take a forensic look at your performance or you want to analyse the very best players’ games you now can.
Check out /r/CompetitveFortnite in the days following the matches you will be able to download every single one and watch from within the Fortnite replay system at your leisure.
Editors Note: Epic plan to add the ability to replay every competitor’s game from within the game. This is buggy at the moment but expect performance to improve over the course of the qualifiers.
5) Given A Second Chance
Patch 8.3 gave us one big new addition and it’s another from the Apex Legends playbook. The introduction of respawns was on nobodies wishlist but we have it. Players can now collect a “reboot card” from fallen comrades and take them to reboot vans present in every major POI.
Respawning players will drop with just a grey pistol and 100 wood, you have to get to a reboot van within 90 seconds of picking up the card.
With a poor loadout and the vans being a potential hotspot players will have to weigh up whether respawning their teammates is a good idea with it’s most likely use being a duo who have gotten into a battle straight off their drop and only one of them has survived.
It’ll be interesting to see how the pro’s use this mechanic ahead of the World Cup.
So what do you make of the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers? Is the baller nerf enough? Will you be trying to qualify? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.