Millions tuned into the Fortnite World Cup in New York where they witnessed 16 year-old Kyle “Bugha” Glersdorf make history when he won the Solo event and $3,000,000 – the single biggest prize ever seen in competitive gaming.
He took a commanding lead from the start – winning Game 1 and dropping nine eliminations, one of which was the many’s favourite to win – Turner “Tfue” Tenney. He would stay in 1st place throughout the event, and while he didn’t gain another Victory Royale, he kept the placement and elimination points rolling in. He entered the 6th and final game 15 points and 14 eliminations ahead of 2nd place Harrison “Psalm” Chang and by the end of Game 6 the gap was only larger.
The only thing that could bring a halt his victory was Psalm slaying out, but he was eliminated him midgame of Game 6. With that, Bugha was in an unassailable position, and he knew it. Looking relaxed he added a further five eliminations before dying late game with the biggest smile on his face, knowing that with his 59 points the win was in the bag.
Interestingly, Bugha was the first player to qualify from NA East back in Week 1, and in New York this weekend he became the first player to win the Solo Fortnite World Cup. It must have felt like a long time coming but he now now consider himself the best Fortnite player in the world.
COOLER heads prevail as Aqua and Nhyrox snatch Duo Championship – Fortnite World Cup Recap
On Saturday it was David “Aqua” W. and Emil “Nhyrox” Bergquist, of COOLER esports who would emerge victorious in the Duos competition taking home a combined $3,000,000 a win which catapults them into the highest echelons of esports earners.
The European duo achieved this with back-to-back Victory Royales in Game 4 and 5 which put them into 1st place, a strong showing in the 6th and final game was enough for them to secure the win.
Their closest contenders throughout the day was the duo of Rocco “Saf” Morales (Ghost Gaming) and Williams “Zayt” Aubin (NRG). They started strong, winning the 1st game, but they couldn’t keep it up and only took 6 points in the last three games.
The would finish 4th, behind Dave “Rojo” Jong and Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman and E11’s Hayden “Elevate” Krueger & Davis “Ceice” McClellan in 2nd and 3rd.
Aqua and Nhyrox achieved their victory with an aggressive playstyle and consistent high ground. Aqua would play ‘ultimate high,’ spraying enemies below, while Nhyrox dropped below in search of kills and it was something they were able to repeat successfully in Game 4 and 5.
A big takeaway from the tournament was how heavily the current meta heavily favours high ground. All duos who won a game had control of the high ground in the final circles before taking the Victory Royale.
And while this isn’t exactly surprising, the lack of viable counter, especially after the removal of “Rift’s-To-Go” makes high ground OP.
So what did you make of the Fortnite World Cup? Was Bugha a worthy winner of the solos? Did Aqua and Nhyrox impress? Who disappointed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.