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The solo portion of the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers concluded this past weekend with many professional players finally securing their sport at the Finals in New York City and others left wondering what’s next. NAE is arguably one of the world’s most competitive regions and this weekend did not disappoint, with some household names finally securing themselves qualification fans will rejoice at the opportunity to watch some of their favorite players compete for the $30 million prize pool.
The Changing of the Guard
When the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers were announced as solely online, many assumed that multiple unknown players would end up qualifying because of the nature and pure chance of the online game. For the established professional players who have proven themselves on international LAN's and the biggest stages, many were unaware of the challenges they would face.
Names such as Ryan "Chap" Chaplo, Thomas "72hrs" Mulligan, Dennis "Cloakzy" Lepore, Nate Hill, Rocco "Saf" Morales, Christian "Snood" Hastie were all synonymous with competitive Fortnite, seen as founding fathers of the esport. They once stood at the pinnacle of the game with astronomical expectations heading into the qualifiers, but few prevailed and many perished. The tournament opened our eyes to new professional players who never saw the limelight in the past but now are the face of NAE and many look to names such as Cody "Clix" Conrod, Danny "Dubs" Walsh, and Megga to raise the Fortnite World Cup title at the end of July.
While many household names perished at the wrath of the qualifiers, some notable names managed to slug their way into the Fortnite World Cup Finals to the relief of their fans and other professional players. Players such as Williams "Zayt" Aubin, Timothy "Bizzle" Miller, Noah "Vivid" Wright, Nick "Aspect" McGuire and Turner "Tfue" Tenney all prevailed in their attempts to reach the biggest esport tournament ever, while all five players are considered some of the best in the world they will face immense pressure.
NAE Solo Qualified Players
NAE will send 30 solo players to battle it out at the Fortnite World Cup Finals, with perennial powerhouses such as Dubs and Clix who are widely considered some of the best solo players in the world and both whom have qualified multiple times.
Will Tfue put his infamous lawsuit against FaZe Clan besides him and be crowned the world champion? Will the young superstars of Dubs, Meggaa, and Clix be able to translate their online performance in front of millions or will they ultimately crumble under the immense pressure.
So many questions are up in the air for now, but all will be answered in New York City next month when the battle bus begins its drop to determine the solo champion of the world.