By Isaac Chandler
July 30, 2019
Epic’s $30 million Fortnite World Cup Grand Finals went off this past weekend at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, and what an incredible show it was. The production was phenomenal, the action was gripping, and the casting was on point all event long. But the production isn’t what we’re here to watch, it’s the gameplay, and boy what a treat that was. So, without further ado, let’s jump straight into our Fortnite World Cup recap!
The Duos category started the event out with the NA and EU teams running away with early leads in the event.
The top 10 was divided evenly between the two regions at five duos a piece, with both regions continuing to dominate the rankings until the Japanese duo of Scarlet and Bell at 20th place.
While the regions dominate the standings, exact team placement came as a surprise with many favorites failing to make the top 10, let alone the top five.
Tournament favorites Benjyfishy and MrSavage came at a shockingly low rank of 14th for the event, while Dubs and Megga on came in at number seven. With the duos earning $100 thousand and $375 thousand respectively, they probably won’t be too upset with their placements. However, to miss out on the $3 million offered up for first place… they’re probably beating themselves up over that.
Saf and Zayt stayed up in the top five all day, while Arkhram1x and Falconer made a mad run to close the gap and secure a draw in points at 44 for each duo. Unfortunately for the latter, Saf and Zayt got the advantage on the draw, being given fourth and the $1.5 million prize for their placement, while Ark and Falc were forced to take fifth and the still impressive $900 thousand.
The real stars of the show, however, were first place Nyhrox and Aqua, who dominated the competition with their immaculate late gameplay. Their ability to find height in crucial moments and win clutch fights gave them enough of an edge in the final game to push them over the top and secure the $3 million top prize.
While the Duos were exciting to watch, the main event was the 100-competitor Solos competition. Billed as a battle of the best of the best, the competition level was some of the highest we’ve ever seen in Fortnite competition, and we’d be remiss not to touch on it in our Fortnite World Cup Recap.
The skill floor was so high, in fact, that even Tfue and Megga failed to make a splash at the event, placing a shocking 67th and 62nd with seven and 11 points respectively.
Tfue getting smacked is by far my favorite part of World Cup so far— travis (@traviciousxx) July 28, 2019
Even Duos top three Benjyfishy and MrSavage failed to make a splash in Solos, with both players, along with Kinstaar, failing to break the top 20 themselves.
Being in that top 20, heck even the top five, made little difference compared to the eventual winner of the $3 million grand prize, Bugha.
Bugha absolutely annihilated the competition in what will likely be the largest margin of victory we’ll ever see at the World Cup, running away with 59 points on his way to the title at the young age of 16.
To put his victory margin in perspective, his next closest competitor, Psalm, only managed to garner 33 points across the whole event, meaning Bugha won by a 26 point margin. That’s literally combining the score of second and seventh place just to even match the winning score, an absolutely insane feat.
Congrats to Bugah, along with Nyprox and Aqua, for winning the first-ever Fortnite World Cup and becoming the world’s newest, and possibly youngest, self-made millionaires.
We can’t wait to see what Epic has in store for next year’s competition, and whether or not they’ll try to beat their world recording-setting prize pool.
The future’s looking bright for competitive Fornite, and we’ll be here to cover it every step of the way. Thanks for reading our Fortnite World Cup recap, and we’ll see you next time with more Fortnite news.