Last weekend’s Fortnite World Cup Finals was one of 2019’s most highly anticipated eSports tournaments. It seems like only yesterday that Fortnite exploded onto the scene, which we chronicled here, and now it’s a multi-million dollar esport. It certainly didn’t disappoint and had us on the edge of our seats all weekend long. This week, we’re taking a look at the Top 10 Fortnite World Cup players, many of whom are “unknowns” in the eSports world.
#10 – Kreo
After a rocky start to the year, where Kreo was let go from Luminosity Gaming over a scandal that implicated him in the scamming, selling, and trading of Fortnite accounts.
Almost 6 months later, though, and Keo is signed with a new team (as of April 2019), and focusing on his in-game skills more than ever before.
#9-8 – Elevate and Ceice
The North American Duo finished the Fortnite World Cup in 3rd place in the Duos category, earning themselves a cool $1.8 million to share.
With tons of backing from their org in terms of coaching, practice time, and public support, it came as no surprise that these two landed in the top 5 Duos.
Ceice and Elevate aren’t necessarily the most popular Fortnite eathletes, but if there’s one thing the Fortnite World Cup taught us, it’s that the biggest influencers aren’t necessarily the sure wins.
#7 – Epikwhale
16-year-old Shane ‘Epikwhale’ Cotton is a California native and holder of the 3rd place title in the Fortnite World Cup Solos category. Ending the Finals with 32 points, he was just a single point behind Psalm.
Epikwhale won $1.2 million dollars last weekend and posted the following, nonchalant Tweet:
His impeccable aim and lightning-quick building skills are more than a little impressive, and it’s clear to see how this teenager landed a Fortnite World Cup Finals finish that turned him into a millionaire:
#6-5 – Rojo and Wolfiez
While the vast majority of competitors were using Epic-issued Logitech mice. 15-year-old, British, Jaden ‘Wolfiez’ Ashman, though, was one of only two competing players to use a controller.
Rojo and Wolfiez were also relatively unknown in the Fortnite scene, neither of them having any sort of sizeable following or fanbase.
His teammate, Rojo, is a Dutch player who is signed on to Lazarus, the esports organization. Rojo. He hosted a Reddit AMA just a few days ago.
#4 – Psalm
Harrison “Psalm” Chang took the runner-up spot in the Solos category. The 24-year-old is a previous Heroes of The Storm professional gamer who last year made the switch to Fortnite.
Despite not yet being old enough to rent a car in most countries, Psalm was one of the oldest competitors in the Fortnite World Cup Finals, with the majority of the competitors being between 16 and 20.
Chang is part of the eSports organization Counter Logic Gaming, and has been with them since mid-January 2019, and has seen his Fortnite career and popularity explode since then. He finished the Fortnite World Cup with 33 points, 1 Victory Royale, and another top-3 spot.
While he might not be the youngest pro-gamer on the scene, it will be interesting to see how his maturity, as well as his experience with other games will help propel him forward over the next year.
#3-2 – Nyhrox and Aqua
This teenage, European Duo took the Championship Title in the Duos category, and no one saw them coming. Norwegian Emil “Nyhrox” Pedersen and Austrian David “aqua” W. flew entirely under the radar until Match 4 of the finals, where they nabbed the Victory Royale. They then shocked everyone with another Victory Royale in Match 5 and became contenders for the crown.
The Duo has , unfortunately, split up in the week since the World Cup Finals. In a since-deleted Tweet, Nyhrox said:
So after recent bad performances I’m now looking for a duo! Since my previous one dropped me to “be able to improve with someone
And aqua tweeted the following 20 minutes before Nyhrox’s deleted tweet:
Runner-up Rojo, though, found the humor in the situation:
While it doesn’t look like we’re going to see this particular Duo again, both players are still young and just starting out, and we’re sure they each have much more to show us.
#1 – Bugha
Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf was the Grand Champion of the Solos category. Bugha, only 16-years-old, finished the tournament with a total of 59 points, and with a mind-boggling 26-point lead ahead of Psalm.
He made sure to forecast his win early on, too. In the first of the six matches in the finals, Bugha scored a whopping 19 points and won the Victory Royale.
By the end of match five, he was the points leader and already had a 15-point lead on the runner-up. By this point, the only way he could have NOT won the World Cup is if he emerged from round six with zero points, and the runner-up also emerged from the same round with sixteen points.