Tfue and Cloak Abandon Week 4 of Fortnite Champion Series Mid-Game
Week 4 of the Fortnite Champion Series Finals has been pretty eventful. The biggest story is the absolute meltdown that consumed Tfue and Cloak’s squad. This bizarre crumbling of some of the biggest players in the game cast a shadow over the weekend and the storm has lead to some nasty allegations since.
Partway through Week 4 of the Fortnite Champion Series, Tfue and Cloak’s squad had a complete meltdown. The end result was an entire team of some of Fortnite’s biggest players childishly retreating from the game. Rather than work through their bad game, the entire team quit in anger to take shots at each other over social media. This lead to Tfue accusing the team that beat them of stream sniping, and attempting to use his large following to orchestrate a pile on.
This kind of behavior is more associated with the angry children you would be randomly matched within the game. While Tfue is no stranger to controversy, it wouldn’t be overstating things to say that most fans expect better from such big professional players. So why did Tfue’s squad end up in this situation?
The Meltdown During Week 4 of the Fortnite Champion Series
At the opening of the game, Tfue’s team hadn’t had a great weekend. While they were lagging behind it, not by a margin that couldn’t be fixed by a good game. However, things didn’t exactly go their way. When landing on to their normal location, they found another team already there. Tfue’s team was pretty quickly eliminated since they were relatively unorganized. Live on stream, the team members then had quite a public falling out over their permanence in Week 4 of the Fortnite Champion Series.
Passing blame to each other, tensions became so heated that players just abandoned the event. Streams were ended, comms were cut, and their place in Week 4 was left as it was. The players then vented via their social media rather than actually trying to keep going with the game.
Both teams in last place rotating into steamy in finals pic.twitter.com/Zhd6MLFER7
— cloakzy (@cloakzy) November 25, 2019
Following this event, Cloak made the suggestion that Steamy Stacks had been targeted on purpose. Tfue backed up this accusation, telling his viewers on stream to contact the LG owner. He attempted to organize a pile on to get the player Neferux dropped from his organization for stream sniping in Week 4 of the Fortnite Championship Series. This of itself has become something of a storm in the hours since.
Was Neferux Stream Sniping?
In Fortnite, stream sniping can be a pretty serious problem. Pro players typically stream between and during events. This leaves all of their training open for the whole world to see. Even without this period of research, players often stick to the same routes in each game. This makes landing spots easy to predict. Tfue’s team seem to think that Neferux’s team deliberately chose to land at Steamy Stacks to ambush them, having seen it was their preferred landing spot.
The problem with this is that there aren’t all that many POIs on the map. There aren’t enough for every single player to get one all to themselves. Anyone who has played more than a game of Fortnite knows you’re often dropping close to other players. The idea that Tfue has a right to land alone at Steamy Stacks is bizarre. In esports tournaments, as with any other game, players are free to land wherever they want. Competitive players avoiding each other in the early game is typically not to provoke an early elimination. There is no guarantee that your landing spot will be reserved for you.
Week 4 of the Fortnite Champion Series was actually good viewing outside of this little drama. This kind of behavior is childish when coming from some of the biggest names in Fortnite. Accusing someone of playing unfairly since they landed close to you is a pretty silly excuse for early elimination. Hopefully, the rest of the Fortnite Champion Series will have some better sportsmanship on show.