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Mackwood, Zexrow & Yung Calc win Ninja Battles Week 1

The first week of the $480,000 Ninja Battle tournament series is in the books with reigning Trios champions Mackwood, Zexrow, and Yung Calculator taking home the tournament victory. This was an incredibly entertaining event and sets the stage for the next month + of competitions.

In many ways, this tournament was what fans thought professional Fortnite would look like: the biggest players in the game going at it in a stacked lobby. As Ninja expressed on Twitter, it gave us some serious “old” Fortnite vibes.

From a competitive perspective, open qualifiers are a fantastic way for unknown players to make a name for themselves. Some of the most popular names in Fortnite got to where they are because of these open qualifiers.

At the same time, from a viewership perspective, the days of watching Team Faze vs. Team Liquid are over. Ninja revived this feeling with the Ninja Battles series.

There was one glaring issue with the first week: the format. Arena Trios just released, as the tournament was in progress. That means that these teams had to fight it out in a pubs format – no siphon, high material cap, and no moving zones. Every game featured a Flopper heal-off. Thankfully, this will change next week.

Mackwood’s high-ground flopper-filled loadout

Now, let’s get into the results. As you can see from the title, Zexrow, Mackwood, and Yung Calc won the tournament with 59 points, but it wasn’t that simple. They tied with Riversan, Edgy, and Cented, leading to a tiebreaker that even MonsterDFace and BallaTW were confused by.

The two teams were followed by Bizzle, Emad, and Megga who were in first place going into the final game. Rounding out the top five we had:

  • Nate Hill, BullyWYD, FunkBomb
  • Chap, Scoped, Av

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