10 May 2022 / 15:24
Fortnite Zero Build is a revolutionary, fast-paced, and skill-demanding game mode introduced as a limited game mode at the start of Chapter 3 Season 2. As the name suggests, any form of structure building is disabled in Zero Building. forcing players to match their skills on an open field. The overwhelmingly positive reception of the game mode resulted in the return of many players and long queues. Although Zero Build reignited a love for Fornite in many returning players, the mode was initially only available for a limited time. However, seeing the unconditional love for Zero Build and its resounding success, Epic Games decided to bring Zero Build back permanently, reinstating it in the v20.00 update.
On April 30 and May 1, twitch rivals hosted the Twitch Rivals: Fortnite Zero Build Showdown II event. Fortnite Zero Build Showdown II featured three separate regions: Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America (LATAM), and North America (NA). Each region had thirty-three teams competing in six games of Fortnite. The prize pool for each region was $100,000, with the first team winning $21,000, the second $15,000, and the third $10,500. Players with the most eliminations also received an additional $700.
Teams received points depending on their placement. For example, players who finished the round in second through fifth place received 15 points and bonus points for each elimination, and the number of points awarded was reduced by three for each placement level (6th through 10th place received 12 points, from 11 to 15 they received 9 points, and so on). The winner of each round was awarded eighteen points along with additional points earned by eliminating other players.
The banned items from Twitch Rivals were:
- armored battle buses
EMEA and LATAM
The biggest names participating in Fortnite Zero Build Showdown II from the EMEA region were Bella “GirlyBella” Huss, Hugh “DestinysJesus” Gilmour, Olivia “Loeya” Sigg, and Xiunder. However, according to commentators, the favorites were the teams led by Amar “Amar” Al-Naimi and Marin “MrSavage” Foss Anderson.
The team led by Giorgio POW3Rtv Calandrelli dominated the first game, easily eliminating six players and taking over the map. During the second game, MrSavage’s team had the upper hand until they realized that GirlyBella was hiding and waiting for the right moment to attack them. Unfortunately, Mr. Savage’s team quickly eradicated their competition, leaving GirlyBella alone and surrounded. In her final effort, GirlyBella jumped, trying to take down Mr. Savage’s team, but she was quickly eliminated.
Game 3 was a clear win for POW3Rtv due to taking high ground early in the game. Game four was complete chaos that ended with a climactic explosion in the open field, allowing KayzahR to take the win. Game 5 was a bitter one as, as the storm closed in, only two teams remained, led by Kamil “ewroon” Lachowski and Aleksa “Queasy” Cvetkovic. But ewroon, against all odds, managed to knock Queasy’s team off the map with a shock wave.
The final game had fans sitting on the edges of their seats as POW3Rtv’s team was eliminated early in the game, allowing Solary’s team to catch up. The French gaming organization needed more than twenty eliminations and a win to clinch first place in the event, and although they won the round, they finished just one point behind the POW3Rtv team.
The team captained by Leonardo “loud_leleo” Arcanjo clearly dominated LATAM, with the next contender 39 points behind them. The team handily won games one, two, and six, while consistently placing above average in other matches.
The North America Twitch Rivals event was packed with talent, with Acorn, EyaPixie, Turner “Tfue” Tenney, Nicholas “NickEh30” Amyoony, and Zemie all participating in the tournament. However, in this incredibly competitive environment, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek and Ali “SypherPK” Hassan were the commentators’ favourites.
Zemie confidently came through the first game due to his clever positioning on the high ground. During game two, Tfue was the last man standing against Alex “AlexRamiGaming” Ramirez. Despite investing many resources to stay alive, the surrounding storm eventually forced Tfue to give in. Game 3 was a clean and quick win for the team led by Mack “MackWood” Aesoph.
From the start of game four, it was apparent that the match was going to be an intense fight between Team Acorn and Team Zamie. In a final showdown on the open field, Team Acorn took down each member of Team Zemie and snatched victory from right under their feet. Team SypherPK ran the show in game five with a whopping twenty eliminations.
The sixth game, just like the final EMEA game, was great. Since Zamie’s team was out of the game relatively early, everyone believed this was Tfue’s chance to win. However, Tfue’s team was heartbreakingly eliminated when they met HeadShotChick’s team, leaving Team Zamie in first place overall.