The Finals of the first Fortnite World Cup is almost upon us, and it’s set to be one of the biggest events in the history of esports, much less Fornite. $30,000,000 are up for grabs in the solos event alone. No, that wasn’t a typo. Thirty million dollars.
Obviously with that kind of money, the field is going to be incredibly competitive. The 100 participants aren’t even set yet, as there are still a week and a half left of qualifier events, but the favorites will have all qualified by now.
Fortnite is a uniquely difficult esports to bet on, due to the size of the field and the variance in the gameplay. There will be 100 players competing in the World Cup Finals in New York, which is ridiculous. The closest analog to Fortnite is probably golf, but even then, golf isn’t head to head like Fortnite is. Combine the size of the field with the nature of the game, where players are relying on random weapon spawns, random storm circles, and largely random encounters, and the games can devolve into chaos rather quickly.
This means that the best option in these kinds of events is to put money on a mid-tier player, one that would need some luck to break into the top three. Betting on the favorite, or on players in the top three, is unlikely to return much value. There’s just no guarantee they won’t get unlucky.
There will likely be many, many rounds played, which helps to negate the randomness in the game, but it’s still tough to make a really solid prediction.
With all that said, here are some of the top competitors, all odds were taken from William Hill:
Dubs fn +1400
Dubs is a 16 year old phenom that has taken the World Cup Qualifiers by storm. He broke out in the World Cup Warmup Cup earlier this year, taking a third place finish. He finished in second place in the first week of the World Cup qualifier, earning himself a spot at the finals in New York. He then proceeded to win week five and secure a third place finish in week seven.
Dubs has qualified in every week of the qualifier so far, which is absurd. He plays with the measured confidence of a veteran professional, while still having the quick twitch aim of a young up and comer, which is what makes him so dangerous.
If you don’t follow Fortnite closely, you may only know Tfue from his drama with FaZe clan over his contract. That drama is, believe it or not, noise that may be distracting you from one of the best Fortnite players of all time.
His high ground play has been meta defining, and is one of the best items in his toolbox. He is almost unkillable when he has taken the high ground in a late game situation, especially when he has access to redeploys, and item that he largely pioneered the use of in pro play.
His ability to adapt to changing metas is a big asset in a game like Fortnite, where things can change quickly. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were multiple new items in the rotation by the time the Finals start, and adapting quickly will be important in order to make a deep run.
While MrSavage is traditionally known as a duos player, he’s coming into the World Cup ready to turn heads. He’s one of the most exciting young players in the game, showing out with flashy plays and big flicks that draw the eye.
His mechanics are maybe the best at the tournament, and he manages to handle 1vX situations with ease. While he is known to be a pub-stomper, this tournament would be the perfect chance to break out into the top tier in NA.
My best bet for the tournament is Tfue. He has something to prove heading into New York, and a win in the World Cup would be a feather in his cap, and help prove that he doesn’t need FaZe Clan to be the best. He’s the oldest player of the three I highlighted, which should give him an advantage when competing in front of a live crowd.
Those are just three of the many players that will be competing in the World Cup Solos Tournament. If you are planning on placing some bets during the World Cup, I’d suggest watching the last weeks of the Qualifiers, to get a better feel for the people competing.
One of the most exciting things about Fortnite betting is the possibility of live betting. Things change quickly in Fortnite, and the game is exceptionally dynamic, which makes for fun and potentially profitable live betting.