ESTNN recently reported that turmoil developed between three of the best players in competitive Fortnite. Turner “Tfue” Tenney felt betrayed by teammates Dennis “Cloak” Lepore and Tom “72hrs” Mulligan due to what seems to be simple miscommunication. This all took place in the midst of the Fortnite Champion Series, which will pay out a $10M USD prize pool across all qualifying regions. The event transpired on September 7th, as Tenney announced on stream that both Lepore and Mulligan previously agreed to participate in the latest FCS qualifying tournament.
Unfortunately, Lepore and Mulligan both accepted brand deals from EA Sports to play Madden 20 on their stream. EA Sports offered Tenney the same deal, but he declined as he believed that the trio was going to compete in the FCS trio tournament. Cooler heads did not prevail in this situation and it seems that this trio is no more.
Tenney went public with a statement against Lepore and Mulligan, stating that he will no longer play alongside with them as a trio. The Madden 20 brand deal may have been the breaking point for Tenney. After qualifying for the Fortnite Champion Series Grand Finals, Mulligan and Lepore began focusing on World of Warcraft Classic on their streams. This meant that the trio was actively not practicing and improving heading into the Grand Finals. There was a clear foundation for Tenney’s frustrations and they have come to a head.
Cloak Claps Back
Me and @72hrs looking for third for FCS final to qualify again and TwitchCon (invited already.) Sunday every week. ty!
— cloakzy (@cloakzy) September 10, 2019
The outlook looks grim from Lepore’s point of view as he feels he did nothing wrong in the situation. He has stated numerous times that he informed Tenney of his intentions and would have canceled without any issue. Lepore took to Twitter to officially announce that he and Mulligan are seeking trade prospects for Tenney for the Fortnite Champion Series. According to the rules for the FCS:
“Teams who have qualified for the Season Finals may perform a one-time trade of one of their players with another single player from a different team that has also qualified for the Season Finals within the same region. This trade must occur before the trade deadline prior to the start of the Group Stage on September 17, 2019 at 11:00 PM EST. All six (6) involved players must unanimously agree and request the trade by contacting an Event Administrator, reachable via email at email@example.com.”
This rule creates an out for Lepore, Tenney and Mulligan in their tumultuous relationship. The three are in agreement to part ways, and there does not seem to be any movement toward a resolution. It’s quite unfortunate, as the trio has increasingly improved and were able to qualify. Their strategies and communication alone made them a legitimate threat to all other competitors. At this point, all parties appear to have made their decision in spite of both Lepore and Mulligan explaining their side of the conflict.
What's Next for the Tfue?
— Tfue (@TTfue) September 9, 2019
Tenney will be fine as many still consider him amongst the best players in the world, and he will have no trouble finding a new landing spot. He sent out a Tweet on September 9th, which is a screenshot of the previously mentioned trade rule fo the Fortnite Champion Series. The writing is on the wall as Lepore and Mulligan begin fielding trade offers for their former teammate. Top trios will jump at the chance to acquire Tenney, not only because of his skill, but also the fact that he is one of the most popular personalities on Twitch. The name recognition and noticeability that comes along with the name Tfue is hard to ignore.
What's Next for Cloak and 72hrs?
The future is not as clear for Lepore and Mulligan as they are out of practice and have recently focused on other games. All indications are that a trade will transpire over the next couple of weeks. It is undeniable that this feud will continue for the foreseeable future. Lepore and Mulligan may have reignited their motivation to get back into the swing of practice to thwart Tenney’s success at the Fortnite Champion Series Grand Finals. With neither side of the argument admitting fault, the end of this trio is seemingly permanent. The storylines are endless as the FCS Grand Finals rapidly approaches and we can safely add this unfortunate situation to the list.
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