ESTNN recaps the first-ever and perhaps last-ever Bugha’s Late Game Tournament.
Poetic is the perfect word to describe the last two weeks for Fortnite’s only Solo World Cup Champion — Kyle “SEN Bugha” Giersdorf. Two years ago to the day, the relatively unknown 16-year-old competitive Fortnite marched into the Arthur Ashe Stadium and claimed the inaugural Fortnite World Cup Championship and the $3M USD grand prize. Bugha became a gaming and esports icon. Two years later, his legacy grew to another level when Epic Games immortalized him in Fortnite with a cosmetic set as part of the ICON Series.
On top of becoming an in-game outfit, Bugha also worked with Epic Games to develop a new competitive game mode to simulate Fortnite’s chaotic end games. Dubbed “Bugha’s Late Game,” it became an instant classic amongst the entire competitive scene. The new playlist culminated in a multi-regional tournament with $100K USD in prize money. Each region’s best teams competed in two rounds hoping to earn a piece of the sizable prize pool. However, only seven could call themselves the best of their respective turf.
— GUILD Hen (@hentvv) July 28, 2021
No other word better describes the team of GUILD Hen, GUILD JannisZ and Chapix than dominant. This European team has been nearly unstoppable for the last three seasons outside of a few unfortunate tournament experiences. They secured the coveted Axe of Champions in Chapter 2 - Season 5 and have been arguably the world’s best trio. Hen, JannisZ and Chapix continue that trend in Bugha’s Late Game Tournament, where they lapped the field effortlessly. The three Fortnite stars reached an unfathomable 902 points.
That performance included five Victory Royales out of ten matches and 80 eliminations. It’s merely another page in the book of Fortnite’s best trio, and the three received $14K USD for their efforts.
— Falcon Andilex (@AndilexFN) July 28, 2021
Perennial contenders Falcon Andilex, Vitality Snayzy and xsweeze.mces earned themselves another impressive placement in the challenging European region. Their ten-game effort produced four Victory Royales and 71 eliminations. Despite finishing miles behind the winners, the French trio walked away with $6.5K USD. The Russian and Ukrainian combination of Kiryache32, EvovzA Stormyrite and Gambit Toose settled for third place with 710 points.
- 1st: GUILD henZ, GUILD JannisZ, oogway 74 - 902 points - $14,000
- 2nd: Falcon AndiIex, Vitality Snayzy, xsweeze.mces - 760 points - $6,500
- 3rd: kiryachelfg, EvozA Stormyrite, Gambit Toose - 710 points - $4,000
- 4th: LootBoy Queakame, Glоrious TruleX, Wave Jur3ky - 702 points - $3,000
- 5th: CL Fury, Centric97Default, CL iRezUmi - 681 points - $2,500
- 6th: pinquk, nebs 04, mouz stompy - 659 points - $2,000
- 7th: keziix 12, Grizi 4zr, JETT BEST PLAYER - 651 points - $2,000
- 8th: Le King hycr1s, vooooortex 와, OVA ночь - 639 points - $2,000
- 9th: Vodafone xIsma, Vodafone Lolito, Ignasi Horno - 633 points - $2,000
- 10th: bloomadeal, BL PabloWingu, Siko Tomzy - 629 points - $2,000
1ST IN BUGHA OMG (8751$) pic.twitter.com/bm6rBi21n8
— TNG Eomzo (@Eomzo1) July 29, 2021
Since winning the UEFA 2020 Euro Fortnite Cup, TNG Eomzo has been making waves in the NA East scene. He joined the duo of 33 nut and TNG chukky—two players that performed well in FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 6. Eomzo, nut and chukky certainly weren’t favorites to win Bugha’s Late Game Tournament, which makes their victory all the more impressive. With Eomzo streaming the entire event, he and his teammates rallied to 896 points, six Victory Royales and an outstanding average placement of 2.30 in the final round. The next stop for these three is FNCS Season 7, and they are gaining steam at the right time.
2ND PLACE IN BUGHA LATE GAME ($4101) AHHHHHHHHHH 🥈🥈🥈🥈 pic.twitter.com/A6AzL4biUP
— 9LIVES VOIL (@VoilFN) July 29, 2021
Another underrated trio finished 80 points behind first and had an equally impressive tournament run. 9LIVES Voil, Xccept and K2G Snake managed three Victory Royales across ten matches and 73 eliminations en route to 816 points. This long-standing trio seems to always lurk on the leaderboard and finally earned a breakthrough performance. The low ground kings of TSM FTX Commandment, FaZe Cented and NRG continued stringing solid results with a third-place finish in Bugha’s Tournament. The three collected $2.5K USD to split.
- 1st: 33 nut ӝ, TNG Eomzo, TNG chukky 002 - 896 points - $8,750
- 2nd: 9LIVES BIG NOSE, Xcсept, K2G Snakaroonie - 816 points - $4,100
- 3rd: TSM FTX Comadon, FaZe Cented, NRG Edgey - 787 points - $2,500
- 4th: Chronic Jayѕ, K2G Kn1pher, Donieeson - 721 points - $1,850
- 5th: Nоsn, CRACKLY, Twitter ColdehFN - 684 points - $1,550
- 6th: LG jamper 7, Threat3ky, TNG Rise - 660 points - $1,250
- 7th: dom 75, 33 DUSKY, Spayde OT - 637 points - $1,250
- 8th: youtube jay1x, Ozirvo., YT Vanish Twistz - 637 points - $1,250
- 9th: Chewy 3, TMP Smite, MΛGNOLIA - 634 points - $1,250
- 10th: Vеd, ONE WITH CRONUS, Tabnae nae 蕉 - 634 points - $1,250
— MERK cyrzr (@cyrzrr) July 29, 2021
The NA West trio of Poffiee, cyrzr and eclipse capped an exciting day of Bugha’s Late Game with a victory. Across ten matches, they earned 803 points, including four Victory Royales and 72 eliminations. Poffiee, cyrzr and eclipse also went back to back, winning round one with 938 points and remaining untouchable through the entire competition. They collected $3.5K USD in winnings.
— FLYTECC CLG (@JayFNBR) July 29, 2021
Maken, Dog and CLG Jay secured second with 773 points. This trio won two of ten matches and compiled 77 eliminations en route to a $1.65K USD payday. XTRA Quinn, rvn wave and HNR Kewl rounded out the top three with 720 points.
- 1st: poffieevszombies, MERK cyrzr 7, rvn eclipse - 803 points - $3,500
- 2nd: mаken, LeDog James, FLYTECC CLG - 773 points - $1,650
- 3rd: XTRA Quinn, rvn wave, HNR Kewl - 720 points - $1,000
- 4th: XTRA Middiesel, kаboo, PSR Nico - 718 points - $750
- 5th: SRT Yumi, breaduh, HNR vehhl - 697 points - $600
- 6th: skіpperXX, Nitrixǃ, TEMPLE B - 684 points - $500
- 7th: apex ghouls1x, PSR KETOLOL, STL Ashton - 669 points - $500
- 8th: chickenwc, Kytrex, mеchton - 651 points - $500
- 9th: Apex Sxhool, RBL Bane, RBL yawn - 642 points - $500
- 10th: CLG symetrical, norcal alithy23, Frapai - 638 points - $500
Here are the results for the remaining four regions:
- 1st: ABT Persa, VKS Sееyun, 9z Ed - 838 points - $3,500
- 2nd: TCE dott1, LEISER xeatSon, TCE Scarpa - 775 points - $1,650
- 3rd: TRIBE OPai 祝福, SRN Phzin Ӝ, gsxlov s - 742 points - $1,000
- 4th: DioPDF, GH Itrol〆, RomeroPDF - 712 points - $750
- 5th: SK7 Stryker, linxz blessed, pokkezin Ӝ - 698 points - $600
- 6th: el fishy L2R2, Talls L2R2, Sаnku L2R2 - 695 points - $500
- 7th: pattaty 와, eRa Diamondd, Its Filipе - 686 points - $500
- 8th: yDоctоr, RSD rpg 17, αphxz - 679 points - $500
- 9th: eRa cadu 乡, NEW origіns, Hero Nicks - 678 points - $500
- 10th: kurtz 악마, LOUD Frosтy, TCE redlee 예마 - 671 points - $500
- 1st: scytes kuki, FALCON oogway, GXR nyle ム - 834 points - $2,500
- 2nd: Falcon SNW, Falcon Modisk1x, SAQR Kаi - 798 points - $1,000
- 3rd: Zeeom, D0Mitr0, VF Kazi - 767 points - $650
- 4th: Medal xJam, SAQRvysifanHELON, SCYTES Murloc. - 747 points - $450
- 5th: VL Nsア, 20 KinG., HAWK PEKGL - 718 points - $400
- 1st: XTRA Reet1x., fkbizqu492, XTRA Snacky - 889 points - $2,500
- 2nd: ALBA まるお, One For Аll, たかちゃん lf - 775 points - $1,000
- 3rd: tatsuya shiba., peteryache32, YoungGyo 9 - 738 points - $650
- 4th: Rid WildHawk 7, Rid Maufin 7, Rid rimr7 - 725 points - $450
- 5th: GW_Lettuce, GW doknﱞ, GW_Buyuriru - 667 points - $400
- 1st: PWR Jynх, PWR aleccZ, PWR worthy - 793 points - $2,500
- 2nd: FE Vortex, jаce 11, FE sunz - 736 points - $1,000
- 3rd: crippa.tv, M9 Bmp, 17s Wreckless - 728 points - $650
- 4th: JFT 2Faulty, Mooteea, FA LunR - 712 points - $450
- 5th: L5Z, Mcfalleп, gеk - 692 points - $400
Epic has already removed Bugha’s Late Game mode, which is rather unfortunate. The players seemed reinvigorated to put work into the LTM. Hopefully, Epic comes to their senses and makes it a permanent competitive playlist. Until then, these are your seven champions.
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Feature Image: Epic Games