On Sunday, April 28th two players qualified from the Asian region, we spoke with one of them, Takamuramm.
Every week Epic Games and their Fortnite team are hosting qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup that will be taking place the last week of July in New York City. The major tournament will be the first event of what was announced at the 2018 Fortnite Celeb Pro-Am. Having started on April 14, there have been three weeks of qualifiers after this week.
During the qualifying stages, which are called the Online Open Semi-Finals, take place between every player in said region that has reached over 300 points for the Champions stage. After the semi-finals, the top 3000 gamers from that session will advance to the Open Finals, where the top 2 for Week 3 in the Asia region secured a spot in the World Cup.
The two qualifiers for the Asian region were, Top_Banny and TAKAMURAMM. With an unreal 102 points, Banny showed that he was considerably better than the rest of the servers, and Takamuramm finished with 85 points. We got a chance to interview Takamuramm and ask him some questions about their Fortnite career to this point, and what they plan to do in the world cup.
Q: What/who got you interested in Fortnite?
A: A friend
Like most of us who have played Fortnite, Takamuramm first got interested in the game after playing with a friend. Most of the professional players have started out playing squad games with their friends, then they realize their ability and begin to do more solos as time goes on.
Q: When did you realize you could be a professional player, was there a certain moment?
A: No, I am an amateur.
This comes as bit of a shock, as most players that qualify for the World Cup consider themself a professional Fortnite player. However with Takamuramm, him calling himself an amateur shows that he may know that even if he has qualified for the World Cup, he has plenty of work to do to beat some of the best, most consistent players in the game.
Q: Have you always tried to drop in the same spot each match, or do you mix it up sometimes?
A: I try to land in the same place.
For all pros, consistency is key. Landing at the same spot gives the best possible rotation possibilities, so you know where the best material spots are to reach the 500 cap material for each wood, brick, and metal.
Q: What was your initial reaction when you realized you had placed second and would be attending the World Cup finals?
A: Surprised, still hasn’t hit me yet.
This is what us fans love to hear, anytime a player that is still surprised hours after they qualified is a great feeling. Knowing they no longer have to stress about qualifying for a chance to compete at $30 million, and an automatic $50,000 just for being one of the top 100 Solo players in the World.
Q: Will you try to keep the same strategy/rotations, barring no major map changes for the Fortnite World Cup?
A: Yeah! I’m going happy hamlet.
Happy Hamlet? You know what this means right, Europe player NRG BenjyFishy will now know at least one enemy that lands at his home in the Fortnite World Cup. It will be interesting to see the early game fights between these two players.
What do you think of the first 3 weeks of the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers? Let us know in the comments below!