On the heels of the Travis Scott Astronomical event, Epic announce the $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational tournament.
Epic seized the spotlight, yet again, by announcing a new $2 million Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Invitational tournament following the massively-successful Astronomical event.
The tournament will begin on May 9 and last for three weeks. Epic will be inviting the top-200 players from each region and platform to compete, once again, for their share of $2 million.
- The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 PC FNCS Finals
- The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 Console/Mobile FNCS Finals
- The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 1 FNCS Finals
- The top 100 players from Season X FNCS Finals
- Up to 100 players invited directly by Epic
This is a solo tournament, so each member of the qualified duo teams will likely receive an invite. The 100 invited players will be interesting, as well. We may see people like Ninja, SypherPK, NickMercs, and other streamers who placed outside of the threshold participate in the tournament.
Epic is allowing other players to qualify for the event as well. Open qualifiers begin on May 2 for everyone in Champion League. The top 100 players from each region will earn a chance to compete against the best.
Schedule and scoring
The FNCS Invitational will have a new scoring system, according to Epic. This will be a high-scoring tournament, with placement and kill points substantially increased from other events.
Victory Royale: 33 Points
2nd: 26 Points
3rd: 22 Points
4th: 19 Points
5th: 17 Points
6th: 16 Points
7th: 15 Points
8th: 14 Points
9th: 13 Points
10th: 12 Points
11th – 15th: 9 Points
16th – 20th: 7 Points
21st – 30th: 5 Points
31st – 40th: 3 Points
41st – 50th: 2 Points
51st – 75th: 1 Point
Each Elimination: 4 Points
It will be interesting to see whether or not this new scoring system will speed-up the game. You get a point with each placement in the top-ten, which is probably a good thing. Players won’t feel as ripped-off when they die outside of the placement thresholds, here.
You can take a look at the full schedule of the event, below.
FNCS Invitational: Open Qualifier – All Final Times Listed in Game
May 1: Open Qualifier Session 1 [Middle East]
May 2: Open Qualifier Session 2 [Middle East]
May 2: Open Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 3: Open Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]
FNCS Invitational – All Final Times Listed in Game
May 8: Week 1 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 10: Week 1 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 15: Week 2 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 17: Week 2 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 22: Revert Round [Middle East]
May 22: Revert Round [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 22: Grand Finals Session 1 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 2 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 24: Grand Finals Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]
How to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands
The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are available. Here’s how to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.
The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are live. Here’s a guide to the most difficult challenge: collecting books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.
Epic have been taking it easy on us this season, with only a handful of weekly challenges requiring us to search the map for specific items.
Unfortunately, the Season 5 Week 7 challenges include one of these, requiring you to collect books in Sweaty Sands and Holly Hedges. We did the leg work for you so you can get back to grabbing Victory Royales.
Fortnite Holly Hedges & Sweaty Sands book locations
There are three books in each location, but you only need to find five of them. Since Sweaty and Holly are near one another, you can easily complete this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble.
The book locations are as follows:
- Ground floor of the yellow house in the northwest
- The tall building in the southeast corner
- The building in the northeast corner (dog house)
- The building next to the RV park
- The bookshelf inside the tall apartment building
- The building in the southeast corner
Again, Team Rumble is the best way to complete this challenge if you want to get it out of the way. Of course, you can always land at these locations in a normal match, but that’s only making it more difficult for yourself.
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You can take a look at the full list of Season 5 Week 7 challenges here. We’ll be back next week with another guide to all of the weekly challenges.
How to get the free Surf Strider bundle in Fortnite
Intel has partnered with Fortnite to bring a free Surf Strider bundle to their customers. Here’s how to claim it.
Fortnite is no stranger to platform-specific skin bundles, but it’s no secret that some platforms have gotten more love than others. PlayStation has several exclusive Fortnite skins with more on the way, while Xbox only has one or two.
PC players have been able to unlock some exclusive skins, but only if they have the right hardware. Epic have partnered with companies like Nvidia to offer their customers free Fortnite skins, but AMD never got any love.
This time around, it’s Intel CPU owners on PC who are able to grab an exclusive Fortnite skin. Epic and Intel announced their partnership and a free Surf Strider bundle – including the skin, pickaxe and glider.
As the promotional image says, this bundle is only available for PC players who have Intel Core processors. This means that PC players who have AMD processors are out of luck, in this instance.
Unlocking the bundle is a lot like unlocking all of the other brand-specific Fortnite cosmetics that have come before. You’ll need to visit the Intel website at softwareoffer.intel.com/Bonus, create an account, and link it with your Epic Games account.
From there, the Intel Page will run a test to ensure that your PC is eligible and award you with the skin. Here’s a video from data miner, Hypex, on how to complete the process.
The website appears to be down at the time of writing and seemed to be that way this past weekend, as well – ever since this promotion became widespread news. This is likely because so many Fortnite players are trying to claim their free skin bundle.
The promotion is set to last until February 2021, so you have plenty of time to claim the skin – even if it takes the website a full week to recover. We’ll keep this post updated when the website begins to pick up again.
Fortnite leak points to a buffed Flare Gun returning
The Flare Gun has been buffed in the Fortnite game files, suggesting that its return could be around the corner.
The Flare Gun was Fortnite’s first step towards the fire-filled gameplay that we have in Season 4. In Season 3, Epic introduced the Flare Gun to fit with the “stranded” flood theme of the map and Battle Pass. Later, they introduced the ability to set structures on fire and a new item to do just that: the Firefly Jars.
Environmental fires were cited among the reasons Epic swapped to the new physics engine in the first place. Season 4 seems to have capatalized on these new effects, adding Doom’s Mystical Bomb and other ways to set your surroundings on fire.
With the introduction of Season 3, however, Epic removed the Flare Gun from the game. It wasn’t the most popular item in the rotation, but it still provided some handy utility in the form of marking players in the surrounding area. Still, most of the time, players would pick it up, shoot a shot to see if anyone was around, drop it, and move on.
According to data miner Mang0e, we may not have seen the last of the Flare Gun in Fortnite. The item has undergone some changes in the game files, buffing the duration of marked enemies to 15 seconds.
This isn’t the largest buff in the world but it will make the item more viable. The Flare Gun wasn’t very useful when it came to dealing damage, so buffing the utility of the gun could influence more people to carry it.
There wasn’t anything wrong with the original Flare Gun in Fortnite – you’d be hard-pressed to see too many people complaining about it. The weakness of the gun still seems to be there, however. It doesn’t take ammo, so you’ll be stuck with ten charges – similar to the Harpoon Gun.
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Adding ammo to the Flare Gun might throw it out of balance, so this might be the most significant buff that Epic can add – within reason. Either way, it would seem that the Flare Gun could be making a return. We can guess that we’ll see it as early as Fortnitemares or as late as Season 5.
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