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Epic Games announce 2021 Trios FNCS & cancel World Cup

In a blog post, Epic Games announced the cancelation of the 2021 Fortnite World Cup and the standardization of the FNCS Trios format.

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Epic Games have announced their competitive plan for 2021, which includes doubling-down on the Trios format and canceling all in-person tournaments – including the World Cup.

Competitive Fortnite got off to a slow start in 2020, with a lack of communication fueling speculation that Epic had given up on the game’s competitive side.

This turned out to be far from true, as tournament play ramped-up during the second half of the year, pushing esports organizations to re-invest in their Fortnite rosters.

We won’t be seeing the same pattern in 2021, as Epic have already laid out the groundwork for their plans, starting with the Trios format.

Trios FNCS

Trios is widely considered to be the most entertaining and competitive format for Fortnite tournaments. One of the most well-respected voices in the community, BallaTW, said as much during our interview a few months ago.

In that interview, Balla called for a standard Fortnite tournament format to keep teams together and promote the continuation of popular storylines from past FNCS events. In 2021, Epic is planning to do just that.

Trios FNCS will encompass the entirety of 2021 – starting with the Season 5 FNCS. “While Trios will be a constant in FNCS, we still may alter the scoring and/or qualification formats season by season. Our hope with this change is to place more stability and consistency around FNCS,” they wrote in a blog post.

The Season 5 FNCS will start on February 4, kicking off a new year of competitive Fortnite and beginning Trios’ standardization.

Fortnite World Cup 2021 cancelled

With COVID-19 continuing to affect global travel and limit in-person events, Epic have called the 2021 in-person Fortnite season before it began.

We should see some in-person Fortnite tournaments resume once things get back to normal. All of the Fortnite tournaments will be hosted online – which means no World Cup 2021.

“With so much still unknown about what is practical and safe, we do not plan to hold in-person events in  2021, including a Fortnite World Cup.” they wrote. “We will continue to provide online competitions throughout 2021 with the hopes that physical events, in some form, can return at some point in the future.”

In the same blog post, Epic announced a commitment to competitive Fortnite by way of more tournaments next year. “Beyond our biggest competitions, in 2021, we’re putting together a schedule featuring more weekly tournaments, unique tournaments, and Creator Cups throughout the year.”

This statement likely refers to tournaments in the style of the Marvel Knockout Super Series – a way for players to earn free cosmetics and small prize pools.

We’ll keep you posted with all of the other competitive Fortnite news as it happens. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, so you never miss out.

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Fortnite Season 6 FNCS: dates, prize pool, format & more

The Fortnite Season 6 FNCS is coming soon. Here’s everything you need to know about the dates, format, prize pool, and more.

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The Fortnite Season 6 FNCS is around the corner. Take a look at everything you need to know about the start date, Twitch Drops, prize pool, and more.

Fortnite Season 6 is here, and a new season means a new FNCS is coming. Epic recently announced the tournament, prize pool, format, and everything else we needed to know.

Ahead, we’ll cover all of the information we have about the Season 6 FNCS. Make sure to check back, as we’ll be updating this post as we learn more.

Fortnite Season 6 FNCS schedule

Fortnite Season 6 FNCS

The Fortnite Season 6 FNCS will kick off on April 22 and 23, depending on your region. The three qualifying weeks will then take place every weekend after that. We’ll have one bye week before the Semi-Finals and Reboot Round – both taking place the same weekend.

The finals will take place on May 29 and 30 for all regions except Middle East, which will happen on the 28-29. Here’s a quick breakdown of the full schedule (subject to change)

  • Qualifier 1: Middle East – April 22-24. All other regions – April 23-25
  • Qualifier 2: Middle East – April 29-May 1. All other regions – April 30-May 2
  • Qualifier 3: Middle East – May 6-8. All other regions – May 7-9
  • Bye Week: May 13-16
  • Semi-Finals: Middle East – May 21. All other regions – May 22
  • Reboot Round: Middle East – May 22. All other regions – May 23
  • Finals: Middle East May 28-29. All other regions – May 29-30

FNCS Format & prize pool

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The Season 6 FNCS is a trios tournament, which is the standard format for FNCS competitions.

The top three teams from each qualifier will automatically move onto the Finals. The rest of the teams will earn Series points for each week, eventually culminating in the Semi-Finals and Reboot Round. The top-three teams in the Season 5 FNCS will automatically qualify for the Season 6 Finals.

Here’s a breakdown of the total prize pool for each region:

  • Europe: $1,350,000
  • NA-East: $690,000
  • NA-West: $300,000
  • Brazil: $300,000
  • Asia: $150,000
  • Middle East: $120,000
  • Oceania: $90,000

Scoring

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The scoring system got a few adjustments in Season 6. Most notably, Epic are rewarding teams who make it past the Storm Surge placement threshold, as this is a more difficult mark to hit.

Here’s how points will be rewarded in the Season 6 FNCS:

  • Victory Royale: 30
  • 2nd: 26
  • 3rd: 24
  • 4th: 22
  • 5th: 21
  • 6th: 20
  • 7th: 19
  • 8th: 18
  • 9th: 17
  • 10th: 16
  • 11th: 14
  • 12th: 13
  • 13th: 12
  • 14th: 11
  • 15th: 10
  • 16th: 9
  • 17th: 8
  • 18th-24th: 5
  • Each Elimination: 2 Points

Twitch Drops

We don’t have any official news of Twitch drops for the Season 6 FNCS just yet, but we expect to see them when the event begins. In past seasons, Fortnite pros, streamers, and the official broadcast allowed players to earn in-game cosmetics by watching their perspective.

We’ll update you if any more news or changes come to the Season 6 FNCS. Until then, make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you don’t miss any of the latest Fortnite news.

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Fortnite controller God Co1azo joins TSM

TSM made a splash with their latest Fortnite signing – one of the best controller players in the game, Co1azo.

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TSM made another huge splash in the Fortnite world, signing one of the best controller players in NA-East, Co1azo.

Organizations continue to allocate resources to competitive Fortnite as that side of the games grows in popularity.

TSM, who have taken a back seat in recent months, just put their hat back into the ring by signing Fortnite controller pro Co1azo.

Co1azo joins Ops and Zexrow on the TSM professional Fortnite roster and EmadGG on the streaming side. The organization has formerly boasted top names like Khanada, Reverse2k, Saf, Commandment, and Mackwood.

Although TSM seemed to be taking a step back from Fortnite, the signing of Co1azo – a former member of Team Kungarna – likely marks a return to the game.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see TSM scoop-up another Tier 1 Fortnite pro ahead of the Season 6 FNCS.

We’ll keep you posted with other major Fortnite signings as they come. We don’t think this will be the last we see from TSM this competitive Fortnite season.

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Guild Esports expand Fortnite roster with FNCS champion JannisZ

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Guild Esports are expanding their roster with the signing of Jannis ‘JannisZ’ Matwin, winner of the most recent Fortnite Champion Series tournament.

London-based esports company Guild, which boasts David Beckham as co-owner, have announced that two-time FNCS winner JannisZ will be joining their roster, becoming the fifth member of Guild’s number one ranked EU Fortnite team.

At just 15 years old, German esports champ JannisZ has amassed 750,000 followers across Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram and has earned over $180,000 in tournament winnings. He’s currently ranked third in Europe.

JannisZ joins Tai ‘TaySon’ Starčič, Nikolaj ‘Flikk’ Frøslev, Henrik ‘Hen’ Mclean, and Anas ‘Anas’ El-Abd as part of Guild’s Fortnite ‘God Squad’. He’ll be competing in all upcoming European and international Fortnite tournaments, starting with FNCS Chapter 2 Season 6 on 22 April.

“I’ve achieved a lot in Fortnite – but it was a real highlight to win the recent FNCS trios with Hen. I’ve gotten to know the Guild squad well, through tournaments and the Lockdown Ladder,” said JannisZ in a statement.

“Joining the organisation and playing alongside some of the best players in the world was an amazing opportunity to take the next step in my career. I’m looking forward to doing my part to bring Guild Esports even more success.”

As for why JannisZ was signed, Guild’s Director of Esports, Grant Rousseau, explained: “We’ve already reached new heights in 2021 with our first major trophy – but to be the best, you need to keep on building  and setting new goals and challenges.

“Signing JannisZ is part of this continuous growth – he’s an exceptional player, and will further strengthen an already dominant Guild EU Fortnite team. We’re looking forward to welcoming JannisZ to the squad, and bringing home more trophies for Guild this year.”

Alongside being the reigning trios FNCS champion, JannisZ has previously found success at the 2020 Marvel Duo Cup and Fortnite’s 2020 Champion Series Invitational Europe, where he bested the likes of Wolfiez, aqua and Th0masHD.

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