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Fall Skirmish Week 4 ‘ATK Grand Prix’ Trials – Rules and Info

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Week 4 of the Fortnite Fall Skirmish Trials has been announced as the ‘Lazy Links Tour.’

Players from the five different Fall Skirmish ‘Clubs’ are tasked with racing against one another in the ATK Grand Prix Weekly Trial, which will be held in a single-elimination style format.

All races will be held in Playground mode, and the top two players after three laps will move on to the next round in the bracket.

The full list of rules can be found below, along with the original announcement from the official Fortnite Twitter account.

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The Fortnite Fall Skirmish is a set of tournaments and competitions held over the course of an eight week period with a total prize pool of $10 million.

Players, streamers, and content creators are split into five Clubs – Lucky Llamas, Rift Riders, Dusty Dogs, Bush Bandits, and Fort Knights – to gain points for their respective squads throughout the season.

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Ninja announces $480,000 ‘Ninja Battles’ Fortnite tournament series

Ninja has announced a $480,000 Fortnite tournament starting on May 28.

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Official Fortnite esports has wrapped-up for Season 2, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no way to compete. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, one of the most famous streamers on any platform, has announced that he’s hosting a Fortnite tournament called ‘Ninja Battles.’

The event kicks off tomorrow, May 28, and will run through July 2. Each week, Ninja will put up an $80,000 prize pool for a grand total of $480,000 across six weeks.

According to early reports, the tournament will be an invitational, which means Ninja will likely be inviting some popular streamers and pros to compete in the event. There will also probably be some form of open qualifiers for Ninja’s viewers.

Ninja will likely announce more details about the event on his stream today and tomorrow. You can learn more by watching him at Mixer.com/Ninja.

This tournament is the second event of its kind. Just this week, popular UK streamer, BenjyFishy, hosted the BenjyFishy Cash Cup for his viewers. Such events look to open the door to more streamers who will be able to host private Fortnite tournaments with the support of Epic Games.

We’ll update this post when more details about the event become clear. We’re sure to get some awesome storylines out of this as well. It will be exciting to watch this unfold and see if other top streamers follow suit.

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Epic announce Solos FNCS and Trios in Fortnite Season 3

The Fortnite FNCS formats for Season 3 will include Trios and Solos along with Trios Cash Cups.

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With the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational in the rearview mirror, competitive and casual Fortnite players, alike, look ahead to Season 3. Epic didn’t keep us wondering for long with an announcement of the competitive formats for the next Fortnite season.

On May 25, the Fortnite Competitive Twitter account announced that Season 3 will kick off with a solo FNCS. Cash Cups will be back as a Trios competition and Trios FNCS will be coming in Season 4. In the meantime, Arena will be available for Trios and Solos.

Most Fortnite players were happy to hear this announcement – even if they aren’t fans of the formats. Trios is widely liked but players tend to have a love/hate relationship with Solos. This can be the most frustrating format, after all.

The real highlight of this announcement was the announcement, itself. Pro Fortnite players have been asking for transparency and communication. Epic gave them what they were asking for, even if it didn’t come in the form of their favorite tournament format.

We’ll keep you posted with more information about the next FNCS season. Until then, competitive and casual Fortnite players are in the same boat: waiting to see how much Season 3 changes everything.

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Summit1g stunned by Unknown vs. Clix ‘griefing’ controversy

Summit1g got into it with the pro Fortnite community following his take on the Unknown vs Clix controversy.

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Competitive Fortnite is a whole lot different than a lot of other esports. Griefing, teaming, and drop-spot sharing seem to bee weekly issues within the professional Fortnite community. There’s an incredibly thin line between sharing a drop spot and teaming – something that was explored in-depth following the FaZe Dubs ban in the FNCS.

In Fortnite, most pro players agree that it’s a bad idea to fight off of spawn. As long as their loot path isn’t impeded, most Fortnite players won’t push an opponent who lands with them – unless they’re mad.

That’s what happened during day-one of the FNCS Invitational Grand Finals. Clix eliminated his friendly rival, UnknownxArmy; dancing on his body after the elimination. Unknown didn’t take too kindly to this and decided to grief Clix by pushing him in the latter’s drop spot, Pleasant Park.

Most of these pros know where their opponents land. They constantly play scrimmages with one another and even team-up on occasion. Unknown knew where Clix could be found and pushed him for revenge.

For those who don’t know, this is considered ‘griefing’ in the competitive Fortnite community. Pros look down on this practice and rarely do it to one another. Most of the time, you’ll find no-name players landing on massive streamers to get their name out there.

Unknown even apologized for his actions in a Twitlonger, the following day. The Fortnite professional community is relatively unanimous on this topic.

Summit1G is not a part of the competitive Fortnite community. He has a background in several other competitive games – most notable CS:GO. The streamer was stunned by the controversy that this caused and expressed his amazement on Twitter.

“So if I’m playing Fortnite in an event,” he wrote, “Someone kills me and dances on my body. I get heated and happen to know their preferred landing locations. I’m not allowed to go after him in next round?”

Several competitive Fortnite fans and players jumped onto this tweet, claiming that Summit didn’t know what he was talking about. More than anything, this seems to be a cultural issue.

Fortnite is an environment where griefing is highly disliked, which we tend to take for granted. We could have easily seen a community where griefing was commonplace if people didn’t care about placements as much – especially if there was less money on the line.

Summit continued to double-down on his argument. “Man. Competitive Fortnite is so damn weird,” he wrote. He even suggested that Epic remove the drop phase in competitive Fortnite, which would eliminate mid-tournament griefing.

This would probably be something worth considering if Epic were open to it. It would help cut-down on teaming accusations and griefing, as you wouldn’t be able to change your drop spot mid-tournament. Of course, that would prevent players from making adjustments if they’re losing early-game fights.

Summit eventually relented, saying that he always gives competitive Fortnite players their respect – even if he dislikes the game. He made some interesting points within this argument, though, and questioned whether or not the current competitive Fortnite mentality is the best one.

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