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FaZe Dubs tells his side of the story following 30-day ban

FaZe Dubs broke down all of the replays that got him banned from Fortnite, giving his side of the story.

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Fortnite pro player, FaZe Dubs, received a 30-day ban from competitive Fortnite following allegations that he teamed up with a fellow pro, Waffles, during a recent solo Cash Cup.

A video surfaced of the two players landing at the Rig and appear to ignore one another while fighting other players who contested them. There was also a clip of the two swinging on eachother in the pre-game lobby, suggesting that they were in contact with one another.

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The situation seemed similar to that of the teaming scandal that occurred during Week 1 of the last FNCS, where two teams used one another to circumvent the Storm Surge system.

These pros were banned for 60 days, while FaZe Dubs and Waffles received a 30-day ban. This could have been because the FNCS is higher-priced or because the former scandal was more egregious.

FaZe Dubs was completely silent on the issue when these allegations came out. Waffles put out a tweet defending himself, but nothing from the more high-profile of the two.

On May 6, Dubs broke the silence when he went through all of his replays on-stream – giving his side of the story. According to Dubs, he never wants to fight off-spawn. To his credit, he even avoided a fight with a random player when he grabbed the Vault Keycard and disengaged.

Dubs went on to say that all pros know that off-spawn fights are a bad idea. His argument is that Waffles didn’t want to fight him and he didn’t want to fight Waffles.

The FaZe Clan pro defended Waffles as well, saying, “Waffles never once shoots at me or tries to push me or anything. I would honestly play it like he’s playing. I would sit and farm, and wait until the person left the vault and left it looted because I know there’s going to be extra loot. This is a strat.”

Dubs continued to break down his gameplay, explaining away the issues that some people saw with the clips. He addressed the clip that appeared to show a 3-2-1 from Waffles and Dubs, as well.

Again, to Dubs’ credit, his perspective tells a slightly different story than what we saw in the clips. Waffles had already begun shooting the player when Dubs turned to finish him off. It doesn’t look as suspicious from this perspective – although there’s no concrete proof on either side.

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Unfortunately, this is the problem with competitive Fortnite. Is it against the rules to split a drop with another player? Is it against the rules to avoid fighting off-spawn? If so, then Dubs is guilty. If not, then we have a massive gray area on our hands.

It’s difficult to call these replays proof of anything. We still don’t know whether or not these players were in a Discord call with one another, which would be the smoking gun. Without that evidence, though, it’s hard to say that they 100% broke the rules.

Dubs and Waffles most likely agreed to split The Rig. That’s what happens when these pros play unlimited scrimmages with one another. They aren’t the only players who do this, however. Apart from that, it’s hard to give any definitive statement on whether they did or didn’t cheat.

Epic need to clarify their rules on this front. What’s allowed and what isn’t? Do you need to fight everyone you see, even if it’s a bad time to engage? Do you need to pursue eliminations at all costs? Hopefully, they clear things up in the near future.

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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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