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FNCS officially returning to Fortnite trios format in Season 4

The Fortnite Champion Series is set to make its grand return to trios action next season.

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Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2: Season 4 as Trios competition takes center stage and a few new changes are introduced to address certain issues.

The FNCS competition has always been one of the most prestigious tournaments in the Fortnite scene. Players have been treated to a number of iterations of the popular competition and now, it’s set to return once again for Season 4.

Marvel heroes and villains have taken over the battle royale map, and it’s up to Trios to prove who can best wield their powers. While previous seasons have highlighted solo, duo, and quads competition, Season 4 is all about Trios. The latest edition of the Champion Series is exclusively for three-player groups.

From the new format changes to when it all kicks off, we’ve got you covered with a complete rundown.

FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS competition will be for Trios only in Chapter 2: Season 4.

Throughout the Season 4 competition, there are four key periods to keep in mind. While the first week kicks off on October 9, there’s plenty to keep in mind throughout the weeks that follow. These are the dates for FNCS Season 4:

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

Each week of the competition will follow a similar format to what players have grown accustomed to. Teams will first compete in open qualifiers. Only the top 33 Trios will then advance to the next two days of that particular week.

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The most successful teams will then earn a spot in the Finals. There’s also a new ‘Wildcard match’ that provides one last chance at making the final round.

FNCS Season 4 format

You and two allies could push through to the finals if you play well enough.

With Trios in the spotlight this season, you’ll need to form the most powerful three-person team possible. Each week, your team can drop into open qualifiers and battle against others for points. If you earn enough points, you’ll advance through to the finals of that particular week before joining the top 33 to fight for instant qualification.

The very best lineups will all make it through to the Grand Final showdown starting October 29. As usual, FNCS will be taking place in all of the familiar regions from previous seasons. That includes NA-West, NA-East, South America, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE.

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Additionally, Epic Games also laid out a list of new rules and clarifications for the upcoming season. Here’s how FNCS will define ‘Collusion’ and ‘Smurfing’ for the next period of competiton:

COLLUSION

WHAT IS COLLUSION (NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST):

  • Consistently working together with the same opponent. This includes fighting together or working together against a 3rd player or 3rd team who encroaches on a shared location or shared drop spot.
    • With this clarification now in place, we’re now taking a greater stand to action if conclusive evidence is found linking opponents to common goals together.
  • Staged engagements among colluding teams to deceive event admins. As an example: Manipulating storm surge factors intentionally by trading damage with no intent of elimination.
  • Pickaxe swinging (or other actions) used as a form of signaling to opponents.
  • Sharing loot or leaving items with or for opponents for their gain.
  • Intentionally feeding eliminations to another team.

WHAT ISN’T COLLUSION (NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST): 

  • Consistently dropping in the same location each match.
  • Announcing a drop spot on social media.
    • If you believe you’re good enough to stake your claim publicly on a spot, be prepared to defend it. Players contesting your claim is part of the game, and should be encouraged.
  • Choosing to not engage in combat at certain times.
  • Coaching using the in-game replay tools.

SMURFING OR ILLEGAL RESTARTS

Like last season, smurfing is still disallowed in most prized competitions. We’re splitting the current definition of smurfing into two parts:

  1. Traditional Smurfing: Playing on an alternate account that has a lower Arena Rank than your main account in order to illegally participate in tournaments or events that are only eligible for lower Arena Ranks. This type of smurfing will not be allowed in any official tournaments that are only open to those in lower Arena ranks.
  2. Illegal Restarts: Playing on an alternate account AND a main account in the same tournament window. This type of smurfing will not be allowed in any official tournaments, unless otherwise indicated.

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Avery, Arkham & Skqttles win Ninja Battles 4: full results

The last-minute trio of Skqttles, Arkham, Avery win Ninja Battles 4.

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Ninja returned, exclusively, to Twitch and brought Ninja Battles with him. The six-week Trios Fortnite tournament series faced delay after delay, resulting in Week 4 taking place two seasons after Week 1. Funny enough, Ninja Battles has now spanned three seasons of Fortnite.

The tournament was entertaining, as usual, and continues to make the case for smaller-scale Fortnite tournaments – especially in a world where chest spawn rates are under 100%.

Ninja joined BallaTW and MonsterDFace on the broadcast this time around – another sign that he’s back into the Fortnite world. He might not be able to compete with this level of Fortnite player – there are only one or two “content creators” in the tournament – but he still has hundreds of hours of experience to draw from when discussing the game.

When it was all said and done, the trio of Avery, Arkham, and Skqttles won the competition with 65 points – only six points above Commandment, Cented, and Edgey. Bucke, Kreo, and Stretch came in third with 56 points. Interestingly, the second and third-place trios each won two of the five games in the tournament.

As we learned in the postgame interview, the winning trio was patched together at the last minute – even bringing in Arkham from NA-West, who tweeted that he won the tournament on 80 Ping.

Here’s a look at the rest of the standings outside of the top five:

6. Zyfa, Nosh, Clix
7. Megga, Bizzle, Dubs
8. Scoped, Ceice, Blake
9. Jayth, Crunchy, Whofishy
10. YungCalc, Mackwood, ZexRow
11. UnknownxArmy, Zayt, Saf
12. Coop, Ajerss, Haz
13. Av, Shark, Knight
14. Nate Hill, Funk, Tragix
15. Aspect, Npen, Xoonies
16. NickEh30, Punisher, Replays
17. Bugha, Chap, Jamper
18. EmadGG, Slackes, Acorn
19. MrSavage, LeTsHe, benjyfishy
20. JaredFPS, Tilt, Thiefs

One of the biggest surprises in the tournament was the established trio of Chap, Bugha, and Jamper only walking away with 17th place, behind NickEh30’s trio that started the tournament with two back-to-back 0-point games. The latter team took two early-game fights with Scoped & crew before wisely backing off and changing their drop spot.

Although MrSavage and the EU boys placed in 19th, they had one impressive off-ping squad-wipe of Unknown, Saf, and Zayt in Doom’s Domain.

Ninja Battles continues to be, in our opinion, the most entertaining version of competitive Fortnite. Epic appear to be married to the 100-player Battle Royale format, but 60 players feels like the perfect spot for this game. It’s easier to follow the storylines, keep track of all of the action, and more than anything, it drastically improves the performance of the game.

With any luck, Ninja Battles 5 will avoid delays and take place next week. Whenever the next Fortnite tournament takes place, we’ll be covering it here and live-tweeting it over on @FortniteINTEL, so follow us there.

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DreamHack Open ft. Fortnite September results

Alliege, Marz, and Teeq take home first place in each region for the DreamHack Open Fortnite September tournament.

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The DreamHack Open September Fortnite tournament is in the books with Alliege, Marz, and Teeq taking home the victory in each region. The NA-East and EU stages of the competition took place over the weekend with NA-West wrapping-up on the 13th.

The tournament saw some rising stars along with some returning champions place at the top of the heap. Here’s a look at the full results for each region.

NA-West DreamHack Open results

The NA-West region was the first to finish the DreamHack September tournament on the 13th. After several qualifications and lackluster placements, Alliege put it all together and won the tournament. He was followed by 5G Nach and one of the most dominant players in the region, Arkham.

Several NA-East players went off-ping to place highly on NA-West. Dubs came in at 8 and Jamper placed 11 – padding his purse for the event. Other noteworthy finishes include Cented at 6, Lanjok at 9, and Whofishy at 12.

Stats via: FortniteTracker

NA-East DreamHack Open results

A rising star in the Fortnite scene, Marzz_OW, took home first place in the NA-East region with 293 points. The win was a long time coming for Marz, who has been grinding competitive Fortnite since the early days. It’s good to see him take the win.

Behind Marz was, unsurprisingly, Bugha. Bugha remains one of the best solo Fortnite players in any region – continuing to prove himself tournament after tournament. A portion of the competitive Fortnite fanbase likes to pretend that Bugha is “washed,” but the pro constantly proves that his World Cup win was anything but a fluke.

Other noteworthy finished include MackWood at 7, Jamper at 8, Slackes at 11, Zexrow at 17, Unknown at 21, and Bizzle at 22.

Stats via: FortniteTracker

European DreamHack Open results

Teeq proves that he’s one of the most dominant Fortnite players in EU with yet another DreamHack Open win. He took home the DreamHack July competition as well and adds a September victory to his portfolio.

Znappy and Verox had identical statistics in second and third place, but Znappy won the tiebreaker. Some noteworthy players who finished outside of the top 15 include Th0masHD at 17 and BenjyFishy at 18.

Stats via: FortniteTracker

Next up for competitive Fortnite will be the FNCS Trios, which should begin within the next couple of weeks. After that will be another DreamHack Solo tournament in October.

In the meantime, competitive Fortnite fans can wet their appetite with Ninja Battles, region-locked Cash Cups, and daily pro scrimmages streamed on Twitch.

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How to register for Fortnite Chipotle Challenger Series

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Want a chance to play Fortnite for $50,000, a year of free burritos, and compete against top streamers and celebrities? Then here’s how to sign up for the Chipotle Challenger Series #3.

Some of the big names taking part this time include streamers like CouRageJD, Myth, and Ewok, Fortnite pro players Bugha, Aydan, and Mongraal, as well as star athletes like Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans.

If you want a shot at competing up against these top players and athletes, you’ll need to grab two buddies and sign-up for the trios competition, which begins with qualifiers on September 17 and September 24.

First, you and your two teammates need to meet the following criteria:

  • Age 13+
  • Be a resident of the United States or Canada
  • Have an authentic and legitimate version of Fortnite installed

How to sign up for Chipotle Challenger Series

  1. Head to the tournament’s official Battlefy page.
  2. Make sure you’re signed up to Battlefy and logged in.
  3. Select whichever qualifier you and your trio wish to play in.
  4. Register your team.

Chipotle Challenger Series qualifiers

There are two dates for the qualifiers, with two separate tournaments on each day on NA East and then NA West servers, so make sure to choose the most appropriate qualifier for your trio.

  • Qualifier 1: September 17, 3pm PT – NA East
  • Qualifier 2: September 17, 6pm PT – NA West
  • Qualifier 3: September 24, 3pm PT – NA East
  • Qualifier 4: September 24, 6pm PT – NA West

For more information and to see the full list of competitors, check out the Chipotle Challenger Series hub.

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