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How to compete in the $250,000 DreamHack Open January competition

Fortnite competitive is kicking off 2021 with the return of the $250,000 DreamHack Open Fortnite tournament series.

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The DreamHack Open Fortnite tournament series is returning for 2021, with the first event kicking off in January.

A new year means a new Fortnite competition to begin 2021. The DreamHack Open ft. Fortnite returns for January with another $250,000 up for grabs.

Sign-ups for the DreamHack Open begin this Wednesday, January 13. Here’s everything you need to know to compete in or watch the first competitive Fortnite event of 2021.

DreamHack January tournament details

Late last year, DreamHack switched their standard Fortnite tournament format from Solos to Duos, which most players and fans tend to prefer.

Like all of the DreamHack Fortnite events, the tournament will begin with open qualifiers, with 250 teams from each heat moving onto the semifinals. 50 duo teams then advance to the Grand Finals.

Point System

The DreamHack point system has become one of the favorites among Fortnite pros. These are high-scoring affairs, which means the point system rewards the most consistent performers

  • 1st – 55
  • 2nd – 49
  • 3rd – 46
  • 4th – 43
  • 5th – 40
  • 25th – 2
  • Eliminations – 5 points each

Schedule

Unlike past tournaments, the three regions (NA-West, East, and EU) will all compete the same week. Here are the dates and times for each region of the January DreamHack Open event:

NA-West (PST)

Heat #1
Fri, Jan 22, 6PM-9PM

Heat #2
Sat, Jan 30, 2PM-5PM

Semi-finals
Sat, Jan 30, 6PM-9PM

Grand finals
Sun, Jan 31, 2PM-8PM

NA-East (EST)

Heat #1
Fri Jan 22, 6PM-9PM

Heat #2
Sat Jan 23, 2PM-5PM

Semi-finals
Sat Jan 23, 6PM-9PM

Grand finals
Sun Jan 24, 2PM-8PM

Europe (CET)

Heat #1
Fri Jan 22, 6PM-9PM

Heat #2
Sat Jan 23, 2PM-5PM

Semi-finals
Sat Jan 23, 6PM-9PM

Grand finals
Sun Jan 24, 2PM-8PM

You can watch all of the action play out on the official DreamHack Fortnite Twitch channel, or watch the POV of any of the competitors.

This is sure to be another great Fortnite competition to kick-off 2021. We’ll keep you posted with any additional news.

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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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