Ninja Battles Week 1 took place on May 28 and saw Mackwood, ZexRow, and Yung Calc take home first place and $25,000. The reigning FNCS Trios champions were set to take their dominance into Week 2 until MonsterDFace and BallaTW conducted a post-game interviewed ZexRow.
In the interview, the Fortnite pro threw shots at his teammate, Yung Calc, before embarking on a now-viral cuss-filled rant against everyone who placed outside of the top-ten in the past Solo FNCS competition.
“Everyone that didn’t place in top 10 can suck my d***,” he said after a slight hesitation. “They’re f***ing s****ers. I don’t know why they talk s***, they’re actually also dogs*** and braindead. That’s all I’m gonna say.”
Nearly everyone who saw this outburst had a facepalm moment – none more so than ZexRow’s teammates Yung Calc and Mackwood. Soon after his interview was cut off, Mackwood tweeted that he and Calc were looking for a new third for Ninja Battles Week 2.
Following the interview, ZexRow issued a short apology on Twitter, saying, “Aww s**t forgot parents watch I’m sorry.” This wasn’t enough for Ninja, the tournament organizer, who was understandably frustrated with ZexRow’s level of disrespect.
“Congrats on your first and last Ninja Battles placement!” he wrote in return, leaving the situation at that.
This triggered a series of longer apologies from ZexRow, the first if which stated, “I am actually really sorry about that, it was a really bad lapse in judgment and I didn’t think in the moment and forgot that there was kids watching, and even so it was too far. Thank you to @Ninja for hosting the tournament and im sorry I ended it on that sour note.”
ZexRow later issued a longer apology via TwitLonger, addressing TSM, the fans, Ninja, and anyone else he offended.
Fortnite fans appeared to be calling for TSM to drop ZexRow after his rant, but that’s probably a bit too far. He made a mistake and was incredibly disrespectful to Ninja, but didn’t say anything unforgivable. A ban from the rest of the tournament seems like a punishment that fits the crime.
On May 29, Mackwood told his fans that he and Yung Calc will be replacing ZexRow with Stretch for the rest of the Ninja Battles tournament series. The next tournament takes place on June 4. We’re only one week in and the storylines are already getting juicy.
How to register for Fortnite Chipotle Challenger Series
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
- Head to the tournament’s official Battlefy page.
- Make sure you’re signed up to Battlefy and logged in.
- Select whichever qualifier you and your trio wish to play in.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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:
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Boxfight Arena could be coming to Fortnite Season 4
Arena Boxfighting could be our new favorite way to grind Arena points in Competitive Fortnite.
Competitive Fortnite has been evolving ever since it was first released back in the early seasons of Chapter 1. Despite this, it’s remained relatively similar, apart from some format and meta changes across multiple seasons.
With competitive Fortnite came the development of player skill and practice methods. Players are now free building and editing to warm up while boxfighitng and playing Zone Wars to hone their mechanics in a practical setting.
Boxfights and Zone Wars were ideas that were created by the community, but Epic have supported them with limited-time game modes in the past – bolstering their popularity. Now, it seems like Epic are ready to take the next step with small-scale competitive modes like these.
One of the Season 4 leaks that passed under the radar was the potential of a new Arena mode found in the game files. FNBRHQ tweeted an image that showed an Arena Boxfighting mode.
This could only be a test event, and we have no idea if/when this is coming to Fortnite. If it does, however, we’re also interested in learning whether or not it scales off of your established Arena points from other modes. If so, this could become the most popular way to grind Arena points.
Either way, any expansion of the competitive Fortnite system is good news. We’ve been calling for an overhaul of the system for a few seasons, now, and this would be a great first step. As always, we’ll let you know when we learn more about this addition to the competitive Fortnite lineup.
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