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Official Fortnite Champion Series Season 10 Format, Schedule, & Prizing announced

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Epic Games has released fully detailed rules for the upcoming Fortnite Champion Series for Season X including prizing, formats, and schedules.

At the Fortnite World Cup Finals, Epic Games teased the competitive community with a sneak peek of the future. The Fortnite Champion Series was announced with limited details and promise of making each match matter.

Now, the studio has released a massive ruleset for the Champion Series which details absolutely everything about the upcoming tournaments. Time to dive in and see what Epic’s been up to on the esports side of things.

Fortnite Champions Series General Rules

Official FCS art – via Epic Games

Epic posted the rules on the official Fortnite site in the their usual fashion. It begins with simple legal information about the admittance of competitors, enforcement of rules, fair play, and Epic’s rights to amend the rules whenever they please. Pretty straight forward stuff.

Then we start getting to the good stuff. The post reiterates the Season X Arena ranking system. The Hype points spread and amount of ‘Leagues’ was changed to expand competitive readiness and allow for bigger gaps between player skill levels.

  • Open League – Division I – 0-499 Hype
  • Open League – Division II – 500-999 Hype
  • Open League – Division II – 1000-1499 Hype
  • Open League – Division IV – 1500-1999 Hype
  • Contender League – Division I – 2000-2999 Hype
  • Contender League – Division II – 3000-4499 Hype
  • Contender League – Division II – 4500-6499 Hype
  • Champion League – Division I – 6500-9999 Hype
  • Champion League – Division II – 10000-13999 Hype
  • Champion League – Division III – 14000+ Hype

After this, the document continues with breakdowns of competition definitions for legal purposes.

Fortnite Champion Series Schedule

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The Fortnite Champion Series, according to the post, will be a weekly event played over the course of two days.

Instead of the typical two-tiered event system featuring a open tourney & a Finals, Epic has opted in for a triple-tiered tournament format. Details on the format come later in the blog.

The current schedule for the weekly tournaments is as follows (times will be listed in-game at a future date):

  • Week 1 – August 17/18
  • Week 2 – August 24/25
  • Week 3 – August 31/September 1
  • Week 4 – September 7/8
  • Week 5 – September 14/15

Fortnite Champion Series will also features a Finals event that will be played after the conclusion of the main series events.

  • Heat 1 Group Stage – September 20
  • Heat 2 Group Stage – September 20
  • Heat 3 Group Stage – September 21 (NAE, NAW, EU, BR only)
  • Heat 4 Group Stage – September 21 (NAE, NAW, EU, BR only)
  • Champion Series Grand Finals – September 22

Fortnite Champion Series Format & Scoring

Trios Only!

In order to play in the Champion Series, you must reach Champion League – Division I or higher. The playlist will remain locked until you do so. The entirety of the Series is a Trios event.

The formats for gameplay are different depending on whether you are playing in the weekly events or the Season Finals.

Weekly Round Gameplay Format

This format will be familar to anybody who played or watched the Online Opens leading to the World Cup Finals. Epic is using the same exact system here.

Players will have a 3 hour window to player a maximum of 10 games. This system unfortunately led to problems as teams could not finish all games in time. We expect the same issues to persist going forward.

Round 1 through 3 each week are all played in this manner. Advancement between rounds in based on the Series Points laid out by Epic Games.

  • Round 1 to Round 2 – Top 1000 (EU, NAE, NAW, BR), Top 500 (Asia, ME, OCE)
  • Round 2 to Round 3 – Top 150 (All Regions)

Trios will earn Series Points based upon their final placement after the weekly tourney is concluded.

1st Place500 Series Points
2nd Place450 Series Points
3rd Place400 Series Points
4th Place375 Series Points
5th Place350 Series Points
6th Place 300 Series Points
7th Place275 Series Points
8th Place250 Series Points
9th Place225 Series Points
10th Place200 Series Points
11th-25th Place175 Series Points
26th-50th Place150 Series Points
51st-100th Place125 Series Points
101st-150th Place100 Series Points
151st-500th Place75 Series Points
501st-1000th Place50 Series Points
1001st-2000th Place40 Series Points
2001st-3000th Place30 Series Points
3001st-5000th Place20 Series Points
5001st-10000th Place10 Series Points
10001st-25000th Place5 Series Points
25001st-50000th Place3 Series Points
50001st-100000th Place1 Series Points

Season Finals Group Stage Format

Teams can move onto the Season Finals Group Stages by placing well within the Series Points leaders. Top teams from each week as well as teams with high cumulative Series point can win entry.

The Group Stage ‘heats’ feature a different ruleset. Teams will have 3 hour window again, but scheduled matches start once every 30 minutes. Players can only play maximum of SIX matches.

NAE, NAW, EU, and BR

  • Week 1: Top 8 teams in each region
  • Week 2: Top 8 teams in each region
  • Week 3: Top 8 teams in each region
  • Week 4: Top 8 teams in each region
  • Week 5: Top 8 teams in each region
  • Cumulative Series Points: Top 92 teams in each region, not already qualified.
    TOTAL: 132 teams

Asia, OCE, and ME

  • Week 1: Top 4 teams in each region
  • Week 2: Top 4 teams in each region
  • Week 3: Top 4 teams in each region
  • Week 4: Top 4 teams in each region
  • Week 5: Top 4 teams in each region
  • Cumulative Series Points: Top 46 teams in each region, not already qualified.
    TOTAL: 66 teams

Champion Series Grand Finals

In order to qualify for the Grand Finals (which have the same gameplay format as the Group Stages), teams will have to place well within a heat. No cumulative points here!

Europe, NAE, NAW, and BR

  • Heat 1: 8 teams in each region
  • Heat 2: 8 teams in each region
  • Heat 3: 8 teams in each region
  • Heat 4: 8 teams in each region
    TOTAL: 32 teams in each region

Asia, OCE, and Middle East

  • Heat 1: 16 teams in each region
  • Heat 2: 16 teams in each region
    TOTAL: 32 teams in each region

Fortnite Champion Series Prizing

Epic Games also fully detailed the prizing of the overall competition. Each region has its own prize pool and differing amounts given to each winner. 132nd place in the lowest place to receive prize money.

Epic Game ends the blog post with a long text of legal assurances and descriptions to help players with payment in case they win. You can view the entirety of the text on the official Fortnite website: Champion Series Season X Official Rules.

The system looks legitimately interesting and we’re exciting to see how well the Champion Series will play out. While we are concerned due to the BRUTE and other ever-changing features, Epic Games seems to have a want to push Fortnite esports into the next stage.

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When Fortnite Season 9 starts and Chapter 2 Season 8 ends

Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Chapter 2 Season 9 starts. The season is off to a wild start, and it’s only going to get crazier.

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Fortnite Season 8 just started, but it might not be your cup of tea. Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Season 9 starts.

Fortnite Season 7 was out of this world in the most literal sense. But Fortnite Season 8 is even wilder. From a map filled with cubes to mysterious alternate realities, it’s already surpassed Season 7 on the crazy scale.

But that doesn’t mean Season 8 is for everyone. Some players are already asking when Fortnite Season 8 ends and season 9 starts. This article will answer both those questions and more!

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

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When Does Fortnite Season 8 End?

Fortnite Season 8 will end on December 5, 2021. This will allow Fortnite Season 9 to start just in time for the annual Holiday event. However, a recent hotfix removed the v18.50 from the update schedule, so Fortnite Season 8 could end earlier than expected.

Since Fortnite is reaching a climactic point in its overarching storyline, players can expect an end-of-season event. Fortnite Season 7 featured an interactive experience, and a similar event will likely be held at the end of Season 8.

When Does Fortnite Season 9 Start?

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 9 will start on December 6, 2021. Keeping with the recent trend, Fortnite Seasons start the day after the current season ends. It wouldn’t make sense for Epic Games to delay the start of Season 9 past December 6th.

Fortnite has made a habit recently of jumping from one season to the next with no breaks in between. There will likely be some downtime between Season 8 and 9, and it could be as long as 13 hours like the end of Season 7.

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Is There a Fortnite Season 8 Live Event?

As of right now, we don’t know. We likely won’t know anything about a live event until close to the end of Fortnite Season 8. However, we will keep this article updated with the latest information.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 2 Season 8. This is the eighth season of the second chapter which started after Chapter 1 Season 10. While most players refer to this season as “Season 8”, it’s technically Season 18.

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As well, the Fortnite Crew Pack is starting a storyline connected to Midas that will span the next three months. This is the same time frame that Fortnite Season 8 will take place. This means the new Fortnite season could be related to another one of Midas’ plans.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 9 starts. For more Fortnite, check out every Alien Artifact location in Season 7 and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fabio Sparklemane’s horrifying Fortnite lore explained

Fabio Sparklemane from Fortnite Season 8 has some pretty horrifying lore. Here’s everything we know about the cursed unicorn man,

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Fortnite Season 8’s Battle Pass features a fabulous unicorn named Fabio Sparklemane whose lore is pretty terrifying.

Fortnite is no stranger to interesting character concepts. Some characters are interesting because of their backstory, while others are just a sight to behold.

You have characters like Peely who are just a piece of sentient food. Or Fishstick and Doggo who are anthropomorphic animals. And you can forget Jellie or Ripley who are living piles of goo.

Fabio Sparklemane is the latest in Fortnite’s animal-turned-human line of skins. He’s a magical unicorn who doubles as the mascot for sugary cereal. However, Fabio Sparklemane’s lore is actually quite horrifying.

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Fabio Sparklemane Lore Explained

Fabio’s exuberant appearance and personality are a facade. Underneath his rainbow exterior lies some horrifying lore. That’s because a cereal-based curse plagues Fabio Sparklemane.

The curse is made evident the first time players interact with the Fabio Sparklemane NPC. Fabio’s very first line of dialogue is “HIYA!! ANY IDEA HOW TO BREAK CEREAL-BASED CURSES???”

Players can learn even more about the official mascot of Unicorn Flakes by reading his bio. His bio reads “Fabio Sparklemane is cursed to roam the Island shooting cereal from his hooves until the sun turns to ash in the sky.”

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Fabio Sparklemane’s Emote

Players can find even more evidence of Fabio’s curse by investigating his cosmetics. The built-in Flake Shakee emote makes Fabio eat cereal and do an Irish jig. However, the emote’s description reveals the sinister meaning behind the dance.

The Flake Shake emote description reads, “He’s actually in horrible agony.

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Fabio Sparklemane’s Sinister Theme Song

Players can also unlock the Flake That lobby track through the Season 8 Battle Pass. At first, the theme song sounds like any other breakfast cereal diddy. However, the lyrics and death metal switch up reveals even more about Fabio’s curse.

Listeners will hear Fabio scream in agony while asking for help. “Flake That” also features dark lyrics such as “The hoof is a curse that must be obeyed. You never escape what the rainbow has made.” And it also references some sort of cereal-powered monster.

What is going on with Fabio Sparklemane

So, what does all of this mean? There are a lot of theories flying around the web. Some players believe that Fabio will somehow wake a monster that ends Season 8. Others believe the “curse” is just a marketing stunt.

What we believe is that Fabio Sparklemane is a man trapped inside a unicorn’s body. One of Fabio’s dialogue lines supports this theory. If a player talks to the NPC dressed as Fabio, he will say “OH NO!! THEY GOT YOU TOO?!?”

But what do you think of our theory? Do you think Fabio is a cursed horse-man hybrid who will wake a demonic creature, or do you have your own theory? Let us know by sending us a tweet to @FortniteINTEL on Twitter.

For more Fortnite, check out the fastest way to level up in Season 8, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Why Fortnite Sideways Anomalies are insanely overpowered

The new Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here is how players can use them to their advantage.

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The new Sideways Anomalies introduced at the start of Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here’s why you need to be visiting these anomalies.

Fortnite Season 8 is off to a weird start. Where the past few seasons had themes that were easy to understand, Season 8 is a black swan.

With Cubed being the Season 8 title theme, a bunch of Kevin Cubes have popped up all over the map. Like in Chapter 1, these cubes roll around the map leaving destruction in their wake. But there’s even more to this season’s madness.

Epic Games also threw in the new Sideways biomes. These are zit-lit bubbles that appear on the map that are infested with dangerous creatures. However, the Sideways Anomalies are smaller biomes that are game-changing additions to Fortnite.

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What are Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite?

There are two ways players can enter The Sideways in Fortnite Season 8. The first and most popular is via The Sideways biome that appears on one of the POIs at the start of every match. These biomes do not disappear, and they are heavily populated by players and monsters.

However, The Sideways biomes are not as accessible or rewarding as the Sideways Anomalies. Sideways Anomalies appear as purple rift-like markers on the map, and there are three on the map at all times.

When approached, the rifts will expand and create a smaller Sideways biome. Cube Monsters will begin to spawn, and players will be able to spend a small amount of time inside the anomaly before it closes. Once the Sideways Anomaly closes, another one will appear on the map.

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Why Sideways Anomalies overpowered

Aside from the larger Sideways biome, players tend to ignore the Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. However, players should visit every Sideways Anomaly they can. Here’s a list of reasons players should visit the Sideways Anomalies.

  • Siphon health from Cube Monster eliminations
  • Easily get max ammo from Cube Monsters
  • Easy way to get Mythic Sideways Weapons

Every time a player kills a Cube Monster, they will gain health and shield. And since the Cube Monsters are easy to kill, players can get full health and shield super quickly. As well, Cube Monsters drop a lot of ammo when eliminated.

Players can also get overpowered Mythic Sideways weapons after visiting 1 or 2 Sideways Anomalies. But what makes these so overpowered is the small number of players that visit them.

Yes, you can get all of these benefits from the large Sideways biomes, but it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter an opponent at Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. Having a biome all to yourself takes the edge off of getting geared up.

Are you a fan of the new Sideways biomes, and have you tried the Sideways Weapons yet? Let us know your thoughts on our FortniteINTEL Twitter page.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find every Mythic weapon in Season 8, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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