Competitive Fortnite is a whole lot different than a lot of other esports. Griefing, teaming, and drop-spot sharing seem to bee weekly issues within the professional Fortnite community. There’s an incredibly thin line between sharing a drop spot and teaming – something that was explored in-depth following the FaZe Dubs ban in the FNCS.
In Fortnite, most pro players agree that it’s a bad idea to fight off of spawn. As long as their loot path isn’t impeded, most Fortnite players won’t push an opponent who lands with them – unless they’re mad.
That’s what happened during day-one of the FNCS Invitational Grand Finals. Clix eliminated his friendly rival, UnknownxArmy; dancing on his body after the elimination. Unknown didn’t take too kindly to this and decided to grief Clix by pushing him in the latter’s drop spot, Pleasant Park.
Most of these pros know where their opponents land. They constantly play scrimmages with one another and even team-up on occasion. Unknown knew where Clix could be found and pushed him for revenge.
For those who don’t know, this is considered ‘griefing’ in the competitive Fortnite community. Pros look down on this practice and rarely do it to one another. Most of the time, you’ll find no-name players landing on massive streamers to get their name out there.
Unknown even apologized for his actions in a Twitlonger, the following day. The Fortnite professional community is relatively unanimous on this topic.
Summit1G is not a part of the competitive Fortnite community. He has a background in several other competitive games – most notable CS:GO. The streamer was stunned by the controversy that this caused and expressed his amazement on Twitter.
“So if I’m playing Fortnite in an event,” he wrote, “Someone kills me and dances on my body. I get heated and happen to know their preferred landing locations. I’m not allowed to go after him in next round?”
Several competitive Fortnite fans and players jumped onto this tweet, claiming that Summit didn’t know what he was talking about. More than anything, this seems to be a cultural issue.
Fortnite is an environment where griefing is highly disliked, which we tend to take for granted. We could have easily seen a community where griefing was commonplace if people didn’t care about placements as much – especially if there was less money on the line.
Summit continued to double-down on his argument. “Man. Competitive Fortnite is so damn weird,” he wrote. He even suggested that Epic remove the drop phase in competitive Fortnite, which would eliminate mid-tournament griefing.
This would probably be something worth considering if Epic were open to it. It would help cut-down on teaming accusations and griefing, as you wouldn’t be able to change your drop spot mid-tournament. Of course, that would prevent players from making adjustments if they’re losing early-game fights.
Summit eventually relented, saying that he always gives competitive Fortnite players their respect – even if he dislikes the game. He made some interesting points within this argument, though, and questioned whether or not the current competitive Fortnite mentality is the best one.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Guild Esports expand Fortnite roster with FNCS champion JannisZ
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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