ESTNN takes a look at the best Fortnite moments of 2020.
The year 2020 was extraordinary for the competitive Fortnite scene. As COVID-19 struck the world, Epic Games made a conscious decision to make all tournaments online for the foreseeable future. DreamHack Anaheim served as one of just two major offline competitions. The professional Fortnite scene then relied on Cash Cups, Daily Cups and the flagship Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) to fill the void. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, players stayed hungry and motivated. Here are ESTNN's best competitive Fortnite moments of this year.
Mongraal & Mitr0 Win First FNCS Title
Kyle "Mongraal" Jackson and Dmitri "mitr0" Van de Vrie are two household names in Fortnite's three-year history. Both players gained notoriety on the tournament scene for their successes, which included qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup. Major tournament victories eluded them through much of their careers. It's impossible to ignore how close Mongraal and mitr0 were to victory back in FNCS Season X only to fall short in the finals. The two EU titans went their separate ways after the devastating loss, and reunited four seasons later. FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 4 provided the two former duo partners a chance at redemption. With the prior season's FNCS Champion TaySon to fill out their trio, Mongraal and mitr0 seemed destined for victory. The three players performed exceptionally during the weekly qualifiers through the semi-finals.
However, the Grand Finals would ultimately determine their place in Fortnite history. Mongraal, Mitr0 and TaySon dominated the first day of Grand Finals, earning two Victory Royales and 131 points across five matches.
Day two provided more of a challenge when rival trio ThomasHD, Flikk and Anas took control of Stark Industries. It didn't matter in the end. Mongraal and company adjusted and won another game on day two, which helped solidify their win. The two Fortnite veterans instantly felt a massive weight lift off their shoulders. They could finally call themselves true Fortnite champions.
TaySon Wins Back-to-Back FNCS Tournaments
Slovenian player TaySon had arguably the best 2020 of any Fortnite player in the world. He burst onto the scene in early 2020, grabbing a FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 2 Warmup victory with his former duo partner JannisZ. The two proceeded to finish 33rd in that season's Grand Finals. TaySon then went on an unprecedented run in competitive Fortnite's most challenging region. It all began with his fifth-place finish in the solo FNCS Invitational.
The following season saw TaySon accomplish what some fellow professional players could only dream of achieving. After qualifying for the FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 3 semi-finals, the young Slovenian won his heat and then went on to claim his first-ever FNCS Championship. On the heels of a 60-point effort, TaySon took home $80K USD and the coveted Axe of Champions. His successes would only continue from there.
Every top player jumped at the chance to team with him in Chapter 2 - Season 4. He joined veterans Mongraal and mitr0, who were seeking their first major tournament win. The three stuck together through wins and losses and eventually found themselves in the FNCS Finals. For TaySon, it was a spot he thrived in mere months before. He repeated the same success with two Fortnite legends and claimed his second straight FNCS title.
The now two-time Fortnite champion added $37K USD to his bank account and retained the Axe of Champions. It was a storybook ending for a relatively unknown player coming into 2020. TaySon became a legend in short order.
Reverse2k, Mero and Deyy Overcome Odds to Capture FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 4
Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 4 was objectively one of the best competitive seasons in a long time. It featured two new Marvel-themed locations, which became the season’s primary focus from a competitive standpoint. The narrative of Doom's Domain and Stark Industries became insufferable by the end, but the trio of Reverse2k, Deyy and Mero took control of the story and shocked the world during the Fortnite Champion Series. This trio improved steadily through each passing week in Season 4. All three players eventually landed on the relatively new organization Team New Age, making the combination even better.
Through the FNCS Qualifiers, Reverse, Deyy and Mero placed no worse than sixth and reached the Grand Finals with ease. At this point, most fans and players expected Zayt's trio to win from Doom's Domain or Bugha's trio from Stark Industries. The three former Team New Age teammates had other plans. With their focus on a championship, the two fraggers - Deyy and Mero - showcased their insane talent while Reverse2k handled the dirty work. It was the perfect trifecta of talent.
Team TNA held the lead through 6/12 matches in the Grand Finals with 128 points. XSET Gaming's RogueShark, Knight and Av were in striking distance with 109 as was TSM Commandment, Liquid Cented and NRG Edgey. It would take another strong six-game effort to close out the championship for Reverse2k, Mero and Deyy. Doom's Domain residents - Zayt, Saf and Stretch stormed back on day two, but Reverse2k and company steadied the ship. Team TNA earned 80 points over the final six matches, netting them 208 points overall and their NA East FNCS Championship.
MrSavage Clutches DreamHack Anaheim Win
It seems like an eternity since DreamHack Anaheim, but yes, it happened this year. Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 1 was the beginning of a new era for the game in its third year of production. DreamHack Anaheim served as the final event of the season, and the competition featured a killer lineup of players. Top talents from Europe, Brazil, NA West, NA East and even Australia made the trip to California. Over 1,200 Fortnite competitors registered to compete, hoping to walk away with a piece of $250K USD.
The star-studded lineup included such household names as Benjyfishy, Bizzle and Andilex, all of whom reached the Grand Finals. However, a Norwegian player and the newest member of 100 Thieves — MrSavage — became the story of DreamHack Anaheim. No grand finalist played more consistently than MrSavage across the last eight matches. He managed finishes of 80th, 17th, 9th, 9th, 79th and 40th leading into the pivotal final game of DreamHack Anaheim. MrSavage needed to give game eight his all to secure his first major tournament win.
The Norweigan Fortnite phenom smashed all expectations in the final match. MrSavage executed a near-perfect strategy, compiling nine eliminations and completing game eight with a Victory Royale. He reached 400 points, which was 46 better than second place. All narratives of MrSavage being a "washed player" instantly evaporated. The 15-year-old collected $30K USD and bested some of the world's top Fortnite players in only three days, and validated a career of hard work.
Zayt & Saf Reclaim the Throne Again in Chapter 2 - Season 2
— NRG Zayt (@zayt) April 20, 2020
No one can talk about the best players in Fortnite history without acknowledging Zayt and Saf. This lethal combination began competing before most young guns and remained a top duo through three years of competitive Fortnite. Zayt and Saf's premier tournament performance was their win at ESL Katowice Royale. Both players continued to place well in Season X FNCS Trios and Chapter 2 - Season 1 FNCS Squads. However, these two further solidified themselves as a legendary duo one season later.
Epic Games put duos back into the spotlight for Chapter 2 - Season 2, paving the way for Zayt and Saf to dominate the Fortnite Champion Series.
Qualifiers and heats were no problem for the veterans, who quickly punched their Grand Finals ticket. As they did for so many years, Zayt and Saf kept their composure when the pressure mounted. Six intense games played out across several hours. It came down to the final match, and the veterans clutched a Victory Royale, vaulting them into first place.
Their victory was a milestone in the continuing story of Zayt and Saf. Despite their track record, many people overlooked them. Both players split $44K USD and became the first holders of the newly introduced Axe of Champions. Zayt and Saf reminded the entire Fortnite competitive scene that they're still on top.
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