Epic Games has officially released details regarding the newest season of the Fortnite Champion Series. After the conclusion of the Season X Championship, the Fortnite developers announced a format switch to squads from trios. Players and fans alike eagerly awaited more details as Fortnite Chapter 2 finally saw the light of the day. The arrival of the Squads Arena playlist gave players a chance to acclimate to the new format, and we now have the scoop on what to expect with the second iteration of the Fortnite Champion Series.
Epic Games is ultimately looking to build upon the Season X Fortnite Champion Series. What we saw in Season X seemed to work well, and therefore, we won’t see many changes for Chapter 2. With squads replacing trios, we can expect some fireworks as teams have much more to be aware of adding another player to the fold. The approach taken by Epic Games falls under the ‘don’t fix what’s not broken’ category.“The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) returns next month and will continue the seasonal cadence of Competitive Fortnite. Starting on November 1, there will be a three-round Squads event each weekend for four weeks. Similar to last season, we will be advancing the top teams each week from each region to the Chapter 2 Season 1 Final. We will continue to award Series Points based on each team’s final placement every week during the FNCS to determine team placement on the Series Leaderboard. Like before, the top performers on this leaderboard will also advance to the Season Finals.”
All in all, the format remains similar to what we saw in Season X with the exception of one less week of qualifiers. Players will still qualify based on placement and their overall points accumulated throughout the season. This ensures that all teams will rightfully earn their way into the FNCS Finals.
Although the format largely remains the same, The Fortnite Team is implementing minor changes for the Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 2.
“We’re making some small adjustments this season. For Chapter 2 Season 1, we’re moving more qualification spots to the individual weekly qualifiers, and will source fewer teams from the Series Leaderboard. Our goals here are to 1) give players more opportunities to play with different squads without totally harming their chances of qualification and 2) retain the value of consistent competitive play over the course of the season for the squads who wish to remain together. Additionally, trades will not be allowed between any qualified teams.”
Allowing competitors the opportunity to play with multiple squads will lean in favor of solos who were unable to find a squad prior to Chapter 2. Some notable names like Aydan “Ghost Aydan” Conrad and Harrison “CLG psalm” Chang are just two of many without a definitive squad. They will now have the chance to play ringer for already established trios with the goal of qualifying for finals in mind. It also gives unsuccessful squads the opportunity to seek refuge elsewhere while still maintaining the option to qualify.
Epic Games additionally announced that teams will no longer have the option to trade players. Last season, a notable feud between Turner “Tfue” Tenney, Dennis “Cloak” Lepore and Tom “72hrs” Mulligan saw the Tenney part ways with Lepore and Mulligan. The latter two players attempted to trade Tenney, but Tenney instead found a trio of his own. He ultimately qualified for the FNCS Season X Finals, whereas Lepore and Mulligan did not. This all took place after the former trio qualified together early in the going.
Prizing, Dates and Warmup
According to the statement by The Fortnite Team, the prizing for Chapter 2 will include $5M USD across all regions, competitions and Cash Cup tournaments. This is a significant drop from the $10M USD prize pool offered in Season X. Nevertheless, it still is one of the largest prize pools offered across all competing esports titles. Finals for the Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 1 Fortnite Champion Series will take place from December 6th to December 8th. Each individual will region will crown a champion at that time. Epic Games is hosting an FNCS Warmup the weekend of October 25th to ready players for what lies ahead.
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