The Fortnite Championship Series is right around the corner, and ESTNN has all the info you need.
The Fortnite Championship Series is upon us. After the well-received and highly rated Fortnite World Cup, it's not surprising to see Epic Games doubling down on esports. The recently introduce Trios format will be the center of the upcoming Championship Series according to a Fortnite press release: “Starting on August 17, there will be a three-round Trios event each weekend for five weeks. Similar to how we ran the Fortnite World Cup Online Opens, we will be advancing the top teams each week from each region to the Season X Finals.”
Effective in its design, the Fortnite competitive team felt as though the World Cup qualifier format is the best way to narrow down the best trios. This means fans will see teams actively seeking out placement points all the while looking to pick up eliminations when convenient.
Secondary Qualification Path and Prize Money
The press release continues, “With the FNCS, however, we’ll also provide a new path to qualify for the Season Finals. Series Points will be awarded based on each team’s final placement every week during the FNCS to determine team placement on the Series Leaderboard. The top performers on this leaderboard will also advance to the Season Finals.”
It appears that two leaderboards will run concurrently. Essentially, the press release states that if a trio manages to place inside the top five on three separate occasions without qualifying, this second leaderboard is their saving grace.
Week-to-week consistency will be important should a trio not qualify with enough points in any single session. The announced prize pool for the Fortnite Championship Series is $10M USD across all competing regions. Fortnite will also host the Trios Cash Cup events (with prize money for the winners) as well. That said, the Cash Cup events have no direct effect on the Championship Series.
Quite possibly the most controversial addition to Fortnite lies with the game's newest addition - the B.R.U.T.Es. To sum up the opinions, both professional and casual players collectively despise the newest vehicle. They're despised for one reason - B.R.U.T.Es are extremely difficult to counter. Any capable player can abuse the B.R.U.T.Es and blow their way through the competition for an easy victory.
The likes of Turner "Tfue" Tenney, Jack "Courage" Dunlop, Benjy "Benjyfishy" Fish and Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff are just a few names who have called for the removal of the B.R.U.T.Es. With the Championship Series just around the corner, professional players fear what the competitive landscape will look like. In fact, teams are currently forbidding B.R.U.T.Es from use in professional scrims. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that the Epic Games will disable the B.R.U.T.Es for the Fortnite Championship Series.
— Tfue (@TTfue) August 10, 2019
However, Epic Games did provide some insight as to how they are handling the B.R.U.T.Es in terms of nerfing their abilities. According to the same press release, Epic wrote that “In v10.10, we will add a targeting laser that will show the direction the B.R.U.T.E. is aiming its rockets while they are being charged. This laser will have directional audio to help indicate when it’s being pointed at you, even if you’re behind a structure. We’ve also fixed a few mobility bugs that was [sic] allowing players to exploit its boost mechanic.”
Will this be enough for professional and casual players alike? Probably not, unfortunately. The social media movement of #removethemech speaks volumes for how most feel about the current state of Fortnite. It has been a rough start to Season X, and many are hoping Epic Games will listen to the overwhelming concerns of players.
“In v10.10, we will add a targeting laser that will show the direction the B.R.U.T.E. is aiming its rockets while they are being charged. This laser will have directional audio to help indicate when it’s being pointed at you, even if you’re behind a structure. We’ve also fixed a few mobility bugs that was [sic] allowing players to exploit its boost mechanic.”
Fotnite's Championship Series Starts August 17
Nonetheless, the Fortnite Championship Series is just around the corner and not many know what to expect. Several top players have not yet announced their full trio. We will hear more on this topic as seven days still remain before the Championship Series begins. One potential team we have seen practicing quite a lot is Tfue, Dennis "Cloakzy" Lepore and Tom "Liquid 72hrs" Mulligan. Solo World Champion, Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf appears to be teaming with Tim "Ghost Bizzle" Miller and Danny "FaZe Dubs" Walsh.
These are just a few of the thousands of teams gearing up for the next installment in Fortnite Esports. There are several combinations we could see come August 17th, stay tuned as we continue coverage up to and through the commencement of the Fortnite Championship Series.
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