Matt Pryor
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Fortnite: FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 4 Dates, Rules, Prize Pool, Scoring System & More!

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Fortnite is gearing up for its fourth seasonal Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) competition.


Four seasons ago, Fortnite Season X spawned the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) as the Battle Royale’s premiere competitive tournament. Trios took center stage as the primary format with a $10 million prize pool. Europe topped the charts, with the winners receiving $480K USD in total. It was arguably the peak of Fortnite, given the massive financial investment from Epic Games.

FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 4 is firmly in the grasp of players across the globe. The trios format is back, and this season is shaping up to be one of the best competitive seasons in a long time. With millions of dollars on the line for Fortnite players around the world, let’s take a look at how this season’s Fornite Champion Series breaks down.

Related: FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 4 Preview

Format

First announced in Chapter 2 - Season 2, this season will reign in the fan-favorite trios format. All three players in any given trio must reach the Champion Division in Arena Moda to qualify for the Fortnite Champion Series. This season will also be platform-based, meaning PC and console players will compete in two separate tournaments. Teams will compete in four qualifiers beginning on October 9 and ending on November 1. Each qualifier features three individual rounds of competition.

Round Advancement and Qualification

Trios competing in round one of each qualifier will have three hours to complete a maximum of ten matches. Their goal is to accumulate as many points as possible. At the end of session one, the top point earners will advance to round two of that qualifier. Here is how each region’s advancement looks from round one to round two.

  • Europe and NAE: Top 1000 teams in each region, for each platform grouping
  • NAW and BR: Top 700 teams in each region, for each platform grouping
  • Asia, OCE, and Middle East: Top 350 teams in each region, for each platform grouping

Round two will follow the same format as round one. It will last three hours, and teams can compete in a maximum of ten matches. The top point earners will advance to the final round of each qualifier. Here is how advancement works from round two to round three of each qualifier.

  • All Regions: Top 33 teams in each region, for each platform grouping

Round three

The final round of each qualifier will feature the top 33 teams in each region. Round three will split into two separate sessions. Points across both sessions will combine into one final score, which determines each trios overall score.

“For Round 3 of the applicable Qualifier, teams will compete in two (2) sessions during their respective region’s Round 3 session windows as listed in-game. Points earned from each session will be added together to determine the total score for Round 3 of such Qualifier. Teams may participate in a maximum of six (6) matches during each Round 3 session for a total maximum of twelve (12) matches across Round 3 of such Qualifier. For each session of Round 3, the first match will start ten (10) minutes after the session window begins. Each Round 3 session will last approximately three (3) hours, with a new match starting every thirty (30) minutes.”

At the end of round three, the top trios will secure themselves a spot in heats, also known as stage two. Advancement will come down to cumulative series points as well. Here is how many teams in each region will advance to stage two:

Europe, NAE, NAW, and BR

  • Qualifier 1: Top 15 teams in each region, for each platform grouping
  • Qualifier 2: Top 15 teams in each region, for each platform grouping
  • Qualifier 3: Top 15 teams in each region, for each platform grouping
  • Cumulative Series Points: Top 87 teams in each region, not already qualified.
  • TOTAL: 132 teams

Asia, OCE, and Middle East

  • Qualifier 1: Top 8 teams in each region, for each platform grouping
  • Qualifier 2: Top 8 teams in each region, for each platform grouping
  • Qualifier 3: Top 8 teams in each region, for each platform grouping
  • Cumulative Series Points: Top 42 teams in each region, not already qualified.
  • TOTAL: 66 teams

Stage Two Advancement to Grand Finals

The highest point-earning teams per heat in each region will secure a spot in the Grand Finals. Chapter 2 - Season 4 will also feature a singular Wildcard Match that will take place after heats. The winning team of each Wildcard Match will also find themselves in the Grand Finals. Refer below for the full details on regional Grand Finals qualification.

Europe, NAE, NAW, and BR

  • Heat 1: Top 8 teams in each region, for each platform grouping. Teams ranked 9th - 16th move to Wildcard Match.
  • Heat 2: Top 8 teams in each region, for each platform grouping. Teams ranked 9th - 16th move to Wildcard Match.
  • Heat 3: Top 8 teams in each region, for each platform grouping. Teams ranked 9th - 16th move to Wildcard Match.
  • Heat 4: Top 8 teams in each region, for each platform grouping. Teams ranked 9th - 16th move to Wildcard Match.
  • Wildcard Match: The team that achieves the Victory Royale in each region, for each platform grouping.
  • TOTAL: 33 teams in each region, for each platform grouping

Asia, OCE, and Middle East

  • Heat 1: Top 16 teams in each region, for each platform grouping. Teams ranked 17th - 32nd move to Wildcard Match.
  • Heat 2: Top 16 teams in each region, for each platform grouping. Teams ranked 17th - 32nd move to Wildcard Match.
  • Wildcard Match: The team that achieves the Victory Royale in each region, for each platform grouping.
  • TOTAL: 33 teams in each region, for each platform grouping

Related: Best Trios Heading Into FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 4

Scoring System

Epic Games continues to tweak the tournament scoring system per season. This time around, placement points will begin at 17th place, continuing until the 25-point Victory Royale. Each elimination is worth one point; there does not appear to be an elimination cap.

Placement

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

Prize Pool

As previously stated, Chapter 2 - Season 4’s FNCS prize pool will divide itself between PC and console players. Although we do not have an exact figure yet - Europe tops the charts with $111K USD to Chapter 2 - Season 4’s PC and console Champions. Winners of each weekly qualifier will earn $12K USD per trio. Here is the prize pool looks for Europe and NA East as it stands for PC and console.

Qualifier Event Prizes - Europe

  • Rank Prize
  • 1st $12,000
  • 2nd $10,500
  • 3rd $9,000
  • 4th $6,000
  • 5th $3,000
  • 6th $2,400
  • 7th $2,100
  • 8th $1,800
  • 9th $1,500
  • 10th $1,200
  • 11th-15th $1,050
  • 16th-20th $900
  • 21st-26th $675
  • 27th-33rd $600

Qualifier Event Prizes - NA East

  • Rank Prize
  • 1st $7,500
  • 2nd $4,500
  • 3rd $3,000
  • 4th $2,250
  • 5th $1,980
  • 6th $1,650
  • 7th $1,350
  • 8th $1,200
  • 9th $1,050
  • 10th $900
  • 11th-15th $825
  • 16th-20th $750
  • 21st-26th $600

Season Finals Event Prizes: Europe

  • Rank Prize
  • 1st $111,000
  • 2nd $93,000
  • 3rd $75,000
  • 4th $60,000
  • 5th $45,000
  • 6th $36,000
  • 7th $28,500
  • 8th $22,500
  • 9th $16,500
  • 10th $13,500
  • 11th-15th $9,000
  • 16th-20th $6,000
  • 21st-26th $4,500
  • 27th-33rd $3,000
  • 34th-132nd $1,800

Season Finals Event Prizes - NA East

  • Rank Prize
  • 1st $66,000
  • 2nd $51,000
  • 3rd $45,000
  • 4th $36,000
  • 5th $27,000
  • 6th $18,000
  • 7th $15,000
  • 8th $12,000
  • 9th $9,600
  • 10th $7,800
  • 11th-15th $6,300
  • 16th-20th $4,800
  • 21st-26th $3,600
  • 27th-33rd $2,400
  • 34th-132nd $1,200

For all of the relevant rules and details regarding FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 4, refer to Epic Games’ official ruleset.

Source: Epic Games 

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