ESTNN recaps the insanity that was the FNCS Grand Royale Finals.
Competitive Fortnite sent the beloved Trios format off with a bang following this weekend's FNCS Grand Royale Finals. Sporting a $5M USD prize pool—the world's best teams stretching across seven worldwide regions endured a labyrinth of pain, heartache and glory over the last two weekends en route to a twelve–match finale. Success would not come without adversity, as the Grand Royale Finals format featured two different scoring systems on days one and two.
The first six matches presented a standard Trio tournament scoring system—two points per elimination and 30 for a Victory Royale. Those points doubled on day two, which made the closing six matches critical. Each passing game meant more than the last, but only seven teams would earn the ultimate prize, calling themselves an FNCS Champion.
Today, ESTNN recaps the events that unfolded as the entire Fortnite fanbase prepares to turn the page to Chapter 3.
- 1 Europe
- 2 NA East
- 3 NA West
- 4 Brazil
- 5 Middle East
- 6 Asia
- 7 Oceania
TaySon, Hen & Chapix Rally on Day Two
1ST PLACE GRAND ROYALE ($600,000) LETS GOOOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/fXoqGF1iuL
— GUILD Hen (@hentvv) November 21, 2021
As it should, the European FNCS Grand Royale came down to the final game as three-time winner TaySon and Season 5 Champs Hen and Chapix sat in the driver's seat. The three Craggy Cliffs residents were 49 points ahead of second after claiming a Victory Royale in game 11. However, the doubled points on day two meant they could not fall early in the last match. TaySon, Hen and Chapix did just enough to close out the competition, finishing 12th in game 12 with two eliminations.
With 579 points, the three talented Euros claimed victory despite a stacked leaderboard around them. Their final stat line included three Victory Royales and 66 eliminations. TaySon secured his record fourth FNCS Championship, while Hen and Chapix earned their second. It was a fitting send-off to competitive Fortnite in Chapter 2—a period which TaySon, Hen and Chapix dominated throughout in their own ways.
Season 8 Champs Secure Another Top Finish
2nd (450.000$) 😭 pic.twitter.com/mcV8AuqcxT
— Kami (@KamiFN1) November 21, 2021
FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 8 Champions Kami, Setty and teeq would not go quietly after proving themselves arguably the season's best trio. The format suited their methodical playstyle, and that reflected on the leaderboard. Kami, Setty and teeq matched TaySon's crew with three Victory Royales but fell short with 554 points. In any other tournament, Kami and the team would have won their second FNCS. Nonetheless, second place and $150K USD each is not a bad consolation prize.
Queasy, Anas & Th0masHD Slide Down Coming Home
— Th0masHD (@Th0masHD) November 21, 2021
Many considered Queasy, Anas and Th0masHD the favorites coming in, considering their success throughout Season 8. The script seemed to fit these predictions—Queasy and company led on day one with 200 points but had the tall task of holding the lead with doubled points on the second day. The Catty Corner crew's first few matches were decent, finishing eighth, 18th and fourth, but other teams quickly passed them on the leaderboard.
Queasy, Anas and Th0masHD rounded out day two with a 14-elimination Victory Royale, but it was too late. TaySon and Kami respectively passed the day one leader, and they would ultimately settle for third place. They did not want the result, but $90K USD each should mend their wounds until Fortnite Chapter 3.
- 1st: GUILD Hen, Falcon TaySon, Falcon Chapix – 579 points ($600,000 / $200,000 each)
- 2nd: BL Setty, Kami, GXR teeq – 554 points ($450,000 / $150,000 each)
- 3rd: Queasy, GUILD Anas, AST Th0masHD – 548 points ($270,000 / $90,000 each)
- 4th: Wave Vadeal, GUILD JannisZ, BL Noahreyli – 489 points ($180,000 / $60,000 each)
- 5th: CL Safik, TCE 1Lusha, CL Putrick – 440 points ($120,000 / $40,000 each)
- 6th: CL l1nk, CL Fury, Centric 97 – 426 points ($105,000 / $35,000 each)
- 7th: dyox, Crow KPI, Joseeh – 422 points ($75,000 / $25,000 each)
- 8th: VCTRY Kefyy, Monaco pkr, LMNX Mlody – 378 points ($60,000 / $20,000 each)
- 9th: FLAMES FlowiS, Not Hellfire, 00 Skram – 349 points ($54,000 / $18,000 each)
- 10th: Wave Scriwy, Wave Shady, mouz Stompy – 343 points ($44,400 / $14,8000 each)
- 11th: LootBoy FORK, LootBoy Jimke, Chic3ky – 329 points ($19,500 / $6,500 each)
- 12th: LC Bloomadeal, BL PabloWingu, FLAMES Swag – 327 points ($19,500 / $6,500 each)
- 13th: etq, Centric Hottie, elokratz – 322 points ($19,500 / $6,500 each)
- 14th: Fastroki, Aqua, GUILD Rezon ay – 316 points ($19,500 / $6,500 each)
- 15th: 00 Endretta, NRG BenjyFishy, 100T MrSavage – 301 points ($19,500 / $6,500 each)
Bugha & Mero Achieve Back-To-Back FNCS Victories
THE GREATEST TO EVER DO IT BRO LETS GOOOOO pic.twitter.com/4qkFsSbZYw
— Bugha (@bugha) November 21, 2021
The Fortnite World Cup Champion does it again. After winning FNCS Season 8 alongside teammates Mero and Muz, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf made the unexpected decision to drop Muz. In his place, Bugha and Mero added FNCS Season 7 Champion Dukez for one last hurrah in the FNCS Grand Royale. Not many picked them to win, which sounds nonsensical considering how Bugha and Mero performed in the Season 8 Finals.
Bugha, Mero and Dukez finished day one 73 points short of leaders FS Zlem, TNG Tkay and TNG Chukky, but the day yet again created a comeback scenario. The NA East region's best came to play on day two. Six different teams, including Bugha's trio, collected Victory Royales, and it came down to the final match. Bugha, Mero and Dukez led the field with 38 eliminations coming home and reached a massive 524 points.
It was quite the performance out of two-thirds of the Season 8 Champions, and each player earned every cent of the $285K USD grand prize.
Jamper, Deyy & Tragix Rally Back on Day Two
— Jamper (@JamperFN) November 21, 2021
LG Jamper, Deyy and NOVA Tragix delivered on day one with eliminations but could not put a complete game together. That changed on day two; this trio started strong, with four straight top-six finishes and 30 total eliminations. Unfortunately, their last two moments ended tragically in 21st and 11th place, respectively. Those two games put Jamper, Deyy and Tragix behind the eight-ball with no path to rectify their mistakes.
They finished in second overall with 472 points despite failing to earn a single Victory Royale. Still, these three end Season 8 as one of the best trios without question, and $210K USD split into their bank accounts.
Slackes, Acorn & Jahq Finish Strong
— Acorn (@AcornFN) November 21, 2021
After some rough outings following their Season 5 win, LG Slackes, G2 Jahq and Acorn finished the season strong. Chapter 2 – Season 5 Champions hung around the top three throughout the FNCS Grand Royale but notably finished second on day one. The lead of Zlem, Tkay and Chukky ultimately slipped, allowing other teams to crawl into contention. The three players amassed 296 points on day two, adding to their day one total of 153.
Their two-day effort resulted in 58 eliminations and no Victory Royales. It was a solid end to the season for one of the best teams, and each collected $42K USD in Grand Royale winnings.
- 1st: TNG Dukez, TNA Mero, SEN Bugha – 524 points ($285,000 / $95,000 each)
- 2nd: LG Jamper, Deyy, NOVA Tragix – 472 points ($210,000 / $70,000 each)
- 3rd: LG Slackes, Acorn, G2 Jahq – 449 points ($126,000 / $42,000 each)
- 4th: NRG Bucke, TNG Peterbot, G2 MackWood – 446 points ($84,000 / $28,000 each)
- 5th: XSET Ceice, Cold, elitxe – 443 points ($54,000 / $18,000 each)
- 6th: TSM FTX Commandment, FaZe Cented, Liquid Stretch – 442 points ($42,000 / $14,000 each)
- 7th: Ghost Nittle, FS casqer, clarityG – 417 points ($36,000 / $12,000)
- 8th: G2 Ajerss, Saf, BBG Khanada – 390 points ($30,000 / $10,000)
- 9th: FS Degen, C9 Nosh, Eomzo – 373 points ($24,000 / $8,000 each)
- 10th: DeRoller, Moon Speguu, 33 Charlie – 362 points ($19,500 / $6,500 each)
- 11th: skqttles, TNG Justice, 33 Userz – 333 points ($9,000 / $3,000 each)
- 12th: FS Zlem, TNG Tkay, TNG Chukky – 297 points ($9,000 / $3,000 each)
- 13th: PaMstou, Athletix wCarey, 33 Fatch – 291 points ($9,000 / $3,000 each)
- 14th: Osp, 33 Visxals, C9 Fryst – 280 points ($9,000 / $3,000 each)
- 15th: Av, Dmur, young edan9 – 270 points ($9,000 / $3,000 each)
Four-Time Champs Earn Their Fifth with a New Teammate
— TSM Reet (@Reetlol) November 22, 2021
Four-time Trio Champions NRG EpikWhale and 100T Arkham made a tough decision to close out Chapter 2 – Season 8. The two moved on from their long-time teammate 100T Rehx in favor of controller superstar Reet. EpikWhale, Arkham and Reet meshed well instantly and quickly collected high tournament placements and wins.
Day one of the FNCS Grand Royale Finals left them in third-place—a winnable for a team capable of wiping opponents without breaking a sweat. The three NA West players rallied back on day two, and it came down to the final match. Day one leader Mizu poffiee, CYRZR and eclipse put forth an admirable effort through the tournament.
The arguable tournament MVP — CYRZR — churned out some impressive placements as a solo. However, EpikWhale, Arkham and Reet mounted an insane comeback. The three players managed 40 eliminations and one Victory Royale coming home. Game 12 concluded with their second win of the tournament. Reet claimed his second straight FNCS title, and EpikWhale and Arkham secured their fifth Trio triumph along with $105K USD.
- 1st: 100T Arkhram, Reet, NRG Epikwhale – 581 points ($105,000 / $35,000 each)
- 2nd: Mizu poffiee, CYRZR WLR, eclipse – 548 points ($81,000 / $27,000 each)
- 3rd: 33 andyvencha, FS Criizux, G2 Jelty – 454 points ($48,000 / $16,000 each)
- 4th: g0dku, 33 Glace, NorCal fecoy – 440 points ($31,500 / $10,500 each)
- 5th: 33 Middi, PSR Nico, 33 Chris – 408 points ($21,000 / $7,000 each)
- 6th: Quinn, 33 WAVE, NOVA Kewl – 395 points ($16,500 / $5,500 each)
- 7th: 33 Frapai, 33 Blizy, 33 Nate – 392 points ($13,500 / $4,500 each)
- 8th: Mizu Grim, MERK Yumi34, PSR Squishy – 387 points ($10,500 / $3,500 each)
- 9th: 100T Rehx, 33 favs, 33 Snacky – 381 points ($9,000 / $3,000 each)
- 10th: 33 Kenshi, Mizu Maken, CLG Jay – 374 points ($6,900 / $2,300 each)
- 11th: PSR Bacca, CLG Nitrix, Kytrex – 373 points ($3,300 / $1,100 each)
- 12th: PSR Rexzi, Dynamic, Mystry Zehlo – 372 points ($3,300 / $1,100 each)
- 13th: TC Arkatsuki, PSR Aiden, Mystry Nigel – 357 points ($3,300 / $1,100 each)
- 14th: 33 Mony, 33 Hov, PSR Reguletor – 331 points ($3,300 / $1,100 each)
- 15th: KNG chicken, Lush, 33 Mechton – 300 points ($3,300 / $1,100 each)
— Phzin (@Phzinfps1) November 21, 2021
- 1st: HB OPai, phzin, TCE GSX – 613 points ($180,000 / $60,000 each)
- 2nd: 9z H4wwk, fake wey, nw.nov1ce – 470 points ($141,000 / $47,000 each)
- 3rd: ffishy, Riquelmee -RD-, Sanketty – 440 points ($84,000 / $28,000 each)
- 4th: rуnm, SNG KBR, SNG Diguera – 433 points ($57,000 / $19,000 each)
- 5th: TCE Guneves, NEW Edson 7, new dream7 – 420 points ($36,000 / $12,000 each)
- 6th: pattaty, histtory, SNG Kitoz – 401 points ($28,500 / $9,500 each)
- 7th: eRa Cadu, VKS Seeyun2x, 9z EdRoadToGlory – 387 points ($24,000 / $8,000 each)
- 8th: SNG Frans, Filipe, TCE Jpsk1ng – 345 points ($19,500 / $6,500 each)
- 9th: kurtz, NEW origins, SNG KING – 343 points ($15,900 / $5,300 each)
- 10th: Liquid Suetam, TCE Spitflow, FaZe K1nG – 325 points $12,000 / $4,000 each)
- 11th: Frosty, bagu, TCE Redlee – 323 points ($6,000 / $2,000 each)
- 12th: NEW kaykylol, new insano, NEW Lord – 310 points ($6,000 / $2,000 each)
- 13th: On LiimaaX, solo xeat, 9z off top – 307 points ($6,000 / $2,000 each)
- 14th: TCE Collet, мojak, АG1RRE – 290 points ($6,000 / $2,000 each)
- 15th: dott1, BarroSo 7, Scarpa – 281 points ($6,000 / $2,000 each)
— SCYTES netlov (@netlovfn) November 20, 2021
- 1st: HwR Hellon, SCYTES Murloc, SCYTES netlov – 501 points ($51,000 / $17,000 each)
- 2nd: Falcon Snow, Raed, Sonic Snowyka – 475 points ($39,999 / $13,333 each)
- 3rd: Falcon Fahad, Falcon Yonx, Falcon Nm7 – 467 points ($24,000 / $8,000 each)
- 4th: Falcon Spy, Sonic Rapit, Falcon RV – 455 points ($15,000 / $5,000 each)
- 5th: Medal FKS, Unit, OWL P5EK – 426 points ($10,500 / $3,500 each)
- 6th: DRaFTell, Vital Smsomfishy, KINGS Rakan – 412 points ($8,400 / $2,800 each)
- 7th: Falcon Phantom, KINGS Kai, Medal ABUFAL7 – 409 points ($6,900 / $2,300 each)
- 8th: Venomy Hulksίtr0, Vital 3mory, BLEED 203 – 397 points ($5,100 / $1,700 each)
- 9th: Sonic Balor, 01 Adapter, Falcon Mansour – 384 points ($4,500 / $1,500 each)
- 10th: KINGS Xx731, 01 Hero, Falcon KiritoKun – 370 points ($3,300 / $1,100 each)
- 11th: Hawk Naif, Jounior 7, Mish 7 – 344 points ($1,800 / $600 each)
- 12th: ASMR vagnaR2x, KINGS I4xPRO, TU Dexefite – 342 points ($1,800 / $600 each)
- 13th: Falcon Modisk, fаhаd, Sonic Metab – 315 points ($1,800 / $600 each)
- 14th: SCYTES KuKi, GXR Souriano, GDXR Nyle – 284 points ($1,800 / $600 each)
- 15th: VL M7SN 7, ASMR Saud, KLX Lorduid – 282 points ($1,800 / $600 each)
- 1st: GW Albedo , GW Dokn, GW Buyuriru – 487 points ($64,500 / $21,500 each)
- 2nd: CRLowGroundRur1, FA ペぽ L2R2, A2 koyotaとSnacky – 466 points ($49,500 / $16,500 each)
- 3rd: Runa 67, Wizard raru, CR Yusea – 463 points ($30,000 / $10,000 each)
- 4th: CR Qjac, cr naetorXX, аlice 74 – 409 points ($19,500 / $6,500 each)
- 5th: ALBA Rainy, CR柳田Ess99, рeterpan – 404 points ($13,500 / $4,500 each)
- 6th: godbaekho, FOCUS seak, young gyo – 392 points ($10,500 / $3,500 each)
- 7th: CROW Toxxen, FrenzyLuvsUnI, Standrytaro – 368 points ($8,100 / $2,700 each)
- 8th: desway7, Moon, ALBA fa1zzy – 344 points ($6,300 / $2,100 each)
- 9th: ALBA Aki fx, Focus clxxer, ALBA takadani – 343 points ($5,700 / $1,900 each)
- 10th: gyenfn, GSK張本Poco 7, おまえでぶやんんんんんんんんん – 327 points ($4,200 / $1,400 each)
- 11th: ALBA Maesar, ぼっととReet, ALBA KUREN – 327 points ($2,100 / $700 each)
- 12th: LCF りる, KWZ yamathy, GL bykn – 319 points ($2,100 / $700 each)
- 13th: ALBA SwizzY, десептикон347, 347monkey – 311 points ($2,100 / $700 each)
- 14th: Riddle WildHawk, Rid Maufin 67, Rimr – 295 points ($2,100 / $700 each)
- 15th: MRE Zagøu ㇾ, ALBA Flot0r, XTRA Gomalol – 290 points ($2,100 / $700 each)
— suns (@sunsoce) November 21, 2021
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