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| Author Matt Pryor
Fortnite: FNCS Invitational Players to Watch Out for – European Edition
An analysis of the top players heading into the FNCS Invitational, where players will be competing for millions of dollars.
The FNCS Invitational is less than 24 hours away. The world's top Fortnite players are competing for a piece of the $2M USD prize pool that is up for grabs. There are seven competitive regions involved in this tournament, but today's focus is on Europe. Benjyfishy, Mongraal and MrSavage are just a few of the best players in the entire world. All three compete out of the densely populated European region. The FNCS Invitational is the premier opportunity for players to showcase their skillset in solos. What's at stake? First-place in the Grand Finals alone offers up $120K USD to the top Euro player.
We've done our research and highlighted a list of players to watch for when the competition kicks off tomorrow afternoon. Keep in mind, the European region features a multitude of talent, but this list focuses on the most prominent names with a lot at stake. With that said, let's dive into our list of players to watch out for in the FNCS Invitational.
MrSavage of 100 Thieves saw a career resurgence in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1. He began winning Solo Cash Cup tournaments left and right and would soon earn one of his most noteworthy achievements to date. He journeyed from Norway to Anaheim, California, for the DreamHack Anaheim Fortnite tournament. MrSavage ultimately triumphed over 1200 competitors, including former duo partner benjyfishy and several other top talents. The Norweigan has adapted well to the current Chapter 2 Season 2 meta. MrSavage is aiming for a top-three finish, but he believes he could very well win the entire FNCS Invitational.
Like MrSavage, benjyfishy of NRG saw a similar amount of success in Chapter 2 Season 1 as a solo player. He managed consistent performances in Solo Cash Cups despite the open format. Fortnite recently underwent a format change to those very Cash Cup tournaments. Even so, Benjy is still at the top after taking first in the first Solo Cash Cup under the new two-round format. Benjyfishy is still at the top of his game, and unlike many other pro players, he loves solos. We can safely pencil in benjyfishy for an exceptional showing as he seeks his first FNCS Championship.
FaZe Clan's Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson has not seen as much solo success in recent memory as he'd like. Mongraal admitted in the past that his motivation fell off through Chapter 2 Season 1. The 15-year-old England-native has been trending upward since reinvigorating his drive to compete in Fortnite. Mongraal finished in eighth place in the April 16th Solo Cash Cup. He is still one of the absolute best in terms of his mechanical ability, but his patience is the x-factor. If Mongraal can stay composed this weekend, he will flourish in the FNCS Invitational.
There's a reason that mitr0 recently changed his in-game name to “best solo player.” The recent name change indicates mitr0's confidence in himself heading into the FNCS Invitational. Solo Cash Cups have been friendly to mitr0 in the last few months with finishes of seventh and 27th place. A win for mitr0 this weekend would mean a lot for his career. Although he is a Fortnite tournament champion, he has yet to captivate one of the three previous FNCS Championships. He is in the same boat as many others who are looking to achieve a marquee victory. That journey continues this weekend.
The emergence of Crr is notable, considering the majority of competitive Fornite fans did not know who he was until Chapter 2 Season 1. Crr eventually paired up with mitr0, and the two have wreaked havoc across the European scene. However, Crr will be on his own for the FNCS Invitation. He's performed consistently in past solo tournaments. He possesses a controller as well, which most believe to be the most exploitable aspect of competitive Fortnite. The Wales-native has all the tools at his disposal for this weekend's tournament. He will need to put it all together for the Invitational.
I don't think many will argue with the sentiment that Andilex of Team MCES is currently the best Fortnite player in the world. Although many might not be aware, he consistently produces results both on and offline. Andilex finished in second place at DreamHack Winter back in 2019 and followed that up with a sixth-place finish at DreamHack Anaheim. He regularly finishes inside the top-ten in Solo Cash Cups. The Frenchman even achieved a second-place finish on severely high ping in a recent NA East Solo Cash Cup, He is one of two defending FNCS Champions looking to defend his throne and keep his Axe of Champions.
Recent Team Vitality acquisition, Stompy is one of the more decorated solo players in Europe. He qualified the most Fortnite World Cup qualifications with seven in total. Most recently, he and duo partner COOLER aqua have been obliterating all opponents in duo tournaments. However, this is the FNCS Invitational, and solo play is the primary focus. We have all seen Stompy's capabilities in the past. It's difficult to no consider him as one of the favorites considering his career-wide successes in Fortnite.
This list of outstanding players would not be complete without including the Fortnite World Cup Duos Champion. COOLER aqua is one of the most accomplished players across different formats and scoring systems. He has won several Solo Cash Cups in his lengthy career, but none this season. Regardless, aqua is a Fortnite World Cup Champion for a reason and is an equally effective solo player. He's been toying with the idea of switching to a controller, which should worry all players in the FNCS Invitational should he decide to take that route.
Be sure to tune in this weekend for the European FNCS beginning tomorrow at 1 P.M. EST.