ESTNN recaps the storylines from day one of the FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 7 Finals.
Day one is a wrap in the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS). Season 7’s alien theme seems fitting, given the otherworldly storylines at play. All seven competitive Fortnite regions had their share of drama, conflicts and unfathomable occurrences. For most, day one signified the halfway point. That would be accurate for all except for the European region.
It was an insane first day, particularly for Fortnite’s three most significant regions—Europe, NA East and NA West. Some teams can win their first Axe of Champions, while others need to bounce back in the second half. With all that said, let’s see how the action played out in those three regions and look at some developing stories.
Europe started just fine, but things got out of hand in game four. Two players—MrSavage and Trippernn—received “accidental in-game bans” per Epic’s response to the situation. The confusing circumstances forced the tournament runners to nullify results from games four and five in favor of fairness. That decision, unfortunately, erased a Victory Royale for Saevid, Raifla and AstroSMZ. The EU region will replay games four and five at the end of tomorrow’s session.
Kiryache & Crew Out in Front
After the dust settled from the bizarre turn of events, Kiryache, Stormyrite and Toose stood in front of the field. Game four saw this trio finish 12th with five eliminations, putting them in front by two points. There’s a lot of Fortnite left, and it’ll take a consistent effort for Kiryache, Stormyrite and Toose to maintain this lead. They finished with more eliminations than any other team on day one.
The Height Kings in Contention
Fortnite World Cup Champion aqua returned to the FNCS Finals in a significant way today. He won the first game alongside teammates Vadeal and noahreyli after a textbook late height retake. The commotion behind MrSavage’s situation put a hold on the competition, but aqua’s team rounded out the day with back-to-back fifth-place results. Anything can happen with eight games left to play. We’ll have to see if the height kings can run down first place.
Here is how the top-15 looks after four matches:
- 1st: kiryachelfg, EvozA Stormyrite, Gambit Toose - 119 points
- 2nd: WAVE VADEAL, BL noahreyli, аqua - 117 points
- 3rd: pinquk, nebs 04, mouz stompy - 111 points
- 4th: Wavy TChypSs, FNX Artskill, Homyno XpeR - 92 points
- 5th: Falcon Refsgaard, 00 Endretta, 100T MrSavage - 91 points
- 6th: Centric Hottie, elokratz, trippernn - 90 points
- 7th: GUILD Hen, GUILD JannisZ, Falcon chapix - 87 points
- 8th: MDS Folnet, Evenezy WingS, ssp karmy - 85 points
- 9th: BL Raifla, saevid, PW AstroSMZ - 85 points
- 10th: FS Umplify, Adn 7, Matsoe - 77 points
- 11th: Lootboy bagfi, Lootboy Zeston, Lootboy Hijoe ォ - 75 points
- 12th: CL Sаfik, Centric Default, СL putriсk - 74 points
- 13th: Wave Joe, NRG benjуfishу, LootBoy Shadоw - 73 points
- 14th: Falcon Veno 7, Falcon TaySon 7, rezon ay лол 7 - 72 points
- 15th: lavy egrm ネ, homyno voxe, buzz - 69 points
Commanding Lead for Dukez & Company
Dukez, Userz and Justice certainly aren’t a team many picked heading into the weekend. That didn’t stop these three from putting together one of the most impressive first days in FNCS history. Nothing could stop or slow Dukez, Userz and Justice down. They managed an average placement of 5th across their first six matches, with 47 eliminations and one Victory Royale overall. Momentum is on their side, but they’ll need a solid finish to ward off a charging favorite.
The Kings of Second Sit in Second
Commandment, Cented and Edgey had a rough start to the day despite being the odds on favorites. A 21st and 16th in two of their first three games left viewers speechless, wondering what’s happening. The narrative changed rather quickly, as Commandment, Cented and Edgey rattled off a Victory Royale and two second-place finishes to close out the day. It was an admirable comeback that could be the boost they need to dethrone Dukez, Userz and Justice. It’ll be an exciting finish without a doubt.
TabzG, noob teyo and Plege Shine on Day One
A team not many picked to win proved the doubters wrong on day one of the NA East Finals. TabzG, noob teyo and Plege executed a consistent game plan that would likely have them in first if not for the two trios ahead. With a Victory Royale in their pocket, TabzG’s team earned 33 eliminations en route to 175 points on the day. They’ll hope to keep the consistency going on for Cented and Dukez to slide down the leaderboard.
Here is how NA East’s top-15 looks after six:
- 1st: Twitter DukezFN, DL Justice, twitter userzfn - 225 points
- 2nd: TSM FTX Comadon, FaZe Cented, NRG Edgey - 177 points
- 3rd: TabzG, noob teyo, ELITE PLEGE 21V - 175 points
- 4th: C9 nosh, SEN BUGHADORF, C9 Avery - 161 points
- 5th: LG Slackes, 1P Acоrnski, G2 Jаhq - 144 points
- 6th: SEN Aspect., Moon Cazz, OA Whofishy - 139 points
- 7th: FS DEGEN, FS Αjerss, skqttles - 131 points
- 8th: Visxals, LG Jonathan., C9 Fryst - 119 points
- 9th: Saf 1111, BBG KHANADA 200, Liquid STRЕTCН - 117 points
- 10th: FаZe Bizzle, TNG Eclipsae, coop 1111 - 112 points
- 11th: FaZe Megga., K2G Rocaine, FаZe Dubs - 112 points
- 12th: XTRA Illest, G2 MackWood, TRAGIX - 111 points
- 13th: TNG Okis., Ghоst Blаke, Liquid Scopеd - 109 points
- 14th: Chronic Jayѕ, K2G Kn1phishy, Donieenada - 107 points
- 15th: Trаshу, TSM FTX Co1azo, lazarp - 99 points
A Stacked Leaderboard Promises an Exciting Finish
The NA West region delivered an exceptional end to day one after its first six matches. Out in front is the team of favs, kenshi and snacky, who finished the day with 195 points. That effort included a Victory Royale and a massive 44 eliminations.
Not far behind the leaders is three-time FNCS winners Arkhram, rehx and EpikWhale. Their day started out slower than usual, but NA West’s best team rallied back with a 14-elimination win in game five. They are in contention alongside Falconer, Reet and Chris, who currently sit in third after earning 180 points.
Here’s how NA West looks heading into day two:
- 1st: reyna favsie, 33 kenshi, XTRA snacky - 195 points
- 2nd: 100T Arkhram., 100T rehx, NRG EpikWhale4x - 186 points
- 3rd: 100T Falconer, XTRA Reetlol ., 33 Chris - 180 points
- 4th: XTRA Rengoku 魔, 33 Kaboo, PSR Nico - 152 points
- 5th: PSR Parz, IGL XEN BEAST, Assault mitoo - 148 points
- 6th: XTRA Caleb, XTRA Tautai, Wheеls - 135 points
- 7th: XTRA Quinn, 33 wave, HNR Kewl - 132 points
- 8th: 7W chicken, Kytrex, 33 Mechton - 116 points
- 9th: SG KOSACA 74 ., psr jeevan, PSR Bdawg - 112 points
- 10th: JayRosez, Reguletor PSR, 33 wavyjacob - 111 points
- 11th: Honor DefiableYT, 7W baldy, Нov - 110 points
- 12th: ZD Grim, PSR Squishy, FLEТCH - 107 points
- 13th: Timberѕ Chicken, andyvergа nashee, G2 Jelty. - 106 points
- 14th: jаgveer, 33 Mоny, solution rodrigo - 105 points
- 15th: STL olaf, ZD wigly, XEN RIN - 92 points
The last few matches in all regions will deliver on expectations. Outside of NA East, the leaderboards are close, and no one should feel safe. Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see who walks away with the Axe of Champions!
Feature Image: Epic Games