Fortnite Champion Series: NAE Week 2 Round-Up

The second weekend of the FCS delivered non-stop action with some big names qualifying.

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Upon the conclusion of the inaugural Fortnite World Cup, the buzz surrounding Fortnite was at an all-time high since its initial boom during 2018. 

The recent surge in interest came off the back of a spectacular event that saw 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf winning $3 million, with over two million viewers worldwide tuning in.

The competitive community is hungry for more competitions as we saw many notable names have a fire lit underneath them after seeing the success of many in New York City, and Epic Games is reacting with their newest competitive series.

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Upon the conclusion of the second weekend of the FCS for North America East, we now know the next set of eight teams that have already solidified there spot in the regional finals. With the $10 million five-week competition already in motion, what did we learn from week two of NAE?

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Cloakzy, Tfue, and 72hrs Finally Qualify 

At last, the fan-favorite North American East trio has finally qualified for the FCS Finals, although it is only the second week many fans were expecting this duo to qualify in week one, but they ultimately fell short placing in 11th. Now going into the second week they were once again expected to qualify for the FCS Finals and this time they dominated.

Getting off to a shaky start, being eliminated off of spawn two matches in a row they mentally rebounded from a scenario that would ultimately ruin any other trios day. Throughout the rest of the matches, they managed to make it to the end game the majority of the time and controlled ultimate high ground during the end game zones which has been a staple of their game. Qualifying in fifth place, the trio will now have some time to analyze the competition ahead of the FCS Regional Finals at the conclusion of the five-week qualifier.

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Last Minute Duos Strive

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When the standings atop of the leaderboards were final at the end of Sunday’s matches, there were two duos that stood out from the rest. The two trios consisting of Malachi “Reverse2K” Greiner, Mason “Symfuhny” Lanier and Slackes and the other trio of Williams “Zayt” Aubin, Rocco “Saf” Morales and Zyfa were all formed at the last minute before this weekends qualifiers. With little to no expectations heading into the weekend, they surprised many with both trios qualifying at the end of Sundays Finals.

The latter trio is one that consists of the most consistent duo of all time, and with the addition of the Zyfa he adds a mechanical dominance that Zayt and Saf may lack at some times. For the first trio, it was also another last-minute trio with Reverse2K and Slackes only adding Symfuhny two days before and failing to get any stable practice, they surprised many on Sunday. 

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Nick Farrell

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