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25 Jan 2021

Fortnite FNCS Season 5: Schedule, Format, Prize Pool, Twitch Drops and everything you need to know

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is whereThe Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is a highlight of any Fortnite season.

This is where the best players across the world compete for their share of a large prize pool and to be the crowned the best player.

Here is everything you need to know about the Season 5 FNCS tournament.

Schedule

Fortnite Season 5 FNCS tournament kicks off on Thursday, February 4th.

Epic Games has released the schedule for the tournament.

  • Qualifier 1: February 4-7
  • Qualifier 2: February 11-14
  • Qualifier 3: February 18-21
  • Bye Week: February 25-28
  • Semi-Finals: March 5-7
  • Reboot Round: March 12 & 13
  • Finals: March 12-14

Format

Epic Games have announced that the format for the Season 5 FNCS, and every FNCS in 2021, will be Trios.

Meaning teams of three will each compete to become the greatest team in their region.

Players will compete in a single cross-platform player pool. This allows players on multiple platforms to play together as teammates.

  • Weekly Qualifiers will have an additional Round to pare down to the final lobby more gradually. See details below.
  • Once qualified to the Semi-Finals, teams will be locked and not be able to play in additional Qualifiers. This means if a team directly qualifies to the Semi-Finals in Week 1, that team won’t be able to influence Week 2 or Week 3’s Qualifiers.
  • Semi-Finals and Finals will be played out on separate weekends to better manage both player fatigue and tournament operations.
  • All prizes have been shifted to the Finals.
  • The top three teams from each region’s Finals will auto-qualify for the next season’s FNCS Finals. Note: This change requires that all three members of the team remain together during the next season.
  • FNCS Champions and other consistent top performers will earn the opportunity to be invited to the mid and end-of-year prize competitions.
  • Slightly different scoring formats for single lobby vs. multiple lobby gameplay, to account for increased level of competition and the increased challenge of obtaining eliminations in the later stages.

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Prize Pool

The Season 5 FNCS tournament will have a prize pool of $3 million.

This is smaller than the Season 4 tournament which had a $5 million prize pool.

However, the total prize pool for 2021 FNCS tournaments is $20 million, compared to $17 million in 2020.

The breakdown of the prize pool is as follows,

  • EU - $1,350,000
  • NA-East - $690,000
  • NA-West - $300,000
  • Brazil - $300,000
  • Asia - $150,000
  • Middle East - $120,000
  • Oceania - $90,000

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Competitive Gameplay Changes

Ahead of the upcoming FNCS tournament, Epic Games has released all of the changes that will be happening in competitive modes, to make the experience more balanced.

Addition of Lever Action Shotgun

  • Vaulted Rift Fish
  • Vaulted Shockwave Grenades
  • Removal of Elevators and IO Guards
  • Sand tunnelling will remain in competitive playlists and tournaments as long as it remains in the core playlists, as it is a major feature of this Season’s map.
  • We’ve made adjustments to the amount of Bars players start with in competitive playlists. We’ll continue to monitor how the Bars system fits in competitive and will make adjustments as necessary.

Live Coverage

On Saturday and Sunday, the Fortnite castors commentate the tournament on Twitch and YouTube.

The casters include Zeke, MonsterDFace, Sundown, Aussie Antics, Reiss, and ShyoWager.

Last season the times were

FNCS PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE - ALL TIMES IN US-EASTERN (ET)

1:00pm - Broadcast begins
1:15pm - Live EU coverage
5:15pm - Live NAE coverage
8:30pm - Approximate end

So we can expect a similar schedule this season too.

Twitch Drops

Viewers on Twitch will be able to earn FNCS-themed Fortnite items, including a Spray and Emoticon.

Make sure your Epic account is already linked to Twitch and that you’re watching a drops-enabled channel.

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