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FNCS officially returning to Fortnite trios format in Season 4

Written by on September 9, 2020

Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2: Season 4 as Trios competition takes center stage and a few new changes are introduced to address certain issues.
The FNCS competition has always been one of the most prestigious tournaments in the Fortnite scene. Players have been treated to a number of iterations of the popular competition and now, it’s set to return once again for Season 4.
Marvel heroes and villains have taken over the battle royale map, and it’s up to Trios to prove who can best wield their powers. While previous seasons have highlighted solo, duo, and quads competition, Season 4 is all about Trios. The latest edition of the Champion Series is exclusively for three-player groups.
From the new format changes to when it all kicks off, we’ve got you covered with a complete rundown.
FNCS Season 4 dates
FNCS competition will be for Trios only in Chapter 2: Season 4.Throughout the Season 4 competition, there are four key periods to keep in mind. While the first week kicks off on October 9, there’s plenty to keep in mind throughout the weeks that follow. These are the dates for FNCS Season 4:

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

Each week of the competition will follow a similar format to what players have grown accustomed to. Teams will first compete in open qualifiers. Only the top 33 Trios will then advance to the next two days of that particular week.
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The most successful teams will then earn a spot in the Finals. There’s also a new ‘Wildcard match’ that provides one last chance at making the final round.
FNCS Season 4 format
You and two allies could push through to the finals if you play well enough.With Trios in the spotlight this season, you’ll need to form the most powerful three-person team possible. Each week, your team can drop into open qualifiers and battle against others for points. If you earn enough points, you’ll advance through to the finals of that particular week before joining the top 33 to fight for instant qualification.
The very best lineups will all make it through to the Grand Final showdown starting October 29. As usual, FNCS will be taking place in all of the familiar regions from previous seasons. That includes NA-West, NA-East, South America, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE.
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Additionally, Epic Games also laid out a list of new rules and clarifications for the upcoming season. Here’s how FNCS will define ‘Collusion’ and ‘Smurfing’ for the next period of competiton:
COLLUSION
WHAT IS COLLUSION (NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST):

  • Consistently working together with the same opponent. This includes fighting together or working together against a 3rd player or 3rd team who encroaches on a shared location or shared drop spot.
    • With this clarification now in place, we’re now taking a greater stand to action if conclusive evidence is found linking opponents to common goals together.
  • Staged engagements among colluding teams to deceive event admins. As an example: Manipulating storm surge factors intentionally by trading damage with no intent of elimination.
  • Pickaxe swinging (or other actions) used as a form of signaling to opponents.
  • Sharing loot or leaving items with or for opponents for their gain.
  • Intentionally feeding eliminations to another team.

WHAT ISN’T COLLUSION (NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST): 

  • Consistently dropping in the same location each match.
  • Announcing a drop spot on social media.
    • If you believe you’re good enough to stake your claim publicly on a spot, be prepared to defend it. Players contesting your claim is part of the game, and should be encouraged.
  • Choosing to not engage in combat at certain times.
  • Coaching using the in-game replay tools.

SMURFING OR ILLEGAL RESTARTS
Like last season, smurfing is still disallowed in most prized competitions. We’re splitting the current definition of smurfing into two parts:

  1. Traditional Smurfing: Playing on an alternate account that has a lower Arena Rank than your main account in order to illegally participate in tournaments or events that are only eligible for lower Arena Ranks. This type of smurfing will not be allowed in any official tournaments that are only open to those in lower Arena ranks.
  2. Illegal Restarts: Playing on an alternate account AND a main account in the same tournament window. This type of smurfing will not be allowed in any official tournaments, unless otherwise indicated.

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