It’s been a long time coming but Fortnite ranked mode is finally here, sort of.
You could call it Fortnite Ranked LTM. Epic is calling it Fortnite Events. Whatever you want to call it’s a start and is sure to get the player base energized for competitive Fortnite.
Starting today and continuing over the next few weeks there will be a series of tournaments for Solo, Duo and Squads. Each tournament will be over several hours, with each game mode having a number of days across the week to take part Players will join the tournaments, gain points, and be matched with players of a similar skill level. Points will be tallied at the end of the allotted time and players will receive a “pin” once they reach the points total.
This is a big step forward for Fortnite. Previously the only competitive mode open to all players were the Soloshowdown LTM, which had no matchmaking and felt redundant for anyone but the very top tier players. Now with this game mode, everyone will have the opportunity to test their mettle and earn the “pins”.
These pins will gain you entry to future tournaments.
Players across all platforms will play alongside one another. Epic states they feel that the emergence of strong Playstation competitors in the pre-dominantly PC Skirmish Series is proof positive that controller players can compete. Which seems a little skewed, while the likes of NickMercs and Aydan have performed well they have yet to win any game never mind take the Week.
It’s a fact that while they can fight a PC player 1v1 when it comes to the build meta of the end game they can’t keep up. Or at least that’s how it looks at the moment, there may well be a console player out there that can and by the end of these tournaments we will know for sure.
Straight from the horse’s mouth with this one, the tournament schedule –
Take note the scoring system above is subject to change but this looks to be the mostly weekly one we will see, similar to the King Pin format we have seen in Skirmishes.
The following tournaments will be scheduled in NA*, EU, BR, ASIA, and OCE regions. Scheduled times will vary by region – check the tournament inside the client for details.
Alpha Tournament (Solo)
- Dates: October 16 – October 21
- Description: Participate in the first in-game tournament, spanning across several days of daily competition!
Beta Tournament (Duo)
- Dates: October 23 – October 25
- Description: Grab a friend and take on the world – until you are the last two left.
Friday Night Fortnite (Squad)
- Dates: October 19 – November 30
- Description: Join your friends every Friday and kick off your weekend with some exciting Squad action.
Salty Springs Cup (Solo)
- Dates: October 27 – October 31
- Description: One week and three attempts to prove you’re the saltiest that Salty Springs has to offer.
Tomato Temple Cup (Duo)
- Dates: October 28 – November 1
- Description: Become legends of the Tomato Temple Cup.
*Note: NAE and NAW are combined together into the same tournament, but players will still connect to their nearest server except in low population circumstances primarily when a player has a high score.
We also have the latest news on TwitchCon where the culmination of the Fall Skirmish will take place. Taking place on the 26th-28th players will battle it out in a Duos competition for a Prize Pool of $1,825,000.
Friday and Saturday will be dedicated to qualifying heats. Duos will be scored across 4 games with the top 12 teams(+2 wildcards) going through to Sunday’s Grand Final.
The Grand Final will be played across 6 games and will be scored as follows –
Victory Royale: +3 Points
Second Place: +2 Points
Third Place: +1 Point
8+ Eliminations: +3 Points
5-7 Eliminations: +2 Points
3-4 Eliminations: +1 Point
Big Bonus: After reaching 8 eliminations, each elimination earned thereafter will grant +1 Points.
There will also be a $50,000 Prize Bonus for each Victory Royale and $50,000 Prize Bonus for the most eliminations.
What can we expect?
A pretty good tournament going by the PAX Summer Skirmish. The spectator mode which is improving every week and works perfectly on LAN so no problems there. And with a series of qualifiers we should be looking at a very competitive lobby come the Grand Finals. This will also be the first time EU players are matching up with NA players in a Skirmish with arguably No.1 EU player Atlantis Mitro confirmed to be going amongst others. Players like Vivid and Myth, who fell foul of being “invited” to the last LAN, will be able to attempt qualification across both days. Funkbomb, Natehill’s partner and one of the best performing Duos in the game will be reunited with both having served their suspension.
Another confirmed duo will be Controller players NickMercs and Aydan. These two were arguably the biggest winners of PAX Summer Skirmish. There battles in Titled Towers to be crowned “King of Titled” were a narrative point that gave the early game some much needed drama and intrigue. These two have decided to pair up for for TwitchCon, with NickMercs releasing this video via Twitter. While these two are guaranted to rack of the the kills it’s yet to be seen if a controller player can win the whole thing.
— 100T Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) October 15, 2018
One sticking point for many players is Epic’s insistent on using certain perphihials and in-game settings, namely Logitech mice and keyboards. Many industry figures and pros have spoken out stating this sets a terrible precedent for competitive gameplay with Liquid CEO Steve Arhance stating, “You can’t ask kids who’s dream is to make it pro one day to change their gear nor an experienced pro to do the same. It becomes not about the game anymore, it’s how good someone can be using Logitech.”
Some have jumped to Epic’s defense stating that it’s early days in Fortnite esports life and because it’s a BR there are potentially 500+ competitiors at this event alone, which is all true. However, why do all the players have to play on max graphical settings and 1080? If the spectator client works surely the players settings are their choice?
It’s an area Epic are going to have to clarify and clarify fast if they don’t want to lose the confidence of the community.
There will also be a “Streamvitiational” where 50 content creators and 50 randomly selected TwitchCon participants will play for $750,000.
Taking place on the Sunday before the main event the “streamvitional” will feature the biggest Fortnite personalities. Epic will continue to push these tournaments in the future. Expect to see a two teir system of competitive gameplay going forward, especially at LANs with a community/celebrity tournament running alongside the main event.
Epic still want you to be invested though so there there will still be a lot of money on the line. 1st place in the game 1 and 2 will take home $30,000 and game 3 taking home $60,000. There will be no bonus for victory royales just for eliminations with $10,000 and $20,000 up for grabs.
So what do you think of the new Fortnite Ranked Mode? Are you looking forward to TwitchCon? Can NickMercs and Aydan take the win? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.