Who will take the Axe of Champions?

The Fortnite competitive scene flares to life with the FNCS Invitational


The price for being the best is having to be the best (Image credit: Epic Games)

The first week of the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational, or FNCS for short, is the start of a new online competitive event.

A new FNCS

The Fortnite Champion Series, better known as the FNCS, continued last weekend with Week 1 of the new FNCS Invitational. Players who placed at the top spots in the Open Qualifiers earlier this month and some of the biggest names in Fortnite Esports competed in a two-day Arena Solos event, with the leaderboard adding the results for both days.

The event will take place over three weeks and boasts a prize pool of $2,000,000. The top 300 players from Week 1 in every region advanced to the tournament that will take place this weekend. The grand finals will take place on May 23-24 across all regions. The full rules and the schedule for the event are available here.

The weekend's winners

Several well-known players made their mark on the event: NRG’s Benjy "benjyfishy" David Fish and Shane "EpikWhale" Cotton ended first in EU and third in NA-West, while TL Stretch placed second in NA-East. The 2019 World Champion Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf qualified as well, cementing his reputation for reliable high placings with a top 20 finish on the NA-East server.

However, the event showed that fame itself is no guarantee for success and several big-name players did not make the cut – do not expect to see Thomas "72hrs" Mulligan, Benjamin "Dr Lupo" Lupo or Ben "Edgey" Peterson in the next round. Meanwhile, multiple successful streamers sat the event out – most notably Tyler "Ninja" Blevins.

Fortnite axe of champions

The prize of the best: the golden Axe of Champions

What's next

The quest for the Axe of Champions – the unique axe given to the FNCS finals winners alongside the cash prize – continues next week. As Fortnite publisher Epic Games previously announced that this year’s events will all be played online, we can safely expect a lot more planned in the meantime as well.

In the meantime, check out our other Fortnite coverage here.

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