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Liquid Poach explains why he’s quitting Fortnite

Published: 31/Mar/2020 6:00 Updated: 31/Mar/2020 10:22

by Brad Norton

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Longstanding Fortnite professional for Team Liquid, Jake ‘Poach’ Brumleve today announced his retirement from the battle royale title, slamming Epic for tarnishing the game before revealing his future plans for Valorant.

While Chapter 2’s second season has introduced a wide array of content to keep casual players engaged, long-time content creators and pro players alike have openly criticized the game – perhaps more so now than ever before.

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As the likes of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Lannan ‘LazarBeam’ Eacott complain about the title, pro players are also turning away as Liquid’s Poach formally announced his retirement on March 30. Citing “lackluster communication” and “fundamentally flawed decisions” as the driving force behind his retirement, the player outlined how he believes Epic has “ruined” the game.

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Poach may have dropped into Fortnite for the final time.

Having competed at the highest level since July of 2018, Poach officially decided to step away from the title on March 30 after outlining how the game “just doesn’t make [him] happy anymore.”

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“Unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed playing it in a long time and it affected me by not wanting to stream Fortnite,” he explained. “I wanted to stream other games, but I felt boxed in until I made a decision on what I was going to do. That sucked.”

No longer enjoying the content creation aspect is one factor behind his decision, however, Poach also addressed the esports side of Fortnite. Highlighting that “how Epic treated the game competitively” also pushed him further away from the title.

“I’m a very competitive person and I really want to compete in something truly competitive and Fortnite to me clearly wasn’t that,” he explained.

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From TimTheTatman, to Ewok and Mongraal, countless Fortnite content creators, fellow pros, and loyal viewers chimed in to show support for his decision. Though Poach didn’t leave fans without hope for the future.

“For the future I hope I find what I’m looking for in Valorant,” he said. “I have high hopes for the game and am very motivated to stream and try and compete.”

Seemingly a part of Valorant’s invite-only testing period over the past weekend, perhaps his first taste-test of Riot’s upcoming FPS was enough to push him over the edge and drive him away from Fortnite for good.

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With Valorant’s closed beta right around the corner, Poach has big plans for the future.

Leaving the battle royale genre behind for the time being, the popular player now clearly has his sights set on a switch to the pursuit of competitive FPS stardom.

Having announced a closed beta period for select regions starting April 7, fans may be able to tune into Poach’s Twitch stream in order to gain early access to Valorant themselves — as long as you’re in NA or EU.

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • 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

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson