Ninja Discusses the Pros and Cons of a Ranking System in Fortnite and Questions Why Teams are Still Scrimming Squads - Dexerto

Ninja Discusses the Pros and Cons of a Ranking System in Fortnite and Questions Why Teams are Still Scrimming Squads

Published: 22/Jun/2018 15:20 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by DG Goldstein


Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins weighed-in on the prospect of having a Ranking System in Fortnite: Battle Royale, and questioned why competitive teams are still ‘scrimming’ in squads.

With the ever-growing pool of players increasing on a daily basis, some community members have questioned whether or not a ‘Ranking System’ should be implemented into Fortnite in order to balance the level of play.


Now that a $100 million prize pool has been announced by Epic Games for the 2018-2019 Fortnite competitive season, everyone is attempting to get in on the action and potentially get a piece of the action.

However, with the ‘skill gap’ widening constantly between the top level talent and the average player, the possibility of a Ranking System has been theorized by many to better-catalog competitors.


Ninja, one of the most popular members of the Fortnite community, explained how such a system could be beneficial in ensuring a sense of balance, however, such an addition may ‘alienate’ a large portion of the player base while discussing ‘noob-friendly’ items.

“‘Noob friendly items, that a good player can dominate other good players, but a noob player can also still, if they’re intelligent enough, can effectively use it on good players as well. It’s just finding that perfect balance. Obviously a Ranking System is a way to just completely fix that, but […] the thing about the Ranking System, in my opinion I feel like this is why they haven’t already implemented it, is […] it can alienate 95% of the population.

He would later go on to question why teams are still scrimming in ‘Squads’ of four following the official announcement that the 2018-2019 Fortnite competitive season will be centered around Solos and Duos.

Squad scrims – like, why are people still scrimming squads? It’s over, just stop. Like, I’m sorry, dude, like how I view squad scrims, all these diehards playing squads, is how I feel how people won’t get over H1Z1. It’s like, move on, you know what I mean? It’s solos and duos, they just announced it, like why are you guys still trying?

More information on the 2018-2019 Fortnite competitive season, including the 2019 World Cup, can be found right here.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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