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Jamie | 10. September 2020

Fortnite Championship Series Confirms Trios Format for Season 4

It has been announced that the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Chapter 2: Season 4 will see Trios action take centre stage, while a number of additional changes are set to be introduced also. As one of the most followed events in the Fortnite scene, the FNCS is set to return for the fourth time in October, where Trios will battle it out to see who can best take advantage of the Marvel characters that have taken over of late.

How FNCS Season 4 Will Work

With Season 4 set to be for three-player groups only, it remains to be seen as to who will be teaming up together. Week 1 of Season 4 will take place between October 9 to October 11, with the Finals set for October 29 to November 1. Open qualifiers will take place initially, with the top 33 Trios moving forward to the next stage.

The Grand Finals will see the top Trios from South America, North America East, North America West, Europe, Asia, OCE and the Middle East come together, with Eleven Gaming’s TaySon having won Season 3 back in August. Creators Epic Games had put forward a new set of rules for the competition, which revolve around collusion and “Smurfing”.

How Changes to Collusion and Smurfing Will Effect Players

Collusion will be called if players consistently work together with the same opponent, which includes working or fighting together against a third player or team who encroaches on a shared location. Meanwhile, pickaxe swinging, or other similar actions, in a bid to signal to opponents will not be allowed, along with intentionally feeding eliminations to other teams. However, regularly dropping in the same location will not be deemed as collusion, along with choosing not to engage in combat and coaching via in-game replays.

As far as Smurfing is concerned, it is still now allowed in most competitions, however Epic has come up with a new definition. As a result, playing on a different account that has a lower Arena Rank than your main account will not be allowed, with many having used this tactic to participate in tournaments below their ranking. Meanwhile, playing on an alternate account and a main account at the same tournament is unsurprisingly banned from official tournaments, unless stated otherwise.