Fortnite Pro Players unhappy about the FNCS Invitational format
The $2 million prize pool Solo FNCS Invitational began in May and some pro players have aired their complaints about its format. Epic Games adopted a different scoring system that favors elimination points over placement points. This encourages competitive and aggressive gameplay focused on accumulating kills instead of looking for a victory Royale. With this format, players get 4 points each for every kill they make.
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To put that into perspective, a victory Royale gives a player 33 points. Instead of just playing it safe for placement points, pro players are better off W-keying your opponent at the start of the game. With 9 kills in a single game, they can score more points than getting a victory Royale and play for placements points later on. A lot of players just went full-on kill mode rather than waited for a 10th position which only gives you 12 points.
FNCS Invitational Format
Solo FNCS Invitational Points System
Several Fortnite professionals and streamers have criticized this format as they are not used to it and the chaos it brings. Turner “Tfue” Tenney and Misfit’s Cody “Clix” Conrod have questioned this format. A lot of pros are not used to an elimination favored game. They mostly play to win for more placements points. This format for the Solo FNCS Invitational favors aggressive players who like to rack up many kills as possible.
Killing over Winning
Clix expressed his discontent with the tournament’s scoring system on Twitter. To him, the fact that top players like Dominic “Unknown” Green and “Scoped” did not qualify says a lot about the whole format. Scoped tweeted that he started late due to internet issues.
Also, Fortnite’s Ryan “Chap” Chaplo asked on Tweeter for kill points to be nerfed in all open formats. Although pro players are unhappy about this scoring system, it is quite understandable why Epic took that decision. Servers can not handle that well a really small circle with 35 to 45 players. It is also not a great experience for the fans watching.
With this new format, a lot of players will obviously die quicker and enhance server performance issues in late-game stages. For now, it seems Epic will stick to this format for the FNCS Invitational. This means that players just have to play for kills in the early game and look to win or get high placements much later.