Week 1 of the Fortnite Fall Skirmish is upon us. Per usual, Epic is slowly doling out information just a day before the new tournament begins. Similarly to the Summer Skirmish, the Fall Skirmish will use revolving tournament formats and contestants. For the first week, the popular Hold the Throne format returns. Both Europe and North America compete tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 21, at 12:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET, respectively.
As with previous Fortnite tournaments, participants for this first Fall Skirmish require an invite from Epic. While we don’t know the official player list yet, it’s been revealed that a new Club system has been implemented. Upon joining, players are assigned to one of five Clubs for the skirmish. These designations will apply for the remainder of the six-week Fall Skirmish. The Clubs are as follows:
Each week, players compete in a Competitive event and a Trial event. The Competitive event is more akin to the standard Summer Skirmish matches we’ve seen already, and thus requires an invite on a weekly basis to participate. However, any Club member can participate in the Trials and contribute to their Club’s overall success.
For the first week of the Fall Skirmish, players involved in the Competitive event will compete to Hold the Throne. This format first debuted during the fourth week of the Summer Skirmish. Last time, Team Liquid’s NotVivid won the first day, while unsigned player Secret Domentos took first on the second. This time around, however, there are a few changes to both the scoring system and prizes. For this week, Hold the Throne participants will compete in duos across six matches. Players receive points for both Victory Royales and Eliminations, and the 10 duos teams with the most points at the end win prizes:
Prizes include both monetary rewards for the individuals as well as new “Club Points.” These Club Points compile over the course of the six-week season, and a reward will be awarded to each Club member. Based on the breakdown below, it appears each Club will have a total of 100 players.
Hold the Throne prizes
Seasonal Club prizes
However, there are additional opportunities for Clubs and their members to score points and earn rewards. For the first Fall Skirmish, the Club-based trial is dubbed “Squad Goals.” It’s essentially a rehash of previous Summer Skirmish challenges in which players compete for the most eliminations. The top squad with the highest amount of eliminations in a single match from each Club will earn prizes. However, this is open to all Club members, not just the ones competing in this week’s competitive Hold the Throne event. In addition, these Trials include their own relative monetary prizes and Club Points.
Squad Goals Trial prizes
The Fall Skirmish is the latest official Fortnite Battle Royale tournament curated by developer Epic Games. This series will run for six weeks, coming to a conclusion at TwitchCon on Oct. 26-28. A total of $10 million USD will be awarded in prize money during this time. As mentioned earlier, each week of the Fall Skirmish will utilize a different tournament format. However, unlike the purely competitive Summer Skirmish, this new series will also incorporate “Entertainment play formats.” Epic teases, “Each week will pose new challenges like white-knuckle ATK races, masterful golf outings, mini-games, and of course high skill competition every weekend.” Unfortunately, the first week doesn’t incorporate any of these side-activities, instead focusing on eliminations.
In addition, a new in-game mode titled Showdown Royale is set to debut in early October. Though details are scarce for this new mode, it signals the arrival of an oft-requested in-game tournament system. Similarly to the previous Blitz modes incorporated during Season 5, Showdown Royale will allow the community an opportunity to compete and participate in future official events. Furthermore, this aligns with the conclusion of Fortnite Season 5, so players can expect to see some wide-scale changes on the island in the next week or two. Most recently, the mysterious, purple Cube, “Kevin,” dissolved into Loot Lake, changing the lake into a bouncy, purple substance.
Be sure to check our page over the weekend as we cover Week 1 of the Fortnite Fall Skirmish. Who do you hope to see play? Thoughts on the new Club system? Sound off in the comments below.
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