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Fortnite’s premier tier of competition is about to kick off and there’s a new team in town.

The first set of qualifiers for Season 5’s FNCS begin on Friday, February 11. Over the coming weeks, Trios will battle it out for a spot in the Grand Finals and a shot at earning a slice of the $3,000,000 total prize pool.

Read the full Official FNCS Chapter 2 Season 5 rules here.

Perhaps surprisingly to some, FaZe Clan’s Nick “Nickmercs” Kolcheff has announced that he will be taking part, alongside fellow Twitch and YouTube star, Ali “SypherPK” Hassan. The pair recently took to social media in search of a third, and it seems the position has now been filled.

During Thursday’s stream, Nickmercs confirmed that they will be playing the event with G2 Esports pro, Sean “Coop” Cooper. “He’s pretty good bro, he’s pretty damn good. It’s gonna be a good little crew” he told this chat, adding “I think we’re gonna do better than people think”.

This certainly is a strong pick up. In August, Coop won both the FNCS Solo Grand Finals and the DreamHack Open within the space of a week. He hasn’t had quite as much success in team gamemodes, but has some solid placements nonetheless, including 10th during FNCS Squads.

As for the others, Sypher, who just revealed his Season 6 wish list, has continued to dip his toe into competitive Fortnite whilst keeping his focus on content. In January, he narrowly missed out on the top spot in the Friday Nite Bragging Rights event, which, despite being a significantly less reputable tournament, still proves he can hang.

Nickmercs has been almost exclusively concentrating on Call of Duty: Warzone for coming up to a year now, but remains confident. The original controller king returned to Fortnite earlier this month for the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl, where he secured a respectable mid-table finish.

Talking about the reasoning behind this exciting comeback, Nick explained “I love streaming and I love playing just for funsies, but I’ve always gamed competitively”. He also mentioned that he has been practicing Fortnite off-stream and has previously said that he never stopped watching the big tournaments.

It will be interesting to see how this Trio performs and whether Nickmercs and Sypher can keep up. Regardless, it is guaranteed to make for some awesome content that you will not want to miss.

Author Bio

James Peskett

James is a freelance Esports writer from the United Kingdom. He has been playing Fortnite since the release of Battle Royale mode and is especially interested in the competitive scene.


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