2021 FNCS Trends

Epic's decision to host a full year of FNCS for one game mode is the start of FN's foray into improving competitive stability. So, in lieu of discussing Duo FNCS in 2022, I thought it would be nice to get the community together and take some time to reflect on two trends that we've seen throughout this entire year of Trios in the Fortnite Champion Series on NAE and EU!

As a disclaimer, due to the region differences with the french, polish, russian, german, and danish languages, some of my information could be incorrect about certain players and their roles. Please correct me below on anything I get wrong in the comments!

First, I wanted to compare the permutation of certain Trio compositions (igl, fragger, support) between NAE and EU. What were the most successful team compositions that led to consistent performances?

North America – East

From S14 to S18 Grand Royale, the most dominant trios each season consisted of one hard IGL.

  • Cented
  • Bugha
  • Acorn
  • Stretch/Zayt
  • Honorable Mention: Reverse2k (bc he co-IGL'd with Mero) and Mackwood


From S14 to S18 Grand Royale, the most dominant composition of trios seemed to be more varied (perhaps due to size of EU playerbase). The most consistent performers listed below:

  • TaySon
  • Chapix
  • JannisZ
  • Th0masHD
  • Anas
  • Hen
  • Kami
  • Andilex
  • Queasy
  • Noah

What I can glean from this information is that NAE appears to be IGL-dependent. In order for a trio to consistently place within the Top 10 (for argument sake) of an FNCS Grand final each season, it appears that its incredibly important to have a hard IGL that can make unanimous decisions regarding storm surge tags/positioning, rotates, 4th/5th circles positioning, and layering in endgame. This makes sense because the most accomplished players will have the necessary experience to navigate their team throughout the rigors of a grand finals custom lobby.

For EU, that methodology doesnt necessarily translate. With the exception of Queasy and Andilex, there werent too many consistently performing trios where one player hard-IGL'd. In fact, the most dominant teams consisted of co-IGLs and fraggers. Perhaps, because EU is far more mechanical and frag-dependent, this leads to a situation where even a team full of fraggers can place Top 3 (Noah, Vadeal, and Rezon in S15) in finals. Please post your thoughts, critiques, and concerns about this analysis in the comments!

Second, there was a lot of talk about trios splitting and whether or not that presented a disadvantage/or advantage. How important was team chemistry for performance this year? List of trios that stuck together for all of FNCS this year (or at least 4/6 FNCS Trio Tournaments) below:


  • Cented, Edgey, Commandment (2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd)
  • Acorn, Jahq, Slackes (5th, 1st, 13th, 5th, and 3rd)


  • Kami, Setty, Teeq (6th, 4th, 1st, and 2nd)
  • Anas, Th0masHD, Flikk (3rd, 2nd, and 4th)
  • Honorable Mention: Floki, Clement, Decyptos (12th, 6th, 4th, and 17th)

Judging from this information, there were about only two or three trios on each region that actually stuck together for the majority of the trio tournaments this year. In general, with a few exceptions, team synergy was important on NAE and EU but not mandatory! The exceptions to this rule on NAE were Stretch, Saf, Bugha, Khanada, Mero, Deyy, and Jamper. Stretch/Saf picked up a different 3rd almost every season and still placed quite well and Bugha placed very consistently with new teammates every single season. On EU, TaySon performed very well with completely new teammates every single season as well. Please post your thoughts, critiques, and concerns about this analysis in the comments!

Edit: formatting mistakes


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