‘Fortnite’ FNCS Qualifier 2 Start Time, Format, Leaderboard and How to Watch

Fortnite continues its FNCS action for Season 5, and that means a second round of qualifiers is about to begin. Below, we recap all you need to know about the event, including its regional start times, format details and an explanation of how to access the latest leaderboard. Hoping for your shot at Fortnite World Cup glory? Here’s all you need to know to compete.

What time does FNCS qualifier 2 start?

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‘Fortnite’ FNCS action continues with Qualifier 2. Learn all there is to know about the event including its start time, leaderboard links and more. ‘Fortnite’ is available now on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Android.
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Unlike many of the skin-focused tournaments we’ve seen in Fortnite over the past few weeks, there are slight variations in start times based on the region in which you decide to compete. With that in mind, we’ve listed all the start times for this weekend’s FNCS action in Eastern Standard Time:

NA East

  • Round 1: February 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST
  • Round 2: February 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST
  • Round 3: February 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST
  • Round 4: February 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

NA West

  • Round 1: February 19 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST
  • Round 2: February 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST
  • Round 3: February 20 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST
  • Round 4: February 21 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST

Europe

  • Round 1: February 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST
  • Round 2: February 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST
  • Round 3: February 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST
  • Round 4: February 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST

Oceania

  • Round 1: February 19 from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. EST
  • Round 2: February 19 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST
  • Round 3: February 20 from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. EST
  • Round 4: February 21 from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. EST

Brazil

  • Round 1: February 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST
  • Round 2: February 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST
  • Round 3: February 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST
  • Round 4: February 21 from 2 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Asia

  • Round 1: February 19 from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. EST
  • Round 2: February 19 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. EST
  • Round 3: February 20 from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. EST
  • Round 4: February 21 from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. EST

Middle East

  • Round 1: February 18 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST
  • Round 2: February 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST
  • Round 3: February 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST
  • Round 4: February 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Remember that each Epic account is only able to compete in one region, so choose your region wisely. In the vast majority of cases, you’re best off picking the region closest to your physical location. This ensures the servers are as responsive as they should be during gameplay. The game does let you change regions if you prefer to do so, however.

How to watch FNCS streams

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Viewers can earn Twitch Drops by watching ‘Fortnite’ FNCS action.
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When it comes to English-speaking coverage of FNCS events across NA East, NA West and Europe, the best place to watch the games is on the Fortnite Twitch channel. This stream will give you a broad overview of the event, which can be extremely helpful in large qualifiers such as this. Individual streamers will also be hosting their own matches too, of course. Viewers who are logged into their Twitch accounts might even get some Twitch Drops along the way!

What is the FNCS Season 5 qualifier format?

When it comes to figuring out how these FNCS qualifiers are played, the format isn’t all that difficult to understand. As outlined by the start times listed above, each qualifier is split into four rounds. Here’s what it takes to qualify for each round:

  • Round 1: Open to all trios ranked Champion league or higher
  • Round 2: Top 1,500 (NAE, NAW, Europe or Brazil) or top 700 (Oceania, Asia or Middle East)
  • Round 3: Top 250 (NAE, Europe), top 200 (NA West or Brazil) or top 150 (Oceania, Asia or Middle East)
  • Round 4: Top 33 trios in each region

Advancing along these lines, the matches will be conducted in the following Trios format:

  • 10 Matches
  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • Second: 20 Points
  • Third: 16 Points
  • Fourth: 14 Points
  • Fifth: 13 Points
  • Sixth: 12 Points
  • Seventh: 11 Points
  • Eighth: 10 Points
  • Ninth: nine Points
  • 10th: eight Points
  • 11th: seven Points
  • 12th: six Points
  • 13th: five Points
  • 14th four Points
  • 15th: three Points
  • 16th: two Points
  • 17th: one Point
  • Eliminations: one Point each

Round 4

  • Six Matches
  • Victory Royale: 30 Points
  • Second: 25 Points
  • Third: 20 Points
  • Fourth: 14 Points
  • Fifth: 13 Points
  • Sixth: 12 Points
  • Seventh: 11 Points
  • Eighth: 10 Points
  • Ninth: nine Points
  • 10th: eight Points
  • 11th: seven Points
  • 12th: six Points
  • 13th: five Points
  • 14th four Points
  • 15th: three Points
  • 16th: two Points
  • 17th: one Point
  • Eliminations: two Points each

The top 10 teams from each region that emerge after the stages of qualifiers will advance to the semi-finals.

How to find the FNCS qualifier leaderboard and standings

Like most Competitive Fortnite tournaments, there are multiple ways to check the leaderboard during and after the event. The easiest way to do so is to view it in Fortnite by going to the Competitive tab, selecting the event card and pressing the designated button to view the leaderboard. These stats are likely to be the most accurate compared to other methods.

In the event that doesn’t work, you can always check stat websites like Fortnite Tracker during the event as well. Just make sure you’re looking at the results page for your region. This leaderboard may take some time to populate, but it might still help you gauge your placement as the action unfolds. That’s all there is to know about FNCS qualifier 2.

Fortnite is available now on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Android.

Will you be playing in tonight’s open qualifier? Is there a specific trio you hope to see at the top of the standings? Tell us in the comments section!

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