ESTNN recaps some of the top storylines from the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Season 6 Finals.
On the heels of possibly competitive Fortnite’s best tournament to date, the dust continues to settle. The storylines built throughout the season came to a head in the Season 6 Finals. Former winners sought a return to form while reigning champions fought to defend their throne. Seven trios across seven sever regions can call themselves the best, and each received their Axe of Champions as the ultimate reward.
Everything from the FNCS Qualifier to the Reboot Round created exciting narratives regardless of the region. Some teams rose to the occasion, and others fell short of their lofty expectations. Today, ESTNN revisits the FNCS Season 6 Finals, where teams defined their legacies and secured a page in competitive Fortnite’s history books.
Queasy, TruleX & Jur3ky Break Through
European players Queasy, TruleX and Jur3ky earned themselves a career-defining victory, which no one expected. Not many players and personalities picked them, but the team lingered all season long. A second-place finish in Heat B punched their ticket to compete against Europe’s top dogs in the Season 6 Finals. A 12-game marathon ensued, and only one could become champions.
The eventual winners stayed patient, utilizing their uncanny ability to secure high-ground over the region’s most formidable trios. It was close until the end as Queasy’s team and MrSavage’s team both needed a strong finish to win. A three-elimination seventh-place effort in game 12 put Queasy, TruleX and Jur3ky at 333 points overall, 17 more than MrSavage’s team. Despite sitting in fifth on day one, the new FNCS Champions realized a season-long goal spectacularly. The clip above captures Jur3ky’s reaction and shows just how much an FNCS title means to these players.
MrSavage Overcomes Sub-Par FNCS Performances
— 100T MrSavage (@MrSavage) May 30, 2021
Martin “100T MrSavage” Foss Andersen is indisputably one of the players in Fortnite history. Dating back to the inaugural World Cup in 2019, it’s challenging to find a single flaw in the young Norwegian player’s extensive career. He won DreamHack Anaheim in early 2019 against some of the world’s best players, cementing himself as a top talent. Despite his track record, MrSavage developed a peculiar pattern in FNCS competitions that fell well below expectations.
He qualified for every FNCS Final except for squads in Chapter 2 – Season 1, an exceptional achievement on its own. Before yesterday, MrSavage’s best Fortnite Champion Series finish occurred way back in Season X, where he, Dave “Rojo” Jong and Calum “itemm” MacGillivray finishes in seventh. Nearly two years later, MrSavage has finally gotten the FNCS monkey off his back. He did so alongside his friends and fellow Euros — Endre “Endretta” Byre and Oscar “Refsgaard” Dalgas Refsgaard — who were both seeking their first relevant FNCS placement as well.
MrSavage, Endretta and Refsgaard can now entirely focus on next season’s finals without the FNCS Qualifiers and Semi-Finals looming over their heads. Perhaps the three players could parlay this performance into the Axe of Champions.
TaySon, Nayte & 4zr Complete an Outstanding Season
loved playing with them this season auto qualed for next grands lets go pic.twitter.com/Hbr9RK2q4L
— GUILD TaySon (@taysonFN) May 30, 2021
The saga of GUILD Esports player Tai “TaySon” Starčič continued in Season 6 with another impressive performance. A native of Slovenia, TaySon currently holds two FNCS victories in Chapter 2 – Season 3 and Chapter 2 – Season 4. He earned the title of “Best Player of 2020” for that precise reason. After a shaky Season 5, where he could not see eye-to-eye with former trio teammate Miran “Apeks IDrop” Tavakolzadeh, TaySon found himself with remarkable French players Jérémy “Grizi 4zr” Dang and Nathan “nayte” Berquignol.
TaySon, 4zr and nayte proceeded to have arguably their most consistent season collectively. The three players achieved four notable tournament wins, including a first-place finish in FNCS Heat B. Many predicted TaySon, 4zr and nayte to channel that success into the Season 6 Finals. The trio compiled a respectable 155 points on day one, putting them in fourth with six matches remaining. Two former FNCS winners in their own right, TaySon and nayte took it upon themselves to pave the way toward the winner’s circle.
They did just that on day two, where they accumulated an additional 129 points, good enough for third. TaySon has finished third, eighth, first, first and fifth in his last five FNCS competitions. To boot, 4zr earned his highest placement in the flagship event and nayte added another on top of his win in Chapter 2 – Season 2. This trio has quite a future ahead of them.
Reverse2k, Deyy & Mero Become 2x Champions
— ENDLESS Reverse2x (@Reverse2k) May 31, 2021
While the European scene crowned a first-time champion trio, the NA East region saw three former Axe of Champion holders elevate to the top once again. The unimaginable combination of Malachi “ENDL8SS Reverse2k” Greiner, ENDL8SS Mero and ENDL8SS Deyy showed that they are a cut above the competition.
After winning FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 4, these three followed that performance with a fourth-place result in Season 5. Heading into the Season 6 Finals, the defending champion trio led by Jack “G2 Jahq” Downs and the two-time runner-up team of Evan “FaZe Cented” Barron, Josh “TSM Commandment” Roach and Benjamin “NRG Edgey” Peterson captured the spotlight.
Reverse2k took offense to the disrespect and subsequently published a relatively viral YouTube video, essentially calling out all 32 opposing finalists. Over the next two days, Reverse2k, Mero and Deyy put the NA East scene on notice. Their two-day effort produced 372 points and 77 eliminations, a feat that no other team threatened. They finished 21 eliminations ahead of the Degen, Ajerss and Skqttles, and required no Victory Royales to claim their second Axe of Champions.
There’s no disputing the achievement or the notion that Reverse2k, Mero and Deyy are built differently than other teams.
Commandment, Cented & Edgey Finish Runner-up… Again
im gonna cry
— FaZe Cented (@Cented7) May 31, 2021
Competitive Fortnite fans in the know would be hard-pressed to find a more consistent trio than Commandment, Cented and Edgey. There’s little that they do wrong, and each possesses an impressive ability to carry the load when needed. All three are selfless and willing to sacrifice their statistics for the ultimate prize.
Commandment, Cented and Edgey entered Chapter 2 – Season 6 as overwhelming favorites. Coming off of two consecutive runner-up finishes in Seasons 4 and 5, it seemed inevitable that Season 6 was their moment. This trio delivered several top-ten results throughout the season leading into the FNCS Season 6 Finals. Everything went according to plan, but somehow, Commandment, Cented and Edgey found themselves in a familiar position once again.
The three NA East titans held carried the lead into day two. With victory in sight, the highly-touted team continued their consistent gameplay. Unfortunately, an early exit from Cented in the final match allowed Reverse2k and company to climb back to the top. Commandment’s trio ended the tournament in second place for the third straight season. While it’s an impressive accomplishment, they had higher expectations. Season 7 is another opportunity for Cented’s team to overcome the runner-up curse and finally wield the Axe of Champions.
K1nG Continues Dominance Over Brazil
XFIN GANE 1 DE TRIO pic.twitter.com/tBmg1ABUeH
— king (@k1nGOD) May 30, 2021
Thiago “FaZe K1nG” Lapp surfaced in 2019 at the Fortnite World Cup as a 13-year-old prodigy. That fateful day in New York produced a young Argentinian star who feared no one. Since then, he has not reappeared on the global stage but instead continues to assert dominance over Fortnite’s underappreciated Brazilian region.
That control was on display in the Season 6 Finals. K1nG joined defending champs Seeyun and Cadu with hopes of bringing him another FNCS title. The three proved too much for their opponents to handle. Two Victory Royales, 63 eliminations and 334 points put K1nG, Seeyun and Cadu comfortably in first. The legacy of K1nG added another chapter as the final leaderboard populated.
K1nG is one of an elite few to have qualified for every major Fortnite tournament since the World Cup. His FNCS results are as follows; 2nd, 14th, 5th, 61st, 1st, 2nd, 6th, 1st. The former prodigy has evolved into an unstoppable force in the Brazilian region. While Europe and NA East hog the headlines, K1nG continues to make a case as one of the world’s best players.
Muz, Speedy & Looter Win Second FNCS Before Heading to North America
Back to back FNCS Champs LETS GOOOOOOO!!!!! HERE WE COME NA ✈️
— TNA Muz (@MuzFN) May 30, 2021
Dominance is a somewhat relative term in competitive Fortnite, given the game’s inherent unpredictability. However, what Australian players Muz, Speedy and Looter have accomplished since combining forces in Chapter 2 – Season 5. This trio churned out seven tournament wins thus far, including two FNCS Championships.
Some may scoff at the achievement, considering the Oceania region boasts a significantly smaller player base and prize pool. Yes, the competition in Australia is not at the same level as Europe or NA East, but Oceania is a top-heavy region. Muz, Speedy and Looter are constantly battling the best of their territory, whether it be a Trio Cash Cup or an FNCS.
Before claiming their second Axe of Champions in as many seasons, the Aussie triumvirate signed with Team New Age, a North American esports organization. Post-victory, Muz, Speedy and Looter will venture to the United States to showcase their skills against the NA East region. It’s perhaps the most exciting storyline ahead of the next trio Fortnite Champion Series.
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How Archer Swap Has Helped End Ethereum’s Bidding War
Most DeFi users have heard of Ethereum’s high congestion issues, but few are aware of the controlling forces operating behind the scenes, and how badly they can be impacted by this single problem. When traders send a regular transaction via the Ethereum network, it is susceptible to attacks from bots or front-running software run by entities seeking to profit from trader activity.
Ethereum’s ecosystem is perhaps amongst the fastest growing in the crypto space. Thus, there are already many solutions that tackle this issue and operate for the benefit of the users and decentralized exchange (DEX) traders. Most of them have gone under the radar.
Archer Swap is part of the Archer DAO, a project with features designed to mitigate the risks associated with sending transactions on Ethereum. It protects users from Miner Extractable Value (MEV) strategies, sandwich attacks, and front-running bots while maintaining a connection with Uniswap and SushiSwap, two of the most popular DEXs on Ethereum.
In this sense, Archer Swap can be described as a DEX extension that enhances the trader experience on these dApps. This protocol combines two powerful sets of features that give traders improved operations on Ethereum – protecting them and making trades more cost-efficient.
The first set of benefits are called Archer MEV Shield. Besides protecting transactions from bot attacks, it allows users to eliminate failed transaction fees, a recurring problem on Ethereum. Traders can also cancel transactions at no additional cost.
The second feature is called Archer Trader Extractable Value (TEV), a proprietary and innovative concept introduced by Archer Swap. Operating within the Archer Relay, Archer TEV uses automated rebalancing transactions with bots to sync market prices when big market moves occur.
After a trade or a big swap, there is usually an arbitrage opportunity in a market. Archer TEV uses these opportunities to capture the value and redistribute it to Archer Swap users. In essence, Archer TEV takes revenue generated by Archer Swap and gives it back to one of the protocol’s core components, the traders.
Archer Swap Launches Campaign To Reward Traders
Following a community vote, Archer DAO recently launched a 6-week campaign to buy back and distribute its native token ARCH. In this way, the protocol can reward early adopters. The tokens will be acquired with the revenue generated by Archer TEV.
The protocol won’t have to touch its treasury reserves to attract new users to the platform. The protocol and the users will benefit – as more users trade on Archer Swap, the campaign will have more resources to acquire and distribute ARCH. Therefore, the token will most likely see an increase in buying pressure during the coming weeks, and the platform will see a surge in the number of users.
Archer DAO will distribute rewards every Friday from June 11th to July 16th, 2021. The platform will calculate rewards for each user based on their transacted volume for each week. The rewards will be delivered automatically and with basically 0 risk for the users, all they need to do is trade.
Archer Swap has had famous trades. In May, during the high of the dog meme coins, the inventor of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, used Archer Swap to dump his supply of Shiba Inu (SHIB), AKITA, MIRI, ELON, and others into the market.
The dump served a good cause, as Vitalik used this money to send over $1 billion to different charity organizations. The most notable is the Covid-19 relief campaign for India started by Polygon’s co-founder, Sandeep Nailwal. This trade could be among the most famous in 2021 and was enabled by a protocol whose main objective is to shield its users and give them back the power to operate safely within the Ethereum dark forest.
Extreme Fear In Crypto Market, Is It Time To Buy The Blood In Bitcoin?
The past week has been a brutal one for bitcoin and crypto in general. The market has taken hit after hit. So much so that it’s starting to seem like there is no end in sight. Coins have been falling at high percentages. It brings back a popular saying in the financial markets; “there’s blood in the streets.”
Investors have been reacting to this negatively. The Arcane Research Fear & Greed Index has moved back into extreme fear. Going down to the lowest it has ever been this year.
Fear & Greed Index down to 10 into extreme fear | Source: Fear & Greed Index on Arcane Research
The Index currently sits at 10 in extreme fear. This means that investors are scared to put their money in the market. With no more money going into the market, the prices will go down. And we will see even redder charts.
Time To Buy The Blood?
“Buy the dip” is a popular saying in the crypto space. People are encouraged to buy coins when there has been a massive downturn in the price. Quoting this as being the best time to get into the market. But what happens when a dip goes past just being a dip into full-blown bleeding?
With red charts and downward-facing arrows, the market looks like it is bleeding. With massive liquidations going on and not as much faith in the digital assets anymore, the crypto market valuation is down.
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It is always best to buy assets when there is “blood in the streets.” People are wary of the market. Weak hands are pulling out, dragging the price down. And that is when the long-term hodlers come out to play.
There is never any definite way to tell where exactly the market will bottom out. But a good indication is when assets are down so much that people are scared to buy back in. A time where it seems like the coins will never recover and that is the best time to buy.
Is There A Market Recovery On The Horizon?
A trend in the market has usually been massive dips are followed by good recoveries. People buy assets that are down a significant amount in hopes that they will make a profit when it recovers.
Total market capitalization less than 50% ATH | Source: Total Market Cap on TradingView.com
With institutional investors still holding on to their bitcoins, it looks that they still have hope in the market.
MicroStrategy recently bought an additional $500 million worth of bitcoins to add to its growing portfolio. Goldman Sachs had ramped up its bitcoin trading activities by partnering up with Galaxy Capital. All good-faith moves in the market.
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It will not be the first time that the market has pulled ahead after massive downturns. A lot of investors see the falling prices as a chance to buy back in. And more money goes back into the market, so does more faith return. Increasing the valuation of the assets.
Bitcoin has fallen below $30k. Less than half its all-time high. A crucial hold point for the asset.
Ethereum has fallen below $2k.
The total market valuation now sits at $1.21 trillion. Less than 50% from its highest market valuation of $2.4 trillion.
Featured image from Cointelegraph, Fear & Greed Index from Arcane Research, crypto chart from TradingView.com
Crypto Crash Trends On Twitter As Bitcoin Falls Below $30,000
Twitter has gone into a frenzy after bitcoin fell below $30,000 this morning. The hashtag #cryptocrash is currently trending on the platform. This is after the coin broke the $30,000 stronghold and fell below it. A price that has been a stronghold for bitcoin for a while now. Speculations were that as long as the asset didn’t fall below $30,000, then there would be a recovery.
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Bitcoin has been in a downtrend for a couple of days now. News of mining rigs closing down in China pushing the price even further down. Falling below $30,000 means bitcoin is about to erase its gains for 2021. The coin was trading at $29,001 n December 2020. Only breaking the $30,000 barrier in 2021. Now bitcoin is trading at only 3% gains for the year 2021.
Bear Market Trends
Richard Bernstein was on Trading Nation two weeks ago to talk about the trends in bitcoin. The CEO called bitcoin a bubble. He pointed out that bitcoin was currently in a bull market. Noting that people were leaving the markets that were actually in a bull market behind.
Bitcoin crashes below $30,000 before recovering back up to $32,000 | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Bitcoin has been struggling for the past two months. This was after the coin finally hit the all-time high of $64k in April. There was a lot of speculation that the coin was headed for $100k. But it seems the asset had other plans.
Analysts have compared this to the 2018 crash. When bitcoin hit a new ATH of nearly $20k and then proceeded to lose 80% of its value. At one point trading at a little over $3k.
There Is Still Hope For Bitcoin
Novogratz further explained that calling a bottom on the crash is hard to do. This he attributed to the large liquidations currently taking place across a number of assets.
With regards to the $30,000 price level, Novogratz said, “We’ll see if it holds on the day. We might plunge below it for a while and close above it.”
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The co-founder of Galaxy Digital noted that he wasn’t worried about the price crash. Explaining that he does not expect another crash of the 2017 magnitude to occur again. This he chalked up to the maturity of the ecosystem. Pointing out that much more mature players are now moving into the system.
“Every single bank is working on their own crypto project, how they can get bitcoin to their wealthy clients. I think a lot of clients that didn’t buy it the first time will see this as an opportunity to buy it and get involved.
– Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital
Twitter users have taken to the platform to express their opinions on the current market movements. There are countless tweets asking people to not panic. That the market is going to recover. And right now, it is starting to look like they’re right as the market has gone back into the green. Bitcoin is currently back up to $32k, after a dramatic price drop below $30k.
Featured image from Forbes, chart from TradingView.com