Two of Fortnite’s biggest streamers are reuniting to compete in the next season of the Champion Series in an attempt to prove they can cut it at the very top of the battle royale.
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan will partner up for the duos FNCS competition for Chapter 2 – Season 2. The pair haven’t featured in competitive play together since 2018 when they took part in the Fall Skirmish Series, finishing a disappointing 44th. They will be hoping to give a much better account of themselves this time around. SypherPK announced the news during the intro of a YouTube video, referencing back to a major blooper he made during their last outing as a competitive duo.
“The last time me and Ninja played competitively I actually got him killed by editing a window he opened when he was shooting a guided missile launcher,” SypherPK recalls. “It didn’t go very well, but we’re reuniting again for duos FNCS. [We’re] gonna try it out and see what goes down. We’re both much better players and we’ve played a lot more together since then, so hopefully we can come out with some good performances and results.”
Ninja’s previous teammate for competitive duos, Malachi ‘Reverse2k’ Greiner, appeared to signal the end of their partnership last week in a tweet saying: “All good things come to and end.” The pair have clashed on occasions, including this falling out over “personal” comments Reverse2k made about Ninja’s move from Twitch to Mixer.
All good things must come to an end 🙁
— TSM Reverse2k (@Reverse2k) March 11, 2020
Reverse2k will now be teaming with ‘Sane’ for this competitive season.
The Chapter 2 – Season 2 FNCS will be the first season of the competition to feature separate tournaments and prize pools for players on different platforms, with one for PC and one for console and mobile.
This was likely introduced as a result of criticism from mouse and keyboard PC players who consistently felt at a disadvantage when coming up against controller players. While the platform split doesn’t guarantee controller players won’t continue on PC, it does give them an incentive to compete in a less crowded bracket with console players.
There will be four weeks of regular FNCS action this season, kicking off on March 20. The grand finals will be played on April 19.