The finals of the $5,000,000 Grand Royale tournament marked the end of major Fortnite competitions for 2021. The trios format once again proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, who the top European and North American teams were. Here are the results for the top five teams in the NAE region:
North America East – Top 5 NAE Results, Points, and Prizes
1st Place (524 points): Bugha – Sentinels, Mero – Team New Age, Duke – Tru North Gaming – $285,000
2nd Place (472 points): Jamper – Luminosity Gaming, Deyy – Free Agent, Tragix – Fear Nova – $210,000
3rd Place (449 points): Jahq – G2 Esports, Slackes – Luminosity Gaming, Acorn – Free Agent – $126,000
4th Place (446 points): Bucke – NRG Esports, Mackwood – G2 Esports, Peterbot – Tru North Gaming – $84,000
5th Place (443 points): Ceice – XSET, Cold – Free Agent, elitxe – Free Agent – $54,000
Just like the EU region tournament, the result of the NAE region was also up in the air until the last game. Going into the final game, Bugha, Mero, and Duke held the lead with 452 points. There was a 24-point difference between them and the second-place team of Deyy, Jamper, and Tragix. Under the circumstances, this lead was very small because of the new double-point format.
In the final game, Bugha’s team was very fortunate to pull the half zone while also being up on surge tags. On the other side, Jahq’s team was making a dedicated run to get to the top spot of teh tournament. However, both Jahq and Slackes were eliminated leaving only Slackes to try to clutch out the win. This would prove to be an incredibly tough task as there were still 42 players alive. During the next rotate, Slackes was shot out of the sky and eliminated.
Towards the end of the game, Deyy, Tragix, and Jamper had taken the high ground on a tough mountain zone. At that point, it looked like they could actually pull off the win. Unfortunately for them, as soon as they were up on height, another team contested them. They were ultimately forced to drop down to second height. This resulted in the whole trio getting wiped. With all the top contending teams eliminated, Bugha, Mero, and Duke were able to comfortably secure the top spot.
Drop Spot Battle
The battle for Boney Burbs was slated to be a huge contest between two notable teams. One fo the participants, Muz had just recently won the FNCS finals with Bugha and Mero. However, he had to find a new trio when Bugha and Mero opted to go with Dukez for the Grand Royale tournament. Eventually, Muz teamed up with Joji and Rocaine, two experienced pros. Amazingly, even though this was a last-minute team, they were still able to qualify for the Grand Royale finals. They had to quickly decide on a drop spot and they ultimately picked Boney Burbs.
The Bony Burbs location was exactly where Dubs, Megga, and PXMP had been landing during the qualifying rounds. The ensuing heavyweight battle was back and forth throughout the tournament. Ultimately Muz’s team made the decision to disengage from Boney Burbs. They found other less-contested spots to land and were able to gain more points as the tournament progressed. Much like the EU region, these contested POI battles caused each team to have less available loot for the endgames. In the end, neither team placed in the top 10 as Muz ended up in 20th place while Megga ended up in 29th place.
Sentinels continue to be a consistent winner at Fortnite with Bugha as their leader. Team New Age’s recent signing of Mero from Endless proved to be a wise decision as well. Tru North Gaming, Luminosity Gaming, and G2 Esports all did very well during the Grand Royale tournament. Each of those teams had two players that placed in the top five.