Who thrived and who faltered on day one of the FNCS Invitational 2022? Here’s our day one recap of this $1 million tournament.

Day one at the FNCS Invitational 2022 has concluded following six intense games of Fortnite Battle Royale. Fifty of the world’s top duos packed the stage at the Raleigh Convention Center to compete for a share of $1 million. Names such as Fortnite World Cup 2019 winners Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf and David “Aqua” Wang and four-time FNCS winner Tai “TaySon” Starčič were among those competing to become the first-ever FNCS Invitational 2022 Champions.

With six games down, only six remain as Fortnite prepares to crown the winning duo on Championship Sunday. For now, here is everything that went down on day one at the FNCS Invitational 2022.

Queasy & Veno sit atop the leaderboard after six matches

Heavy tournament favorites Queasy and Veno delivered on all expectations to open day one of the FNCS Invitational. The European powerhouse duo regularly held the high-ground advantage and ultimately earned a Victory Royale in game five. Then, Queasy and Veno secured second place to round out match six, leaving them in first by seven points and with 28 eliminations. They hope to stave off fellow European duos Th0masHD and Tripperrnn, as well as Kami and Setty – the Polish team that won games one and six.

Asia & Brazil impress on day one at the FNCS Invitational

While NA East and Europe captured most of the attention, the Asian and Brazilian regions shocked the onlookers. One duo from each of these territories appeared in abundance on the broadcast. Firstly, Xeat and KBR of the Brazilian region snuck inside the top ten to round out day one. The two players earned 129 points and 15 eliminations to put themselves in striking distance. 

Additionally, the Asian duo of Zagou and Merem started strong but slid down the leaderboard. Still, they managed a second and fourth as they hope to put Asia on the map on day two and show how underrated the region is in competitive Fortnite.

Best moments from day one

Shield Bubble rotate Kami & Setty

Beyond winning two matches, Kami and Setty had the rotate of the day, utilizing a Shield Bubble and boat to rotate through a chaotic storm circle. The two ultimately found salvation and breathing room on the other side en route to a second-place position on day one.

Bacca 1v2 Savage & IDrop 

NA West players Bacca and On1 boldly challenged European standouts MrSavage and IDrop at Chromejam Junction on day one. The ongoing battle remained even, but Bacca stole the show with a 1v2 victory over the formidable opponents. It was a highlight reel play for two unsung competitors at the FNCS Invitational.

Peterbot does not miss

FNCS winner Peterbot flexed some impressive aiming skills in game six to eliminate Oceania competitor basil. The clip above shows the precision of Peterbot, who goes from a Launch Pad to a mantle and devastates basil without missing a single bullet. That is the true aim of a former FNCS Champion.

FNCS Invitational day one game winners

Kami & Setty

Cented & Cold

Joe & zAndy

Avery & Commandment

Queasy & Veno

Kami & Setty

Top 25 FNCS Invitational 2022 leaderboard after day one

  • 1st: Queasy and Veno – 184 points
  • 2nd: Th0masHD & Trippernn – 177 points
  • 3rd: Kami & Setty – 174 points
  • 4th: Acorn & Edgey – 139 points
  • 5th: Joe & zAndy – 135 points
  • 6th: Xeat & KBR – 129 points
  • 7th: Larson & Smite – 128 points
  • 8th: Cented & Cold – 125 points
  • 9th: vic0 & Merijn – 122 points
  • 10th: Fatch & PaMstou – 122 points
  • 11th: Pinq & Anas – 118 points
  • 12th: TruleX & Chico – 111 points
  • 13th: Yumi & Kewl – 108 points
  • 14th: Bevvys & Vortexers – 107 points
  • 15th: Clix & Duke – 107 points
  • 16th: Avery & Cuhmmandment – 104 points
  • 17th: Phzin & Kitoz – 103 points
  • 18th: Merem & Zagou – 101 points
  • 19th: BadSnipR & Noahreyli – 100 points
  • 20th: Malibuca & Merstach – 87 points
  • 21st: MackWood & Khanada – 81 points
  • 22nd: EpikWhale & Reet – 80 points
  • 23rd: Rifty & Grolzz – 79 points
  • 24th: MrSavage & IDrop – 78 points
  • 25th: Klown & Refsgaard – 78 points

The leaderboard remains tight, with three of Europe’s best teams in the mix. Furthermore, the top ten features a blend of Brazil and NA East–two regions with much to prove in an international setting. Day two will decide the FNCS Invitational 2022 winner, who will collect the stunning trophy and $200,000. You can refer to our live updates article to stay up-to-date throughout the competition.

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Matt “MJP” Pryor began following esports in 2008 when Halo 3 was on top of the world. He is now a Fortnite fanatic who has watched the game’s casual and competitive development since the 2019 Fortnite World Cup. Matt plays the game often while reporting on everything from skin collaborations to tournaments and everything in between.