If you have been watching popular Twitch streamers like Tfue, Ninja, and Myth you will probably have encountered the term pro scrims or pro snipes. In this article, we will explain the common concept of pro scrims, custom matchmaking (private matches), pro snipes (solo, duo or squad), what it is and how to join scrims and pro scrims yourself.
Pro scrims is a way for competitive and professional Fortnite players and players in general to practice and improve their skills and team play. Scrims can be conducted in all game modes including solo, duo and squad mode.
In Fortnite there is currently no matchmaking system, so in order for professional players to practice against other competitive players and improve their gameplay, they have to join scrims.
Usually, players will gather in the same Discord server and coordinate from here. Most of the time scrims are open for everyone, but sometimes they require a minimum K/D rate (kill/death ratio). This is in order to prevent newbies to join just to play with pro players. Scrims in Fortnite can be in the format of solo scrims, duo scrims, and squad scrims.
There are several ways they can join the same game. As of the current state of Fortnite, the most popular way of doing scrims is the same way as stream sniping is done. The players will go into the same discord channel and someone will count down and they will all search for a game at the same time. This does not guarantee that everyone will be in the same server, but most of the time a big part of them will (imagine being a poor newbie in the middle of a pro squad game). The second method is through obtaining a custom matchmaking key which we will explain below.
How to get a custom matchmaking key (private matches)
The second method, which will probably be the only method in the future, is by doing custom matchmaking (private matches). EPIC Games recently has begun given out custom matchmaking keys to the most popular discord servers and scrim servers. There is currently no way for normal players to acquire these matchmaking keys, as EPIC want’s people to use the standard system. They do however see the need for custom matchmaking for pro players practicing and tournaments, and that is why custom matchmaking is in the game.
How to join scrims & pro scrims
If you want to join and practice Fortnite with other competitive players and professionals, then you should first take a look at your K/D ratio as this usually determines if you are able to join. Most servers require a minimum K/D of 2 (and most of the players have way higher). The easiest way to join is by joining a discord server that hosts scrims. There are several discord servers for scrims and for different languages and regions. Usually, you can find them in Forums and in Twitch streams. You are welcome to leave a comment if you know a discord community or somewhere else where people can sign up for scrims.
Fortnite Pro Discords – Procords
There are several popular Discord servers dedicated to pro scrims and snipes, some of the biggest are often referred to as Procords, as this is where all the pro players gather. A little self-promotion here: we would recommend you to join the ProSettings Discord, here we will be hosting scrims and snipes. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter where we will be announcing upcoming tournaments and giveaways. If you join the Discord, be sure to go to the “#roles” channel and select the “scrim” role to get access to the scrim & snipe channels. If you want to help out conduction scrims and snipes, please join and DM one of the mods to become part of the scrim staff. The Discord is also a great way to stay updated about several games. If you are a pro player and join the Discord, please DM one of the mods as well so you can get a special pro role which grants access to additional features in the server reserved for professional players. This requires that you are signed to a big organization or have participated in some of the major tournaments with good results.
UPDATE: we have made a list of Fortnite Pro Discords.
This list contains some of the more popular scrim Discord servers and some Procords. In the Pro Discords (Procord) you will see a lot of pro players and team members from pro organizations like TSM, FaZe Clan and so on. If you choose to join one of the servers, please read the rules and FAQ carefully as you can otherwise get kicked or banned. Also, check the requirements for the servers.
We hope this article helped clarify some of the questions regarding scrims if you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave a comment.
How to improve in Fortnite for scrims
If you want to improve in Fortnite before heading into scrims and pro scrims, you should really take a look at the following resources and articles we made. Our pro settings list is a big list of professional Fortnite players and what gear, settings & keybinds they use. Use this as an inspiration for your own settings, this can really increase your performance and doesn’t require much work on your part. The next thing we recommend is that you take a look at our optimization guide, which explains the optimal settings for competitive play and FPS in general. Lastly, we made a guide for the choosing the best Fortnite keybinds. Since building is such a big part of Fortnite, keybinds pay a big part of the game as well. Only a few pro players use the default keybinds, so the guide aims to provide some inspiration from some of the best pro players.