A demonstration showing why Fortnite's grappler should be vaulted - Dexerto

A demonstration showing why Fortnite’s grappler should be vaulted

Published: 1/Oct/2018 18:34 Updated: 1/Oct/2018 18:41

by Mitch Reames


Parallax, a Fortnite pro for 100 Thieves, took complaints about the grappler to the next level and went to the Playground to show why he thinks Fortnite needs to vault the item.

In the playground, he lined up the four items that cause a player to fly through the air: the shockwave grenade, launch pad, bouncer and grappler.

From his research, it’s clear the grappler moves the player the furthest and at the fastest speed.

However, there are some distinct differences between the grappler and those other items.

To start, the grappler requires a ledge to hit while the other three can be used without a structure nearby.

But, more importantly, the other three items negate fall damage.

The bouncer, shockwave grenades and launch pad are all often used to get out of fights and away from a structure, and they protect the player from taking damage.

The grappler, on the other hand, is usually an offensive weapon, unless there is a convenient ledge nearby.

The grappler already has been called out by other streamers for the item’s ability to be spammed to reverse high ground.

The item may not need to be vaulted entirely. A simple delay between uses, or a harder limit on the total uses, maybe the only nerf needed to make the item balanced.


Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun


Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.


As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.


While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.