Epic Games Announces 'Blitz Showdown' LTM and the Future of Competitive Modes in Fortnite: Battle Royale- Schedule, Rules, and More - Dexerto
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Epic Games Announces ‘Blitz Showdown’ LTM and the Future of Competitive Modes in Fortnite: Battle Royale- Schedule, Rules, and More

Published: 1/Jun/2018 14:46 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 16:54

by DG Goldstein

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Epic Games has announced a ‘Blitz Solo Showdown’ Limited Time Mode which will be the second competitive playlist implemented into Fortnite: Battle Royale since its launch.

Following the announcement in mid-May that Epic Games will put $100 million in prize money up for grabs between 2018 and 2019 for competitive Fortnite tournaments, everyone has been attempting to get in on the action.

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Although, without any dedicated private servers or a cemented ruleset, the esports side of Fortnite is still in its infancy and will take some time before the game is recognized as a premium contender in the industry.

With this in mind, Epic Games created the ‘Solo Showdown’ LTM in May, which was a special, in-game playlist that tracked the progress of those that played, and rewarded the top 100 competitors in each region with a collection of V-Bucks.

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On June 1st, the developer announced the return of Solo Showdown, however, the mode will feature the ‘Blitz’ style of play including faster storms, high-speed gameplay, and more, along with eliminations now factoring into the final score.

Blitz Showdown will last until Monday, June 4th at 10:00 AM EST (7:00 AM PST, 3:00 PM BST), with more information on the mode able to be found below.

Blitz Showdown

Hey everyone,

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We received great suggestions and advice for Solo Showdown over the course of the competitive LTM from players all over the world who participated. The Fortnite team also has a few fun stats to share from the Solo Showdown LTM.

  • For the top 100 players, the average eliminations per game was 4.96
  • Average Solo Showdown match length was 5% longer than regular solo.
  • The tiebreaker difference between #100 and #101 was seven eliminations.
  • The European region had the most players in the top 1000.
  • Teamers were banned from the event and cheaters were permanently banned from Fortnite.

We’re pumped to bring our players another competitive experience with a new Limited Time Mode: Blitz Showdown.*

WHAT’S DIFFERENT?

Blitz Showdown picks up on the pace and speed. Circles will be faster, combat more rapid, and eliminations now factor into the final scores. After 25 games, you will be scored based on each match’s placement and eliminations. And we’ll be rewarding 100 players this time per server region! (NAE and NAW will be counted as one server region.)

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THE FUTURE OF SHOWDOWN

Expect ‘Showdown’ Limited Time Modes to serve as a test of your survival talent. We’ll continue to make adjustments to future Showdown matches. Additionally, we’re looking to grow opportunities for all types of players to challenge their skills in their own way. We’ll be exploring different Showdown formats on a regular basis in the future.

AWARDS (PER REGION):

1st Place:  20,000 V-Bucks

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2nd – 5th Place:  13,500 V-Bucks

6th – 100th Place:  7,500 V-Bucks

You can see the full rules here.

Source: Epic Games

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Fortnite Flare Gun return leaked with major buff

Published: 19/Oct/2020 12:53

by Connor Bennett

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A new Fortnite leak has claimed that the Flare Gun could be set to make a return in the near future, and it would be receiving quite a substantial buff too. 

As Fortnite seasons unfold, weapons and items are regularly cycled in and out of the loot pool – either for being too strong, too weak, or not fitting the theme of the new patch. 

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This means that some fan-favorite weapons might disappear from the game for one reason or another, either to return at some point later in the future or to never be seen again. 

In the case of the Flare Gun, which was initially added to the battle royale back in the v13.20 update but it was removed at the start of Chapter 2, Season 4. With some fans hoping to see it return, especially given the new fire mechanics, it appears as if Epic have got something up their sleeve. 

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The Flare Gun first appeared in a small short video from Epic Games.

Following the v14.30 update, which gave a buff to the Combat Shotgun and also brought the Rally Royale limited-time mode to the party, leakers uncovered a handful of changes coming in the future.

This includes the Flare Gun, which as leaker Mang0e_ pointed out, could be set to return to the battle royale after a spell in the vault, but with a little bit of a boost too. 

“The flare gun may be coming back to core modes soon,” the leaker tweeted on October 15. “The duration for marking enemies was re-added and increased to 15 seconds.”

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While this is not set in the stone, as the leaker tweeted that it may return, some fans will be hoping that the Flare Gun does return – especially given its reported buff.

This increase in time with marking enemies would certainly make players think twice about ignoring the chance to use the Flare Gun. But, as ever, it’ll be up to Epic to make the final call.