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Epic Games reveals next season’s Fortnite Championship Series format

Published: 23/Sep/2019 2:37 Updated: 23/Sep/2019 3:27

by Isaac McIntyre


Fortnite Battle Royale competition would be moving from the standard trios format to a four-player mode during Epic’s September 22 stream following the conclusion of Season X’s final series.

“For you trios out there, you better find yourself a fourth, because the next round of FNCS competition will be squads,” broadcast host Zeke ‘Zekimus’ Mateus revealed as the Championship Series broadcast wrapped up.

The squad-composition change comes after Season X ran for five weeks and into finals with Fortnite’s standard trios system. 

A host of Twitch stars like Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore, and Thomas ‘72hrs’ Mulligan competed in the early weeks of the tournament, though that high-profile trio went their separate ways ahead of the finals due to an ongoing feud over $140,000 in ad revenue.

Zexrow, MackWood, and yung calculator were crowned North American East champions, while Tschiinken, Stompy, and aqua emerged victorious in the European grand final. Overall, there were seven trios that claimed the title of regional champions this week.

Some FNCS players also clearly already knew about Epic’s impending change. World Cup solos champion Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf proved he was one ‘in the know’ player, announcing who would be making up his four-player squad for next season minutes after the official reveal.

Bugha confirmed he would be competing alongside Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin, Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales, and new recruit Stretched, all of whom have been streaming Epic’s battle royale title alongside the Fortnite star in recent weeks.

The reaction to Epic’s bombshell announcement was mixed across social media, with many expressing their concerns over the mayhem that four-player teams will bring, as well as the server stress that may eventuate from the added squad players.

“You could just tell from watching the trios this weekend how laggy it was, and that’ll be a lot worse in squads,” one fan on Reddit said. “To be honest I just enjoyed watching Duos a lot more than Trios, can’t see why I’d feel any different with squads.”

It wasn’t all doom and gloom, however, with some players excited by the changing format next season. “That’s actually fire,” one said, while others began formulating team compositions they’d love to see: “OG Liquid please.”

Whether or not fans are keen on the change, it should lead to some interesting new team compositions in the near future, as well as a healthy helping of exciting chaos in the FNCS broadcasts – exactly what Epic is likely looking for to keep their competitive scene fresh.


Ali-A reveals unreleased Fortnite skin haunting Weeping Woods

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:45 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 11:47

by Connor Bennett


Popular Fortnite YouTuber Ali-A has shown that the previously leaked Madcap skin looks to be coming soon as a mobile glitch has revealed a strange character ‘haunting’ Weeping Woods. 

Across the different Fortnite seasons and updates, Epic Games have released a vast amount of cosmetics – with fans picking out their favorites and donning them in-game. 

Typically, these skins are leaked ahead of time as leakers are able to decrypt games files that are added to the mix with each new update and patch. Some of these skins never see the light of day, or are held back for quite a while, despite being leaked following a patch. 

One of the skins that falls into this category is the Madcap – a glowing, purple, Mushroom-themed skin. It was leaked quite a while back, and while it hasn’t been available just yet, it looks like it will be pretty soon. 

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Each new Fortnite update leaks a whole host of skins.

Popular YouTuber Ali-A pointed out that some Fortnite mobile players on Android had spotted the outline of a skin sitting around in Weeping Woods. 

The character that seems to be ‘haunting’ the POI, is stood under a tree with their arms crossed. However, it’s not colorful. Instead, it’s a blacked-out silhouette – almost as if it’s going to be added soon, but is showing up as a visual glitch in-game. 

Ali-A noted that the character is most definitely Madcap because of the shape of the head, and given that he’s hanging around Weeping Woods, there might be a challenge or quest line involved with unlocking the skin.

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Even though the YouTuber’s speculation seems pretty spot on, there’s no telling if he’s right just yet because Epic Games hasn’t announced anything. 

It could very well be that, as Fortnitemares unfolds, the skin will finally be available through the item shop and there are also challenges in Weeping Woods to unlock skin styles. Though, we’ll just have to wait and see.