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FNCS solo format potentially leaked for Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2

Published: 1/Jan/2020 11:27

by Jacob Hale


After an auto-update that rolled out on Fortnite across all platforms early in the morning on January 1, a new image added to the game files may suggest solo gameplay is returning to the Fortnite Champion Series.

The Fortnite Champion Series, or FNCS, has cycled through a couple of different formats so far, with players earning thousands across trios and squads tournaments throughout previous seasons.

Now, though, it seems Fortnite may be returning to its roots with a season of FNCS solos, giving the best individual players a chance to shine in a competitive environment.

Epic Games
Epic Games
Bugha was crowned champion at the last major solo tournament – the Fortnite World Cup.

In a tweet posted by TrickFN, he’s quite clearly excited at the idea of a solo tournament – if the leaked image is to be believed.

He said: “A new auto-update just rolled out across all platforms and this PNG was added to the game files. Lets f**cking go.”

The PNG file is a simple one, that just says “Solos FNCS Week 1” with the date January 18-19 attached, just a couple of weeks before the expected launch of Chapter 2, Season 2.

Of course, this can’t be verified at the time of writing as there has been no official confirmation (or denial) from Epic Games themselves, but data miners will often find new content through the background game files.

Solo play has not been as heavily emphasized in recent months, with the last major solo tournament being at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, which gave $3 million to winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf.

If the FNCS solo leak is to be believed, the pressure will be on Bugha to retain his solo champion title, but there will be thousands of players seeking to take that spot from him.


Fortnite death map reveals most dangerous locations

Published: 26/Jan/2021 13:26

by Daniel Megarry


If you’re looking to stay alive until the very end of a battle royale match in Fortnite, you might want to avoid these deadly locations on the map.

We’ve all been there: You spend ages traveling across The Island, collecting and upgrading the best weapons, getting some epic takedowns… and then you die, losing everything in your arsenal and missing out on that Victory Royale.

It’s a frustrating moment, for sure. But avoiding some of the game’s elimination hot spots could help you on your path to success – or at the very least, make you one of the Top 10 remaining players.

Fortunately, one Fortnite leaker has put together a map highlighting the points of interest that have significantly more deaths than others, meaning you’ll know where to avoid next time you go for the win.

Tilted Towers, now blended with Salty Springs, was spotted in the Fortnite Season 5 battle pass trailer.
Epic Games
Some locations have way more deaths than others in Fortnite.

Where is the most dangerous place in Fortnite?

Fortnite leaker Lucas7yoshi has collected a huge sample of 50,000 deaths that have taken place during Season 5 of Fortnite, and highlighted exactly where they happened on The Island.

Put together, they form a very useful heatmap that shows off the deadliest locations players can visit.

As you can see from the map below, areas with the highest amount of deaths include Lazy Lake, Pleasant Park, Misty Meadows, Colossal Colosseum, Retail Row, and Stealthy Stronghold – which is probably due to Predator now appearing there.

But there’s a clear winner here: Salty Towers. There are a few reasons that might help explain why this point of interest – which can be found just west of the Zero Point – is such a deadly area for players to visit.

Firstly, it’s near the center of the map, which is where a lot of the action ends up taking place. Secondly, it’s covered in sand, which means players can really take advantage of the sand tunneling feature to sneak attack their opponents.

Finally, the point of interest was a new addition in Season 5, acting as a combination of previous locations Salty Springs and Tilted Towers, so it makes sense that it’s a popular destination as people rush to check it out.

Lucas7yoshi also shared a zoomed-in map of Salty Towers which shows off the exact point where players in their sample died. They’re marked as red dots on the image below.

Fortnite Salty Towers death map
Epic Games / @Lucas7yoshi
It’s official: Salty Towers is the deadliest location in Fortnite.

Interestingly, this map may have also revealed the most dangerous building on the Island, as there are significantly more deaths centered on the tall building at the south of Salty Towers.

Whether you’re new to the game and still working on your skills, or you simply want to survive as long as possible to get the best chance at a Victory Royale, it’s probably best to avoid Salty Towers at all costs.