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Fortnite community begs Epic to vault or nerf “overpowered” Heavy Sniper

Published: 8/Mar/2020 18:40

by Scott Robertson


The high-damage Heavy Sniper rifle has drawn the ire of the competitive Fortnite community, as players make a case to Epic that a weapon with that much power shouldn’t be so readily abundant as it currently is.

The Heavy Sniper has dominated the meta of Arena matches in Fortnite since its permanent unvaulting at the beginning of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2.


With the introduction of the new facilities guarded by henchmen NPC bosses, it joins an arsenal of unique Mythic quality weapons that can inflict insane amounts of damage.

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Henchmen also will drop Heavy Snipers

But Fortnite players are upset that the Heavy Sniper rifle can be just as damaging as the previously mentioned Mythic weapons, but are far more available during the game.


Each of the henchmen boss’s weapons only appear once in a game to whoever kills the boss, but the Epic and Legendary Heavy Sniper rifles can appear in chests, on the ground, and in Supply Drops. According to the Fortnite wiki, the Legendary version is guaranteed to appear in the drops.

While many players share the sentiment that the damage number itself isn’t that OP, several agree that it appears way too frequently given what its damage output is. Several posts have appeared on the competitive Fortnite subreddit since the 12.10 update, which increased the amount of Heavy Sniper drops.

We had ONE patch with low sniper spawn rates, and then Epic decided to buff the heavy sniper to be near the most common weapons on the map from FortniteCompetitive

The Heavy Sniper delivers 150 or 157 base damage to players, depending on whether its Epic or Legendary quality. This means players are required to have full health and at least 50 shields just to survive a body shot. It also destroys most building structures in one shot.


Popular Twitch streamer Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has already experienced first-hand how frustrating the abundance of Heavy Snipers is, and took to Twitter with the #VaultHeavySniper tag.

Heavy Snipers Are Balanced. from r/FortniteCompetitive

The Heavy Sniper currently deals the most damage per shot than any weapon, including the Mythic quality weapons from Henchmen NPCs.

While not every player and pro is calling for changes to the Heavy Sniper spawn rates, plenty are making enough noise that Epic might consider changes in the next update.


For those that aren’t fans of the new Heavy meta, you might just want to steer clear of open fields for a while.


How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos


The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.


With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.


As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.


FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.


FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.


FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson