Fortnite dataminers claim skill-based matchmaking is back in Squads - Dexerto

Fortnite dataminers claim skill-based matchmaking is back in Squads

Published: 12/May/2020 11:09

by Connor Bennett


A Fortnite data miner has claimed that skill-based matchmaking has been reimplemented to the Squads mode, after growing speculation about a dwindling number of bots. 

No matter what game it is added to, skill-based matchmaking has been controversial with fans across the globe. Commonly referred to as SBMM, players are supposed to be matched against players of a similar skill level – but have found that it doesn’t quite work as planned.

After it was added to Fortnite in the v10.40 update, players quickly voiced their concerns with skill-based matchmaking – especially with the time it was taking to find matches. It has been tweaked, and even removed, since then, although some believe that it might be back in squads mode. 

Epic GamesSkill-based matchmaking has apparently returned to Squads.

On May 11, popular dataminer FNBRLeaks simply tweeted their claim despite it being what some Fortnite fans didn’t want to believe. “Skill Based Matchmaking has been re-implemented back in Squads,” they said, sparking confusion from much of the community.

Though there was no official confirmation from Epic Games, players quickly assumed that the leaker was correct and tweeted their different frustrations about the return of skill-based matchmaking. 

Since then, other leakers and data miners have pointed out that while a large number of ‘bots’ appear to have returned to squads mode, Epic haven’t confirmed the return of SBMM in any way, shape, or form.

“No one knows if Epic really added the old SBMM back or tweaked it, or if they just reduced the bots amount, we’ll have to wait for a tweet from epic to see what they did..” tweeted reliable leaker HYPEX.

While they do usually communicate with players during moments of confusion, Epic has remained silent on this speculation, which has allowed the rumors from both sides of the argument to run wild.

Whether they will address the speculation and confirm one way or the other if skill-based matchmaking has returned in its old form, or been tweaked in some way, still very much remains to be seen.


SypherPK reveals tips on how to master Fortnite Zero Point Crystals

Published: 4/Dec/2020 17:18

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite Season 5 now has a new teleporting feature thanks to the new Zero Point Crystals, and SypherPK has shared some must-know tips to help you master it.

As one of the most popular Fortnite content creators, many players look to SypherPK to offer advice and tips on how to master Epic’s online multiplayer battle royale – and he’s delivered once again with advice on making the most of the new teleport ability.

One of the biggest map changes in the game’s Season 5 update was the introduction of a new crystalline sands area right in the middle of the action. As well as letting players sink and hide, the area brings a new item called Zero Point Crystals.

A photo of the current new playable hunters in the season.
Epic Games
Zero Point Crystals can be found in the new sand-covered center of the map

During his December 3 video, SypherPK argued that “everyone is sleeping on the Zero Point Crystals” and offered up several reasons why they can actually be one of the most useful items to collect in Fortnite Season 5.

He explained that if you destroy crystals near the Zero Point and consume the small parts that scatter, you can perform a crystal-dash that lets you effectively teleport a short distance in any direction – even upwards if you need to get some height.

The crystal-dash is performed by double jumping and facing the direction you want to travel. Once you’ve consumed a crystal, you’ll have the ability for 30 seconds. It might seem like a small thing, but it could be a game-changer for getting out of tricky situations.

“If you really master the movement of the crystals, you can be very difficult to pin down and you don’t even have to build,” SypherPK explains in his video. “You can just be constantly flying around your opponent.”

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While you can’t use the crystal-dash to move through solid surfaces or buildings, SypherPK discovered an exploit that lets you teleport through even a tiny gap in another player’s builds and dive into their box. It’s tricky to pull off, but rewarding when it works.

“You just fly into their builds, and once you get the timing right, it’s actually not that hard to repeat over and over,” he said. “You just gotta get the timing right.”

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