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Fortnite: What is the mysterious floating ice sphere and why is it important? – Everything we know so far

Published: 16/Jan/2019 2:09 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 16:23

by Albert Petrosyan

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A mysterious ice sphere has appeared above Polar Peak on the Fortnite Battle Royale map and many players are confused as to what it is and what it’s there for. 

Having first appeared after the massive v7.20 update went live on January 15, the orb-like has a glassy surface made of ice, has a light blue glow radiating around it, and is located precisely over the courtyard of the castle that sits atop Polar Peak.

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Players have obviously tried to build and get close to it, and anyone who ventures within touching distance of the sphere sees their screen get whited out by a swirl of ice and snow.

Furthermore, the sphere continuously emits is a low pitched echoing noise combined with the sounds of the swirling snow, which adds an extra layer of eeriness to its presences.

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All this considered, it’s safe assume that the sphere is not there just for aesthetic purposes; there has to be a reason for its addition and data miners have been hard at work trying to figure out what that reason is.

One popular theory is that the sphere is somehow tied to the Ice Storm in-game event that has been leaked and is apparently coming soon to Fortnite.

Not only do the visual aspects and effects of the sphere support this, game files have been discovered that point to this being a very likely possibility.

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According to files leaked by prominent data miner Lucas7Yoshi, the sphere will at some point shatter and cue the start of the event, which the developers have seemingly nicknamed ‘Mooney,’ according to the files.

As for the eerie low-pitched noise, Reddit user MomoRM8 has recorded the sound and put it on a spectrograph to see if there’s anything interesting that might show in the scan results.

This is, of course, not a randomly thought of idea; players have always analyzed odd noises in Fortnite using spectrographs and have often been met with teasing and revealing clues.

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As was the case then, MomoRM8’s scan in fact did reveal something very interesting about the noise, as can be seen in the results below.

The circled shape in the scan very much resembles the figure used by Epic Games to tease Season 7 prior to its launch, which turned out to be the face of the Legendary Ice King character and cosmetic skin.

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It turns out that the presence of the Ice King’s face in the scan is far from a coincidence; Lucas7Yoshi would later discover that hiding inside the floating sphere is none other than the Ice King powering its existence.

Using programming tools, the data miner was able to view a later stage of the sphere in action, and it shows the Ice King inside it a flares of blue fire emanate outwards from its surface.

Although there is no evidence to support or refute this, it’s likely that the video below shows the sphere in one of its stages prior to its final form, which is when the Ice Storm event would supposedly begin.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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