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Fortnite’s new Drum Shotgun is ridiculous and everyone’s mad

Published: 2/Jul/2019 15:49 Updated: 2/Jul/2019 16:06

by Matt Porter

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Epic Games have officially introduced the brand-new Drum Shotgun to second v9.30 Content Update, becoming the third different version of the shotgun to be available for use on the Fortnite island.

Unlike the other shotguns in the game though, the Drum Shotgun is an automatic weapon, meaning players don’t need to continue to press fire when they use it, but instead can hold it down and let the Drum Shotgun do the work for you, and has quickly become unpopular with those who have been on its receiving end.

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Epic GamesThe Drum Shotgun fires rounds incredibly quickly.

The automatic nature of the weapon means it’s extremely easy to fire off a number of rounds in a short space of time, meaning there is very little punishment for missing your first shot. It also gives opponents very little chance to react as the second shot will always follow the first one extremely quickly.

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins was able to use this to his advantage in his first game on the new update, taking down an opponent with a barrage of bullets, leaving his opponent unable to fire back quickly enough as the Twitch star wiped him off the map.

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It’s not just the game’s biggest stars that are using the weapon to their advantage, with a redditor uploading a clip that showed them drilling an opponent with the weapon, taking them down in seconds with little chance to fire back.

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Others have complained that it’s just the speed at which the weapon fires shots that is making it difficult to fight back against, but that the weapon is causing a flashing effect on-screen that makes it impossible to see.

Twitter user utd_raj complained: “When they spam you, it causes a blinding effect making it next to impossible to shoot back.”

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Others complained that it was “the most ridiculous gun ever, “ and that “noobs” keep spraying with it. 

Plenty made their opinions clear by simply labeling the weapon as overpowered, with one player even begging developers Epic Games to vault the weapon just hours after it was introduced to the game originally.

The Drum Shotgun certainly looks like it’s powerful, and could replace the Tactical Shotgun altogether, with its automatic firing system much easier to use than the semi-automatic found in the Tac. 

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It seems unlikely that Epic Games will immediately vault the weapon, so fans of the game who don’t like the Drum Shotgun will have to hope that the developers choose to make some balancing changes in the v9.40 update.

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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