NICKMERCS defends Fortnite controller players after Ninja slams aim assist

Published: 29/Feb/2020 1:24 Updated: 29/Feb/2020 1:28

by Bill Cooney


Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff hit back at Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins after the Mixer star slammed players who use controllers on PC, and suggested they shouldn’t be allowed to compete on the platform.

The pair were grouped up on stream for some squads matches when the conversation drifted to controller players who play on PC, which Ninja claimed was “broken” since they have the same aim assist as on console, but with higher FPS.

After hearing Blevins’ comments, NICKMERCS, who is the biggest name in the Fortnite controller community, challenged him to plug in a gamepad to test it out for himself.

Ninja - Mixer
Ninja - Twitter
This wasn’t the first time Ninja has bashed controller-using PC players.

“Ninja, if it was OP all those motherf**kers would be playing it, and you know it,” the FaZe star said in response.

Nick went on to call out his Mixer counterpart and other Fortnite pros for making a big deal anytime a controller player finished top-10 in a tournament, even though they face several disadvantages, he claimed.

“You get the top 100, and ten of those kids are controller players, and because one of them’s in the top ten, everyone’s got a f*cking problem with it,” Nick argued. “But it’s the same argument every time.”

“I think the issue is that it’s not that one person is in the top-10, it’s that the guy who’s a controller player in the top-10 has 50 times the eliminations of all the PC players,” Blevins hit back. “That’s the problem.”

Kolcheff countered with the argument that controller players were actually at a disadvantage when it comes to building, compared to their PC counterparts, but Ninja said if they just find a teammate who can build, controller players can focus purely on fighting and editing.

“What you’re saying right now is the problem – the pick a duo partner who can build and edit for them, that’s unfair,” he said. “They don’t even have to build, they just follow a tunnel, edit out, and just laser. That’s when it becomes an issue.”

SCUF GamingBeing the face of the Fortnite controller community, it’s no surprise that NICKMERCS has two custom gamepads to his name.

This age-old argument then begs the question – what can be done to make both sides happy? Obviously playing on a controller is going to always remain a big part of Fortnite, so Ninja suggested that players should only be allowed to compete against others using the same peripherals.

“Why are controller players even playing against PC players?” the Mixer star asked. “Put them in their own servers. Put all the console players, the Xbox controller players together in tournaments, let them play against each other.”

“You don’t think that’s great though?” Nick replied, suggesting that the mix of players is what differentiates this competitive game from most others. “You don’t think it was a unique thing that makes Fortnite, Fortnite?”

Epic GamesThe aim assist argument in Fortnite has existed almost as long as the game itself.

Ninja did admit that the solution may not be nerfing aim assist, which is what a lot of big-name Fortnite players have suggested in the past. He accepts the fact that the mechanic is essential to those who play on controller, and instead Epic should focus on balancing out the competitive field rather than making fundamental changes to the game.

The two seemed to agree on that front at least, as even Nick said that console players should probably compete against each other rather than be forced to play against those on PC, who have significant advantages that go beyond aim assist.


How to blow up fishing holes in Fortnite’s Week 6 challenge

Published: 6/Jan/2021 13:37

by Daniel Megarry


To complete Fortnite’s Season 5 Week 6 challenges, you’ll need to blow up fishing holes. Here’s how to do that, and the locations you’ll need to visit.

A new set of weekly challenges are arriving in Fortnite, meaning you’ll have more chances to quickly gain some of that all-important XP and level up your Battle Pass, hopefully unlocking some epic rewards and skins in the process.

The theme for Season 5 Week 6 is fishing. You’ll need to blow up motorboats, catch fish, and signal the Coral Buddies. Two of the challenges will also require you to blow up fishing holes in specific locations.

One challenge will send you to Sharky Shell, Sweaty Sands, and Flopper Pond, while the other will take you to Lazy Lake Island, Lake Canoe, and Steamy Stacks. Not sure where to find them? We’ve got you covered.

Where to blow up fishing holes in Fortnite

Fortnite Fishing Holes locations
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Here’s where you need to blow up fishing holes in Fortnite.

While Sweaty Sands and Steamy Stacks will be easy to find as they’re already highlighted on the map, the rest of the locations you need to visit are unnamed. Fortunately, we’ve marked them all on the handy map above.

The first challenge will require you to blow up fishing holes at Sharky Shell, Sweaty Sands, or Flopper Pond, meaning you can visit just one location and get them all done in one go. We’d recommend avoiding Flopper Pond as there are not many spawns there.

The second challenge, though, will require you to blow up a fishing hole at each of the three locations listed: Lazy Lake Island, Lake Canoe, and near Steamy Stacks. This one will take you a bit longer to complete.

How to blow up fishing holes in Fortnite

Fortnite fishing
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Fortnite fishing holes are easy to find in any lake, river, or sea.

Fishing holes are simply the circular locations where fish spawn. You’ll notice them when you look out across a lake or river, as there will be ripples in the water and fish will occasionally jump out of them.

To blow them up, you’ll need some explosives. Your best option is to find a motorboat and use its unlimited supply of missiles to blow up fishing holes and quickly travel between the locations you need to visit.

You could also use grenades, or even a rocket launcher if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of them, although that seems a bit of a waste when you could save it for taking out your opponents.

If you’re looking to complete the rest of the week’s quests, make sure you check out our Fortnite Season 5 Week 6 Challenges hub.