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NICKMERCS shows why Fortnite Battle Royale’s Combat Shotgun is broken

Published: 20/May/2019 13:34 Updated: 20/May/2019 13:59

by Connor Bennett


Popularv9.00 patch, giving fans a way to represent the popular movie franchise John Wick in-game with a signature weapon from the series in rare, epic, and legendary forms.

However, its inclusion in Fortnite Battle Royale hasn’t been without issues. Players have complained about bugs when reloading, its supposed inaccuracy, while others just want the pump shotgun to return. Yet, NICKMERCS was able to showcase just why the gun, in its current form, might well be completely broken. 


naibuzzThe 100 Thieves star is yet to qualify for the upcoming Fortnite World Cup.

During his May 19 stream, the 100 Thieves star was messing around in the Wick’s Bounty limited-time mode, where every player drops in with the Combat Shotgun and new Tactical Assualt Rifle.

After taking out some enemies at close range, NICKMERCS decided to give it a spin at a distance – taking pot shots at one unfortunate soul who happened to get caught in the crossfire. Yet, the streamer couldn’t believe what he was seeing as he began racking up hits and significant damage from ranges he probably shouldn’t be able to do so.


“Bro, no bullshit. What is this gun?” he asked, after appearing to be able to knock out the player from at least 100 meters away.

It wasn’t the only example that NICKMERCS had to show just how ‘broken’ the gun currently is, though. After eliminating one player, he turned his attention to another – who also happened to be a significant distance away.

The 100 Thieves star begun nailing shots on them too, even though it didn’t do the same amount of damage as his previous elimination.  


Will Epic nerf the Combat Shotgun?

Considering the weapon is so new to the game, it’s probably unlikely that Epic Games will spring into action to make a change so soon after its arrival.

That’s not completely out of the question, however, considering they have already nerfed the Drum Gun’s damage stats after complaints from fans. The gun only returned to the title at the end of Season 8, where it received the most votes in an Unvaulting event. 


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