Ninja believes Epic Games made secret change to Storm Circles in Fortnite BR - Dexerto

Ninja believes Epic Games made secret change to Storm Circles in Fortnite BR

Published: 6/Jun/2019 2:03

by Albert Petrosyan


Superstar streamer Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins believes Epic Games have made a change in Fortnite Battle Royale without letting anyone know. 

As is standard in almost every battle royale, Fortnite BR features a mechanic called ‘The Storm,’ which is what brings players closer and closer to each other as the match goes on until there’s only one player standing.


The Storm has corresponding safe zones, commonly referred to as Storm Circles, which are supposed to be generated randomly every match and grow smaller within the radius of the original zone. 

However, one person who does not believe that these Circles are being randomly placed, at least recently, is Ninja, who contends that Epic have made some sort of secret change to the algorithm.


Playing with his duo Reverse2k, the star streamer found himself in a match where the first zone was around Polar Peak, which apparently was exactly what he had been expecting.

Epic GamesNinja claims that too many Storm Circles have been going towards Polar Peak recently.

“Hey guys, look, what do you know, look at the zone!” he said. “I swear to you, we used to get zone every other game. Most games, like 80% of our games, we had zone. Now it’s Polar Peak every single time.”

As for why he thinks that Epic have made such an adjustment on the low, the former Luminosity man thinks it has to do with some sort of upcoming event.


“You want to know why?” he said. “Because guess what – a live event is happening soon, I guarantee it. And they want people over there more.”

Ninja might be onto something

Whether Ninja turns out to be right or not, it’s not far-fetched to think that Epic would make changes in the game without saying a word, considering that players have accused them of doing exactly that on numerous occasions in the past.

Back in November, many believed that a secret nerf had been administered to the SMGs in the game, while numerous players came out in January claiming that Epic had secretly added skill-based matchmaking into the core default modes.


Furthermore, the Twitch star’s reasoning also makes perfect sense – there is overwhelming speculation among the player-base that a live event will soon be taking place on Polar Peak, so Epic wanting to drag attention to is as much as possible would seem to be within the realm of possibility. 


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