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Ninja explains why he’s unhappy with Fortnite’s new matchmaking changes

Published: 24/Sep/2019 4:58 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 5:09

by Brad Norton

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The Fortnite.

As a former pro player in the Halo scene, and a Mixer streamer with thousands of hours in Fortnite, it’s safe to say that Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has earned his stripes in the competitive gaming landscape. 

Despite being embedded in the Fortnite community, even Ninja was surprised to hear about the latest changes coming to the free-to-play video game in the very near future.

In a September 23 blog post on the Epic Games website, it was announced that not only would skill-based matchmaking be introduced to the popular Battle Royale title, but also that AI bots will be implemented throughout lower ranks in order to help less skilled players get their wits about them.

Immediately responding to the news, Ninja laughed and expressed that “I don’t know how I feel about this.”

Epic Games - FortniteSoon players will be loading into competitive matches with both bots and other gamers present.

Later finding himself in a match of Fortnite while elaborating on the announcement, he expressed that “I’m one of those players where like, if I wanted to, I could dominate and have a bunch of fun in competitive, but like, isn’t this just going to make it easier for people to stream snipe?”

That concern stems from an issue plaguing popular streamers, as fans make it their mission to pinpoint a gaming personality based on their location on stream. They then hunt down the streamer and try to get the elimination at all costs. 

In a sense, Ninja is arguing here that the addition of skill-based matchmaking in Fortnite would only further incentivize stream sniping.

Matchmaking discussion begins at 1:21 mark for mobile viewers

“I think it’s just gonna be a bunch of smurfs. Good players don’t always want to play against good players. They’re just going to smurf and keep clapping kids.”

Smurfing is the term given when players of a high skill rating swap over to alternate accounts and absolutely roll through competition at lower levels. It happens across a plethora of competitive multiplayer titles with similarly structured matchmaking and now it could be an issue facing Fortnite.

Fans of Fortnite have recently been treated to a Batman themed update with new skins and items becoming available throughout the Battle Royale game.

A new leak has also potentially given us our first glimpse at an entirely new map in Fortnite, if certain speculation is to be believed. 

You can tune into Ninja’s stream here, as the popular personality recently transitioned over from Twitch to Mixer, in a career-altering move that he “absolutely loves.

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Fortnite leak hints at Tomb Raider crossover with Lara Croft skin

Published: 18/Jan/2021 10:42

by Daniel Megarry

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Fortnite players are convinced that the game’s next major crossover skin will be Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider franchise.

When Season 5 of Epic Games’ popular battle royale launched in December 2020, it came with the theme of ‘bounty hunters’ as Agent Jonesy attempted to “gather the greatest hunters across all realities” to protect The Loop.

So far, we’ve seen hunters including God of War’s Kratos, Halo’s Master Chief, The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Michonne, and of course The Mandalorian make appearances in the game as playable skins.

Who’s next? Well, fans have been gathering clues – alongside a recent leak – and they think they’ve discovered that the next newcomer to The Island will be none other than Tomb Raider legend Lara Croft.

Tomb Raider 2013
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Fortnite fans think Lara Croft is coming to The Island.

Is Lara Croft going to be in Fortnite?

According to Fortnite dataminer Mang0e, a new crossover skin codenamed ‘Typhoon’ will be arriving in the game soon. It will be a female character with reactive styles, and the portal on the map indicting her arrival has a ‘flicker’ effect.

While codenames like this one don’t always have a link to the final skin, some fans believe that ‘Typhoon’ is a reference to the opening of 2013 reboot Tomb Raider, where Lara gets stranded on an island after a violent storm sinks her ship.

As for being reactive, there could be a number of possibilities. One could be that as the player receives damage, the skin appears more bloody and bandaged up, which would reflect Lara’s modern appearance in the recent trilogy of games.

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Lara Croft would fit the ‘hunter’ theme of Fortnite Season 5.

A recent tweet from the official Tomb Raider account has added even more fuel to the fire. Using symbols, the tweet depicts Lara thinking about three emojis. One of them is a pickaxe, which is a piece of Fortnite iconography.

Of course, Lara uses a pickaxe in her own game, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating. Lara would also fit the ‘hunter’ aspect of the season, as she uses her bow and arrow to hunt prey in the games.

The rumors have even got some dedicated fans creating their own artwork. Twitter user @wawa_cwoft mocked up what Lara Croft could look like as a Fortnite character, and it’s got us fully on board with the concept (as if we weren’t already).

But what if it’s not Lara Croft? Well, there’s been heavy speculation about Metroid’s intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran joining Fortnite as a crossover skin.

With Kratos representing PlayStation and Master Chief representing Xbox, Nintendo are the only company behind the ‘big three’ consoles who haven’t got a skin representing them yet. Samus could be perfect for the job.

Whoever the new crossover skin turns out to be, fans will be able to get their hands on them soon enough as Season 5 of Fortnite is scheduled to come to an end on March 16, 2021.