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Ninja explains why he refuses to drop at The Agency in Fortnite

Published: 6/Apr/2020 12:19

by Joe Craven


Popular Mixer streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has revealed an “insane theory” regarding Fortnite Chapter 2’s henchmen, which plays a major part in why he refuses to drop at The Agency.

Despite Fortnite’s incredible popularity and the extent to which it aided Ninja’s streaming dominance, the 28-year-old has never shied away from making his opinions heard about the game, while also criticizing those who repeatedly slam the game while continuing to play it.

Among other things, he has taken issue with how fast lobbies empty in the game’s current build, as well as arguing that the game’s new map should be replaced with the original map. While he continues to play the game, he appears to be growing frustrated with a lack of innovation on Epic’s behalf, who have become known for regular content drops and fresh updates. 

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The Agency is one area patrolled by henchmen.

AI has been used by Fortnite to fill lobbies for some time now, a move that has proved controversial. This was extended to ‘henchmen’ in Chapter 2, AI bots who patrol specific areas of the map, including the infamous Agency. 

After trying to escape via a bin tunnel, Ninja was promptly killed by a henchman who hit multiple consecutive shots. However, the henchman then missed multiple shots on a different player, causing Blevins to become frustrated. 

“And then the henchman just misses every shot on this guy?!” he exclaimed. “I’m gonna say it – insane theory crap now – the henchmen are programmed differently, at a different level of aim assist strength on different players in the game.” 

“Dude, I hop out of the dumpster, this guy sees me, he hits three shots in a row, I’m dead,” he continued. “The guy follows me and the henchmen misses like ten bullets in a row on him.” 

As a top-level player, Ninja’s theory states that the henchmen have better aim against him than the average player. While unproven and an “insane” theory, Ninja clearly thinks the bots have been more punishing to him than others. 

“Sypher, we’re never landing Agency again in regulars,” he finished. “Ever. You hear me bro? Ever. Ever. I’m not even kidding. We are never, ever landing near any AI in this game – ever. I’m over it.” 

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The Henchmen were added in Season 2 in Chapter 2.

He went on to explain that one henchman targeted him from the other side of the building, and killed him while he was being pushed by a different enemy. 

While Ninja’s theory is certainly outlandish, it would go some way to explain why he struggles to overcome AI opponents, who are then easily outclassed by lower skill players. 

The move to add AI into normal Fortnite matches was controversial when it first happened and, despite months passing, it doesn’t appear to be gaining favor with this particular Mixer star.


How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 9 challenges

Published: 22/Oct/2020 11:39

by Matt Porter


The ninth week of Fortnite’s Season 4 has arrived, and with a new set of weekly challenges comes one task that asks players to open chests in Upstate New York. While this may sound confusing, here’s everything you need to make this challenge simple. 

Fortnitemares has officially arrived, with Midas reappearing for the first time since his Device experiment backfired badly, flooding the entire island at the end of Season Two. Midas has regained control of The Agency, and his army of Shadow Henchmen are ready to cause chaos.

Of course, the overarching Season 4 storyline is all about superheroes, with Marvel characters invading the island. The evil Galactus is on his way, and heroes like Tony Stark, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine have made Fortnite their home as they prepare for battle.

With these characters, new POIs and locations have appeared, and to complete this specific challenge you’ll need to head to Upstate New York. While this may sound like a strange request, it actually exists as a landmark inside the game. If you aren’t sure where to find it though, we’ve got everything you need to complete this task.

Stark Industries POI in Fortnite Season 4.
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Stark Industries arrived as a POI in Season 4, included inside Upstate New York.

Where to find Upstate New York in Fortnite Season 4

When Stark Industries arrived in Fortnite Season 4, you may have noticed that the POI is located inside what appears to be a massive bubble, which covers a large portion of the north-east corner of the island. It’s easy to spot, as the area is marked on the map for you, and the trees inside it are lovely shades of yellow and orange, compared to the normal green trees elsewhere.

Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe will know that Stark calls New York his home, with the Stark Industries tower planted in the middle of New York City. Even the Avengers base in later films is located in Upstate New York. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise then that his location in Fortnite was originally planted in the state of New York, which has now been transported to the island.

Thankfully, once you know where Upstate New York is, it’s easy to complete this Week 9 challenge, as all you need to do is open seven chests inside this landmark. They don’t even have to be opened in the same match, so just pick them up as you see them and you’ll finish this task eventually. If you’re still not sure where to go, we’ve included an image below.

Map showing location of Upstate New York landmark.
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Map showing the Upstate New York landmark in Fortnite.

It may take a couple of visits to Upstate New York to finish off this task, as there will be plenty of other people attempting it too. While Stark Industries has the most chests, it may be easier to head to some of the smaller buildings located in the zone, as they will be quieter and make you less likely to face enemies.

It’s well worth completing this task if you’re ranking up your Season 4 Battle Pass, as this offers a massive 25,000 XP reward, which will help you unlock new skins and cosmetic items.