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Ninja, Benjyfishy, more confused over 2020 Fortnite competitive changes

Published: 21/Jan/2020 0:05 Updated: 21/Jan/2020 0:07

by Eli Becht


Big changes to the Fortnite competitive format were announced on January 20 that have the community buzzing, including Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins.

Epic Games have come under fire from the community several times for how they handle incidents of supposed cheating, such as when XXiF was caught teaming, or when it was alleged that Mongraal was working behind the scenes with his coach to learn where enemies were.

Going into the future, the company promises to police things a bit better and introduced a set of bannable offenses. However, the plan might have backfired as there’s been a bunch of pushback from the community about how the devs will be handling those who pickaxe swing at other players.

Fortnite chapter 2 screenshot
Epic Games
Big changes have arrived in Fortnite.

Swinging a pickaxe at an opponent is a way players signal to each other they don’t want to fight but would rather rotate instead. Other methods players did were emoting or jumping, but it doesn’t look like that will be happening anymore.

Now, Epic will be looking for and punishing players who do that, meaning that even if players are caught out in no man’s land eons away from the storm, they will seemingly be forced to fight.

Players haven’t been excited about these changes and the reactions quickly came pouring in.

“This isn’t going to work unless movement is added game is gonna be SOOOOOO rng it’s insane if you don’t get zone then you die late game,” said Benjyfishy.

He was far from the only one to share their opinion.

A common complaint about Fortnite in Chapter 2 is the extreme lack of mobility options, with the boat being the only way players can get around quickly, but that’s just effective on the waterways.

Previously, Fortnite had plenty of mobility options like Ballers, Stormwings, Driftboards, etc. but all of that has now disappeared.

Ninja was able to see Epic’s point of view, but also echoed the same concerns the other pro players had about the lack of mobility.

“I can see where epic is coming from, as a spectator seeing teams and players rotating and not shooting and swinging pickaxes can seem odd but with no rotation items at all professional players understand when the time to fight actually is,” he tweeted. “Also, jumping? Best way to dodge snipes.”

All of the changes are effective immediately, meaning all of the future Cash Cups will already have this implemented, along with whatever tournaments Epic have in the future.

This could end being costly for players who are stuck in their ways, such as those who jump or whip their pickaxe out by habit while rotating.

How strict Epic will be with these changes remains to be seen and it’s possible they could end up being laid back unless you’re blatantly avoiding fights or things of that nature. You can read through the whole blog post here.


Ali-A uncovers teasers for future Fortnite skins: Matrix, Witcher, Ant-Man & more

Published: 22/Jan/2021 17:13

by Daniel Megarry


YouTuber and longtime Fortnite superfan Alastair ‘Ali-A’ Aiken has discovered big clues for more crossover skins that could be coming soon to the game.

Season 5 of Fortnite kicked off with a bang as The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda arrived on The Island. Since then, we’ve seen God of War’s Kratos, Halo’s Master Chief, The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Michonne, and even Predator get their own skins.

So who’s coming next? Well, Ali-A has some ideas based on a hint list that was sent to him by Fortnite creators Epic Games themselves, and it seems as though more epic movie crossovers are on their way.

The Matrix 4
Warner Bros.
Could Neo or Trinity from The Matrix be coming to Fortnite?

What new skins are coming in Fortnite Season 5?

In a new video celebrating the arrival of Terminator, Ali-A also revisited a list of items that he’d been sent by Epic Games, with each item acting as a teaser for a ‘hunter’ that would be coming to the game at some point during Season 5.

It appears that many hints on the list have already been discovered: The cup is The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda; the sunglasses are Terminator; the face paint is Kratos; the mud mask is Predator; and the syrup is Mancake, for example.

As for the remaining items on the list, there are some very interesting theories about who they could relate to, and which iconic characters could be coming to The Island next.

Ali-A explains that the Ant-Farm item is most likely a hint at Ant-Man finally joining the game, as he was given his own point of interest during Season 4’s Marvel extravaganza but was never added as a character.

The red and blue jellybeans could be a hint towards characters from The Matrix. This will likely be either Neo or Trinity, as they’re both set to return in the upcoming sequel Matrix 4 that’s due out later in 2021.

Tokens also appear as an item on the list, and Ali-A believes this is a hint towards The Witcher protagonist Geralt, especially as the Netflix adaptation of the game features a song called Toss A Coin To Your Witcher.

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher
A crossover with The Witcher could be coming to Fortnite.

A baseball bat could be a hint towards Scout from Team Fortress 2, or it could have pointed to The Walking Dead crossover that already happened. Similarly, space bananas could be a hint towards Samus Aran from Metroid, or it could have just been about Master Chief.

Elsewhere, the golden back scratcher is likely going to represent the long-rumored Female Midas skin, as it links up with the ‘Midas Touch’ myth. As for the hand wraps, even Ali-A is unsure what they could hint towards, but it could be a boxer of some sort.

We’ll have to wait and see whether any of these crossover skin predictions come true before Season 5 of Fortnite comes to an end on March 15, 2021.