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SypherPK explains why new trap mechanic in Fortnite is ‘broken’

Published: 18/Mar/2019 10:22 Updated: 18/Mar/2019 10:28

by Marcus Banks


Significant changes to traps were made in Fortnite’s v7.4 update – but Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan believes the new mechanic isn’t for the better.

In the hands of a skilful player, spike traps are one of the deadliest items in Fortnite – dealing 150 damage to enemies in their radius. With player skill increasing, more and more users are able to catch their opponent off guard by using the uncommon item.

Popular streamer SypherPK has been nicknamed ‘the trap king’ due to his excellent plays which often leave his adversary dumbfounded. However, the 22-year-old is unimpressed with the changes Epic Games made in the recent update.

TWITCH - SYPHERPKSypher was one of the first streamers to use the item after it was introduced

Traps no longer require a wall or floor to be placed as the game will now automatically place it for you – this allowed a player fighting Sypher near Pleasant Park to put a trap in a position that no-one would have expected.

After taking significant damage and losing the fight, he vented his frustrations to his stream viewers.

“He places a trap there?!” Sypher yelled. “That’s not in any way skilful – it wasn’t even intentional!

Sypher questioned the reasoning behind Epic Games introducing this change with no one in the community complaining about their previous state.

He continued, “It’s such a weird addition to the game that you can just start throwing traps down, it encourages just spamming traps.”

Indeed, the new mechanic allows for easier trap placements but has massively lowered the skill gap in using them.

Sypher and many others feel that the change should be reverted as soon as possible.


Fortnite leak hints at Tomb Raider crossover with Lara Croft skin

Published: 18/Jan/2021 10:42

by Daniel Megarry


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
Square Enix
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.

Tomb Raider 2013
Square Enix
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.