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SypherPK believes Fortnite’s skill-based matchmaking “secretly” changed

Published: 11/Dec/2019 9:36

by Matt Porter


Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has revealed that he believes Epic Games have made changes to their skill-based matchmaking system in Fortnite, claiming that he feels like it has been loosened.

Skill-based matchmaking is a hot topic in the gaming community, with fans of rival battle royale title Apex Legends upset that it’s been added to the game, while Call of Duty fans are convinced that Modern Warfare also utilizes the system.

Epic introduced their own skill-based matchmaking system at the start of Chapter 2, and with many – including Ali-A – not fans, SypherPK believes Epic Games may have listened to player complaints and adjusted it.

Epic Games
Epic Games
Skill-based matchmaking is designed to place players of similar skill levels in a match together.

While streaming on December 8, the 23-year-old explained that while playing throughout the day, he had noticed some differences in his lobby — specifically mentioning that he felt there were less high-skilled players in the lobby than there had been previously.

“I think they changed the matchmaking,” the streamer told his chat. “I think they definitely changed the matchmaking a little bit today, or in the recent update. They might have loosened it up a bit.”

“The skill-based matchmaking. Listen, there’s always going to be players that are questionable, not as good, but today I’ve noticed a huge increase in free kills. Like it’s less strict skill-based matchmaking. Usually solos are a little bit more sweaty, more higher skill.”

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Epic Games have yet to clarify if Sypher’s opinion is actually correct, and based on how things have gone in Chapter 2, it’s possible we may never know for sure.

For 10 seasons, the developers of the massively popular battle royale game would release patch notes detailing everything that was happening inside Fortnite, but have decided not to with the start of the game’s new chapter.

Sypher finds that decision to be detrimental to the game as a whole, but he may not feel the same way about skill-based matchmaking if he starts finding himself in easier lobbies thanks to an apparent change by Epic.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:12

by Brad Norton


Fortnite Season 4 is now entering its final week, but before it wraps up, you’ve got one last batch of Challenges to get through in order to claim some huge last-minute experience.

After what feels like forever, the current Marvel-themed takeover is about to reach its conclusion. Galactus is hurtling towards the map, and the Nexus War is finally set for a major in-game event on December 1.

If you’re worried that you might not have time to fill out your Battle Pass before then, fear not. Epic Games has come through with more XP boosts this week than any week prior. You’ll be able to catch up and finish things off in no time thanks to this week’s XP Xtravaganza Challenges.

From where you’ll need to go and what you’ll need to do, we’ve got everything broken down. Here’s how you can complete Week 14’s XP offerings.

Fortnite skins
Epic Games
Foil skins for the current Marvel lineup will soon be gone forever.

There are a whopping 12 Challenges to get through this week, plenty to keep you busy. Many of these can be kept in the back of your mind while you focus on some of the more tricky ones. However, there’s nothing too complex here, so you should be able to get them all done in barely a few hours of playing.

Some Challenges ask you to use certain weapons and items. Be sure to track down Assault Rifles and Boogie Bombs in every game while keeping an eye out for vehicles as well.

One unique task requires you to keep your full health bar intact along with full shields. Obviously, this might need you to camp things out and play it safe. Eight minutes is the set time so try to find a safe spot, barricade yourself in, and wait this one through.

For more casual Challenges like fishing from a motorboat or riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York, your best bet could be to drop into some Team Rumble. Trying these in the standard Battle Royale playlists might prove frustrating. The full list of Week 14 Challenges can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

  • Deal damage with Assault Rifles to opponents (1,000/2,500/10,000)
  • Hit opponents with Boogie Bombs or Shockwave Grenades (1/9/15)
  • Fish for items from a motorboat
  • Fish for items from a motorboat and a Choppa in a single match
  • Fish for items from a motorboat a Choppa, and a pickup truck bed in a single match
  • Maintain full shield and health for 2/4/8 minutes in a single match
  • Deliver a Small Truck from outside Upstate New York to Stark Industries
  • Generate power for Stark Industries by riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York (3)
  • Harvest Buses and RVs in native Fortnite locations (1)
  • Release Slurp into the atmosphere (3)
  • Boogie before oblivion (1)
  • Eliminate opponents outside of Stark Industries, Misty Meadows, or Weeping Woods (15)
Fortnite fishing
Epic Games
Fishing will play a big role in your XP gains in this final week of Season 4.

Whether you’re trying to complete the Battle Pass before it’s too late, or aiming for the ultra-rare foil skins, time is running out. This is your final week in Season 4 so get through as many Challenges are you can before everything’s gone.

To get ready for the new season, here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Galactus event in Fortnite.