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Tfue discovers Fortnite’s The Baller was secretly buffed in v8.20 update

Published: 29/Mar/2019 10:46 Updated: 29/Mar/2019 11:00

by Matt Porter


Fortnite pro player Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has discovered that the controversial Baller vehicle received a secret buff in the v8.20 update for the game.

Fortnite’s v8.20 update introduced the new Poison Dart Trap alongside a number of balancing changes, including the reversal of elimination rewards which has proved to be unpopular with pro players and streamers.

While buffs to The Baller weren’t mentioned in the patch notes, it appears that Epic Games did in fact give the vehicle a boost, as discovered by Tfue during his March 27 stream.

It appears The Baller recieved some major improvements in the v8.20 update.

While testing out the v8.20 update with FaZe teammate Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore in Creative Mode, the pair quickly realized that traps were no longer dealing damage to the vehicle, which has dominated Fortnite since its introduction.

Tfue threw Boogie Bombs at Lepore who was sitting inside the vehicle, with the item having no effect on his FaZe Clan teammate, who was able to continue driving around in the vehicle with no issues.

Tenney then built himself and Cloak into a box, and placed down Spike Traps and Poison Dart Traps, with neither activating despite Lepore sitting inside the structure as part of the enemy team.

“This is stupid,” Tenney stated. “Balls got buffed.”

The Baller has been an unpopular addition to Fortnite among pro players and a large number of fans. Some believe that the inclusion of the vehicles has ruined the end-game portion of Fortnite matches, as players use the vehicles as protection instead of pushing opponents in an attempt to win the match.

It’s currently unclear if these changes were intended by Epic Games, or if they were accidentally improved in the v8.20 update. If these changes were unintended, it’s likely that they will be reverted in the next Fortnite patch.


Did The Rock just tease he’s getting a Fortnite skin?

Published: 27/Nov/2020 18:09

by Tanner Pierce


After an appearance by a very cartoony-looking float during the Macy’s Thanksgivings Day Parade, The Rock hinted that he may end up getting a skin in the popular battle royale game Fortnite, although he’s being a bit vague. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats are known their pop culture references. Between Pikachu, Goku, and others making appearances, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that one based on the popular young Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson meme a few years back would make its way into the 2020 version of the parade.

Seemingly because it’s a float, the giant balloon itself seems to be a cartoon representation of the meme, rather than a hyper-realistic one. After one person seemed to point out that it looks a bit like a Fortnite skin, the former wrestler now actor responded in a way that’s raising a few eyebrows.

In response to the comment about his float looking like a Fortnite character, The Rock simply responded with “way ahead of you” and “great minds”. This obviously caused a few people to pause and ask themselves if he just hinted at a Fortnite skin.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any official comment from Epic but the comment is certainly suspicious. While one could make the argument that The Rock was saying that he also had the same thought before the original tweeter, the wink face emoji seen after the tweet is a bit peculiar. Surely he would know not to put that kind of statement out with that emoji unless he meant to hint at it, right?

It’s also a bit odd that he also responded to someone who tweeted that they “shouldn’t give them any ideas”, meaning he could have been totally knowledgable in what he’s doing.

His inclusion in the game also wouldn’t be surprising. Fortnite is known for its crossovers at this point, even allowing for some Icon Series skins based on celebrities like Ninja and others. It could also be a part of a larger WWE crossover, considering there’s a plethora of characters there to make skins out of.

Still, until nothing official is announced, take this with a massive grain of salt. Here’s hoping that if it is real that it will get announced soon, however.