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10 Fortnite tips for noobs jumping into Chapter 2

Published: 17/Oct/2019 18:00 Updated: 15/Nov/2019 17:29

by Eli Becht

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Chapter 2 has completely overhauled Epic’s battle royale game as we know it and, as a result, is appealing to fans new and old alike. Here are 10 Fortnite tips for noobs that will help you compete with the best on the new map.

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On the surface, Fortnite looks like a pretty simple game but there’s a surprising amount of depth that goes into it.

Unlike other battle royales, Fortnite features a building mechanic that helps it stand apart from the crowd, but perfecting that as a player takes hours upon hours of practice.

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It’s a daunting task but simply playing each day will pay dividends. Luckily, there are some other tips you can pick up on as you’re learning the ropes.

10. Don’t forget to fish

Epic GamesFishing is very important in Fortnite Chapter 2.

Fishing is a new mechanic that was introduced in Chapter 2 and it completely changes the game. Many long-time players might overlook fishing and loot the normal way, but fishing is actually a very good way to loot on its own.

Fishing might actually end up being the best early-game strategy in some situations as you’re able to catch weapons, healing items, and even building materials just by casting your line for a minute or two.

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One thing you will have to be wary of is fishing out in the open, because you will definitely be a big target if someone catches you with just a rod.

9. Find your drop spot

Epic GamesNew Chapter, new map.

If you watch the best players play Fortnite, you’ll notice that a lot of them have a dedicated drop spot that they land at every game.

Learning one or two spots on the map inside-out will greatly speed up your early-game looting as you learn where everything is. Knowing where the chests spawn in a location will allow you to get to them fast and give you an edge over players who don’t know where to go.

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Of course, you can’t always get a good drop at one specific location, which is why it’s important to learn a couple of them. Repetition is key so you might even want to figure out your looting path for a few games, even if it doesn’t result in a win.

8. Watch pro players

FaZe CloakTfue and Cloak can teach you a lot just by watching them.

This sort of ties in with the last tip about seeing pros land in certain spots. Watching someone play Fortnite at a high level will help you learn a lot about the game.

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Of course, seeing them come out on top in a lengthy build fight won’t exactly teach you how to do that yourself, but you will learn how to handle those situations once you’re skilled enough mechanically. 

Despite that, knowing what to do in a given situation is half the battle and eventually, everything will start clicking and you’ll be thanking yourself that you found yourself watching Tfue that one time.

7. Keep a balanced loadout

Epic GamesYou can upgrade your weapons in Chapter 2!

Having the right weapons in your inventory is very important if you want to earn your way to a Victory Royale.

Your early-game looting is important, but you have to make sure it isn’t the only time you loot. Having a loadout of guns and healing items will be key if you want to come away with a win.

To go even more in-depth, you’ll want to make sure you have an assortment of weapons. A good recommendation would be to have an assault rifle, shotgun, sniper, explosive, and healing item. It’s a well-rounded inventory that will allow you to handle practically every situation.

6. Don’t forget to farm materials

Get yourself a nice looking pickaxe to farm materials with.

Materials are arguably the most important part of Fortnite as you’ll need to be building a lot to remain competitive.

You might be able to make it through much of the early-game and even the mid-game without building, but once you reach the final stages of a game, it’ll be difficult to win without having materials.

Having extensive knowledge of how to build will give you an advantage, but just having the option to build ramps and walls will come in handy. However, you won’t be able to do this without having any supplies.

If you’re in a normal lobby, you’ll have to whack trees, walls, cars, and everything else for materials, but in Arena, you can do this by just earning eliminations. Whatever the method is, you’ll want to make sure you have materials.

5. Wear headphones while playing

Hearing is half the battle.

If you’re already doing this, then you’re a step ahead of many other players. Sound is important in any game but it’s especially important in a game like Fortnite.

With everybody out to get you, it’s important to know where they are coming from. If you can hear footsteps approaching, you’ll be able to prepare yourself and potentially get the jump on them.

Another situation where a pair of headphones will come in handy is when you’re inside a building trying to figure out if the footsteps are coming from above or below you. Knowing this information is key if you want to have a fighting chance in Fortnite Chapter 2.

4. Using a controller? Experiment with the settings

Controller players have many different options.

Controller players have a lot of different settings they can mess around with but for most players, it will come down to a debate between using Combat Pro and Builder Pro.

As you learn the game, you should mess around with all of them but picking either one will greatly improve your play in Fortnite. Building is very important in Fortnite Chapter 2 so Builder Pro will help you create structures faster than any other setting, while Combat Pro will favor those who like to take fights first and build second.

Give a couple of games a go with each setting to see which one works for you.

3. Take advantage of the boats

Epic GamesBoats are here!

Chapter 2’s new map introduced a lot of waterways and the best way to navigate those is with a boat. Obviously, you’ll be able to find the boats around water, but using them is a different beast altogether.

The boats are armed with rocket launchers which can be deadly, but they won’t always be the best idea, especially if you’re playing by yourself. That said, boats are still a great rotational tool so stay near one if you can.

One thing you might not know about the boats is that they can actually travel on land through the use of their boost, but you’ll be a huge target that way. 

Also, boats can be quite noisy so you might end up being targeted by multiple people looking for an easy elimination.

2. Don’t take every fight

epic gamesDon’t end up like this.

Just because you see an enemy across the map doesn’t mean you have to engage with them. Sometimes it’s better if you just hang back and focus on other things like looting or figuring out where you’re going to rotate to next.

You want to make sure you have a good stock of building materials and weapons before you get into battles or you’ll just be finding yourself back in the lobby in no time.

Pay attention to your surroundings – if you see someone fighting another person, you might be able to come in and clean them both up while they are weak. Players complain about being ‘third-partied’ all the time, but it’s a good strategy for some easy eliminations.

1. Practice, practice, practice

Epic GamesYou have to drop in regularly to get good.

It’s a saying as old as time but practising is definitely the best way for you to improve in Fortnite Chapter 2. Knowing what to do is good but actually doing it is a different matter.

Taking in all of these tips won’t mean anything if you don’t put in the hours. Fortnite Chapter 2 represents a good jumping in point for anyone who has never tried the game before so you won’t be alone.

With the addition of skill-based matchmaking near the end of Season 10, new players will all be matched up with each other so don’t worry if you’re a noob.

Bots have also arrived to help newer players get a grasp of how Fortnite works while also allowing them to have a bit of fun.

Epic GamesUs noobs have got to stick together.

There you have it – follow those 10 tips for noob players and it’ll help make Fortnite Chapter 2 a much more enjoyable experience.

We hope to see you on the Battle Bus soon!

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson