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100 Thieves adds four new professional Fortnite players

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The up-and-coming esports organization has added some big names onto the existing Fortnite roster.

Founded by Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, a Call of Duty champion with OpTic Gaming back in 2011, 100 Thieves has been one of the most active organizations in esports.

The League of Legends team made a big splash when bringing over two-time Korean World Champion Bae “Bang” Jun-sik before the LCS season. It was the largest poaching of a Korean talent by a North American team to date, and even though it hasn’t worked out for the team so far in the Spring Split, it shows the organizations willingness to spend money for the best talent available.

The four new players being added to the 100 Thieves’ Fortnite team are: Maurilio “Blind” Gramajo, Davis “Ceice” McClellan, Hayden “Elevate” Krueger, and Gabriel “Kyzui” Harlos.

They join a roster led on the competitive side by Kenith and Parallax. 100T also features a couple of top streamers in controller god NICKMERCS and SirDimetrious.

The current duo of Kenith and Parallax has been decidedly middle of the road. They have finished most events somewhere between 10th and 30th whether competing together or seperate.

Here are the new additions:

Blind: Formerly competing for Cloud 9, Blind rose to the main stage when he finished first in the Ninja Vegas event in 2018. He seems to shine in the big stage LANs, his next two best finishes are sixth in Summer Skirmish Week 8 at PAX West and eighth in Fall Skirmish Week Six at TwitchCon.

Ceice: Another player with a big win to their name, Ceice got his at WSOE 3 back in December. He recently finished ninth at the Secret Skirmish and has a couple of solid finishes in the Fall and Summer Skirmishes.

Elevate: 100T made a smart play here by swooping up Ceice’s teammate for the WSOE 3 win. Duo chemistry can be hard to come by so the easiest solution is just picking up a duo who has already been successful. Elevate has much fewer results on his record than the other additions but proved he can succeed at the highest level at WSOE.

Kyzui: The 100T release describes him as a “young prodigy” and Kyzui is really fresh on the scene. His first event was the Winter Royale where he finished 23rd in duos and 25th in solos. He followed that up with the performance that landed him on 100T, a fourth place finish at the Secret Skirmish. Here’s a clip of him going off:

We have recently seen Team Liquid also add new players to their team and with so much money on the line at the Fortnite World Cup, expect more free agents to find homes in the next month or two.

Challenges

How to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are available. Here’s how to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.

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The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are live. Here’s a guide to the most difficult challenge: collecting books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.

Epic have been taking it easy on us this season, with only a handful of weekly challenges requiring us to search the map for specific items.

Unfortunately, the Season 5 Week 7 challenges include one of these, requiring you to collect books in Sweaty Sands and Holly Hedges. We did the leg work for you so you can get back to grabbing Victory Royales.

Fortnite Holly Hedges & Sweaty Sands book locations

There are three books in each location, but you only need to find five of them. Since Sweaty and Holly are near one another, you can easily complete this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble.

The book locations are as follows:

Holly Hedges

  • Ground floor of the yellow house in the northwest
  • The tall building in the southeast corner
  • The building in the northeast corner (dog house)

Sweaty Sands

  • The building next to the RV park
  • The bookshelf inside the tall apartment building
  • The building in the southeast corner
Fortnite book locations

Again, Team Rumble is the best way to complete this challenge if you want to get it out of the way. Of course, you can always land at these locations in a normal match, but that’s only making it more difficult for yourself.

You can take a look at the full list of Season 5 Week 7 challenges here. We’ll be back next week with another guide to all of the weekly challenges.

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How to get the free Surf Strider bundle in Fortnite

Intel has partnered with Fortnite to bring a free Surf Strider bundle to their customers. Here’s how to claim it.

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Fortnite is no stranger to platform-specific skin bundles, but it’s no secret that some platforms have gotten more love than others. PlayStation has several exclusive Fortnite skins with more on the way, while Xbox only has one or two.

PC players have been able to unlock some exclusive skins, but only if they have the right hardware. Epic have partnered with companies like Nvidia to offer their customers free Fortnite skins, but AMD never got any love.

This time around, it’s Intel CPU owners on PC who are able to grab an exclusive Fortnite skin. Epic and Intel announced their partnership and a free Surf Strider bundle – including the skin, pickaxe and glider.

As the promotional image says, this bundle is only available for PC players who have Intel Core processors. This means that PC players who have AMD processors are out of luck, in this instance.

Unlocking the bundle is a lot like unlocking all of the other brand-specific Fortnite cosmetics that have come before. You’ll need to visit the Intel website at softwareoffer.intel.com/Bonus, create an account, and link it with your Epic Games account.

From there, the Intel Page will run a test to ensure that your PC is eligible and award you with the skin. Here’s a video from data miner, Hypex, on how to complete the process.

The website appears to be down at the time of writing and seemed to be that way this past weekend, as well – ever since this promotion became widespread news. This is likely because so many Fortnite players are trying to claim their free skin bundle.

The promotion is set to last until February 2021, so you have plenty of time to claim the skin – even if it takes the website a full week to recover. We’ll keep this post updated when the website begins to pick up again.

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Fortnite leak points to a buffed Flare Gun returning

The Flare Gun has been buffed in the Fortnite game files, suggesting that its return could be around the corner.

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Fortnite leak shows buffed Flare Gun

The Flare Gun was Fortnite’s first step towards the fire-filled gameplay that we have in Season 4. In Season 3, Epic introduced the Flare Gun to fit with the “stranded” flood theme of the map and Battle Pass. Later, they introduced the ability to set structures on fire and a new item to do just that: the Firefly Jars.

Environmental fires were cited among the reasons Epic swapped to the new physics engine in the first place. Season 4 seems to have capatalized on these new effects, adding Doom’s Mystical Bomb and other ways to set your surroundings on fire.

With the introduction of Season 3, however, Epic removed the Flare Gun from the game. It wasn’t the most popular item in the rotation, but it still provided some handy utility in the form of marking players in the surrounding area. Still, most of the time, players would pick it up, shoot a shot to see if anyone was around, drop it, and move on.

According to data miner Mang0e, we may not have seen the last of the Flare Gun in Fortnite. The item has undergone some changes in the game files, buffing the duration of marked enemies to 15 seconds.

This isn’t the largest buff in the world but it will make the item more viable. The Flare Gun wasn’t very useful when it came to dealing damage, so buffing the utility of the gun could influence more people to carry it.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the original Flare Gun in Fortnite – you’d be hard-pressed to see too many people complaining about it. The weakness of the gun still seems to be there, however. It doesn’t take ammo, so you’ll be stuck with ten charges – similar to the Harpoon Gun.

Adding ammo to the Flare Gun might throw it out of balance, so this might be the most significant buff that Epic can add – within reason. Either way, it would seem that the Flare Gun could be making a return. We can guess that we’ll see it as early as Fortnitemares or as late as Season 5.

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