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5 Alternatives to Skill-Based Matchmaking in Fortnite

Skill-based matchmaking is a topic of much debate in the Fortnite community. Some players agree with the switch, while others think it will hurt the game in the long-term. Here are five feasible alternatives that may make SBMM in Fortnite unnecessary.

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Skill-based matchmaking is a topic of much debate in the Fortnite community. Some players agree with the switch, while others think it will hurt the game in the long-term. Here are five feasible alternatives that may make SBMM in Fortnite unnecessary.

Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) is the latest in a long line of topics that has split the Fortnite community. Players in the lower skill bracket love the idea of avoiding the sweats, streamers, and wannabe-pros, while the latter group doesn’t want to be stuck with one another for the entire future of the game.

Changing the matchmaking system isn’t the only option, however. There are other ways Epic can change Fortnite to make SBMM unnecessary. Here are a few ideas.

Arena Incentives

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One common complaint of the skill-based matchmaking system in Fortnite is that it’s Arena without siphon or material caps. This critique is spot-on as it stands right now. There’s no incentive to play Arena unless you’re trying to compete in tournaments. Some of us are, but most of us aren’t.

A large percentage of the player base likes competitive game modes but isn’t skilled enough to compete in Cash Cups or online qualifiers. It’s sad that Apex Legends has a more fleshed-out competitive system than Fortnite does – and that game has been out for a fraction of the time.

Epic could add exclusive skins, weapon wraps, gliders, or any other cosmetic items to incentivize Arena play. That will draw competitive players out of public matches and into Arena, therefore reducing the need for SBMM.

Better LTMs

Arena incentives will take care of some of the competitive players, and better LTMs will engage the casuals. There is only a handful of LTMs that are worth playing right now. Bounty, the Floor is Lava, and Air Royale are three that stand out. 

Sniper-only game modes, Close Encounters, and similar LTMs can be fun for a game or two, but they lose their luster after a while.

Epic needs to draw more casual players to LTMs so they can enjoy the game without facing hardcore competition all of the time.

Count Assists as Kills

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This suggestion could be huge for the game, and it will likely be controversial. Part of the reason Epic added the BRUTE was to allow unskilled players to get more eliminations. Another way these players could get more eliminations is to count assists as kills.

A lot of other games already do this – Gears of War and Overwatch come to mind. They give you a certain number of points based on the damage you did to the eliminated player and reward you with a kill as long as you tagged them at least once.

A lot of people aren’t going to like this, but it will help solve some of the issues that SBMM is attempting to address. Kill stealing won’t be a thing anymore and everyone will get more kills in team-based modes – so it’s a no-lose proposition.

A ‘New and Returning Player’ Playlist

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Ninja and SypherPK brought up this idea during a recent stream: allowing new and returning players to join an exclusive game mode that will help them get a grip on the current state of Fortnite.

If you get a win or reach a kill threshold, the game disappears and you are back to the normal game modes. Epic can add bots to this mode to help keep it populated – something they’re considering anyway.

This game mode will be the same as the regular Battle Royale game, but you’ll only be playing with bots, returning players, and new players. The rest of the game modes will stay the same as they are now.

Keep SBMM Exclusively in Solos

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It appears as though Epic is dedicated to skill-based matchmaking. The community is split on the topic, but it doesn’t really matter what we think. Papa Epic is going to do what they think is best for us. 

The health of Fortnite is going to suffer if SBMM expands to Duos and eventually Squads. Players will face lengthy queue times, many will face more difficult games, and a wide percentage of the player base is going to start getting frustrated.

If Epic keeps SBMM in Solos only – a mode where you can’t rely on anyone but yourself – things will be manageable. Expanding it could spell a massive hit to the community.

What do you think of skill-based matchmaking? Sound off in the comments.

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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All Fortnite Season 6 Exotic Weapon locations

Fortnite Season 6 is here, and only a few Exotic weapons made it. Here are all Exotic weapon locations for the new Fortnite season.

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Fortnite Season 6 marked the return of Exotic weapons to Fortnite. Not all of the Season 6 weapons are there, however, and they’ve moved locations.

There’s no shortage of new mechanics in Fortnite Season c, with the addition of crafting, the map changes, and a whole lot more.

Mythics have returned to the game in Season 6 but in a limited capacity. The only classic Mythic items in Fortnite Season 5 include the Spire Jumpboots and the Spire Assassin’s Primal Shotgun.

What’s more, Epic added craftable items to the game that allow players to create unique weapons out of existing parts. For instance, a Mechanical Bow and two Shockwave Grenades make the Shockwave Bow – a massive upgrade from both weapons.

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Fortnite Season 6 Exotic weapon locations

Exotic weapons have returned to Fortnite Season 6, but not as many as we had in Season 5. These will be supplementary items rather than the focus of the season, which appears to be on the new crafting mechanic.

Many of the NPCs who sold these items in Season 5 have also either moved locations or don’t sell them anymore, so a new guide is needed. Here’s a map of all of the Season 6 Exotic weapon locations.

As you can see, there are seven Exotic weapons and items currently available in Fortnite Season 6. These are the:

  • Hop Rock Dualies: sold by Gutbomb in Logjam Woodworks
  • Chug Cannon: sold by Slurp Jonesy in Slurpy Swamp
  • Shadow Tracker Pistol: sold by Power Chord in Dance Club Cabin
  • Marksman Six Shooter: sold by Deadfire northwest of Lazy Lake
  • Grappler Bow: sold by Lara Croft in Stealthy Stronghold
  • Unstable Bow: sold by Rebirth Raven northwest of Sweaty Sands
  • Raz’s Mythic Explosive Bow: dropped after eliminating Raz at The Spire

The good news is that, unlike last season, all of the NPCs that sell Exotics only spawn in one location – at least, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as Epic add more Exotics to Fortnite Season 6. We expect to see them takes things further as the season goes on, so stay tuned to more news on Exotic weapons.

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May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes Save The World and Spotify Premium

The May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes the exclusive Deimos skin set, the original Save The World mode, and three months of Spotify Premium.

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Fortnite revealed the upcoming May 2021 Crew Pack which comes with a membership exclusive skin, the game’s original Save The World mode, and Spotify Premium.

Epic Games introduced the Fortnite Crew Subscription service during Chapter 2 Season 5. For $11.99 USD a month players would receive an exclusive skin set, 1,000 V-Bucks, and instant access to the current season’s Battle Pass.

As Fortnite has continued the service, it has also sweetened the deal by including memberships to other subscription services like Disney+. For the month of May, subscribers are being offered more for their money than ever before.

The May Fortnite Crew Pack will offer the Deimos skin set which comes with a pickaxe, back bling, and weapon wrap. This also includes Deimos’ green skin variants and a loading screen background. Fortnite’s Deimos is a modernized depiction of the Greek god of dread.

Deimos will also be introduced as a playable character in Fortnite’s original Save The World game mode. Fortnite launched in 2017 with only the Save The World mode but was popularized when the Battle Royale mode launched a few months later. May Fortnite Crew members will also gain permanent access to Save The World.

Subscribers are also being offered three months of Spotify Premium for free. However, this offer is only available to new Spotify Premium customers. Existing or previous customers will have to create a new account if they want to redeem this offer. The offer expires on June 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST.

The May Crew membership comes with the normal monthly benefits such as access to the Battle Pass and 1,000 V-Bucks. Epic Games stated that every Thursday during the month of May, Fortnite Crew members would receive special in-game bonuses.

While the weekly benefits remain a mystery, it will be interesting to see what Fortnite has in store for players. The May Fortnite Crew pack is offering the best deal yet and weekly challenges/rewards will only add more value. We’ll keep you posted about the weekly Crew bonuses whenever they’re announced.

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