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5 most terrifying sounds in Fortnite (C2S2)

Here are the five most intimidating Fortnite sounds as of Chapter 2 Season 2.

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Despite the fact that a lot of players take Fortnite very seriously, it remains a cartoony, fun game that lends itself to creativity and goofy antics. We’ve rolled into a fight riding our Scootin’ emote more than once – skill-based matchmaking be damned.

Still, there are certain Fortnite sounds that make the most fun-loving Fortnite player sit up in their chair and build themself into a box. Here are five of the most terrifying sounds in all of Fortnite as of Chapter 2 Season 2. This list will undoubtedly change as Epic add new items and remove some of these.

5. Drum Gun/Grappler

We put the Drum Gun and Grappler into the same category because there’s only one of them in each match. In truth, the fact that there’s only one of them makes their sound a bit more terrifying than if everyone had one.

There are few things scarier than a controller player with Midas’ Drum Gun or a skilled opponent with the Grappler. Hearing a Grappler while you have high ground inherently makes you nervous. When someone starts spraying their Drum Gun, your knees become equally weak.

4. Purple/Gold Tac Shotgun

Going up against a Purple or Gold Tac is intimidating, especially if you’re stuck with a Green or Gray counterpart. You know that your opponent can chunk you for massive damage and possibly end your game if you’re not at 200 HP.

This is a particularly terrifying sound if you hear it during an early-game fight. You might be stuck with a Burst AR and no heals, meaning your opponent can end you in one shot.

3. Purple/Gold Pump Shotgun

We put this one ahead of the Tac shotgun because of the one-shot power. No one is safe from a perfect shot from the Purple of Gold Pump, even if you have an inventory full of health and shields.

In the hands of a skilled player, the Pump Shotgun is the ultimate trump card. You could take an opponent down to 1 HP, but it doesn’t matter if they put their Pump in your face. That deep, meaty sound is one of the most intimidating in all of Fortnite.

2. Minigun

A Minigun is particularly terrifying in Squads. You can manage an enemy Minigun in solos, but there isn’t much that you can do against a team with one or more Miniguns. Some of the most skilled players in the world have died to Minigun spraying when they’re outnumbered.

Hearing a Minigun spamming a structure is enough to send fear into the heart of the most experienced Fortnite player in a Squads match.

1. Heavy Sniper

The Heavy Sniper is, undoubtedly, the most terrifying sound in Fortnite – even post-nerf. First of all, we have a year + of experience with a Heavy Sniper one-shotting us to the body with 150 HP. That informs our thoughts when we hear one in-game.

The sound, itself, is inherently terrifying. When you add to that the fact that a single shot could end your game, it’s enough to scare every level of Fortnite player. On top of all of this, you know that a team could Rocket-Heavy Sniper or double-Heavy Sniper your box, instantly killing you. It’s hard to put any weapon ahead of the Heavy Sniper in terms of the intimidation factor.

Did we miss any scary Fortnite sounds? Let us know what you think in the comments and on Twitter.

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Slasher claims Fortnite esports’ real problem isn’t the prize pool

Esports reporter, Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, claims that Fortnite’s main problem as an esport isn’t the dwindling prize pool.

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With the recent announcement of the Fortnite Season 4 FNCS tournament, high-level competitive players have been calling out Epic Games for the lowering of their esports prize pool after their massive $100 million splash during the 2018-2019 season.

Top competitors like BenjyFishy, Zayt, and others have taken to social media to call out Epic for the seemingly drastic lowering of the prize pool over the course of the last year.

Players who place in the top three of the most popular regions in the game are seeing about half of what they won a year ago. The winner of the European region in the FNCS will earn almost $370,000 less in Chapter 2 Season 4 than they did during the same tournament in 2019.

To be fair to Epic Games, there are a few reasons for this. Most obviously, Epic are now providing daily and weekly Cash Cups to their player base. These events might not garner as much attention as the seasonal FNCS and DreamHack tournaments, but they do count towards the total prize money that Epic give away for Fortnite esports.

This might sound like Champaign problems to a lot of people reading this. Yes, we’re largely talking about young video game players who are competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars from the comfort of their own homes.

To the top players in the game, however, this isn’t all about the money. To them, it’s another sign that Epic don’t care about the competitive side of Fortnite. In their defense, they have years of evidence to back this up.

Esports reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau weighed in on this topic on Twitter, stating that the real problem with Fortnite esports has nothing to do with the prize money. “Fortnite esports doesn’t need $100 Million in prize money for (it) to be successful,” he wrote. “Fortnite needs Epic Games to truly care about its competitive player community with a long term plan for the pros instead of treating esports as a nonsense marketing exercise to promote the game.”

In a follow-up tweet, Slasher evoked the ongoing battle between Epic Games and Apple and how many of the pros in the community remain indifferent on the objectively positive stand that Epic are taking. This writer has heard one popular pro claim that he wanted Apple to “clean out” Epic while raging about the Fortnite server performance in the Season 3 FNCS Grand Finals.

As unfortunate as it may be, Slasher is right. Epic are using Fortnite esports as a “marketing exercise to promote the game.” They always have. When did Kevin the Cube come to Fortnite? In the middle of a tournament. When did the Infinity Blade come to Fortnite? The night before a tournament.

Chapter 1 Season 7 began four days before a $1 million Winter Royale tournament. That means that all of the qualifiers took place on a different Fortnite season than the finals. In fact, the EU finals and the NA finals for the same tournament happened on two entirely different seasons.

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In his final tweet in the thread, Slasher acknowledged that “Fortnite esports is still in an okay spot, but given the size and impact of the game to the gaming community at large or even mainstream culture.” Fortnite might be the biggest game of all time when it’s all said and done, but the esports side of things, “could be so much more,” as Slasher states.

Over the past year, in an interesting twist of fate, competitive Fortnite has become the number-one way to watch Fortnite on Twitch. Popular streamers like CouageJD, Ninja, DrLupo, and NickMercs have all left the game. Browsing the Fortnite category will primarily bring you streams of players like Clix, BenjyFishy, and Bugha broadcasting pro scrimmages.

At the same time, however, these pros are largely negative about the game that they all play. We all rage from time to time, but many of the Fortnite pros go out of their way to trash the game on other platforms – not just on-stream. It’s a problem for a game when its most popular players are constantly talking about how bad it is.

The worst part of this scenario might be that the game isn’t bad. It’s actually quite good. Casual players who don’t understand why these pros are complaining start to drift away from watching them. This was the primary cause of the philosophical divide that we’re now seeing between the casual and competitive Fortnite player bases.

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There’s a way out of this for Epic Games, but we’re not too confident that they’re going to take it. Like Slasher said, Fortnite esports is in a good spot; despite all of the issues that it has. On a casual level, Fortnite has almost as many players as ever. Season 4 seems like a return to form for the core game.

As someone who was overwhelmingly excited for the future of Fortnite esports during the first Friday Fortnite tournament, though, I can’t help but feel disappointed. There was a ton of potential and it seems like we might already be past the peak. It could have been a lot more, but that’s not the route Epic are taking.

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OP Silver Surfer strategy highlights problem for competitive Fortnite

Mythic hero abilities look to cause problems in the Fortnite Season 4 competitive meta.

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Whether or not you’re a fan of the Marvel theme of the new season, it’s hard to deny that Fortnite Season 4 is fun. For many, it seems like a return to form for the game that we all love. Not only has Epic significantly nerfed the “spray meta,” but they added some fun, goofy items again. It’s hard to find players who aren’t fans of the Boogie Bomb and Shockwave Grenade.

Even pro players seem to be happy with the latest update. Sure, there was a rough patch in the beginning when it seemed like aim assist was nerfed. Yes, the reduction from the 100% chest spawn rate seems to be universally disliked. Of course, the Combat Shotgun was nerfed into an unusable state.

All things considered, these are small issues when compared to the last couple of seasons.

There is one glaring problem on the horizon, however; one that Epic has been dealing with for the past two seasons, as well: mythic items in competitive modes. These items are a blast in public matches. That’s where they belong and where they shine. As soon as an item starts having a massive impact on tournaments, however, the community begins to split.

If you watched the Season 3 FNCS, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. The Shockwave Launcher was featured in almost every end-game of the Grand Finals across all regions. When it was all said and done, the Launcher accounted for well over half of the wins – and there was only one of them in each match.

Apart from this issue, the FNCS seemed to run smoothly. You’d think that Epic would keep this in mind when balancing the next season of competitive Fortnite. Unfortunately, Season 4 Arena Mode released with the same issue: Mythic hero abilities dominating competitive play.

Right now, the only exclusive Mythic Items are held by Doctor Doom. The blaster isn’t too overpowered in the Solo format, but the FNCS is Trios. As you can see from the clip, above, one player can hold height with Doom’s abilities while the rest shoot at the players underneath.

The other two mythic items, Groot’s Baller and Silver Surfer’s board, have a chance to spawn more than once in each match. You could, realistically, have around four or five of these (combined) in a game. These items might be even more problematic, however. Silver Surfer’s board allows you to get out of almost any situation, provided that it isn’t on cool-down.

The “outplay” potential of all of these items is incredibly high. They’re also some of the rarest items in each match. Is this what we want in a fair, competitive playing field? Our answer is, no – and we don’t think that pros will like them either.

If we were only talking about three items, it might not be a huge deal. The problem is that Epic are planning on adding several more hero abilities over the course of the season. Will these be in competitive modes as well? How powerful will She-Hulk’s Ground Smash be in the hands of the best players in the world?

Hopefully, these items are only in Arena during the FNCS preseason and are removed before the official tournament. If not, we could be hearing a lot more complaints from the usual suspects; and it’s hard to disagree with them.

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6 Marvel heroes we want to see in the Fortnite Season 4 Battle Pass

Our wishlist for the Marvel-themed Fortnite Season 4 Battle Pass and Item Shop.

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Earlier today, August 21, Epic confirmed rumors of Fortnite Season 4 having a Marvel Comics theme. Since then, we’ve seen additional leaks that point to Thor, Wolverine, Storm, and even a Wolverine/banana meme skin for Peely.

What else will Fortnite Season 4 bring us? With a full theme revolving around Marvel, we have to assume that some heavy-hitters will be included in the Battle Pass. Ahead, we’ll give our top six picks for Season 4 Battle Pass skins. Sure, they won’t all come true, but there’s always the Item Shop.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man is, and always has been, the most popular Marvel hero in the lineup. There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t know who Spider-Man is, and we think he’d make a perfect addition to the next Fortnite season.

There are very few popular male skins within the Fortnite community, since males have larger character models. The only exceptions to this trend are the skinny male skins like the Chaos Agent. Spider-Man is slender in stature, making a popular Fortnite skin more viable.

You may say, “Spider-Man won’t come to Fortnite. The rights are owned by Sony.” This is true, but Sony also has a $250 million stake in Epic Games. Never say never.

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Iron Man

Iron Man, like Spider-Man, is one of the most popular Marvel heroes in existence. This wasn’t always the case, however, as Tony Stark only exploded in popularity after he kicked-off the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Alongside Thor and Wolverine, we think Iron Man is the most likely hero to come to the Season 4 Battle Pass. He’s incredibly popular and offers some obvious upgrade potential through his suit.

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Black Panther

Unless Epic decide to go the route of a specific group of heroes like the X-Men, Black Panther seems like a no-brainer addition to Fortnite Season 4. He’s one of the most popular heroes on the MCU roster and still boasts the record for the highest-grossing solo Marvel movie to date.

In all of the replies we’ve read since Epic confirmed the Marvel theme, Black Panther has to be among the most-requested skin. Let’s see if he enters the Fortnite Battle Pass. If not, we expect an Item Shop addition.

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Mystique

We’re almost certainly going to have at least one female Marvel skin in the Battle Pass, but who will she be? We already heard rumors about Storm coming to the new season, but will she be the lone female? The most popular female hero is probably Black Widow, and she already has a skin. We think that Mystique would make for a perfect fit for the Battle Pass or Item Shop.

Not only is Mystique extremely popular, but she offers a ton of customization options. She’s a shapeshifter, after all, and could even be a reactive skin that changes throughout the match. A Mystique skin opens the door to a bunch of possibilities.

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Hulk

Epic have been touting their thicker skins in recent seasons, and Hulk would be the best extension of this. Sure, he might be bigger than Cable in the films and comics, but a Cable and Rippley-sized hulk would be perfect for Fortnite.

The best part of this skin is that Epic could add a Bruce Banner variant as well – even making it reactive in some way. Maybe, when Bruce Banner takes enough damage, he transforms into Hulk. How cool would that be?

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The Punisher

The Punisher might seem like a random selection, but Marvel fans know that he’d be a perfect fit in the world that Fortnite is building. He’s one of the most popular heroes in the lineup and loves his firepower. He’ll fit in perfectly with Fortnite.

What’s more, The Punisher had frequent run-ins with Deadpool in the Comics. When you combine this with the immense success of the Punisher show on Netflix – possibly, the most successful show in the Marvel/Netflix universe – it makes a lot of sense for Epic to add Frank Castle to the Battle Pass.

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Obviously, there are a ton of options in terms of Fortnite Marvel skins, which is what makes this seasonal theme so exciting for Marvel fans. As we were writing this article, data miner, Hypex, tweeted that Groot would be coming to the Battle Pass.

Which hero would you like to see in Fortnite Season 4 – Battle Pass or Item Shop? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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