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5 things Fortnite could do to compete with CoD Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone is out now. How will Fortnite win some of its players back from this heavy-hitting Battle Royale?

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Call of Duty: Warzone is out now. How will Fortnite win some of its players back from this heavy-hitting Battle Royale?

Another ‘Fortnite killer’ has been released into the wild, threatening to take a large chunk of the Battle Royale audience away from Fortnite. No game will ever match the unique experience that is Fortnite, but casual players are undoubtedly going to try the free-to-play Call of Duty: Warzone.

The release of Apex Legends led to a free Fortnite Battle Pass, siphon in pubs, Reboot Vans, and a pinging system. Clearly, Epic takes competition seriously.

Yesterday, when Activision announced the Call of Duty BR, Epic shot back with an immediate announcement of the Fortnite Champion Series for Season 2. What else do they have up their sleeve? How else will Epic compete with this fun, polished, unique BR? Let’s speculate.

Bring Siphon Back

The most immediate impact that Apex Legends had on Fortnite was the implementation of siphon in all game modes. Nearly everyone loved siphon until it was unceremoniously removed for promoting “unhealthy aggression.”

High-level Fortnite players are now calling public Fortnite matches “Arena without siphon.” In many ways, they’re right. Public solo matches, in particular, can be just as tough as Arena matches are.

Players of all levels are asking for the return of siphon. There’s no better time than now to give everyone what they want.

Quality of life changes (FoV slider)

There are a ton of small QoL changes that Epic could make to Fortnite that would make all of the difference. Players have been asking for an FoV slider for years. Right now might be the perfect time to give it to us.

Things like a loadout preset, FoV slider, competitive rewards, and locker customization options seem like no-brainers. At this point, it could even appear as though Epic has been waiting on a true BR competitor before they dropped some of these features.

Wouldn’t it be great to see the next update bring us a host of quality-of-life improvements? This might be the best way to combat another popular game like Warzone.

Separate the competitive loot pool

Separating the Fortnite loot pools is probably the least-likely suggestion on this list, while simultaneously making the most sense.

Competitive Fortnite players hate the C4 and Heavy Sniper meta that has taken over mid-game fights. These weapons present easy kill opportunities in competitive matches, with little skill needed.

At the same time, the casual community seems to love Heavy Snipers and mythic weapons. The compromise is simple: take the overpowered weapons out of competitive and test things in public matches before adding them to tournaments.

Will Epic do this? Almost certainly not. They’ve been extremely reluctant to separate the loot pools in the past, and probably won’t start now. Still, it would make a ton of sense and might incentivize many competitive players to stay on Fortnite.

Free Battle Pass

What’s the easiest way to keep players on Fortnite and away from competing games? Free stuff.

People forget that Epic gave us the opportunity to earn a free Battle Pass when Apex Legends first hit the scene. Season 7 was extended and Epic provided us with some challenges and a chance to earn the Season 8 Battle Pass for free.

This would be a Band-Aid fix for the issue, but it could bring some players back to the game within the next couple of months. Season 2 is still young, but we might see this coming at the end of the season.

Copy the Gulag

Epic isn’t shy about borrowing mechanics from other Battle Royale competitors and putting them into Fortnite. No, Apex Legends wasn’t the first game to implement vaults, but it’s naive to think that Fortnite vaults didn’t have something to do with Apex Legends.

Of course, Fortnite and other games also copied the reboot and pinging systems from Apex Legends. Some players even claim that the NPC bosses were influenced by Escape from Tarkov. What, if anything, will come out of Warzone and make its way into Fortnite?

Most of the new BR elements in Warzone seems specific to Call of Duty, which is awesome for Warzone players. Admittedly, I haven’t spent hours playing Warzone yet (it’s only a few hours old), but one of the elements that Epic could ‘borrow’ is the Gulag.

For those who don’t know, your first death in Warzone isn’t a death. You get transported to the Gulag and play a 1v1 Gunfight match against another deceased player. If you win, you get another chance in the arena.

I don’t know what a Fortnite version of this would look like, but there was a Gunfight LTM in Fortnite in the past. Epic could steal this one and bring it to Fortnite, but we’d probably have to wait until next season.

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So, there are five ways that Epic can raise the bar and compete with the new Call of Duty BR. If you haven’t played Warzone, yet, it’s far more entertaining and unique than last year’s Blackout. It really feels like a Call of Duty BR, rather than a polished PUBG clone.

I’m going to play Warzone, and many of you will as well. Epic knows this, and are hopefully planning something to revive their player count. Warzone won’t kill Fortnite, but it might leave a mark if Epic isn’t careful.

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This Crash Pad trick gives players free kills in competitive Fortnite

Another Fortnite Crash Pad technique has reared its head.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Crash Pads are the most useful item in Fortnite. You can combine them with Bouncers for ultimate mobility, use them to get into an opponent’s box, save yourself from fall damage, and – as it turns out – even more.

Just when we think that we’ve discovered all of the uses for Crash Pads, another one pops up. This new strategy is growing in popularity within the competitive Fortnite community, but is still under-utilized at the time of writing. Naturally, World Cup winner Bugha is on the cutting edge of the trick.

If you didn’t catch the strategy from the clip above, players are using Crash Pads to assassinate players above them in a stacked end-game lobby. All you need to do is make a hole in your structure, build a ramp, and throw a Crash Pad.

One of the players above you will, more than likely, fall through the broken floor and right into your lap. It’s a free refresh for your team.

This is a relatively high-level play, so you don’t need to worry about it if you’re only playing public matches. If you’re preparing for the Season 4 Trios FNCS, however, you should practice the technique and be aware that it might happen to you.

Players routinely find themselves stacked on top of one another in competitive Fortnite. I’d be surprised if we don’t see one or two of these plays in the FNCS Finals this season.

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Ghost Gaming signs NA-East Fortnite pro Nanolite

Ghost Gaming adds Nanolite to their growing Fortnite roster.

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Earlier in the year, it seemed like Ghost Gaming was one of the organizations divesting from professional Fortnite. Several organizations let the contracts of their Fortnite pros expire, while others were waiting in the wings to scoop them up.

Now, several months later, it seems like Ghost was only preparing to reload on their Fortnite talent. Most recently, they signed NA-East pro Nanolite. Ghost Gaming’s newest recruit has been rising the ranks, over the past year, putting together a third-place performance in the DreamHack Anaheim 2020 tournament.

Nanolite has, reportedly, earned over $38,000 from 62 events over the course of his Fortnite career. He also sits, squarely, at number 50 on the FortniteTracker NA-East Power Rankings list.

With the signing, Ghost’s Fortnite roster is surprisingly deep. They now boast Kamo, Sean, Trapped, Zarby, Nittle, Clarity, and Nanolite. We’ll have to wait and see if they’ll stay steady here or continue to add to their growing roster of Fortnite talent.

Organizations have been signing Fortnite free agents left and right. It’s clear that Fortnite isn’t going anywhere as an esport, despite the lowering of the prize pool compared to 2019. Who will be the next free agent to fall? Only time will tell.

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Marvel X Fortnite comic teases unreleased hero skins

A new Marvel comic teases the release of Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther Fortnite skins.

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We’re around the halfway point in Fortnite Season 4, with some of the most popular Marvel heroes already existing within the Fortnite universe. We’ve seen Groot, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Storm, and Mystique included in the Season 4 Battle Pass, with Silver Surfer, Blade, Captain America, and others entering through the Item Shop and past seasons.

There are only a few tier-one Marvel heroes missing from Fortnite, but they might not be out for too long. We already have hero abilities for Venom and Black Panther, which has led fans to assume that they’ll be available later in the season.

Venom in Fortnite

Recently, the VP and Head of Creative at Marvel Games, Bill Roseman, tweeted the cover art for Avengers #37, which will reportedly feature a crossover with Fortnite characters. This could have a profound impact on the lore of Fortnite, so we’ll have to wait and see what it holds when the comic releases on October 4.

On the cover, however, you can see Fortnite characters flying across the Battle Royale island with some of the Marvel heroes that are playable characters in the game. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, however: Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther aren’t in the game, yet.

With the rest of these Marvel characters already being a part of Fortnite, we can only assume that these heroes will be immortalized in the game as well. Black Panther was already rumored – his hero ability is in the game – but the rest of them are completely new additions.

If this teaser comes to fruition, then we’ll be seeing all three of these heroes in the Item Shop before the end of the season. We can only hope!

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