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5 ways to fix the loot pool in Fortnite Season 2

Here are five ways that Epic could fix the Fortnite loot pool in Season 2.

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Here are five ways that Epic could fix the Fortnite loot pool in Season 2.

Fortnite Chapter 2 released with what some considered to be the most balanced loot pool in the history of the game. It wasn’t long before players started poking holes in this idea, though – especially with the stack size of Grenades being 10.

We’ve noticed a few more issues in the four-plus months that Fortnite Season 1 has been out. Fortunately, there are some easy fixes for these problems.

We’re not going to get into adding new items to the game. We can’t know what Epic has planned on this front. For now, we’ll cover some small adjustments that would make all of the difference.

Make Snipers rarer

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Snipers are the single worst item to pull from the first chest you open. You’d rather have a green pistol or a Harpoon Gun than a sniper in most early-game situations.

Snipers are far too common in Fortnite Chapter 2. They’re a ‘power’ weapon and should be treated as such. As it stands, though, every squad has at least one Sniper Rifle, if not four.

The combination of little mobility and unlimited Sniper spawns make sniping a lot more powerful than they should be. Epic should probably consider locking these behind Supply Drops.

Make Launch Pads more common

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Mobility has been the weak point of Fortnite Chapter 2. The lack of mobility was charming in the beginning, but most of us are sick of running around four months after the reset.

Most players were excited when they saw that v11.50 unvaulted Launch Pads. When we got into a match, however, we found that they were extremely rare. How is it that we can find three to five RPGs in a game without a Launch Pad? This shouldn’t be the case.

Epic needs to, and likely will, add more mobility items to Fortnite. Even a land vehicle would be a welcome addition. In the meantime, though, they need to buff the spawn rate of Launch Pads.

Make RPGs rarer

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RPGs are in the same category as Snipers. They’re annoying to receive as your first weapon in a match and far too common on the whole.

The reason for the RPG and Sniper issues is probably the same: too many rarities. Yes, it feels better to have a Gold Sniper rather than a Green one. In the end, though, they can both one-shot headshot a player and only have a difference of 16 damage per shot.

There are also four rarities of RPG, which makes them a lot more common than they should be. A Green RPG is almost as powerful as a Gold one. Remove at least two of these rarities and the loot pool should be a lot better.

Remove Fishing Rods from chests

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Fishing Rods are single-handedly clogging the Fortnite loot pool on the shield side. Epic may have nerfed the spawn rate of shields in Chapter 2, but they also added Fishing Rods. Fishing Rods seem to pop out of almost half of chests, where shields could otherwise be found.

Fishing Rods are extremely common in Fortnite Chapter 2. They spawn in barrels, chests, and floor loot. There’s no reason to keep them in chests and there’s an argument to be made for taking them out of floor loot as well.

Removing Fishing Rods from chests won’t automatically fix the shield issue, but it would take a massive step in the right direction.

Adjust Grenades

Grenades have been an issue in Fortnite Chapter 2 since the season first released. Epic lowered the stack size of Grenades from ten to six, but this might not have been enough.

The issue with Grenades in Fortnite seems to be new to Chapter 2 – only because there were other throwables before Chapter 2 came out. Now that competitive players only have one projectile to work with, they’re making the most of them.

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Six grenades are a lot when you consider the fact that a squad could be conceivably holding up to 24. They’re extremely easy to find and are incredibly powerful in the right hands.

I’m not sure what Epic should do to nerf the grenades – lower the stack size again, lower the damage, etc. – but something has to be done.

So, those are five easy ways that Epic could fix the Fortnite loot pool in Season 2. Leave your ideas in the comments.

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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.

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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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