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72hrs exposes Arena & tournament instant Gold exploit

Fortnite streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed a massive Gold Bar exploit for Arena and the Season 5 FNCS.

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Fortnite is no stranger to exploits, but streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan uncovered a Gold Bar strategy that players can use to cheat in the Season 5 FNCS.

Fortnite Season 5 introduced Gold Bars to the game – a new currency that players can use to upgrade weapons, buy Exotics, and otherwise improve their setup.

In base Fortnite, Gold Bars carry over from game to game. In Arena and tournament play, they don’t, meaning you start every match with 0 Gold Bars. This fact has been under some criticism, as it puts weapon upgrades behind an in-game paywall, making RNG more of a factor in competitive matches and tournaments.

Well, some players have found a way around that, and streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed this exploit to the public.

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The exploit revolves around timed quests in Fortnite – something that Epic probably overlooked when implementing the system. You can grab quests from NPCs that last 60 minutes, rather than for one game – meaning you can complete them in the next game you play.

These quests are the same in Arena as they are in public matches. Theoretically, you can grab three quests in one match, back out, and get all of the Gold rewards in your next Arena match.

This is an exploit that should be addressed for Arena Mode, but its real impact can be felt in tournaments. Players can hop into a public match, stack-up on quests, complete 90% of each quest, then play an FNCS qualification game while finishing all of the quests at once for instant Gold Bars.

“People wouldn’t even know if you don’t stream,” Tom explained. “In replay, it doesn’t show you get Gold, so the only way you’d know if people were doing this is if you take the time to slowly count all the Gold that they actually got.”

Your initial thought might be, “Since 72hrs made this video, more people are going to abuse the system.” This is probably right, but there were plenty of people who knew about this exploit before the video went live. Tom’s former teammate, Chap, even admitted that he already knew about the exploit in the former streamer’s chat.

Now, the exploit is out in the open and Epic have to do something about it. Plenty of FNCS players don’t stream their matches for a variety of reasons. As 72hrs said, there’s no way of knowing that these players used the exploit unless you’re specifically looking for it in Replay Mode.

“You gotta think about it like this, too,” 72hrs continued, “So many people are accidentally doing it – they don’t even know. They’re playing pubs, they picked up a quest, they’re like, ‘I’m not f***in’ fueling up a car today, I’ll do it later.’ And then they go into FNCS … and all of a sudden they’re like, ‘Wait, I can upgrade, I have 500 Gold.'”

72hrs presented a question towards the end of the video: is it cheating? It’s hard to say that this is cheating since it’s so easy to accidentally trigger the exploit. Now that it’s out there, though, we can expect more players to take advantage of it in the Season 5 FNCS.

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#FreeClix trends as Clix receives indefinite ban on Twitch

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod has received an indefinite Twitch ban. This is the streamers third ban on Twitch, worrying fans that it could be his last.

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One of Fortnite’s biggest stars, Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod, has been banned on Twitch. As of now, this is an indefinite suspension.

Update 2/16/21: Clix has since been unbanned on Twitch.

Four months after signing an exclusive deal with the platform, NRG Fortnite pro, Clix, has been banned indefinitely on Twitch. The news came as an apparent shock to the young streamer, who logged on to find his account suspended after a weekend of record-breaking viewership during the FNCS.

We don’t know the exact reason that Clix was banned, but speculation has it that it was for streaming explicit content. When Tweeting an image of his FNCS performance, Clix opened his folder to reveal a small picture of fellow streamer, Ronaldo, mooning the camera.

The picture was small, difficult to catch, and accidental. Nonetheless, it seems to have resulted in an indefinite suspension for Clix, who has already received two Twitch bans in the recent past.

The first ban was the Twitch ban virus that was going around the Fortnite community. Clix was one of the streamers to play with Zayn when the latter was banned. He also received a ban during the DMCA wave late last year.

NRG CEO, Andy Miller tweeted, “The f***?” and “We on it!” in response to NRG’s #FreeClix Tweet. The hashtag jumped to number-one on trending overnight, showing the power of Clix’s fanbase.

What might be the strangest part of all of this was that Clix’s Boxfight map was featured as a community creation in Fortnite on Monday. It was changed to Skyfall Boxfight within an hour of release. There’s no way to tell if this is related to Clix’s ban, but it’s a strange coincidence.

We doubt that we’ve seen the last of Clix on Twitch. All of his bans have been for accidents or small circumstances that are generally outside of his control. Twitch is the only platform where streamers can receive a ban for simply playing with another banned streamer, for instance.

We’ll keep you posted as this story develops. As we saw with Dr. Disrespect, however, no one is too big of a star for Twitch to permanently ban.

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Ninja goes off on the Fortnite community after getting stream sniped

Ninja returned to Fortnite to find the same old stream snipers. As expected, he gave them a piece of his mind.

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Ninja sounded off on stream snipers in the Fortnite community during one of his recent streams.

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is one of the primary streamers who helped Fortnite rise to the height of popularity we see it today. He’s stepped away from the game of late but often comes back to play a few rounds between his Valorant streams.

Although Ninja doesn’t take Fortnite as seriously as he once did, he still faces a large number of stream snipers who want to eliminate him for clout. Ninja has always been outspoken about stream snipers but went all-in during one of his recent Fortnite streams.

“The community – these little f***ing kids – It’s so dumb. It really is,” Ninja vented. “And the thing is, these little clout chasing losers have no idea, man. All they’re doing is harming the game. Because I’m not gonna play it. I’m not gonna stream it.”

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“Good for you, man. Get your f***ing clip, send it to your buddies,” Ninja continued. “‘We killed Ninja!’ I haven’t played the game in – ever. I don’t play it anymore. I come back and I still almost kill all of you idiots.”

Ninja went on to say that it must be far worse for players like Bugha, who won the Fortnite World Cup. If stream sniping is bad for someone like Ninja, then it must be far worse for an actual top competitive Fortnite player.

Ninja has done a lot of good for the Fortnite community, helping it become one of the biggest games of all time. Stream snipers may be a part of the reason he doesn’t play as much as he once did.

We don’t think Ninja will completely stop playing Fortnite, but the constant stream sniping is clearly getting to him. Hopefully, this doesn’t dissuade Ninja from continuing to experience the fun side of Fortnite.

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SypherPK predicts the end of Fortnite Chapter 2 after Season 5

Fortnite Season 5 still has a month left, but streamer SypherPK thinks that Season 6 may not come. Instead, he thinks it will be Chapter 3.

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Fortnite Season 5 still has more than a month left, but streamer and YouTuber SypherPK is predicting that the next season will be a part of Chapter 3.

We’re into the back half of Fortnite Season 5, but it’s proving to be one of the longest seasons of Fortnite. This isn’t unusual, as holiday seasons are often longer than normal seasons.

Chapter 2 has featured longer seasons than Chapter 1 did, in general, with the first two season combining to last for nearly a year.

For this reason – along with a few plot points – Fortnite streamer and YouTuber SypherPK is predicting that the next Fortnite season will be Chapter 3 Season 1 rather than Chapter 2 Season 6.

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In a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, Sypher explained that if Chapter 2 lasted 10 seasons, it would bring us to 2023 before a new chapter began.

“Chapter 1 – the old map – took about 24 months to complete. Chapter 2, on the other hand, is already on 18 months. If we go through all the rest of the seasons until X, we’ll be on this chapter until 2023,” Sypher explained. “I feel like that’s a very long time. It could make things boring without having a full, fresh reset.”

Sypher went on to describe how Agent Jonesy has changed throughout the season, and how he appears to be transforming into the Default Jonesy we’ve seen since the game first began.

This is an interesting theory, but not one that we necessarily agree with. Sypher is onto a few things, here, but we don’t think it means that we’ll see a new Chapter anytime soon.

First, from a development perspective, Epic developers have already talked about the limitations of the old map when compared to the new one. The reason that map only lasted 24 months was because the development team wanted to move on to a bigger and better platform.

We may see Chapter 2 stick around a lot longer, as the developers are capable of creating more mechanics to this one.

We agree that Jonesy is transforming into Default Jonesy, which could be his future self. We also think that the map could be transforming into the old map, however, which would replace the need for a new chapter.

The developers have confirmed that we aren’t on a new map or a new planet. The Black Hole scrambled the old map and made it what it is today. Over the course of the past five seasons, the Chapter 1 POIs have slowly returned to their old locations.

By the end of Chapter 2, we expect the map to be identical to how it was during the early days of Chapter 1, just like Jonesy’s transformation we see in Season 5. His actions may even cause the creation of the “old” map and trap him inside the loop.

Anyone familiar with the Netflix show, Dark, probably has a good idea of how something like this would go. We also know that Creative Director Donald Mustard is a big fan of the series.

For those who don’t know, the opening line of the show is this: “We trust that time is linear. That it proceeds eternally, uniformly. Into infinity. But the distinction between past, present, and future is nothing but an illusion. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow are not consecutive, they are connected in a never-ending circle. Everything is connected.”

Does this sound familiar? Either way, whatever happens, we’ll know more when Season 5 ends on March 15.

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