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BallaTW argues that Solos shouldn’t be a major competitive mode

Arten ‘BallaTW’ Esa gives his thoughts on why Epic should stop highlighting Solos as a “main” competitive Fortnite mode.

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Competitive Fortnite fans are no stranger to Arten ‘BallaTW’ Esa – the voice of competitive Fortnite. Balla is a broadcaster, analyst, and widely considered to be one of the most authoritative sources on the competitive side of the game.

During the FNCS Solos qualifiers, Balla tweeted that he’d be, “Dropping the biggest blog on why Solos should not be played for major events,” once the competition ended. When it did, he followed through on his promise.

The blog included over 4,000 words on why Solos is the worst game mode to feature for major events. He outlines the multiple problems with Solo Fortnite from both a viewership and a competitive standpoint. Most of these problems aren’t as prevalent in larger team modes, as he states in his blog. We suggest that anyone interested in the topic of competitive Fortnite give it a read (link in the tweet, below).

Balla touches on some of the primary problems with Solos in his blog: that the most popular players hardly ever win; that collusion, griefing, and drop-splitting is rampant; that narratives are shallow and difficult to craft; that the random elements of Fortnite effect this mode more than any other.

In the blog, Balla dedicates a large section to the toxicity in Solos. You can disagree with anything Balla has said in his blog, but he’s dead-on in this department. Solos is the most toxic of all of the Fortnite modes. Competitive players are raging, ending their streams, maliciously griefing one another, and incessantly complaining on Twitter.

Solos bring the worst out of everyone. It’s the most rage-inducing game mode at every level. A lot of casual players even hate the mode. Anyone who follows competitive Fortnite knows that Fortnite Twitter is a cesspool during solo events. Pros are raging, quitting, and telling Epic how bad they are at their job. Here’s a tweet from Bizzle that Balla used in his blog, but this is only one of the hundreds of similar tweets.

As Balla states, tweets like these are bad for everyone. Think of it like this: if a group of MMA fighters came out and said how the UFC is uncompetitive, unfun, and that they wouldn’t want to compete with the organization ever again – would this not hurt the product? Why would you watch something when the most noteworthy participants in the event openly state how much they hate it, how random chance dictates everything, and how everyone is cheating and colluding?

Again, we recommend giving the whole blog a read. Balla talks about many more topics like the necessity of a “main” competitive Fortnite mode, how to fix some of the issues with larger team modes, and his idea for an “ideal tournament ecosystem.”

Thankfully, we already know that Season 4 will feature Trios as the FNCS game mode. This mode is a lot more fun to watch and – from what the pros tell us – a lot more fun to participate in. Hopefully, Epic Games take Balla’s advice going forward with these solo events. We’ve come a long way from the World Cup, and it’s time for the competitive Fortnite formats to evolve.

Glitches

How to enter the Stark Industries Vault without a keycard

Fortnite players have found an exploit that allows them to enter the Stark Industries vault without a keycard.

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The first update of Fortnite Season 4 included a massive overhaul of almost the entire northeast portion of the map. Stark Industries has now become one of the most popular places to land, with nearly a quarter of the lobby chasing Iron Man at the beginning of each match.

It’s easy to understand why this location is so popular. Stark Industries offers a ton of loot, a chance for an early battle, the only place to obtain high-level Stark Rifles, the Iron Man hero abilities, and a vault.

We’re focusing on the vault, for this article. It’s one of only two closed vaults on the map, but that doesn’t mean that you need a keycard to enter. More than a few players have eliminated Iron Man and hit the vault, only to find a squad of players already inside.

The reason for this is a video made by popular YouTuber and glitch exposer Glitch King. He offered a video tutorial on how to enter the Stark Industries vault without a keycard.

A glitch like this one has been possible in every season since vaults first came to Fortnite. The good thing was that most of these glitches took so long to complete that they were nearly impossible to pull off in a real game. You’d have to build walls and cones, get a boat, and spam buttons to enter the vault.

This one, however, is troublingly easy. All you need to do is hit the back of the vault at the proper angle with one of the many cars that spawn in the Stark Industries parking lot. Simply land, grab a car, drive it under the stairs and hop into the vault.

Admittedly, Glitch King makes the exploit look easier than it is. You probably won’t get it on your first try, but there’s nothing stopping players from practicing this glitch in Battle Lab. Once you find the right angle, you’ll get in every time.

Of course, you’ll be stuck inside the vault until someone else opens it, but that isn’t much of a problem. The Stark Industries vault almost never goes unopened, so chances are you’ll be able to loot the vault and kill whoever opens the door for you.

This is a pretty broken exploit, so we hope Epic address it in a coming update. The longer it’s in the game, the more players will try it. For now, all we can advise is to be careful when opening the Stark Industries vault.

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New Fortnite Battle Bus “Upgrade” leaked

Tony Stark is improving the Fortnite Battle Bus. Take a look at the leaked first version of the upgrade.

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Fortnite Season 4 is finally giving players a taste of what it was like to play the game in Chapter 1. The updates aren’t coming at the same rapid clip as they were during the last chapter, but they’re steadily changing the game by adding new content every couple of weeks.

Yesterday’s update was a perfect example of this. It wasn’t as big as v14.10, which brought Stark Industries to the game, but it made significant changes in key areas of the map. The update also released Wolverine, who is the toughest boss that Fortnite has ever seen.

The map is progressively changing over the course of the season and we haven’t seen the last alteration. In fact, the map isn’t the only part of Fortnite that’s set for an overhaul as the season progresses.

Players who have had a chance to breathe in Stark Industries have noticed that Tony Stark appears to be making alterations to the Battle Bus. You can find one of the busses in his garage. It seems as though Stark wasn’t content with the plain old bus we’ve had since the early days of Fortnite.

Thanks to data miners, we already know how the upgraded Battle Bus will look when Tony Stark is finished with his first round of alterations.

There isn’t too much of a difference with this first stage, but we don’t expect Stark to stop there. By the end of the season, there’s a strong chance that the Battle Bus has its very own Iron Bus suit.

As you can see, the sound of the bus is also changing. It appears as though Stark is focusing on the performance of the bus before moving onto the cosmetics.

One interesting question that we have is: will this affect the speed of the bus? We assume that a more powerful engine would allow the bus to hit higher speeds. The speed probably won’t change due to game mechanics, but anything’s possible!

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about Tony Stark’s plan for the Battle Bus. We can expect to see this version of the bus come to Fortnite within the next two weeks.

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Challenges

How to collect Floating Rings at Coral Castle

Take a look at all of the Coral Castle floating ring locations for the Fortnite Season 4 Week 5 challenges.

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Coral Castle in Fortnite

Fortnite Season 4 Week 5 is here, marking the halfway point in the season and, for many, the Battle Pass. Tier 100 and Tony Stark are only a few weeks away as long as you complete all of your weekly challenges.

For Week 5, we’re back to searching for floating rings in named POIs. We’re going to Coral Castle this time around, which was introduced towards the end of last season. Coral Castle isn’t a very popular POI most of the time, but it will be getting a lot more action when the Week 5 challenges come to the game.

Below is a map of the location along with all of the floating rings that you need to complete the challenge.

It would be best to complete this one in Team Rumble – which is disabled at the time of writing – but there’s a 50% chance that you get an unfavorable bus. Even still, you could probably stretch your landing and make it to one or two rings before being eliminated by the enemy team.

You can take a look at the rest of the challenges here. If you’re still looking for the Transport Truck for the Wolverine challenge, you can find that here. Happy hunting!

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