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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.

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How to earn the free Fortnite Crew emote in Season 5

Epic Games are offering players who sign up for the Fortnite Crew membership a free, exclusive emote for a limited time.

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Epic Games is offering players a free emote to go with their Fortnite Crew membership in Fortnite Season 5.

The Fortnite Crew membership is an interesting idea. Players can sign up for the system for $11.99 per month. In return, they receive the Battle Pass, an exclusive cosmetic set, and 1,000 V-Bucks to use as they please.

January 2021 was the second month of the Crew system, and it wasn’t without its speed bumps. Some players logged in on January 1 to see that their Green Arrow skin pack was nowhere to be found.

Even more players had to wait over 2 weeks to receive their V-Bucks for the month. The system is still new, but it’s clear that Epic have some polishing to do.

As a way to throw Fortnite Crew members a bone, Epic are offering a free “Members Only” emote to anyone who signs up for the Crew pack.

You need to sign up for a Fortnite Crew membership and log into Fortnite before February 15. This timing means that non-members can wait and see what the February cosmetic pack holds before committing.

The Crew membership, when it’s working, is a good deal for dedicated Fortnite players who want to get the most bang for their buck. An exclusive skin, pickaxe, back bling, and 1,000 V-Bucks is well worth the $11.99 price tag.

We’ll let you know when we learn more about the February Fortnite Crew pack. Until then, enjoy Season 5.

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All XP Coin locations for Fortnite Season 5 Week 7

XP Coins have finally returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where you can find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

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XP Coins have returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

Fortnite Season 5 is offering players a plethora of ways to earn XP and rank up through the Battle Pass. The most recently-added XP-gathering method is through the XP Coins.

Most players will remember XP Coins from the past few seasons. They seemed to be everywhere back then, but they were removed at the start of the season.

Ahead, we’ll give you a map of all the XP coin locations. We’ll make sure to update you as more XP Coins are added to the map.

Fortnite XP Coin locations

XP coins are scattered all across the map. You can find them from Catty Corner to Stealthy Stronghold. Here’s a map of all of the available XP Coins, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as more XP coins become available. You’ll need to reach level 250 to unlock all of the enlightened skins in Season 5, so finding these will be well worth your time.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are here. Take a look at how to complete all of them in this challenge guide.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 is here. Take a look at all of the challenges and how to complete them.

Fortnite Season 5 is chugging along, but there’s still about two months left. The holiday break extended the latest season, so there’s still plenty of time to make your way through the Battle Pass.

The Week 7 challenges are relatively straightforward, with most of them able to be completed without too much effort.

A couple of these challenges will have you searching the same area in Slurpy Swamp, so a favorable bus path in Team Rumble will allow you to complete them in one shot. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges

The good news in the Week 7 challenges is that all of them can be completed in Team Rumble. We have a separate article detailing the locations of Books in Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands. You can find that here.

The Legendary challenge requires players to deal damage to opponents in Vehicles. This one is going to be a headache, as there’s no way to force another player to be inside of a car or boat when you shoot them.

Hopefully, you can get into a game of Team Rumble with like-minded enemies – sitting in Motorboats and trading shots with you. If not, it’s going to take some serious gaming to finish this one. Good luck!

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