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Ghost Bizzle is shining a light on issues with competitive Fortnite by using The Baller

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The competitive community hasn’t been shy talking about the issues plaguing Fortnite Battle Royale.

Ever since the Infinity Blade was thrown into the Winter Royale, questions about the competitive integrity of Fortnite have been abundant.

Ghost Bizzle has been on the forefront of the charge. As the winningest player over all Fortnite events, he has cemented himself as one of the best in the game.

But even though he has made boatloads of money, doesn’t mean he is necessarily happy with the state of the game.

In fact, he has taken the complaints one step further to prove that Epic needs to overhaul competitive play.

He has been playing – and winning – World Cup qualifiers without a gun.

After he qualified for the event, he turned his attention towards this unique challenge. Now he spends the first Saturday rolling through the semi-finals without ever shooting another player.

For the last month or so, Bizzle has been trying to get enough points to qualify for Sunday. He’s succeeded twice. Without ever picking up a gun. Here’s his video for qualifying the first time and another video from this past weekend should be up soon.

Just because Bizzle makes it look easy doesn’t mean what he is doing is simple. Many talented players have missed out on moving on to Sunday’s competition. Most recently was Ninja who didn’t qualify for Sunday in his last chance to qualify by himself.

Even though what Bizzle is doing takes skill, it shouldn’t even be possible. There is no way he could qualify without the use of The Baller. That added mobility and the risk others take when they engage with a baller late game means that he can stay safe for long periods of time.

Other mobility items like shadow bombs and rifts help him out of tough spots and ranged utility weapons like smoke and boogie bombs come through in tough situations.

Ultimately success in Fortnite should really be dictated by three key areas. Aiming skill, building skill and decision making.

The Baller basically takes out all three. You don’t need to aim if you are driving it. You don’t need to build while in it. Your decision making is basically where to point the vehicle.

When players can use a single vehicle and move on to one of the largest esports competitions ever, that is a huge problem.

Despite this being a clear issue in competitive Fortnite since March, nearly the entire qualifier was dominated by this item.

Having one of the best player make a mockery of the event should create change but all the players holding their breath for Epic’s changes turned blue and passed out months ago.

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Epic reportedly adjust recoil on mouse and keyboard input in Fortnite

Epic have, reportedly, reduced recoil on mouse and keyboard to bring it closer to that of a controller.

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Anyone who regularly follows Fortnite news knows that aim assist is a constant topic of debate within the community. Mouse and keyboard players have been lobbying for an aim assist nerf for months and were excited when Epic announced they’d be addressing it in the v12.61 patch.

Well, v12.61 came and went with little changes to aim assist. In fact, one could argue that Epic buffed aim assist, as it now helps track players long-distance, where it didn’t before the patch.

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One thing did seem to even the playing field, however: recoil. Recoil has been a piece of the aim assist debate since it began. The recoil on mouse and keyboard has been higher than it was on a controller, which was a point of understandable frustration for those using the former input.

It appears as though this issue has been fixed in v12.61. Early reports have it that the recoil on KBM is the same as it is on a controller. You can see this in the clip from u/remarkableseif, below.

This is big news for KBM Fortnite players out there. They may not have received the aim assist nerf that they wanted, but this is meeting the halfway.

Epic is between a rock and a hard place with aim assist. The bulk of their player base likely uses a controller. A substantial nerf to the input would cause a massive uproar, even if the most vocal people in the community would be happy. Epic are continuing to adjust the system and will likely have some more changes in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite players call for a boycott of Item Shop XP Boosts

Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP, telling others to speak with their wallets.

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XP thresholds in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 are the subject of some sharp criticism from the community. Those who want to receive all of their gold variants for Season 2 need to reach level 350, which is nearly impossible without grinding all of the challenges, including the tedious Location Domination challenges. Even then, it’s a stretch.

Yesterday, we covered the story of TALOCAN; a player who managed to reach level 520 in Fortnite. He reportedly plays Team Rumble, opens chests, quits, and repeats – exactly how Fortnite is meant to be played.

While this is an interesting story, it highlights the problem with XP in Fortnite. Most people want to play the game without focusing on menial tasks. At the same time, Battle Pass owners feel as though they should have a reasonable opportunity to earn all of the rewards without paying extra money.

When you combine this feeling with the lack of Overtime Challenges, players are getting a bit frustrated with the current state of Fortnite Season 2 cosmetics.

Epic promised us less of a grind this season, which proved to be false. Sure, it’s not as much grind to reach level 100 as it was in past seasons, but it’s far more difficult to unlock all of the cosmetics.

This is why some players were angry to learn that Epic would reportedly be selling XP boosts in the Item Shop towards the end of the season. They’ve done this before in the form of Battle Pass tiers, but it feels dirtier this time around.

In past seasons, hitting level 100 was always reasonable. Buying the last few tiers didn’t feel as bad when you had a legitimate chance of unlocking all of the cosmetics without opening your wallet. You either wanted the cosmetics ASAP or were slacking-off on the challenges.

Now, though, when the most dedicated Fortnite players haven’t reached level 350, selling XP boosts feels a bit manipulative. They set a goal that’s nearly impossible to hit for most people, then reportedly plan to sell additional support to help you reach that goal. Love or hate past Fortnite Battle Passes, they’ve never included something like this.

For that reason, some Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP in Season 2. “I think it’s important that we speak with our wallets and let Epic know ‘Hey this isn’t ok,'” u/C_G15 wrote on the r/FortniteBR subreddit. “We shouldn’t need to spend more money on the Battle Pass then we already have, to unlock everything. Let’s not make impossible enlightening skins the norm.”

At the time of writing, this post has over 2,200 upvotes. One commenter, u/RebbitFrog, expanded on the argument in the comments. “At the risk of getting all Jim Sterling here – it would be a company selling a way to skip the grind, when they have full control over how much grind is needed. Selling the solution to a problem they created.

“And yes, buying XP/levels/boosts encourages them to keep doing it in the future. So even if you consider it fine, that you have the disposable income right now, you still shouldn’t do this. Because next time they’ll push a little more, then a little more later on and by the time you reach a point where you don’t want to spend more, it will be too late.”

These players are taking a stand against something that they see as the first step in a bad direction. Epic made it difficult to attain the 8-Ball variant last season, but it was a reasonable task with the length of that season. This time around, players are standing up.

It’s a fair point that these players are making – especially when you consider the fact that most of them already have a plethora of skins in their lockers. There’s no need to spend extra money on a skin that will probably get little usage once Season 3 hits.

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Fortnite patch fixes broken building exploit

Epic Games released a patch to fix the broken building exploit that allowed players to take structures while facing north.

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Exploits are a part of any competitive game but are particularly numerous in Fortnite. The building system in Fortnite is incredibly complex, meaning there will be a couple of blind spots that allow players to get an advantage.

Phasing tricks will probably always have a place in Fortnite. Players will find a way to jump into an opponent’s box, no matter how many adjustments Epic make to the system. Some exploits are far more broken than others, however.

Yesterday, we covered a broken building exploit that allowed players to take cones and floors 100% of the time. The most broken part of this exploit was how easy it was to do. All you had to do was face North. If you knew about the exploit, you could do it every time.

Obviously, this was problematic for the competitive integrity of the game. You shouldn’t have a massive advantage by facing in a particular direction. It was only a matter of time before Epic addressed this issue with a patch.

Thankfully, they worked swiftly to remedy this issue. As more creators showcased this glitch, the outcry for a fix grew louder. Only a day after the exploit became mainstream Fortnite knowledge, Epic released a patch to fix it.

Most players are happy to learn that this exploit was fixed. The only question that we have is: how many people knew about this for a long time before it was patched? Pro players could have been tight-lipped about the exploit so that they could gain an advantage over their opponents.

We wouldn’t blame players for keeping something like this to themself. It’s not their fault that it was in the game, after all. Either way, it’s out of there, now, so no one has to worry about it. Onto the next secret exploit that’s bubbling under the surface.

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