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Why the changes in Fortnite’s v8.20 update made sense for the casual player

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When Epic Games released the second major update of Season 8, players fixated around three key bullet points.

In v8.20 Epic reverted the changes they made in v7.40 when they brought some features from Pop-Up Cups to the main game.

Those included bringing the total materials down from 3000 to 1500 by capping each material slot at 500, adding a siphon of 50 health/shield for each kill, and increasing the rate of harvest.

Epic made it clear in the patch notes that these changes are great in competitive settings, which is why they are still live in Arena Mode.

The reactions to this change were quick and brutal. Everyone and their mom had an opinion on the changes and the major voices in the community were basically across the board negative.

But that wasn’t my reaction. Are these changes ideal? Probably not. Still, Epic moving towards a split in casual and competitive game modes is something Fortnite has needed for a long time. This may not be the way to go about them, but I do think this speaks to a positive trend for Fortnite as a whole.

People who have been reading this site for a while know I have been vocal about how Fortnite needs two sets of rules, one for casual and one for competitive modes.

So I wasn’t that mad when I read these patch notes. I have no doubt in my mind that this patch had the goal of de-sweatifying the main playlist. Arena Mode exists now and is a permanent fixture. If you think you are an above average player, Epic wants you to move to Arena.

I plan to struggle my way through the low-level Arena Modes, an experience I have had with every other esport from Rocket League to League of Legends. Ultimately I’ve found that progression through ranks to be one of the more rewarding aspects of playing a game.

Still, it hasn’t just been the streamers complaining. Reddit and Twitter are both almost universally are against this change. But Twitter and Reddit don’t make up the majority of the player base, or even a significant minority.

Epic has said there are 250 million unique Fortnite accounts. For comparison, the Fortnite Twitter has seven million followers, /r/FortniteBR just one million subscribers. Obviously Fortnite is F2P so tons of those accounts are inactive, but even if just 50 million are active, that still dwarfs the Reddit and Twitter communities.

These changes were made for them. I have a personal connection to one of those players, he is my roommate.

I asked my roommate what he thought of today’s patch. His response: “What’s a patch?”

Lately, he’s been playing Fortnite less because he has been getting dominated, but his brother is decent and they connect over the game.

He doesn’t check patch notes or visit Fortnite forums, he probably hasn’t ever even read one of my articles.

I think this update was aimed at players like my roommate. Epic basically said: “We have a 100 million tournament that is open to the public and a new ranked mode, go play that. We need people to still be able to play Fortnite and have fun, and that means making some changes that benefit the casual player.”

Now sweats have their own playlist where they can play against other people of the same level skill with the ruleset they love, but they still want to be able to pubstomp.

They want the feeding ground of weaker players they can rush at any time without much consequence. But that isn’t what Epic wants.

Even if casual players enjoy the siphon on kill, Epic’s goal with this change is to push a top-level group into Arena Mode by taking out a universally loved mechanic. In fact, just about everyone who reads FortniteINTEL is probably in that group they want to push towards Arena.

Epic gave the top players a ranked system that is based on MMR (Hype) to match players up with people of their skill level. You know, the same thing literally every other esport has. In fact, many esports casual modes are also based on behind-the-scenes MMR.

Fortnite doesn’t have that. You can still play against bots in the lobbies, it will just be harder to rack up massive kill games as you will need to spend more time harvesting and will be more susceptible to third-partying. Compared to other esports, even after these changes, Fortnite still is tilted in favor of the better players.

I have been quick to defend the complaints of pro players when they call for changes because in a lot of cases the competitive mode has been broken. But these are changes made directly for the casual player, AKA my roommate.

It isn’t clear right now if the changes will work, and harvesting speed is definitely not one I would have been itching to change, but having Fortnite begin to separate the player bases is a step in the right direction.

If it means that streamers can’t drop 20 bombs on bots, so be it.

This is clearly just my opinion, but because I have one that seems to be going against the grain this time, I wanted to share. I am curious what you all think, please let me know in the comments below.

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When Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends, Season 3 start date

Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts. The season is off to a heated start, and it’s only going to get more intense.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 has just entered its second season, and it’s off to a great start. Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ended without much warning ahead of time from Epic Games. In fact, only a day before the Season ended did we get an announcement for Season 2.

Regardless, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 is off to a hot start. We have new POIs, weapons, and a flashy new Battle Pass. There’s also no building to start and an ongoing turf war.

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 End?

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Fortnite Season 2 will end on June 3, 2022. This means the second season of the new chapter will last a little less than three months making it fairly short compared to Season 1.

This end date was found in the in-game files by data miners. Unlike last season where Epic Games listed two season end dates, there is only one end date this time around.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Start?

New Fortnite seasons usually start within 24 hours after the previous one ends. Players can expect Chapter 3 Season 3 to start on June 4.

That being said, leaker Shiina believes there will be an extended period of downtime after the season ends to prep for Season 3. We will know more about this delay as time draws closer.

Is There a Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event?

The final update for Fortnite Season 2 is here and we now have confirmation that, yes, there will be a live event!

The Season 2 live event will likely focus on stopping the new Doomsday Device from going off at Loot Lake. It is a very similar tower to that of Midas’ Doomsday Device in Chapter 2 Season 2.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 3 Season 2. This is the second season of the third chapter which started after Chapter 2 Season 8. While most players refer to this season as “Season 2”, it’s technically Season 20.

There were 10 seasons in Chapter 1 and 8 seasons in Chapter 2.

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For now, that’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2. This chapter will likely span the next year or so and will be filled with exciting events.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 3 starts. For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings for Chapter 3, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fortnite Omni Chip locations: how to upgrade Omni Sword in Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduces a pickaxes called the Omni Sword that players can customize using Omni Chips. Here’s how to get them!

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Epic Games has introduced Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2 which players can use to customize the new Omni Sword.

With each new Fortnite season, players can look forward to a new form of currency used to unlock different cosmetics. In seasons past, players had to collect feathers, paint cans, and alien artifacts.

Now, Fortnite Season 2 introduces Omni Chips. This seasonal currency can be used by players to unlock customization options for the Omni Sword.

Here’s how to unlock the Omni Sword and where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2.

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Where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2

In order to start collecting Omni Chips, players first need to unlock the Omni Sword Pickaxe. This is on page one of the Battle Pass and can be purchased for 7 Battle Stars.

Now that players have the sword, it’s time to start collecting Omni Chips. Each week, players will be given a new set of Omni Sword quests that reward them with Omni Chips once completed.

The quests are as simple as visiting specific locations and collecting Omni Chips. The maps below will show where that week’s chips are located starting with week 1.

Week 1 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni chips at Greasy Grove, Logjam Lumberyard, and Mighty Monument:

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Week 2 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Loot Landing, The Temple, and Chonkers Speedway.

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Week 3 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Synapse Station, Sanctuary, and Camp Cuddle.

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Week 4 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Daily Bugle, Condo Canyon, and Windbreakers.

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Week 5 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Rocky Reels, Launchpad, and Shifty Shafts.

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Week 6 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Seven Outpost II, Crispy Crater, and Tumbledown Temple.

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Week 7 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Sleepy Sounds, Command Cavern, and Cuddle Cruisers.

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Week 8 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Joneses, Shell or High Water, and Coney Crossroads.

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It’s important to note that while the challenges are released weekly, they won’t expire until the end of the season. Meaning you can wait until the last minute to collect all of the Omni Chips.

For more Fortnite, check out how to unlock Prowler in Season 2.

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How to unlock Marvel’s Prowler in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduced Marvel’s Prowler to the Battle Royale, and players can unlock him via the Battle Pass and a few challenges.

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Fortnite Season 2 adds not one but two Marvel characters to the game via the Battle Pass, but players might not be familiar with Prowler.

Season 2 started off hot with an amazing battle pass and a shocking removal of the game’s iconic building mechanic. Players were even more excited to see the Battle Pass had two crossover characters.

The first is Doctor Strange who has a new movie releasing in May. However, players may not be super familiar with the second crossover character. And it was surprisingly released alongside the Fortnite v20.20 update.

Prowler is an alias used by a number of people in the Marvel universe. But he most recently appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as Miles Morales’ uncle. And the in-game skin is a similar depiction of the character.

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Unlocking Prowler in Fortnite Season 2

As mentioned before, Prowler was locked behind a time gate. Players can unlock him by completing special challenges starting on April 19.

There are nine cosmetic items in the Prowler set, and the skin comes in two styles. Players can unlock an emote, pickaxe, glider, and more in a little over a month.

His unlock requirements are identical to that of Superman or The Foundation. Once the timer runs out, players can complete Prowler-specific challenges to unlock each piece of the set.

Here are the Fortnite Season 2 Prowler challenges and rewards:

  • Headshot opponents with a thermal weapons x 3 – Mark of the Prowler wrap
  • Use a spray at The Daily Bugle – Prowler Tag spray
  • Collect 300 Bars – On The Prowl loading screen
  • Collect three different weapon types of Epic Rarity or higher in a single match – Prowler Banner Icon
  • Damage Opponents while crouched or sliding x 500 – Energy Claw Pickaxe
  • Mod a Vehicle, then drive it 500 meters in a single match – Prowler’s Grasp Emoticon
  • Complete 3 Prowler Quests – Prowler skin
  • Complete 7 Prowler Quests – Slash and Smash Emote/Sky Prowler Glider
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For more Forntite, check out when Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

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