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Epic Games makes massive change to the beloved Team Rumble mode

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Epic Games has begun work on changing up Fortnite’s gameplay landscape right away as they return to the office. Team Rumble received a big change on July 10 that might make some players unhappy.

Fortnite’s community is so immense that it naturally has splintered into many subgroups who all have different interests. You’ve got your competitive players, casual players, ‘pub-stompers’, challenge focused players, and the Team Rumble crowd (plus a dozen more divisions).

Epic Games has decided to hit the Team Rumble fans with a sudden update. We’re not sure what prompted this change and why it was needed, but it might make some fans upset due to the radical difference in match length.

Team Rumble Win Condition set back to 100 kills

Faster games mean less kills to go around

Team Rumble is a unique game mode in Fortnite that attracts both challenge completion seekers and players who want a respawn oriented Fortnite. We certainly enjoy both aspects of the game mode and play a few rounds daily to keep our shots warm.

The last update came back in April with improved end games, better loot, tons of bug fixes, and more. It was well received by fans and helped make the mode into a solid choice for ‘real’ gameplay.

Epic Games has decided that game mode has gotten stale again and needed a change to its old formula. Here’s what they had to say about the change to 100 kills, down from the typical 150.

We’ll have to argue against Epic’s decision here. Team Rumble matches are meant to last that nice 15-20 minutes depending on the ferocity of the two teams. TB players, we think, will find this to be an unnecessary change that increases downtime in between matches rather than speeding up the process.

Challenge seekers are also negatively effected by this. While location based Battle Stars or Fortbytes may not be impacted, elimination challenges will take longer to complete as matches end faster. Of course, if you are a slaying monster with the aim of Katniss, the change will barely hit you.

I guess Epic Games was seeing a data trend in super lengthy matches where many players simply aren’t playing OR the majority of the lobby leaves. We’ve experience this ourselves with some lobbies dropping to 6v6 or below.

While a lower kill limit might help a tiny bit, players will still leave without a care. A better solution would have to been to implement better rewards for winning/staying (more XP) or punish early leavers.

How do you feel about this sudden change to Team Rumble? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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Fortnite adds Firework Flare Gun in latest Hotfix update

A brand new version of the Flare Gun is coming to Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. Here’s how it is the perfect fit for the Vibin’ theme.

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Firework Flare Gun in Fortnite

Fortnite has added the coolest version of the classic Flare Gun in the June 28 hotfix update for Chapter 3 Season 3. From its stats to viability, here’s everything to know about the new weapon.

Back when Firefly Jars and Repair Torches weren’t a thing, Fortnite players used Flare Guns to cause chaos. The multi-purpose pistol is a fan favorite, and it has finally returned in a new Firework form.

How to use the Firework Flare Gun in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3

Just like the OG Flare Gun, the Firework Flare Gun should be available in chests, rare chests, Loot Llamas, Supply Drops, and even floor loot.

It will serve two major purposes:

  • Scan nearby opponents with the help of fireworks.
  • Cause a fire when the bullet comes in contact with structure/surfaces. The fire spreads within a fixed AoE (area of impact) that deals continued damage to opponents.

The Flare Gun has the following stats:

  • DPS– 34
  • Damage– 60
  • Reload Time– 1.6 seconds
  • Mag size– 6

However, as the name suggests, the Firework Flare Gun has a special Firework ability. When loopers shoot towards the sky, the bullet eventually turns into a beautiful firework. Interestingly, this effect also happens when the bullet touches the ground or any other surface.

We already have gameplay footage of the Firework Flare Gun in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3:

It is evident that the Firework Flare Gun is a lot goofier than its standard version. This is primarily because of this season’s theme, Vibin’.

Fortnite community looks forward to more summer content in Chapter 3 Season 3

The Firework Flare Gun won’t be a part of the loot pool permanently. According to leakers, it has been unvaulted for the No Sweat Summer event. This also explains the tropical color theme.

Fortnite Firework Flare Gun
Fireworks created by the upcoming Flare Gun in Fortnite Chapter 3

While loopers are excited to see fireworks on the island, they definitely expect more from the No Sweat Summer event. Until now, we’ve only received some Creative XP challenges and three free cosmetics (back bling and sprays).

Epic Games is yet to add summer-themed elements to the map like Surfboards and NPCs, among other things. The developer can certainly change this narrative with the next major update that should arrive next week.

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Fortnite needs to bring back XP Coins in Chapter 3 and here’s why

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 has a ton of new features but the community still wants Epic Games to bring back some OG mechanics like XP Coins.

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It is evident that the XP system in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 is arduous, to say the least. Amidst the unbearable XP grind, loopers want the developers to bring back XP coins.

Alongside winning games, acquiring XP is one of the primary functions in Fortnite. It simply helps in leveling up the Battle Pass and unlocking new cosmetics.

XP Coins have been one of the most fun methods of XP collection in Fortnite, and here’s why the community craves for their return in Chapter 3 Season 3.

Why Fortnite players love XP Coins

Fortnite introduced XP Coins in Chapter 2 Season 1. They were scattered around the map and players gained XP upon finding them. There were different rarities such as:

  • Uncommon (Green)- granted 5,000 XP in Chapter 2 Season 5
  • Rare (Blue)– granted 6,5000 XP in Chapter 2 Season 5
  • Epic (Purple)– granted 10,300 XP in Chapter 2 Season 5
  • Legendary (Golden)– 15,0000 XP in Chapter 2 Season 5

It is worth noting that the Epic XP Coins were further split into fragments and players had to collect them all to get the desired XP. Even though this is a slightly tedious task, the remaining XP Coins were always desirable.

New XP Coins arrived on the map every week. This was a great incentive for players to explore new locations constantly.

Green XP coin in Fortnite
A green XP coin in Fortnite

A post on r/FortniteBR looked back at the XP Coins and several players admitted to missing them:

The relevance of XP Coins in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3

XP Coins should not replace any of the existing methods that help in gaining XP. Instead, they can act as an additional way for loopers who are struggling to complete the Battle Pass.

The introduction of Vibin’ quests and Island Hopper challenges has slightly improved the state of XP in Chapter 3 Season 3. However, reaching Lv. 100 and then unlocking the bonus styles still seems like a far-off possibility for casuals.

Back in May, leakers revealed that Epic Games updated some textures in the files which included the letters X and P, and some circles. These textures might have been used in the Soundwave Series concerts or they hint towards the return of XP Coins.

As of now, Butter Barn has turned into Butter Bloom and it changes themes like Logjam Lotus. Even though there are certain issues related to XP and glitches, the map changes have certainly exceeded expectations in Chapter 3 Season 3.

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Fortnite landmark Butter Barn now has three forms, thanks to Reality Tree

The map changes in Fortnite have been consistent lately. After Logjam Lumberyard, the Reality Tree has now affected Butter Barn.

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Fortnite Butter Barn

Butter ‘Bloom’ is the newest location in Fortnite to be affected by the infamous Reality Tree. The landmark will now have three themes based on OG POIs like Coral Castle.

The mysterious Reality Tree in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 is controlling the island in a manner that we’ve never seen before. Locations like Logjam Lotus and Butter Bloom now magically change themes, and it is hard to claim if this phenomenon is worth celebrating (from the storyline’s perspective).

Here’s everything players need to know about the latest map changes in Fortnite.

New Butter Bloom themes released in Fortnite Chapter 3

Butter Barn is now called Butter Bloom, and it will switch between the following themes:

  • Roman theme- Coliseum
  • Atlantis- Coral Castle
  • Neo Tilted

In its Neo Tilted form, Butter Barn will feature buildings like Peely’s Banana Stand, the Pump Gym, and gas stations.

Butter Barn as Neo Tilted in Fortnite
Butter Bloom’s Neo Tilted theme in Fortnite Chapter 3

The Coliseum theme is similar to the one in Logjam Lotus.

The landmark gets fortified and the buildings represent Roman Architecture.

Butter Barn as Colossal Colosseum in Fortnite
Butter Bloom’s Roman theme in Fortnite Chapter 3

The final theme is Atlantis with which Butter Bloom turns into a miniature Coral Castle. Vintage dome-shaped buildings surround the region and there’s a small pool as well.

Will Coral Castle finally become relevant in Fortnite?

The indirect return of Coral Castle has received a mixed response from the community. While some believe that Epic Games should have picked a more prevalent POI for Butter Bloom’s Atlantis theme, others are elated that Coral Castle is now located in a much better position strategically.

Back in Chapter 2, it was the most despised location on the map (like Daily Bugle in Chapter 3). Even though there was good loot, players were ignorant due to its location which affected rotations, and the unusual landscape.

Butter Barn as Coral Castle in Fortnite
Butter Bloom with Coral Castle theme in Fortnite

In contrast, Butter Bloom is a great spot in Chapter 3 and the Coral theme should not prevent players from landing here. To be fair, Coral Castle is one of the most beautiful locations in Fortnite history but loopers neglected it owing to its position on the map.

Hence, Coral Castle might get its well-deserved credit in Chapter 3.

It is worth noting that after turning Butter Barn into Butter Bloom, the Reality Tree’s roots have already reached Temple Bloom. The landmark is located south of The Sanctuary, and we might witness similar map changes there as well.

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