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Epic quietly removed this much-loved Fortnite mechanic

Epic introduced the coin flip mechanic to Fortnite Season X that made wall-taking fairer. They have removed it with Fortnite Chapter 2, and the community is unhappy.



Epic introduced the coin flip mechanic to Fortnite Season X that made wall-taking fairer. They have removed it with Fortnite Chapter 2, and the community is unhappy.

Fortnite Chapter 2 is a true return to form for the game. The loot pool is better than ever, the game feels balanced, and the map is engaging and fun to play.

What’s more, Epic appears to be focusing on fixing the bugs in their game rather than rushing to add new items every week. By all accounts, this is one of the best Fortnite seasons we’ve ever had.

There is one glaring caveat to all of this, however: the lack of patch notes. It was understandable for Epic to hold the patch notes for Chapter 2. They treated it like a new game and new games don’t come with patch notes.

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Almost a month two updates later, though, and we still haven’t seen any notes on what Epic is changing behind the scenes.

Most of the changes are easy enough to spot. Epic altered a looting mechanic that allows loot to fall from broken structures. They also added a visual update to shields.

There are some changes that are more difficult to test, however. One of these is the coin flip wall-retake that Epic implemented during Fortnite Season X.

Coin flip removed

Via: Epic Games

Before we get into the removal of the coin flip mechanic, we have to go over the problem that it solved.

Ping is important to gamers. This is the rate at which your game contact the server. If you press the space bar to jump, you might notice a millisecond delay between when you hit the key and when your character actually jumped. This means your ping is higher than average.

In Fortnite, ping is even more important than it is in other games. It’s the deciding factor between who places a wall, whether or not a shot makes it through, and which player’s shotgun blast connects.

During Fortnite Season X, Epic helped reduce the reliance on ping by adding the “coin flip wall retake.” This mechanic added a small delay to the act of replacing a wall. If two players were trying to place one in the same spot, the Fortnite servers would flip a coin and give each player a 50-50 shot at getting the wall.

It appears as though Epic removed this mechanic for Fortnite Chapter 2. Wall-taking is back to being reliant on having low ping.

The worst part of all of this is that no one really knows for sure. We have mountains of anecdotal evidence that points to the removal of the coin flip, but nothing in writing from Epic.

This is why we need patch notes. We need to understand these changes and why they were made. We’re guessing, right now. Hopefully, Epic will finally bring us patch notes in the next update – or at least tell us why they aren’t releasing them.

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Ninja’s test stream points to potential YouTube signing

Fans are speculating, heavily, that Ninja will be moving to YouTube Gaming.



Ever since Mixer dissolved overnight, fans of popular streamers have been speculating about where two of the biggest names in gaming will land: Shroud and Ninja. The consensus was that Shroud would return to Twitch, while Ninja would head off to YouTube. Fans of the latter will remember the fallout that Ninja and Twitch had when the streamer left – leaving little chance of the two entities settling their differences.

At the end of the day, YouTube and Twitch were the only two realistic options for these streamers – short of the rumors of a new streaming platform. Both Ninja and Shroud turned down massive contracts from Facebook Gaming, signifying that they wouldn’t want to join their platform for any amount of money.

We haven’t heard any news about where Ninja would land since Mixer shut down. He is, undoubtedly, in the midst of contract negotiations with his future platform, but we hadn’t seen any concrete clues that pointed to Twitch or YouTube.

That was, until July 7 when the streamer scheduled a test stream on YouTube. The scheduled test was set to take place on the same day and, as Hypex stated in a tweet, likely wasn’t supposed to be public. It was, though, and has fans speculating that Ninja is heading to YouTube Gaming.

As we touched on, above, this is far from a surprise. Ninja’s friend, CourageJD, has been killing it on YouTube – actually seeing his viewership increase after switching over from Twitch.

Although this test stream doesn’t confirm anything, it provides us with a strong hint that Ninja is moving to YouTube Gaming. It also tells us that the official announcement may be sooner rather than later. This is all one more step to having one of the biggest Fortnite streamers on any platform back – his incredibly entertaining “Ninja Battles” tournament series with him.

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Replay images suggest Vending Machines will return in Fortnite Season 3

Could Vending Machines make their return in Fortnite Season 3?



You might not remember the days of the old Vending Machines in Chapter 1, but they took a while to find their footing. They started by charging players too many materials for a particular weapon before lowering their requirements and becoming much more popular. After some final adjustments, Epic decided to make the Vending Machine free, but only dispense one weapon per machine.

In Chapter 2, Epic removed Vending Machines from the map. There wasn’t a ton of need for them in the first two seasons. The loot pool was simple and Upgrade Stations allowed you to improve your loadout. In Season 3, however, things are starting to get a bit more cluttered. We could have a need for Fortnite Vending Machines, yet again.

It’s clear that Epic have the intention of adding Vending Machines back to Fortnite, eventually. We’ve seen some glitches and rendering problems that cause players to get a glimpse of Vending Machines in both Seasons 1 and 2. Season 3, however, seems like the most realistic time to add them back.

Theories of the return of Vending Machines are back in the news because of what some players are finding in Replay Mode. We’ve seen screenshots of Vending Machines at The Shark, Camp Cod, and other locations around the map. It’s clear that Epic know where they’d put them, at least.

As the water levels lower throughout Season 3, we may begin to see Vending Machines poke out. They all seem to offer Miniguns, at the moment, which are not in the base loot pool. This could always change in a later patch, however.

Epic seem to be dedicated to bringing back the ever-changing Fortnite world that we saw during Chapter 1. The more item in the loot pool, the more RNG you’ll have. Vending Machines have always been a way to mitigate RNG, and could be perfect in Season 3 – at least, we hope.

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Entire Fortnite Summer Smash LTM lineup revealed

Here are all of the upcoming LTMs for the Fortnite Summer Splash event.



We’re in the midst of Fortnite’s annual Summer event – this year called, “Summer Splash.” Last year, we saw Epic unvault a new weapon each day during the 14 Days of Summer. This season, we’re getting a healthy rotation of some LTMs.

The return of LTMs was one of the most-requested features from the Fortnite community during the first two seasons of Chapter 2. Fans wondered why Epic didn’t add these modes to the game. Well, we may now know: they were saving them for a small event.

We’ll be treated to five more LTMs over the course of July, starting with Fog of War, which came out on the 6th. Tomorrow, July 8, the rotation will split to High Explosives as a Squads mode.

Fortnite data miner @iFireMonkey took a look at the game files and found all of the LTMs coming to Fortnite in the next month. Along with the game types, he also found the team size that each mode will feature. Here’s his infographic on all of the LTMs coming to the Summer Splash event.

Via: FireMonkey

As you can see, Epic are, traditionally, keeping their LTMs around for four days each – switching the team size after two days. Sniper Shootout, Blitz, and Unvaulted are three of the most popular LTMs, so it makes sense that we’re seeing them here.

Of course, there will be a few fan-favorites that missed the rotation. The Floor is Lava, Air Royale, and The Getaway are probably all Chapter 1-specific, but we would have loved to see Bounty in this lineup. Hopefully, Epic continues to keep up with their LTM rotation after Summer Splash concludes.

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