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Everything that changed with the huge Fortnite BRUTE nerf

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Epic Games finally backed down and nerfed the BRUTEs in Season X to appease the community.

Epic Games has been having a rough time of it lately due to constant calls to nerf the BRUTE. These cries for balance have been completely justified and have caused the developers to rethink their strategy. Even for the biggest game in the industry, listening to the player base leads to the best results.

In a surprising move, Epic finally nerfed the BRUTE mechs. The continued flight of streamers and influencers to other titles like Apex Legends probably had something to do with it.

Let’s quickly go over all the changes and what they mean.

Fortnite BRUTEs nerfed in several ways in balance attempt

Thank the Fortnite gods! We’re (kind of) saved!

Epic released an extensive list of the changes to the BRUTEs on August 22 with tons of large and small changes. While it might not be enough in the end, it’s still a massive step in the right direction. We’ll start from the top and work our way down.

No download is needed to receive these nerfs. They released the information in an official Fortnite blog post.

Amounts of Rockets reduced

The BRUTEs originally fired a salvo of 10 missiles per rocket attack, but Epic has now reduced this to 6. It’s a sizable nerf that will hit the mech’s ability to destroy builds from range. With that said, 6 rockets can still easily eliminate most players with little effort.

Decreased explosion radius of Brute Rockets

Now we’re talking. While reducing the flat number of rockets might affect the mech’s power, the explosion radius hits its power hard. The problem with the radius previously was that you could simply press one button and always hit your targets without the need to aim.

The radius was reduced by 42%. This means BRUTE users will need to use more time to aim their rockets.

Increased dash cooldown

The BRUTEs’ dash cooldown is now 5 seconds, up from 3. While the BRUTE is a massive target, it can still be hard to hit from a great distance. The dash allows for the mech to dodge incoming projectiles and explosives. Increasing the dash cooldown ensures that there will be more chances for opposing players to disable the mech with powerful weapons.

Decreased velocity gained from boosting while in air

Thank you, Epic.

Boosting around in the air with the BRUTE causes you to move really fast as you gain momentum rapidly. As we’ve all seen, this led to BRUTEs easily entering and exiting fights without a chance to retaliate. The 33% decrease should give players another key way to counter the mech as it can’t simply fly away before you can trade damage.

No more free materials granted when stomping

To us, this might be one of the biggest & most important changes. We can’t ignore the power of build materials in Fortnite and how it must take time to collect these mats. The BRUTE was able to quickly collect full 999 mats in a matter of seconds by arriving in locations like Sunny Steps.

This will mean that BRUTE players will have a reason to exit their tank. In order to gain resources, you’ll need to hop out and farm like everyone else.

BRUTE Spawn rates adjusted

Arena spawn rates for BRUTEs were already nerfed a little while back, but core modes still had these mechs dropping left and right. To mitigate this problem, Epic has reduced the spawn rates across the board.

In Storm Phase 1, there’s now a 29% chance that no BRUTEs will spawn. All other chance of spawn (up to five mechs) is now set at 14.3%.

In Storm Phase 2, there’s an even spread of 25% chance for spawns from 0 BRUTEs to 3 BRUTEs.

In Storm Phase 3, the same even spread appears as used in Storm Phase 2.

We’re unsure of these spawn rate changes having a major impact. The BRUTEs are tanky behemoths that should only spawn towards the beginning of the game. If players can still hop into these in the later phases, the endgames will still contain at least 2 of these. We’ve already seen this occurring in matches after the patch.

Two BRUTE buffs added to counteract nerfs

They just had to buff it a little, huh? – IMG: Fortnite

Epic still loves their BRUTEs and doesn’t want them to become a forgotten vehicle. In an effort to balance the big nerfs, two buffs have also been put into place. We’ve got to be honest, we’re very skeptical of giving such a menacing mech more power.

Overshield cost reduced

As BRUTEs can no longer farms mats by stomping on things, Epic wanted to reduce the Overshield’s materials drain. It now only rakes 75 mats of any type to activate the effect.

This isn’t a good change from our perspective. The whole point behind the stomping nerf was to ensure that pilots must hop out to farm mats every once in a while. Getting 75 materials doesn’t take long at all and players will be able to get 3 to 4 Overshields without any real risk.

Increased the health of the BRUTE mech

With the mobility nerfs, Epic thinks that the mech will now be destroyed too easily. We’re not of the same mind, but the increase in health does make sense from balancing point of view.

The health now sits at 1250, up from 1000. It’s a bit dramatic and could see BRUTEs once again disappearing behind mountains before damage can be dealt.

You can read the original patch notes here.

Overall, the nerfs and buffs are a good thing for Forrtnite. We love to see Epic taking steps to rein in the destructive power of the mech. However, we still can’t help but feel like the mech should simply be removed. Even after these nerfs, the gameplay feels wonky due to its disproportionate power when compared to regular players on the ground.

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Fortnite update v16.10 patch notes: Primal Shotgun nerf, Junk Gun & more

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Fortnite v16.10 update

Fortnite’s V16.10 patch is now live across PC, Xbox, PlayStation and more, with changes being made to the Primal Shotgun, other items, and a few bug fixes to boot too.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6 is now well underway and the first mid-season patch is here in the former v16.10.

The patch isn’t anything too crazy, there are no major map changes, game-changing new items, or anything like that. But, Epic have addressed the Primal Shotgun like some players have been calling for.

Additionally, Raptors will be available as tameable pets too, and cand be used to eliminate enemy players across the battle royale island. So, let’s get into the patch notes and check out everything that’s changed.

Fortnite Season 6 Wolves

Primal Shotgun nerf & balancing

As noted, the biggest change in this patch is most the nerf to the Primal Shotgun. It’s become so used since the start of the new season, and caused issues.

What have Epic done in this update? Well, the close-range weapon’s fire rate is being tweaked with while damage stays the same. The fire rate was previously 3.8, but thats been cut, though, an exact number isn’t known just yet.

Additioanlly, changes are being made to a few items and floor loot as both Animal Bones and Mechanical Parts can be found on the floor now.

Fortnite v16.10 balancing changes

  • Crafting & loot adjustments
  • Creative Powerups now support Team, Class, and All combinations
  • Primal Shotgun fire rate reduced
  • Makeshift Shotgun gets v16.10 adjustments
  • Crafting material costs now scale with Makeshift rarity
  • Animal Bones, Mechanical Parts added to floor loot

New weapon: Junk Gun

There’s also a new weapon in town as well, the Junk Gun. As the name suggests, the weapon fires, well, junk.

Not too much is known about the Junk Gun just yet, but it appears as if trash/junk will become a ammo type just for this weapon.

Raptors come to Fortnite

A Jurassic Park/Jurassic World crossover has been rumored since last seasaon, and now with Epic going with a Primal theme in Season 6, it’s time for Raptors to descend on the battle royale.

Expect to see these Raptors chasing down players, and eliminating foes as there are kill feed messages in the files for them.

These Raptors should spawn up around Forest areas, given that’s their natural habitat. They’ll also be tamable so that you can use them to your advantage.

Fortnite v16.10 bug fixes

On top of all that, Epic are looking to root out a few big errors across the battle royale mode and Creative.

There aren’t too many fixes but the ones that are being impleneted with this patch should solve quite a few headaches.

General

  • Cannot create system-level parties between PS5 and PS4 when playing Fortnite.

Battle Royale

  • Anomaly may not appear on Shark Island.
  • Chapter 2 Season 5 Legacies missing.
  • Visibility is extremely decreased when inside the Storm.
  • Opening the inventory will cancel Tap to Search/Interact/Revive actions.
  • Character Quests not counting for progression.
  • Stackable items are not split when Shift-Dragged.

Creative

  • Slow-motion effect.
  • AI can get stuck in obstacles.
  • Player portal appears as “Creative Don’t Fill.”

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All Tier 100 Fortnite Skins ranked

Fortnite has given us a long list of Battle Pass skins. Here, we’re ranking all of the tier-100 Battle Pass skins from worst to best.

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Fortnite has been providing us with skins for over two years. Take a look at all Fortnite tier 100 skins as we rank them from worst to best.

We’re 16 seasons into Fortnite at this point, and 15 Battle Passes deep. We’ve seen hundreds of skins come and go with varying degrees of originality. Some are still in Battle Royale to this day while others are collecting dust in a crowded locker.

Not all Fortnite skins are created equal. Today, we’re looking at the Fortnite tier 100 skins and ranking them from worst to best. Let us know your opinions in the comments!

15. Vendetta: Season 9

The Vendetta is my least-favorite tier 100 skin of the bunch. The non-upgraded version is lame and the final stage leaves a lot to be desired.

This one was one of the most uninspired tier 100 skin, in my opinion. It doesn’t look very good, either, which is why it’s placed at the bottom of our rankings.

14. Ice King: Season 7

The Ice King is a skin you’ll hardly ever see in a modern Fortnite match. It’s probably not the ugliest skin we’ve gotten as a tier 100 reward, but it isn’t far off.

The reason this is so low, though, has to do with the size. This skin is massive and clunky, making you feel like an easy target when you’re wearing it.

13. Ultima Knight: Season X

The Ultima Knight is, simply, an addition to the OG Black Knight that ranks much higher in this list. This is a poor man’s Black Knight and everyone knows it.

Not only is the skin unoriginal, but it’s large and clunky when you rank it up. Anyone who already has the Black Knight won’t be rocking this version into battle

12. Dire: Season 6

The Dire skin is one of the cooler skin concepts Epic has added as a tier 100 skin. The werewolf skin, while interesting, is probably among the least-popular skins you’ll see in the game.

The base skin is boring and the upgraded version is too big – two ingredients that lead to a bottom-half ranking.

11. Ragnarok: Season 5

The Ragnarok skin sits right in the middle of the pack. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great, either. The upgraded skin is a little busy for my taste, so I take everything off and roll with the topless bald man.

10. Fusion: Chapter 2, Season 1

The Fusion from Fortnite Chapter 2 is decent but relatively boring. You’d be hard-pressed to find a player still wearing this skin – especially since there were far better options in the same Battle Pass.

I had this one high on my original rankings (from C2S1) but time has knocked it down to just inside the top-10.

9. Omega: Season 4

The Omega skin suffers from many of the problems as of the other bottom-half skins: it’s unathletic. That is until you take all of the armor off of the outfit.

I rock this skin stripped-down, just as I prefer the Ragnarok skin. It looks sleeker and cooler that way, in my opinion. The base Omega skin squeaks it into the top-10 – especially since you can change the color on the stripped-down version.

8. Mandalorian: Chapter 2 Season 5

This might be a controversial placement, but I’m not a huge fan of the Mandalorian skin. Fans of the show will probably like it more, but it didn’t really do it for me.

Sure, the customization options are there, but you’ll never go back to the pre-upgraded armor like you could with some of the other tier-100 skins. Baby Yoda is a hit, but the Mando skin leaves a lot to be desired.

7. Luxe: Season 8

The Luxe was the number-one tier 100 skin in my book for a long time. This is one of the only tier 100 skins that I still regularly wear when I play Fortnite, and one of only two female skins in the group.

The real reason this one ranks so highly is the back bling. Those golden wings are at least the second-best back bling reward in any Battle Pass.

6. The Reaper: Season 3

For some, the Reaper is going to be a number-one tier 100 Battle Pass skin. I understand this argument, but I never liked it, myself.

There were some bugs during Season 3 that caused Epic to hand everyone several Battle Pass tiers for free. The result was that almost everyone who bought the Season 3 Battle Pass got the Reaper skin, which is one of the reasons I never really liked it.

Despite my personal bias, I recognize that Season 3 was the golden age of Fortnite and this skin brings back the feels. It’s well-deserving of a top-five finish.

5. Spire Assassin: Chapter 2 Season 6

Fortnite Spire Assassin

The Spire Assassin is the latest tier-100 skin added to Fortnite in Season 6, and it jumped right to the top-five in my rankings. This skin comes close to the best we’ve seen in Chapter 2, but it’s too early to tell.

It’s always hard to rank a skin while the season is currently underway, but I’m betting that Spire Assassin will be a common sight on the Fortnite island long after Season 6 concludes.

4. Eternal Knight: Chapter 2, Season 3

The Eternal Knight is a strong contender for the best tier-100 skin in the history of Fortnite. All of the variants are cool and unique and the customizable pickaxe is another huge point in favor of the outfit.

Along with only a few others on this list, the Eternal Knight is still a common sight on the Fortnite island. As long as players are still wearing the skin, it deserves a high placement on this list.

3. Midas: Chapter 2, Season 2

Midas remains a favorite of a lot of Fortnite players, whether you’re using his Ghost, Shadow, or all-gold version.

The Midas skin is the best of both worlds. He’s slender, which means he doesn’t take up much of your screen, but he’s still a cool and interesting character whose outfit goes well with a lot of different combinations.

2. Iron Man: Chapter 2 Season 4

Come on, it’s Iron Man. This is how you do a tier-100 crossover skin, and the Mandalorian was a huge step back from Tony Stark in the previous season.

With one skin, you get both Iron Man and Tony Stark – which you can switch between in-game. If you leveled up the Battle Pass, you can also play as Gold, Silver, or Holographic Iron Man/Tony Stark. It’s hard to see this as anything less than a top-rated skin.

1. Black Knight: Season 2

I know, I know. The Black Knight isn’t technically a Tier 100 skin. It’s a final-tier Battle Pass skin, though, so it’s worth including on this list.

The Black Knight is the classic. It’s the OG. Wearing one of these skins doesn’t mean that you’re good, but it does mean that you’ve been playing the game for a long time.

The Black Knight takes the number-one spot because it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing final-tier skins we’ve ever received. It’s not my personal favorite, but it carries a certain amount of significance for OG Fortnite players.

What’s your number-one tier 100 Fortnite skin? Let us know in the comments.

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Guild Esports expand Fortnite roster with FNCS champion JannisZ

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Guild Esports are expanding their roster with the signing of Jannis ‘JannisZ’ Matwin, winner of the most recent Fortnite Champion Series tournament.

London-based esports company Guild, which boasts David Beckham as co-owner, have announced that two-time FNCS winner JannisZ will be joining their roster, becoming the fifth member of Guild’s number one ranked EU Fortnite team.

At just 15 years old, German esports champ JannisZ has amassed 750,000 followers across Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram and has earned over $180,000 in tournament winnings. He’s currently ranked third in Europe.

JannisZ joins Tai ‘TaySon’ Starčič, Nikolaj ‘Flikk’ Frøslev, Henrik ‘Hen’ Mclean, and Anas ‘Anas’ El-Abd as part of Guild’s Fortnite ‘God Squad’. He’ll be competing in all upcoming European and international Fortnite tournaments, starting with FNCS Chapter 2 Season 6 on 22 April.

“I’ve achieved a lot in Fortnite – but it was a real highlight to win the recent FNCS trios with Hen. I’ve gotten to know the Guild squad well, through tournaments and the Lockdown Ladder,” said JannisZ in a statement.

“Joining the organisation and playing alongside some of the best players in the world was an amazing opportunity to take the next step in my career. I’m looking forward to doing my part to bring Guild Esports even more success.”

As for why JannisZ was signed, Guild’s Director of Esports, Grant Rousseau, explained: “We’ve already reached new heights in 2021 with our first major trophy – but to be the best, you need to keep on building  and setting new goals and challenges.

“Signing JannisZ is part of this continuous growth – he’s an exceptional player, and will further strengthen an already dominant Guild EU Fortnite team. We’re looking forward to welcoming JannisZ to the squad, and bringing home more trophies for Guild this year.”

Alongside being the reigning trios FNCS champion, JannisZ has previously found success at the 2020 Marvel Duo Cup and Fortnite’s 2020 Champion Series Invitational Europe, where he bested the likes of Wolfiez, aqua and Th0masHD.

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