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Everything we learned from the Fortnite Device Event

Everything we now know, and new questions, following the Fortnite Device Event.

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The Fortnite Device Event was an interesting one. It didn’t blow us away as the Travis Scott concert did, but it still introduced some mind-blowing concepts that set the stage for the Chapter 2 Season 3 plot.

Most of our assumptions about what would happen during the event came true. Midas used the Doomsday Device to push the storm back. He seemed to be successful after a couple of tries, but that was before we were catapulted into a cutscene. This takes us into the first thing we learned.

Jonesy is a real person

Our beloved Jonesy is real; or, at least, he’s based on a ‘real’ person. In fact, he seems to be one of the people behind the world of Fortnite – we’ll get to that later.

During the Device Event, we were transported into an office where we could overhear someone talking about Midas’ current in-game operation. Looking around the office, you could see some photos, some classified folders, and a nameplate that read, “John Jones,” AKA Jonesy.

This was later confirmed when the owner of the voice entered the room. It was Jonesy, himself; this time wearing a suit. This was the ‘Agent Jonesy’ leak that we saw after the last patch. It’s unclear if this skin will be on sale.

In the photos, you can seemingly identify some of the inspirations for past skins and themes in Fortnite. Jonesy is with an astronaut, an explorer, a tennis player, and another figure with whom he appears to be meditating.

We’ll have to take a closer look at the dialogue, here, but that’s what we know about Jonesy, so far.

The Storm mechanics

We’ll cover this in-depth in a separate article, but the storm has gone through some massive changes. It remains to be seen if these changes will stick around but, for now, the storm is 100% water.

We tested what would happen if you fly into the storm with a Chopper. The storm bounces you out and sends you falling to your death. Once in the storm, the momentum naturally pushes you out. If you’re too high, though, you’re going to fall to your death, again. This will be the state of the Fortnite storm for at least another day.

Shadow owns The Agency

The Agency was the last holdout in the Ghost vs. Shadow war that encompassed Season 2. It seems like Midas was content to let The Agency fall to Shadow if it meant pushing the storm.

For the rest of Season 1, The Agency will be a Shadow location with Heavy Snipers, Miniguns, etc. It will still be a prime landing spot, albeit for one more day.

Someone is controlling The Island

The biggest takeaway from the event might have been the revelation that there’s an outside entity controlling the Fortnite island. John Jones, AKA Jonesy, appears to be one of the members of this entity – if not its leader.

This entity seems a bit like an in-game version of Epic Games – the developers of Fortnite. They’re tracking the events of The Island and trying to control everything that’s happening.

We’ll almost certainly interact with this entity again, in some way or another. This could even be The Seven, as those are the only people we’ve heard speak English. As is the case with everything, we’ll have to wait and see what Season 3 brings us.

The Device Event brought more questions than answers, which was likely intentional. This is the exposition phase of Chapter 2. We’re still gearing up to find out what all of it means.

Season 3 will, hopefully, answer some of these questions, but Epic are looking months down the line. We may be questioning Fortnite for another six months before we know more about John Jones and this mysterious entity.

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This Crash Pad trick gives players free kills in competitive Fortnite

Another Fortnite Crash Pad technique has reared its head.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Crash Pads are the most useful item in Fortnite. You can combine them with Bouncers for ultimate mobility, use them to get into an opponent’s box, save yourself from fall damage, and – as it turns out – even more.

Just when we think that we’ve discovered all of the uses for Crash Pads, another one pops up. This new strategy is growing in popularity within the competitive Fortnite community, but is still under-utilized at the time of writing. Naturally, World Cup winner Bugha is on the cutting edge of the trick.

If you didn’t catch the strategy from the clip above, players are using Crash Pads to assassinate players above them in a stacked end-game lobby. All you need to do is make a hole in your structure, build a ramp, and throw a Crash Pad.

One of the players above you will, more than likely, fall through the broken floor and right into your lap. It’s a free refresh for your team.

This is a relatively high-level play, so you don’t need to worry about it if you’re only playing public matches. If you’re preparing for the Season 4 Trios FNCS, however, you should practice the technique and be aware that it might happen to you.

Players routinely find themselves stacked on top of one another in competitive Fortnite. I’d be surprised if we don’t see one or two of these plays in the FNCS Finals this season.

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Ghost Gaming signs NA-East Fortnite pro Nanolite

Ghost Gaming adds Nanolite to their growing Fortnite roster.

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Earlier in the year, it seemed like Ghost Gaming was one of the organizations divesting from professional Fortnite. Several organizations let the contracts of their Fortnite pros expire, while others were waiting in the wings to scoop them up.

Now, several months later, it seems like Ghost was only preparing to reload on their Fortnite talent. Most recently, they signed NA-East pro Nanolite. Ghost Gaming’s newest recruit has been rising the ranks, over the past year, putting together a third-place performance in the DreamHack Anaheim 2020 tournament.

Nanolite has, reportedly, earned over $38,000 from 62 events over the course of his Fortnite career. He also sits, squarely, at number 50 on the FortniteTracker NA-East Power Rankings list.

With the signing, Ghost’s Fortnite roster is surprisingly deep. They now boast Kamo, Sean, Trapped, Zarby, Nittle, Clarity, and Nanolite. We’ll have to wait and see if they’ll stay steady here or continue to add to their growing roster of Fortnite talent.

Organizations have been signing Fortnite free agents left and right. It’s clear that Fortnite isn’t going anywhere as an esport, despite the lowering of the prize pool compared to 2019. Who will be the next free agent to fall? Only time will tell.

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Marvel X Fortnite comic teases unreleased hero skins

A new Marvel comic teases the release of Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther Fortnite skins.

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We’re around the halfway point in Fortnite Season 4, with some of the most popular Marvel heroes already existing within the Fortnite universe. We’ve seen Groot, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Storm, and Mystique included in the Season 4 Battle Pass, with Silver Surfer, Blade, Captain America, and others entering through the Item Shop and past seasons.

There are only a few tier-one Marvel heroes missing from Fortnite, but they might not be out for too long. We already have hero abilities for Venom and Black Panther, which has led fans to assume that they’ll be available later in the season.

Venom in Fortnite

Recently, the VP and Head of Creative at Marvel Games, Bill Roseman, tweeted the cover art for Avengers #37, which will reportedly feature a crossover with Fortnite characters. This could have a profound impact on the lore of Fortnite, so we’ll have to wait and see what it holds when the comic releases on October 4.

On the cover, however, you can see Fortnite characters flying across the Battle Royale island with some of the Marvel heroes that are playable characters in the game. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, however: Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther aren’t in the game, yet.

With the rest of these Marvel characters already being a part of Fortnite, we can only assume that these heroes will be immortalized in the game as well. Black Panther was already rumored – his hero ability is in the game – but the rest of them are completely new additions.

If this teaser comes to fruition, then we’ll be seeing all three of these heroes in the Item Shop before the end of the season. We can only hope!

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