One of FaZe Clan’s star Fortnite players, Nate Hill, stopped by the FortniteCompetitive Reddit to give an AMA on May 14. Here’s a recap!
Nate Hill signed to FaZe Clan’s Fortnite Battle Royale roster in August 2018, and since then has gone on to reach the title of fifth highest-earning Fortnite player in the world.
The model turned esports pro has been through some up and downs since he started to compete about a year ago, but that hasn’t stopped his drive to win.
On May 14, Nate Hill dropped by the FortniteCompetitive subreddit to answer some questions for fans regarding competing professionally, the Fortnite World Cup, and more.
We compiled the best answers from the AMA for you. If you want to read the entire thread, you can do so here.
World Cup pressure
Q: “How do/did you deal with the pressure of being one of the highest professional Fortnite comp players? Especially with attempting to qualify for the World Cup (congrats btw!!! Proud of you bro!)”
NH: “Now that I’ve qualified I feel an immense relief of pressure going forward to worlds. I’ve always felt like an underdog in peoples eyes so I never really felt pressure to perform for anybody but myself. That and I was winning, alot. The first Competitive Tourney I ever played in (Ninja Chicago I won with Funk) and from there placed highly in basically every tournament and major tournament (#4 Pax and #2 Twitchcon) until fall skirmish ended. It was the last tournament to use the 3000 mat Meta. After that everything changed, and I admit I was slow to adapt to the 1500 mat meta. I adapted to every other change basically instantly, but this was a completely different game. Not only did we get 1500 mats, but were punished by planes, quad launchers, deagle/rpg. The list goes on. I started to lose love for the game and was under performing in the 3 tournaments after TC and then felt pressure from myself to change something or get left behind. I learned different timings and places to take fights that may refresh your mat count and coupled with countless hours of practice, I was able to qualify for the world cup and regain confidence. The best way to deal with the pressure is having a copious amount of practice to fall back on. Remember its just a game and everyone else is feeling it too. The person who recognizes that, will usually be the victor.”
Dealing with negative feedback
Q: “There was a lot of negative backlash from the community, mainly trolls and younger kids. But it had to have taken a toll on you mentally, I know this watching you as a sub on your stream, it was not easy for you. My question is, how did you, and Funkbomb, handle the issue when facing so much negativity and hate for so long? I actually quite admire you for this reason and wish you best success in the WC :)”
NH: “The days after getting banned from the Skirmish were some of the lowest In my life. I’ve been through stuff like this before as well. I was wrongly Dq’d from a golf tournament that could have changed my entire life. I moved my ball marker on the green so my opponent could putt through my line, rushed to the bathroom to take a #2 as I was about to give birth on the green and when I came back forgot to replace my ball marker 2 inches to the right and sank my birdie putt. Now In the PGA its a two-shot penalty which would have been fine and I would have advanced to the next round, but for some reason, in a PA high school tournament, I was disqualified from something I worked my ass off to get to. Now cut to Fall Skirmish, Funk makes an unintentional mistake and we both get held over the fire for it. Deep down I know we didn’t do anything wrong, but yet again I have to face the consequences and yet again lose something I love. I lost viewers, subs, every comment on my socials, YouTube, Twitter were all damning. It was really hard to see thousands of people who don’t even know you try to rip apart a career you love and just barely started. I think we knew that at some point it would die down and the people who actually looked into what happened would be completely on our side. I was lucky enough to have good people around my life and community on Twitch that helped me through it as well, so thank them for that.”
Q: “Did you have financial help from your family or did you work full time to support yourself while gaming? Assuming you were 23 years old when Fortnite came out, I would assume you lived on your own with many bills. How did you manage to game while supporting yourself? I feel this is a big issue that most young gamers run in to, when considering gaming full time, and balancing the reality of finances. I know many people who are very good gamers, who could probably go full-time if they were able to, but are limited with the fact that they need to work to pay the bills, any advice for serious gamers in similar situations?”
NH: “I worked full time as a model and did everything I could to do it on my own. There were times when I thought maybe I’d have to get another real job to keep paying rent. One month had to borrow $500 from my roommate to pay it. That was the month of the Ninja Chicago tourney. I didn’t know where my next check was coming from and basically invested everything into winning that. If I didn’t, I don’t know where I would have got the money to pay my bills. Now, this is a horrible way to live, I do believe in following your dreams and taking risks to succeed, but I don’t think its the best path to take. If you want to do something like gaming, it is a gamble. Coming from a poker player, you need to save up a bankroll to allow yourself enough time to pursue your dream full time. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but can buy opportunity.”
Meeting the duo of a lifetime
Q: “How did you meet Funk, and what’s it like being the oldest duo qualified so far?”
NH: “He killed me in a random game way back in season 2 or something, and I remembered the name as I saw it pop up in low money tourneys we were both playing in. I randomly was on Ninjas stream one day and heard him talk about this tourney in Chicago he will be hosting. I was so upset I didn’t hear of the Vegas one I had to get into this one. I was lucky enough to get 2 tickets right away and from there I needed to find a duo. I had friends I played with, but they weren’t quite on that next level, so I had to try out people. I reached out to him told him of the tourney and learned he lived in Chicago. Once we started playing and stomping pub duo games (our only practice) it was a no brainer he was the guy. Honestly being the oldest duo at 24 and 23 feels pretty cool haha. I like representing the old dudes, and reminding everyone we can hang with the younger prodigies.”
Nate Hill and FunkBomb qualified for the Fortnite World Cup as a duo, and will be fighting for a slice of the $30 million prize pool from July 26 to July 28.
Fortnite Spider-Man Web-Shooters to get huge nerf in competitive
Fortnite Chapter 3 is off to a hot start thanks to Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters, but the mobility item is getting a huge nerf in competitive.
Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters have been a game-changer in Fortnite Chapter 3, but Epic Games is about to give them a massive nerf next update.
Fortnite Chapter 3 started off hot with Epic Games adding Spider-Man’s Web-shooters shortly after the start of Season 1. The gloved would give players the power to zip across the map insanely fast.
A fresh pair of Web-Shooters comes with 80 shots which is more than enough for most players. As well, if you eliminate a player with Web-Shooter, they will drop fully charged.
A traversal item this powerful is a must-have for competitive players, but it’s getting a serious nerf. Starting when Fortnite v19.20 drops, the Web-Shooters won’t be so powerful.
Web-Shooters get huge competitive nerf
According to Hypex, the Fortnite Web-Shooter nerf is planned for the v19.20 update. The update is currently planned to go live on Tuesday, February 1.
The nerf lowers the number of times a Web-Shooter can be used from 80 to 20. This is a massive nerf as players can only use Web-Shooters for 25% of the time they normally could.
However, this nerf only affects competitive players. Web-Shooters in casual lobbies will remain at 80 shots.
Epic Games states the nerf is intended to “encourage players to make more strategic decisions.” While it is still a useful mobility item, players won’t be able to zip across the map as freely as they once could.
The replies to Hypex’s tweet are a mix of those in favor and against the nerf. Some players praise the nerf as it will stop players from constantly running from fights.
Those who oppose the change claim competitive is too sweaty without Web-Shooters. Regardless, here’s where you can find web-shooters in Chapter 3.
Fortnite leak teases return of Star Wars Lightsabers
The Star Wars Lightsabers could make a return to Fortnite in the near future according to a notable data miner.
A Fortnite data miner has reported that Epic Games readded the Star Wars Lightsabers into Fortnite’s files after the v19.10 update.
Fortnite has held quite a few Star Wars crossovers, but none as ambitious as the live event in Chapter 2 Season 1. This introduced Lightsaber’s into the loot pool for a short period of time.
They were also available for an even shorter period of time from May 2nd – 5th during Chapter 2 Season 2. Since then, players have eagerly awaited their return.
Now, a Fortnite data miner thinks Lightsabers could return to Fortnite sometime soon due to a change in the game’s files.
Lightsabers may return to Fortnite
Epic Games removes weapon and item data from the files when that item isn’t in use. And when the data is readded to the files, it’s a good indicator players will see their return soon.
Fortnite data miner FN_Assist recently discovered that the data for Lightsabers was added after the most recent update. In a tweet, FN_Assist outlines all of the data that was readded.
They claim that this could mean one of two things. Either Star Wars Lightsabers will return to Fortnite in the near future. Or Epic is working on a weapon based on the lightsaber’s pre-existing mechanics.
If Lightsabers are added to Fortnite, we can expect it to accompany a return of skins and maybe some other Star Wars announcement.
Epic Games usually adds crossover content to promote whoever they are collaborating with. Whether it be a new movie or TV series, the Lightsabers could be used as a promotional tool for new Star Wars content.
For more Fortnite, check out where to find Klombos and Klomberries in Chapter 3.
Fortnite: Where to find Pizza Party item and what it does
Fortnite Chapter 3 is adding a new Pizza Party item that allows players to restore their shields through the power of pizza.
If you’re wanting to switch up your diet in Fortnite, you can use the Pizza Party item to gain shield and fill your stomach.
One of Fortnite’s mascots is Tomatohead who is also the mascot for the fictional restaurant Pizza Pit. This is a POI that has appeared in Fortnite for several seasons.
It’s one of the many fictional restaurants that have appeared in-game along with Durrr Burger, Sitcks, and Butter Barn.
However, players haven’t been able to enjoy any of the food from these restaurants until now. Pizza Pit’s ovens are on and players can finally enjoy eight slices of cheesy goodness.
How to get Pizza Party item in Fortnite
The Pizza Party is a pizza box containing eight slices of pizza. In addition to cheese and sauce, each slice is topped with a Shield Mushroom that restores 50 shield.
Each box has 8 slices, but each slice can only get players up to 50 shield similar to minis. Players can find Pizza Party boxes in the normal loot pool.
As well, players can purchase a Pizza Box for 50 gold from the Tomatohead NPC. He is located in Tilted Tower, and he only has 4 Pizza Boxes in stock.
According to Hypex, the Pizza Party box will be added to Fortnite on Tuesday, January 25.
For a measly 200 gold, players can pick up 1,600 shield. However, we don’t know how long it takes to eat a slice. And this would also require players to give up two item slots.
For more Fortnite, check out where to find Spider-Man’s web shooters in Chapter 3.
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