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First & second-place duos banned for cheating in Fncs Week 1

Fortnite pros Kreo, Bucke, Slackes, and Keys have been banned for 60 days in the wake of a ‘teaming’ scandal in the FNCS Week 1 competition.

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Fortnite pros Kreo, Bucke, Slackes, and Keys have been banned for 60 days in the wake of a ‘teaming’ scandal in the FNCS Week 1 competition.

This past weekend brought us the first week of the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 2 Season 2. Some of the biggest names in the game competed to earn their spots in the grand finals of each region.

In NA East, the duos of Kreo and Bucke and Keys and Slackes placed first and second, respectively. When viewers went back and watched their VoDs, however, they noticed something fishy about the early engagements between the two teams.

The two teams were landing in the Slurpy Swamp area, where shields are free. They would shoot one another for free storm surge tags, then leave eachother alone to heal up and continue looting.

For those who only play and watch casual Fortnite matches, storm surge is a way to limit the high player count in competitive games. When there are too many people left, storm surge starts to damage and eliminate players who haven’t done enough damage to their opponents.

As you can see in this clip, the duos were shooting one another to get 100 or more damage without ever pursuing the finish. After one engagement, Bucke can even be seen fishing without adequately protecting himself – knowing that he won’t get finished.

Several Fortnite pros immediately jumped on this clip and called for the four players to get banned. Many assumed that the XXiF and Ronaldo precedent of two weeks would be enforced, but Epic surprised many and banned them for 60 days – more than the duration of the FNCS tournament.

This is clear collusion and against the Fortnite competitive rules on ‘teaming.’ Epic recently banned passive in-game collision with pickaxe swinging, so getting free storm surge tags is obviously ban-worthy as well.

The duos defended themselves on Twitter, with Bucke stating that he and Kreo usually bloom-battle opponents who land at Slurpy Swamp in scrims. The fact that neither team died during the warmups or in any FNCS match is pretty damning, however.

Kreo, who was previously kicked from Luminosity Gaming after a scamming scandal, said that he wished “we at least had the opportunity to explain/defend ourselves without everyone hopping on the bandwagon.”

Most of the pro players in the community praised Epic for their swift action, but some wanted more of an investigation into the accusations. Chap tweeted, “I still think you should be banned for life when caught cheating in any tournament for money.”

Clix was on the other side of the argument. He appears to think that the 60-day ban is too harsh and that it punishes the teams for a worse crime than they committed.

This is a nuanced topic, but the number of games in which the teams colluded is probably what triggered the 60-day ban. The four pros didn’t necessarily communicate their intentions outside of the game, but the lack of true fighting in every engagement is pretty damning.

Epic’s swift and harsh decision is the cheating deterrent for which a lot of players were asking. The two-week ban for XXiF and Ronaldo allowed them to qualify for the World Cup when they came back. Epic wasn’t going to let this happen again, especially with so many clips.

That’s where the story is, right now. We’ll keep you posted with any updates.

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SypherPK showcases the best hero ability in Fortnite Season 4

SypherPK has crowned Fortnite Season 4’s best Mythic hero ability: Sorm’s Whirlwind Blast

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Fortnite Season 4 is, in many ways, a return to form for Fortnite. We’re having a lot more lighthearted fun than we had over the course of the past couple of seasons. On top of that, with the spray weapons nerfed or gone, the competitive meta is also more entertaining to watch and play.

Hero abilities are helping to keep the game fresh, as well, and offering several different playstyles that weren’t there during the first portion of Chapter 2. Instead of ramped-up versions of existing weapons, the Season 4 Mythic items are entirely new.

Obviously, some Mythic abilities are more powerful than others. For instance, Silver Surfer’s Re-Deploy ability has gotten a lot of attention in competitive modes, while Groot’s Baller has largely been left behind.

One ability seems to stand above the rest, however – at least when it comes to the Core Fortnite game modes. Storm’s Mythic Whirlwind Blast ability might be the most powerful one that Epic have added.

During a recent stream, SypherPK noticed something that a lot of players hadn’t. He shot his Doctor Doom energy orb at a player, only to have it come flying back at him. As it turns out, Storm’s ability reflects projectiles.

When you add this to the fact that you can avoid fall damage, launch players to their death, and reflect damage from incoming cars, it’s an easy decision when you have to choose one Mythic item to carry.

SypherPK released a video that shows all of the uses for Storm’s Mythic ability, including the most popular and effective one: launching players to their death. You can also reflect all of the other offensive hero abilities in Fortnite – save for Iron Man’s Unibeam.

Hopefully, this item stays out of competitive Fortnite. If not, then we can be sure of what the next “Kit’s Shockwave Launcher” will be during the Season 4 FNCS. Keep your head on a swivel if you run into a player using this ability in-game.

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Leaked Fortnite weapon is a cross between a Minigun & Grenade Launcher

This leaked Fortnite weapon is scary…

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The Fortnite community tends to be split when it comes to explosive weapons. Some enjoy the ability to break down any structure in the game, while others prefer a rocket-free experience when cranking 90’s for high-ground.

We’ve seen all kinds of explosive weapons come and go from Fortnite. We’ve had the Quad Launcher, Grenade Launcher, Proximity Launcher, regular RPG, Pumpkin Launcher, and several others. Only a couple of them have remained in the loot pool for more than a season.

According to Fortnite data miner, @Mang0e_, it looks like the latest explosive weapon is on the horizon. We’ve only seen some statistics and mesh image of the item, but that’s enough for us to be intimidated as to the destruction it could cause.

Mang0e_ described the weapon as a “cross between a Grenade Launcher and a Minigun.” If that doesn’t send a chill up your spine, we don’t know what will. These are two of the most powerful weapons that Fortnite has ever seen. Now, we’re combining them?

Of course, this is only preliminary information and we have no idea if this item will ever even come to Fortnite. The initial impression could be way off as well, so it’s no time to panic.

After all, we saw Machine Pistols leaked last year and they still haven’t entered the game. Just recently, we got the first piece of concrete news on the item since last November. This is all to say that it could be a long time before this strange “heavy weapon” comes to Fortnite – if it ever does.

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the weapon, but it could be a while. Epic likely won’t release the next Fortnite update for at least a week or two, and we don’t expect to see this weapon when it does come out. In the meantime, make sure to follow us on Twitter, @FortniteINTEL, to be the first to know all of the breaking Fortnite news.

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Fortnite Mythic weapon leak: ‘Mystique’s Dual Auto Pistols’

Fortnite leaks reveal that Mystique is finally getting a Mythic item.

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Fortnite Season 4 is all about the hero abilities. We’ve seen an ability for nearly every hero in the game along with some for heroes that haven’t even been released, such as Black Panther and Venom.

The only Battle Pass hero who hasn’t received a Mythic ability is, strangely, Mystique. To be fair, it might be a bit difficult for Epic to come up with one. Her superpower, after all, revolves around shapeshifting into other people. We can use this as a built-in Mystique emote, but it doesn’t work as a standalone in-game mechanic.

Well, it seems like Mystique’s mythic item is in development. That’s right: reports have it that we’re getting an item rather than an ability. Fortnite data miner, @Mang0e, released his findings: Mystique’s Dual Auto Pistols.

You probably don’t remember this weapon model – it’s not everyone’s job to follow all of these Fortnite leaks – but this Machine Pistol was leaked over a year ago. After several updates, Epic adjusted the statistics and rarities of the unreleased weapon.

Still, even after the weapon was updated, Epic kept it out of the game for almost a year. It seems like we may finally see a version of this weapon enter Fortnite in Season 4.

We still have a lot of unanswered questions about this weapon. Most likely, we’ll be able to get our hands on it through the drones located at the Quinjet landing sights. This has been the most common place to grab Mythic hero abilities. Of course, we don’t know this for sure.

Will the third leak be the charm for the Machine Pistol, AKA Mystique’s Dual Auto Pistols? Only time will tell. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about this weapon.

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