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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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How to earn the free Fortnite Crew emote in Season 5

Epic Games are offering players who sign up for the Fortnite Crew membership a free, exclusive emote for a limited time.

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Epic Games is offering players a free emote to go with their Fortnite Crew membership in Fortnite Season 5.

The Fortnite Crew membership is an interesting idea. Players can sign up for the system for $11.99 per month. In return, they receive the Battle Pass, an exclusive cosmetic set, and 1,000 V-Bucks to use as they please.

January 2021 was the second month of the Crew system, and it wasn’t without its speed bumps. Some players logged in on January 1 to see that their Green Arrow skin pack was nowhere to be found.

Even more players had to wait over 2 weeks to receive their V-Bucks for the month. The system is still new, but it’s clear that Epic have some polishing to do.

As a way to throw Fortnite Crew members a bone, Epic are offering a free “Members Only” emote to anyone who signs up for the Crew pack.

You need to sign up for a Fortnite Crew membership and log into Fortnite before February 15. This timing means that non-members can wait and see what the February cosmetic pack holds before committing.

The Crew membership, when it’s working, is a good deal for dedicated Fortnite players who want to get the most bang for their buck. An exclusive skin, pickaxe, back bling, and 1,000 V-Bucks is well worth the $11.99 price tag.

We’ll let you know when we learn more about the February Fortnite Crew pack. Until then, enjoy Season 5.

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All XP Coin locations for Fortnite Season 5 Week 7

XP Coins have finally returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where you can find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

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XP Coins have returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

Fortnite Season 5 is offering players a plethora of ways to earn XP and rank up through the Battle Pass. The most recently-added XP-gathering method is through the XP Coins.

Most players will remember XP Coins from the past few seasons. They seemed to be everywhere back then, but they were removed at the start of the season.

Ahead, we’ll give you a map of all the XP coin locations. We’ll make sure to update you as more XP Coins are added to the map.

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XP coins are scattered all across the map. You can find them from Catty Corner to Stealthy Stronghold. Here’s a map of all of the available XP Coins, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as more XP coins become available. You’ll need to reach level 250 to unlock all of the enlightened skins in Season 5, so finding these will be well worth your time.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are here. Take a look at how to complete all of them in this challenge guide.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 is here. Take a look at all of the challenges and how to complete them.

Fortnite Season 5 is chugging along, but there’s still about two months left. The holiday break extended the latest season, so there’s still plenty of time to make your way through the Battle Pass.

The Week 7 challenges are relatively straightforward, with most of them able to be completed without too much effort.

A couple of these challenges will have you searching the same area in Slurpy Swamp, so a favorable bus path in Team Rumble will allow you to complete them in one shot. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges

The good news in the Week 7 challenges is that all of them can be completed in Team Rumble. We have a separate article detailing the locations of Books in Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands. You can find that here.

The Legendary challenge requires players to deal damage to opponents in Vehicles. This one is going to be a headache, as there’s no way to force another player to be inside of a car or boat when you shoot them.

Hopefully, you can get into a game of Team Rumble with like-minded enemies – sitting in Motorboats and trading shots with you. If not, it’s going to take some serious gaming to finish this one. Good luck!

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