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First Trios tournament announced for Fortnite, Storm Flip disabled in Week 10 Qualifiers

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Competitive Fortnite has been a wild ride from the beginning and Epic’s adventure continues as the World Cup finals approach. The first Trios tournament has been announced for July and the Storm Flip remains disabled for Week 10.

Epic Games has been struggling to find its groove with the competitive side of Fortnite, but their efforts are beginning to work out. With the FWC Finals quickly coming up, Epic wants to ensure the final Week 10 qualifiers go smoothly.

In addition, Epic has responded to the community’s love of the Trios mode with a tournament announcement. All this was announced on June 20th in a official competitive blog post.

Storm Flip Disabled for Week 10 Qualifiers

The Storm Flip is an…interesting item

In response to competitive community outrage at the Storm Flip, Epic has decided to disable the item for the Week 10 Qualifiers. They did not say if the item would be seen in the Finals in New York.

The reason given for the disable is that the ‘visual readability’ of the item’s storm zone is not adequate. The item specifically creates problems in end-game scenarios in competitive matches. Naturally, this comment suggests that the Storm Flip will return to competitive play after a small fix.

The careful wording of the post falls in line with Epic’s previous statements about being reluctant to add a separate competitive loot pool.

Original Post from Epic Games:

“Our last World Cup Online Open kicks off today, June 20! Tune in to see who will snag those final spots to compete for the $30,000,000 up for grabs at the Fortnite World Cup. The show kicks off at 2:30 PM ET on June 21. Keep an eye out for any posts regarding updates to the schedule on our channels below.

Additionally, the Storm Flip item has been disabled for the Week 10 World Cup Online Open and Arena playlists until further notice. This is due to visual readability for this item around endgame scenarios in competitive play.

First Trios tournament announced

Call Jonesy, we need another member for the god squad.

In a surprise announcement, Epic Games has revealed the first Trios tournament is arriving in July!

When the Trios LTM released, it was a universally loved mode due to its ‘sweet-spot’ amount of players in fights. Squads is legendarily chaotic, but Trios presented a larger team mode that had a reasonable flow of combat.

Epic Games has set the dates for the first Trios tournament to July 13th and 14th, after their well deserved office vacation. Details on formats, schedules, and prize pools will be released at a later date.

Original Post from Epic Games:

“Following this week, the Epic office will be closed between June 24 – July 8. During that time, we will not have any official Fortnite Competitive Tournaments running. When we come back, our next prized tournament will be a Trios tournament on July 13th & 14th.

We will still have two content updates over these weeks and you’ll be able to get all the details in the patch notes as normal.

We’ll see you soon!”

We’re so excited to see how well Trios works in a competitive setting. This could be the beginning of a whole new wave of pro player pick-ups and more solidified in-org teams! As soon as more information about the tourney is released, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Epic push Fortnite Season 3 and Doomsday Event back one week

Epic have pushed back the Fortnite Season 3 release date by one week.

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Fans have been gearing up for Fortnite Season 3 this past week, with news of the Doomsday Event coming this weekend and Season 3 starting next week.

On May 28, Epic released a short blog post that pushed everything back one week. They didn’t go into detail as to why they made the shift, but are likely working on balancing new game mechanics, weapons, items, etc.

“In an effort to get everything ready for Chapter 2 – Season 3, we’re extending Season 2 by one week,” The Fortnite Team wrote in their blog post. “The new launch day of Season 3 will be Thursday, June 11. Also make sure to check out a one-time-only live event called The Device, now scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at 2 PM ET (please show up 30 minutes early to help secure your spot, space is limited!).”

This is disappointing to a lot of Fortnite players but could be good news in the long run. We’d rather wait a week for the new season than have it released in a broken state.

Rumors have it that a flood is coming, meaning massive changes for the island and, potentially, some new mechanics and vehicles added to the mix. Swimming underwater seems to be headed to the game as well, as leaks suggest.

This is a tough mechanic to get right. A lot of other competitive games have tried and failed, so this may be the ultimate reason for the Season 3 delay.

As of now, the new Fortnite Season 3 release date is June 11, 2020. We’ll keep you posted if and when more details become clear.

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Epic reportedly adjust recoil on mouse and keyboard input in Fortnite

Epic have, reportedly, reduced recoil on mouse and keyboard to bring it closer to that of a controller.

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Anyone who regularly follows Fortnite news knows that aim assist is a constant topic of debate within the community. Mouse and keyboard players have been lobbying for an aim assist nerf for months and were excited when Epic announced they’d be addressing it in the v12.61 patch.

Well, v12.61 came and went with little changes to aim assist. In fact, one could argue that Epic buffed aim assist, as it now helps track players long-distance, where it didn’t before the patch.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
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One thing did seem to even the playing field, however: recoil. Recoil has been a piece of the aim assist debate since it began. The recoil on mouse and keyboard has been higher than it was on a controller, which was a point of understandable frustration for those using the former input.

It appears as though this issue has been fixed in v12.61. Early reports have it that the recoil on KBM is the same as it is on a controller. You can see this in the clip from u/remarkableseif, below.

This is big news for KBM Fortnite players out there. They may not have received the aim assist nerf that they wanted, but this is meeting the halfway.

Epic is between a rock and a hard place with aim assist. The bulk of their player base likely uses a controller. A substantial nerf to the input would cause a massive uproar, even if the most vocal people in the community would be happy. Epic are continuing to adjust the system and will likely have some more changes in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite players call for a boycott of Item Shop XP Boosts

Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP, telling others to speak with their wallets.

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XP thresholds in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 are the subject of some sharp criticism from the community. Those who want to receive all of their gold variants for Season 2 need to reach level 350, which is nearly impossible without grinding all of the challenges, including the tedious Location Domination challenges. Even then, it’s a stretch.

Yesterday, we covered the story of TALOCAN; a player who managed to reach level 520 in Fortnite. He reportedly plays Team Rumble, opens chests, quits, and repeats – exactly how Fortnite is meant to be played.

While this is an interesting story, it highlights the problem with XP in Fortnite. Most people want to play the game without focusing on menial tasks. At the same time, Battle Pass owners feel as though they should have a reasonable opportunity to earn all of the rewards without paying extra money.

When you combine this feeling with the lack of Overtime Challenges, players are getting a bit frustrated with the current state of Fortnite Season 2 cosmetics.

Epic promised us less of a grind this season, which proved to be false. Sure, it’s not as much grind to reach level 100 as it was in past seasons, but it’s far more difficult to unlock all of the cosmetics.

This is why some players were angry to learn that Epic would reportedly be selling XP boosts in the Item Shop towards the end of the season. They’ve done this before in the form of Battle Pass tiers, but it feels dirtier this time around.

In past seasons, hitting level 100 was always reasonable. Buying the last few tiers didn’t feel as bad when you had a legitimate chance of unlocking all of the cosmetics without opening your wallet. You either wanted the cosmetics ASAP or were slacking-off on the challenges.

Now, though, when the most dedicated Fortnite players haven’t reached level 350, selling XP boosts feels a bit manipulative. They set a goal that’s nearly impossible to hit for most people, then reportedly plan to sell additional support to help you reach that goal. Love or hate past Fortnite Battle Passes, they’ve never included something like this.

For that reason, some Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP in Season 2. “I think it’s important that we speak with our wallets and let Epic know ‘Hey this isn’t ok,'” u/C_G15 wrote on the r/FortniteBR subreddit. “We shouldn’t need to spend more money on the Battle Pass then we already have, to unlock everything. Let’s not make impossible enlightening skins the norm.”

At the time of writing, this post has over 2,200 upvotes. One commenter, u/RebbitFrog, expanded on the argument in the comments. “At the risk of getting all Jim Sterling here – it would be a company selling a way to skip the grind, when they have full control over how much grind is needed. Selling the solution to a problem they created.

“And yes, buying XP/levels/boosts encourages them to keep doing it in the future. So even if you consider it fine, that you have the disposable income right now, you still shouldn’t do this. Because next time they’ll push a little more, then a little more later on and by the time you reach a point where you don’t want to spend more, it will be too late.”

These players are taking a stand against something that they see as the first step in a bad direction. Epic made it difficult to attain the 8-Ball variant last season, but it was a reasonable task with the length of that season. This time around, players are standing up.

It’s a fair point that these players are making – especially when you consider the fact that most of them already have a plethora of skins in their lockers. There’s no need to spend extra money on a skin that will probably get little usage once Season 3 hits.

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