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FNCS cheating allegations lead to three Fortnite pros being dropped

FNCS cheating is heating up with three Fortnite console pros getting dropped from their organization amidst cheating allegations.

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FNCS cheating is heating up with three Fortnite console pros getting dropped from their organization amidst cheating allegations.

Cheating is going to happen in any online competitive game – both big and small. In Fortnite, it’s particularly hard to catch cheaters and teamers without community review and whistleblowing.

This weekend, we saw two high-profile cheating allegations come out of the NA-West region; one on console and one on PC. The PC allegations were more serious, as they involved a player DDoSing a contesting team in the grand finals.

Console wasn’t free from controversy, either. Three console pros have been dropped from their organization, Team Talon, after reports of cheating during the qualification heats.

Via: Team Talon

This controversy began when a member of the first-place duo, Paul1x, shared screenshots of DMs from three Team Talon members, agreeing to feed the team of Drew and Ruben free points to help them qualify for Grand Finals.

Drew and Ruben ended up placing 15th in the Grand Finals. Fayde and his teammate failed to qualify. Paul1x likely obtained these DMs because his partner, zScary, is also on Team Talon.

The screenshots of the conversation are pretty damning. They even show Ruben telling the duo not to make it obvious when they contest them for free points.

This is, of course, against the FNCS rules. XXiF and Ronaldo did the same exact thing during the World Cup qualifiers and received a two-week ban along with the “cheater” tag from most of the community.

Since then, however, Epic have issued a 60-day competitive ban for Bucke, Kreo, Keys, and Slackes after the Storm Surge “teaming” from FNCS Week 1. Epic have yet to take action on this situation.

Interestingly, as these players get dropped from their organization, Kreo was signed to Built By Gamers. The Fortnite Guy covered all of these topics in a recent video.

(6:27 for mobile viewers)

After some initial posturing, the players involved have mostly admitted that they regret their decision and have learned their lesson.

Interestingly, we have yet to see any action on the part of Epic Games. Console is a lower-profile platform, but the prize pool was identical to PC in the West region.

Ruben and Drew earned $875 apiece for their top-15 placement. Without the free points, however, it’s unclear whether they would have qualified for Grand Finals, at all. We’ll update you if and when Epic take action against these players.

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Fortnite reveals first look at Ant-Man skin coming soon

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Fortnite Ant-Man skin teaser

Epic Games have revealed the first look at what’s expected to be an upcoming Ant-Man skin in Fortnite, but you’ll have to be looking closely at their teasers to spot him.

The Fortnite developers are continuing their relentless spree of crossovers, especially with superhero skins, and it looks like we’re getting another one very soon.

This time around, it’s the tiny Ant-Man. On March 6, Epic Games tweeted an image Domino, Cable, and Psylocke, but look closer, and you’ll spot someone else there too.

Sitting on Cable’s arm, we can make out the tiny hero.

And that’s not the only teaser for Ant-Man. In a second image, we can see him standing on the tip of the sword.

We’d assume that Ant-Man will actually be the regular character model size when the skin is playable in game – or else it would be the most powerful skin around (although not sure how he’d hold any weapons).

Unfortunately, we can’t make out the finer details of the skin as the images show him so small.

When is the Fortnite Ant-Man skin release date?

We don’t have the exact release date for the Ant-Man skin yet unfortunately. But, just based on previous teasers, we wouldn’t expect the wait to be too long.

Usually after a new portal is added in-game, and teasers start dropping, it’s only a matter of days before we can get our hands of the skin.

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How to disable pre-edits in Fortnite

After over a year of fan requests, Epic have added a ‘disable pre-edit’ option to Fortnite. Here’s where you can find it.

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In the v15.20 update, Epic Games added a much-requested setting to Fortnite: ‘disable pre-edits.’ Here’s how it works and how to select it.

Finally, after years of Reddit threads, Twitter posts, and pro players begging, Epic added a ‘disable pre-edit’ setting to Fortnite.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new setting, including how it works and where to find it.

What does ‘pre-editing’ mean?

Pre-editing refers to the ability to edit a structure before placing it. The most popular use of pre-edits throughout Fortnite history was a cone/ramp edit when controller players had to use Combat Pro.

Now, however, very few players use pre-edits. Instead, pre-edits offer an obstacle, as they’re almost always completed by mistake. Of course, there are still some niche applications for pre-edits, but most players wanted Epic to add an option to disable these edits.

How to disable pre-edits

You can find the new option under the settings tab (cog wheel) in the start menu. Scroll down to the “Building” section, and you’ll see four options. One of them is the new “Disable Pre-Edit Option.”

If you turn this off, you’ll no longer be able to edit structures before placing them – good news for the bulk of the Fortnite community.

If may have taken Epic years to add this option, but it’s finally here. Next stop, an FoV slider!

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How to use pre-editing to your advantage in Fortnite

Don’t turn off pre-edits so fast! Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these new competitive strategies.

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Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these competitive strategies.

Pre-edits in Fortnite can be maddening when you’re in the middle of a fight. More often than not, the pre-edits will work against you as you accidentally edit a hole in your floor or a window in your wall. Before you know it, you’re taking fall damage or getting shot because you hit the wrong button while battling someone.

Epic recently added a lon-requested setting to Fortnite, giving players the ability to toggle pre-edits on and off. Now, with a simple setting change, you’ll never need to worry about pre-edits again.

This doesn’t mean that pre-edits are entirely useless. In the patch before the setting change was released, pro player Maken used them expertly to outplay his opponent.

Useful pre-edits have also been posted to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit in the past. These pre-edits focus on cones, and give players the ability to fake-out opponents and even place their structures through turbo-builds.

The first strategy involves subverting the expectations of your opponent. Most skilled players anticipate edits, but using a pre-edited cone can get you a free shot.

As you can see, all you have to do is edit the wall, place your triangle cone, resent the cone edit, and shoot your opponent. There’s hardly anything they can do to prevent this free shot – especially since they aren’t going to see it coming.

The above clip from u/DemianNieuwenhuis has a very niche application. After all, using a regular cone is going to be far more useful in most situations. The only time your pre-edited cone will work is when someone is standing outside of your box.

This next clip is more of an exploit than anything. It also requires you to pre-edit your cone; this time in a V shape. You can exploit the new Turbo Building system and place the V-cone under your opponent’s ceiling after breaking their cone.

Again – like the other clip – this strategy will only be useful in certain situations. You won’t be able to cone-block opponents or even protect yourself from above if you run around with your cones all jacked up like this.

Still, these strategies are worth mentioning – especially if you find yourself in a 1v1. You can surprise your opponent with both of them, and steal some shots without taking damage.

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