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Fortnite Champion Series loot trends revealed

Are you wondering what the pros are carrying when they compete in the Fortnite Champion Series? Find out here.

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Are you wondering what the pros are carrying when they compete in the Fortnite Champion Series? Find out here.

Epic has always tried to make Fortnite a game of variety. There have been five different kinds of Assault Rifles alone throughout the previous ten seasons of the game.

In Chapter 2, Epic severely limited the number of guns in the game. Now, we have one SMG, one sniper, one pistol, two ARS, two shotguns, and one type of grenade.

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There is some variation when it comes to rarities – some players actually prefer the Blue Tac to the Purple Tac – but there is far less of it than there was in previous seasons.

High-level and professional players have different preferences in weapon loadouts, although they don’t vary as much as you might think. @1UpAnalytics posted a comprehensive analysis of the weapons used in the week 1 FNCS finals, showing what the squads preferred.

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As you can see, the traditional AR is much more popular than the burst. The 5.7% of people who carried the burst were likely all players who chose the AUG or couldn’t find a normal AR.

The shotgun selection is a bit more interesting. 66.6% of players preferred the Tac over the Pump, which appears to be the trend for Fortnite Chapter 2. It seems as though players preferred Purple or Gold Pump over the Tac in all rarities, however.

Nearly every squad had some grenades, averaging 8.9 per team. Epic recently nerfed the number of grenades you could carry, so this number should go down in future tournaments.

Not as many players carried an SMG as you might expect – especially considering the classic Pump-SMG combo. Only 24.3% of players with a Pump also used an SMG.

Most teams had at least one sniper, but these obviously weren’t a must-have item. @1UpAnalytics also posted some information about what teams used for healing in the FNCS.

Healing items will always be a top priority for squads. The 50/50 split on the Bandage Bazooka is exactly what Epic wants to see. It’s perfectly balanced: a powerful healing item with the trade-off of sacrificing two inventory slots.

Most teams had some fish in their inventory as well. Mini Shields are as popular as ever while Big Pots remain difficult to find. Most players use them when they have them – especially in squads.

Is this breakdown close to what you would think it would be? Let us know in the comments.

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How to get the Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin in Fortnite

Fortnite has added a new Ariana Grande skin. Here is how you can get the Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin and her style variant in Fortnite.

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Ariana Grande has returned to Fortnite! Here is how you can get the new Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin in Fortnite.

Nickelodeon child star turned international superstar, Ariana Grande has been immortalized in Fortnite. Along with a one-of-a-kind digital experience, Fortnite released the official Ariana Grande skin.

Other musical artists such as Travis Scott, Marshmello, and Major Lazer have also appeared in Fortnite. Epic Games also hosted concerts for Scott and Marshmello that rivaled Grande’s.

However, neither Scott nor Marshmello have had skins added to the game later. As for Ariana Grande, Fortnite is adding the new Spacefarer skin which depicts Grande as an intergalactic bounty hunter.

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Unlocking Spacefarer Ariana Grande in Fortnite

Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to unlock Spacefarer Ariana Grande in Fortnite without the use of V-Bucks. That’s right, players have to purchase the Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin from the Item Shop.

Spacefarer Ariana Grande, as well as the original Ariana Grande set, will be available on October 21 at 8 PM EST. It will likely cost 2,000 V-Bucks like the last Ariana Grande skin. However, we will update the price when it is officially released.

The Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin comes with a built-in emote that drastically changes the look of the skin. There’s also an alternate style that players can unlock via challenges.

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Unlock Spacefarer Ariana Grande’s Captain A. Grande style

The Spacefarer Ariane Grande skin has a secret bonus style that players have to unlock. In order to unlock the style, players will have to purchase the base skin and complete the Ariana Grande challenge punchcard.

The Ariana Grande NPC is located on the boardwalk at Believer Beach. Here are her punchcard challenges:

  • Collect a Record and place in a turntable x 2
  • Study the Caretaker’s Footprints x 2
  • Collect Symbols from eliminated Cube Monsters x 5
  • Reveal the Command Symbol x 1
  • Launch Signal Flares x 3

You will unlock the bonus style as soon as these challenges are completed.

For more Fortnite, check out how to unlock the Season 8 Cube Queen skin, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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The future of Fortnite Mobile on Apple devices won’t be decided for 2-3 months

The Epic Games vs Apple trial has ended, but Fortnite Mobile’s return and the trial verdict are still months away.

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Following the Epic Games vs Apple trial, the judge announced that a verdict won’t be issued for up to three months. This means that Fortnite Mobile won’t return to Apple devices for at least two months.

Fortnite mobile was removed from the App Store on August 13, 2020, following a breach of contract with Apple. Epic Games announced a permanent discount on V-Bucks that mobile players could only have if they used a direct payment method. This undermined the 30% cut Apple takes from all in-app transactions which is against its Terms of Service.

Following Epic’s announcement, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and prohibited future updates. This was then met with a lawsuit from Epic Games claiming that Apple’s digital storefront policies are anti-competitive. The trial officially started on May 3, and has since concluded.

Fortnite Mobile’s return is months away

While the three-week trial officially concluded on May 21, we still don’t know who won the trial. At the end of the evidence portion of the trial, the judge announced she would issue a verdict before August 13. However, she also stated that she wouldn’t have a verdict before June 7.

Epic’s platform during the trial was that Apple’s 30% cut of all transactions promotes anti-competitive behavior. Epic Games made it clear before and during the trial that this suit was not for monetary gain, but was to fight for fair policies for all app developers. Towards the end of the trial, it seemed as if the judge was starting to sympathize with Epic’s position.

According to Twitter user imgoldenyt, the judge was intensely criticizing Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on the lack of competition on iOS devices. The judge at one point stated, “It doesn’t feel like you feel competition, and a reason to change the matter in which you act.”

Regardless of the judge’s assumed position, we still won’t know the result of the trial for a couple of months. This also means that Fortnite Mobile won’t return to the App Store within this time frame. Even if Fortnite isn’t declared the winner, Apple has extended an invitation to have Fortnite back on the App Store if it abides by store policies.

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How to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are available. Here’s how to collect books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.

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The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are live. Here’s a guide to the most difficult challenge: collecting books from Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands.

Epic have been taking it easy on us this season, with only a handful of weekly challenges requiring us to search the map for specific items.

Unfortunately, the Season 5 Week 7 challenges include one of these, requiring you to collect books in Sweaty Sands and Holly Hedges. We did the leg work for you so you can get back to grabbing Victory Royales.

Fortnite Holly Hedges & Sweaty Sands book locations

There are three books in each location, but you only need to find five of them. Since Sweaty and Holly are near one another, you can easily complete this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble.

The book locations are as follows:

Holly Hedges

  • Ground floor of the yellow house in the northwest
  • The tall building in the southeast corner
  • The building in the northeast corner (dog house)

Sweaty Sands

  • The building next to the RV park
  • The bookshelf inside the tall apartment building
  • The building in the southeast corner
Fortnite book locations

Again, Team Rumble is the best way to complete this challenge if you want to get it out of the way. Of course, you can always land at these locations in a normal match, but that’s only making it more difficult for yourself.

You can take a look at the full list of Season 5 Week 7 challenges here. We’ll be back next week with another guide to all of the weekly challenges.

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