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Fortnite Champion Series winners receive their in-game trophy

For the first time, Epic have released an in-game trophy for Fortnite Champion Series winners.

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For the first time, Epic have released an in-game trophy for Fortnite Champion Series winners.

The biggest problem with competitive Fortnite might be the Arena system, in itself. Those who aren’t interested in playing in tournaments have no incentive to grind to Champion League.

The most difficult ranks in Fortnite actually tend to be between 4500 and 6000 hype. At this level, everyone is trying their best to make it to Champion League. Once you get there, there’s no incentive to go any higher so players stop trying as hard.

What’s more, there’s no in-game reward for making it to the highest levels in Arena. You could have the most hype in your region, but you’ll never receive a cosmetic for it.

For the first time, we finally have an in-game reward for competitive Fortnite. This award came in the form of a pickaxe, called the “Pickaxe of Champions.” It was rewarded to Duo FNS winners Zayt and Saf over the weekend.

According to a blog post on the subject, Zayt and Saf won’t be able to keep their trophies for too long. The pickaxe will go to the reigning champions, which means the next FNCS winner will take it from them.

This is an entertaining way to crown a winner in-game. If you see someone with that pickaxe, then you know that the current FNCS winner is in your lobby.

The next FNCS event kicks off on May 2 and runs through May 24. This is a solo competition, so only one of the Zayt/Saf duo can keep their trophy – if no one takes it from them, that is.

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Marvel X Fortnite comic teases unreleased hero skins

A new Marvel comic teases the release of Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther Fortnite skins.

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We’re around the halfway point in Fortnite Season 4, with some of the most popular Marvel heroes already existing within the Fortnite universe. We’ve seen Groot, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Storm, and Mystique included in the Season 4 Battle Pass, with Silver Surfer, Blade, Captain America, and others entering through the Item Shop and past seasons.

There are only a few tier-one Marvel heroes missing from Fortnite, but they might not be out for too long. We already have hero abilities for Venom and Black Panther, which has led fans to assume that they’ll be available later in the season.

Venom in Fortnite

Recently, the VP and Head of Creative at Marvel Games, Bill Roseman, tweeted the cover art for Avengers #37, which will reportedly feature a crossover with Fortnite characters. This could have a profound impact on the lore of Fortnite, so we’ll have to wait and see what it holds when the comic releases on October 4.

On the cover, however, you can see Fortnite characters flying across the Battle Royale island with some of the Marvel heroes that are playable characters in the game. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, however: Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther aren’t in the game, yet.

With the rest of these Marvel characters already being a part of Fortnite, we can only assume that these heroes will be immortalized in the game as well. Black Panther was already rumored – his hero ability is in the game – but the rest of them are completely new additions.

If this teaser comes to fruition, then we’ll be seeing all three of these heroes in the Item Shop before the end of the season. We can only hope!

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Ninja calls for a dedicated Fortnite pro league: could it happen?

Ninja suggests an official Fortnite league as a solution to some of the biggest problems in the game. Is such a thing realistic?

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Competitive Fortnite is always a topic that we discuss, here, but it’s been in the crosshairs of the wider gaming and esports landscape of late. Pro Fortnite players voiced their disappointment in the Season 4 PC FNCS prize pool, comparing it to similar competitions from a year ago.

The Season 4 prize pool is significantly lower, but Epic are allocating their funds differently, now. They spread their prize pool across several regions and platforms, which lowers the amount that they can give to the most popular platform: PC. They’re also hosting daily and weekly Cash Cups, which comes out of their prize pool budget as well.

You can say what you want about Epic’s distribution of their prize pool; that’s not the topic, here. The real problem – as esports reporter, Slasher, detailed in a tweet thread – is the lack of support that these tier-one Fortnite pros feel that they receive from Epic Games.

This feeling of now being listened to fuels some of the outrage that’s common within the Fortnite community. What’s more is that these high-profile pro players need to continue to prove themselves time and time again just to qualify for paid events – something that isn’t the case in any other top esport.

People like Clix, Zayt, BenjyFishy, Mongraal, Bugha, and all of the other household names in Fortnite have to continue to qualify for official Fortnite tournaments. Theoretically, they have the same chance of qualifying as your cousin who has been grinding Cash Cups for the past few months.

This element is part of the allure of competitive Fortnite – that anyone could be a pro player. Several pros have come out of nowhere to win hundreds of thousands of dollars. Morgausse was a prime example of this during the Summer Skirmish. An unknown pro at the time, Morgausse left the event $225,000 richer and as the hottest free agent in Fortnite.

We’ve come a long way since then, however. All of the events are held online, which means everyone who has Fortnite and an internet connection can affect these games. Even players who know they can’t win an event can “grief” a high-profile streamer – landing on them and ruining the streamer’s chances of qualifying.

It feels like, after 2+ years of competitive play, Fortnite finally has an established esports scene. Is it time that Epic Games began working with organizations and developing a league, similar to what other esports titles have done?

During the FNCS Warmup tournament, Ninja took to Twitter to propose just that: an official Fortnite league. In his opinion, a league sanctioned by Epic Games is the only way to avoid some of the common problems we see in nearly every Fortnite tournament.

It seems like nearly every Fortnite pro and passionate viewer would be interested in seeing something like this, but would Epic Games ever back such a tournament? In our opinion, the answer is an unfortunate, no.

A large part of Epic’s marketing strategy with competitive Fortnite seems to be that anyone could be a pro player. They’ve explicitly said this, at times, and used it as a justification as to why they don’t split the competitive and casual loot pools.

After seasons of requests from pro players involving the Fortnite loot pool, Epic have finally begun to make half measures in this regard. Still, there always seem to be a few items that are fine in core modes but completely broken in competitive. If Epic won’t even take the time to completely split the loot pool, would they really back a walled-off competitive Fortnite league?

Sadly, our outlook on this situation is a pessimistic one. A Fortnite league is possible, but we don’t think that it’s how Epic wants to handle the professional side of Fortnite. All of the evidence points to Epic wanting to keep Fortnite esports as an open platform.

There are some positives to this, but from a viewership perspective, we think the negatives outweigh the positives. Anything is possible, though, so we hope that a dedicated Fortnite league is in the cards for the future.

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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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