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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 weapon tier list

Take a look at FortniteINTEL’s ranking of each weapon in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 is now a month old, which means that we’ve had plenty of time to play in this new meta with all of its new and returning weapons and items. It’s fair to assess the current state of Fortnite and rank all of the weapons accordingly.

We have several returning weapons on this list along with a few new ones, but many of the returning weapons are in a different state than they were in past seasons. The Burst AR got a rework that made it more viable and the Tac Shotgun got nerfed into the ground. Now, let’s take a look at where everything stands in Fortnite Season 3 (skip to the end if you want the full list with no explanation).

S Tier

The S tier is a small one, this season. Most of the weapons in Fortnite are relatively balanced. We don’t have any Brutus’ Miniguns or Skye’s Scar this time around. The Drum Gun is still in the game, but a substantial nerf dropped it down into A tier as a maximum.

The two most overpowered items/weapons in Fortnite are Jules’ Grappler and Kit’s Shockwave Launcher. These don’t do damage to opponents, but they completely nullify high-ground and allow players to obtain ultimate mobility. Late-game circles with the Shockwave Launcher are also a nightmare for those on low-ground, who can get launched into the storm with little recourse.

A Tier

A is the largest tier on this list, which includes the Scar, Burst AR (Epic-Mythic rarities), Jules’ Drum Gun, Charge Shotgun (Epic-Mythic rarities), Compact SMG, Rapid-Fire SMG, Hunting Rifle (Epic-Legendary rarities), and the RPG.

The Epic and Legendary rarities for the Burst AR and Charge Shotgun are virtually the same as the Mythic rarities with the exception of the clip size. You’d rather have the mythic one, but they don’t make too much of a difference.

The RPG will likely never leave the A-tier, as it gives you the ability to deal significant damage and destroy structures. The Hunting Rifle made it because of its no-scope capabilities. If you have good aim, then you can use this weapon like a one-shot shotgun. People slept on the Rapid-Fire SMG at the beginning of the season, but some players now prefer it over the Compact SMG, which also makes the A tier because of its clip size and DPS potential. Then, we have the Scar: a fan-favorite weapon that always belongs in A.

B Tier

B Tier is home to most of the weapons that you’ll carry until you find something a bit better – with a few playstyle-specific exceptions. A lot of players prefer the Tac shotgun over the Charge, but there’s no question that the Season 3 nerfs hit the Tac incredibly hard, pushing the Epic and Legendary versions down a tier.

We also have the Epic and Legendary variants of the Sniper and the Harpoon Gun in this tier. These are both incredibly useful for certain situations, but aren’t a must-carry all of the time.

C Tier

The Burst AR received an update in Season 3 that amounted to a buff, making it a lot more viable. Still, most players would prefer an AUG or normal AR in most cases. The rest of these weapons are similar. You’d rather have upgraded versions of the Hunting Rifle and Sniper if you’re gonig to carry one.

The Flare Gun is new and worth carrying on some instances. It can offer great utility by showing you where players are while lighting structures on fire and dealing damage when you need it. Still, these Flare Guns are situational and most players would prefer a Harpoon Gun if they had to pick one.

D Tier

The D tier is comprised of useful items that aren’t usually ideal. You can do some work with an Epic/Legendary Pistol and Tac Shotgun, but most players probably want something better before jumping into combat.

The Season 3 Tac is heavily dependent on your playstyle. Some people hate the Charge and pick the Tac over it at every turn. You can’t deny, however, that the new Tac hits like a squirt gun when you compare it to its Season 2 version. The new Tac has to be in D tier, this season. Hopefully, that changes.

E Tier

E tier is the worst tier on this list, as there aren’t any true F-tier weapons outside of the Tin Can, which isn’t worth mentioning. The basic Pistol is probably the worst weapon in the game, although you’d rather grab it as your first weapon over a sniper.

The Fishing Rod is useful, but you’d always rather have a Harpoon Gun. You can ride Sharks now, but they aren’t as useful as a boat. Overall, these two fall at the bottom of the list.

There you have it: the FortniteINTEL Season 3 weapon tier list. This shook things up a lot since last season, which had a few more weapons. Looking at this list, the overall loot pool seems a lot more balanced this season – with the obvious exception of the two Mythic mobility items. Fortnite is in a good state right now. Hopefully, it doesn’t stagnate for another three months like the last two seasons did.

Do you agree? Disagree? Think we made a horrible mistake? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

Esports

Fortnite FNCS Finals viewing guide: heats, schedule, format & more

Everything you need to know about the Fortnite Season 3 FNCS.

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The Fortnite Champion Series Qualifiers have wrapped up and we have our finalists. 400 players from NA-East, West, and EU will be competing to earn a piece of the hefty prize pool that has first place walking away with $80,000.

Ahead, we’ll give you all of the information you need including how to watch, the schedule, the format, Twitch Drops, and more.

Format

As most of you already know, this is a solo competition. The format for the finals will be the same as they were for all of the qualifiers. This tournament features evenly-distributed placement points along with a cap for 20 elmination points per match.

The FNCS tends to reward placement points over eliminations. Yes, getting five eliminations is the same as placing in the top 25, but you’re risking a lot when you push five of the best players in the game. It’s a lot safer to sit in a box, rotate, and hope for placement points.

We’ll see how all of this shakes out when the event begins. The finals are always a bit different than the qualifiers in terms of how people play. Here’s a complete look at the scoring format for the Season 3 FNCS finals.

Heats

There are four heats in each of the three major regions of NA East, NA West, and EU. Oceana, Asia, Brazil, and Middle East only have half of the competitors and half the number of heats.

With each heat in every region containing 100 players, it would be too much for us to list here. You can take a look at all of the heats on the official Fortnite website by clicking here.

Schedule & viewing guide

The schedule for the event similar across all three of the major regions, with some alterations to ensure that they overlap as infrequently as possible.

We don’t have the entire broadcast schedule right now, but we have to imagine that these won’t all be covered. If they were, the broadcasting team would be at it from 9 AM to 11PM EST Friday and Saturday with non-stop action.

We’ll update you when Epic announce the complete schedule, but we also have a Twitch stream embedded at the bottom of this section.

Europe

  • Heat 1: Friday 3-6 PM CEST
  • Heat 2: Friday 7-10 PM CEST
  • Heat 3: Saturday 3-6 PM CEST
  • Heat 4: Saturday 7-10 PM CEST
  • Grand Finals: Sunday 7-10 PM CEST

NA-East

  • Heat 1: Friday 1-4 PM EST
  • Heat 2: Friday 5-8 PM EST
  • Heat 3: Saturday 1-4 PM EST
  • Heat 4: Saturday 5-8 PM EST
  • Grand Finals: Sunday 5-8 PM EST

NA-West

  • Heat 1: Friday 1-4 PM PT
  • Heat 2: Friday 5-8 PM PT
  • Heat 3: Saturday 1-4 PM PT
  • Heat 4: Saturday 5-8 PM PT
  • Grand Finals: Sunday 5-8 PM PT

Twitch Drops

We mentioned this in our original viewing guide, but it bears repeating. All authorized streamers will be offering Twitch drops to their viewers. This means that viewers of the FNCS finals have a chance to earn an emote, spray, and back bling.

Epic made it very easy to apply for Twitch drops as a streamer, so nearly every player who streams the finals – or hosts a viewing party – should have Twitch Drops enabled.

To be eligible for the drops, you need to link your Epic and Twitch accounts. It’s very simple to do so, and you can get started by clicking here.

It’s important to note that you must have linked you Twitch and Epic accounts within the past six months to be eligible for drops. If you linked them more than six months ago, you should go back and do it again.

There you have it: everything you need to know about the Season 3 FNCS. It will be a jam-packed weekend for competitive Fortnite fans. We’ll be keeping you posted throughout the event, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Rumors

Why do fans think Fortnite X Thor is the next crossover?

The Avengers continue to invade Fortnite.

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Recently, rumors have been swirling that Thor will be coming to Fortnite as the next in-game crossover. No, we’re not talking about Relaxed Fit Jonesy, who bears a striking similarity to both Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski and Thor from Avengers: Endgame. We’re talking about the real deal.

Recent rumors of a Thor crossover began on July 4, when Epic released their trailer for Captain America. When Cap landed, there was a noticeable marking on the ground, behind him. This rune looked an awful lot like the mark that The Bifröst leaves behind when Thor enters a scene.

This is only a small detail from a Fortnite trailer – and doesn’t mean very much in isolation. More recently, however, we saw a few more leaks that point to Thor’s potential inclusion in Fortnite.

The first leak relates to The Bifröst and the markings you see, above. A new “HighTower” event has been found in the game files, which is meant to kick off with a growing rift in the sky and strange markings around the map. Like the Captain America trailer, these markings look a lot like something that The Bifröst would create.

This could be a coincidence – something that has more to do with the Fortnite story than a hint to a Thor crossover. It’s not the only clue that we have, however.

In v13.40, data miners also found mention of readable comic books coming to Fortnite. Hypex was able to match some of the blurry in-game images to a real-life Marvel comic. The subject of that comic? You guessed it: Thor.

When you combine all of this news with the recent announcement of the promotional deal with the Avengers video game, it seems all but certain that Thor will be coming to Fortnite.

This is everything we have, for now. It might not be concrete evidence, but these are some strong hints. Will Thor be the catalyst to usher-in Season 4? We don’t know, just yet, but it’s safe to assume that he’ll be the Season 4 “secret” skin, at the very least.

Marvel fans will be happy to see Thor come to Fortnite – he was one of the core Avengers who was missing during the original Marvel crossovers. Classic Fortnite fans may be a bit disappointed, but additions like this one show how much Fortnite has grown. This is a shared universe where all of our favorite characters can come to play. We’re excited to see where Epic take this.

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Limited Time Modes

Fortnite leaks point to the return of Getaway LTM & more

Fan-favorite Fortnite LTMs from Chapter 1 are rolling back in!

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The Fortnite LTM rotation was the subject of some harsh criticism for the first two seasons of Chapter 2. LTMs were virtually nonexistent for months. Epic tried something new with the Spy Games modes in Season 2, but fans never took to them as they did to some of the older game modes.

When Epic announced the Summer Smash event, however, they told players that LTMs would be returning. Most of these modes were smash-hits – particularly, the Unvaulted LTM, which reminded players how fun these silly items and weapons are to use.

There are still some unique LTMs missing from the lineup. Fan-favorites like ‘Floor is Lava’ and ‘Getaway’ were never added to Fortnite Chapter 2. Well, that may change in the near future.

Fortnite data miner, VastBlast, found threads of several LTMs that received hotfixes in the live Fortnite client. These LTMs include a couple of new modes like ‘Rags to Riches’ and ‘Tank Battle’ along with one of the most beloved Fortnite LTM in existence: ‘The Getaway.’

We don’t know when any of these LTMs are coming to Fortnite – if at all. At the same time, any change to these modes signifies that they’re probably returning soon. We could be seeing The Getaway come back to Fortnite for the first time since Chapter 1 Season 8.

Fans were delighted to hear that ‘The Getaway’ could be coming back. It’s one of the only unique Fortnite modes that doesn’t seem isolated to Chapter 1. We may never see games like ‘Air Royale’ or ‘Floor is Lava’ again, but there doesn’t seem to be any reason that Epic can’t release ‘The Getaway.’

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the release date of this long-awaited LTM. Follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you don’t miss out on any Fortnite news.

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