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Fortnite Chapter 2: Tips for your first game

Fortnite Chapter 2 is now live with a long list of changes from the old Fortnite. Take a look at some must-know Fortnite tips before you play your first game.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 is now live with a long list of changes from the old Fortnite. Take a look at some must-know Fortnite tips before you play your first game.

Fortnite Chapter 2 is here to finally soothe our withdrawals after two days of staring at a black hole. By all accounts, this feels like an entirely new game from the “old” Fortnite.

There is a long list of new mechanics, weapons, and locations in Fortnite. Epic, in their infinite wisdom, has yet to release the Chapter 2 patch notes as of this writing – so we’re all just guessing as to the buffs/nerfs/additions/removals/etc.

The lack of patch notes makes sense if you think about it. Epic wants us to experience this as a new game. You don’t look at the patch notes for a new game – you just play.

Well, here are some tips to help you out with your first few games in the absence of patch notes.

Weapon upgrades

One of the new mechanics Epic added to Chapter 2 was the ability to upgrade your weapons. You can find upgrade stations scattered around the POIs in Fortnite, and use materials to craft a better version of your current weapon.

This new mechanic significantly reduces RNG. If you have bad weapons and a ton of materials, you can upgrade to a better option.

Natural healing

Epic removed Splashes, Slurps, mobile Campfires, and Chug Jugs when they released Chapter 2. They nerfed the amount of healing items you can carry but didn’t completely nerf your ability to find healing.

There is a variety of natural healing options in Fortnite. Environmental campfires are still there, and Epic added fishing which usually provides you with health and/or shield. You can also destroy Slurp kegs, trucks, and taps for varying amounts of health.

The number of natural healing items means you should probably wait to drink those shield pots when there isn’t anyone around.

More places to hide

Epic loves to cater to casual players – we all know this. Last season, that meant the overpowered mech that everyone hated. This season, we have skill-based matchmaking and the ability to hide in dumpsters.

Hiding is much more viable in Chapter 2 Season 1. Bushes are massive now, and you can hide in places like dumpsters to jump out and surprise your enemies.

Make sure to watch out for opponents hiding in bushes and dumpsters. This is going to become a much more popular strategy with Chapter 2.

Settings and binds were reverted

Fortnite Chapter 2 loads you right into a match before you ever hit the loading screen. Do you know that scene in the Chapter 2 trailer where the character falls from the sky? Ya, that’s you. You have to play a game right away.

You can always back out of your first game, but true champions play it out and try to get their first win. You should know, though, that all of your settings and keybinds – apart from sensitivity settings for console players – were reverted.

This means that all of your keybinds will be standard when you start. Try to land in a secluded area so you can box-up and fix it before you fight.

Huge mobility nerf

Mobility got hit hard with this patch. If you thought Season 10 nerfed mobility, then you’re in for a shock when you load into Chapter 2.

Epic nerfed nearly everything in the mobility department. The only vehicle in the game is a boat – which does travel on land and is faster than running. Launchpads aren’t even in the game anymore, for Pete’s sake.

This is all to say that you should pay attention to the storm circle. Boats are common, but there’s a greater chance of getting stuck in the storm in Fortnite Chapter 2.

Fixing your FPS drops

The major problem plaguing Fortnite right now is FPS drops. PC players – in particular – are experiencing low FPS rates compared to what they used to be. Thankfully, Epic has addressed this problem and is working on a fix for it.

For now, you can temporarily solve the issue by changing your audio settings to low.

So, there you have it. Some of the early tips you can use to better understand Fortnite Chapter 2. How are you liking the new game? Let us know in the comments.

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This Crash Pad trick gives players free kills in competitive Fortnite

Another Fortnite Crash Pad technique has reared its head.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Crash Pads are the most useful item in Fortnite. You can combine them with Bouncers for ultimate mobility, use them to get into an opponent’s box, save yourself from fall damage, and – as it turns out – even more.

Just when we think that we’ve discovered all of the uses for Crash Pads, another one pops up. This new strategy is growing in popularity within the competitive Fortnite community, but is still under-utilized at the time of writing. Naturally, World Cup winner Bugha is on the cutting edge of the trick.

If you didn’t catch the strategy from the clip above, players are using Crash Pads to assassinate players above them in a stacked end-game lobby. All you need to do is make a hole in your structure, build a ramp, and throw a Crash Pad.

One of the players above you will, more than likely, fall through the broken floor and right into your lap. It’s a free refresh for your team.

This is a relatively high-level play, so you don’t need to worry about it if you’re only playing public matches. If you’re preparing for the Season 4 Trios FNCS, however, you should practice the technique and be aware that it might happen to you.

Players routinely find themselves stacked on top of one another in competitive Fortnite. I’d be surprised if we don’t see one or two of these plays in the FNCS Finals this season.

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Ghost Gaming signs NA-East Fortnite pro Nanolite

Ghost Gaming adds Nanolite to their growing Fortnite roster.

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Earlier in the year, it seemed like Ghost Gaming was one of the organizations divesting from professional Fortnite. Several organizations let the contracts of their Fortnite pros expire, while others were waiting in the wings to scoop them up.

Now, several months later, it seems like Ghost was only preparing to reload on their Fortnite talent. Most recently, they signed NA-East pro Nanolite. Ghost Gaming’s newest recruit has been rising the ranks, over the past year, putting together a third-place performance in the DreamHack Anaheim 2020 tournament.

Nanolite has, reportedly, earned over $38,000 from 62 events over the course of his Fortnite career. He also sits, squarely, at number 50 on the FortniteTracker NA-East Power Rankings list.

With the signing, Ghost’s Fortnite roster is surprisingly deep. They now boast Kamo, Sean, Trapped, Zarby, Nittle, Clarity, and Nanolite. We’ll have to wait and see if they’ll stay steady here or continue to add to their growing roster of Fortnite talent.

Organizations have been signing Fortnite free agents left and right. It’s clear that Fortnite isn’t going anywhere as an esport, despite the lowering of the prize pool compared to 2019. Who will be the next free agent to fall? Only time will tell.

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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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