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Fortnite Intel presents: Fortnite superlatives 2019

As 2019 winds to a close, let’s take a look at the Fortnite superlatives of the year, featuring names like SypherPK, NickMercs, Ninja, 72hrs, and many more.

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As 2019 winds to a close, let’s take a look at the Fortnite superlatives of the year, featuring names like SypherPK, NickMercs, Ninja, 72hrs, and many more.

Fortnite has come a long way in 2019. We went from planes to ballers to the Mech and beyond, to a brand-new map and a simplified loot pool.

Let’s take a look at some of the streamers and pro players that showed-out this year. Here are the 2019 Fortnite Intel superlatives. We hope you enjoy.

Cranker of the Year: BenjyFishy

BrnjyFishy is one of the best Fortnite players in the world. Many argue that he’s the best in the EU region and he can probably go toe-to-toe with any pro out there.

2019 has been the year of the Fish. We saw Benjy rise from relative anonymity to become one of the top Fortnite players out there. He repeatedly places highly in tournaments and seems to have all of the mechanics that make an excellent Fortnite player.

When it’s all said and done, BenjyFishy will go down as one of the best Fortnite players of all time, and 2019 was his coming-out year.

Most Innovative: 72hrs

72hrs has to be one of the most innovative Fortnite players on the planet. You routinely see him use unorthodox tactics that seem like a joke but end up working. Just this weekend we saw him rocket ride to rotate in the Winter Royale. Who does that?

There are countless clips of 72hrs breaking the mold in 2019, but the “I’m trying somesing” clip takes the cake. He used the Junk Rift to go on a killing spree (RIP Tfue) during a pro scrim.

Best Rager: Mongraal

There were a lot of contenders for ‘Rager of the Year,’ but Mongraal has to take it home for 2019. He’s out here swearing and smashing like a cracked, British Dellor.

Mongraal is one of the best players in the world, but he’s number-one when it comes to raging. Keep that blood pressure high, Mongraal. We love it.

Biggest Hater: Dr. Disrespect

Dr. Disrespect has to be one of the most prolific Fortnite haters on the internet. He hates Fortnite and uninstalls the game every chance he gets.

It seems like there’s a gun to his head every time the two-time loads up Fortnite. He hates the bloom, the building, the events – everything. The Doc hates Fortnite with such vitriol but keeps coming back because he knows how popular it is. He’ll be the first one to pop a bottle of champaign when Fortnite finally dies.

Best Clip Channel: Grumbae

There are a ton of Fortnite clip channels out there. All of these channels are dedicated to compiling and repurposing streaming content for their viewers.

These channels have a purpose and can make a huge difference for a creator who’s just starting. SypherPK, for instance, credits some of his success to his ability to get on these channels with his early trap tower clips.

Very few channels take the time to masterfully edit and recreate these clips. Grumbae is one of the only Fortnite channels that truly create new content out of what the streamers provide. They had a huge year in 2019 and deserve the recognition they get from the Fortnite community.

Most Likely to Succeed: UnknownxArmy1x

UnkownxArmy is one of the up-and-coming stars of 2019. He was the first – and one of the only – controller players to qualify for the World Cup Solo competition. After that, he went on a W-key rampage during the Cash Cups – even placing fifth in NA-East on mouse and keyboard.

Most recently, Unknown and his patched-together squad won the NA-East FNCS. We’re watching Unknown’s come-up in 2019. The sky’s the limit for this young L2 God.

Best Hair: SypherPK

SypherPK is first-team all-hair when it comes to Fortnite players. No one comes close to Sypher when it comes to styling, hold, volume, and hair-beard combo.

It’s going to take some serious hairstyling to dethrone SypherPK next year. This man has a hairline that most of us only dream about.

Class Clown: NickMercs

NickMercs is one of the funniest streamers in the Fortnite community and he has the skills to back it up. He’s constantly making jokes and trolling his friends to get laughs from his viewers – hilariously nicknaming Reverse2k ‘Ninja’s friend’ when Fortnite released the capabilities.

Nick remains one of the biggest Fortnite streamers on Twitch, and there’s a clear reason for that. He’s entertaining, skilled, and relatable to a massive group of viewers.

Most Improved: Ninja

In 2018, Ninja was the biggest Fortnite celebrity on the planet. Along the way, though, he lost the ‘best player’ moniker he had during the early days. Ninja wasn’t competing with the top players in the game anymore – focusing more on streaming and growing his brand.

Over the course of 2019, however, Ninja rededicated himself to competitive Fortnite. His competitive spirit took over as nearly qualified for the World Cup. He capped off the year by finishing 8th with his team in the FNCS finals.

Ninja is clearly driven by more than popularity and success. Yes, he wants to grow his brand, but he also wants to be one of the best at any game he plays. His dedication to competitive Fortnite in 2019 showed that.

Cutest Couple: Brookeab and Symfuhny

Via: @brookeab

Symfuhny and Brooke have become Fortnite’s first couple. We saw their entire courtship unfold on-stream, from when they met to when they announced that they were an item.

We can only hope for many more laugh-filled streams with the 2019 Fortnite power couple. Let’s see a repeat for 2020.

Best Leaker: Lucas7Yoshi

We at FortniteIntel get a lot of traffic from the hard work of data miners like Lucas7Yoshi, Hypex, FortTory, ShiinaBR, FireMonkey and others. They’re a massive part of the Fortnite news cycle, so it’s only right that we give them their time to shine.

Why did Lucas7Yoshi get the Best Leaker 2019 award? Simple: he leaked the Fortnite Chapter 2 map and stuck to his guns when everyone called it fake. He had the POIs and the map before we saw any other leaks about Chapter 2 and wasn’t too scared to send it out to the world.

Best Clutch: Tfue vs. Bizzle, Dubs, and Bugha

I had to create a category for my favorite clip of 2019. Bugha, Dubs, and Bizzle thought it would be a good idea to 50/50 Tfue in a pro scrimmage over the Summer. Bugha was fresh off of his World Cup win and the rest of the squad was comprised of rising talent as well.

You saw what happened. Tfue destroyed all three of them and hurled a barrage of profanities once he was finished. My favorite part of the clip is when Tfue subtly says “dogs***” before smacking Dubs out of the air. Let the Curb theme play on repeat.

Story

This theory puts Siona’s origin in Fortnite Chapter 1 Season 3

Are Siona and the crashed ship from Chapter 1 Season 3?

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The theme of Fortnite Season 3 is obvious: a flood took over the map and it’s slowly receding. There also appears to be an emphasis on fire, although that could be considered an additional game mechanic rather than a theme.

If we’ve learned anything over the past few seasons, however, it’s that the primary theme of a particular season rarely ends up affecting the plot in the way we think. Just look back at Season 2. We all assumed that there was a war brewing between Ghost and Shadow. In the end, it all seemed to be a ruse to hide Midas’ true motive: breaking the storm.

Those who look past the surface-level theme of Season 3 will notice a couple of things that don’t totally fit. We have the next generation of bosses, Aquaman, a new Coral Castle POI – all of which fit the water theme and continue the basic storyline from Season 2.

What doesn’t fit the theme, however, is Siona, her kit, and the crashed spaceship outside of Craggy Cliffs. All of these seem to fit the Chapter 1. Season 3 theme rather than that of Chapter 2 Season 3.

Well, what if that’s exactly where Siona and the crashed spaceship come from? What if they were originally from the Chapter 1 map – lost in space when everyone else was transported through the Black Hole. It took them a little longer to get to the new map, but they found their way, nonetheless.

Reddit user, Twitch streamer, and overall Fortnite lore expert, Koooooomar, pieced together both Season 3 themes using one, simple symbol: the one found on the back of the boots of the Chapter 1 Season 3 astronauts. This is the same symbol on the top of the crashed rocket from Chapter 2 Season 3.

What does this mean for the end of Season 3? Where did the ship go when it took off? Back to the original Fortnite map? We don’t know for sure, but we may be closer than we think to getting answers.

We expect the upcoming HighTower event to directly address the crashed spaceship. As was the case with the Ghost and Shadow war, we think the flood is a distraction from what’s really happening on the island.

As for what all of this means – your guess is as good as ours. For now, we can only suspect that Siona and the crashed ship left the Chapter 1 map during Season 3 – arriving on the new map in time for the same season. Are we still in the loop? “When I hear this again, will it help me remember? Or once looped, will I be just as mutes as the others?”

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Opinion: Cars brought the fun back to Fortnite

The introduction of cars has brought back the biggest missing element in Fortnite: lighthearted fun.

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The Fortnite v13.40 update brought one of the most anticipated items to the game: cars. Players had high expectations for cars in Fortnite, and the finished product didn’t disappoint.

With one simple item, Epic solved one of the biggest problems that were plaguing Fortnite for the longest time: everyone cared too much about winning. For almost all of Chapter 2, the most fun part of the game was getting a win. This wasn’t always the case in Fortnite.

Since the implementation of skill-based matchmaking, Fortnite players got a lot more serious about getting wins. Late-game public matches mirrored low-level Arena games, with players boxing-up and trying to survive until the end.

In some ways, it seems like Epic supported this environment in Chapter 2. The loot pool was simple and unchanging for the most part – with very few items dedicated to having fun. The days of goofy plays seemed to be over, unless we were playing the Unvaulted LTM.

With the release of cars, however, we saw players focusing on something that seemed to be lost within the Fortnite community: having fun.

We’re seeing taxi services, fortified gas stations, car battles, and everything in between. Some players don’t seem to care if they get the win, as long as they can have a good time in their match. That used to be what Fortnite was about.

Take a look at this next clip, for instance. All of these players are trying to complete the challenge of driving from Retail to Pleasant. Just a week ago, it didn’t seem like something like this would be possible.

As the title of the Reddit post states, it’s fun to dominate a lobby but it’s far more entertaining to laugh your way through a match – win or lose.

This clip from SypherPK spoke to us. He’s fantasizing about how this Fortnite update would be if all of the big names were still playing the game. Imaging TimtheTatman getting run down by CourageJD or DrLupo hitting a moving headshot with a Hunting Rifle.

Personalities like these have, largely, left Fortnite, but we’re all still here. We can have these moments in our games with our friends. Players are returning to find that the sweaty game they left is fun again; all because of one new element.

Cars will eventually get old and players will start becoming more serious, again. Hopefully, Epic can continue to create lighthearted updates like this one and keep the vibe that we’re all feeling right now. Cars brought the fun back to Fortnite. Let’s hope that it stays around for a while.

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More leaked details about Fortnite HighTower event: “Coming very soon”

The Fortnite Season 3 event, HighTower, could be ramping-up very soon.

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According to reports from the Fortnite data mining community, the most recent update – v13.40 – is the last update of Season 3. This means that Season 3 is on track to be the first season in Chapter 2 to end on schedule. Even if it’s extended by a week, it will be far shorter than either of the previous two seasons.

Data miners found some event files in the most recent patch, pointing to a season-ending event that’s set to get underway sooner rather than later. The first batch of leaks were largely comprised of strings of code. We learned that the event has the code name “HighTower” and that craters will begin to appear around the map. You can take a look at our initial recap here.

Since then, data miners have been looking closely at these files. There looks to be a rift that will begin to develop in the sky and grow over time – similar to what we saw with the first rift in Chapter 1.

The rift will appear either over The Agency or Mount Kay and should enter the game “very soon,” according to Hypex.

Epic have been a fan of hiding some clues in spectrograms since the beginning of the Fortnite storyline. We’ve seen several images come out of spectrograms dating back to Chapter 1 Season 4.

The sound of this rift creates an image in a spectrogram as well. All that’s visible is a shadowy figure, who will undoubtedly reveal himself by the end of the season – or at the beginning of the next season.

According to Hypex, we should also begin to see the runes appear around The Agency relatively soon. We could also see a crater appear near Salty Springs, a “crack in the sky” over Risky Reels, and a new HighTower POI to the south of The Agency.

Since this is the final patch of Season 3, this might be all of the information we learn before the runes, cracks, POIs, and rifts start to appear in-game. After that, we’ll probably need to wait for the season-ending event.

As far as what the event will bring – your guess is as good as ours. No one predicted that we’d be ascending to another plane of existence at the end of Season 2, so we’re not even going to speculate about where Season 3 will bring us. Send us your best theories on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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