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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

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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.

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Building returns to Fortnite as permanent “Zero Build” mode is announced

Building is back in Fortnite’s core modes, but a new Zero Build mode has been announced that continues the experience of no building.

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Epic Games has released a permanent no-building mode alongside the return of building to Fortnite.

For the past 9 days, players have experienced Fortnite without any building. While the popular battle royale was founded on the unique premise of building, many hardcore fans and returning players swooned over the lack of building.

Knowing that this experience would only last nine days, players wondered what would happen when building returned. Would Epic introduce a new no-build mode? Or would building return without any other modes available?

Luckily, players won’t have to build in Fortnite is they don’t want to. But casual players who don’t want to play competitively can also enjoy building once more.

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Zero Build mode announced as building returns to Fortnite

At the end of the nine day experience, Fortnite announced the new “Zero Build” mode. Advertised as a permanent side mode, Fortnite Zero Build is the same experience players have had for the past week.

In the Zero Build mode, players will continue to have overshields, enhanced movement abilities, and, most importantly, no building. But if you miss the old Fortnite, Epic has you covered.

Zero Build was introduced because building has finally returned to regular core modes: solos, duos, trios, and squads. But this also means that overshields, sprinting, and mantling have been removed from core modes.

Now everyone has a mode that suits their playstyle in Fortnite. But we’d love to know whether you’re Team Builder or Team Zero Build. Let us know on Twitter @FortINTEL.

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All Tier 100 Fortnite Battle Pass Skins ranked

Fortnite has given us a long list of Battle Pass skins. Here, we’re ranking all of the tier-100 Battle Pass skins from worst to best.

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Fortnite has been providing us with skins for over two years. Take a look at all Fortnite tier 100 skins as we rank them from worst to best.

We’re 20 seasons into Fortnite at this point, and 19 Battle Passes deep. We’ve seen hundreds of skins come and go with varying degrees of originality. Some are still in Battle Royale to this day while others are collecting dust in a crowded locker.

Not all Fortnite skins are created equal. Today, we’re looking at the Fortnite tier 100 skins and ranking them from worst to best. Let us know your opinions in the comments!

19. Doctor Strange: Chapter 3 Season 2

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This may come as a shock as Marvel skins tend to rank very high, but we’re on a three-season streak of tier 100 Marvel skins. It’s getting old, and this one isn’t really that great.

Doctor Strange feels like it should have been given the Superman treatment, not the Spider-Man. Plus, they didn’t use Benedict Cumberbatch’s face which makes the skin even less exciting to unlock.

18. Vendetta: Season 9

The Vendetta is one of the least favored tier 100 skins of the bunch. The non-upgraded version is lame and the final stage leaves a lot to be desired.

This one was one of the most uninspired tier 100 skin, in my opinion. It doesn’t look very good, either, which is why it’s placed at the bottom of our rankings.

17. Ice King: Season 7

The Ice King is a skin you’ll hardly ever see in a modern Fortnite match. It’s not the ugliest skin we’ve gotten as a tier 100 reward, but it isn’t far off.

The reason this is so low, though, has to do with the size. This skin is massive and clunky, making you feel like an easy target when you’re wearing it.

16. Ultima Knight: Season X

The Ultima Knight is, simply, an addition to the OG Black Knight that ranks much higher in this list. This is a poor man’s Black Knight and everyone knows it.

Not only is the skin unoriginal, but it’s large and clunky when you rank it up. Anyone who already has the Black Knight won’t be rocking this version into battle

15. Dire: Season 6

The Dire skin is one of the cooler skin concepts Epic has added as a tier 100 skin. The werewolf skin, while interesting, is probably among the least popular skins you’ll see in the game.

The base skin is boring and the upgraded version is too big – two ingredients that lead to a bottom-half ranking.

14. Carnage: Chapter 2 Season 8

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Despite being a crossover skin, Carnage is pretty forgettable. With Season 8 being the finale of Chapter 2, the Cube Queen secret skin was more iconic than the Symbiote. It’s big and bulky, and downright ugly.

13. Ragnarok: Season 5

The Ragnarok skin sits right in the middle of the pack. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great, either. The upgraded skin is a little busy for my taste, so I take everything off and roll with the topless bald man.

12. Fusion: Chapter 2, Season 1

The Fusion from Fortnite Chapter 2 is decent but relatively boring. You’d be hard-pressed to find a player still wearing this skin – especially since there were far better options in the same Battle Pass.

I had this one high on my original rankings (from C2S1) but time has knocked it down to just inside the top-10.

11. Rick Sanchez : Chapter 2 Season 7

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Being able to play as Rick Sanchez is pretty cool seeing as he’s the most iconic character in one of the most popular animated series in recent history. His unique cell-shaded style makes him stand out from other skins, and his smug look makes it seem like every elimination is a cakewalk.

Rick is lower on the list because of his lack of utility and inevitable plummet in popularity in a few seasons. His cartoon style makes him stick out like a sore thumb in-game. His head is a massive target. And players will likely only use this skin for the next season or so.

10. Omega: Season 4

The Omega skin suffers from many of the problems as of the other bottom-half skins: it’s unathletic. That is until you take all of the armor off of the outfit.

I rock this skin stripped-down, just as I prefer the Ragnarok skin. It looks sleeker and cooler that way, in my opinion. The base Omega skin squeaks it into the top-10 – especially since you can change the color on the stripped-down version.

9. Mandalorian: Chapter 2 Season 5

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This might be a controversial placement, but I’m not a huge fan of the Mandalorian skin. Fans of the show will probably like it more, but it didn’t really do it for me.

Sure, the customization options are there, but you’ll never go back to the pre-upgraded armor like you could with some of the other tier-100 skins. Baby Yoda is a hit, but the Mando skin leaves a lot to be desired.

8. Luxe: Season 8

The Luxe was the number-one tier 100 skin in my book for a long time. This is one of the only tier 100 skins that I still regularly wear when I play Fortnite, and one of only two female skins in the group.

The real reason this one ranks so highly is the back bling. Those golden wings are at least the second-best back bling reward in any Battle Pass.

7. The Reaper: Season 3

For some, the Reaper is going to be a number-one tier 100 Battle Pass skin. I understand this argument, but I never liked it, myself.

There were some bugs during Season 3 that caused Epic to hand everyone several Battle Pass tiers for free. The result was that almost everyone who bought the Season 3 Battle Pass got the Reaper skin, which is one of the reasons I never really liked it.

Despite my personal bias, I recognize that Season 3 was the golden age of Fortnite and this skin brings back the feels. It’s well-deserving of a top-five finish.

6. Spire Assassin: Chapter 2 Season 6

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The Spire Assassin jumped right to the top-five in my rankings. This skin is one of the best to be released in all of Chapter 2. You look like a dominating force when dressed in its full suit of armor.

It’s always hard to rank a skin while the season is currently underway, but I’m betting that Spire Assassin will be a common sight on the Fortnite island long after Season 6 concludes.

5. Eternal Knight: Chapter 2, Season 3

The Eternal Knight is a strong contender for the best tier-100 skin in the history of Fortnite. All of the variants are cool and unique and the customizable pickaxe is another huge point in favor of the outfit.

Along with only a few others on this list, the Eternal Knight is still a common sight on the Fortnite island. As long as players are still wearing the skin, it deserves a high placement on this list.

4. Midas: Chapter 2, Season 2

Midas remains a favorite of a lot of Fortnite players, whether you’re using his Ghost, Shadow, or all-gold version.

The Midas skin is the best of both worlds. He’s slender, which means he doesn’t take up much of your screen, but he’s still a cool and interesting character whose outfit goes well with a lot of different combinations.

3. Iron Man: Chapter 2 Season 4

Come on, it’s Iron Man. This is how you do a tier-100 crossover skin, and the Mandalorian was a huge step back from Tony Stark in the previous season.

With one skin, you get both Iron Man and Tony Stark – which you can switch between in-game. If you leveled up the Battle Pass, you can also play as Gold, Silver, or Holographic Iron Man/Tony Stark. It’s hard to see this as anything less than a top-rated skin.

2. Spider-Man: Chapter 3 Season 1

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Wow, who could have guessed that one of the most highly-praised crossover skins would make it to spot number 2. Previously held by Iron-Man, it makes sense that Peter Parker would take his place eventually.

What’s not to like about his skin? It’s clean, slick, and has some of the best alternate styles to date. Even it’s enlightened skin variants look phenomenal which is something that can’t be said for most Tier 100 skins.

1. Black Knight: Season 2

I know, I know. The Black Knight isn’t technically a Tier 100 skin. It’s a final-tier Battle Pass skin, though, so it’s worth including on this list.

The Black Knight is the classic. It’s the OG. Wearing one of these skins doesn’t mean that you’re good, but it does mean that you’ve been playing the game for a long time.

The Black Knight takes the number-one spot because it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing final-tier skins we’ve ever received. It’s not my personal favorite, but it carries a certain amount of significance for OG Fortnite players.

What’s your number-one tier 100 Fortnite skin? Let us know in the comments.

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How Fortnite Overshields work in Chapter 3 Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 has added Overshields which add 50 health to ther player’s base health, and it recharges after taking damage.

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To combat the lack of building at the start of the season, players have overshields that add 50 points to their health.

Players were shocked to find out that Fortnite Season 2 had removed its iconic building mechanic. What are players supposed to do if they get caught out in the open without any builds?

Luckily, Epic Games added a few new mechanics to make up for this. Firstly, players can run faster, jump higher, and mantle objects.

Secondly, Fortnite now gives players an overshield. This isn’t an item you pick up or craft. It’s a built-in component of the player’s health. Here’s how it works.

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Fortnite’s new Overshield details

200 is no longer the maximum amount of health players can have. Instead, the base health is 150, and players can drink shield potions to gain 100 additional health.

These extra 50 points come from the new overshield. Like in Halo, players start with a small layer of shield that will take damage before their actual health. The overshield actually protects the player’s health and shield.

Additionally, the overshield recharges when out of combat, no item is needed. This is to help combat the removal of the building mechanic.

Fifty extra shield isn’t game-breaking, but it will help players find natural cover before getting one-shot. And it also might give timid players more confidence during the end game.

With that being said, we don’t know how long the overshield will be sticking around. Building is only removed for a limited time so overshields could leave whenever builds return.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find Omni Chips in Season 2.

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