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Fortnite Summer Skirmish Midway Recap

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Epic Games has provided a midway recap of the Fortnite Summer Skirmish series. This recap addresses statistics, learning’s, and more.

Midway Recap

By The Fortnite Team

Hello Fortnite competitors,

We’ve just finished up Summer Skirmish Week 5 and we wanted to give you folks a mid-skirmish update from some of the previous weeks. We’re talkin’ interesting stats, additional info on a few standout performers, and our learnings about formats so far. Here’s a quick breakdown of some fun stats from the past weeks:

Statistics
  • The longest range elimination was scored by HighDistortion, with a 267m knockout of MoNsTcR with a Scoped Assault Rifle.
  • The longest range sniper elimination was scored by InTheLittleWood on Danzhizzle, with a 247m hunting rifle shot.
  • In Week 3, three pairings were able to dominate the field, topping the group with 24 eliminations
    • SKT Ghoul and Ghost DMO
    • Mickalow and Robi62
    • Greyfox and mouZ Mops.
  • Week 4 saw a sizable gap between the elimination leaders from each region. Day One was very tightly packed at the top.
    • On Friday NotVivid was able to edge out the pack with 16 eliminations.
    • On Saturday, VP Jamside went off, wracking up an impressive 26 eliminations across the 9 games, averaging just short of 3 eliminations per match.

A general note about statistics… it’s really difficult to pull off consistent great placements or high elimination games with a lobby full of some of Fortnite’s best players. We wanted to properly salute the talented players that have participated each week.

Rising Showdown Stand Outs

Showdown players have really been able to make a name for themselves through the Summer Skirmish. One in particular who has quickly risen to the top is NotVivid. He placed 19th and 155th in the two Solo Showdowns, but impressed with consistent performance and high placings during Summer Skirmish. He has bookended the Friday Skirmishes so far, with victories in both Week 1 and Week 4.  In Week 1, NotVivid and his duo partner were able to fight through the masses to remain on top, and in Week 4 pulled off two clutch victories from behind to steal away the top spot.

Mitr0

Atlantis Mitr0 continued to show stellar consistency by topping Saturday Summer Skirmish group in Week 3. The overall winner of the Blitz Showdown LTM and earned the highest score across all regions – nearly 50 points ahead of the next closest finisher. Since battling his way into the Skirmish, Mitr0 has now finished 13th and 1st in his two entrances, with strong individual performances both times.

Reverse2k

Another Showdown player who has risen to the occasion is Reverse2k. Reverse2k was able to secure an impressive placement in the Blitz Showdown LTM and he has turned that into three very consistent performances in the Summer Skirmish. He had managed to net himself 13th in the Week 2 High Score format, while he and TSM Daequan were able to secure a 16th place finish the following week. Week 4 Reverse catapulted to the forefront, with an amazing 9 elimination game, thrusting him atop NA throne, earning himself 5th place and a large payout.

Secret Domentos

Lastly, there was another Showdown participant who caught fire and surged through the competition to win Week 4’s “Hold the Throne” on Saturday. Secret Domentos was able to capture the 58th spot during the July Showdown, but his true potential showed in Week 4 of Summer Skirmish. Domentos was able to win 3 of the 9 matches and racking up an impressive 19 eliminations (3rd highest, behind BlaxTV and Teekzy) storming up the ladder to capture the victory. He’s the only Summer Skirmish competitor to secure three Victory Royales in a single day of competition.

Server Performance and Post-Mortem

Continuing to improve server performance remains a top priority. We’ve integrated a number of improvements over the course of the Summer Skirmish series, however we still aren’t quite where we’d like to be. We’re continuing to look hard at server performance with multiple daily playtests where we capture server performance and identify areas for improvement. We’ll keep taking the things we learn from playtests, Skirmish events, and live server data to push the envelope for high intensity Battle Royale.

Spectating

One consistent challenge is the act of transitioning from a participating player to an in-game spectator, watching heavy build fights near the final circles from the Player PoV. So far, we haven’t been able to make use of the Live Spectating functionality that we had available at the Pro-Am available on the live servers. This past weekend was the first time we’ve have a limited version of the Live Spectator tool available on the public servers and we’re excited to begin integrating this into our broadcasts.

Statistics

We also recognize that the lack of live statistics make it difficult for casters to tell compelling stories during the matches and the for viewers to watch along with high interest levels. Our analytics team is working to solve these problems. We hope to soon be able to deliver information of all kinds to Fortnite viewers more quickly during events.

Conclusion

We’ve had a lot of fun creating new formats each week. There are lots of new learnings that we walk away with after each Summer Skirmish weekend by creating new scoring schemes and incentivizing different win conditions. Some formats have been extremely weighted in one direction over the other in order to observe play behavior and collect statistics over a prolonged series of matches in an isolated, high-stakes environment.

A few of our core values when creating formats are simplicity, match tension and upholding the integrity of Battle Royale. Ultimately, we want to find what gives the competitors the best play experience while maintaining a high level of viewing entertainment.

Lastly, thanks to the participants and viewers that have been helping us along the way!

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Fortnite Spider-Man Web-Shooters to get huge nerf in competitive

Fortnite Chapter 3 is off to a hot start thanks to Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters, but the mobility item is getting a huge nerf in competitive.

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Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters have been a game-changer in Fortnite Chapter 3, but Epic Games is about to give them a massive nerf next update.

Fortnite Chapter 3 started off hot with Epic Games adding Spider-Man’s Web-shooters shortly after the start of Season 1. The gloved would give players the power to zip across the map insanely fast.

A fresh pair of Web-Shooters comes with 80 shots which is more than enough for most players. As well, if you eliminate a player with Web-Shooter, they will drop fully charged.

A traversal item this powerful is a must-have for competitive players, but it’s getting a serious nerf. Starting when Fortnite v19.20 drops, the Web-Shooters won’t be so powerful.

Web-Shooters get huge competitive nerf

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According to Hypex, the Fortnite Web-Shooter nerf is planned for the v19.20 update. The update is currently planned to go live on Tuesday, February 1.

The nerf lowers the number of times a Web-Shooter can be used from 80 to 20. This is a massive nerf as players can only use Web-Shooters for 25% of the time they normally could.

However, this nerf only affects competitive players. Web-Shooters in casual lobbies will remain at 80 shots.

Epic Games states the nerf is intended to “encourage players to make more strategic decisions.” While it is still a useful mobility item, players won’t be able to zip across the map as freely as they once could.

The replies to Hypex’s tweet are a mix of those in favor and against the nerf. Some players praise the nerf as it will stop players from constantly running from fights.

Those who oppose the change claim competitive is too sweaty without Web-Shooters. Regardless, here’s where you can find web-shooters in Chapter 3.

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Fortnite leak teases return of Star Wars Lightsabers

The Star Wars Lightsabers could make a return to Fortnite in the near future according to a notable data miner.

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A Fortnite data miner has reported that Epic Games readded the Star Wars Lightsabers into Fortnite’s files after the v19.10 update.

Fortnite has held quite a few Star Wars crossovers, but none as ambitious as the live event in Chapter 2 Season 1. This introduced Lightsaber’s into the loot pool for a short period of time.

They were also available for an even shorter period of time from May 2nd – 5th during Chapter 2 Season 2. Since then, players have eagerly awaited their return.

Now, a Fortnite data miner thinks Lightsabers could return to Fortnite sometime soon due to a change in the game’s files.

Lightsabers may return to Fortnite

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Epic Games removes weapon and item data from the files when that item isn’t in use. And when the data is readded to the files, it’s a good indicator players will see their return soon.

Fortnite data miner FN_Assist recently discovered that the data for Lightsabers was added after the most recent update. In a tweet, FN_Assist outlines all of the data that was readded.

They claim that this could mean one of two things. Either Star Wars Lightsabers will return to Fortnite in the near future. Or Epic is working on a weapon based on the lightsaber’s pre-existing mechanics.

If Lightsabers are added to Fortnite, we can expect it to accompany a return of skins and maybe some other Star Wars announcement.

Epic Games usually adds crossover content to promote whoever they are collaborating with. Whether it be a new movie or TV series, the Lightsabers could be used as a promotional tool for new Star Wars content.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find Klombos and Klomberries in Chapter 3.

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Fortnite: Where to find Pizza Party item and what it does

Fortnite Chapter 3 is adding a new Pizza Party item that allows players to restore their shields through the power of pizza.

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If you’re wanting to switch up your diet in Fortnite, you can use the Pizza Party item to gain shield and fill your stomach.

One of Fortnite’s mascots is Tomatohead who is also the mascot for the fictional restaurant Pizza Pit. This is a POI that has appeared in Fortnite for several seasons.

It’s one of the many fictional restaurants that have appeared in-game along with Durrr Burger, Sitcks, and Butter Barn.

However, players haven’t been able to enjoy any of the food from these restaurants until now. Pizza Pit’s ovens are on and players can finally enjoy eight slices of cheesy goodness.

How to get Pizza Party item in Fortnite

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The Pizza Party is a pizza box containing eight slices of pizza. In addition to cheese and sauce, each slice is topped with a Shield Mushroom that restores 50 shield.

Each box has 8 slices, but each slice can only get players up to 50 shield similar to minis. Players can find Pizza Party boxes in the normal loot pool.

As well, players can purchase a Pizza Box for 50 gold from the Tomatohead NPC. He is located in Tilted Tower, and he only has 4 Pizza Boxes in stock.

According to Hypex, the Pizza Party box will be added to Fortnite on Tuesday, January 25.

For a measly 200 gold, players can pick up 1,600 shield. However, we don’t know how long it takes to eat a slice. And this would also require players to give up two item slots.

For more Fortnite, check out where to find Spider-Man’s web shooters in Chapter 3.

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