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Fortnite Team Rumble April 10 Hotfix – Improved end games and more

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Epic Games has updated the Team Rumble gamemode with a hotfix on April 10th. The hotfix looks to improve the overall quality of gameplay for the gamemode with better loot, chaotic end-games, and more.

Team Rumble has been a popular gamemode since it launched for Fortnite and became a regular addition to the core modes of the game. With this said, it’s gotten pretty stagnant due to most players simply using it to complete challenges or end-games are quite boring.

Epic Games has issued an hotfix for Team Rumble that seeks to improve on the shortcomings of the game mode.

Team Rumble April 10 Patch Notes

Epic released a quick tweet about the hotfix and its contents which linked to a further explanation.

The Reddit post was posted to the FortniteBR subreddit with a list of patch notes for Team Rumble. Here is the full list given by Epic Games on Reddit:

‘We have just deployed a hotfix to update Team Rumble with a few changes.’

  • Increased Eliminations to win the match from 100 to 150
  • Decreased the final circle radius from 20000 to 12500 to promote a more chaotic late game
  • Removed one minute from first circle shrink time to force combat to occur sooner
  • Increased chest and floor loot spawn chances from 80-90% to 100%
  • Increased Assault Rifle spawn chances by 67% in chests
  • Decreased Suppressed Pistol spawn chances by 75%
  • Supply drops now drop two Legendary weapons and two additional consumables
  • Increased Compact SMG and shotgun drop chances by 50% in supply drops
  • Decreased Rocket Launcher spawn chances by 50% in chests and 67% in supply drops
  • Lowered Spike Trap drop chance by 50% (resulting in an increase to launch pads and campfires)

The update promises to improve the overall quality of the gamemode to bring it par with the other modern Fortnite experiences.

What can you expect from the changes

We believe that the experience will vastly more fun to play with these changes. Rocket Launchers have been overly prevalent in the mode for too long and the reduction in spawns will allow for more gunfighting.

That also means that you can practice your shotgun and AR skills much more easily. In addition, the new 150 kill cap will allow for longer game with smaller storm circles. The gameplay will actually be quite similar to the end games of the competitive Fortnite.

A reduction in Rockets for Team Rumble is a welcome change – via Epic Games

It could prove a great place to practice those tricky, spammy end-game fights.

More loot means you will be able to experiement much more openly with different types of weaponry. Spike Traps have also been reduced which means even more gunfighting.

In conclusion, Team Rumble will simply feature a lot more gun-on-gun action than in the past.

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SypherPK showcases high-flying Car & Crash Pad trick

Want to double or triple your jump distance while using a Crash Pad in Fortnite?

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With so much excitement surrounding them, cars were one of the most anticipated changes that Epic made to Fortnite since we exited the Black Hole back in October. Surprisingly, they lived up to the hype and then some. Cars injected some lighthearted fun back into Fortnite – something that’s been sorely missing for the past couple of seasons.

Cars aren’t perfect. There are some bugs with them, but that doesn’t take away from how fun they are to drive. Epic have made a clean vehicle mechanic – something that a lot of other BRs have struggled with. Even when cars eliminate you on their own, they make for some fun clips.

As is the case with any addition to Fortnite, there were some unintended concequences to when cars came to the game. It was only a matter of time before the community noticed them and posted them to social media.

Popular Fortnite streamer and YouTuber, Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan, showcased one of these unintended consequences in a recent video. The trick is simple: place a Crash Pad on the hood of a car, stand on the car, and walk onto the Crash Pad. Doing this gives you double or even triple the height of a normal Crash Pad.

(2:30 for mobile viewers)

This is an exploit that trickshotters will undoubtedly use to their advantage. What’s more, we could even see this being used in competitive Fortnite.

Sure, cars are disabled in competitive modes, but they’re still there with boots on their tires. We haven’t tested this method in Arena, but we don’t see why it wouldn’t work there, too. You should be able to complete the same process as Sypher did with an immobile car in comp.

This is far from a game-breaking exploit and, thus, will likely be in the game until cars or Crash Pads hit the vault – likely the latter before the former. Send your trickshots using this glitch to @FortniteINTEL on Twitter and we’ll post them!

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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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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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