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Is the post-buff Combat Shotgun worth carrying?

After the recent buff to the Combat Shotgun in Fortnite Season 4, fans are wondering if it’s worth carrying over the Pump or the Charge.

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Most of the early birds who awaited the release of Fortnite Season 4 rejoiced when they heard that the fan-favorite Combat Shotgun would be returning for the new Fortnite season. It wasn’t until they landed at Doom’s Domain and found one that they learned the bad news.

The Season 4 Combat wasn’t the same Combat that we used seasons ago. The damage was far lower than the Charge or Pump. It still had superior range and fire power, but the “W-Key” meta nullified the advantages of the Combat, and the damage nerf was enough to make it useless.

Sadly, it soon became apparent that the Season 4 Charge Shotgun was one of the worst shotguns that Fortnite has ever seen. The playstyle of most modern Fortnite players is more conducive to even the low-damage Tac Shotgun that we had in Season 3. Most daily players began to wonder why the Combat was even in the game in the first place.

In v14.30 – the most recent Fortnite update at the time of writing – Epic buffed the Combat Shotgun’s damage at all range. A Gold Combat can now deal 62 damage to the head from three whole tiles away. From one tile away, it can deal 94 headshot damage – enough to take some players down in two shots – just over one second.

This was a massive buff to the gun and takes it out of the F-tier, where it sat for most of the season. In a meta dominated by the Pump and – in some cases – the Charge, is the Combat worth carrying?

The answer to this question is nuanced and, largely, depends on your playstyle. At the higher levels of competition, the Combat still falls short. As one commenter in this Reddit thread points out, players have gotten better at Fortnite since the original release of the Combat. This means that players don’t expose themselves during fights as they once did, giving you less of an opportunity to shoot them from mid-range without a spray weapon like an AR or SMG.

The current Fortnite meta relies on getting in a player’s face, jumping into their box, or taking their wall and editing. The Combat doesn’t have the one-shot potential that the Pump and even the Charge do, making it far less viable at higher levels of Fortnite.

Sadly, the removal of Launch Pads had a negative effect on the Combat, as well. Anyone who remembers the original Combat knows that it excelled at downing players who were flying through the air. Simply put: this just doesn’t happen in Chapter 2 Season 4.

On the other hand, if you don’t care about playing like you’re in the FNCS, then the Charge is perfectly fine to use. You can sit on top of a ramp and chunk-damage a player running out in the open – from surprisingly far away.

Is the Combat worth carrying over a Blue or Purple Pump if you’re playing a competitive match? Probably not. The good news is that it’s usable, again, and you can make it work if that’s what you want to use. We are playing a game, after all, and the Combat is fun, again.

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Fortnite reveals first look at Ant-Man skin coming soon

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Fortnite Ant-Man skin teaser

Epic Games have revealed the first look at what’s expected to be an upcoming Ant-Man skin in Fortnite, but you’ll have to be looking closely at their teasers to spot him.

The Fortnite developers are continuing their relentless spree of crossovers, especially with superhero skins, and it looks like we’re getting another one very soon.

This time around, it’s the tiny Ant-Man. On March 6, Epic Games tweeted an image Domino, Cable, and Psylocke, but look closer, and you’ll spot someone else there too.

Sitting on Cable’s arm, we can make out the tiny hero.

And that’s not the only teaser for Ant-Man. In a second image, we can see him standing on the tip of the sword.

We’d assume that Ant-Man will actually be the regular character model size when the skin is playable in game – or else it would be the most powerful skin around (although not sure how he’d hold any weapons).

Unfortunately, we can’t make out the finer details of the skin as the images show him so small.

When is the Fortnite Ant-Man skin release date?

We don’t have the exact release date for the Ant-Man skin yet unfortunately. But, just based on previous teasers, we wouldn’t expect the wait to be too long.

Usually after a new portal is added in-game, and teasers start dropping, it’s only a matter of days before we can get our hands of the skin.

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How to disable pre-edits in Fortnite

After over a year of fan requests, Epic have added a ‘disable pre-edit’ option to Fortnite. Here’s where you can find it.

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In the v15.20 update, Epic Games added a much-requested setting to Fortnite: ‘disable pre-edits.’ Here’s how it works and how to select it.

Finally, after years of Reddit threads, Twitter posts, and pro players begging, Epic added a ‘disable pre-edit’ setting to Fortnite.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new setting, including how it works and where to find it.

What does ‘pre-editing’ mean?

Pre-editing refers to the ability to edit a structure before placing it. The most popular use of pre-edits throughout Fortnite history was a cone/ramp edit when controller players had to use Combat Pro.

Now, however, very few players use pre-edits. Instead, pre-edits offer an obstacle, as they’re almost always completed by mistake. Of course, there are still some niche applications for pre-edits, but most players wanted Epic to add an option to disable these edits.

How to disable pre-edits

You can find the new option under the settings tab (cog wheel) in the start menu. Scroll down to the “Building” section, and you’ll see four options. One of them is the new “Disable Pre-Edit Option.”

If you turn this off, you’ll no longer be able to edit structures before placing them – good news for the bulk of the Fortnite community.

If may have taken Epic years to add this option, but it’s finally here. Next stop, an FoV slider!

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How to use pre-editing to your advantage in Fortnite

Don’t turn off pre-edits so fast! Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these new competitive strategies.

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Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these competitive strategies.

Pre-edits in Fortnite can be maddening when you’re in the middle of a fight. More often than not, the pre-edits will work against you as you accidentally edit a hole in your floor or a window in your wall. Before you know it, you’re taking fall damage or getting shot because you hit the wrong button while battling someone.

Epic recently added a lon-requested setting to Fortnite, giving players the ability to toggle pre-edits on and off. Now, with a simple setting change, you’ll never need to worry about pre-edits again.

This doesn’t mean that pre-edits are entirely useless. In the patch before the setting change was released, pro player Maken used them expertly to outplay his opponent.

Useful pre-edits have also been posted to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit in the past. These pre-edits focus on cones, and give players the ability to fake-out opponents and even place their structures through turbo-builds.

The first strategy involves subverting the expectations of your opponent. Most skilled players anticipate edits, but using a pre-edited cone can get you a free shot.

As you can see, all you have to do is edit the wall, place your triangle cone, resent the cone edit, and shoot your opponent. There’s hardly anything they can do to prevent this free shot – especially since they aren’t going to see it coming.

The above clip from u/DemianNieuwenhuis has a very niche application. After all, using a regular cone is going to be far more useful in most situations. The only time your pre-edited cone will work is when someone is standing outside of your box.

This next clip is more of an exploit than anything. It also requires you to pre-edit your cone; this time in a V shape. You can exploit the new Turbo Building system and place the V-cone under your opponent’s ceiling after breaking their cone.

Again – like the other clip – this strategy will only be useful in certain situations. You won’t be able to cone-block opponents or even protect yourself from above if you run around with your cones all jacked up like this.

Still, these strategies are worth mentioning – especially if you find yourself in a 1v1. You can surprise your opponent with both of them, and steal some shots without taking damage.

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